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MTA worker busted for staging robbery at Queens subway station
MTA worker busted for staging robbery at Queens subway station
Police Cristabelle Tumola 5/16/2013 at 12:10PM

A MTA worker and her male accomplice have been arrested for stealing $4,000 in a staged robbery at a Queens subway station, announced District Attorney Richard Brown. Tracy King, 48, of Queens, and Anthony Brown, 42, of Brooklyn, have been charged with grand larceny, defrauding the government and falsely reporting an incident. As part of the [...]

10 Queens, Brooklyn men busted in connection to auto theft ring
10 Queens, Brooklyn men busted in connection to auto theft ring
Police Queens Courier Staff 5/13/2013 at 11:24AM

Ten men were arrested in connection with an auto theft ring with the intention to resell the stolen cars, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The defendants, all from Brooklyn or Queens, have been charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle and conspiracy. According to the indictment, [...]

Man accused of sexually assaulting Queens woman arrested at JFK with stun gun
News Queens Courier Staff 3/15/2013 at 3:26PM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY A 23-year old Greek national was arrested on charges of sexual assaulting a Queens woman, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced. The defendant, Promdromos Vasilopoulos, of Athens, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to board a plane to London. Vasilopoulos was found with a stun gun, which the [...]

Mother of slain National Guardsman vows justice despite grand jury ruling
Mother of slain National Guardsman vows justice despite grand jury ruling
Police Alexa Altman 2/22/2013 at 10:40AM

Even after the verdict was final, Cecilia Reyes vowed her son would get justice. Reyes, the mother of Noel Polanco, the 22-year-old National Guardsman who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on the Grand Central Parkway on October 4, was outraged by the court’s ruling that her son’s killer would not [...]

No criminal charges to be filed in Grand Central Parkway shooting death of Army reservist
No criminal charges to be filed in Grand Central Parkway shooting death of Army reservist
Police Queens Courier Staff 2/15/2013 at 2:45PM

A Queens grand jury concluded Thursday that there will be no criminal charges filed in connection to the death of Army reservist Noel Polanco who was shot by a police officer on the Grand Central Parkway last fall, said District Attorney Richard Brown. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly requested the grand jury investigation just days after [...]

Queens duo accused of stealing $60K in unemployment benefits
News Maggie Hayes 1/21/2013 at 3:42PM

Unemployment is going to be the least concern for two Springfield Gardens residents who allegedly conned the state into awarding them over $60,000, according to the district attorney’s office. Tasham Terrell Coleman and Nakia Bouyer are accused of collecting unemployment insurance benefits between May and December of 2012 by establishing a company with a dozen [...]

Queens subway pusher indicted, found fit to stand trial
Queens subway pusher indicted, found fit to stand trial
Police Cristabelle Tumola 1/15/2013 at 8:44AM

The woman accused of shoving a 46-year-old man to his death at a Sunnyside subway platform last month has been indicted by a grand jury for second-degree murder as a hate crime and ruled mentally fit to stand trial, announced Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. At the time of her arrest, Erika Menendez, 31, allegedly [...]

25 years for fatal shooting outside Richmond Hill bar
Police Terence M. Cullen 1/08/2013 at 3:12PM

The Ozone Park man who fatally shot a 19-year-old nearly three years ago was sentenced on Tuesday, January 8 to 25 years to life in prison. Miguel Viruet, 37, was convicted on second-degree charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon last month for the May, 5 2010 shooting of Christian O’Hara outside Scooby’s [...]

Peter Rodriguez, driver in fatal hit-and-run pleads guilty
Peter Rodriguez, driver in fatal hit-and-run pleads guilty
News Billy Rennison 4/24/2012 at 2:48PM

Peter Rodriguez, the driver in a wrong-way accident that took the life of a beloved Maspeth bar owner, pleaded guilty recently to criminally negligent homicide and now faces up to seven years in jail, though that is of little solace for his family. George Gibbons, owner of Gibbons’ Home, was killed on the morning of [...]