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Sunnyside man murders wife, jumps to his death


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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.

Three children seriously injured escaping Queens fire


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A fire at a house in Ridgewood left three children seriously hurt and four firefighters with minor injuries, said the FDNY.

Around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, authorities responded to a fire on 66th Street. According to WABC, three boys,  ages 9, 11 and 16, jumped from a third-story window to escape the blaze and put on stretchers with neck braces.

The three children were transported to Elmhurst Hospital with serious but non-life threatening conditions, said the FDNY. Four firefighters were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center with minor injuries.

The cause of the fire was electrical and deemed accidental, according to the FDNY.

 

Man extradited from Netherlands faces charges for ’05 assault, attempted kidnapping


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Six years after fleeing the country, a man wanted for the sexual assault and attempted kidnapping of a child was extradited from the Netherlands and returned to Queens to face the charges against him.

Peter Belegrinos, a 30-year-old former psych tech at Elmhurst Hospital and Astoria resident, attempted to kidnap a nine-year-old girl from Astoria Park after sexually assaulting her and threatening two of her friends in August of 2005.

“We have waited more than six years for the defendant to once again face justice and answer the charges that he is a child predator whose alleged offenses are said to have occurred in a public area in broad daylight,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “That long, overdue day has finally arrived.”

According to the 2005 criminal charges, Belegrinos approached three children — a boy, 9, a girl, 9, and another girl, 12, — on August 8, 2005, at Astoria Park. Belegrinos allegedly asked them to play what he called a “kissing game.” The children ran from Belegrinos, who chased after them, grabbing the younger girl. As she fell to the ground, he punched her in the side of the head before lifting up her skirt and sexually abusing her.

Belegrinos was apprehended by police shortly thereafter when passers-by called 9-1-1.

The alleged perpetrator was ordered to be held without bail and is expected to return to court on August 13. He was originally arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on August 9, 2005, for the same charges and posted his $50,000 bail. He failed to appear at his January 23, 2006, court date and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Belegrinos was arrested in February 2011 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on a warrant obtained by the DA stemming from the 2005 Queens case. The DA had been fighting for his extradition since that time.

Belegrinos was arraigned on Friday, July 20, on a seven-count indictment, charging him with one count of second-degree attempted kidnapping, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of third-degree assault and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

If convicted, Belegrinos faces up to 15 years in prison.

Attempts to contact Salvatore Marinillo, Belegrinos’s attorney, went unanswered.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Four Dems vying for congressional seat face off in debate

The four Democratic candidates vying for the 6th Congressional District seat will face off on Thursday at a debate sponsored by the Juniper Park Civic Association and the Daily News. The forum starts at 7:45 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium, 61-21 71st St. in Middle Village. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Woman, 32, slain in apt.

A Bronx woman was stabbed to death in her ex-husband’s apartment building last night, police sources said. Luz Paulino, 33, was repeatedly knifed about 8:50 p.m. in the hallway of the seventh-floor Elmhurst building. She died at Elmurst Hospital. Read more: [New York Post]

City’s High School Grad Rate Flatlines, Data Shows

After years of gains, the city’s high school graduation rate flatlined last year. Data released by the state Monday show 60.9 percent of students in the city graduate in four years, a slight decrease over the 2010 rate of 61 percent. Read more: [NY1]

Flushing merchants worry Macedonia Plaza will hurt business

Local business owners are concerned that a mixed commercial and affordable housing project going up on a Flushing parking lot could hurt struggling shops. The 14-floor Macedonia Plaza, which recently received the funding it needs to move ahead with construction at 37-08 Union St., is not expected to include parking — a provision that worries nearby merchants in congested downtown Flushing. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Giants lineman David Diehl released after arraignment on drunk driving charge

New York Giants star David Diehl was so blitzed when he sideswiped parked cars with his BMW while leaving a Queens bar on Sunday that he couldn’t walk unaided, a witness said. “He was totally obliterated. He couldn’t even function,” said Al, 48, who didn’t want his last name published. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Woman, 64, raped in Qns.

 A 64-year-old woman was raped on a Queens street, cops said last night. The victim was walking on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 91st Street at 5:30 a.m. Sunday when the man forced her to the ground before sexually assaulting her. Read more: [New York Post]

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Transgender Community Speaks Out Against Stop-And-Frisk

Members of the transgender community gathered in Queens Thursday to raise awareness of the abuse they can suffer during stop-and-frisks. Make the Road NY officials say the 115th Precinct, which polices Jackson Heights with the 110th Precinct, has the third-highest rate of stops in the city. Read more: [NY1]

Ex-Coast Guard member sent to jail for executive-style murder of a childhood friend

A former member of the US Coast Guard was dishonorably discharged — to prison — by a Queens judge for the executive-style murder of a childhood friend. Read more: [New York Post]

Korean-speaking man busted for charging immigrants to translate at Elmhurst Hospital 

A Korean-speaking swindler was busted at a Queens hospital after he reportedly tried to fleece non-English speaking immigrants, hospital officials said. The man had been repeatedly spotted offering to translate between staff at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Korean speakers for a $240 fee, said hospital spokesman Dario Centorcelli. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Police Search For Queens, Brooklyn Business Robber

The NYPD is asking for help finding the armed man they accuse of robbing several businesses in Queens and Brooklyn last month. Read more: [NY1]

Outpouring of donations for Rockaway family who lost son 

Tammy Benitez thought her son could beat the odds. Christian Benitez, a precocious teenager who dreamed of serving in the military, suffered since birth from numerous heart defects but never let it hamper his blossoming social life. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Department Of Labor Holds Job Fair At York College

As part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Works program to put New Yorkers back to work, the New York State Department of Labor hosted a job fair at York College Thursday. Watch video: [NY1]

Missing 77-year-old Woodhaven man found


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An elderly Woodhaven man that recently went missing was found near a Maspeth highway early Friday morning.

Victor Torres, 77, was last seen on Tuesday, March 27 near 76th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Torres, who suffers from dementia, was found wandering by an EMT by the Long Island Expressway near 58th Street in Maspeth at approximately 7:15 Friday morning.

The missing was identified after the EMT, Chris Sprecht, noticed Torres’ identification bracelet and called the Medic Alert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return Program.

The program offers a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital after appearing to have labored breathing and an irregular heart rate.

 

Super Bowl Bound: Giants Nip 49ers In OT To Set Up Title Rematch Vs. Patriots


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Super Bowl Bound: Giants Nip 49ers In OT To Set Up Title Rematch Vs. Patriots

For the second time in five seasons, Big Blue is going to the big game. The New York Giants recovered two mishandled San Francisco kick returns, the last one setting up the game-winning field goal in sudden-death overtime, as Big Blue defeated the 49ers 20-17 in Sunday’s NFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl for the second time since 2008. Sunday’s win sets up a Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots, whom the Giants defeated in Super Bowl XLII to claim the franchise’s third Super Bowl title and ruin the Patriots’ pursuit of a perfect season. Read More: NY1

 

 

‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ killer seeks release from prison

The maniacal murderer who spawned the famous New York Post headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar” is trying to get sprung from prison, The Post has learned. Charles Dingle, 53, will ask a three-person parole panel this week to free him from the upstate Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo. But if his 1983 psychotic rampage and ensuing pathetic prison record are any indication, his chances are questionable. The convict’s infamous blood-drenched spree is considered one of New York’s most notorious crimes. Read More: New York Post

 

‘I tried to stop cop suicide’

The devastated fiancée of the suicidal cop who blew his brains out on the job last week revealed to The Post yesterday how she had desperately tried to talk him out of it in a phone call only seconds before he pulled the trigger. “We weren’t fighting,” insisted Maria Stuart, 28, who was planning to marry NYPD Officer Terrence Dean, 28, on Aug. 18. “All I was trying to do was tell Terrence he needs help.” Stuart said she had admitted to Dean during the frantic Thursday-night call that she had just phoned his Queens precinct house and made vague warnings about a suicidal officer. Read More: New York Post

 

MTA scuttles free-shuttle plan

MTA officials have proven again that they excel — at taking service away from desperate riders. Brass at the cash-strapped agency have incredibly rejected an offer of a free shuttle bus — financed in full by a local lawmaker — for 7-train riders slammed by 11 straight weekends of service outages. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer offered to pay for the $250,000 direct, no-transfer bus from Long Island City to Grand Central while the MTA worked on the signal system under the East River. The money would have come out of his own discretionary funds. Read More: New York Post

 

Two People Injured In Queens House Fire

An investigation is underway into a house fire in Jackson Heights, Queens that injured two people early Sunday. More than 100 firefighters responded to 37-39 90th Street around 1 a.m. and fire officials said two people were pulled from the home. One of the victims is said to be okay, and the other one was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with serious injuries. Read More: NY1

 

Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

Family members announced that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died Sunday at age 85, after suffering from complications from lung cancer. A native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Paterno attended Saint Edmund Elementary School and Brooklyn Preparatory High School and gave up a career in law to coach football. He coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years and won 409 games, more than any other coach in major college football history. Among the former Penn State athletes coached by Paterno is New York Giants offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie, whose team played in Sunday’s National Football Conference Championship game in San Francisco. Read More: NY1

Cops shoot carjack suspect


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An alleged carjacker’s standoff with police ended when the suspect was shot after refusing to drop his gun.

The attempted carjacking took place just after 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 in Corona when the suspect, 46, approached an elderly man sitting inside a 1992 Oldsmobile and hit the victim with his gun, police said.

After witnesses came to the aid of the victim, the suspect fled.

Plain-clothed officers spotted the suspect after a description was transmitted over the radio.

A brief chase led to a driveway on 46th Avenue in Corona.  After the cops ordered the 46-year-old to drop his weapon, one officer fired a shot, hitting the suspect in the stomach.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and is in stable condition.

A BB gun powered by a CO2 cartridge and painted black was recovered at the scene. Investigation is ongoing. Charges are pending.

Police searching for Woodside shooting suspect


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Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in a Woodside shooting over the weekend.

Eladio Espejo, 26, became involved in an argument with the victim inside 47-16 Greenpoint Avenue at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, according to police.  After the dispute, the suspect left.  When the victim, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, left the establishment Espejo shot him in the thigh and arm, police said.  The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was treated and released.

The suspect is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs between 160-200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). 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.

Deafening Noise After Incident At Queens Plant


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Two women shot in Astoria

Cops are on the hunt for a man who allegedly shot his wife and daughter inside of a home in Astoria on Monday morning.  According to reports, the two women were shot in the head and were taken to Elmhurst Hospital and are now listed in stable condition. Read More: Queens Courier

Teenage boy fatally shot by bus madman Damel Burton was a protector of neighborhood kids 

The mother of the teenage boy killed by her ex-con boyfriend minutes before he shot up a Queens bus said Saturday there had been no signs of trouble.  She fought back tears speaking of the bright future she had seen for her slain son, a senior at Queens Transition Center. Read More: Daily News

Deafening Noise After Incident At Queens Plant

A steam release at a power plant in Queens was causing a deafening noise on Monday morning.  The steam was released to reduce steam pressure at the TransCanada owned Ravenswood Generating Station at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Read More: MyFoxNY

Queens family of seven evicted in dispute with landlord over ‘dozens’ of violations 

A Queens family of seven is scrambling to find a place to live after their landlord served them with an eviction notice the day before Thanksgiving. Laura and Thomas Cavanagh said began withholding rent on the Broad Channel home after their landlord refused to fix dozens of problems — ranging from black mold under the sink to a rodent infestation in the attic.  Read More: Daily News

Postal Service Cuts To Lengthen Delivery Time

As financial problems continue to mount, the U.S. Postal Service is set to announce a series of unprecedented cuts today.  The estimated $3 billion in reductions will affect first class mail and likely eliminate the possibility of next day delivery for the first time in 40 years. Read More: NY1

St. John’s Visits The Motor City To Take On Titans, Honor Vitale

Head coach Steve Lavin’s new-look St. John’s basketball team (4-4) stays on the road in its final contest before breaking for 11 days for exams, taking on the Detroit Titans (3-6, 0-2 Horizon League) on Monday at 7 p.m. The second-ever matchup between the Red Storm and University of Detroit will air live nationally on ESPN2. Read More: Red Storm Sports

Two women shot in Astoria


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Cops are on the hunt for a man who allegedly shot his wife and daughter inside of a home in Astoria on Monday morning.

According to reports, the two women were shot in the head and were taken to Elmhurst Hospital and are now listed in stable condition.

The shooting happened around 8:50 a.m. at 22-49 38th Street, near Ditmars Boulevard, where the gunman’s wife works as a caregiver to a 90-year-old woman who lives there. The woman’s daughter was at the Astoria home to help her mother take care of the elderly woman.

The shooting is believed to be a domestic-related incident.

Anyone with any information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Tipsters can also submit information at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting CRIMES (274637) then entering TIP577. All calls are confidential.

Police searching for Astoria rape suspect


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The police are looking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for the attempted rape of two women in Astoria recently.

Police say that at approximately 2 a.m. on Friday, November 4, the suspect approached two women in the vicinity of 21st Street as they were entering their apartment and pushed them into the vestibule saying he had a gun.

The suspect fled on foot after another resident came to the vestibule.

The women were taken to Elmhurst Hospital where they were treated for cuts on their face and arms.

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 20-25.  He is approximately 6-feet tall, weighing 185 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black long sleeved V-neck sweater and blue jeans

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).  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.

Police seek driver in crash killing Maspeth bar owner


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Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a car that was involved in an accident that took the life of a Maspeth bar owner.

The accident occurred on at approximately 6:45 a.m. Saturday, October 15, when a 2002 Sebring traveling in the wrong direction on the Long Island Expressway service road at 58th Road struck a livery cab killing the passenger, George Gibbons.

The driver, Peter Rodriguez, 36, fled the scene following the crash.

Gibbons who owned Gibbons’ Home on 69th Street in Maspeth was pronounced dead on arrival at Elmhurst Hospital.

The Sebring’s passenger, Andre McKanney, 44, of Brooklyn was also taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition. McKanney was arrested and charged with marijuana possession.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their 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.

Stabbing leaves L.I.C students feeling unsafe


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Last week’s altercation on the fifth floor of Long Island City High School, which left one student in the hospital with a stab wound in his back, has frayed the nerves of many students and their parents.

“Towards the end of seventh period, a broadcast came over the system telling everyone to stay in their classrooms and not leave,” said Chris, a sophomore at L.I.C High School. “We all knew something was going on.”

According to the NYPD, four Queens teenagers – 19-year-old Louis Giron, 18-year-old Daniel Nicholas, 17-year-old Jerome Davis and a 15-year-old unknown Hispanic male – have been arrested and charged with gang assault and harassment for stabbing a 16-year-old schoolmate at approximately 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.

EMS arrived at the school, located at 14-30 Broadway, and transported the victim to Elmhurst Hospital. He is in stable condition, and the wound is not considered life-threatning. The police have yet to recover a weapon in connection with the incident.

“The fact that someone got heated and stabbed somebody doesn’t surprise me,” Chris continued. “I’m aware that there are violent people in the school, and I’m aware that there is gang activity in the school. I’m surprised it took this long for something like this to happen.”

Other students are now gripped by debilitating fear each time they walk the halls of their high school.

“I don’t feel safe at all,” said Diriana, a senior who believes the school is grossly disorganized. “I’m scared because the kid could have stabbed me and others also. He was on the fifth floor and so was I. I definitely don’t feel safe, and I’m looking into transferring to another school.”

According to a survey conducted by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), 34 percent of responding students said they do not feel safe in the school, and 69 percent said gang activity occurs. Eighty-three percent also said students are threatened or bullied by schoolmates, and 93 percent said students get in physical fights at school.

When asked if students are “harassed or threatened based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability,” 68 percent of students answered in the affirmative.

While the attack has been cause for concern for many, the school’s faculty is remaining calm due to the unprecedented nature of the occurrence.

“It’s an isolated incident,” said a current teacher at the high school, who says she feels safe at work. “It could happen anywhere in the nation. For the most part, security is good, and it is a safe environment.”

Despite the assurances of the administration, some parents are not convinced their children are being properly protected.

“The school’s security should be more aware,” said Segundo, the parent of a freshman at L.I.C. “I’ve seen that sometimes they don’t really check kids when they go to school. They just let them in. I don’t think security is doing a good job. They need to get more serious. I told my son to be more aware, and not to get involved in anything, because there are gangs here. I’m definitely going to be more on top of things and make sure I’m around.”

L.I.C received an overall grade of C on its most recent progress report, placing it in the bottom third of city high schools. The school’s graduation rate is roughly 60 percent, falling below the citywide average. According to published reports, the city considered closing L.I.C last year, but chose instead to allocate $5 million in federal funds to a three-year plan aimed at saving the troubled school.