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Fight in Flushing apartment building


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A Flushing man was arrested after verbally and physically attacking a fellow tenant in his apartment lobby.

Police said Yong Hung Wang, 36, allegedly pushed and grabbed John Derouvian by the neck and threw him to the ground. The April 4 scuffle occurred after Wang accused Derouvian of not living in the Leavitt Street building, cops said.

Derouvian said Wang screamed, “Get the f— out of here. You don’t f—ing live here. I’m going to f—ing hurt you,” according to court records.

The complex’s surveillance cameras also show Wang later blocking Derouvian from entering the elevator until police arrived.

Wang was charged with second-degree harassment and third-degree assault. He was arraigned on April 4 and released without bail.

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Cops roust Occupy crowd from Union Square

Cops shut down Union Square and kicked out a large crowd of Occupy Wall Street protesters last night, arresting one demonstrator just days after larger clashes at the group’s former encampment downtown. Police surrounded the historic park with metal barricades just after midnight, citing a longstanding — but apparently often unenforced — rule that the park be closed in the overnight hours, as a crowd of more than 100 taunted officers. Read More: New York Post

 

Feds say Queens super wanted to sell guns to terror group Hezbollah

A Queens super attempted to sell guns to the terror group Hezbollah because he “long dreamed of making big money” as an arms dealer, a Manhattan federal prosecutors charged Monday. Patrick Nayyar was thwarted only because the man he arranged the deal with was an FBI informant, prosecutor Stephen Ritchin told jurors. Read More: Daily News
 

Two die in bloody day of violence in Brooklyn

Two people were killed and three others wounded during a wave of violence in Brooklyn yesterday. A gunman shot a 21-year-old man several times at the Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene at about 8:20 p.m. — possibly for retribution for a shooting in the housing development two years ago. About an hour earlier, an 18-year-old woman was shot in East New York, authorities said. She was in stable condition. Read More: New York Post

 

Bullets fly in chase

A suspected car thief led cops on a wild, Hollywood-style chase through the streets of Brooklyn yesterday, dodging roadblocks and gunfire before he was finally cornered. Officials said patrol officers from the 75th Precinct stopped a black Mercedes-Benz on Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York shortly before 9:30 a.m. because they suspected the car was stolen. Read More: New York Post

 

Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal Staten Island Stabbing

A suspect wanted in the deadly stabbing of a Staten Island groom-to-be over the weekend was in police custody on Tuesday. Redinel Dervishaj, a 35-year-old waiter, was picked up by U.S. Marshals at his aunt’s house in a suburb of Chicago, according to sources. Antonio Lacertosa, 27, was stabbed in the torso early Saturday morning outside the Espana Restaurant in Annadale. Investigators say Lacertosa was celebrating his engagement to his high school sweetheart at the restaurant. Read More: NY1

 

Liu backs $$ gal

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu sprang to the defense of his indicted campaign treasurer and defiantly insisted his staff did everything it could to make sure donations were legal, despite federal charges against the treasurer and a key fund-raiser. “I don’t believe it’s our campaign’s responsibility or any campaign’s responsibility to verify the home address, to verify the work address, to essentially run a credit check on any donor,” Liu said in response to allegations that his campaign made use of straw donors who funneled illegal contributions from wealthy individuals into the campaign. “Do we operate differently than other campaigns? Absolutely not.” Read More: New York Post

 

Cop rips punk in hero brother’s gun death

The police-officer brother of a Queens man fatally shot defending his father from a crew of housebreakers stared down the thug who set up the robbery yesterday, calling him a “drug addict, coward, savage.” Geraldo Antoniello was shot in the head Sept. 9, 2009, by one of four punks savagely beating his dad, the owner of a popular pizzeria in Howard Beach. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Brooklyn Gym Teacher Charged With Groping Student

A Brooklyn physical education teacher was arrested and awaiting arraignment Tuesday on charges he inappropriately touched one of his teenage students. Police say Esran Boothe, 49, is charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree. The city Department of Education says Boothe was re-assigned from his position at the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment on Classon Avenue in Crown Heights and is now on administrative leave. Read More: NY1

 

Far Rockaway Playground Under Construction Receives Major Damage

Looking at the broken plastic, mangled metal and bent iron at the Beach 29th street playground in Far Rockaway, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said the facility’s June opening might be delayed and the damage will cost the city tens of thousands of dollars. “We know that we lost a number of the slides, the platforms, some of the fencing, the climbing apparatuses have been damaged,” said Lewandowski. Parks Department officials said an excavator did the damage. The contractor says someone cut through a nearby chain link fence to get onto the property. Read More: NY1

Second Liu campaign worker busted


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Another worker on City Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign has been arrested on fraud charges.

Jia “Jenny” Hou — a 25-year-old campaign treasurer for the comptroller — was busted for illegally funneling campaign funds for the comptroller’s unofficial 2013 try for mayoral candidacy, feds said.

According to restrictions laid out by the New York City Campaign Finance Board (NYCCFB), campaign donors are only allowed to contribute up to $4,950 to citywide candidates. Prosecutors said Hou conspired to evade the limit by engaging in a fraudulent scheme that involved the use of “straw donors” — or individuals who unlawfully make political contributions in their own names with money they have received from others.

Hou, a Queens resident, is also charged with obstructing the government’s investigation. According to court records, she failed to produce “facially inculpatory documents” in response to subpoenas, while allegedly lying about producing complete documents and failing to disclose the identities of several campaign contributors.

“New York’s campaign finance laws are not optional. They ensure that all candidates operate on a level playing field and that everyone plays by the rules,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “Today, we allege that Jia Hou, a campaign treasurer, was a central figure in a coordinated scheme to break the city’s campaign finance laws. Unlawful campaign conduct will not be tolerated.”

Hou was allegedly caught offering to reimburse an individual for donations well-above the allotted NYCCFB amount during a series of instant messages on July 14, and she also allegedly instructed campaign volunteers on how to imitate the handwriting of campaign donors on contribution forms in order to make it appear official.

Last November, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan — Liu’s campaign fund-raiser — was arrested on similar conspiracy and wire fraud charges. According to court records, he allegedly funneled $16,000 in campaign contributions and was caught red handed by an undercover FBI agent, who posed as a businessperson interested in supporting the comptroller.

Meanwhile, Liu — a Flushing Democrat — has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has since returned nearly $50,000 collected in contributions, said a campaign spokesperson.

“I am stunned by this news about Jenny Hou,” Liu said. “These accusations against her are uncharacteristic and unexpected. Jenny is a smart, hardworking person who I hope will be treated fairly.”

Hou is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of attempting to commit wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice. If convicted, she could face up to 60 years in prison.

According to Martin Adelman, her attorney, Hou plans on pleading not guilty to the charges.

“She’s an idealistic young person, and working for John Liu’s campaign was a way to realize that idealism,” Adelman said. “She has tremendous respect for him.”

Astoria man who allegedly killed wife charged after fleeing to CT


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An Astoria man faces murder charges for allegedly bludgeoning his wife to death, according to the district attorney.

Jordan Hawes, 32, was arrested by Connecticut State Police on February 4 after officers found his wife dead in bed at their 30th Street apartment two days earlier.

“I did something wrong. I surrender myself,” he allegedly told arresting cops.

The victim — Tara Hawes — suffered extreme blunt force trauma to her head and body, said cops, who allegedly discovered two knives and a baseball bat — all apparently smeared with blood — at the couple’s home. Her car, a gray 2008 Jeep Liberty, was reported missing and was later found unoccupied at a southbound rest stop on Interstate 95 near Bridgeport, Connecticut.

“The defendant is accused of savagely beating to death the woman whom he purportedly loved.  If convicted, her brutal and senseless death merits serious punishment,” said District Attorney Richard Brown.

The victim — a special education teacher in Brooklyn — was last heard from at approximately 9 p.m. on January 30, according to the criminal complaint.

The district attorney said Hawes sent a text message the following morning to an unidentified individual, saying his wife would not be going to work that day due to an emergency in his family.

Hawes was also allegedly observed by individuals — and on video surveillance — pawning various items of jewelry, including a wedding band and a number of wedding rings, between January 31 and February 2 at a pawn shop in Astoria. He allegedly also attempted to withdraw money from various ATMs using his wife’s credit card, the district attorney said.

Cops searching the couple’s residence found a note blotched with what appeared to be blood stains.

“I don’t know what  . . .  happened last night, but my life is destroyed,” the district attorney said part of the note read. “I killed my best friend.”

Shortly after his arrest, Hawes — a Manhattan chef — suffered an apparent seizure and was taken to a local hospital, according to the district attorney.

He has since recovered, waived extradition and has been returned to Queens, where he faces a number of charges: second-degree murder, third-degree grand larceny, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

If convicted, Hawes faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Cops nab suspect in 11 armed robberies


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Police have arrested and charged a suspect in a rash of recent robberies after being recognized during a routine traffic stop.

After being pulled over for speeding on Tuesday, January 3, officers identified the suspect, Gregory Kennedy, as the man wanted for a robbery of a T-Mobile store on Jamaica Avenue.

Kennedy was captured on camera around the corner from the store after the alleged armed robbery discarding a liquor bottle from a livery cab.

Detectives were able to recover the bottle and match the prints to Kennedy, and produced a wanted poster with his image.

After an investigation, the suspect was charged in a string of gunpoint robberies between October and December that allegedly netted the bandit over $11,000.

The 31 year old was charged with 11 counts of robbery in the first degree.

[UPDATE] Suspect arrested for George Gibbons’ hit-and-run


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THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison.

Only two days after Maspeth residents rallied demanding “Justice for George,” the suspect wanted in connection with the hit-and-run that killed George Gibbons was apprehended in Connecticut, according to police.

Peter Rodriguez was taken into custody in Connecticut by the Regional Fugitive Task Force one month to the day after the accident.  The suspect was identified by police on October 25.

At the November 13 rally, where thousands of wanted posters were distributed and placed throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley urged the community to stay vigilant and assured the crowd that Rodriguez would be found.

More than 100 members of the community, many wearing “Justice for George” T-shirts, gathered at 69th Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth on Sunday — just blocks from Gibbons’ Home bar — to lend support in finding Rodriguez.

“We must come together, not only as a community, but as a city, to find this fugitive, to bring him to justice and to give a little bit of peace to the Gibbons family,” said Crowley at the rally.

Gibbons was killed on the morning of October 15 when the livery cab he was traveling in was struck by a Chrysler Sebring, allegedly driven by Rodriguez, traveling the wrong way on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway service road.

The 37 year old was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival, police said.

Rodriguez left the scene of the accident and was on the run for one month before his apprehension.  Over the past month, he had reportedly been sighted on Metropolitan Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard, Middle Village and the Bushwick area.

Bernadette Gibbons, George’s sister, called the support she and the family received from the community “amazing.”

“I don’t even have words to express the gratitude I have towards our friends and family in the community. We’re just so grateful. We expect nothing less for George,” she said.

Earlier this month, a $10,000 reward was announced for a tip that led to Rodriguez’s arrest.

“It’s clear how much support the Gibbons family has. Our community has been hurt so much by the loss of somebody who contributed so much to Maspeth,” Crowley said of George, who she added was loved and adored by so many.