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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY:  SummerStage-Full Force, Force MD’s Johnny Kemp, Jeff Redd, Meli’sa Morgan 

A quartet of Rhythm and Blues performers each with their own flair and style. For more, check out http://www.fullforceworld.com [Click here for more info or submit your events]

Queens Democratic assembly hopefuls vying for endorsements 

Several Democratic political hopefuls vying for a chance to replace Assemblywoman Grace Meng in the state legislature are also competing for two vital endorsements they hope will give them an edge with voters. Meng and City Councilman Peter Koo, who are both popular in the Flushing-based 40th Assembly District, are fielding numerous requests for their endorsements. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Astoria couple ramps up olive oil sales 

An Astoria couple is ramping up sales of the high-end olive oil made from the fruit of their 400-year-old olive grove in Greece. Lori and Panos Konstantopoulos moved back to the U.S. from Greece in the fall to focus on their “Euphoria” extra-virgin olive oil line. The peppery, green oil is sold only in several specialty shops in Manhattan and Long Island. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

UPDATE: Family mourns losses in fatal Jamaica SUV crash 

Family and friends joined 26-year-old Kingsley Maduka at home. He lost his 60-year-old aunt, Gladys Nnena Johnson Obioha and four other loved ones in the wreck Sunday. Family friend Don Akamnonu said they’re all crushed. “The family is just, like, shattered, like a broken bottle,” he said. Early Sunday morning, a driver and seven passengers were coming home from a gathering of people from the same part of Nigeria when police say their black SUV crashed into a concrete barrier on Atlantic Avenue, rolled over and burst into flames. Read more: [NY1] 

UPDATE: Driver arraigned in alleged fatal Queens hit-and-run involving cyclist 

A Queens driver was charged with manslaughter Monday after he allegedly struck and killed a cyclist, then fled the scene. Alex Batista, 25, was arraigned Friday night and is being held on $300,000 bail. Police allege that Batista was driving drunk on July 18 in Sunnyside when he hit 37-year-old Roger Hernandez and drove off. Read more: Read more: [NY1] 

‘Sex’ cop’s new post 

A top city cop embroiled in a sex scandal at a Queens precinct appears set to take a high-level post with the Nassau County Police — a department already tarnished by seedy shenanigans, sources said yesterday. Embattled NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Blake, 50, one of the city’s key anti-terror bosses, is telling colleagues that he’s snagged a new job as assistant police commissioner in Nassau, the law-enforcement sources said. Read more: [New York Post]

Bell cop wants job back 

The cop who was fired for starting the barrage of bullets that killed Sean Bell is suing to get his job back. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Gescard Isnora calls the NYPD’s decision to can him over the 2006 shooting “arbitrary and capricious.” Read more: [New York Post] 

Alleged cop killer gets into Rikers Island brawl with guards


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Alleged cop killer gets into Rikers Island brawl with guards

Alleged cop killer Lamont Pride got into a fight with two jail guards after the ex-con refused to undergo a routine search, authorities said today. Pride, 27, has been charged in the murder of Officer Peter Figoski after he allegedly shot the cop in the face last week during a robbery attempt in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Authorities told The Post that Pride, who has been at Rikers Island since his arrest on Dec. 12, was undergoing a medical exam Monday when he refused to cooperate with a routine search. Read More: New York Post

 

Mystery Donor Named In Cornell Tech Campus Bid

The person who made an anonymous $350 million donation to Cornell University for an applied sciences campus in the city has been identified. Billionaire philanthropist and Cornell alumnus Charles Feeney granted the money to the upstate university. Feeney made his fortune by building duty free airport shops before anybody had even heard of duty free shops. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday announced that Cornell and Israel’s Technion Institute won the city’s competition to build the campus on Roosevelt Island. The mayor says the plan was chosen because of the its scale and the schools’ reputations for science breakthroughs and entrepreneurship. Read More: NY1

 

Five Suspects To Be Arraigned In Shooting Death Of NYPD Officer

One day after a city police officer shot and killed in the line of duty was laid to rest, the five men charged in his death are due in court. Lamont Pride, Kevin Santos, Ariel Tejada, Nelson Moralez, and Michael Velez are all expected to be arraigned on their indictments later today. They appeared in court Friday but did not enter any pleas. All five are charged with murder in the death of Officer Peter Figoski, 47. Speaking to reporters today, law enforcement officials said no mercy will be shown towards the accused men and that there is no chance of a plea bargain. Read More: NY1

 

Raising the stakes: Resorts World unveils VIP casino

High-rollers now have a space of their own at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park. Following a grand opening that drew more than 65,000 visitors, the casino at Aqueduct Racino unveiled the remaining two floors of its new facility on December 16 – showing off high-priced amenities and big payoff games. The new features include 2,514 additional Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) and Electronic Table Games (ETG) at the Fifth Avenue Casino, bringing the grand total to 5,000 machines. The casino also gave visitors a sneak peak at two new 250-seat fine dining restaurants with private dining rooms and balconies featuring panoramic views of the racetrack. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Small plane crashes near Rt. 287 in NJ, 3 feared dead: report

Multiple fatalities were feared Tuesday after a small plane crashed on a New Jersey highway. Local television footage showed what appeared to be the charred remnants of the aircraft alongside Route 287 near Harding, N.J. The heavily-traveled roadway was closed in both directions. Harding Township police chief Kevin Gaffney told FOX News Channel that there were multiple fatalities. It was not immediately known how many people were on board the plane. State Police Trooper Christopher Kay says there is a report of three possible deaths. Read More: New York Post

 

Paroled American Berenson arrives in US

Paroled American Lori Berenson, who stirred international controversy when she was convicted of aiding Peruvian guerrillas, arrived in the United States Tuesday morning for her first visit home since Peruvian authorities arrested her in 1995. Lori Berenson’s plane touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey around 7:35 a.m. The 42-year-old, dressed in black and a black-and-gray sweater vest, was surrounded by Port Authority officers. Her mother Rhoda Berenson, who was waiting in the general arrivals area, sprinted over to her daughter after police escorted Berenson through an area of customs where airport officials check suspicious bags. Read More: New York Post

 

Force of 20,000 in final salute to hero cop Figoski

He had been a cop for 22 years, but it was only after his death that Peter Figoski’s four daughters realized what that truly meant. “We now feel connected to a side of our dad we rarely saw at home — he put us aside from his duties as a police officer and always put us first,’’ the grief-stricken girls said in a heartbreaking statement read at their father’s funeral yesterday. “When a hero falls, an angel rises. Rest in peace, Daddy.’’ Read More: New York Post

 

Kim Jong Il body displayed, North Korea media hail son

The body of North Korea’s long-time ruler Kim Jong Il was laid out in a memorial palace Tuesday as weeping mourners filled public plazas and state media fed a budding personality cult around his third son, hailing him as “born of heaven.” Indicating that the leadership transition in the communist dynasty is on track, Kim Jong Un — Kim’s youngest known son and successor — visited the body with top military and Workers’ Party officials and held what state media called a “solemn ceremony” in the capital, Pyongyang, as the country mourned. Read More: New York Post

 

Firefighter hurt in booze-fueled 2003 brawl at Staten Island firehouse not entitled to line-of-duty payouts 

 The state’s highest court Tuesday rejected a former firefighter’s bid for full disability benefits for injuries sustained in an infamous 2003 firehouse brawl. Robert Walsh, who was injured in the booze-fueled melee on Staten Island, was not entitled to more lucrative line-of-duty benefits because his injuries were not related to his job, the Court of Appeals ruled, upholding lower court decisions. Read More: Daily News