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108th Precinct

Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside

Seek man for questioning in connection with bathtub death

Police are looking for a man they say they want to question in connection with the death of a 62-year-old man, whose body was discovered in a bathtub.

The incident happened on Wednesday, October 19 inside an apartment on 39th Drive. Upon arrival on the scene, police observed Wayne Graves in the bathtub with two puncture wounds to his head. EMS also responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Police say the person they are looking for is a male black, 30 to 40 years old, 5’9″ to 6’0″ with a medium build.

111th Precinct

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

Officers of the 111th Precinct executed two arrests for robberies in unrelated incidents.

On October 21, a man was waiting for the bus at Bell Boulevard and 48th Avenue when he was approached by a male black who demanded his phone.

The perp grabbed the phone and began punching the victim in the face. He fled the scene with the cell, leaving the victim with abrasions and a bloody nose.

The suspect, 16, was arrested a half-hour after the incident at 211th Street and 46th Avenue. He was charged with robbery.

The second arrest happened a day later when a suspect approached a victim and said “Give me the $15 you owe me.”

He then allegedly punched the victim in the head. The victim chased the 15-year-old suspect, who was arrested and charged with robbery, according to a police source.

114th Precinct

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights

Seek suspect who robbed food delivery man

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect who is wanted in connection with the robbery of a food delivery man.

On Friday, August 26, in front of a location on Main Avenue, the suspect approached the victim, a 21-year-old man who had just made a food delivery, and threatened him. The suspect then went through the victim’s pockets and took $120 before fleeing on a bicycle.

The suspect is described as male black, approximately 16 to 19 years old, medium build, wearing a black T-shirt and camouflage shorts.

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

Fatal accident

On Monday, October 24, police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a pedestrian struck at Grand Central Parkway and 31st Street.

When officers arrived at the location, they determined that the man was attempting to cross the Grand Central Parkway when he was struck by a vehicle. EMS responded and took the victim to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The female driver of the vehicle had no injuries but was taken to Astoria General Hospital for observation. The vehicle remained on the scene. Police say there appears to be no criminality at this time.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/25/2011: 8 Officers Charged With Gun Trafficking in U.S. Corruption Case


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Egypt to release Queens native

The Prime Minister of Israel announced that Ilan Grapel, the Queens native and law student arrested during the Egyptian uprisings in June, will be released in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners, according to Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s office. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Barbara Sheehan released from prison

According to published reports, the 50-year-old mother of two was released from Rikers Island earlier today, roughly two weeks after she was taken into custody. Barbara was in prison awaiting sentencing for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree for the shooting death of her husband, retired NYPD sergeant Raymond Sheehan, on the morning of February 18, 2008. Read More: Queens Courier

 

15-year-old held in rape attempts in Queens

A 15-year-old Queens youth has been arrested on charges that he tried to rape two women this month, part of what the authorities say is a pattern of five attacks in the borough’s southeastern section that began in late September. Read More: New York Times

 

 

Queens suspect forcibly grabs woman’s breast in subway station

A suspect is being sought in connection with yet another sex crime in Queens. Police said that last Thursday a suspect approached 22-year-old woman at the Seneca Avenue M Line subway station and grabbed her breast and private area.  The suspect then fled the station for the street. Read More: CBS News

 

 

8 Officers Charged With Gun Trafficking in U.S. Corruption Case

Eight current and former New York Police Department officers were arrested early Tuesday on federal charges including gun trafficking and conspiracy to smuggle cigarettes, according to people briefed on the case. Read More: New York Times

 

 

Drug bust at LeFrak City


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A seven-month undercover investigation at LeFrak City netted the arrest of 46 people on drug and other charges.

The defendants – who range in age from 17 to 63 – are charged with selling crack and powdered cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and other controlled substances, including prescription medications, to undercover police officers on hundreds of occasions over a seven-month period in and around LeFrak City.

In one instance, it is alleged that 14 undercover drug purchases were made from two men who were operating out of a licensed day care center at the complex. In another instance, it is alleged that in executing a search warrant at another complex apartment, the tenants – one of whom is an inspector at the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission – tried to evade arrest by releasing a pit bull whose vocal cords had allegedly been cut. The dog was captured, but not before attacking one of the officers who required medical treatment.

“This initiative is yet another step in our continuing campaign to stop drug-dealing and drug-based violence in Queens,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “These arrests underscore our commitment to improve the quality of life for the residents of LeFrak City.”

The investigation began in March 2011 when detectives assigned to the NYPD’s Queens Narcotics Division received information regarding drug dealing around LeFrak City. In response, the NYPD’s Queens Narcotics Division and District Attorney Brown’s Narcotics Investigation Bureau dispatched numerous undercover officers to purchase crack and powdered cocaine, heroin and marijuana. During the course of the investigation, undercover officers additionally purchased methadone, Ecstasy, oxycodone, codeine and Xanax, among other drugs.

Fourteen drug sales were allegedly made out of 98-38 57th Avenue, apartment 2K, which is the location of the state-licensed Burke-Arthur Day Care Center whose listed owner is Diane Burke. Two of the defendants – Hector Rodriguez and Donnell Burnhill who are, respectively, Burke’s son and the father of Burke’s daughter’s baby – are accused of selling undercover officers marijuana, crack cocaine and Ecstasy pills from the daycare center, which has the capacity to care for 12 children.

In addition to the arrests, officers executed thirteen court-authorized search warrants and allegedly recovered nearly seven pounds of marijuana, more than two pounds of cocaine, various amounts of crack cocaine, over 3,600 pills, $3,400 in cash, and a 25-caliber semi-automatic handgun.

In executing a search warrant at 96-08 57th Avenue, apartment 4C, it is alleged that police observed Eugene Griffin, a New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission lieutenant inspector, exiting the location smoking a marijuana cigarette. When told not to move by police, it is alleged that Griffin re-entered the two-bedroom apartment. As police entered the apartment, a pit bull, whose vocal cords apparently had been altered to prevent the animal from barking, was released in an effort by those inside to evade arrest.

Arrested at the location was Eugene Griffin, 62, his wife, Joanne Griffin, 62, their son, Omar R. Griffin, 30, and Ricketta Smith, 23, on multiple charges – including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree assault. Allegedly recovered at the apartment were 263 zip lock bags of marijuana, a black bag containing a pound of marijuana, a plastic tube containing cocaine, three electronic scales, a grinder with marijuana, a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and other items.

Police additionally served a nuisance abatement order on the day care center, the Griffins’ apartment, as well as three other apartments in the complex.

The defendants are variously charged with multiple counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of marijuana, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal diversion of prescription medications and prescriptions.

In addition to drug charges, some of the defendants are variously charged with criminal possession of a weapon, assault and resisting arrest.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/21/2011: Former Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy dead


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Woman fatally stabbed, 2 teens injured in Rockaways

The NYPD is investigating a stabbing spree in Queens in which a woman was killed and two teenage girls were injured. Police say the three were attacked on Beach 96th Street in the Rockaways. Police say the woman, 48-year-old Elizabeth Harris of Queens, suffered a stab wound to the abdomen and a laceration to the head. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

You can name a Queens park

The New York City Economic Development Corp. is asking residents to dub the 1.5 acre open space at the eastern end of Queens Plaza in Long Island City. The contest is open to New York City residents. The winning name will be selected by city representatives and the local community. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Former Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy dead

The former Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy was killed Thursday, according to the country’s prime minister. Reports early yesterday morning indicated that Khadafy was either captured or dead. Later Al-Jazeera showed footage of a man resembling the former leader bleeding from gunshot wound to the head. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Queens Courier’s Best of the Boro: Health & Beauty nominations now open

Health is your greatest asset, but sorting through the myriad of doctors is often a fool’s errand. Now, residents who think their doctor or salon is the best can make the opinions heard by nominating them through November 17. Click here to nominate.


Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/17/2011: Woman fights off sexual assault


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Woman fights off attacker

Last night in the Brookville section of Queens a woman was violently attacked. At 7:30pm the 23 year old woman exited a bus on Edgewood Avenue when a man approached her and punched her in the head twice. The assailant attempted to bring the woman to the ground but she struggled and the attack fled.  The police are currently searching for the attacker. Read More: New York Times

 

Supporters of Barbara Sheehan protest in Howard Beach

200 supporters of Barbara Sheehan the Queens woman, who was acquitted of murdering her husband, gathered in Howard Beach last night. Sheehan who was found guilty of the lesser charge of gun possession is currently in jail awaiting sentencing. Supporters gathered outside of Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach to please for her release. Read More: ABC News

 

Police searching for deadly hit-and-run driver

Sunday morning a 2002 Chrysler Sebring was going the wrong way on a Long Island Expressway service road in Maspeth and crashed into a livery cab. The passenger of in the cab was pronounced dead at Elmhurst hospital shortly after the crash. The driver of the Sebring took off on foot. Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Read More: NY1

 

Police seek 2 more suspects in Miracle Mile jewelry heist

Four men have been arrested and up to two others are still being sought, after a mid-day armed robbery in a Manhasset jewelry store. Armed gunmen, wielding hammers, had destroyed the glass cases to steal a supply of Rolex watches from London Jewelers. Read More: NBC News

Sheehan’s fate in the hands of jury


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The trial for Barbara Sheehan’s life started long before September 9.

According to the 50-year-old mother of two, her life was on the line each day of the final 18 years of her marriage.

The Howard Beach resident is being tried on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon for the shooting death of her husband, retired NYPD sergeant Raymond Sheehan, on the morning of February 18, 2008.

“It’s sad what happened, but I had no choice,” said Barbara, who claims she was trying to escape from her house when her husband confronted her. “He aimed a gun at me. He tried to kill me, and I had to defend myself. I tried to get away, but he wouldn’t allow me to. At the time I thought that if I had a gun maybe he wouldn’t come at me, but that didn’t work.”

What followed was the firing of 11 shots by Barbara – the first five from the revolver she held and the subsequent six from the .9-mm Glock she says her husband reached for as he screamed that he was going to kill her.

The jury is currently in deliberation, and Barbara admits that being on trial has felt like being stuck in “quick sand.” If found guilty, she faces 25 years to life in prison.

Upon leaving the courthouse on Tuesday, October 4, one dismissed alternate juror reportedly shouted two words towards a crowd of reporters – “not guilty.”

“I hope all the jurors see the same thing,” Barbara said. “I expect to be found not guilty, because I know that I am.”

The defense’s case was centered on the roughly two decades of physical and emotional abuse that Barbara claims she suffered at the hands of her husband, who she says was a very paranoid man with “mental issues.”

“Our father was very abusive and a horrible person,” said Jennifer Sheehan, the couple’s 25-year-old daughter. “I saw a lot of abuse on my mom. It is quite obvious that it was self defense and that she’s not guilty.”

Among the myriad of injuries Barbara says her husband inflicted on her weekly in what she called their “house of nightmares” were broken fingers, black eyes, a broken ear drum, a dislocated nose and stitches in her forehead from him “bashing my head against a cinderblock wall during a trip to Jamaica.” She says her husband also had four loaded guns in the house at all times.

Barbara has been highly critical of the tactics used by Assistant District Attorney Debra Pomodore during the trial and described the ADA’s request for her to hold the guns as “total manipulation.”

“I think that the Queens District Attorney’s Office is a disgrace,” she said. “They lied about everything. They said that it wasn’t self defense and that they knew what happened, but they weren’t there. Each one of their witnesses was discredited. Pomodore showed no proof to show that any of us lied.”

If acquitted of the charges against her, Barbara says she plans to speak out against domestic violence and help women in abusive relationships. She also says she hopes to shine light on police officers involved in domestic violence, which she describes as “more difficult and scary,” because “you can’t call the police on the police.”