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More West Nile spraying in Queens Thursday


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Photo courtesy of James Gathany/CDC

On Thursday, September 13 there will be another round of West Nile spraying in Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the 1,993 cases of the disease that have been reported so far this year is the highest number reported to CDC through the first week in September since 1999, when it was first detected in the U.S.

The spraying will take place from 7:30 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday morning in the following parts of Queens:

Middle Village, Maspeth, Rego Park and Ridgewood, bordered by Grand Avenue, Long Island Expressway and Queens Boulevard to the north; Fresh Pond Road to the west; Metropolitan Avenue to the south; and 80th Street, Farmville Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard and 63rd Road to the East.

Parts of Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Hollis, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills and Oakland Gardens, bordered by Long Island Expressway to the north; 188th Street, 80th Drive, Utopia Parkway, Homelawn Street and 169th Street
to the west; 90th Avenue, 191st Street and Hillside Ave to the South; and Hollis Hills Terrace, Richland Ave and 210th Street to the east.

Parts of Pomonok, Auburndale, Flushing and Bayside, bordered by 33rd to the north; 162nd Street, Laburnum Avenue, Kissena Boulevard to the west; Booth Memorial Boulevard, Utopia Parkway and 48th Avenue to the south; and Clearview
Expressway to the east.

The pesticide being used, Anvil 10 + 10, poses no health risks when used properly, but the Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

• Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.

• Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.

• Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.

• Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Residents are also advised to take steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes around a home or property, including eliminating standing water in yards. In addition, New Yorkers are urged to:

• Dispose of used tires, tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar containers in which water collects;

• Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors. Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters in the spring and fall;

• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use and change the water in bird baths twice a week;

• Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds; and

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs, and drain water from pool covers.

Suspect wanted for 11 armed robberies in Queens


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11 robberies

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for committing 11 gunpoint robberies in various areas of Queens.

Darren Hicks, 28, first robbed a Pepsi delivery truck driver in front of the J&C Grocery store at 110-02 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica around 2:50 p.m. on July 3. He committed 10 more robberies throughout July and early August, holding up other delivery truck drivers and several businesses.

The last two robberies occurred on August 2 within about a 30 minute period. Around 11:30 a.m. the suspect robbed a driver unloading his truck outside the Key Food Supermarket at 213-22 Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village, then held up another delivery man while he was in his truck in front of the Rite Aid drugstore at 222-14 Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights.

Robberies also occurred in the Rosedale, Hollis and Saint Albans areas of Queens.

The suspect is described as approximately 5 feet 1o inches tall and 150 to 180 pounds. In several of the incidents, including the last one on Linden Boulevard, he fled in a white sedan, possibly a Honda Accord or Ford Focus.

Anyone with information in regard to this suspect or any of the listed incidents 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.

Queens communities facing brownouts


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Several Queens communities face a voltage reduction from Con Edison due to electrical equipment problems.

The 100 degree heat has many residents blasting air conditioners to stay cool.

Con Ed said the neighborhoods affected will have a 5 percent voltage reduction.  This was done in an effort to prevent a significant outage, a spokesperson from the company said.

There are about 20 individual  outages in Queens right now according to Con Edison’s outage map.

The reduction will occur in Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Floral Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Jamaica, Jamaica Hills, Laurelton, Middle Village, Queens Village, South Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and St. Albans.

Con Edison asked customers in these areas to conserve electricity and turn off nonessential electric equipment, such as TVs, computers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and microwaves.

To report power outages or service problems visit www.conEd.com or call 800-75-CONED (6633). When reporting an outage, customers should have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power.

 

Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village


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Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village

A plainclothes officer shot a man who pointed a gun at him inQueensVillageyesterday, law enforcement sources said.

The 30-year-old man was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place earlier this month and his gun was recovered at the scene, cops said.

A spokesman for the Fire Department — which transported the shot suspect to NorthShoreHospital— said he had been shot in the back.

Read More: New York Post

 

Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman’s lawyers work to get him released

All eyes were on Sanford, Fla., on Saturday as accused murderer George Zimmerman’s attorney made arrangements to get his client out of jail.

Attorney Mark O’Mara, who is representing the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of gunning down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, spent about an hour in a courtroom and didn’t speak to reporters when he left.

Zimmerman was set to be released on $150,000 bail.

Read More: Daily News
Colombian authorities investigating whether women in Secret Service scandal were underage
Colombian authorities are probing whether any of the women involved in the prostitution scandal that’s cost six Secret Service agents their jobs were underage, according to a new report.

Investigators from the Colombian attorney general’s office have talked to employees of the Hotel Caribe, where the agents were staying, and have questioned the taxi driver who drove home Dania Suarez, the hooker at the center of the scandal, a Colombian government official told McClatchy Newspapers.

Read More: New York Post

 

Man dies after being found bleeding in stairwell of midtown nightclub

A 27-year-old man died early Saturday, just hours after he was found bleeding in the stairwell of a sleek midtown nightclub, police sources said.

A waitress found the unidentified man slouched on the stairs near a second-floor entrance inside District 36 onW. 36th St.nearFifth Ave.about 3 a.m., the sources said.

The man, who was bleeding from his mouth and was missing several teeth, was taken outside, where police found him a few minutes later, sources said.

Read More: Daily News

 

Etan Patz case: Identifying remains are ‘do-able’ say experts

Identifying the long-lost remains of little Etan Patz is “do-able” — if any human remains are ever found in the SoHo site, according to one expert.

Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, speaking at the building where investigators were digging for the boy’s body, cited advances in DNA study as one reason for optimism in identification if anything is found.

Read More: Daily News

 

Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July: FBI
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

Read More: Daily News
Elex ‘bribe’ staffer is out

A city Board of Elections employee caught on tape soliciting a $25,000 “finder’s fee” from a voting-machine company three years ago has resigned, The Post has learned.

Officials said Stephen Graves, a $66,392-a-year systems analyst, submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday.

He also intends to take a leave of absence from his post as first vice chairman of the Queens GOP.

Read More: New York Post

 

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Next to the scores of children enjoying recess atRenaissanceMiddle School’s playground is a brick wasteland that stretches for two blocks in Hollis.

In most of the dilapidated buildings — on one side ofHollis Ave.between202nd St.and204th St.— the windows are boarded up, shattered or cracked. Some have crumbling front steps. Others have walls cracked to their foundation. Weeds have taken over lawns and sidewalks, and trash is strewn in the back yards.

Read More: Daily News

JFK bird-strike ‘soar’ point

Wildlife strikes are up atKennedyAirportover the last three years as bureaucrats debate how to protect planes from birds at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge next door.

FAA data show Kennedy planes smacked into birds, rabbits and other wildlife 257 times in 2011, a 17 percent increase over 2010 and a 55 percent increase over 2009.

In the most recent incident at Kennedy, birds crippled the right engine of a Los Angeles-bound Delta jet as it took off Thursday, endangering the lives of 179 passengers and crew.

Read More: New York Post

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Graphic by Jay Lane

TLC Holds Final Vote On Plan Allowing Livery Cab Hails

The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission is set to vote today on the five-borough taxi plan which, if passed, would allow livery cabs to pick up street hails in Upper Manhattan and the other four boroughs. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill in December allowing the city to issue up to 18,000 permits for livery cabs that can pick up street hails. Now the TLC will hold a hearing and vote on new rules meant to cover livery hail cabs, traditional livery cars and yellow taxis. Read More: NY1

 

Report: City Steps Up Enforcement Of Parks Smoking Ban

After mostly looking the other way, city parks officers have been stepping up enforcement of the smoking ban in city parks. According to the Wall Street Journal, officers have handed out 108 summonses so far this year for smoking at parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. That’s compared to just 84 tickets that were issued in the first eight months of the ban. Violators face a $50 fine. The ban was originally billed as a self-enforcing law. Read More: NY1

 

FBI agents search Manhattan apartment for remains of Etan Patz

A team of investigators was tearing up an empty SoHo basement Thursday morning in a hunt for the remains of long-missing 6-year-old Etan Patz. The joint FBI/NYPD team, which began searching around 8:30 a.m., was reinvestigating the cold case that has captivated the nation for the last 33 years, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. “Information that was known at the time is being re-examined,” Browne said. “It does involve a suspect. They’re looking to see if they find any remains.” Read More: Daily News
Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Next to the scores of children enjoying recess at Renaissance Middle School’s playground is a brick wasteland that stretches for two blocks in Hollis. In most of the dilapidated buildings — on one side of Hollis Ave. between 202nd St. and 204th St. — the windows are boarded up, shattered or cracked. Some have crumbling front steps. Others have walls cracked to their foundation. Weeds have taken over lawns and sidewalks, and trash is strewn in the back yards. If it looks desolate and deserted, that’s because they’ve been abandoned for 16 years, said community leaders, who have tried in vain to buy the buildings from the landlord, Rita Stark. Read More: Daily News
Secret Service pre-planned party at Colombian Hotel

Secret Service agents did their own sexy advance work — booking a hotel party space for prostitutes in Colombia before hitting the town to scout local pros, according to a new report.President Obama’s men made reservations for a party room, big enough to hold 30 people, at at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, and then hit a local brothel, ABC News reported today. The boom-boom room bombshell shows that disgraced agents were getting the lay of the land, in advance to long night of fun. Read More: New York Post

Parents of young girls sexually assaulted by Yeshiva tutor lash out at perv

The parents of two young girls who were sexually assaulted by their religious tutor, lashed out this morning at the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” they allowed in their homes as a judge tossed the pervert in jail. Yeshiva student Hillel Selznick, 25, of Flushing, admitted to Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter that he inappropriately touched the two fourth graders over the course of a year during private religious lessons inside their Kew Gardens Hills homes. Read More: New York Post

Fire tears through Hollis home’s second floor


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Photo by Lou Minutoli

A raging fire ravaged the second floor of a home in Hollis on Thursday, March 29, but not before residents in the three-family house escaped without injury, officials said.

“The whole floor was destroyed,” said resident Sarabjeet Mahabir.

Embers from the first-alarm fire engulfed the upper portion of the 89th Avenue home at around 1:30 p.m. Fire officials said more than 12 units — with more than 60 firefighters battling the blaze — controlled the flames within 20 minutes.

According to the FDNY, eight adults and four children live in the private home.

Mahabir said the kids — ages 9, 10, 13 and 14 — were at school at the time and did not have to witness evacuations.

“That’s a blessing,” said Mahabir, 37. “When you hear about fires and deaths from it, it’s scary. You hear people’s stories, and you really don’t know what they go through until you experience it for yourself. Right now, it’s a hard time, but we are so happy. It could have been worse.”

Officials at the American Red Cross said they have provided temporary overnight housing to two of the three displaced families at a local hotel.

Spokesperson Michael de Vulpillieres said one of the apartments was “severely damaged and inhabitable,” and the entire house, Mahabir said, suffered fire and water damage. In the meantime, the three families — who are all related — plan on staying with relatives.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of press time.