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Shot cop Craig Bier released from hospital


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Sergeant Craig Bier, who was shot in each leg while pursuing a suspect, was released today from the hospital.

Wearing a backward baseball cap and a bandage covering his right knee, the 15-year veteran left Jamaica Hospital less than two days after being shot and a day following surgery to remove a bullet from his leg.

Bier became the 10th NYPD officer shot this year on Wednesday night as he and his partner approached a suspect in Jamaica.  As the suspect fled, Bier cut off his escape route and the two exchanged fire.  Bier was hit in each leg.

The 15-year veteran has been awarded a total of 65 medals, 14 for meritorious police duty.

Police are currently searching for the alleged shooter, John Thomas, 24 and are offering a $32,000 reward — $10,000 from the police union — for his capture and conviction.

Police release photo of suspected shooter of NYPD officer


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With a person of interest released from custody, police have released a photo of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of an NYPD officer.

John Thomas, 24, of Queens, is being sought by police for the shooting of Sergeant Craig Bier.  Police are offering a $22,000 reward for his capture.

Bier was shot last night while chasing a suspect in Jamaica. He was struck in each leg.

The 15-year veteran is in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital and is expected to make a full recover.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited Bier in the hospital last night.

“Another night, and another shooting of one of our Finest,” Bloomberg said. “Thank God Sergeant Bier’s injuries are non-life threatening. He is alert and in remarkably good spirits.”

Brier, who is expected to be released today has been awarded a total of 65 medals, 14 for meritorious police duty, the commissioner said.

“This is the type of officer the public should thank God they have working for the New York City Police Department,” Kelly said.

NYPD cop recovering after being shot during chase in Jamaica last night


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A veteran NYPD cop is recovering and in stable condition after being shot in both legs last night — the tenth officer shot this year.

Sergeant Craig Bier, who is a member of the anti-gang unit, was in Jamaica last night  and attempted to stop an individual on a bike who then fled on foot.

Brier and his partner, Detective Nick Romano, chased the suspect who ran into an alley.  Brier cut off the suspect’s escape route and they exchanged fire.  Brier, 44, was hit in both legs.  The suspect was hit once.

A fellow officer applied pressure to the wounds and Brier was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

After a search, a suspect was taken into custody.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited the 15-year veteran in the hospital last night.

“Another night, and another shooting of one of our Finest,” Bloomberg said. “Thank God Sergeant Bier’s injuries are non-life threatening. He is alert and in remarkably good spirits.”

Brier has been awarded a total of 65 medals, 14 for meritorious police duty, the commissioner said.

“This is the type of officer the public should thank God they have working for the New York City Police Department,” Kelly said.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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NYPD cop recovering after being shot in both legs

A person of interest is being questioned after an NYPD police sergeant was shot in both legs Wednesday night in Queens. Sgt. Craig Bier and his partner, both members of an anti-gang unit, were on patrol when they tried to stop a suspect around 10:30 p.m. at 107th Street in Jamaica, police said. Read more: CBS

Queens teen who can text with best takes second place in Times Square contest

Kent Augustine, a 16-year-old Queens boy, blew home field advantage to a kid from Wisconsin, but still walked away with a cool $10,000. Augustine was one of 11 people who competed. Each contestant had to text sentences quickly and accurately until they crowned a champion. Repeat champion Austin Wierschke, 17, won a whopping $50,000. Read more: Daily News

FBI arrests Bayside man for PA bank threat

Tuesday night the FBI arrested a man at his Bayside home for threatening to kill Sovereign Bank employees in Pa., said an FBI spokesperson. According to a complaint filed by the FBI’s New York office, on August 6 Michael Chung faxed a letter to a Sovereign Bank fraud prevention officer based in Pottsville, Pa. regarding a $179,000 home equity loan he had on his 23rd Avenue house, which he was trying to sell. Read more: Queens Courier

Groundbreaking held for new junior high school in Jackson Heights

A groundbreaking was held Tuesday in Jackson Heights, Queens for I.S. 297, a middle school expected to be completed by fall 2014. The new school will provide 400 additional seats in District 30 for grades 6 through 8. Watch video: NY1

Orlando Magic sign Queens product Kyle O’Quinn

It is one of the great rags-to-riches New York stories. Four years ago Kyle O’Quinn was graduating from Campus Magnet High in Queens with only one scholarship offer. On Wednesday night he signed a three-year, $2.5 million contract to play for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. Read more: Daily News

 

Stabbed MTA officer John Barnett released from hospital


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MTA officer John Barnett, who fended off an attacker that stabbed him in the eye, was released from the hospital last night.

Despite an injury that could potentially take sight from one of his eyes, Barnett was able to fire four shots into his attacker, who police say assailed the veteran transit cop for no reason, at the Jamaica LIRR station.

Barnett, who has served the MTA for almost 13 years, was attacked by a knife-weilding Edgar Owens on Wednesday, July 4 when Owens confronted the officer, and proceeded to stab him in the eye. After repeated warnings, the officer shot at Owens four times — hitting him thrice, MTA officials said.

Both were brought to Jamaica Hospital, where Owens was later pronounced dead, officials said.

Barnett was released last night, though no prognosis was made on his eye’s recovery.

Had the stabbing been one inch deeper, it would have made contact with Barnett’s brain, an MTA spokesperson.

Service was not interrupted during the investigation, except for some temporarily-blocked staircases.

MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota rushed to Jamaica Hospital after hearing about the altercation, according to an MTA release.

Lhota said that hopes were high for Barnett and commended him for his bravery.

“The entire MTA family is praying for Officer Barnett to make a full recovery,” Lhota said. “He did exactly what we expect of all of our officers: In a split second, confronted with a violent individual who posed a threat to everyone around him, he took action without regard to his personal safety. We are all in awe of his bravery.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo also called Barnett and likewise recognized his heroics in the statement.

“Today we are reminded once again of the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in law enforcement, and the many dangers that accompany the important job of keeping our state’s residents safe,” Cuomo said. “We applaud Officer Barnett’s bravery and pray for a full recovery.”

Barnett served one year with the NYPD before moving over to the MTA in 1999, according to the MTA. He has also served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as an officer in the Naval Reserves.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Fireworks light up the night as New Yorkers celebrate Independence Day 

Millions of New Yorkers and tourists alike celebrated the nation’s birthday Wednesday night with the 36th annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show. An estimated 40,000 fireworks lit up the sky over the five boroughs, propelled from two barges on the Hudson River in what was billed as the largest display in the country. The event was the culmination of days of preparations. Read more: [NY1] 

Beloved grandmother, a victim of callous hit-and-run in Queens, slowly recovering from horrific wounds

A beloved grandmother who was mowed down and left for dead on a Queens street last month is slowly recovering — but the callous driver is still at large. Bidi Kahn, 65, a widowed mother of six with “a bunch” of grandchildren, has been surrounded by her family at Jamaica Hospital as her face heals from the horrific wounds she endured in the hit-and-run nightmare. She said the support of her family has been keeping her going. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Saving the day just part of the daily rounds for MTA bus driver

Call him the Astounding Busman. The temperature plunged to 13 degrees at 6 a.m. that snowy Feb. 6, 2004, when Glen Moyles pulled his Q12 bus out of Casey Stengel Depot on Roosevelt Ave. in Queens and groaned over the Northern Blvd. overpass above icy Flushing Bay. Up ahead in the swirling white haze Moyles spotted an idling car parked in the right lane. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Queens-bound tour bus crash injures 23; no charges filed 

Police are investigating a tour bus crash in Westchester County that sent nearly two dozen people to the hospital Wednesday. New York State Police say the bus was traveling from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut to Queens just before 6:30 a.m. when the driver lost control on I-95. Read more: [NY1] 

Queens boy, 4, drowns in relatives’ backyard pool 

A 4-year-old boy drowned in relatives’ backyard pool during a Fourth of July party last night in Queens, authorities said. Firefighters arrived at the Beverly Road home in the Douglas Manor neighborhood just before 6 p.m. to find the unconscious child, identified by police as Christos Voulkoudis, lying next to the pool after he was pulled out by family members. Read more: [New York Post]

MTA cop shoots, kills psycho who stabbed him in the eye in unprovoked attack

An MTA cop who survived two wars as a Navy officer was stabbed in the eye by a police-hating lunatic at an LIRR station — but the bleeding officer managed to shoot his attacker dead before the man could strike again. “He’s a real hero,” MTA chief Joe Lhota said of Officer John Barnett, who has also served with the NYPD. Read more: [New York Post] 

South Ozone Park woman shot and killed


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A woman was shot and killed Sunday morning in front of her South Ozone Park home, according to police.

A man was also hit during the early morning shooting.  Both victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital. The woman was announced dead on arrival with gunshots to the stomach, police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

One teen, two others shot on Jamaica Avenue


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One teenager and two 20-year-olds were shot on Jamaica Avenue in what was according to witnesses, likely gang-related activity.

The shootings took place outside a Jamaica Avenue Wendy’s this afternoon at approximately 3 p.m. Two victims were shot in the leg, with one taking a bullet to the arm.

The victims were a 17-year-old black male and two 20-year-old Hispanic males, according to police.

Published reports indicate that the victims were members of the gang MS-13.

All three were taken to Jamaica Hospital and are listed in stable condition.

Jamaica Avenue was closed down between Queens Boulevard and 139th Street as dozens of police officers canvassed the area.

There are no descriptions of the suspects, police said.

Students from nearby M.S. 217 said they saw one victim with a gunshot wound to the left arm on their way home from school. The teens said that while gang activity is an issue in the area it had not escalated to gun violence before.

Jack Sharma, who lives one block away from the shooting, bemoaned teenager’s lack of respect for life.

“Kids don’t value life,” Sharma said. “It’s bad for my neighborhood.”

Sharma’s 16-year-old daughter saw the shooting’s aftermath as she picked up her brother and sister from school.

“This neighborhood is quiet,” Sharma said. “I did not expect this. It’s too close to home.”

 

Civic focuses on health, safety


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The Board of the Howard Beach Civic Association invited Dr. Richard Pinskor of Jamaica Hospital and Dr. Frans Verhagen of Sane Aviation for Everyone (SAFE), Inc. to address its meeting on January 31. The former mostly focused on the health effects of JFK Airport, while the latter urged the civic members to get involved in opposition to the proposed new Jamaica Bay runway.

Brother of Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree shot


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Police say the older brother of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree is currently hospitalized and in critical condition after he was shot in the head by an unidentified gunman.

Calvin Ogletree, 25, was shot on January 6 at approximately 3 p.m. near 200-02 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, and police say it appears unlikely he will survive.

While a motive is not yet clear, police currently believe the shooting was the result of a dispute. Authorities also suspect more than one person may have been involved in the incident.

No arrests have been made, but the suspect has been described as a black male.

According to the Daily News, the man’s uncle, Mark Ross, said the 24-year-old, third-year receiver is at his brother’s bedside.

New Year, new babies in Queens


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A second after the clock struck midnight, Nicolette Hunt came into the world. Officials at North Shore LIJ Hospital said the seven-pound baby was the first born on their campus in the New Year, as well as one of the city’s first newborns.

Eleni and James Hunt, of Little Neck, welcomed their New Year’s Day delivery, along with big sister, two-year-old Victoria. Hospital spokesperson Kristen Longo said the Hunts were aware of their daughter’s extraordinary timing as hospital staff closely monitored the clock during the delivery.

New York Hospital Queens also welcomed its first baby of 2012 — a 7-pound, 10-ounce little girl named Nina Love McConnell-Honore — born to parents Rose Honore and Duane McConnell of St. Albans.

“I feel great,” said mom Rose Honore. “I feel special and so does [the baby] — she is sweet, quiet and lovely. That’s why her middle name is Love.”
The family received a $1,000 savings bond and a congratulatory bouquet from the hospital.

Dr. Andrew Rubin, spokesperson for both Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals, claimed each facility welcomed a baby boy just after the New Year. Angeury Vargas was born at 1:39 a.m., weighing 7-pounds, 12-ounces at Jamaica Hospital and “Baby Boy” Carchi made his big entrance at 7:52 a.m., weighing 7-pounds, 8-ounces.

Fatal Accident on the Belt Parkway


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On Saturday, December, 17 2011 at 0420 hours, police responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of the Belt Parkway and 116th Street, located within the confines of the 106 Precinct.  Upon arrival, responding officers determined that a 2009 Toyota Corolla, operated by a M/B/26 along with 4 additional passengers, was traveling eastbound on South Conduit Avenue when it left the roadway and rolled over onto the eastbound Belt Parkway causing a F/B/21 to be ejected from the rear of the vehicle.

EMS also responded to the location and transported the F/B/21 passenger to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced DOA.

EMS also transported the operator (M/B/26) and the front passenger (M/B/24) to Jamaica Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.  The remaining passengers (F/B/25 & F/B/24) were transported to Brookdale Hospital where they are listed in stable condition.

There has been no arrest(s) in regard to this incident and the investigation is ongoing.

4 more suspects collared in slaying of NYPD cop Peter Figoski


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4 more suspects collared in slaying of NYPD cop Peter Figoski

The accomplice who fled from cops after his low-life pal shot and killed Officer Peter Figoski has been caught, police said Tuesday. Three other suspects were also taken into custody overnight — two neighbors who live across the street and the alleged getaway driver. The accomplice was arrested at 2 a.m. and will be charged with murder in the slaying of Figoski, a decorated 22-year NYPD veteran and father of four daughters, officials said. Read More: Daily News

Violent ex-con arrested for shooting NYPD cop dead was wanted for shooting in North Carolina in August

The violent ex-con accused of gunning down a hero cop in Brooklyn Monday should have been locked up weeks ago for shooting a man in North Carolina, the Daily News has learned. Despite being arrested twice in New York since September, a series of legal snafus allowed Lamont Pride to roam the streets of the city free to kill. Read More: Daily News

Aqueduct racino set to open exclusive, luxury gaming floor 

The final touches are being put on another floor of gaming at the Aqueduct racino — but you’ll need be a high roller to wager and enjoy the amenities. The media got a sneak peek on Monday at the second floor — set to open Friday — which racino officials hope will lure out-of-state gamblers to the South Ozone Park attraction. Read More: Daily News

Woodside Residents Reach Out To Fire Victims

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New Initiative Aids Small Businesses In Flushing

NY1′s Angela Chen looks at some small businesses in Flushing that are getting a helping hand from a new initiative. Watch the video: NY1

Queens graveyard worker sues over alleged abuse  in workplace at Cypress Hills Cemetery

A Queens graveyard worker says he was driven to drink and despair by cruel bosses at the Cypress Hills Cemetery and that his union did nothing to help him. Jozef Klaper, a 63-year-old Polish immigrant, claims in a lawsuit that foreman John Nicastro got into his head by calling him “Eddie Mouser” — the name of a dead cemetery worker. Read more: Daily News

Man shot dead in Jamaica


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Police responded to a male shot in Jamaica just after midnight on Monday, December 12.  Officers arrived to find Joe Nash, 37, lying in the street at 171st Street and Jamaica Avenue with a gunshot to the hip.  EMS responded and took Nash to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.