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Flushing Teacher Removed From Classroom Following Alleged Assault On Student


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Flushing Teacher Removed From Classroom Following Alleged Assault On Student

A Queens teacher is under arrest and accused of abusing a six-year-old girl. Grace Peterson-Hagendorf, 59, is charged with assault following an incident at P.S. 22 in Flushing. According to sources, she is accused of twisting the student’s neck causing pain and swelling. The Department of Education says Hagendorf is a retired teacher who works as a substitute. She has been removed from the classroom pending the outcome of the case. Read More: NY1

 

Simmons’ $5M salary, ‘antics’ led to WNBC ditching her: sources

There were 5 million reasons to oust Sue Simmons — and they were all in her paycheck. WNBC/Channel 4 refused to renew the nightly news anchor’s contract because she makes a whopping $5 million annual salary — which her bosses feel is absurdly overinflated — and she’s lost interest in her job, top network sources told The Post. “It is a lot of money, and many people have been under the impression that Sue had been phoning it in for a while,” a station source revealed. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Church creeper’ Joseph Azzurro has 40 busts to name

Queens’ Holy Child Jesus Church is open to everyone — except Joseph Azzurro, who seems to think 10 Commandments is one too many. The 56-year-old Bronx ex-con is what cops call a “church creeper” — he’s been arrested 40 times and done three prison stretches in his unholy career for swiping cash from the poor box in Catholic churches. Read More: Daily News

 

Cashman ‘blackmailer’ not a ‘Fatal Attraction’-like stalker: lawyer

The busty Brit who dragged Yankee general manager Brian Cashman into a sex-and-shakedown scandal isn’t the “Fatal Attraction”-like stalker Manhattan prosecutors have made her out to be, her new lawyer said yesterday. “Go back to Glenn Close in that movie where she’s boiling the kid’s pet, the rabbit, and she goes off the deep end,” defense lawyer Rory Bellantoni said. “There are no allegations of that here.” Read More: New York Post

 

Ex-Port Authority union chief throws a fit when sentenced to 21 months in prison

The 400-pound ex-Port Authority union boss convicted of ripping off his members to feed a hooker craving threw a big, fat tantrum after a judge sentenced him to 21 months in prison. “You suck!” Daniel Hughes bellowed Wednesday at prosecutors and PA investigators in Brooklyn Federal Court. “You piece of s—!” The disgraced labor boss blubbered about his family when U.S. marshals approached to take him into custody. Read More: Daily News

Knife terror aboard N train


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Knife terror aboard N train

A crazed subway panhandler pulled a knife and threatened a straphanger on a crowded train yesterday before being subdued by a good Samaritan and held until cops arrived, authorities and witnesses said. The 35-year-old woman boarded the Manhattan-bound N train at around 6:40 p.m. at Queensboro Plaza and began asking for money. Another woman, 52, began mocking her, unleashing the vagrant’s anger. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Witness-tamper’ hit vs. Espada

The feds claim former New York Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. coached a woman to lie before a federal grand jury investigating corruption allegations against him, The Post has learned. Although witness tampering is a crime, Brooklyn federal prosecutors are not charging Espada with new counts stemming from the incident — but they want the jury in his upcoming corruption trial to hear about the alleged misconduct. Read More: New York Post

 

Soaring Gas Prices Fuel Concerns Among City Drivers

Drivers in the city and across the nation are being hit with record high prices at the pump. Gas prices are the highest ever for this time of year and experts say they will only continue to rise. The national average for a gallon of regular hit $3.57 cents, up more than a quarter since January 1. Prices in New York are even higher. The current average in the city is $3.96, up 15 percent from a year ago. Read More: NY1

 

Dolan’s mother meets Pope Benedict

Capping a whirlwind nine-day trip with a final visit to the Vatican, Timothy Cardinal Dolan introduced his 84-year-old mom to Pope Benedict XVI yesterday — then jokingly asked the pontiff if he could make her “the first lady of the College of Cardinals.” Amid cheers and applause, Dolan walked his mom, Shirley, up to the stage to greet his boss during a papal audience before an enthusiastic crowd inside the Paul VI Hall. “Holy Father, here is my mom!” Dolan said he told the pope. Read More: New York Post

 

Rivera’s early arrival could signal end of Yankees career

The chair was occupied, and — in its own way — that was perhaps the first clue it would not be for much longer. When the clubhouse door opened to the media early yesterday morning, there was Mariano Rivera sitting at his locker. On the surface, so what? But there are Mo Rules in spring, and one is that he will not report on time. No one around the Yankees cares. He is Mariano Rivera, and his history is he shows up in great shape, pinpointing pitches and needing six to eight innings in all to be ready for Opening Day. Read More: New York Post

JetBlue sign ordeal

JetBlue wants to light up the New York skyline with its iconic blue logo — but it must first clear layers of city red tape before taking off. The airline, which will move its corporate headquarters to Long Island City next month, plans to erect a 40-foot lighted sign on the rooftop of its new building at 27-01 Queens Plaza North. “When complete, it will be easily seen from the east side of Manhattan across the river,” JetBlue said. But JetBlue’s proposal must be reviewed and approved by two community boards, the borough president, the City Planning Commission, the City Council and mayor. Read More: New York Post

‘Bomb’ botch at LaGuardia


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‘Bomb’ botch at LaGuardia

Clueless TSA agents found two possible pipe bombs in a passenger’s luggage yesterday at La Guardia Airport — and kept them in a public area for six hours without notifying cops, The Post has learned. The Transportation Security Administration bozos at one point left the pipes — which eventually turned out to be harmless — resting on a radiator as hundreds of fliers passed through security nearby, sources said. “Six hours to report a potential bomb? It’s outrageous,” one Port Authority police official fumed. Read More: New York Post

 

Eli can become ring-leader in Peyton’s back yard


This isn’t Peyton’s Place so much as it is Eli’s Place. The place where he can become the first New York quarterback to win two Super Bowls. The place where he can become the first Manning to win two Super Bowls. The place for Histor-E. It is so much different for Eli Manning now than it was four years ago. He is no longer the Other Manning. And he is no longer the Other Quarterback in the Super Bowl, even though the Patriots’ Tom Brady is once again the other quarterback for the other team. Read More: New York Post

 

Jailmate sues Lillo in prison ‘assault’

TV tough guy Lillo Brancato just can’t stay out of trouble. A fellow inmate has filed a lawsuit against the hot-tempered “Sopranos” actor for a vicious beatdown he suffered when Brancato allegedly attacked him for talking on a prison phone. Small-time thief Alvaro Hernandez, 40, filed the suit in Queens Supreme Court seeking unspecified damages for injuries he suffered last Jan. 26 in a common room at now-closed Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, NY. Hernandez was on the phone chatting with his wife, Barbie Hernandez, when an enraged Brancato, 35, demanded that he hang up. Read More: New York Post

 

Auburndale Atrocity

Contrasted against a sea of well-kept homes and pristinely-manicured lawns in Auburndale looms an abandoned property – a massive four-unit building left destitute, much to the dismay of locals who take pride in their neighborhood. The structure, located at 47th Avenue and 198th Street, once a single-family home, was converted into four separate houses by a self-certified builder roughly 10 years ago. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Rego Park resident competes as ‘worst’ on Food Network

Richard Allen Chen’s girlfriend concludes that he is the absolute worst cook in America, gagging and cringing when forced to consume his culinary creations. And she might be right. Chen, an attorney and resident of Rego Park, was selected to compete on Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America,” a program that pits 16 of the country’s most hopeless chefs against each other, overcoming gastronomic obstacles and dishing out some (hopefully) decent grub. The contestant crowned the best of the worst chefs walks away with $25,000. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Developers Hope To Revitalize Rockaways Courthouse

For decades, residents living next to an old courthouse in the Rockaways have listened to many proposals to rehabilitate the site, but locals hope the latest push is more than just talk. Watch the Video: NY1

Howard Beach man sentenced for assault of off-duty cop


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A Howard Beach man who brutally beat a cop during a gang assault has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Joseph Meyer, 26, was convicted of first-degree gang assault and other charges for an August 2009 attack on an off-duty police officer during a traffic dispute, according to District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

According to trial testimony, Meyer — a construction worker — and several unapprehended others assaulted Officer Damien Bartels while he was off-duty, punching and kicking him multiples times in the head following an early morning traffic dispute in Long Island City.

Bartels and two other passengers — his girlfriend Jennifer Menjivar and cousin Richard Sacco — were on their way home, trial testimony showed, when they ran into a confrontation with a group of people standing outside of their vehicles and blocking the road at a traffic light.

Sacco — Bartels’ cousin — then rolled down the rear window and hollered for them to move, the DA said. Words were exchanged between Sacco and the group before Bartels — hoping to defuse the situation — pulled around the vehicles and drove away.

According to the DA, Bartels managed to drive for approximately one block when he was suddenly boxed in by several cars — two of which he recognized as being at the traffic light.

Bartels then locked his passengers inside the vehicle for safety, exited the car and told the group that he did not want any trouble, the DA said.

However, according to trial testimony, he was struck in the head and collapsed to the ground, where he was beaten by several individuals, including Meyer.

Bartels was treated for a shattered nose, two broken eye sockets, a broken jaw and shifted teeth. He underwent surgery for 11 hours, the DA said, in which titanium rods were placed in his eye sockets and titanium plates were surgically implanted in his face. A second surgery was also needed soon after to repair his septum after he had difficulty breathing.

Bartels has since returned to the NYPD.

A fingerprint lifted from Bartels’ vehicle proved to be a match for Meyer’s, the DA said. In a written statement, Meyer also admitted to being in an altercation on the date of the incident and at the location of the assault.

Meanwhile, Meyer’s friends and family continue to raise hope and funds for appeals.

While many loved ones directed comment to Meyer’s attorney — who could not be reached as of press time — a web site called freejosephmeyer.com and a Facebook community page titled “Free Joseph Meyer” has been fashioned to garner support and charitable donations for Meyer, a newlywed and father of a baby girl.

“Joey is simply a nice guy that has love pouring out of his heart for everyone he meets,” the site states. “He is the easiest-going guy that you could ever meet and does not have a bad or evil bone in his body.”

Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs


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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 which homemade firebombs were apparently used. In three of the four attacks, the police said, Molotov cocktails were made with Starbucks bottles. The first attack occurred just before 8 p.m. at a bodega at 179-46 Hillside Avenue. Ten minutes later, another crude firebomb was thrown, this time at the home at 107th Avenue, and the house caught fire. Read More: New York Times

Authorities Release Sketch, Video Of Suspect In Queens Firebomb Attacks

Authorities say the suspect, seen above in surveillance video and a police sketch, is between 25 to 30 years old, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He was seen driving a light-colored, four-door sedan. Police say the first cocktail was thrown at a bodega on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica around 8 p.m. Sunday and it damaged the store’s counter. Fewer than 10 minutes later, a second call came in about a homemade firebomb being thrown at a house on 107th Avenue. Read More: NY1

MTA Conductor Charged With Assaulting Passenger

An Metropolitan Transportation Authority conductor is charged with assault after police say he punched a passenger on an R train in Queens. Police say Thomas Christopher, 35, hit the passenger, identified by sources as 18-year-old Zaid al-Doori, after arguing with him near the 36th Street station Sunday morning. Published reports say Christopher was upset because al-Doori had put his feet up on the seats. Read More: NY1

Driver In Custody Following Deadly LIE Crash

One person was killed this morning following a fiery accident on a Queens highway, which was possibly fueled by New Year’s Eve drinking. Officials say the accident happened just after 5 a.m. on the Long Island Expressway. Police sources say a car was rear-ended near the Maurice Avenue exit, causing it to flip over and catch on fire. The driver of that car was pronounced dead at the scene. Sources say the driver of the second vehicle was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in police custody. Read More: NY1

37 feet from disaster at JFK

An airline crew’s failure to follow controllers’ instructions caused the scariest runway incident last year at Kennedy Airport, authorities said yesterday. On June 30, the pilots of a Cairo-bound EgyptAir Boeing 777 mistakenly taxied just 37 feet shy of a runway where they would have been in the path of a Lufthansa jet speeding toward takeoff, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Controllers had told them to make a left turn to another taxiway, the FAA said. With seconds to spare, the Lufthansa crew brought the Airbus A340 to a screeching halt, partly by jamming on its brakes so hard that they overheated. Read More: New York Post

Teacher out on her butt

A foulmouthed teacher got her butt fired after she told a group of ninth-graders “they had their brains in their ass,” then tried to bribe a student to save her hide, officials said. The city Department of Education accused Bernadette Camacho, 39, of verbally abusing social-studies students at Hillcrest HS in Queens, according to investigation documents The Post obtained through a Freedom of Information request. But during the hearings that would decide her fate, the teacher tried to coerce a flunking female student to sing her praises in court in exchange for a passing grade, officials said. Read More: New York Post

Stun-of-a-gun gal arrested at JFK

A Chinese national was busted trying to sneak a stun gun through a security checkpoint at Kennedy Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said yesterday. Sihui Xie, 21, was trying to board a flight to Orlando Friday when a TSA screener spotted the pen-sized stun gun tucked in her carry-on bag. At first the item appeared to be a flashlight, but a closer look revealed it to be a stun gun/flashlight hybrid. Port Authority cops arrested the woman and charged her with possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Read More: New York Post

Actress-threat gal is slapped

A Queens woman was indicted yesterday for allegedly sending threatening e-mails to Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard. Teresa Yuan was charged by a Brooklyn federal grand jury with five counts of transmitting threats to the film star, who won an Academy Award for best actress in 2008 for her role as Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose.” Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Yuan e-mailed a video to the actress’ Internet fan site asking: “Would you be willing to play Russian Roulette? You have only one out of six chances of being shot. You have five out of six chances of living.” Yuan was arrested this past summer by the FBI and arraigned in August. She remains free on bail while awaiting trial, officials said. Read More: New York Post

Police search for robbery and assault suspect in South Ozone Park


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Police are asking for the public’s help finding a suspect wanted for robbing and assaulting a teenager in South Ozone Park recently.

The suspect approached a car parked on 126th Street at approximately 1 a.m. on December 13 armed with a gun, according to police. After announcing a robbery, the suspect assaulted one of the victims, 16, with his gun, police said.  Following another passenger’s wallet and cell phone being taken, the car pulled away and the suspect fired at the vehicle, striking one of the passengers in the right shoulder.

The suspect is described by police as a black male between 35-40 years of age, standing between 5-feet-7-inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighing approximately 170-180 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Queens Teacher Charged With Raping 13-Year-Old Student


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Queens Teacher Charged With Raping 13-Year-Old Student

A Queens teacher is facing charges including rape after authorities say he had an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old student. Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon says Charles Oross, 44, a teacher at IS 238, had a sexual relationship with the girl while she attended the school in 2009. Officials say the two also exchanged inappropriate emails and Facebook communications. Oross was removed from the school last month. Read More: NY1

 

Boyfriend of Young & Rubicam elevator victim Suzanne Hart calls her ‘bright spot’ 


The heartbroken boyfriend of elevator accident victim Suzanne Hart said Thursday “she was the bright spot in my life.” “I don’t have the words for this,” Chris Dickson said outside the couple’s Brooklyn Heights home. “I can’t process this.” Dickson, who said he and Hart “were together for five-and-a-half years,” was with her father, Alex Hart, and step-mother, Mary, when he spoke. Read More: New York Post

 

Man Accused Of Beating Jets Fan Faces New Charges

Charges were upgraded Wednesday against the man accused of attacking a Jets fan after Sunday’s game. Merle Lee, 35, is now being charged with aggravated assault. He was previously charged with simple assault. Police say Lee punched James Mohr of Queens in the face after an argument ended with a group of men. Mohr, 23, has been taken out of intensive care and is listed in fair condition. Investigators say the dispute wasn’t about the game. Read More: NY1

 

One last spin for land marking Forest Park Carousel

Forest Park Carousel is getting one more spin at landmark status. Area residents and leaders hope to have the historic local landmark officially recognized as one by the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission. The carousel — which last spun in 2008 — is currently being reviewed by the commission to see whether it meets the eligibility for landmarking. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Queens Courier Exclusive – What Would Judy Say?™ – Judge Judy Sheindlin answers your questions about problems that trouble you most. Read: Queens Courier

 

Facebook Timeline now available to all users

Facebook’s 800 million users can now access the site’s Timeline feature, which turns their profile pages into a virtual scrapbook of big photos, memorable posts and life events. For many users, turning on Timeline will likely serve as a trip down memory lane as they rediscover photos and updates they shared months and years ago. All that’s been stored on Facebook. Read More: New York Post

Courier Police Blotter


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THE COURIER/Photo by Nargas Karimi

111th Precinct

Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows

Last Precinct Council meeting of 2011

 The 111th Precinct held its last Council Meeting of the year, updating residents on crime stats and honoring December’s “Cop of the Month.”

“This year we’re down nine percent in crime. We’re down in every category, except for murder. We had two murders for the year,” said Commanding Officer Ronald D. Leyson.

Grand larceny was up 2.3 percent for a total of eight crimes for the year, noted Leyson.

“Thirty-two percent, not a small number, during the 28-day period for grand larcenies is due to property left in people’s vehicles and their property getting stolen. It’s frustrating because it’s a preventable crime,” said Leyson.

The 111th Precinct is also down in robberies. There were three robberies in the course of the 28-day period, as opposed to 10 last year, noted the Captain.

“We were struggling throughout most of the year with robberies and a lot had to with non-traditional robberies, where they came from other areas off the highway and did commercial robberies,” said Leyson.

Also during the meeting, Leyson and Precinct Council President Jack Fried honored Officer Jimmy Tropiano as “Cop of the Month” for completing numerous reports and analyzing complaints in the Crime Analysis Unit.

“He’s our computer guy. He has created databases that have helped with the day-to-day analysis of crimes,” said Leyson.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown also made an appearance and wished everyone a very happy holiday season.

                                                                                                        - BY NARGAS KARIMI

 

108th Precinct

Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside

See shooter

Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in a Woodside shooting over the weekend.

Eladio Espejo, 26, became involved in an argument with the victim inside 47-16 Greenpoint Avenue at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, according to police. After the dispute, the suspect left. When the victim, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, left the establishment, Espejo shot him in the thigh and arm, police said. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect is described as 5’ 9″ tall and weighs between 160 and 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

 

Police are on the lookout for Eladio Espejo, 26, in connection with a shooting.

 

Attempted robber sought

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspect wanted in connection with an attempted robbery.

On Monday, November 21, the victim, a 37-year-old woman, was approached from behind as she entered her apartment building in the vicinity of 65th Place and Woodside Avenue. She was thrown to the floor by the suspect, who then unsuccessfully tried to pull the victim’s purse off her shoulder before fleeing.

The suspect is described as a male, black or Hispanic, light complexion, 5’2″ to 5’3″, in his late teens to early 20’s, with black, shoulder-length hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

A skecth of the man police say tried to rob a woman of her purse.

 

Man snatched iPhone

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone as she rode the “E” train.

Cops say the incident happened on Tuesday, November 22 as the Queens-bound train was approaching the Queens Plaza subway station. There were no injuries sustained to the victim as a result of this incident.

The suspect is described as male, black, 17 to 20 years old.

If you have information in regards to this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

This man stole a woman’s iPhone as she rode the subway.

 

 

109th Precinct

Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace

Help find missing woman

Police are looking for a woman who went missing on Wednesday, December 7.

Judy Nam, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, was last seen leaving her residence wearing blue jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers. She is 5’8″ tall and weighs 135 pounds.

Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

Judy Nam, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing is missing.

 

 

114th Precinct

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights

Cops seek robbers

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying the three suspects wanted in connection with two robberies.

On Thursday, December 1, the suspects approached the victim, a 33-year-old woman, at 27th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash and her cell phone. There were no injuries and the suspects fled southbound on 27th Street.

That same day, the suspects approached a second victim, a 25-year-old man, at 24th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, again displayed a handgun and demanded his cash and cell phone. There were no injuries and the suspects fled southbound on 24th Street.

If you have any information in regards to these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

115th Precinct

East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights

Man shot at cops, fled

A man who was acting suspiciously and shot at cops is being sought.

It was on Friday, December 2 when two uniformed officers were patrolling on foot in the vicinity of 76th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. They were alerted by a passerby of a male acting suspiciously at the corner of 37th Road and 76th Street. The officers walked to the location and observed the male wearing a black trench coat with a fake beard, a hat and dark glasses. When the officers approached the individual, they asked him for identification, at which time the man removed his hands from his pockets, pulled out a black revolver and fired twice at the officers before fleeing southbound on 77th Street.

The officers pursued the male but were unable to apprehend him. The fake beard, hat and glasses were recovered during the foot pursuit. No injuries were sustained by either of the officers.

The suspect is described as a man in his 30s, approximately 5’9″ tall with a thin build.

If you recognize him, police say to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

This photo, from video surveillance, shows the man police say shot at two cops.

Richmond Hill assault suspect sought


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Assault 102 Pctw

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an assault.

On Sunday, November 27, in front of the Nest Bar & Restaurant, located at 125-17 101st Avenue, the suspect struck a 33-year-old man multiple times during a dispute, causing him to sustain injuries. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet-5 inches tall, with a dark complexion.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Quiet Aide to Liu Helped Build a Donor Base Now Under Scrutiny


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Quiet Aide to Liu Helped Build a Donor Base Now Under Scrutiny

She is an almost invisible figure in New York politics, a former insurance agent and single mother who unwinds at karaoke bars in Queens singing Taiwanese pop ballads in a gentle soprano voice. But Mei-Hua Ru quietly wields considerable power in the city, having guided Comptroller John C. Liu’s rise from an obscure councilmember 10 years ago to a major political force today. Read More: New York Times

Little Bay Park project stall is little ‘comfort’

Bayside elected officials and community leaders are campaigning for relief for visitors of Little Bay Park and hoping that millions of dollars in funding hasn’t been flushed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Senator Tony Avella united with Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, and residents of the Bayside community on November 29 to urge the Parks Department to begin the revitalization project of Little Bay Park – which includes the construction of a comfort station. Read More: Queens Courier

Recalling Days on the Run With Abducted Children

The week before they abducted their eight children from a foster carecenter in Queens, Nephra and Shanel Payne stocked up at Costco on supplies and dry goods, like graham crackers, diapers and infant formula for Nefertiti, their 11-month-old daughter. They stashed family photos and important documents in a storage facility and crammed a basketball and a football — essential for traveling with a Little League team’s worth of boys — into their car. Read More: New York Times

New York Mafia and Russian mob joined to lure women as strippers; arranged sham marriages 

The Mafia teamed up with the Russian mob to smuggle Eastern European beauties into New York to work as strippers — and even arranged sham marriages to keep them here, the feds say. Twenty suspects, including seven reputed Gambino and Bonanno mobsters, were arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday on charges ranging from racketeering to visa fraud. Read More: Daily News

Surveillance Video Released In Search For Queens Assault Suspect

Police are asking for help in finding a man wanted in connection with an assault in Queens. Officials say the suspect hit a 33-year-old man outside of the Nest Bar and Restaurant in South Richmond Hill shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The victim was treated for his injuries at Jamaica Hospital. Police say the suspect fled the scene. He is said to be about 5-feet 5-inches tall. Read More & Watch the Video: NY1

Detective Who Fired First Shot At Sean Bell Expected To Face Dismissal, Source Says

William Bell is hoping Detective Gescard Isnora will be removed from the police force after being found guilty of violating New York City Police Department rules in a departmental trial following the deadly shooting of his son Sean five years ago. That decision is being left up to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, but those close to the investigation say the NYPD trials commissioner recommends dismissal. Read More: NY1

Highschool ‘sext’ boot OK’d

A Queens judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the parents of an ex-student at Christ the King High School who was booted for allegedly showing naked pics of an ex-girlfriend on his phone. Joseph Farley was thrown out of the Catholic school this year after being ordered by Assistant Principal Carol Timpone to turn over his cell phone after the girl’s mother complained, according to the suit. After Farley refused, he was expelled. Read More: New York Post


Man Suspected Of Sexually Abusing Two Pre-Teen Girls In Elmhurst


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Feds arrest NY lawmaker on new bribery charges

Less than three weeks after being acquitted in a federal corruption case, a New York state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday on new charges that he sought and accepted bribes from a carnival promoter and two undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers. William Boyland Jr., a Brooklyn assemblymember from a long line of politicians, was to appear later Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn on charges of soliciting more than $250,000 in bribes in exchange for performing official acts. There was no immediate response to a phone message left with his attorney. Read More: NBC News

Man Suspected Of Sexually Abusing Two Pre-Teen Girls In Elmhurst

Investigators are on the hunt for a man wanted for sexually abusing two 12-year-old girls in Queens. Police released a sketch of a man they say lured a girl into his car on 54th Avenue in Elmhurst on the morning of November 12. Investigators say he began sexually abusing the girl inside the car before she ran out. Police believe on November 25 he lured another girl into his car on 55th Avenue. He is described as about 6-feet tall and about 40 years old. Police say the suspect’s white sedan has a green, white and orange or red flag sticker on the driver’s door with an eagle in the middle. Read More: NY1

New schedules to clear ‘chaos’ at Queens Metropolitan High School

The class confusion should be over at Queens Metropolitan High School following new schedules distributed prior to the Thanksgiving break. The first two-and-a-half months of the school year saw some students’ schedules changed over 10 times. Parents and students complained of the chaotic hallways, constant changes and no gym classes. Queens Metropolitan shares the building with two other schools – Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School and Maspeth High School. Read More: Queens Courier

NYPD Stats: Officers Have Stopped, Frisked Four Million Residents Since 2004

The New York City Police Department is on pace to stopping-and-frisking a record number of New Yorkers this year. According to a New York Civil Liberties Union analysis of new police data, during the first nine months of 2011, the NYPD made more than 500,000 street stops. The group says officers are on track to conduct just more than 675,000 stops, which is a nearly 13 percent increase over last year. The NYCLU claims most of these interrogations involved blacks or Latinos, and nearly 90 percent of the stops did not result in an arrest or ticket. Read More: NY1

$680,000 drug bust in Queens

A drug thug was busted in the middle of a Sports Authority parking lot in Queens on one of the busiest shopping days of the year — with 20 kilos of coke in his trunk, cops said yesterday. Kwame Deschamps, a 27-year-old licensed barber from Lynn, Mass., was acting suspiciously Saturday in the store’s lot on Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Hills, police said. Cops investigated and reported finding in his car’s trunk more than $600,000 in cocaine and about 4,000 OxyContin pills, which can go for up to $20 a pop, or a total of $80,000. Deschamps was arraigned and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He had been arrested in Massachusetts in 2009 for marijuana possession, according to police. Read More: New York Post


19-year-old arrested for L train assault


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104th Precinct

Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood

Police have arrested one of the men they say was wanted for an assault on the “L” train.

On November 8, on the Queens bound “L” train at the Myrtle/Wyckoff station, the male victim, 25, was assaulted by three unidentified male blacks.

On November 22, Tayari McClellan, 19, of Brooklyn, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with assault and harassment.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/21/2011: NYC Man Arrested For Plotting To Kill U.S. Servicemen In Name Of Al-Qaeda


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Graphic by Jay Lane

NYC Man Arrested For Plotting To Kill U.S. Servicemen In Name Of Al-Qaeda

A Dominican Republic native living in Washington Heights is under arrest for conspiring to build a bomb for terror purposes and possessing a weapon with the intent of waging a campaign of violence in the name of al-Qaeda, New York City authorities announced Sunday night. Jose Pimentel, 27, was arrested by New York City police on Saturday. Investigators say Pimentel had also planned to use a bomb to kill U.S. military personnel returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had also allegedly expressed a desire to bomb police patrol cars and postal facilities. Read More: NY1

 

Queens Driver Charged With DWI

A Queens driver is facing multiple charges including driving while intoxicated in connection with a Saturday crash on the Long Island Expressway. Police say 37-year-old John Gilette was driving a Jeep Wrangler onto the expressway Saturday morning near the 48th Street ramp in Maspeth when he swerved into a tractor trailer. Gilette’s car hit the right side cabin of the trailer before hitting a wall. Read More: NY1

Brawl chaos at Astoria club

A Queens nightclub was the scene of a bizarre string of violence that left four men injured early yesterday, authorities said. Several thugs first jumped a 23-year-old man at Amnesia on Steinway Street in Astoria, slashing his back, at about 4:15 a.m., cops said. As the thugs ran out of the hot spot, other clubgoers fled, too, authorities said. One of the alleged attackers, Orlando Santos, 18, was running when a car — not believed to be connected to the fight — struck him, dislocating his hip. Read More: New York Post

Former Mayor Giuliani Pushes For More Nuclear Energy Use In Astoria Forum

The Queens Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum in Astoria Friday with experts and former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the keynote speaker, to discuss possibilities for clean and sustainable energy use, as the Bloomberg administration estimates the city will have one million more people by 2030. Watch the Video: NY1

Parents rip NYC schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott over ‘chaos’ at Queens high school

 

A Queens high school where the daughter of city schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott teaches gym is so disorganized that many students don’t know where their classes are or when they start. Some kids at Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills have gotten 10 different class schedules in 11 weeks of instruction, angry parents say. But this is all news to Walcott, because he refuses to talk shop with his daughter. Read More: Daily News

[VIDEO] Police seek L train assault suspects


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Police are seeking the public’s help identifying suspects wanted for an assault on a Queens bound L train.

Just after 2 a.m. on November 8, three unidentified black males assaulted a 25-year-old Hispanic man at the Myrtle/Wycoff Avenues stop on the L train.

Anyone with information in regards to this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Blotter


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105th Precinct

Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park

Seek bank robbery suspect

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the individual wanted in connection with a bank robbery in the confines of the 105th Precinct.

On Saturday, September 3, a black male walked into the Queens County Savings Bank located at 247-53 Jamaica Avenue and handed the victim/teller a note. The suspect simulated a gun inside of a bag. The victim/teller handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled the bank on foot westbound on Jamaica Avenue.

Police say he is between 25 and 35 years old, 5’8”-5’10” in height, 160 to 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a navy blue Yankee hat, white T-shirt with a design on the front and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS

102nd Precinct

Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and the Northern part of Ozone Park

Man allegedly took parking money

A man allegedly tried to make off with 248 quarters that he tried to pilfer from a parking meter.

According to the district attorney, George Flores, 48, was found holding a brown bag, removing the coins from the meters in front of 104-16 Jamaica Avenue.

Police say they recovered seven keys from Flores’ pants pocket, along with the hundreds of quarters in the bag.

He allegedly said he tried the keys on several meters and some worked; he also claims to be the legal custodian of the parking meters and the quarters.

He was arraigned and bail was set at $2,000. His next court date is September 19.

103rd Precinct

Downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood and Jamaica.

Fatal shooting

On Sunday September 18, a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in front of 160-50 107th Avenue.

The victim, later identified as Lucien Brown of Jamaica, was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

104th Precinct

Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth

Attempted murder suspect arrested

Following an investigation, officers of the 104th Precinct arrested a man they say was wanted in connection with a shooting and attempted murder.

Police say that the incident occurred on Friday, September 9 at the corner of Bleecker Street and Cypress Avenue, when the suspect and four other men approached the victim. The suspect, identified as Tommy Gomez, then displayed a firearm and shot the victim one time in the stomach before fleeing into 1703 Himrod Street.

The victim, a 17-year-old male, was taken by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition.

The four accomplices were each subsequently arrested but the shooter remained at large until September 16.

Gomez is charged with attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal posession of a weapon.

Cops deem death a homicide

Police have determined that the death of a 31-year-old man was, in fact, a homicide.

On Wednesday, September 14, police responded to a call of unconscious male at 57-06 Clover Place.

Upon their arrival the officers were met by a family member who reported to have found the victim lying on the floor with trauma to his head and torso. EMS responded and took the victim, Peter J. Polizzi, to Jamaica Hospital where he was admitted. On Saturday, September 17 he succumbed to his injuries.

Following an autopsy by the Medical Examiner, this case was deemed a homicide. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Body found in Jamaica Bay

According to reports, police are trying to identify a man they discovered floating in Jamaica Bay over the weekend.

The man, said to be in his 50s, was found near the North Channel Bridge and Cross Bay Boulevard; he was pronounced dead on the scene and a cause of death is pending.

Vallone responds to uptick in crimes

In response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Management Report citing an increase in crime and response times, City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. said, “The fact that crime and response times are up should not come as a surprise to anyone. This is the inevitable result of having almost 7,000 fewer police officers, and it is only the hard work of Commissioner [Raymond] Kelly and our existing police officers that have held off this increase for so long.”

The Mayor’s Management Report indicated that murder, forcible rape and robbery increased along with major felony crime in the transit system and housing developments. Average response times also went up by over half a minute from 7.5 minutes to 8.4 minutes.

Vallone continued, “It’s not enough to say we are safer than we were 10 years ago. What’s most important to people is whether we are safer than we were last year, or last month, and we are not. Yes, the federal government needs to do more to stop the influx of illegal guns, but our city must do more, too. We must give Commissioner Kelly the resources he needs to stop this crime surge, which means we need 1800 cadets in the Academy on January 1.

Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, also states that the mayor’s claim that the July 2011 class is the “largest in five years” is misleading. It is actually two smaller classes combined, due to the fact that the January 2011 class was canceled. Those cadets would have hit the street in July and been available during this crime wave – but they were not, a fact Vallone believes contributed to its severity.