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Astoria man indicted for first degree murder of girlfriend

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Jason Bohn, the 33-year-old Astoria man allegedly responsible for the murder of his live-in girlfriend Danielle Thomas, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder.

Thomas, a 27-year-old Weight Watchers executive, was found dead inside the couple’s 33rd Street apartment last month, beaten, strangled and left in a bathtub filled with ice. Her death followed several documented incidents of harassment by Bohn. Thomas had also obtained a restraining order against him in June.

Bohn faces a ten-count indictment – one count of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree strangulation, one count of aggravated criminal contempt, one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of first-degree criminal contempt, one count of third-degree assault and  three  counts of second-degree aggravated harassment.

If convicted, Bohn could serve up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 23.

Fundraiser For Comptroller Liu Indicted On Federal Wire Fraud Charges

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Fundraiser For Comptroller Liu Indicted On Federal Wire Fraud Charges

City Comptroller John Liu was dealt a major blow on Wednesday as a fundraiser for his campaign, Xing Wu Pan, was indicted on federal wire fraud charges just one day before the comptroller’s first major public policy speech. Pan, also known as Oliver Pan, was arrested in November for allegedly funneled $16,000 to Liu’s likely campaign for mayor in 2013. The U.S. attorney says Pan tried to circumvent the legal contribution limit to Liu by arranging for several people to divide up a large contribution and claim the donation was their own. Read More: NY1


Officials Release Recording Of 911 Call Made By Suspect In Subway Bombing Plot

A 911 call made by a man accused in a subway bombing plot has been released. Adis Medunjanin was speeding along the Whitestone Expressway when he made the call in January 2010. At the time, he was under surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had just served him with a search warrant. In the recording, Medunjanin can be heard saying, “We love death,” and “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.” Read More: NY1


Whitney’s family thinks ex is reaching out to daughter due to fortune: report

Bobby Brown is trying to leech onto Whitney Houston’s fortune, the late singer’s mom and other family members believe, according to a new report. Brown is attempting to get close to his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who is sole heir to his ex-wife’s estimated $20 million fortune, in a bid to get his hands on the cash, family sources told TMZ. Her mother Cissy Houston is trying to stop Brown from getting close to the 18 year old because she fears the rapper is broke and just wants to line his own pockets, according to a source. Read More: New York Post


Queens Teacher Had Class Contact Inmate Who Previously Faced Child Porn Charges

Officials at the Department of Education say they are looking to fire a Queens teacher who had her fifth-grade students send Christmas cards to a prison inmate who was previously been charged with possessing child pornography. The city’s special commissioner of investigation, Richard Condon, says Melissa Dean, 31, had her class in P.S. 143 at Corona, Queens send cards to John Coccarelli, who appears to have had a relationship with her. The teacher did not ask permission from parents or the school and officials say many of the cards had the children’s names and addresses on them. Read More: NY1


Style icon in front-row death

Beloved club and fashion maven Zelda Kaplan died after collapsing in the front row at Fashion Week yesterday at age 95. Kaplan, New York’s oldest and most beloved night owl and the woman who could famously “out-party even Paris Hilton,” collapsed at the Joanna Mastroianni show at The Studio at Lincoln Center. Witnesses said the socialite “slumped forward” as the second model came out on the runway, and she was carried out and given CPR by paramedics. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital, but she couldn’t be revived. Read More: New York Post

Queens  granny kin sue in blizzard death

The family of a Queens grandmother who died of a heart attack during the December 2010 blizzard is suing the city for failing to clear the streets, which they say delayed emergency responders. Faith Radvin and Robin Martucci claim in a suit filed yesterday that a day after the storm, their mother, Gail Radvin, 73, had a fatal heart attack. Read More: New York Post

Queens parents arrested after abandoning infant at Burger King

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Queens parents arrested after abandoning infant at Burger King 

The parents of a four-month-old baby girl were arrested after they abandoned the helpless child inside a Queens fast food joint. Kimberly Brundidge, 22, left the infant alone on a table inside a Burger King restaurant on Rockaway Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The baby’s father, Kesley Kendall, 20, works there, cops said. Kendall called police and told them he found an abandoned child, a police source said. He then remained silent while watching cops and medics examine the baby for injuries, and carted her away, the source said. Read More: Daily News


Four People Close To Queens Senator Huntley Indicted

Four people close to Queens Sen. Shirley Huntley were indicted today for pocketing $30,000 in state money meant for a non-profit she founded. Among those who were indicted was Huntley’s niece, who lives with her, and a  legislative aide. The two were charged with submitting a fraudulent contract to the state and five fake vouchers in order to steal the legislative member item funds. The indictments stemmed from a joint probe by the offices of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Controller Thomas DiNapoli. Read More: Daily News


Best of the Boro voting extended

Voting on the Best of the Boro’s second category has been extended. Residents now have until January 6 to vote for the best in Queens health and beauty. The Queens Courier’s Best of the Boro competition’s second category received over 400 nominations, and now it is time to vote. Everyone has a doctor or hair dresser who is “the best.” Now, you have the chance to decide who truly is the best of the best. You vote, they win. Read More: Queens Courier


Rockaway Residents Want Feds To Step Up Irene Repairs

Beach 94th Street is one of the spots along the boardwalk where the ocean made its way through during Hurricane Irene. “As you can see the condition of the boardwalk here, we have to wait and wait and wait,” explained John Cori of the group “Friends Of Rockaway Beach.” Cori’s group is taking the Parks Department to task for not working quickly enough to make repairs on the boardwalk where there is still a broken railing on at least one ramp leading down to the beach. Read More: NY1


‘I can’t stop’ shooting

Authorities yesterday revealed chilling new details about how a Queens madman allegedly ambushed his wife as she walked her dog, dragged her by the hair up her front steps, and then shot her in the head before killing her daughter. “Once I started shooting I can’t stop,” accused gunman Guerino “Mario” Annarumma, 52, allegedly confessed to cops about his maniacal bloodbath Monday — at least some of which was caught by a neighbor’s surveillance camera in Astoria. Read More: New York Post

Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years in prison 

Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday after he admitted guilt and tearfully apologized at a sentencing hearing on Wednesday morning. The apology was a shocking turn for the normally defiant politician. “My life is in ruins. I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions and the things I did and I thought I could do. I’m not blaming anybody,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times before the Judge’s ruling. “I never set out to break the law. I never set out to cross lines.” Read More: Daily News


Alec Baldwin ‘extremely rude’ to flight attendant before getting kicked off plane, says American Airlines

Cantankerous actor Alec Baldwin, who launched a Twitter rant after his ejection from a cross-country flight, was sticking to the script Wednesday. The “30 Rock” funnyman deactivated his popular Twitter account before heading to Silvercup Studios in Queens for a day of work on his Emmy-winning sitcom. Read More: Daily News


Anti-rape app by Sunset Park filmmaker Nancy  Schwartzman wins White House contest 

A Sunset Park filmmaker is launching a free mobile-phone app to help college students out of situations that could result in rape. Nancy Schwartzman and a team of designers are readying the Circle of 6 app, as it’s called, for release in February. With two clicks of an icon, users can secretly ask trusted friends — meaning their circle of six — to give them a ride home or interrupt them with a phone call. “We want to prevent violence before it happens,” Schwartzman, 35, said Tuesday. Read More: Daily News