District Attorney Richard A. Brown

Man shot in Astoria liquor store
News Michael Pantelidis 4/10/2012 at 1:53PM

A 37-year-old Astoria resident was fatally shot in a liquor store on the evening of Saturday, April 7. Skaka Ryan was in the shop, located at 24-04 34th Avenue, at roughly 7 p.m. when he was shot in the torso and left leg by an unidentified gunman. Police arrived on the scene following a 911 [...]

Sub assaults student; faces up to seven years in jail
Sub assaults student; faces up to seven years in jail
News Melissa Chan 3/14/2012 at 2:26PM

A substitute teacher at a Flushing elementary school has been arrested for allegedly wringing the neck of a six-year-old student, officials said. Grace Peterson-Hagendorf, 59 — a retired teacher who works as a day-to-day substitute — allegedly pushed a female student at P.S. 22 from behind before pinching and twisting her neck, court records show. [...]

Teacher’s aide charged with touching girls at P.S. 52
Teacher’s aide charged with touching girls at P.S. 52
News Melissa Chan 2/28/2012 at 9:09AM

An elementary school teacher’s aide has been arrested for sexually abusing six female students on multiple occasions, officials said. Brett Picou, a 30-year-old paraprofessional at P.S. 52 in Jamaica, allegedly slapped and held the buttocks of several girls, ages nine and 10, many times as they walked up the stairs or bent over to tie [...]

Racino employees charged with forging cards
News Melissa Chan 2/28/2012 at 9:00AM

A stint of luck has run dry for two Racino employees, busted for forging fraudulent casino player cards, officials said. Moises Jones, 29, and Rolanda Roberts, 33, have been charged with allegedly generating and distributing between 70 and 200 fraudulent casino player cards over the last seven weeks at Resorts World Casino, said District Attorney [...]

Queens teacher had ‘pattern of inappropriate conduct’
News Steve Mosco 2/21/2012 at 12:33PM

A teacher who had “shown a pattern of inappropriate conduct,” but was allowed to teach anyway, has been charged with sexually abusing two young boys on multiple occasions at P.S. 174 in Rego Park. Wilbert Cortez, a 49-year-old computer teacher at William Sydney Mount School, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct against [...]