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One dead, three injured in Rockaway collision

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One person was killed and three more were hurt Wednesday night after a car veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle in the Rockaways, police said.

A Nissan 350Z was driving eastbound on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 127 Street about 11:10 p.m. when it veered sideways, crossed over the double yellow line and entered the oncoming lane, authorities said. A Kia Spectra traveling westbound on Beach Channel then struck the passenger side door of the Nissan.

The Nissan’s 19-year-old passenger, Geovanni Balverdy, of Far Rockaway was pronounced dead at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, police said. The car’s driver, a 19-year-old man, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

EMS took the Kia’s driver, a 29-year-old woman, and her passenger, a 21-year-old man, to Brookdale Hospital. Their condition was not immediately clear.

The investigation is ongoing.


Police: Suspect shoots at officers during Far Rockaway chase

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Updated Saturday, December 28, 10:32 a.m.

A 19-year-old was arrested after he exchanged bullets with officers while they were chasing him in Far Rockaway Friday, police said.

Three plainclothes officers stopped the suspect, William Bazemore, when they saw an unusual bulge in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt about 12:30 a.m. at Beach Channel Drive and Nameoke Avenue, according to the NYPD. After approaching Bazemore, he turned and shot at the officers, police said.

The cops returned fire and Bazemore fled northbound on Beach Channel Drive towards Horton Avenue, with two the officers chasing him on foot and one following him by car, the NYPD said.

He was caught a block away after struggling with the officers, and they recovered a .22 caliber Rohm revolver at the scene, cops said.

Bazemore was taken to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries to his nose where he was treated, according to police.

He has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, authorities said.



Group of women wanted for assault, robbery in Far Rockaway

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Police are looking for six women wanted for allegedly assaulting, then stealing electronics from two female victims in Far Rockaway.

On Wednesday, January 16, around 4:20 p.m., the group of women approached the victims at the rear of 32-11 Beach Channel Drive. The suspects then assaulted them and fled with one victim’s cell phone and the other one’s iPod.  Neither of the victims were seriously injured.

Anyone with information in regards to this homicide is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at  800-577-TIPS, or submit tips at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or text their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.