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Suspect sought in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx bank robberies

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a man wanted in connection to eight bank robberies, which occurred in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx last month.

In each incident, according to police, the suspect, Derek Colon, 24, entered the bank and passed a note to the teller without displaying or simulating any weapons. He succeeded in stealing cash during half of the robberies.

Starting on Saturday, November 10, he hit an Emigrant Savings at 370 East 149th Street in the Bronx around 11:45 a.m., and fled with an undetermined amount of money, said authorites.

A few days later, he struck a Chase bank at 726 Grand Avenue in Brooklyn, but did not leave with cash.

On the afternoon of Monday, November 19, within 30 minutes, the suspect robbed two more Bronx banks, then another one in the borough on November 21.

On Friday, November 23, Colon hit his first Queens bank at 70-01 Forest Avenue in Ridgewood.

The two most recent robberies, also in Ridgewood, occurred last Friday.

At around 3 p.m. Colon struck a bank at 918 Seneca Avenue, but fled without stealing any money.

Immediately after, he robbed a bank located at 56-29 Myrtle Avenue, and was able to get away with cash.

Police describe Colon as 5’6″ tall and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in regard to this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 46. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 36. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT of the DAY: Selections from “The Nutcracker” with the Ohman School of Ballet

Come to the Queens Library in Flushing for excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker,” performed in full costume by the Ohman School of Ballet. Dances that will be performed include “Marzipan,” “The Sugarplum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Mechanical Soldier” and more. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Lowlife pigs robbed kids’ banks in Breezy Point

Sandy spared their children’s piggy banks. But some heartless crook did not. A Breezy Point, Queens, family still reeling from the superstorm returned home after Thanksgiving to find their ravaged bungalow ransacked. Read more: New York Daily News

Bronx man charged in Queens woman’s death

Police have charged a Bronx man with murder in connection to the death of a 22-year-old Queens woman who was unconscious in a parked car. Read more: Wall Street Journal

Damaged vacation homes not eligible for FEMA grants

Superstorm Sandy delivered the injury. Now comes the insult. Summer home owners, common in beach communities like the Rockaways, may be financially wiped out if they didn’t spring for pricey flood insurance because FEMA provides grants only for primary residences. Read more: New York Daily News

Cyber Monday likely to be busiest online sales day

Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Read more: ABC New York

FEMA approves aver $664 million for Sandy recovery in New York state

The Federal Emergency Management Agency as of Sunday had approved more than $664 million to help New York state residents recover from Superstorm Sandy. Read more: CBS New York

LIRR, PATH and ferry service added

It’s getting a little easier to get to work in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Read more: Fox New York

Consumers to spend less if middle-class taxes rise: White House

A White House report says that if that Congress allows taxes to go up on middle-class families, consumers will spend $200 billion less in 2013. Read more: Reuters

Loved ones mark 11th anniversary of Flight 587 crash

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Photos courtesy of Flickr/NYC Mayor's Office

As Queens still recovers from Sandy, those who lost loved ones from the Flight 587 crash gathered to mark the 11th anniversary of the tragedy Monday.

On November 12, 2001, the American Airlines flight to the Dominican Republic crashed over Belle Harbor shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing 260 aboard and five on the ground.

The  service, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke, was held at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the Bronx instead of at the memorial in Rockaway Park, because the area is still damaged from the superstorm.














Queens Morning Roundup

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Thursday: A slight chance of drizzle. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. East wind 6 to 8 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. East wind 3 to 6 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Arthur Hammer Memorial Exhibit Opening Reception

Marvel at a large collection of paintings of people, places and things left behind by Arthur Hammer. In about 1990, he opened the Arthur Hammer Fine Arts Gallery on West 25th Street in Manhattan. His gallery focused on the Modernist painters of the 1920s and 1930s and 1940s, which ultimately had a profound effect on the direction of his own work. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Accused cop killer released from Jamaica Hospital

Darrell Fuller, the suspect wanted in connection with killing a veteran Nassau County police officer and a civilian yesterday, was transferred from Jamaica Hospital to Nassau County for booking this afternoon. Under guard of Nassau County Police and NYPD, Fuller appeared sluggish as he walked out of a side entrance of the hospital into a black car. Read more: Queens Courier

Off-duty cop shot in Bronx in stable condition, 1 suspect dead

An off-duty cop, shot in the chest while attempting to break up an armed robbery, fired and killed one of the suspects while two others fled. The incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. in the Bronx when off-duty officer Ivan Marcano’s girlfriend witnessed a robbery in progress while the pair drove on Harrison Avenue. Read more: Queens Courier

Peninsula Hospital sale nearing completion

A group led by a nursing home magnate and former board member of Peninsula Hospital has scooped up the hospital’s assets in bankruptcy. However, future use out of the century-old shuttered hospital as a medical facility is unclear. Read more: Daily News

Former student testifies against accused St. John’s embezzler, ‘Dean of Mean’ Cecelia Chang

Even the family dog abused the scholars-turned-slaves of accused St. John’s University embezzler Cecelia Chang, a former student testified today. Chen Yu Yang, 27, echoed testimony from other former students, that Chang, the former head of the Asian Studies department, forced her into servitude to keep her work-study grant. Read more: NY Post

Queens train brake blasts a loud nuisance, residents say

The sound of the elevated N or Q train can be heard street level as it pulls into the Ditmars Boulevard station, the last stop in Queens. It happens at least every 10 minutes during rush hour. Read more: NY1

Brooklyn woman fails to set record for fastest trip through NYC subway system

History eluded the Brooklyn woman trying to beat the world record for the quickest trip through the city’s subway system. Stefanie Gray, 24, failed to finish in under 22 hours, 52 minutes and 36 seconds. Read more: NY Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 70. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 61. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Spirited Irish music in Woodside

Fiddle-guitar duo Cady & Vita bring Spirited Irish music to local Woodside bar, Two Shotz. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bronx activists warn Queens to be wary of soccer stadium deal

This cautionary Bronx tale is one to avoid repeating. Bronx activists had some advice on Tuesday for Queens: Keep your precious park land and ignore the stadium sweet talk. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens man cleared of stealing police weapons for cash

Ronald De Shields faced serious charges. He was accused of sneaking into the 103rd Precinct in Queens, breaking into lockers and stealing two 9 mm guns from officers. Read more: NY1

Homeless sex offenders housed near school

Angry parents are demanding answers after a building that was supposed to house families in need in Queens is now home to some dangerous sex offenders. Read more: ABC New York

St. John’s dean Cecilia Chang ‘betrayed the students she was supposed to mentor’ by forcing them to work for her or lose scholarships, feds say

A disgraced St. John’s University dean threatened to revoke the scholarships of foreign students unless they washed her underwear, cleaned her home and cooked her meals, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

MTA fare, toll hike hearings scheduled

Public hearings will be held in November over the proposed increase in fares and tolls by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Read more: Fox New York 

Choice dining time surcharges likely coming to New York City restaurants

The next time you go out to eat, you may end up paying more at your favorite restaurant. Read more: CBS New York

Sandusky gets at least 30 years, denies wrongdoing

In what sounded at times like a locker room pep talk, Jerry Sandusky rambled in his red prison suit about being the underdog in the fourth quarter, about forgiveness, about dogs and about the movie “Seabiscuit.” Read more: AP

Toyota to recall 7.4 million vehicles over power window glitch

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said it would recall more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide as a faulty power window switch was a potential fire hazard, the latest in a series of setbacks that have dented the reputation of Japan’s biggest automaker. Read more: Reuters


Headlines from around the web

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The Afternoon Roundup

Pizza delivery boy rapes woman in her Upper West Side home

A demented pizza delivery boy raped an upper West Side woman Saturday as her 7-year-old daughter slept in the bed beside her — and then offered an apology before fleeing, police and the victim said. Cesar Lucas, 16, was busted at his boss’ 10th Ave. pizzeria shortly after dropping off a pie in the building and then sexually assaulting his shocked victim, cops said. NYDailyNews

More Wall Street layoffs are coming

As Wall Street closes the books on Q3, a frightful future may lie ahead. More layoffs are on the way for the big banks, according to prominent bank analyst Glenn Schorr. The Nomura analyst in a recent report warns that many banks, which are still overstaffed, need a more liberal wielding of the ax to squeeze out more profits in the coming years, amid a global market that continues to look sluggish. NYPost

Paramedic partners busted in mysterious 2008 death of estranged wife

Was it the Emergency “Murder” Service? Two paramedic partners who worked together for years on an ambulance out of Jamaica Hospital have been busted in the mysterious 2008 death of the estranged wife of one of the men. Instead of saving lives, Paul Novak and Scott Sherwood are now locked up awaiting their next court date on charges of second-degree murder. NYPost

NY State police report jump in number of meth lab busts

New York state police say they’re responding to far more reports of methamphetamine labs this year than last. They say that troopers answered 45 reports of labs making the illegal amphetamines last year, compared with more than 100 so far in 2012. NYPost

Police investigate Bronx boy’s fall out of window

Investigators are still trying to figure out how a four-year-old boy fell to his death from an apartment window in the Concourse Village section of the Bronx on Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say Gabriel Estevez, seen above, was in the super’s apartment at a building on East 161st Street while his mother was at the laundromat. The fourth-floor apartment did not have window guards. NY1

Queens Morning Roundup

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Friday: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. High near 74. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Friday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind 8 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

EVENT of the DAY: Ella Fitzgerald

A musical that reflects on the life and songs of the legendary jazz/pop vocalist Ella Fitzgerald at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Serial arsonist, who set 13 fires in Queens, arrested

A serial arsonist has been arrested and confessed to setting 13 fires in Flushing, including a three-alarm inferno that injured 19 firefighters and two civilians in August, fire officials said. Thien K. Dinh, 43, of the Bronx, was arraigned in Queens on September 15 and charged with starting a series of fires within a three-week span across Flushing and Murray Hill from August 20 to September 13, according to the district attorney’s office. Read more: Queens Courier

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls on world to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked the Holocaust in an impassioned call Thursday for Iran to curtail its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Netanyahu, warning that Iran could produce a functional nuclear weapon by summer 2013, urged world leaders to impose strict limits on the program’s expansion. Read more: Daily News

Bronx teen admitted he shot mother in sleep, beat her with bat: court records

A cold-blooded Bronx teen admitted he shot his mother while she slept – then beat her with bat as she tried to rise, according to court records. Dee “Darwin” Jackson, 16, made the chilling admission to a police detective on Wednesday, just hours after the remains of his mom, Tihesha Savage, 34, were discovered in a dumpster across the street from the family’s home. Read more: NY Post

Garbage cans waste many parking spots on South Ozone Park streets

Some residents in South Ozone Park, Queens are using garbage cans to save parking in their neighborhood, and Department of Sanitation officials are now pledging to issue summonses if they see trash cans out on the street. Read more: NY1

World’s largest Ferris wheel coming to Staten Island

The Big Apple is getting another “biggest”: the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, part of an ambitious plan to draw New Yorkers and tourists alike to the city’s so-called “forgotten borough.” The 625-foot-tall, $230 million New York Wheel is to grace a spot in Staten Island overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the downtown Manhattan skyline, offering a singular view as it sweeps higher than other big wheels like the Singapore Flyer, the London Eye and a “High Roller” planned for Las Vegas. Read more: NBC NY

Queens Morning Roundup

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Thursday: A slight chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Thursday night: A chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

EVENT of the DAY: Ella Fitzgerald

A musical that reflects on the life and songs of the legendary jazz/pop vocalist Ella Fitzgerald at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ramps down the hate, but still slams ‘Zionists’ in UN speech

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shelved most of his usual hate speech and invoked Jesus Christ in a mellow farewell address Wednesday at the United Nations. The rambling 35-minute address on the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur included shots at the U.S. for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and “uncivilized Zionists.” Read more: Daily News

Bronx super finds woman’s body in plastic bin

Police are investigating after the body of a woman was discovered earlier today in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx. Details are limited but police confirm the body was found inside a plastic container at 1460 Macombs Road. The gruesome discovery was made by a building superintendent. Read more: NY1

Hair’s one way to catch a ‘coke smuggler’

They just couldn’t keep a lid on it. Two women stashed nearly 2 kilos of cocaine beneath their hairpieces and weaves in a bid to smuggle the drugs through Kennedy Airport — but were busted after wigging out at Customs, officials said yesterday. Read more: NY Post

MTA auctioning off items from lost and found

It’s not surprising that straphangers leave items such as cell phones and handbags on subways and buses, but even bikes make it to the MTA New York City Transit’s lost and found. Eventually unclaimed items are auctioned off by the agency, making about $30,000 to $50,000 a year for its operation budget. Read more: Queens Courier

Thug repellent: Fights off gat burglars

A fearless Queens resident went toe-to-toe with two home-invading thugs who cocked a loaded gun against his wife’s head — by wrestling away the weapon and leaving one suspect shot in the leg, cops said. Ghulam Khanlodhy, 42, of South Richmond Hill, later displayed a battle scar from the 3 a.m. life-or-death struggle — a perfect set of teeth marks in his right bicep where one of the masked men gnawed into his flesh. Read more: NY Post

NOAA awards $1.3M grant to Queens College

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA, awarded Queens College with a $1.3 million grant, which will be used to help train grade-school teachers across the city how to use a hands-on approach in the classroom. Read more: NY1

Day trips in and around Queens

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Montauk's Camp Hero State Park


Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane South between Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane

This large park has 165 acres of trees, a golf course,  riding trails, historic carousel and more.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave., Astoria

Learn all about the magic of film at the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique and technology of the moving image in all its forms. After you check out the exhibits, stick around for one of its evening screenings. 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona

You don’t need to be a science geek to have fun at this museum, featuring over 450 interactive exhibits that any curious child will love.

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

The only working historical farm in the city, visitors can check out the fields, vineyard, farm implements and various farm animals.

Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main St., Flushing

The beautiful gardens and trees provide an urban escape for visitors who can walk around for hours through its 39 acres.

Queens Zoo
53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 

Queens locals don’t have to travel very far to see animals, such as tropical birds, alligators, pumas and bears, at this zoo inside Flushing Meadows Park

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, this LIC museum is noted for its sculpture garden.




American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY

Both the young and old will enjoy this museum of historic aircraft and military vehicles at Republic Airport. 

Bronx Zoo
2300 South Blvd., Bronx 

Not only is this zoo the largest in New York City, it is also one of the largest urban zoos in the country. Throughout the year visitors can check out its hundreds of animal species, children’s zoo, butterfly garden, camel rides and much more. [Photo courtesy of Bronx Zoo]

Brotherhood Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY

Dating back to 1839, Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, and offers tours and tastings. [Photo by Tomas Donoso]

Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY

This 415-acre park provides a variety of outdoor enjoyment, including extensive trails, a long expanse of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean and an historic military installation. [Photo courtesy of NYS OPRHP]

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY

In addition to tasting its many beers, including several seasonal varieties, the brewery also has special events—everything from concerts to trivia nights.

Coney Island Beach and Board Walk
Corbin Place to W. 37 St., Boardwalk, Brooklyn

The iconic Coney Island offers lots of fun, whether it’s walking along the boardwalk, riding on the Cyclone roller coaster or eating a Nathan’s Famous hotdog.

Deep Hollow Ranch
Three miles east of Montauk village on Route 27; turn left at Suffolk County Park

People usually think of the southwest when it comes to cattle ranches, but Long Island is home to America’s oldest one. Visitors can tour the ranch and take horse rides along the shore of Block Island Sound. 

Discovery Wetland Cruises
Across Dock Road from the Three Village Inn (150 Main St., Stony Brook, NY)

Take a one-and-a-half hour tour boat tour of an 88-acre wetlands preserve in Long Island.

Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th St., New York

There is plenty to see (and buy) in the heart of midtown Manhattan, but one place that shouldn’t be missed is Discovery Times Square. Currently you can check out an interactive family-friendly exhibit about the secret world of espionage.  

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY

See sharks, otters, sea lions and more ocean creatures at this acaqurium, which features indoor and outdoor exhibits. [Photo courtesy of Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center]

New York Renaissance Faire
600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY

In its 35th year, this annual festival will bring you back to Elizabethan England with it food, shops, acrobatics, magicians, juggler and more. It runs until Sept. 23.

Pollock-Krasner House
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY

Modern art fans will love taking a trip to the home of the late artist Jackson Pollack and his wife. Famous for his drip paintings, which now sell for millions, you can see the studio where he created his famous works.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
Six Flags Blvd. (off of I-195), Jackson, NJ

Just take a drive south down I-195 and you’ll reach this amusement park of thrilling roller coasters and other fun rides plus its safari park.

Splish Splash
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY

Voted one of the country’s best water parks by the Travel Channel, this Long Island attraction is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.  

The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York

A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters museum and gardens is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. [Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY

Everyone loves a great deal. From chain store brands to designer goods, you’ll find amazing discounts at this shopping center. 

Mayor, NYPD helping victims of tragic Van Wyck Expressway crash

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Photo by Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News

One of the three survivors of a recent fiery car crash near the Van Wyck Expressway, which killed five people including two kids, has been treated and released from Jamaica Hospital, officials said.

Kingsley Maduka returned to his family in the Bronx, while Oby Okoro, the driver in the crash, is in the intensive care unit and her seven-year-old son Cjidechukwu Obioha is in stable condition.

A spokesperson for the hospital told the media that “the family is not speaking at this time.”

According to police, the group of eight was traveling eastbound on Atlantic Avenue in a 2008 black Mercedes Benz SUV near the intersection of the Van Wyck at about 3 a.m. on July 22, when the vehicle struck a concrete barrier. The collision caused the car to flip and roll over, subsequently coming to a rest on its passenger side and igniting in flames.

Firefighters and EMS personnel responded, and, once the fire was extinguished, five victims were pronounced dead at the scene: Munachimso Obioha, 8, Ebube Obafor-Mba, 9, and three adult females.

Okoro, Obioha and Maduka were taken to the hospital.

The group was coming back from a function celebrating Nigerian heritage, according to published reports.

There is no criminal activity suspected at this time and the investigation is ongoing, cops said, though it has been reported that Okoro was traveling at a high rate of speed and had blown two red lights. “The mayor’s office and NYPD community affairs unit are helping the family out in any way that we can,” said officer Mark Costa of the 103rd Precinct.

Basdeo Narine, a resident who lives about a mile from the accident and passed by as he was driving his wife to work, said the Mercedes was completely smashed and he saw the five bodies, covered in sheets, laid out near the vehicle.

“It was mind crushing,” he said of the gruesome scene.

Narine said that though he doesn’t consider the intersection dangerous, people do take the turn at the Van Wyck and Atlantic and Archer Avenues at a high rate of speed. “I live here, so I know,” he said. “People can get up to 60 mph from light to light. But if you have kids in the car you are supposed to be cautious.”

In order to avoid such tragedies in the future, Narine said, the area needs a traffic light and a speed bump.

He said he’s not averse to contacting area politicians regarding the matter.

Yvonne Reddick, district manager of Community Board 12, agreed that the intersection is usually safe.

“That’s the first time that I’ve heard of an accident at that location,” Reddick said. “She just lost control. That was a tragedy. My heart goes out to the family.”


Headlines from around the web

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Police investigate deadly Queens car accident

At least one person is dead after a car accident in Queens that took place early Saturday morning. Police said a 24-year-old man, identified by the New York City Sanitation Department as 24-year-old Dominick Bunch, got into a fender-bender with his Toyota at Crescent Street and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. NY1


Man falls to death while working on cargo ship

A man has died after he fell while doing repair work on top of an elevator on a cargo ship in Staten Island Saturday morning. According to police, the man was working on top of an elevator on a cargo ship at the New York Container Terminal when he slipped and fell. NY1


Cuomo, lawmakers, agree on cyberbullying bill

Students in New York will learn the potentially deadly hazards of cyberbullying and school officials will be mandated to respond to the earliest reports of it, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, who agreed Saturday to a bill on the subject. The bill defines cyberbullying as harassment, insults, taunting and threats through social media. The bill won’t, however, include a criminal charge that a senator had insisted last week is essential to curbing the rising harassment blamed on a string of teen suicides. NYPost


Elderly Bronx woman found bludgeoned to death on apartment floor

An elderly Bronx woman was found bludgeoned to death on the floor of her apartment this morning, fresh groceries strewn across the floor around her unconscious body and the front door unlocked, cops said. Evelyn Shapiro, 88, was discovered by a relative and pronounced dead on the scene by first responders who arrived at the apartment at 9:55 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.NYPost 


Cops close in on Drake in bar brawl

Drake was set to take the stage at Jones Beach Saturday night under suspicion he instigated a bottle-throwing club brawl with rival rapper Chris Brown.But he didn’t appear worried Friday night, dining with an entourage of 12 at the lower East Side restaurant, Sons of Essex. “They were really laid back and chill, having a good time,” said a source who saw Drake and his posse at the Essex St. eatery.NYDailyNews 

Subway Series kicks off at Yankee Stadium tonight

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Mets fans will be eschewing the No. 7 train for the No. 4 and the D to the Bronx this weekend.

The Mets face off with their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in the annual Subway Series.

Johan Santana returns to the mound for the first time tonight since tossing the franchise’s first no-hitter on June 1. He will face off against Hiroki Kuroda.

Saturday’s match up pits Dillon Gee against Phil Hughes and Sunday Jon Niese takes on Andy Pettitte.

The Yankees took four out of six games against the Mets last year.

The Subway Series returns to Citi Field on June 22 for another three-game set.


Headlines from around the web

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Teen dies after East River plunge

A 15-year-old boy died after falling into the choppy currents of the East River last night, sources said. Police received a 911 call at 8:15 p.m. for a teen who fell from the promenade near the FDR Drive and East 105th Street, into the chilly water, cops said. NYPost 


‘Killer’ in Bronx girls 1998 murder eyed in 4 other rapes: source

The monster busted for the vicious 1998 rape and strangulation of a 14-year-old Bronx runaway is now the prime suspect in up to four other sex attacks in the borough, The Post has learned. “We’re looking at him for at least three, and possibly four other rapes” during the same time period, a law-enforcement source said of James David Martin. The fiend pleaded not guilty yesterday to the murder, rape and sodomy of Marleny Cruz, 14, on Feb. 23, 1998. Prosecutor Rachel Singer told the judge that Martin, 40, made videotaped statements to cops admitting he’d arranged a date with the girl at his mother’s apartment. NYPost


Stop-and-frisk incients on rise in the city

New statistics show the number of police stop-and-frisks over the first three months of the year is more than 10 percent higher than the same quarter last year. More than 203,000 street stops were made by police from January through March, compared to 183,000 stops in the period last year. NY1


Pettitte returns to pitch for the Yankees

Andy Pettitte is retaking the mound at Yankee Stadium this afternoon for his first Major League Baseball game in a year-and-a-half. The 39-year-old left-handed pitcher retired after the 2010 season but signed with the team in the off-season and spent the last few weeks getting ready in the minor leagues. NY1


Estranged husband and wife run against each other for state assembly seat

The War of the Roses is erupting on Long Island, where a Nassau County man is set to challenge his estranged wife for state Assembly. Mark Schimel has been given the Nassau County GOP nomination to seek the Great Neck seat that currently belongs to his estranged wife — Democrat Michelle Schimel. NYDailyNews

Top Headlines from Around the Web

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Power Line from Quebec to Astoria Draws Mixed Reviews

A proposal to create a $2.2 billion power transmission line to bring wind and hydroelectric power from Quebec to Astoria is pitting environmentalists and against each another and creating some unusual alliances. NYDailyNews


Rapper Talib Kweli emcees at St. Johns University

Like any great rapper, Talib Kweli knows how to freestyle.

Without any notes or prompts, the Brooklyn native rattled off a first-person history of hip hop music to a captive audience of more than 400 students at St. John’s University on Tuesday.

“Hip hop is such a folk thing,” the 36-year-old lyricist told the Daily News. “It speaks directly to the people and the language that they are using right now.” NYDailyNews


Tigers’ Young placed on Restricted List after ‘Anti-Semetic’ attack

The Tigers have taken outfielder Delmon Young off the active roster, a day after he allegedly went on a drunken, anti-Semitic rampage.

The 26-year-old has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list, pending an evaluation at the beginning of next week. NYPost


Bronx Teen Stabbed During Subway Fight over iPhone

A teen is fighting for his life after he was stabbed during a fight over an iPhone at a Fordham Heights subway station early this morning, authorities said.

The 19-year-old saw that his friend’s smartphone had been snatched and pocket slashed after the two fell asleep on the downtown 4 train, polices sources said. NYPost


Two Cops Injured While Rushing to Call in Brooklyn

Two cops were hospitalized after their car was T-boned by another vehicle as they rushed to a call in Brooklyn yesterday, witnesses and police said.

The cops were taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries after a Honda Accord struck their car at Bedford Avenue and Midwood Street at about 8 p.m. One of the cops was kept overnight. A third person was also hospitalized. NYPost


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Teen Accused Of Vandalizing Queens Playground

The teenager police believe was responsible for vandalizing a playground in Far Rockaway, Queens was arrested Thursday. Allan Swafford, 17, was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal mischief and burglary. Much of the new equipment in the new Far Rockaway park was broken. The damage will cost the city tens of thousands of dollars and the June opening might now be delayed. Read More: NY1


Queens motels shut down, employees arrested in prostitution sting

Two Queens motels were shut down this week after five employees were busted by cops for their alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. Desk clerks Harripersa Ramjattan, Bhaskar Chanika, Wojuech D. Sady, Atm Raham and Masum Chowdhury at the Kew Motor Inn and Par Central Motor Inn, both located in Kew Gardens, were charged for promoting prostitution, falsifying business records, commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution. Read More: New York Post


Demonstrators Want Police Officer Arrested For Shooting Unarmed Bronx Teen

A rally was held by a Bronx police precinct Thursday night, as advocates demanded that the police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham last month should be arrested and face criminal charges. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot last month by Police Officer Richard Haste, who along with several narcotics agents chased the teen into his house on East 229th Street in Wakefield after an alleged drug deal. Read More: NY1


NYC stores ready to ditch synthetic pot in wake of state ban

Mohamed Alzokri, who runs A&M Candy on Amsterdam Ave. and 89th St., said the prohibition is the excuse he needed to pull the popular money-maker off his shelves “It’s not good for health. They should take it off the market,” he said, but added, “Everybody asks for it when they come in.” After a Daily News investigation on the fake weed often called K2 or Spice, the state health commissioner ordered a ban on its sale or distribution. Letters were sent to county health departments, which must put sellers on notice that they could face civil action if they don’t ditch the dangerous drug. Read More: Daily News


Deliberations To Begin In Handyman’s Murder Trial

Deliberations are set to begin Friday in the trial of a handyman accused of killing a Manhattan building cleaner and hiding her body in an air-conditioning duct. A lawyer for Joseph Pabon says officials rushed to judgement when they charged Pabon with smothering 46-year-old Eridania Rodriguez in 2009. But during his summation Thursday, the prosecutor in the case argued the evidence proves Pabon’s guilt. Read More: NY1


Mega Millions jackpot grows again, reaches $540M

The Mega Millions jackpot just got bigger — $40 million bigger to be exact. The record lottery jackpot climbed to a staggering $540 million this afternoon, officials said. Since Tuesday’s drawing, when no winning tickets were sold, the jackpot has grown twice — from $363 million to $500 million to $540 amount. The $500 million was already the largest in history for a multistate game. Read More: New York Post

New security plan in works for problem-plagued Village McD’s

The owner of the problem-plagued Greenwich Village McDonald’s met last night with police brass and political reps to hash out plans to improve safety and security, The Post has learned. Some of the ideas floated were the hiring of off-duty NYPD officers to act as guards, giving police remote Internet access to the eatery’s surveillance cameras, and cordoning off seating after a certain hour to prevent customers from lingering, Deputy Inspector Brandon del Pozo of the Sixth Precinct told concerned residents at a community meeting. Read More: New York Post

Teen survives five-story elevator fall at Bronx apartment

A teen miraculously survived a five-story plunge inside a broken elevator at a Bronx apartment building last night, authorities and witnesses said. Kenneth Lacen, 17, had boarded the elevator on the fifth floor of the building on Woodycrest Avenue near Yankee Stadium at around 9 p.m. when it suddenly went into a terrifying free fall and crashed in the basement, authorities and witnesses told The Post. Read More: New York Post

Spike Lee settles for retweeting wrong address

An elderly couple has reached a settlement with Spike Lee after the pair said they had to leave their Florida home after the director help spread a Twitter posting listing their address as that of the man who shot an unarmed teen. The couple’s attorney, Matt Morgan, announced the settlement Thursday. Morgan says Lee called them to apologize for retweeting their address. Specifics of the settlement weren’t disclosed. Read More: New York Post