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Cops honored for nabbing thief after repeated burglaries

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Officers Joao Rosero and Christopher Martins were on a routine patrol when they nabbed a suspect called one of the most “prolific” thieves in south Queens. The pair was honored as the Jamaica Rotary’s January cops of the month for the 102nd Precinct.

Rosero and Martins responded to a burglary in progress near 95th Avenue and 129th Street at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. The suspect was trying to climb into an elderly man’s backyard, said Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, the precinct’s commanding officer.

After getting a description of the suspect, a 17-year-old male, the “young go-getters” were able to successfully identify and arrest him.

“These are the kinds of young guys we need here in the command,” Sautner said.

After positively identifying him, cops discovered the suspect was also linked to four additional burglaries since August. The arrest took place near the border of the 106th Precinct, and Sautner said he and the 106th Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, are both very familiar with his crimes.

The suspect also confessed to another attempted burglary earlier that same day.

The Jamaica Rotary also honored Officers Scott Hamburger and Anthony Fernandez from the 103rd Precint, Officers James Gherardi and Ryan Dunn from the 113th Precint, Officer William Sutherland from the 106th Precinct and Officer Jared Vasquez from the Highway Collision Investigation Squad.

“This borough has a reputation for great crime fighters and doing it in partnership with the community,” said David Barrere, new Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “We’re going to continue to get it done. We’re going to be in your corner.”



Kids get visit from Santa, presents at Queens Centers for Progress

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Santa and Frosty the Snowman paid a visit to the children at the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), bringing holiday cheer with them once more.

Now in its 16th year, QCP has partnered with the Jamaica Rotary Club to give toys to kids at the children’s center. NYPD Community Affairs officers from the Queens south division joined in as well.

The children, who have cerebral palsy or another type of developmental disability, excitedly accepted stuffed animals, dolls and trucks from Rotary Club president Joe Iaboni, dressed as Santa, and his trusty sidekick Frosty.

“It’s a good feeling for the holidays,” Iaboni said. “We can fight crime, but also make kids happy and smile.”

Maureen Lovetro, a Rotary Club member with cerebral palsy, dressed up her dog companion, Drake, as Santa to give the kids a little extra Christmas cheer.

“Because I have a disability, I feel like I was one of those kids, and a lot of people helped me out.” she said, “I have a true appreciation and respect for them.”

Nancy Glass, QCP Children’s Center Director, said having the Jamaica Rotary back again for the toy distribution is “like having family coming back to visit and helping us celebrate.”

Iaboni, donned in a red suit and white beard, said it’s about “companionship” and letting the children know they and the police officers are there.

“We can show them there’s somebody to protect them,” he said.



Cops feted for robbery arrest

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The Jamaica Rotary held its monthly meeting to honor the precincts’ Cops of the Month for going above and beyond the call of duty.

“It’s great police work,” said NYPD Assistant Chief Kevin Ward, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “They had to work hard at it, but that’s what good police work is about.”

“There really is no luck. We put ourselves in that position by analyzing data. You put yourself in the position to get lucky,” he continued.

Inspector Charles McEvoy, the 103rd Precinct’s Commanding Officer, recognized two of his men, Sergeant Anzelmo Giovannniello and Officer Michael Desetto, for their exceptional work over the past few months.

The precinct had records of four gunpoint robberies within an area off of Liberty Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway, committed by a young male armed with a silver revolver. Each time, the suspect took a victim’s phone and a small amount of money.

On September 10, the two officers witnessed a young male standing by himself. They knew not to spook him, so Giovannniello walked away from the patrol car, and Desetto pulled up to the suspect. He pulled out the silver revolver, fled the scene and ran right into Giovannniello.

After apprehending the suspect, cops found the suspect, a 19-year-old male, was responsible for five incidents, and “undoubtedly there would have been a number six,” McEvoy said, and the two officers closed out the five robberies in one fell swoop.

“That’s what this city’s about and what the police department is about,” Ward said.




Tradition makes the holidays bright for kids

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“I love seeing Santa!” said Natasha Ayala, a student at the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP), as she pet her new stuffed dog. “I have my own dog at home, too.”

Last week, the Jamaica Rotary made its yearly donation of hundreds of toys to QCP as dozens of excited children eagerly opened their presents.

“The children really look forward to it every year,” said Maryann McAleer of QCP.

Roughly 250 toys were delivered this year to children with developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy.

Santa Claus and a snowman went class-to-class, delivering Barbie dolls and toy trucks to bright-eyed kids.

The Jamaica Rotary has been making this its holiday tradition for the past 12 years, and each year is just as exciting as the last.

“It’s a joyous day for them, they love it,” said McAleer of the students. “The Jamaica Rotary Club makes these children extremely happy.”

Jamaica Rotary applauds cops

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Law enforcement officials, Rotary members and civic group leaders assembled in a reception hall at Villa Russo on Wednesday, April 25 for the Jamaica Rotary’s monthly meeting to discuss current matters and celebrate the outstanding work of local police officers.

From the 102nd Precinct, officers Christopher Valand and Pablo DeJesus received recognition for their takedown of three individuals who had stolen a car. On March 30, the officers observed an Infinity with three people inside. After eyeing the cops, the vehicle sped off and the officers chased after them, radioing in the car’s description to a dispatcher. While in pursuit, the police saw the doors open several times with the suspects displaying firearms. The officers were able to apprehend two of the perpetrators during the pursuit and the third was arrested when he attempted to report the car was stolen.

On Friday, March 2 around midnight, officers William Connick and Mathew Rehman from the 103rd Precinct were out on routine patrol when they heard two gunshots coming from a south Jamaica housing development. The officers spotted an individual holding a gun and another individual on the ground who appeared to be injured. After chasing the individual on foot, he attempted to enter a car with a man and a woman inside. All three individuals were arrested and a 22-caliber, semi-automatic gun was obtained. These arrests led to 11 other arrests and the recovery of five firearms.

Officers Thomas Reo and James Dameron from the 113th Precinct were rewarded for their excellent police work as well. On Sunday, March 18, while on patrol in an area of known gang activity, the officers saw a suspicious looking vehicle with three individuals inside. After inciting a foot pursuit with the individuals, police obtained two loaded .9 mm firearms. Of the three individuals, one was on parole for robbery, one had a history of burglaries and the other was recently released from jail. All three were apprehended by police.

“Burglary is a constant battle,” said 106th Precinct Captain Thomas Pascale when it came time for him to award the officers from his precinct.

On Wednesday, April 18, officers John Gridley, Michael Ranoide and Filip Glowa saw an individual wearing gloves and carrying a flashlight. When they questioned the individual about his reason for being in that area, he claimed he was visiting his girlfriend but could not provide her name or address. The man was positively identified as someone who had been seen in a home where a burglary took place and he was arrested. This suspect has been caught for burglaries in several precincts and has spent 15 years in prison.


More good work by the NYPD

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As they do every month, members of the Jamaica Rotary assembled to honor the exemplary work of officers from the local precincts.

Detective Errio Paul, Sergeant Craig Edelman and Officer Carl Scogmanillo of the 103rd Precinct were applauded for their incredible work in apprehending a particularly dangerous individual. On Friday, December 2, a man fatally shot his stepson before proceeding to mount a Q111 bus, on which he shot two more people. Officers apprehended the man and safely obtained his weapon before he was able to injure anyone else.

Sergeant Robert Bracero, Officer Raven Bollingdavis and Officer Adam Georg of the 113th Precinct received awards for catching a gang member carrying a firearm after he entered a bodega. They were also recognized for another incident — capturing an individual who was emptying rounds of his semi-automatic weapon on a playground, in close proximity of children.

In the 106th Precinct, burglaries continue to be a major issue. Sergeant Adam Seidenberg and Officer Victor Sadarangani were honored for their apprehension of two individuals attempting to break into houses. While one perpetrator hovered outside in his car, the other would try to open random front doors before they found one that was unlocked. According to Captain Thomas Pascale, two robbery crews, previously operating in this area, were taken down in February.

Burglary is also a large problem in the 102nd Precinct. Officer Ashana Kelly received an award for capturing a burglar after a foot pursuit. The officer was able to obtain the burglar’s stolen goods — $1,000 worth of jewelry — which he dropped in a neighboring yard while running from police.

Assistant Chief James Secreto spoke briefly, professing his admiration for the members of the NYPD.

“Where would we be without you?,” Secreto proudly mused.

Outstanding officers honored

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The meeting of the Jamaica Rotary began with a prayer for police officers — beloved brothers and sisters in blue, fighting to protect the residents of New York City.

Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary, bowed his head as he recited the prayer. He paused to mention Edward Byrne, a young officer viciously killed in the line of duty by a known drug dealer. Since Officer Byrne’s tragic death, local precincts began honoring stand-out officers for their exceptional work.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio spoke to the crowd on Wednesday, February 29, thanking members of the NYPD for their hard work and dedication.

“There are so many people with heart, energy and spirit in this city,” said de Blasio. “There are so many New Yorkers who take the time to make the city better for others.”

Iaboni then feted the “Officers of the Month.”

From the 103rd Precinct, Officers Dave Strom and Thomas Kosak were praised for their success in apprehending three individuals who allegedly stole a man’s iPhone. Officers Harris and Sogluizzo, from the 102nd Precinct, were also recognized for their victorious take down of a man who stole a 12-year-old’s iPhone.

Officers Jeronnie Glanville and Greg Vallerugo from the 113th Precinct were awarded for catching a suspect yielding a knife.

Captain Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, spoke about an individual recently apprehended for a string of breaking and entering incidents. The perpetrator reportedly hunted for victims by ringing doorbells to see if residents were home. If someone answered, the suspect would ask for a person by a random name and pretend like he had the wrong house. If homes were empty, he would proceed to break in.

Assistant Chief James Secreto, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, then addressed the audience, sharing a story about how his granddaughter had recently been robbed in Brooklyn on her way home from school — another in a string of iPhone robberies throughout the city.

He also spoke of the immense pride he feels from working with such a strong police force.

“I am proud to wear this uniform and stand shoulder to shoulder with you,” he said.

Another year of good work feted by Rotary

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As the New Year was dawning, the Jamaica Rotary once again gathered to celebrate its “Cop of the Month” ceremony at Villa Russo.

For the past 23 years the Jamaica Rotary, led by President Joe Iaboni, has met on a monthly basis to pay tribute to the heroics of officers from the 103rd, 113th, 106th and 102nd precincts.

On Wednesday, December 28, the plaques for a job well done were handed out by Executive Chief Ed Silk.

From the 106th Precinct, Officer Gary Maher was feted for making eighty quality-of-life related arrests over the last year.

Officer Jason Michaud of the 102nd Precinct received an award for his handling of a gunpoint robbery in which he apprehended the perpetrator and recovered a loaded gun.

Detective Lieutenant Rocco Galasso along with Detective Michael Faranda from the 113th Precinct received recognition for bringing to justice Stephon Huffman, the criminal allegedly responsible for the fatal South Jamaica bus stop stabbing of 17-year-old Thomas Edison High School student Patrick Dixon.

Sergeant Frank Demma and Police Officers Jason Barr and Patrick Agugliaro were feted by the 103rd Precinct for arresting a suspect with three loaded firearms.

The Jamaica Rotary also celebrated the success of recent charity work, which raised enough so that “Santa Joe,” along with police officers, was able to visit the Queens Centers for Progress and senior centers, delivering various merchandise and toys for those in need.

Santa was really a Rotarian

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Santa Claus rang his sleigh bells loudly as he combed the halls of the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) Children’s Center. Followed closely by Frosty the Snowman, the pair peeked inside various rooms, searching for children. Toys in hand, they entered one at the end of the hallway — to an eruption of delighted squeals.

For the past 10 years, the Jamaica Rotary and the 112th, 113th and 103rd Precincts, as well as officers from NYPD Patrol Borough Queens South, have teamed up with QCP to provide gifts for the center’s children during the holiday season.

QCP is an organization that provides educational and residential services for children and adults in Queens county living with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities, in hopes to maximize their quality of life.

Walter Durchalter, Vice President of the Jamaica Rotary, stood amongst the crowd, grabbing gifts off a cart and handing them to the excited children. His four daughters joined him at the event, dishing out gifts and wishing the children a “Merry Christmas.”

“We’re giving out toys to all the residents,” said Durchalter. “It’s something nice to give back to the community.”

Santa and Frosty shuffled down the hallway to another classroom, trailed closely by a caravan of helpers. Santa greeted the next roomful of children, waving and posing for photographs. He wished them a “Merry Christmas” and handed each child a present. Frosty shook hands with kids, dishing out gifts.

According to Durchalter, each toy was purchased by the Rotary using member-donated funds. Even Santa Claus turned out to be Jamaica Rotary President Joe Iaboni.

“I’m here to share in the charity and Christmas spirit,” said Lieutenant Donzel Cleare, head of Community Affairs for Patrol Borough Queens South. “The most important thing is to try to bring a smile to someone else.”

“It’s all about giving back,” he continued. “We take a lot for granted. To come here and do something for someone else, that’s what it’s all about.”

Charles Houston, executive director of QCP since 1988, said he was glad to have the support of so many local individuals.

“Government funding never quite gets us where we need to be,” said Houston. “So we rely on community groups, like the Rotary. Some of these kids don’t get a lot of presents, so [the toy drive] just adds to the holiday spirit.”

Jamaica Rotary has respect for officers’ hard work

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Five officers from Patrol Borough Queens South were honored recently by the Jamaica Rotary for their work above and beyond the call of duty and for keeping Queens’ streets safe.

“I really want to thank you guys that work together and make the neighborhood much better and much safer,” said Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary, which honors deserving officers each month. “For the number of police officers you guys have, you’re doing a great, great job. I don’t know how you do it. It is really amazing to see the sweat you put into it.”

Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy of the 103rd Precinct honored two officers, Rey Alvarez and Craig Michels, whose apprehension of a thief was due to the dedication and work put in prior to the robberies.

Alvarez would regularly go to McEvoy’s office asking for pictures of problematic individuals and make contact with them, the Deputy Inspector said. One of these individuals committed a forced robbery of a cell phone on Thursday, October 20. About four blocks away the suspect committed another robbery. Alvarez recognized the individual, which led to an all-out pursuit by Michels and Alvarez. The officers apprehended both suspects responsible for the robberies and they are still incarcerated and awaiting trial.

From the 102nd Precinct, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon commended Officer Lee Petrovits for his apprehension of a sexual assault suspect that fled the scene of the crime. The victim was attacked from behind as she walked home and had rings and her pocketbook stolen. The suspect said he would give them back if she had sex with him. Her screaming alerted neighbors, causing the suspect to flee. Petrovits canvassed the area and proceeded to locate the individual in a backyard. After leaping over a few fences in pursuit of the individual, the suspect was apprehended.

Officer Mike Cozier of the 106th Precinct was feted by Captain Thomas Pascale for taking into custody an armed robbery suspect.
On October 15 at 4:30 a.m. on Liberty Avenue, two individuals, one armed with a gun, entered a restaurant and demanded the property of those inside.

Cozier was flagged down by one of the complainants who pointed out the perp, allowing Cozier to take him into custody.

“It sounds pretty routine, but Mike did a lot of extra work. Normally this is saved for investigative units,” said Pascale. “That area was loaded with ARGUS cameras. This robbery took place right in between two ARGUS cameras.”

Executive Officer Craig Adelman of the 113th Precinct lauded Officer Ryan Schmidt for apprehending a sexual assault suspect with seven prior arrests.

“With the dedicated work of members of the New York City Police Department and the relationship we have with the communities we serve, we were able to apprehend a sexual predator,” said Adelman.

On October 17, a female victim was dragged down from behind by the suspect, who tried to touch her inappropriately. The victim was able to fight him off and he fled the location. Schmidt was alerted by witnesses to the possible location of the suspect. He canvassed the area and gained entrance into the house where the suspect was apprehended and positively identified. He was charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching and is currently being held without bail and awaiting trial.

Assistant Chief of Queens South James Secreto spoke and commended the officers for the terrific job they do.
“You guys are out there where the rubber meets the road, and I have nothing but the most admiration and respect for what you do every day,” he said. “There’s no telling what the city would be like without you guys.”

“Cops of the Month” Honored by Jamaica Rotary

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Police pride was in full force on October 26, as the Jamaica Rotary honored the boys in blue from Patrol Borough Queens South (PBQS).

Rotary President Joe Iaboni commenced the ceremony by making note of Veteran’s Day on November 11 and praising all who have served in the armed forces, as well as the NYPD.

“Without the veterans we wouldn’t have what we have right now – peace,” said Iaboni. “Also, let’s show respect to the police department for the great work they do in the community.”

Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy, Commanding Officer of the 103rd Precinct, was the first to present the “Cop of the Month” award to Officer Matt Rehman and Sergeant Donald Kipp.

The officers earned the distinction for an arrest they made during the early hours of Saturday, August 13. Rahman and Kipp, dressed in plainclothes and stationed in an unmarked car, noticed a dispute in an area plagued by gang violence. When they confronted one of the individuals, they witnessed a .32 caliber revolver in his possession. After a short foot pursuit, the officers apprehended the suspect, a 22-year-old male, who has been indicted on criminal charges.

“It certainly was a good arrest in an area where we have some gang issues,” said McEvoy.

From the 113th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara commended the teamwork of a pair of officers from the night anti-crime unit during two recent arrests. Officers Jason Zummo and James Zozzaro made the first arrest when they noticed a suspicious individual casing a local grocery store. When they pulled him over, the individual fled. The officers pursued and arrested him with a .9 mm handgun, a bulletproof vest and ammunition.

During the second incident, the officers witnessed an individual holding a gun and quickly apprehended him. In the suspect’s possession were a loaded .22 caliber revolver and 70 Ecstasy pills.

“Because of the tactics and teamwork they used, they were able to apprehend him without anyone getting injured and no shots fired,” said Marmara.

Officers Tommy Scalise and Vic Sadarangani were honored from the 106th Precinct for their work during a highly publicized grand larceny case. On Monday, October 3, a 31-year-old woman was robbed of her iPhone 4 on Liberty Avenue in the vicinity of 111th Street. Due to the help of iGotcha, an iPhone application which took a photograph of the suspect when he unsuccessfully tried to unlock the phone and then emailed it to the victim, Officers Scalise and Sadarangani were able to identify the perpetrator when they saw him walking down the street.

“It was just good work on the part of Officers Scalise and Sadarangani that helped us get the right guy,” said Captain Thomas Pascale, Commanding Officer of the 106th Precinct.

Captain Martin Briffa of the 102nd Precinct recognized Officers Carmine Semioli and Stephen David for their work in connection with the arrests of threesuspects, including two 14 year olds, on August 26.

“It is great to get [the young perpetrators] off the street early enough,” said Briffa. “Hopefully they can get some help.”

The officers responded to a robbery on Atlantic Avenue, where they found two wounded victims. After an extensive search of the neighborhood, two of the three suspects were apprehended. The officers witnessed the third suspect running across the Van Wyck Expressway. They gave his description, and he was quickly arrested by the 103rd Precinct.

Assistant Chief James Secreto of PBQS expressed his pride in the performances of the officers in attendance.

“I want to thank the men and women being honored here,” said Secreto. “You are doing a great job.”

Rotary fetes NYPD job well done

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The Jamaica Rotary, under the leadership of President Joe Iaboni, is committed to doing good — and honoring those whose good work keeps Queens safe.

At this month’s meeting, where officers of Patrol Borough Queens South are feted for a job well done, the Rotary inducted an honorary member, a woman they helped to study abroad in Italy, but whose mother unfortunately passed away while she was there.

“I appreciate the Rotary because of the experience you gain,” she said. “I’m very appreciative of what they did for me.”

Deputy Inspector Charles McEvoy was the first to honor his officers.

“Robberies is a crime that drives the precinct,” he noted. “The officers we honor are doing an excellent job of stopping robberies.”

It was on August 18 that Sergeant Hugh Black and Officer Paul Grub responded to a robbery at a grocery store. The pair, who knew of a similar robbery, apprehended one suspect but the other two fled and got into a house where there were two women and their children. Following a short standoff, the suspects voluntarily vacated the home; one was arrested, the other fled. And although they were not arrested in regards to a previous incident, officers feel they are connected to the robbery of a woman two days earlier.

“In the four boroughs I’ve worked in, no one has done so much to honor cops,” said 113th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara of the Rotary.

He detailed how Officer William Clemens arrested a teen in connection with a break-in.

On August 11, the teen, with a prior record, allegedly broke a back window of a home in Addisleigh Park. The occupant inside called 9-1-1 and police responded within minutes, arresting the suspect. “Ever since he was arrested we haven’t had any other burglaries in the area,” noted Marmara.

Next, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon of the 102nd Precinct honored a hero cop — and a hero on the front lines.

On September 14, Officer Ryan Fais observed a suspicious-looking individual at 127th Street and 95th Avenue. When he heard that there had been a burglary, Fais pursued the man and his accomplices, who entered a woman’s home. Fais, who volunteered to be deployed, apprehended the suspects.

“Officer Fais is the epitome of what you call ‘squared away,’” said DeLeon.

In the 106th Precinct, Captain Thomas Pascale also honored a veteran.

In July, Pascale said, the command was battling burglaries and auto thefts. Officer David Marconi, a recent addition to the anti-crime team, observed a man wheeling a large compressor down the street at 3 a.m. at 109th Avenue and 116th Street. Marconi stopped the man and found out who the compressor rightfully belonged to. The 25-year-old perp — with 20 priors — was arrested and charged with burglary.

“To the men and women we honored — I’m so proud,” said Assistant Chief James Secreto, commanding officer of PBQS. “A common theme is that these cops are doing extra. I want to commend you for your dedication.”

Secreto noted that he is proud to be in partnership with Iaboni and the Jamaica Rotary, and reminded everyone in attendance about the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, on Sunday, October 16 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

To find out more or to register, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/TR?sid=16393&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=36016/