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
NY1′s Lisa McDivitt looks into how a Woodside community is helping those affected by a fire that occurred in their neighborhood one month ago. Watch the video: NY1
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
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.
The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an assault.
On Sunday, November 27, in front of the Nest Bar & Restaurant, located at 125-17 101st Avenue, the suspect struck a 33-year-old man multiple times during a dispute, causing him to sustain injuries. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital.
The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet-5 inches tall, with a dark complexion.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Holiday cheer turned to terrified screams as violence erupted in Jamaica on Friday, December 2.
Damel Burton, 34, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend’s son, 18-year-old Keith Murrell, in an apartment the three shared on the second floor of the Baisley Park Houses. Burton then boarded the Q111 bus at the Parsons-Archer terminal, where be shot and killed passenger Marvin Gilkes, 36, and injured a second passenger, Jajuan Lipsey, 29.
Gilkes was pronounced dead at the scene while Lipsey’s injuries are not life-threatening.
After he was shot, Murrell reportedly leaped from his window to a grassy area below and was helped across the street where he collapsed. The 18-year-old was later pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.
Friends and family described Murrell as a basketball-loving role model who wanted to be a mechanic. All of that was erased when the tragic teen was shot in the chest by ex-con Burton.
“I can’t seem to grasp this sad situation, it’s just so sad and senseless to me,” said Murrell’s cousin, Sandy Thickness, in a Facebook post. “I love my family and we all miss our cousin Keith. My family just took a great loss.”
Burton reportedly used the Q111 to get away from the scene, but became agitated when he thought passengers on the bus were talking about him.
District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that Burton has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder following the shooting rampage.
“The defendant is accused of the cold-blooded shooting death of one young man, followed by the alleged shooting of two more people on a city bus – leaving one of them dead and the other seriously injured,” the district attorney said. “These shootings are particularly disturbing for having exploded during an otherwise routine afternoon bus ride filled with shoppers, students and ordinary people returning from work. Violence such as this will not be tolerated, especially aboard public transportation.”
Burton, who faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, was quickly captured by police officers a block away from the bus shooting, still carrying the alleged murder weapon.
Released on parole in August of 2010 after serving seven years for attempted robbery, Burton has six prior arrests and served a year in prison in 2000 for drug dealing and weapon possession.
Man Guilty of Raping Ex-Girlfriend and Then Framing Her
Seemona Sumasar said all along that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend, who then framed her for a series of armed robberies that never took place. On Wednesday, a jury in State Supreme Court in Queens agreed, finding the ex-boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, guilty of more than 10 charges, including rape, perjury and conspiracy. Ramrattan faces more than 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 4. Read More: New York Times
NY pair who abducted their 8 kids get 60 days in jail
Parents who abducted their eight young children from foster care in New York City were sentenced on Wednesday to 60 days in jail, which they have already served, authorities said. Shanel Nadal, 28, the mother, and Nephra Payne, 34, the father, of Manhattan pleaded guilty to second-degree custodial interference for abducting their children, ages 11 months to 11 years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Read More: Wall Street Journal
Red Storm Men’s Basketball Team Serves NYC Community At St. John’s Bread And Life Soup Kitchen
Joined by University officials and a host of volunteers, the Red Storm men’s basketball team made its 14th-annual Thanksgiving trip to the St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen on Wednesday, serving turkey dinners to 2,418 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, area residents. Read More: Red Storm Sports
5th anniversary of NYC police shooting; Sean Bell died hours before he would have been married
It’s the fifth anniversary of the Sean Bell police shooting. Bell died on November 25, 2006, in a hail of 50 bullets. He was leaving his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, just hours before he would have been married. Three detectives were acquitted. Read More: The Republic
Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home
A Queens teen was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with heavy bleeding today — and it wasn’t until two hours later that cops and medics discovered she had just given birth, and her newborn baby boy was soon found dead back at the home, The Post has learned. The deceased infant was found abandoned in the second-floor bedroom of a home on 120th Avenue in St. Alban’s, sources said. The body of the baby, which appeared to be full-term, was wrapped in a blue towel that had been closed over with blue duct tape, sources said. It was then encased in two plastic grocery bags that were stuffed inside a yellow leather handbag that had been placed next to a bed, sources added. Read More: New York Post
Mutilation killer pleads guilty to murdering woman over unemployment
A Queens man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the mutilation-slaying of the woman he blamed for nearly getting him deported back to his native China. Huang Chen, 49, faces up to 31 years in prison on a manslaughter charge for the January 2010 killing of Qian Wu, 46, in her Flushing apartment. Read More: Daily News
Woman Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling 22 Pounds Of Cocaine Into JFK
A woman has been arrested on charges of smuggling $700,000 worth of cocaine into John F. Kennedy International Airport. Investigators say Dayanet Rodriguez, 32, arrived Tuesday morning from the Dominican Republic with 22 pounds of cocaine. Trained dogs found the drugs in the lining of three checked bags. Rodriguez was placed under arrest and turned over to Homeland Security. She now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges. Read More: NY1
Mets Owners Could Go To Trial In Connection With Madoff Scheme
The owners of the New York Mets could go before a jury for their alleged connection to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff said if the case is not settled, it should go to trial. The judge dismissed an argument by the team which said the case should be heard by a judge only since it began in bankruptcy court. Read More: NY1
Patricia Dolan, longtime Community Board 8 member, president of the Queens Civic Congress, Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and the founder of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Conservancy, was struck and killed as she crossed Hillside Avenue on Tuesday, November 15.
Police say Dolan, 72, was crossing the thoroughfare near 198th Street — on her way to a CB 8 Transportation Committee meeting — when she was struck by a 1998 Nissan sedan driven by an unidentified 57-year-old woman. EMS responded to the scene and took Dolan to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“She was a friend, a colleague and a pre-eminent civic activist,” said Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik. “We will all miss her very much.”
The driver remained on the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
Borough President Helen Marshall heralded Dolan as a fighter for “libraries, senior citizens, parks, children, transportation safety and every other issue that affects all of us.”
“She was a frequent visitor to Borough Hall, where just weeks ago she met with my office and library officials to try to move up the timeline for the completion of the Kew Gardens Hills Library,” said Marshall. “She also sat on our Traffic Safety Board. Indeed, her commitment and dedication to our borough were inspiring.”
Dolan also worked at Queens Community House, where she directed the Queens Network, a paratransit system for seniors.
“I had the privilege of honoring her at my Women’s History Month several years ago for her outstanding dedication to the borough of Queens,” continued Marshall. “Appropriately for Pat, the theme of the event that year was ‘Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams.’”
CB 8 District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide told The Courier that a memorial service will be held onTuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at the Schwartz Brothers – Forest Park Chapel, 114-03 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills (Queens Boulevard and 76th Road).
“She would say things to you to make you laugh,” said Adam-Ovide. “She was knowledgeable about all different issues. She cared so much about her community. It’s definitely a loss to our board. I’m going to miss her so much.”
Other remembrances of Dolan:
City Comptroller John Liu:
“The borough of Queens lost a favorite daughter last night. I have known Pat for many years as a tireless advocate for Queens and for New York City and someone who was fearless about speaking her mind and standing up for what she believed in. Pat was quick as a whip and sharp as a tack. Her leadership and infectious spirit will be sorely missed, and I stand together with my fellow residents of Queens to mourn her untimely death. My deepest sympathies and prayers are with Pat’s family during this difficult time.”
Senator Toby Stavisky:
“She epitomized everything good about public service. She only cared about what was best for the community. I lost a good friend.”
City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz:
“I remember when I worked with Pat for the first time in the 1980s when I worked for Andrew Stein. She was an expert on zoning issues. If I had a question I would call her. She will be missed.”
Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder:
“The loss of Pat Dolan is a loss for Kew Gardens Hills and for all of Queens. She was truly a woman of the people and encompassed everything great about Queens. Pat’s loyalty and devotion to her community was inspirational and I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing.”