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Police looking for man in Far Rockaway attempted abduction of 11-year-old boy


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are continuing to search for a man who they say tried to lure a 11-year-old boy into his vehicle in Far Rockaway Saturday afternoon.

The victim was on on Mott Avenue near Bay 24th Street about 2 p.m. when the suspect approached him while driving his car, authorities said. He tried to convince the boy to get inside his vehicle, but he refused and fled.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male and have released a video of his car — a black Nissan Altima with chrome trim around the doors.


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

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One dead after car crashes into support pillar for A train in Far Rockaway


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 28-year-old man died after his car struck the support pillar for the elevated A subway line in Far Rockaway Saturday night, police said.

Cops found the driver, Jeffery McDonald of Far Rockaway, about 8 p.m. unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to his body at Rockaway Freeway and Beach 25th Street, according to police. He was taken to Saint John’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

McDonald had been driving westbound on Rockaway Freeway in a white Lexus when he collided into the support pillar of the elevated train, cops said.

Police were investigating the crash.

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Far Rockaway man arraigned in killing of rival dollar van driver: DA


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Far Rockaway man is facing a possible life sentence after gunning down a rival dollar van driver in broad daylight and tampering with evidence earlier this week, the district attorney’s office said.

Fabian Sullivan, 38, was arraigned Thursday night on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. He was ordered held without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Sullivan, an unlicensed livery driver, got into an argument with the victim, 38-year-old Leon Brown on Tuesday morning, according to prosecutors. He then allegedly used his vehicle to cut off Brown’s Ford Ecoline van near the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81st Street before getting out of his vehicle and firing a single shot.

Brown, a Far Rockaway resident, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and his van rolled into a parked car. He was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he died.

Sullivan, according to District Attorney Richard Brown, fled the scene and was apprehended after he gave a bag containing bullets from the murder weapon to his sister-in-law, Hind Chokary.

Chokary, 27, of St. Albans, Queens, was arraigned Thursday night on a tampering with physical evidence charge and released on her own recognizance. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

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Suspect arrested in Rockaway shooting


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:35 a.m.

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a Far Rockaway man who was shot dead on Tuesday morning.

The victim, 38-year-old Leon Brown, was found with a gunshot wound to the torso at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81st Street just after 8 a.m., according to police. He was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to published reports, Brown was operating a livery van when he got into an argument and was shot by a driver in another van. Brown was not a licensed livery driver, reports said.

Police arrested Fabian Sullivan on Wednesday in connection to Brown’s killing. He has been charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

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Livery van driver shot and killed in the Rockaways


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated 4:41 p.m.

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a livery van driver in the Rockaways early Tuesday morning, reports said.

The victim, 38-year-old Leon Brown, of Far Rockaway, was found with a gunshot wound to the torso at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81st Street just after 8 a.m., according to police. He was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to published reports, Brown was operating his livery van when he got into a dispute and was shot by a driver in another van. Police are still looking for the gunman.

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Far Rockaway woman arrested in murder of boyfriend: NYPD


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A 27-year-old woman has been charged with murder after her 48-year-old boyfriend was found stabbed in her Far Rockaway home, police said.

Police, responding to a report of a man assaulted inside of a residence on Beach 84th Street near Beach Channel Drive, discovered Troy Davis stabbed and unresponsive about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, authorities said.

Davis, a Brooklyn resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His girlfriend, Shaquana Bell, has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in his death, police said.

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One dead, three injured in Rockaway collision


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One person was killed and three more were hurt Wednesday night after a car veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle in the Rockaways, police said.

A Nissan 350Z was driving eastbound on Beach Channel Drive near Beach 127 Street about 11:10 p.m. when it veered sideways, crossed over the double yellow line and entered the oncoming lane, authorities said. A Kia Spectra traveling westbound on Beach Channel then struck the passenger side door of the Nissan.

The Nissan’s 19-year-old passenger, Geovanni Balverdy, of Far Rockaway was pronounced dead at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, police said. The car’s driver, a 19-year-old man, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

EMS took the Kia’s driver, a 29-year-old woman, and her passenger, a 21-year-old man, to Brookdale Hospital. Their condition was not immediately clear.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Far Rockaway man killed after being shot in the chest


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A gunshot wound proved fatal for a Far Rockaway resident who was murdered in the early hours of Saturday, cops said.

Police found Kayvon Moore, 30, at Redfern and Nameoke avenues about 2:30 a.m. He had been shot in the chest.

Responders took Moore to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, but it was too late to save him.

The investigation is ongoing and there have been no arrests.

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Video released of Far Rockaway shooting suspect


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a man who they say shot another man inside a Far Rockaway apartment building last week.

The suspect entered 20-30 Elk Dr. at about 11:15 a.m. on Friday and shot a 37-year-old man one time in the leg, cops said. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Authorities have released a video of the suspect who was last seen wearing a blue North Face jacket and a light-colored hat.


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

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Rego Park Toys ‘R’ Us employee charged with stealing $56K in merchandise


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A cashier at a Rego Park Toys “R” Us store was caught using a coupon code scheme to score $56,000 in free merchandise, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The employee, Shontia Jones, 24, of Far Rockaway, is accused of stealing the goods while working at the Toys “R” Us store in the Rego Center mall between June and December of this year.

She would create coupon codes, which are given by customer service representatives to customers who are unsatisfied with a purchases, and use them to buy items on the store’s website, according to the district attorney.

Jones shipped more than $45,000 worth of products to her Far Rockaway home, and an additional $10,000 worth of items were shipped to her sister’s residence, also in Far Rockaway, Brown said.

Some of the products included baby formula, Disney Frozen toys, Xbox games, baby clothes, disposable diapers, Hot Wheels, beverages and board games. Jones still had most of the items in her possession and had given away the rest to family members, rather than sell them.

She was eventually caught when an internal investigation by Toys “R” Us found that an unusual amount of coupon codes had been created at the Rego Park store, according to court records.

Jones was arraigned on Tuesday on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and falsifying business records. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Five humongous Queens homes listing under $1M


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While new apartments in Queens are getting smaller so developers can maximize profits, the borough still has a treasure trove of spacious gems in older homes that offer prospective owners the best bang for their buck.

For many, size does matter, so here are five single-family homes with enough space for parents, the kids, grandma and maybe even a crazy uncle or two, and each are under $1 million.

59-35 Menahan St., Ridgewood

This property has seven bedrooms and three bathrooms and was originally built in 1920, according to its listing. It sits on a lot of 5,137 square feet, which has a two-car garage and a private driveway. There is a finished basement and a laundry room as well. The broker is Peter Caruso of Caruso & Boughton Realty, and the asking price is $945,000.

 

105-42 133rd St., Richmond Hill

If you thought that last price was low, this Richmond Hill seven-bedroom home is listed for $649,999. This three-story detached colonial home has three bathrooms and a recreational room in the basement, according to the listing. The residence uses about half of its 5,084-square-foot lot space. Raias Khan of Century 21 is the broker of record.

 

168-04 35th Ave., Flushing

Just in case seven bedrooms wasn’t enough, this three-story colonial-style single-family Flushing home offers eight bedrooms and three full bathrooms, according to the listing. Blocks away from the Auburndale LIRR station, the house is located on a corner property and has 3,087 square feet of space. The residence features a finished basement, which includes a laundry room. It also has a one-car garage. The asking price is $958,000. En Ja Chung of Promise Realty is the broker.

 

88-52 195th Pl., Hollis

Those looking for style with a bargain price may have found it with this large single-family home. The three-story Hollis residence features a formal dining room and living room with French pocket doors, according to its listing. It has seven bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms in 3,400 square feet of space. There is a two-car garage on the property as well. Emmanuel Babayev of Charles Rutenberg Realty is the broker.

 

11-43 Beach 9th St., Far Rockaway

Access to transportation, a huge house, spacious lot and a bargain price — this home may have it all. This three-story residence sits on a nearly 8,000-square-foot lot and has about 3,500 square feet of living space, according to its listing. The asking price is $879,000. It has seven bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private driveway. The broker is Ann Bienstock of Five Towns Miller Realty.

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Queens doctor busted for insurance fraud


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A Queens doctor who works in Flushing and Far Rockaway allegedly received more than $25,000 in insurance payments for medical services that he never provided.

Dr. Stanley-Sangwook Kim, 41, of Manhasset, Long Island, who maintains a medical practice at 33-34 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing, and is the director of the surgical residency program at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of insurance fraud, grand larceny, petit larceny, possession of stolen property, falsifying business records and scheme to defraud, District Attorney Richard Brown said. If convicted, Kim faces up to seven years in prison.

The doctor is accused of submitting claims of more than $63,000 to six health insurance companies for medical treatments he supposedly administered to 13 patients between May 2012 and September 2013.

Those claims were false, and Kim received $25,060 from the insurance companies, according to Brown.

Twelve of the thirteen patients had been treated by the doctor for ailments other than what had been claimed, prosecutors said. The fraud was revealed when a woman complained to her insurance company that she had been billed for a service that was never performed.

“To a dishonest health care provider, a patient’s medical data is like having access to their credit card – and can be more valuable as most people scrutinize their credit card statements much more closely than they do explanation of benefits printouts,” Brown said. “[These] criminal charges send a clear message to those who attempt to fleece the system for their own personal gain that law enforcement’s fight against insurance fraud is ongoing and that those who cheat will be sought out and prosecuted.”

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MTA bus driver charged after allegedly stabbing wife’s lover in Rockaways


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:45 p.m. 

A city bus driver from Richmond Hill has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his romantic rival in Arverne Tuesday afternoon, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

Ephraim Henry, 30, had completed his route and was driving the empty bus to the depot when he spotted the victim, Oscar Williams.

Williams, 48, was driving a Honda near Beach 67th St. and Beach Channel Drive, when Henry allegedly stopped the bus and began to argue with Williams, who is reportedly involved romantically with Henry’s wife. The two began to fight and Henry stabbed Williams in the arm, Brown said.

Williams survived the incident but had to undergo surgery at a nearby hospital.

Henry was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

The stabbing was within blocks of where several stray bullets hit an MTA bus on Monday night. No one aboard the bus was injured, but a 21-year-old man was hit in the leg. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

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Stray bullets hit MTA bus in Rockaway shooting


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Updated 2:53 p.m.

An MTA bus was hit by stray bullets in a shooting that injured a 21-year-old man in Arverne Monday night, according to authorities.

Two bullets went through the driver’s side of the Q22 bus, near Beach Channel Drive and Beach 73rd Street at about 8:20 p.m., police said.

Around 15 to 20 passengers were on the bus at the time of the shooting. No one aboard was hurt.

The 21-year-old man was found on Beach 67th Street with a gunshot wound to his leg and taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition, authorities said.

Police are still looking for the shooter.

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Real estate roundup: Councilman Van Bramer against Sunnyside Yards development, converted factories prosper in LIC


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Van Bramer differs with Community Board Chair over the development of Sunnyside Yards

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said today that he is firmly opposed to building over the Sunnyside Yards. Van Bramer made the statement in response to Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley’s call last Thursday for a study to determine whether it would be feasible to build over a section of the yards, which consists of acres of land covered by railroad tracks.” Read more [LIC Post]

Transformed Factories Prosper in LIC’s Development Boom

“The renowned Scalamandre Silks company once dyed silks for the Kennedy White House and the Hearst Castle where Scott Kushner and his 10 employees now produce videos and reality shows. At the start of this year, after working out of Manhattan for 20 years, Mr. Kushner moved MediaPlace into a section of the bottom floor of the industrial warehouse developer Time Equities has fashioned into today’s Silks Building in Long Island City.” Read more [Commercial Observer]

Far Rockaway Job Fair Brings Sandy Rebuilding Work to Area

“A job fair will look to connect residents with Hurricane Sandy-related rebuilding and resiliency work. The Oct. 15 fair in Far Rockaway is organized by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Recovery Operations, Workforce1 and other city agencies to help get residents hired on rebuilding projects.” Read more [DNAinfo]