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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.



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. 



Motorcycle and SUV crash leaves two dead in Astoria

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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.



Cops: Jackson Heights robbers strike again

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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.


Police searching for suspects in Corona robbery

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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.




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.



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.



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.



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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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]