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Large oil spill shuts down part of Kissena Boulevard


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A slick mess was created on Kissena Boulevard Saturday afternoon when a truck spilled oil on the Flushing roadway, according to authorities.

Fire officials and police responded to the spill near Franklin Avenue about 1 p.m., the FDNY said. The Sanitation Department then had to be called to clean up the oil.

The accident closed about a three-block stretch of Kissena Boulevard for at least an hour, according to officials.

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It was not immediately clear what kind of truck or oil was involved in the spill or exactly how the substance got on the street.

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Cops looking for five suspects following Flushing shooting


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Five men fled in an SUV after a man was shot in Flushing early Wednesday morning, police said.

The 24-year-old victim was shot on the second-floor of 46-07 Kissena Blvd. at about 1:35 a.m., according to authorities.

Five suspects, described as Asian men in their 20s, fled in a white Nissan SUV eastbound on Holly Avenue, police said.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

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Police shoot and kill knife-wielding man in Flushing


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

One man is dead after he confronted police with a utility knife Sunday morning in Flushing, according to authorities.

The incident started when a 29-year-old man at New York Hospital Queens threatened personnel with a knife and then fled the facility, police said.

According to published reports, the man, Joseph Priolo, checked into the hospital early Sunday morning complaining of chest pains. Following his release, he returned a short time later, brandishing the weapon.

After he fled the hospital, cops were called, and at about 7:40 a.m., they began to canvas the area.

Then at about 8:24 a.m., a suspect, who fit Priolo’s description, was seen in front of 43-32 Kissena Blvd., according to authorities.

Police approached Priolo on foot and he then confronted one of the officers while holding a utility knife in one hand, authorities said. The officer then shot his gun twice, striking Priolo once in the torso.

Priolo was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Four members of the NYPD were taken to New York Hospital Queens for treatment of tinnitus.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Jason Sudeikis films movie in Kew Gardens Hills


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Chris Bumbaca

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The cameras were rolling on “Kissena Curve” in Kew Gardens Hills.

Actors, including Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, filmed scenes at the brand new Micro Center technology store on Kissena Boulevard on Monday for the upcoming film “Sleeping with Other People.”

The movie is about the platonic bond between a womanizer and a serial cheater, according to IMDb.com. The film tracks their relationship as mutual attraction sets in and they go from friends to something more.

Sudeikis, a former Saturday Night live funnyman, plays the womanizer who never tries to get to close to members of the opposite sex while indulging his own pleasures. The serial cheater is played by Alison Brie of the television show “Community”.

The scene filmed at Micro Center involved the two talking generally about relationships, according to a source.

Leslye Headland wrote and is directing the movie, which also features actors Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet and Adam Scott, according to IMDb. The film will be released in 2016.

 

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New Kew Gardens Hills restaurants highlight business growth on Kissena Blvd.


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Rendering courtesy of Franklin Rivera/Photos THE COURIER/By Liam La Guerre


The Hills are alive with the sound of business.

Just two months after mega computer department store Micro Center took up numerous empty lots and opened on Kissena Boulevard in Kew Gardens Hills, three new businesses are set to open on the thoroughfare soon as well.

Main Street, the community’s central commercial strip, has long been the chief hub for business in the neighborhood, but the change Kissena Boulevard is undergoing has some residents and local civic leaders excited.

“People are starting to invest money,” said Mike Sidell, a resident of nearly 60 years. “I just walked past it and I see the difference.”

Mela’s Café will replace a defunct diner and open on 71-02 Kissena Blvd. in about three weeks, said new owners Franklin Rivera and his wife, Ketty. It will serve Latin American cuisine and expects to sell alcohol — the owners are waiting for a response for their liquor license application.

Rivera, who owns the Brooklyn-based restaurant supply company Los Primos Meat Market, said it was simply time for the family to own a restaurant. Ketty will serve as head chef, while he will be in and out as a manager.

The restaurant was named after their daughter Melissa’s nickname “Mela,” because they thought it would be easy to remember. Rivera said he’s excited for the restaurant’s grand opening and the business boom in the area as well.

“On a scale of one to 100, I’m 150 percent excited,” he said. “Business booming is good. It means more people.”

On the next block, two restaurants are set to open, including Wings on Top, which will share space with an extant Subway restaurant.

Despite the influx, not everyone is confident that the change is for the better.

“As far of restaurants are concerned, it comes and goes like the days of the week,” said Jim Jaffe, a director of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association. “There is a big turnover in restaurants in this community. That’s not a rock-solid business.”

 

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Police arrest man accused of making anti-Muslim statements toward teen on Queens bus


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A man wanted for making anti-Muslim statements toward a 15-year-old girl aboard a Queens bus while spiting at the teen and threatening to punch her has been arrested, cops said.

Perry Germano, a 50-year-old Ozone Park resident, has been charged with attempted assault, aggravated harassment and menacing in connection to the incident, according to police.

The arrest comes about 24 hours after the NYPD released a photo of the suspect.

Germano is accused of harassing the victim on a Q88 bus near Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard about 9 a.m. on April 7, officials said.

After Germano spat at the teen, he allegedly raised his fist at her while saying he was going to punch her.

 

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Man makes anti-Muslim statements, spits on 15-year-old girl aboard Queens bus: cops


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A 15-year-old girl was harassed while riding a Queens bus last week when a man made anti-Muslim remarks toward her, spat at the teen and threatened her, police said.

The incident occurred aboard a Q88 bus near the Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard about 9 a.m. on April 7, officials said.

After the suspect spat at the girl, he allegedly raised his fist at her while saying he was going to punch her.

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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Oakland Gardens teen IDed as LIE crash victim


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Vic Nicastro

Updated 4:35 p.m. 

Two people, including a Queens high school student, were killed after their vehicle hit a tree off of the Long Island Expressway Tuesday.

Jennifer Gao, 16, of Oakland Gardens lost her life in the crash. Police identified the driver, who also died in the accident, as 19-year-old Jiahao Liang of Middletown, N.Y.

Teary-eyed family members declined to comment on Gao or the accident.

The accident happened just before 1 .a.m. Tuesday near Utopia Parkway and Kissena Boulevard, between exits 24 and 25, cops said.

An Audi sedan was driving westbound down the expressway when the car went off the roadway, turned on its side and crashed into a tree, police said.

The driver and Gao were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the NYPD.

A preliminary investigation found that speed was likely a factor in the accident, police said.

 

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Cops bust deli burglars trying to hide on roof


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The NYPD apprehended five burglary suspects during a Kew Garden Hills deli heist, who almost got away with thousands in cash.

Police, responding to a report of a burglary at JK Deli, at the corner of 71st Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, about 3 a.m. Friday, noticed the ceiling of the deli and a damaged ATM machine, the NYPD said.

One of the officers immediately went up to the roof of the deli through a hole in the ceiling, while he called for backup from the Emergency Service Unit to secure the perimeter of the store, police said.

Once on the roof, the officer saw four men trying to hide on one of the roof’s side walls, the NYPD said.

The suspects then ran in separate directions. One suspect was apprehended in an elevator of an adjoining building, police said. Two suspects were apprehended by the Emergency Service Unit from trees adjacent to the building, and the fourth suspect was apprehended by the officer after a brief struggle.

No officers or suspects were injured.

A fifth man involved in the burglary who was waiting in a nearby parked vehicle was also arrested, police said.

Following the arrests, officers recovered over $12,000 in cash the suspects allegedly removed from the ATM, 3,518 lottery scratch-off tickets, 162 packs of cigarettes and 49 boxes of cigars, cops said. They also recovered hammers, a pry bar, drill, flashlight and a propane torch in connection to the burglary.

Robert Martin, 27, Jose Rosario, 25, Christopher Aulet, 21, Sean Martin, 19, and an unidentified 15-year-old suspect have all been charged with third-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools, the NYPD said. Sean Martin has also been charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information in regards to similar incidents 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 sought in five Queens larcenies


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD is asking for your help in finding the man wanted in connection with five larcenies:

  • On Saturday, July 21, the man entered a location on Kissena Boulevard and removed a purse containing credit cards, money, sunglasses, keys and other miscellaneous items.
  • On Wednesday, August 1, the perp entered a location on Roosevelt Avenue and took a cell phone from the counter.
  • On Tuesday, October 2, the perp swiped a cell phone from a location on 41st Road.
  • On Friday, November 2, another cell phone was taken from a location on Northern Boulevard.
  • On Monday, November 26, the man took money from a woman’s purse on Maple Avenue.

Police say the suspect is a Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years old, 220 to 300 pounds, 5’10”-6’ tall, large build and casually dressed.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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