Arson

Suspects throw Molotov cocktails into Richmond Hill yard
Suspects throw Molotov cocktails into Richmond Hill yard
Police Queens Courier Staff 6/06/2013 at 9:12AM

Authorities are looking for several suspects wanted in a Richmond Hill arson. The suspects, who were caught on video during the May 24 incident, threw two Molotov Cocktails into the yard of a home around 12 a.m. then fled, said police. There were no reported injuries. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is [...]

Two charged with murder, starting fire to cover it up
Two charged with murder, starting fire to cover it up
News Maggie Hayes 3/03/2013 at 10:54AM

Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man tied up and shot. Jason St. Hill, 17, and Stephen Peters, 22, of Richmond Hill were arrested on Thursday, February 28. Both were charged with kidnapping, arson, murder and burglary, among other charges. The victim, Azeem Ali, 43, [...]

Apparent murder-suicide attempt in Bayside arson
Apparent murder-suicide attempt in Bayside arson
News Alexa Altman 5/24/2012 at 12:24PM

A Bayside woman died after an argument with a man in their shared home on Wednesday, May 23 during what appears to be a murder suicide. Firefighters responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. at 39-20 214th Place after neighbors saw smoke and smelled gasoline. Both victims were found in the basement by responding law [...]

Jeffrey Gottlieb bows out of 6th District Congressional race
Jeffrey Gottlieb bows out of 6th District Congressional race
News Billy Rennison 4/20/2012 at 1:18PM

The hotly-contested 6th Congressional District race that has featured allegations and pot shots has its first casualty. Jeffrey Gottlieb denied the nomination on Wednesday, April 18 and transferred the signatures he received to Stephen Green, a Rosedale resident, the Board of Elections said. The announcement comes just days after the candidates submitted their petitions to [...]

New Year’s fire bomber, Ray Lazier Lengend, charged with hate crime
New Year’s fire bomber, Ray Lazier Lengend, charged with hate crime
News Michael Pantelidis 3/20/2012 at 5:04PM

An alleged arsonist arrested for a series of fires started on New Year’s Day is feeling the heat after being indicted on state and federal hate crime charges. Ray Lazier Lengend, also known as Suraj Poonai, was taken into custody on January 3 – two days after police believe he threw glass bottles filled with [...]

Mom Throws Baby Out Window to Escape Suspicious Fire in Jamaica
Mom Throws Baby Out Window to Escape Suspicious Fire in Jamaica
News Jay Lane 2/23/2012 at 8:55AM

Mom Throws Baby Out Window to Escape Suspicious Fire in Jamaica A desperate mother threw her baby out the second-floor window of a Queens home that was engulfed by a suspicious blaze early Thursday, fire authorities and witnesses said. The child, who couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3 years old, landed safely in [...]

Mosque firebomber faces life in prison for hate crimes
Mosque firebomber faces life in prison for hate crimes
News Jay Lane 1/06/2012 at 9:37AM

Mosque firebomber faces life in prison for hate crimes The Queens pyromaniac who went on a New Year’s Day firebombing spree appeared for his Thursday arraignment looking like he could use a few swigs from the frappucino bottles he used during his hate-filled rampage. Ray Lazier Lengend looked groggy and dazed as he sat slumped [...]

Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs
Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs
News Jay Lane 1/03/2012 at 9:10AM

Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs A Fire Department official on Monday said it was fortunate that the damage was minimal from a series of arson attacks across eastern Queens on Sunday night that the police were investigating as a possible bias crime against Muslims. No one was hurt in the four attacks, in [...]

Mourners Gather At Fallen NYPD Officer’s Funeral
Mourners Gather At Fallen NYPD Officer’s Funeral
News Jay Lane 12/19/2011 at 12:12PM

Mourners Gather At Fallen NYPD Officer’s Funeral Family, friends, and fellow officers will gather on Long Island today to say a final goodbye to a city police officer who was gunned down last week in Brooklyn. The funeral for Officer Peter Figoski will take place at 11 a.m. at the Parish of St. Joseph Church [...]

Playground torched
Playground torched
News Jay Lane 9/29/2011 at 3:03PM

Sometime between the evening of Tuesday, September 27 and the morning of Wednesday, September 28, an individual or group apparently set fire to a playground, located in Alley Pond Park, at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens. According to officials, the fire damaged both the ground surface and several pieces [...]