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Jamaica man gets 95 years to life for double murder, attempted murder


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A Jamaica man has been sentenced to 95 years to life for a December 2011 shooting spree where he fatally shot an 18-year-old, then shot and killed one man and injured another man on a city bus while fleeing, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

“The defendant’s capacity for causing senseless violence in such a short period of time can only be described as incomprehensible and as having no place in a civilized society,” said Brown. “His actions were both vicious and unprovoked. The sentence imposed by the Court is more than justified in order to punish the defendant and forever protect society.”

According to the District Attorney, Damel O. Burton, 34,  shot Keith Murrell, 18, once in the chest inside Murrell’s Foch Boulevard apartment.  After being shot, Murrell fled into his room, closed the door and jumped from the second-story window. He was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

Burton then left the apartment and walked to the Q111 bus stop, where he got on a bus. While on the bus Burton fatally shot Marvin Gilkes, 36, in the back of the head and shot Jojuan Lipsey, 31, in the face. Gilkes was pronounced dead at the scene. Lipsey was removed to Jamaica Hospital and underwent surgery.

Burton was convicted earlier this month of  two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

 

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Police looking for suspect in deadly Woodhaven hit-and-run


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Updated December 7, 3:57 p.m.

Police are looking for a suspect who fatally struck a man in Woodhaven Friday morning.

The victim, 35-year-old Yunior Antonio Perez Rodriguez, of Brooklyn, was struck by a car around 3:15 a.m. while attempting to cross Woodhaven Boulevard at Jamaica Avenue, said cops.

Rodriguez sustained severe trauma and was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they are looking for the driver, who was possibly driving a white Honda sedan and did not remain on the scene.

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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Cops investigating homicide of shooting victim taken to Jamaica Hospital


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Police are investigating an incident in which an unidentified woman was brought to Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound to her head.

Two people brought the woman, 38, to the hospital Tuesday morning where she was pronounced dead. Cops responded to the scene at about 10:40 a.m. and ruled the incident as a homicide.

The pair who brought the victim to the hospital via private means were taken to the 103rd Precinct for questioning, according to authorities.

The investigation is ongoing. Identification of the deceased is pending family notification.

 

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Livery cab driver arrested for JFK Airport stabbing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy the Port Authority of NY & NJ

BY CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO

A Flushing man has been arrested for a stabbing at  John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday after getting involved in a dispute with another man.

The incident began outside of Terminal 8 around 4:45 p.m., then spilled into a parking lot, where one of the men stabbed the other above the left eye, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Port Authority Police detectives arrested livery cab driver Guang Zheng, 50, at 10 p.m. in Flushing after he drove off in a 2007 bronze Acura, said Port Authority of New York & New Jersey spokesperson Joe Pentangelo. Zheng was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon

Zheng was also arrested by the Port Authority Police last month for operating an illegal livery cab at JFK Airport, according to Pentangelo.

The stabbing victim, who was transported to Jamaica Hospital after the incident, suffered non life-threatening injuries, said the spokesperson.

 

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Jamaica man charged with attempted murder in alleged beating of off-duty police officer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Monday, November 18, 1:24 p.m.

LIAM LA GUERRE AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

A Jamaica man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a fight in South Richmond Hill that left an off-duty NYPD sergeant brutally wounded early Sunday morning.

Hayden Holder, 29, and Sergeant Mohamed Deen, allegedly got into a verbal argument near St. John’s Express Bar & Restaurant at 118-14 Liberty Avenue just before 5 a.m., according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Holder is accused of punching Deen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. He then repeatedly punched, kicked and slammed Deen’s head onto the sidewalk, said Brown.

The incident was allegedly captured on video and uploaded to Facebook (WARNING: Video is extremely graphic).

Deen was taken to a local hospital with numerous facial fractures and hemorrhaging on his brain, according to the district attorney, and is presently in a medically-induced coma.

Holder was arraigned Monday morning and charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

 

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Jamaica Hospital ready for Obamacare


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Residents looking for more information about insurance under the new Affordable Care Act need not search too far.

Officials from Jamaica Hospital said they are planning to reach out to the community to help people learn about plans under New York State of Health, the state’s dedicated health care marketplace under the health care reform law.

“The hospital wants to be a resource for the community in helping them understand,” said Michael Hinck, Jamaica Hospital spokesperson.

Jamaica Hospital will send officials to explain New York State of Health to community groups, answer questions about insurances plans and try to eliminate any “confusion” residents may have.

They will also post information about the marketplace on the hospital’s website and they plan to add a dedicated phone line so people can call with any questions.

Hinck added hospital staffers have been trained to be knowledgeable about the new health care law and New York State of Health so they can answer patients’ questions when they come for care.

With more people having access to health insurance, officials acknowledge that it will increase the number of patients coming to the hospital, but they believe Jamaica can withstand the surge.

“January first is a little bit of an unknown,” said David Evangelista, director of managed care at Jamaica.

“I think Jamaica Hospital more so than most should be well positioned to serve the population.”

 

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Three injured after Richmond Hill house fire


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Three people are left injured after a house fire in Richmond Hill.

According to the FDNY, a call came in on Saturday at approximately 1:01 a.m. for a fire at 87-40 124th Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found the fire in the basement of the one-story home. The fire was under control by 3:58 a.m.

One person was taken to Nassau University Medical Center with serious burns and two people were taken to Jamaica Hospital with minor burns.

According to the FDNY, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

 

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One dead, one injured in Jamaica homicide


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One man is dead and another injured in a shooting this morning in Jamaica, cops said.

Police responded to the shooting at 89-32 163rd Street around 5:11 a.m. Upon arrival officers found one Hispanic man with a gunshot wound in his chest and another Hispanic man with a gunshot wound to an ankle.

EMS rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital where the male with the chest wound was pronounced dead and the second victim is in stable condition, authorities said.

Cops have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting yet and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Man fatally stabbed in South Ozone Park


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A 19-year-old was stabbed to death on Linden Boulevard Friday night.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 9 p.m. on Linden Boulevard, where they found Danthony McDonald with a stab wound to the chest.

EMS transported McDonald, who lived nearby, to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

25 people shot in one weekend across city


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A hot weekend in the city was also a violent one.

In less than 48 hours 25 people were reportedly shot, six of which died.

Gun violence occurred in all of the city’s boroughs except for Staten Island, with four shootings in Queens, according to the Daily News.

A 21-year-old man was struck in the leg at 12:10 a.m. Sunday at the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria, reported the Daily News. The same day a 35-year-old man came to Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

This weekend’s gun violence is 5 percent of this year’s approximately 440 shootings, according to ABC New York, but is a 23 percent decline from the 574 shot through this time last year.

 

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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.

 

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One killed, one injured in attack on Jamaica Avenue


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Police are investigating a Richmond Hill attack that left one man dead and another injured.

According to the NYPD, on Wednesday, March 6, around 3:30 p.m., authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call of a male stabbed on Jamaica Avenue near 127th Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered an unidentified man in his thirties who was stabbed in the back, and another victim, a 17-year-old male, who was hit in the shoulder with a rock.

EMS responded and transported the stabbing victim to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second victim refused medical attention at the scene.

An initial investigation determined that the victims were walking in front of 126-19 Jamaica Avenue, the location where they were found by police, when a group of males attacked them. The investigation is still ongoing.

 

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Man dies in Rockaway Boulevard hit and run


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A 65-year-old Queens man died early Friday when a car struck him on Rockaway Boulevard and fled the scene, said police.

Carlos Carlo was crossing the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and 137th around 12:30 a.m. when a dark colored sedan traveling northbound on Rockaway Boulevard hit him.

Carlo was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Man shot early Sunday; second fatal shooting in Queens over weekend


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Photos by Robert Stridiron

A man was shot multiple times and killed early Sunday outside of the Flavor Lounge on Hillside Avenue – becoming the second fatal shooting in Queens over the weekend.

Police said they found Kwasi Olatunji, 36, outside of the establishment around 3:30 a.m. with several gunshot wounds to the torso. EMS transported Olatunji to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A second victim, 27, was taken to the hospital for a stab wound to the leg. The stab victim is in stable condition, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.


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Woman charged with DWI in death of pregnant passenger


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The woman behind the wheel of a car that flipped into a shallow marsh off of Jamaica Bay leaving a pregnant Queens woman dead has been charged with driving under the influence and without a license, according to the NYPD and media reports.

Denise Finley 32, of Arverne, was heading southbound on Brookville Boulevard in the Rosedale section of Queens around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday when she lost control of the 2000 Ford she was driving, overturning the vehicle into the water off of the roadway, said police.

Her passenger, Dominique Jamison, 25, of Far Rockaway, was removed from the car and taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

There were reportedly four other individuals in the vehicle at the time of the accident, three of which were injured.

Finley was taken into custody at the scene and later charged that day.