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Mother charged with murder of 4-year-old girl at Jamaica homeless shelter


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Updated  Monday, Oct. 27, 1:47p.m.

The mother of the child found dead at a Jamaica homeless shelter has been arrested and charged with murder, according to police.

The 4-year-old girl, Linayjah Meraldo, was found unresponsive and unconscious by police on Thursday at 12:50 p.m. at 80-20 134th St., authorities said. EMS pronounced her dead at the scene.

The location has been identified by published reports as the Briarwood Family Residence, a women’s and children’s temporary shelter.

On Friday, 35-year-old Latoya Curry, Linayjah’s mother, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to her daughter’s death, police said. She was also arraigned on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to District Attorney Richard Brown, Curry, who was living at the shelter with her five children, became angry Wednesday night when the toddler squirted hand cream on the kitchen floor. Curry then allegedly hit her daughter in the stomach and face “so hard that a tooth was dislodged.”

The 35-year-old then allegedly dragged the girl into the bedroom and threw her against a wall and onto the bed, striking her again in her face and stomach, Brown said.

The district attorney said the 4-year-old child then cried and complained about pain in her abdomen, but fell asleep. The following morning, Linayjah woke up with a slight fever and continued to complain about pain in her stomach.

Then between 10 and 11:45 a.m. on the same day, Linayjah took a nap, and when Curry checked on her, she was unresponsive.

According to the office of the Medical Examiner, who ruled the toddler’s death a homicide, Linayjah died from blunt force injuries to her torso.

An autopsy performed on Friday showed that the toddler had internal injuries including multiple recent and healed rib fractures, a torn small intestine, internal bleeding and extensive bruising, and the child also appeared malnourished.

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Charges expected in hazing death of Baruch College student


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy New York Daily News

Charges are expected in the death of a Baruch College student from Queens who was killed in a fraternity hazing ritual last year, according to published reports.

Chun “Michael” Deng, a 19-year-old from Oakland Gardens, died from head injuries during an unsanctioned Pi Delta Psi event in Pennsylvania in December.

Authorities are expected to file charges against most of the around 30 Baruch students that were on the trip, the New York Times first reported.

Deng, a freshman at the school, was reportedly one of several pledges who were forced to wear weighted bags and navigate a path through a yard, while being repeatedly knocked to the ground.

His death was ruled a homicide in February, as a result of blunt-force head trauma.

The charges are likely to include homicide, which in Pennsylvania cover everything from involuntary manslaughter to premeditated murder, reports said. The students could also be charged with hazing, a misdemeanor, according to the New York Times.

Following Deng’s death, the national Pi Delta Psi organization severed ties with the Baruch colony and suspended its national new member outreach.

 

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Man charged with murder in shooting of 15-year-old girl in Jamaica


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Updated 3:57 p.m.

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old girlfriend inside a Jamaica home Wednesday night after he first told police she had committed suicide, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Cops discovered Alexis Anderson with a gunshot wound to the head inside a residence on 106th Road near 180th Street at about 11:45 p.m. on June 18 and she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Police previously said the residence, which is abandoned, was a squatter location that was also used as a drug den.

Amin Abdullah, 20, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. The June 19 arrest came after a medical examiner deemed Anderson’s death as a homicide.

“The defendant is accused of taking the life of a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her,” Brown said. “This case is another unfortunate example of the senseless gun violence that seems to more and more permeate our society.”

According to Brown, a witness saw Abdullah and Anderson get into a verbal argument on Wednesday in front of a room on the second floor of the 177-38 106th St. residence. The witness, who then went to separate room, said between 11 and 11:43 p.m. they heard a noise that sounded like a pop.

Abdullah then allegedly went into the witness’ room and together with the witness went back to the front room where the witness saw Anderson laying on the floor with what appeared to be blood on her head, Brown said.

According to the district attorney, Abdullah allegedly first told detectives that Anderson shot herself but later admitted he had shot her in the head with a revolver.

Abdullah is currently being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Curt and if convicted he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

 

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30-year-old shot to death in Queens Village


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A man was found fatally shot in Queens Village Wednesday night, cops said.

Officers discovered 30-year-old Earl Jackson inside of 212-20 Jamaica Ave. about 10:50 pm. with a gunshot wound to the back of the head and the torso, according to the NYPD.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, cops said.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

 

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Woman wanted in connection to homicide of missing woman whose body washed ashore in Breezy Point


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Police are looking for a woman in connection to the death of a missing woman whose body washed ashore on a Breezy Point beach in February.

According to the NYPD, on Saturday, February 16 at approximately 8:40 a.m., officers responded to 149 Bayside Avenue in Breezy Point after a body was recovered from the beach. The body was later identified as 24-year-old Marisha Cheong, who went missing from her Jamaica residence, where she was last seen at approximately 10:30 a.m. on December 19, 2012.

According to reports, Cheong’s live-in boyfriend was supposed to pick her up at a Forest Hills subway station on the day she went missing, but she never showed up. There was no sign of the young woman until her remains washed up just across from 121 Bayside Avenue.

In May, the Medical Examiner’s office ruled Cheong’s death as a homicide.

There are no arrests and the NYPD is attempting to find an unknown female that can be seen in a surveillance video leading Cheong from her home to an unknown location.

Police have released the surveillance video.

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 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.

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New NYPD technology could detect concealed weapons


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NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly called 2012 the year that will be remembered for an “epic” storm, a presidential election, the fiscal cliff and New York City’s fewest homicides in more than half a century – and the police department is continuing work to further decrease that number.

Last year, Kelly discussed a new tool capable of detecting concealed firearms on a person, and at this year’s State of the NYPD address, he announced that the police department recently received delivery of this new technology.

With the help of the London Metropolitan Police and the item’s vendor, a tool has been developed that reads a “specific form of natural energy emitted by people and objects,” according to Kelly. If something is blocking this radiation, such as a weapon, the tool will highlight that object.

“We still have a number of trials to run,” said Kelly. “But we’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made over the past year.”

Currently, the NYPD is determining how best to deploy the new technology to ensure it’s success in detecting concealed weapons.

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Jackson Heights bank robbed


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Jackson Heights bank robbed

A gunman dressed in a brown UPS uniform took a female bank employee hostage as he held up a Queens branch yesterday, authorities said. The man walked into the Sovereign branch on 31st Avenue in Jackson Heights at 9:40 a.m., pressed the barrel a silver revolver into the back of the bank employee, and demanded $20,000 in large bills, said the FBI. The bandit received cash from multiple bank tellers and fled on foot with several thousand dollars. The man is in his early 30s, stands about 5-foot-7 and has a beard and dark skin, according to the FBI. Read More: New York Post

 

LaGuardia trash-smash tussle in court

Government lawyers yesterday tried to convince a federal appeals court that the city’s plan to build a trash transfer station near La Guardia Airport follows aviation-safety rules. The building will be sealed so as not to attract plane-endangering birds, said Justice Department lawyer Abby Wright. “All the trash processing occurs inside the building,” said Wright, and opponents’ claims that the building isn’t enclosed are “baseless.” A bird-plane collision was blamed for the Hudson River ditching of US Airways Flight 1547 two years ago. Read More: New York Post

 

Challenges Persist As Liu Continues Down The Campaign Trail

City Comptroller John Liu is working nonstop lately, moving from Brooklyn Borough Hall through Sunset Park and Sunnyside to a Democratic club in Flushing. On Friday, he visited the Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem. Despite a federal investigation into his campaign account, Liu is not quitting the campaign trail.  “My primary focus as comptroller has been rooting out waste, find money that has been improperly kept or spent,” said Liu. But in November, a Liu fundraiser was accused of setting up straw donors to get over-the-limit contributions to the comptroller.  Read More: NY1

 

 

NYPD cop suspended after getting hauled off bus for alleged drunkenness

An NYPD sergeant who was hauled off a Greyhound bus in Philadelphia for alleged drunkenness has now been suspended, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Carlos Fabara became an accidental YouTube star Dec. 27 when he refused the driver’s orders to get off the bus. Philadelphia police came to assist in removing the off-duty sergeant, who was lead away in handcuffs. A fellow passenger caught the altercation on tape and posted it to YouTube. Read More: Daily News

 

Cop’s legs crushed

A plainclothes cop’s legs were mangled last night in a horrific accident that left him pinned at the knees between two vehicles during a traffic stop in Brooklyn. The unidentified detective had pulled over a black vehicle with four men inside and was standing behind the car when a white van rammed into him, crushing his legs and leaving pools of blood in the street. “It looked real bad,” said Manny Mora, 42, owner of John Deli on the corner of Dorchester Road and Coney Island Avenue in Flatbush. Mora said he heard a loud sound from outside around 10:30 p.m. When he looked out, he saw the officer pinned between the bumper of a white van and the car the cop pulled over. Read More: New York Post

 

Day-care outrage

A high-ranking FDNY safety inspector ignored safety violations at buildings housing day-care centers in exchange for bribes, the feds said yesterday. Carlos Montoya — who formerly oversaw inspections of all city day-care centers — was arrested yesterday for the alleged misconduct, which included repeatedly certifying use of a Brooklyn warehouse for the temporary care of infants and children younger than 2. He allegedly got at least $12,000 in payments from the center’s owner, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and is cooperating with the feds. Read More: New York Post

 

Granny horror retrial

Her first jury found her guilty of homicide. But now Lynette Caban, a lead-footed driver with a suspended license who struck and killed a grandmother in 2003, is getting a chance to beat the rap, thanks to a momentary mistake six years ago by a now-retired Manhattan judge. Caban is once again facing charges of criminal negligence for driving backward against a light through a Third Avenue crosswalk, catapulting sweet, 82-year-old Francesca Maytin to her death. Her case has bounced between two appeals courts, ultimately being set down for retrial due to errors committed by former Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Budd Goodman during the original deliberations. Read More: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/10/2011 – Queens teachers disciplined


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Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/10/2011

 

What did you learn in school today?

Over 20 Department of Education employees have been disciplined over the course of the past 2 years due to inappropriate conduct. Angel Vazquez, a teacher at P.S. 117 in Queens was fired after complaints that he waved a box cutter at students, and berated them. Richard Van Grover, a teacher at Junior High School 157 in Queens also acted indecent with students. Van Grover sexually harassed 10 students by giving them intimate details of his life as a “Casanova”. Van Grover was fined and relocated to another school. No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty talk. Read more: Daily News

 

More details emerge on Queens’ identity theft ring

More light has been shed on the Queens based identity theft ring that was busted last week. Details of how the ring was operated were released by the prosecutors over the weekend. An estimated 13 million dollars’ worth of losses comes as a result of the crooks misdeeds. Read more about the entire operation at: Daily News

 

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Police apprehended a suspect in the iPhone theft that was perpetrated last week. The highly publicized theft revolved around the iPhone app iGotYa which took a picture of the thief and emailed it to the victim. Brian Chattoo, 23, from Ozone Park was arrested Saturday when he ran from police. Chattoo has a rap sheet with 14 prior offenses ranging from grand larceny to auto theft, but claims he is not the man in the photo. Read more at: Daily News

 

Court date approaches for Queens drunk driver

On July 24th after a night of boozing Tanisha Gomez, 26, of Queens drove the wrong way on I-95 and crashed into an oncoming car. This crash resulted in the death of 29 year old Reginald Lee. Ms. Gomez’s court date is set for October 18th, where she is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, drunken driving, and vehicular assault. Read more at: Wall Street Journal

 

Police Blotter


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105th Precinct

Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park

Seek bank robbery suspect

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the individual wanted in connection with a bank robbery in the confines of the 105th Precinct.

On Saturday, September 3, a black male walked into the Queens County Savings Bank located at 247-53 Jamaica Avenue and handed the victim/teller a note. The suspect simulated a gun inside of a bag. The victim/teller handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled the bank on foot westbound on Jamaica Avenue.

Police say he is between 25 and 35 years old, 5’8”-5’10” in height, 160 to 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a navy blue Yankee hat, white T-shirt with a design on the front and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS

102nd Precinct

Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and the Northern part of Ozone Park

Man allegedly took parking money

A man allegedly tried to make off with 248 quarters that he tried to pilfer from a parking meter.

According to the district attorney, George Flores, 48, was found holding a brown bag, removing the coins from the meters in front of 104-16 Jamaica Avenue.

Police say they recovered seven keys from Flores’ pants pocket, along with the hundreds of quarters in the bag.

He allegedly said he tried the keys on several meters and some worked; he also claims to be the legal custodian of the parking meters and the quarters.

He was arraigned and bail was set at $2,000. His next court date is September 19.

103rd Precinct

Downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood and Jamaica.

Fatal shooting

On Sunday September 18, a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in front of 160-50 107th Avenue.

The victim, later identified as Lucien Brown of Jamaica, was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

104th Precinct

Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth

Attempted murder suspect arrested

Following an investigation, officers of the 104th Precinct arrested a man they say was wanted in connection with a shooting and attempted murder.

Police say that the incident occurred on Friday, September 9 at the corner of Bleecker Street and Cypress Avenue, when the suspect and four other men approached the victim. The suspect, identified as Tommy Gomez, then displayed a firearm and shot the victim one time in the stomach before fleeing into 1703 Himrod Street.

The victim, a 17-year-old male, was taken by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition.

The four accomplices were each subsequently arrested but the shooter remained at large until September 16.

Gomez is charged with attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal posession of a weapon.

Cops deem death a homicide

Police have determined that the death of a 31-year-old man was, in fact, a homicide.

On Wednesday, September 14, police responded to a call of unconscious male at 57-06 Clover Place.

Upon their arrival the officers were met by a family member who reported to have found the victim lying on the floor with trauma to his head and torso. EMS responded and took the victim, Peter J. Polizzi, to Jamaica Hospital where he was admitted. On Saturday, September 17 he succumbed to his injuries.

Following an autopsy by the Medical Examiner, this case was deemed a homicide. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Body found in Jamaica Bay

According to reports, police are trying to identify a man they discovered floating in Jamaica Bay over the weekend.

The man, said to be in his 50s, was found near the North Channel Bridge and Cross Bay Boulevard; he was pronounced dead on the scene and a cause of death is pending.

Vallone responds to uptick in crimes

In response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Management Report citing an increase in crime and response times, City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. said, “The fact that crime and response times are up should not come as a surprise to anyone. This is the inevitable result of having almost 7,000 fewer police officers, and it is only the hard work of Commissioner [Raymond] Kelly and our existing police officers that have held off this increase for so long.”

The Mayor’s Management Report indicated that murder, forcible rape and robbery increased along with major felony crime in the transit system and housing developments. Average response times also went up by over half a minute from 7.5 minutes to 8.4 minutes.

Vallone continued, “It’s not enough to say we are safer than we were 10 years ago. What’s most important to people is whether we are safer than we were last year, or last month, and we are not. Yes, the federal government needs to do more to stop the influx of illegal guns, but our city must do more, too. We must give Commissioner Kelly the resources he needs to stop this crime surge, which means we need 1800 cadets in the Academy on January 1.

Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, also states that the mayor’s claim that the July 2011 class is the “largest in five years” is misleading. It is actually two smaller classes combined, due to the fact that the January 2011 class was canceled. Those cadets would have hit the street in July and been available during this crime wave – but they were not, a fact Vallone believes contributed to its severity.

Police Blotter


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Police say this man is wanted for trying to rob a Capital One Bank.

107th Precinct

Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester, Pomonok

Seek attempted bank robber

The New York Police Department is asking for your help in locating the suspect who is wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery.

On Tuesday, August 30, the suspect entered the Capital One Bank located at 70-09 Parsons Boulevard and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller refused and the suspect fled the location. There were no injuries sustained.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, 5’10″ to 6’0″ with black hair. He was last seen wearing green shorts with a blue polo shirt and black tinted glasses.

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

111th Precinct

Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows

Cops make arrest in city-wide robbery pattern

Officers assigned to the 111th Precinct’s anti-crime team observed and arrested a man wanted in connection with a string of 14 robberies – 13 in Queens, one in Brooklyn.

On Friday, September 16, Officers Patrick Hughes and Evan Ostrofsky observed the perp, identified as Eric Colvin, 24, of Far Rockaway, take multiple cell phones from three youths in Peck Park, at Underhill Avenue and 190th Street. They said that Colvin, who fit the description of the wanted man, also attempted to rob two other male youths.

The officers arrested Colvin, whose record includes eight others arrests – for robbery, suspended license, criminal trespass, theft of service, possession of marijuana and one unspecified violation. He was last arrested on August 30.

He was positively identified in lineups.

115th Precinct

East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights

Arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Police have arrested a man they say fatally struck a man on the Grand Central Parkway.

On Thursday, September 15, police responded to the westbound GCP at the 82nd Street exit for a person struck by a vehicle.

Upon their arrival, officers observed an unconscious and unresponsive man, later identified as Jerry Kishun, 67, of South Ozone Park. EMS also responded to the scene and took Kishun to Elmhurst General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In the days following the accident, police arrested Luis Narvaez, 61. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with evidence.

Police seek murder suspect


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Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a July homicide.

Barrington Grant, 22, is wanted for the murder of Mark Torres, 19, that took place on July 5 in front of 41-03 Vernon Boulevard.

The suspect is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 196 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in regards to this Homicide is 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 atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.