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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Cloudy. High around 40. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Periods of light snow. Low 31. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Homeless man found dead on tracks of Queens subway station

A homeless man was found dead on the tracks of a Queens subway station early Tuesday, police said. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo, lawmakers negotiate on pre-k, property tax relief for state budget

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders negotiated over property tax relief, charter schools and prekindergarten funding Monday – with a budget deadline looming in a week. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Unsanctioned subway buskers, vendors feel NYPD’s wrath

The NYPD is putting the heat on churro sellers, subway acrobats, and other underground peddlers and panhandlers. Read more: New York Post

Majority of New York voters oppose having DREAM Act in state budget: poll

A new Siena College poll is a nightmare for DREAM Act supporters. Read more: New York Daily News 

9/11 Memorial Museum to open in May

The long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site on May 21, officials announced Monday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Dead woman pulled out of Long Island City waters


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Fire officials pulled the body of a 51-year-old Long Island City woman out of the East River Saturday morning, police said.

She was fully clothed, and there were no visible signs of trauma on her body, according to cops.

The woman, Judy Soo Hoo, was found floating near 47th Rd. and Center Blvd. about 10 a.m., police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Woman found dead in Howard Beach motel: cops


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A 22-year-old woman was found dead in a Howard Beach motel Saturday morning, police said.

Authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unconscious female at the Surfside Motel at 164-33 Cross Bay Blvd. about 11:25 a.m. Saturday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Man found dead at College Point park


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A man’s body was discovered at a College Point park Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The unidentified male was found about 1:15 p.m. in Hermon A. Macneil Park near 119th Street and 5th Avenue, according to the NYPD.

Cops said there were no signs of trauma on the body and the person appeared to be homeless.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

 

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Cops looking for man after wife, two children found stabbed to death in Jamaica apartment


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Photos via Facebook

Updated Monday, Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m.

Police are looking for the father of two young girls who were discovered fatally stabbed inside their Jamaica home Sunday night with their mother, police said.

Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 28, who is a suspect in the case, is known to drive a white 2001 Chevrolet commercial van with the license plate 22128MD and a white 1995 Dodge Suburban with the license plate  GHS2798, according to the NYPD.

Deisy Garcia, 21, and her children, Daniela Mejia, 2, and Yaslin Mejia, 1, were found just after 7 p.m. in a bedroom of their Sutphin Boulevard apartment, cops said. Each victim had multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo by Robert Stridiron

Garcia was reportedly a frequent churchgoer and her local parish, Iglesia Naciones Unidas en Cristo, said “our cry for her family [is] that God will fill them with peace and strength.”

“We give thanks to God for the years He gave her and for all the time we were able to share with her and her marvelous daughters,” they said.

Garcia, a native of Guatemala, was also a student at York College, according to her Facebook page.

Miguel Mejia-Ramos

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

-With additional reporting by Maggie Hayes

 

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73-year-old dies in fire at Flushing retirement home


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A two-alarm fire at a Flushing retirement home Thursday killed a 73-year-old woman, police said.

The fire broke out just after midnight in an apartment at Flushing House, located on Bowne Street near 38th Avenue, according to the NYPD. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze about 3o minutes later.

Responding officers found a woman, who police identified as Natalie Blatt, inside the apartment, and she was taken to Flushing Hospital where she was pronounced dead, cops said. No one else was injured or displaced as a result of the blaze.

The fire is still under investigation, according to the FDNY.

 

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Nelson Mandela dies at 95


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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons/South Africa The Good News / www.sagoodnews.co.za

HEATHER CHIN, MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela has died at age 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mandela had died on Thursday at 8:50 p.m. South African Standard Time (1:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, the world renowned civil rights activist went on to become South Africa’s first black president as well as a major mover in the fight to end the South African apartheid regime. His efforts and continuous activism earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Mandela was hospitalized in April 2013 for 18 days due to a lung infection. He had previously been treated for gall stones in December 2012. His last public appearance was in July 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa.

Following Mandela’s passing, national and local leaders offered their condolences and spoke of his legacy.

“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” said President Obama. “So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-staff in Mandela’s honor.

“When I presented Nelson Mandela with the Key to the City in 2005, he spoke passionately about the work of his foundation and his ongoing efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic and many other important issues. He devoted his life to building a more just, equal and compassionate world, and we are all better for it, said Bloomberg. “On behalf of the people of the City of New York, I offer my sincere condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa.”

 

 

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Woman killed in Queens Boulevard hit-and-run


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A 58-year-old Elmhurst woman was killed Saturday night in an apparent hit-and-run while crossing Queens Boulevard, police said.

Nisath Hossain was struck by a car in Forest Hills near Queens Boulevard and 71st Avenue on September 21 shortly after 10 p.m., cops said.

The driver fled the scene, police said, and Hossain was later pronounced dead at North Shore University Hospital.

Authorities believe Hossain was crossing the major thoroughfare when she was fatally hit by a car going westbound.

The notoriously dangerous Queens Boulevard is unofficially known by borough residents as the “Boulevard of Death.”

There are no arrests, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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UPDATE: One dead, another injured in Woodside stabbing


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

One man was stabbed to death in Woodside and another was found injured next to him early Saturday morning, police said.

The identities of both victims were not yet released. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital shortly before 5 a.m. on June 13, authorities said.

A 26-year-old Hispanic male was stabbed in the chest and died on arrival, cops said. The other victim, a 33-year-old Hispanic male, was stabbed in the torso but is said to be in stable condition.

The two were found in front of 68-10 Roosevelt Avenue.

Police said there are no arrests at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE Sunday, July 14:

The deceased has been identified as Isaac Martinez, 26, of Astoria.

Police describe the suspect as either a Hispanic or Asian male, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 120 to 170 pounds. He has dark hair and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

The suspect, authorities say, fled in a dark colored older model sedan with decals on both front panels. The vehicle may have a shattered rear window.

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

 

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Man killed in Jamaica shooting


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A 26-year-old man was shot and killed in Jamaica early Saturday morning, police said.

Donte Smith was shot once in the chest at 110-52 Farmers Boulevard near his home on June 22 around 1 a.m., cops said.

He was pronounced dead at Queens General Hospital.

There are no arrests at this time, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Man shot and killed in Jamaica


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A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in Jamaica early Sunday, police said.

Roshane Morrison of Jamaica was found by cops on March 31 with a gunshot wound to the torso at about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of 110th Avenue and 179th Place.

He was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

There are no arrests at the time, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

Woman’s remains wash ashore in Breezy Point


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A woman’s partially decomposed body was discovered on a beach in Breezy Point this morning, according to reports.

While only part of the woman’s skull remained intact, police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

Her identity has not yet been discovered.

It is unclear how she died. The Office of the Medical Examiner will release the cause and whether any criminality is suspected in the next few days.

Homeless man found dead outside Bayside LIRR


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

A local, well-known homeless man was found dead this morning just steps from the Bayside LIRR station.

William Bateman was found dead by pedestrians at approximately 7 a.m. sitting on a bench on 41st Avenue in Bayside shaded by trees, a place locals often saw him.

“He would sit there every day,” said Ahmed Iftikhar, owner of S&W coffee shop outside the LIRR station. “Sometimes he would stop by the shop, but mostly he stayed on the benches.”

Iftikhar saw Bateman when he came into work at 5 a.m. Customers rushed over to him at about 7 a.m. saying that Bateman wasn’t breathing, prompting Iftikhar to dial 9-1-1.

Passers-by stopped by the benches in the park on 41st Avenue to ask if it was the well-known Bateman who had died.

“He always sat there,” said Frank Collins, a local who sometimes chatted with Bateman. “He was a nice guy.”

Collins said Bateman planned on moving to Alabama to live with his sister after Labor Day.

 

 

Henry Hill, immortalized in ‘Goodfellas,’ dies at 69


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Former mob informant Henry Hill — immortalized on the big screen in “Goodfellas” — passed away last night at 69.

TMZ first reported the death.

Hill’s girlfriend, Lisa Caserta told the New York Post that Hill suffered a heart attack in May.

“He went into the hospital and it was really touch-and-go for a long time,” she told the paper.

Hill was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn in 1943 and became involved with the organized crime at an early age.

The former mobster’s life was chronicled in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas, which Caserta said Hill called “99.9 percent accurate.”

Ray Liotta, who famously portrayed Hill “Goodfellas” tweeted, “RIP Henry Hill. I owe you so much.”

 

 

DONNA SUMMER DEAD AT 63


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Donna Summer – the Queen of Disco — died this morning after a battle with cancer … TMZ has learned.

We’re told Summer was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.

Sources close to Summer tell us … the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.

[TMZ]