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32-year-old man arrested in Sunnyside hit-and-run of four pedestrians


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Updated 10:15 p.m.

A 32-year-old Jackson Heights man was arrested Sunday in connection to a hit-and-run in Sunnyside Saturday night that left five people in the hospital.

The NYPD arrested Luis Andrade on Sunday at about 3:55 p.m. and he is facing two charges of leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury. 

Andrade’s white Mazda sedan allegedly struck four pedestrians at about 7:40 p.m. Saturday as they waited at a bus stop on Northern Boulevard and 48th Street, police said.

The driver then fled the scene in the car and ditched the car a few blocks away.

The victims, who ranged from a seven-year-old girl to a 56-year-old man, were taken to Elmhurst Hospital and all are in non-critical condition. A fifth person, who was at the scene of the time of the accident but was not struck, was also taken to the hospital with high blood pressure, according to police.

 

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Police: Corona man found stabbed to death


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A 25-year-old Corona man was found stabbed to death on Saturday, police said.

Cops found Furman Herrera-Martinez unconscious and unresponsive with stab wounds to his chest and arm after they responded to call about a stabbing in front of 96-06 Roosevelt Avenue at 5:52 a.m.

EMS transported Herrera-Martinez to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cops have not made any arrests and the investigation is ongoning.

 

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Truck fatally hits 8-year-old boy in Woodside; driver charged


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

A third grader was struck and killed by a truck at a Woodside intersection Friday morning as he was on his way to school.

Noshat Nahian, 8, was crossing the street with his 11-year-old sister around 8 a.m. when a tractor trailer traveling southbound on 61st Street made a left turn, striking him with its rear tires, police said.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, Mauricio Osorio-Palominos, 51, of Newark, N.J., who remained on the scene of the accident, has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and operating vehicle in violation of safety rules, police said.

The child was a student at P.S. 152, located right where the accident occurred, according to  Christian Amez, of Woodside on the Move, which operates afterschool programs at P.S. 152.

“Woodside on the Move joins the entire community in mourning the loss we all suffered this morning,  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the young victim’s family, friends, and loved ones,” said Amez.

“It’s horrible. That poor mother,” said Lisbeth Jimenez, who has a son in fourth grade at the school.

“I feel scared to walk my son to school and even pick him up. Drivers don’t care about people,” she said.

 -With additional reporting by Angy Altamirano 

 

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Famous Famiglia opens at Jackson Heights subway station


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A new famiglia has come to Jackson Heights.

Famous Famiglia opened its doors on Monday at the subway station on 75th Street and Roosevelt Avenue together with local elected officials, family and friends.

The pizza chain beat out a total of 12 other proposals which vied to call the vacant 4,000-square-foot space home in 2010, after the MTA advertised a new request for proposals. Famous Famiglia won and signed a lease in 2011.

“We are very excited about becoming a part of the Jackson Heights community,” said Paul Kolaj, Famous Famiglia CEO and co-founder. “Even though Famous Famiglia is an internationally successful pizza brand, the Jackson Heights location is especially meaningful to us.”

Kolaj said Queens is important to him and his family, because they first immigrated to the United States through John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1970. The family went on to grow up in the South Bronx and in 1986 launched the business in Manhattan on the Upper West Side.

“The very fabric of America is no more apparent than the diverse cross section that is Queens,” said Kolaj. “We appreciate the partnership and support of the MTA and we look forward to creating dozens of jobs through a successful business in Jackson Heights, and for the opportunity to make our contribution to the local community.”

A month before taking office four years ago, Councilmember Daniel Dromm held his first press conference calling for the MTA to fill the vacant space at the subway station. Now that the pizzeria has finally opened its doors, the councilmember said it will be a significant economic driver to the community and also helps out other local businesses along Roosevelt Avenue.

“This is the hub of Jackson Heights,” said Dromm. “I’m thrilled to see Famous Famiglia finally able to open their doors.”

All sales made on the Monday grand opening will be donated to Elmhurst Hospital’s “Helping Kids Heal” fund, going towards the pediatric center at the hospital.

 

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Teen pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver


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Luis Bravo was walking on Broadway at 58th Street when a car driving by struck and killed him.

Saturday, September 28 around 11 p.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a car accident involving Bravo, 19, police said, within the confines of the 108th Precinct.

Upon arrival, police found Bravo unconscious and unresponsive, with severe trauma about the body. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver, traveling southbound on Broadway in a dark colored sedan, fled the scene.

There are no arrests, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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Jackson Heights man arrested for fatal Roosevelt Avenue shooting


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A Jackson Heights man has been arrested and charged for the murder of another man on Roosevelt Avenue.

According to the NYPD, on Friday, September 20 at approximately 5:54 p.m., after responding to a report of a man shot at 80th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, police found Ivan Rodriguez, 33, of Corona in front of 89-09 Roosevelt Avenue with a gunshot wound to his neck and head. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police arrested Pedro Silva, 20, of Jackson Heights in connection to the incident. He has been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of criminal use of a firearm. 

 

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Motorcycle and SUV crash leaves two dead in Astoria


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Photo by Robert Stridiron

Police are investigating a motorcycle and car collision that left two people dead in Astoria.

According to the NYPD, on Saturday, at approximately 4:30 p.m., they responded to a call of a collision between a motorcycle and an SUV, a Nissan Xterra, at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 24th Street in Astoria. An initial police investigation determined the Nissan Xterra was traveling west bound on 20th Avenue when the driver decided to make a U-turn at 24th Street to go east bound and the motorcycle struck the vehicle.

Upon arrival, paramedics pronounced the driver of the motorcycle, a 32-year-old man, and the passenger of the motorcycle, an unidentified woman, dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 56-year-old woman, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition.

 

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Cops: Jackson Heights robbers strike again


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Photos courtesy of the NYPD

Suspects in connection with a Jackson Heights heist more than a week ago are believed to have struck the same apartment again, cops said.

Two males armed with guns forced their way into a basement apartment in the neighborhood yesterday, posing as police officers to get the victims to open the door, authorities said.

They tied up one adult male and then shot another male victim in the leg before fleeing the scene empty handed, according to police.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.

The NYPD believe the male perpetrators are two of four male Hispanic suspects that are wanted in connection with a robbery on July 23 at around 5:15 p.m. in the same basement apartment.

In that case the men entered through an unlocked front door with a gun and demanded money. After the theft they fled the scene without injuring any victims.

Police are still investigating both crimes.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents are asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Police searching for suspects in Corona robbery


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Courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for four suspects in connection to a robbery in Corona.

On Saturday, April 13 at 5 a.m. the suspects approached a 28-year-old victim and assaulted him as he was walking in front of 35-02 103rd Street, police said. They removed his wallet and chain before fleeing the scene. The victim suffered injuries to his face and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Police described the first suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a dark blue jacket, gray pants and gray sneakers.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male with dark facial hair and wearing a black winter hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black bubble vest, blue jeans and black sneakers

The third suspect is a Hispanic male with dark short hair and wearing a black leather coat, black jeans with a chain on his left pocket and black sneakers.

The fourth suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black sneakers. He was also carrying a white plastic shopping bag.

Authorities have released a surveillance video of three of the suspects.

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 by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Two deadly Queens pedestrian accidents within 12 hours


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Two Queens pedestrians lost their lives in separate accidents Tuesday.

The first incident occurred around 12 p.m. when a woman in her 50s was trying to cross the westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway near North Conduit Boulevard and was struck by a motorcycle. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the motorcyclist, a man in his 40s, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition.

The NYPD Highway Patrol Accident Investigation Squad is investigating the accident.

Later the same day, around 11:15 p.m., a Chevy Avalanche hit and killed a 22-year-old woman as she was attempting to cross the intersection of 47th Street and Laurel Hill Boulevard. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The operator of the vehicle remained on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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Man critically hurt in Jackson Heights hit-and-run


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A pedestrian is in serious condition following a hit-and-run accident in Jackson Heights Monday night, said police.

The 48-year-old man was struck at the intersection of 81st Street and 35th Avenue around 8 p.m.

Witnesses told police he was crossing against the light when the vehicle struck him and fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical but stable condition.

 

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Three-year-old dies after falling out of apartment window in Woodside


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A three-year-old died tragically over the weekend after she fell out of the window of her Woodside apartment, said police.

After the girl, Rusroshi Barua, fell from the 53-01 32nd Avenue building Sunday afternoon, she was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and was pronounced dead that evening.

According to ABC New York, Barua got locked inside her family’s sixth-floor bathroom along with her two-year-old sister, but her parents weren’t able to open the door before she fell.

Police told ABC New York that there were no bars on the window.

No criminality is suspected and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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License of operator in Long Island City crane collapse suspended


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The man operating the crane that collapsed at a Long Island City construction site Wednesday, injuring seven, has had his license suspended by the city, said the Department of Buildings (DOB).

A preliminary investigation by the DOB found that operator Paul Geer tried to lift 23,900 pounds of lumber at the 46-10 Center Boulevard site, more than double the crane’s weight capacity.

The DOB also said that that Geer couldn’t see what he was picking up and was lifting the materials outside the approved loading zone. A Stop Work Order for crane operations remains in effect while the DOB’s investigation continues.

The crane’s owner, New York Crane, was also involved in a deadly collapse on the Upper East Side. James Lomma, who owns the company, was tried for manslaughter, but acquitted last April.

During the trial, prosecutors claimed that the crane’s operator tried to lift too much weight and that Lomma used a cheap, unqualified Chinese company to do repairs.

A representative from New York Crane declined to answer questions, stating that they “had been advised not to speak at this time.”

The building where the accident took place is being developed by TF Cornerstone, the same company that has overseen several towers built as part of the revitalization of the Long Island City waterfront.

“Site safety is always our first priority as it relates to construction, and we are cooperating fully with all relevant authorities to try and determine what caused this occurrence,” read a statement from the developer.
Work at the site was subcontracted to Cross Country Construction, according to a TF Cornerstone spokesperson.

According to a spokesperson for Elmhurst Hospital, the seven injured workers, most of whom were in their 40s and 50s, were all treated and released by the end of last week.


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Suspects wanted for shooting inside Woodside strip club


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The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating at least seven suspects in connection to a Woodside strip club shooting that left one injured, said police.

On Friday, September 7, around 3:45 a.m., a group of at least seven men entered the Starlets Gentlemen’s Club, located at 49-09 25th Avenue, and started an argument.

The men were escorted out of the club, but returned just minutes later and shot into a group of people, hitting a 42-year old man in the back.

The group then fled the club in several different vehicles, including a four-door black Audi with a brown pinstripe, a gray Nissan Maxima and a dark-colored SUV, said the NYPD.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and is in stable condition.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Sunnyside man murders wife, jumps to his death


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

A quiet morning turned deadly when a Sunnyside man fatally stabbed his wife in their home before jumping to his death from a nearby elevated subway platform.

The Thursday, August 30 incident began around 8:05 a.m. when Amis Cales, 41, stabbed his wife numerous times in the throat inside their third floor apartment on 39th Place. The victim, Jennifer Cales, 37, suffered several fatal wounds to her neck. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Amis fled the residence around 9:30 a.m., ran to a nearby subway station at 40th Avenue and Queens Boulevard and leapt from the elevated platform. He was also taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead roughly an hour after jumping.

According to police, the couple’s 19-year-old daughter was present during the attack and may have witnessed the crime. Officials were unsure if the daughter was the person who called the police to report the attack.

Helen Hohental, who lives in the apartment directly above the crime scene and was home during the incident, said she heard a continuous scream that lasted for several minutes followed by loud crying. She then allegedly heard a hard banging sound on the ground that sounded like someone running out of the building. Hohental, who has lived there for over 20 years, said she barely knew the couple downstairs and never heard them fight. She estimated the couple had lived in the building for just a few years.

“This is such a surprise,” said Hohental. “They were so quiet. For many years I thought that no one lived there.”

Hohental recalled seeing the couple on the elevator sporadically. She said that the few times she saw the alleged killer, he had a “dark personality cloud over his head,” was incredibly quiet and never made eye contact.