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CB 5 committee considers stricter liquor license rules


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BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Bar and club owners seeking liquor licenses in Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village may soon need to show Community Board 5 more than just their business credentials.

Members of the Community Board 5 (CB 5) Public Safety Committee met Monday and considered a proposal that would require new applicants to complete a written form stating their intentions with regard to their businesses.

Christina Wilkinson, an active member of the COMET (Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together) and the Juniper Park Civic (JPCA) associations, proposed the idea to the committee. This measure was introduced in response to the recent influx of bars, pubs and nightspots to Ridgewood and Bushwick.

According to Wilkinson, community boards 1 and 4 in Brooklyn have already adopted this practice in response to the rapid growth and popularity of their respective neighborhoods.

“At one point, Greenpoint was in the same boat that we’re in. They didn’t think it was going to be all that bad, and it got bad,” Wilkinson said. “I think we should be better prepared. Let’s learn from them. It’s working for them.”

Public Safety Committee Chair Robert Holden expressed support for the idea and asked District Manager Gary Giordano to discuss the issue with the Executive Committee. “We’re just trying to get more information,” he explained.

Newly appointed board member Alex Maureau agreed. “It’s also a good way for the local owners to get to know us, and vice versa,” he said.

Giordano voiced support for a shorter version of the written form. “I think it has a lot of merit,” he said. “We could certainly work out something.”

According to Giordano, the board can grant recommendations for or against liquor licenses. The board also notifies the 104th Precinct and Lt. George Hellmer, the precinct’s special operations coordinator, of establishments with a prior history of problems. The precinct, in turn, will notify the board of any prior arrests, summonses or felonies committed at establishments seeking licensing.

“I never want to be in a position to be okaying liquor licenses,” Giordano said. “In some cases, we have taken votes at community board meetings related to certain establishments that have been a problem. But we comment to the negative and I would prefer it that way.”

Under the current policy, prospective bar owners seeking liquor licenses must notify CB 5 30 days prior to applying for licensing from the State Liquor Authority.

Holden proposed that the extra form, if approved of by the Executive Board, be made available to bar owners as a PDF document on the board’s website. The agreement would be signed and submitted to the community board prior to seeking State Liquor Authority licensing.

P.O. Charles Sadler of the 104th Precinct Community Affairs Unit explained that he has adopted a “proactive instead of reactive” approach to new nightlife in the area. He said that he had personally visited five of Ridgewood’s newest bars, including The Monk and Onderdonk and Sons, in an effort to reach out to local bar owners.

Owners of each of the five establishments met with Sadler and other officers at a recent nightlife meeting hosted by the precinct. According to Sadler, all of the new bar owners and managers were made aware of the precinct’s regulations and guidelines, and all pledged respect and compliance.

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Armed crook steals safe cash from Maspeth distributor


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

Detectives are searching for the gun-toting suspect who pulled off a heist Monday at a Maspeth auto parts distributor.

Police said the robbery occurred at 5:30 p.m. inside World Pac Auto Parts located at 55-55 58th St., near 55th Drive.

According to authorities, the suspect — described as a Hispanic male standing 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with a dark complexion and hazel eyes — walked into the business and displayed a black revolver.

The crook reportedly ordered three employees to open the safe. When they refused to comply with the request, the perpetrator fired a shot into the ground; no one was struck or injured, police said.

After he fired the warning shot, the employees complied with the crook’s request and opened the safe, according to the NYPD. The bandit then removed an unknown amount of cash and ordered the employees to hand over their wallets and cellphones.

Once the workers provided the suspect with their belongings, authorities said, the suspect ordered them to lie face down on the floor and count to 120, then made his getaway.

There were no injuries reported.

The bandit was last observed wearing a black hat, a gray shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.

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 and kids get rid of Maspeth graffiti


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TIMES NEWSWEEKLY/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Volunteers and officers from the 104th Precinct spent their Saturday afternoon wiping out graffiti during a cleanup event targeting several vandalized walls in Maspeth.

Capt. Mark Wachter, the precinct’s commander, and P.O. Gonzalez, the precinct’s graffiti coordinator, led the cleanup efforts.

Teens and young adults from the precinct’s NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers Program and School Unit joined police and auxiliary officers in painting over graffiti tags and murals along Rust Street near the Maspeth Industrial Business Zone (IBZ). Community members were encouraged to meet the officers at one of three locations to pitch in.

The community cleanup targeted factory and warehouse facades on Flushing Avenue and Rust Street, as well the concrete barrier along the railroad tracks on Rust Street and Grand Avenue. Officers also tackled a large mural on a brick wall at the corner of Grand Avenue and 58th Road.

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The paint and supplies were furnished through various donations, as well as through a coordinated effort with local civic group COMET (Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together).

For more information on reporting vandalism and future community cleanup events, visit the 104th Precinct Community Council at www.104PCC.org or follow the precinct on Twitter at @NYPD104Pct.

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NYPD officer shot in Queens Village dies of his injuries


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Twitter/@NYPDNews

BY ROBERT POZARYCKI AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

Updated Tuesday, May 5, 2:07 p.m.

The police officer who was shot while on patrol in Queens Village Saturday night died of his injuries Monday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

P.O. Brian Moore, 25, of the 105th Precinct, had reportedly been in a medically induced coma at Jamaica Hospital after complications from emergency surgery set in.

“He already proved himself to be an exceptional young officer,” Bratton said of Moore, who had been on the force for just under five years. Bratton, speaking outside of Jamaica Hospital Monday afternoon, added that in that short time, Moore had made 150 arrests, winning various medals for meritorious service.

Officer Brian Moore (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Officer Brian Moore (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

“We ask for the people of the city to pray for them,” Bratton continued, referring to Moore’s family, which includes his father and an uncle, both retired NYPD sergeants, and a cousin who is on the job.

Moore was behind the wheel of an unmarked police car when was shot by the alleged gunman, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, 35, of 212th Place in Queens Village.

Authorities said Moore and his partner, P.O. Erik Jansen, pulled up to Blackwell at the corner of 212th Street and 104th Road at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and questioned him after observing him motioning toward his waistband as if handling a firearm.

Upon questioning Blackwell, the suspect allegedly pulled out a firearm and fired several shots at the car, striking Moore in the face and head.

Jansen, who was uninjured, radioed for assistance. A responding patrol car rushed Moore to Jamaica Hospital. Though he was listed as being in critical but stable condition as of Sunday, his condition reportedly worsened thereafter.

Police tracked down Blackwell at his home Saturday night, a few hours after the shooting took place. The weapon believed to have been used in the shooting, a silver revolver reported stolen from Georgia in 2011, was recovered by officers in Queens Village Monday.

As of Monday morning, Blackwell was currently being held without bail on first-degree attempted murder and other charges. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced later that afternoon that the charges against Blackwell will be upgraded as a result of Moore’s death to first-degree murder.

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The Queens Village street near where Moore was shot on Saturday. (Photo via Instagrams/@schweetlife)

According to the NYPD, a wake for Moore, who resided in Massapequa, Long Island, will be held on Thursday at the Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in Bethpage from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. His funeral will take place the following day, at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, Long Island, at 11 a.m.

On Monday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all flags to fly at half-staff on all city buildings and stationary flagstaffs throughout the five boroughs until Moore is laid to rest. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also ordered flags on all state government buildings to fly at half-staff.

This is the first line-of-duty homicide that the NYPD suffered since December, when Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were fatally shot on a Brooklyn street. Their killer took his own life moments after the shooting.

“Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of Police Officer Brian Moore,” de Blasio said in a statement. “For five years, Brian served with distinction and he put his life on the line each day to keep us all safe. On Saturday, he made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the people of New York City.”

President Obama — in Manhattan Monday for an address at Lehman College — also mourned the officer’s death.

“He came from a family of police officers,” Obama was quoted in The New York Times. “And the family of fellow officers he joined in the NYPD and across the country deserve our gratitude and our prayers, not just today but every day. They’ve got a tough job.”

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Note-carrying crook robs bank in Ridgewood


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Photo courtesy of Property Shark/photo by Nicholas Strini

Updated Tuesday, May 5, 10:15 a.m.

Detectives continue to search for a note-carrying thief who swiped money from a Ridgewood bank Monday morning, police reported.

According to authorities, the heist occurred at 10:30 a.m. inside the Popular Community Bank at 918 Seneca Ave. off Hancock Street.

Reportedly, the suspect — described as a black male in his 30s, standing 5 foot 9 inches tall with a medium build and medium complexion — approached a teller and handed over a note demanding cash.

photo courtesy of NYPD

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police said the employee complied with the request and provided the crook with $300 in currency; the perpetrator then fled in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; there were no injuries.

The bandit was last observed wearing a black and white striped shirt and a black baseball hat with the word “NETS” written on it.

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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Op-ed: A thousand new cops needed to keep us safe


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY COUNCILMAN RORY LANCMAN 

Threats to our city continue to pour in from around the world at this time of global unrest. New York’s Finest are doing everything they can to protect us, but we need to help them.

At the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, there were nearly 41,000 officers. Today, the force has shrunk to only 35,000, leading each precinct to lose an average of 60 to 75 officers.

That is simply not enough officers, and it’s why I’ve joined my colleagues on the City Council and Police Commissioner Bratton in calling on the mayor to include funding for 1,000 new officers in this year’s budget, who are necessary to improve public safety and counterterrorism efforts.

Two Queens women were recently arrested for trying to join ISIS and planning terrorist attacks on targets in New York City. One was a resident of my council district. Events like these make it clear that threats can come from anywhere and that we must be vigilant to keep our city safe. Organizations like ISIS try to radicalize anyone with an Internet connection. New officers will be crucial in combating the increasingly sophisticated recruitment techniques our enemies employ.

These officers will also play a large role in improving relationships between the police and communities of color. Commissioner Bratton has mandated a three-day training course for all patrol officers to ensure they communicate effectively with all of the residents of our diverse city, and are current on the skills they need to police our neighborhoods. We’ll have to take police off the streets to do this and new officers will ensure staffing levels stay the same while this happens.

The additional officers will also play a key role in Commissioner Bratton’s new patrol model, which will put more cops on the beat and improve community relationships. Currently, officers rotate throughout an entire precinct, which makes it difficult to build trust between officers and the communities they protect.

The new model will ensure that officers are given the same beat for long enough to develop relationships with the local residents and address their concerns. It will also provide officers the necessary training and ability to recognize individuals suffering from mental illness, which may reduce the need for use of force.

This will make all of us safer.

That’s why the Council has made it our top budget priority to get funding for 1,000 new officers. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues as we fight to keep our city safe and improve police-community relations.

City Councilman Lancman represents the 24th Council District, which includes all or parts of Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica and Jamaica Estates.

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NYPD officer shot in Queens Village, suspect charged with attempted murder


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI, CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND ALINA SURIEL

Updated Monday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.

A police officer remains in critical but stable condition after being shot while on duty in Queens Village Saturday — and the man who allegedly shot him remains locked up, according to officials.

The shooting took place at about 6:15 p.m. in the vicinity of 212th Street and 104th Road.

According to police, the injured officer — P.O. Brian Moore, 25, a five-year NYPD veteran from Long Island — and his partner, P.O. Erik Jansen, were in plain clothes and patrolling the area in an unmarked vehicle when they observed the suspected shooter — Demetrius Blackwell, 35 — acting suspiciously.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Blackwell motioned toward his waist as if concealing a firearm.

Officer Brian Moore (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Officer Brian Moore (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Moore, who was driving the unmarked police cruiser, rolled up behind Blackwell and inquired as to his actions. Bratton said Blackwell immediately turned toward the vehicle, pulled out a firearm and fired at least two shots, striking Moore in the face and head.

Jansen, who was not injured, radioed for help, and officers in a responding patrol car rushed Moore to Jamaica Hospital. The injured officer was immediately brought into surgery and will be admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. Reportedly, a prognosis for his recovery won’t be known for up to 48 hours.

The NY Daily News reported Monday that Moore is in a medically induced coma.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown visited Moore’s family at Jamaica Hospital Saturday night and later addressed members of the media about the shooting.

“Our hearts are with his family, his loved ones,” de Blasio said. “Our hearts are with [Moore’s] extended family: the men and women of the NYPD.”

Blackwell ran from the location, but police, aided by several witnesses, stopped him several blocks away on 212th Place, officials said. The weapon, however, has not yet been recovered.

Police noted that Blackwell has a previous criminal record that included arrests for robbery and weapons possession. According to NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records, he was released from prison in June 2008 after serving time for a second-degree attempted murder conviction.

Blackwell was ordered held without bail during his arraignment hearing Sunday on charges of first-degree attempted murder on a police officer, aggravated assault on a police officer, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree assault. If convicted, Brown said, Blackwell faces 25 years to life behind bars.

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Fake 911 call backfires for Howard Beach burglary suspect


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Instead of driving the police away with a fake emergency call, a suspected burglar wound up bringing more cops to his Hamilton Beach block Thursday afternoon.

Keith Kolm, 25, of 164th Road, allegedly broke into the Key Food supermarket at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach at 6 a.m. on April 6 and stole the shop’s ATM.

Through an investigation, the 106th Precinct Detective Squad linked Kolm to the crime and “plastered the neighborhood” with wanted posters featuring his mugshot, one law enforcement source said. Plainclothes officers staked out the suspect’s home for several weeks, but he never surfaced.

At about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police received a 911 call regarding an officer in need of assistance at the corner of Linden Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway service road in South Ozone Park, authorities said.

While heading to the scene with other units, an on-duty supervisor requested the location of where the 911 call was made; police learned that the call came from a cellphone in Hamilton Beach.

Plainclothes officers stationed outside Kolm’s home activated their sirens and drove around the corner, according to authorities. After a few moments, they returned to the location and observed Kolm walking outside his home.

“That call was placed so he could get out of the house,” a law enforcement source said.

Kolm then led officers on a foot pursuit through Hamilton Beach streets and backyards, prompting additional NYPD units to respond to the area, police said. At about 4:30 p.m., officers apprehended Kolm on the rooftop of a home in the area of 104th Street and 163rd Drive.

Charges against Kolm are pending.

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Middle Village bank robber linked to four other local heists since 2012


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photo courtesy of NYPD

The crook who successfully swiped cash from a Middle Village bank on Wednesday afternoon is also responsible for four heists in Brooklyn and Queens dating back to 2012, according to police.

Authorities said the perpetrator grabbed an unknown amount of cash from the Cross County Savings Bank at 80-10 Eliot Ave. at about 3:22 p.m. on Wednesday.

The bandit — described as a white male between 38 and 48 years old, standing between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing between 280 and 300 pounds — approached a teller and demanded money, according to police. After being provided with cash, he fled in an unknown direction.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the scene; there were no injuries.

Detectives determined the crook held up another bank — the Amalgamated Bank at 69-73 Grand Ave. in Maspeth — three separate times in the last three years.

The bandit reportedly first visited the branch on Aug. 4, 2012, and, while armed with a weapon, stolen a unknown amount of cash. He returned to the location unarmed twice more — on May 4, 2013, and Oct. 18, 2014 — and swiped various amounts of currency.

Police also linked the bandit to the July 19, 2013, armed robbery of a Sovereign Bank located at 4823 13th Ave. in Brooklyn.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts 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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Rosedale businessman shot to death in car in St. Albans


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Photo via Twitter/@jerwainegorman

Detectives are searching for the killer of a Rosedale businessman and civic activist who was gunned down inside a car on a St. Albans block Wednesday afternoon.

Jerwaine Gorman, 34, was shot in the chest while sitting inside a Mercedes-Benz in front of a home on 167th Street between Linden Boulevard and 115th Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. A woman sitting in the driver’s seat at the time was not injured, cops said.

According to police, an unidentified gunman walked up to the vehicle and fired a single shot at Gorman before fleeing the scene.

Paramedics rushed Gorman to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Gorman was an active member of the Southeast Queens Young Democrats and a successful entrepreneur in the area. According to his biography on the club’s website, Gorman started out as a real estate investor in 2003 at the age of 21. Within three years, he had acquired seven properties.

In 2006, Gorman opened up his own barbershop and community center and launched a Cold Stone Creamery franchise in Huntington, Long Island. He later opened his own ice cream parlor, Gorman’s Creamery, on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton.

In the community, Gorman reportedly coached a youth football team and advocated in previous years to have a stop sign installed in front of his daughter’s school.

Gorman leaves behind a wife and three children.

Anyone with information regarding the murder 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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Ex-teacher from Forest Hills cops plea in Internet sex sting


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A former high school teacher from Forest Hills admitted in court Friday that he tried to lure someone whom he believed was a teen girl into a sexual tryst but who turned out to be an undercover officer, prosecutors announced.

Monsur Khan, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal sexual act before Queens Criminal Court Judge John Zoll. Khan faces 30 days in jail and 10 years’ probation upon sentencing, which is set for June 16.

“The defendant has now admitted his guilt and will surrender his teaching license and register as a sex offender,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “Parents must always monitor their children’s activities online to ensure that they are not being lured into dangerous situations.”

Formerly an earth science teacher at the Hillside Arts and Letters Academy in Jamaica, Khan first made contact online with the undercover officer — who was posing as a 14-year-old girl — on Feb. 12, 2014, authorities said. Over the next six weeks, Khan repeatedly sent illicit messages to the undercover agent and indicated his desire for an encounter.

Hillside Arts and Letters Academy is located within the campus of the former Jamaica High School.

On March 26, 2014, Khan showed up at a pre-arranged meeting place in Queens and was subsequently taken into custody.

As part of his sentence, Brown noted, Khan will also be required to complete a sex offender program and forfeit electronic devices that police seized from him.

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Cops shoot and kill man suspected of firing gun inside Jamaica bar


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Photo courtesy of Property Shark/Christopher Bride

Updated Friday, April 24, 9:51 a.m.

Police shot and killed a man Wednesday night after he allegedly fired a gun inside a Jamaica bar and shot at cops as they tried to chase him down, authorities said.

Officers were called to the Irish Hillside Inn, at the corner of 168th Street and Hillside Avenue, at about 9:15 p.m. after they received a report of shots fired inside the bar.

According to published reports, the trouble began when 30-year-old Jonathan Efraim, who had been staying with his girlfriend just a few blocks away, walked into the establishment about an hour before cops were called. At one point, he started a conversation with a 72-year-old man, and the bartender, feeling the need the intervene, told the elderly patron that he had a cab waiting.

That’s when Efraim reportedly shouted, “No one’s going anywhere,” and fired a gunshot into the ceiling.

Officers encountered Efraim outside the bar and, when they identified themselves and told him to stop, he took off toward 168th Place and Highland Avenue, authorities said. That’s where he stopped, turned and shot at the officers.

Efraim then continued to flee down 168th Place towards Hillside Avenue, where he again stopped and pointed his weapon in the direction of the officers, police said. Two officers then fired in his direction a total of five times, striking him in the torso.

EMS rushed Efraim to Jamaica Hospital, where he died.

The two officers who discharged their weapons were taken to North Shore Medical Center for treatment of tinnitus. No other injuries were reported.

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A loaded 9-mm Glock 9 handgun that police said belonged to Efraim was recovered at the scene.

Efraim served in the U.S. Marines from 2004 to 2007 and had a lengthy rap sheet, according to published reports. He had 16 prior arrests, and, The New York Times reported, had most recently been arrested in April 2012 in Staten Island and charged with criminal mischief and menacing a police officer. He also had a history of psychiatric issues, including a suicide attempt in 2003, The New York Times reported. According to The Wall Street Journal,  police had responded to five emotional disturbance calls from 1998 to 2014 involving Efraim.

Efraim’s death is reportedly the NYPD’s first fatal police-involved shooting of this year.

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Two 109th Precinct cops show NYPD’s friendly side in Whitestone


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Photos courtesy of We Love Whitestone

While 12-year-old Joseph Prisco was playing basketball alone in a local Whitestone park one day, a squad car pulled up at the curb and one officer approached him.

Joseph thought maybe he was in trouble, but what the officer said shocked him. The policeman asked to “shoot some hoops,” according to the boy, while his partner waited by the car.

As the officer played with the preteen, he asked questions about where Joseph lived, sports he liked and school. When they finished playing, Joseph called his mother, Angela Delli Gatti-Prisco, and told her about what happened. She was stunned, and thought, “Since when does a police officer stop a car to play ball with some kid at a park?” she recalled.

But the men, Police Officers Justin Hubbard and Nicholas Hon, were just making certain the boy was okay when they saw him alone on March 26 at Clintonville Playground. Their actions inspired Delli Gatti-Prisco to write a letter of appreciation to the We Love Whitestone community group, which honored the two officers on Wednesday.

“In today’s day and age, many of us take for granted the protection and service we are provided by our ‘men in blue,’ the policemen of New York City, who day in and day out put their lives on the line for the lives of others,” the mother wrote in a letter to the group.

About the incident, the cops said they were just doing their job and checking on the boy. That humble response resonated with community members.

“With all the bad publicity that cops have been getting, we felt that the majority of them are good and trying to do good things,” We Love Whitestone founder Alfredo Centola said. “And we wanted to acknowledge their going above and beyond their everyday duties.”

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Pair repeatedly stabs pedestrian in Ridgewood


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While walking home from a nearby bar, a 27-year-old man was stabbed numerous times by two unidentified attackers on a Ridgewood street early Sunday morning, according to police.

Authorities said the brutal assault occurred at 2:30 a.m. at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Bleecker Street.

Moments earlier, the victim left the Paradise Bar at 678 Woodward Ave. and was walking northbound on Woodward Avenue when he approached two Hispanic males ahead of him, police sources said.

As he approached them, the two men engaged the victim in a verbal dispute, sources said. Within seconds, the argument turned physical when the suspects repeatedly stabbed the man about the chest and back.

Officers from the 104th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene after receiving a 911 call regarding the incident. Police found the man with stab wounds to his right torso, stomach, back and left thigh.

Paramedics rushed the victim to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The 104th Precinct Detective Squad is investigating the case.

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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Bandits wanted for towing away air pumps from Queens gas stations


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are searching for the airheads who stole self-serve air pump machines from 17 gas stations in Queens and Brooklyn since December.

In each caper the suspects used a hook and chain attached to a vehicle to yank the coin-operated devices from their pedestals, authorities said. Each of the air pumps contained hundreds of dollars in quarters and police believe the crooks got away with more than $40,000 in change combined.

A dozen of the thefts occurred in Queens, and security cameras captured one of the incidents which occurred at 6:35 p.m. on March 21 at the Sunoco gas station located at 128-24 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.


Two men, described as white or Hispanic, were spotted in the video. Police said one of them, who was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans, was observed operating a blue Honda Accord.

The other Queens air pump thefts are as follows:

  • At 4 p.m. on Dec. 29, the crooks removed an air pump containing $800 in change from the Citgo gas station located at 91-02 South Conduit Ave. in Ozone Park. They returned to the location on March 1 at 3 p.m. and stole the replacement air pump, valued at $1,000.
  • On Dec. 30, at about 10 p.m., the bandits stole an air pump containing $200 from the Getty gas station at 70-21 73rd Pl. in Glendale.
  • At 8 p.m. on Jan. 12, the suspects removed an air compressor valued at $2,500 from the BP gas station at 130-11 North Conduit Ave. in South Ozone Park. They returned twice more to this location — at 9 p.m. on Jan. 28 and again at 10 p.m. on April 1 — and removed the replacement air compressors.
  • On Jan. 13, at about 6:59 p.m., the crooks removed an air pump valued at $2,000 from the Sunoco gas station at 162-35 North Conduit Ave. in Springfield Gardens.
  • At 12:20 a.m. on March 8, the bandits removed the air pump from the Global gas station at 49-25 Van Dam St. in Long Island City.
  • That same morning, at 2 a.m., the crooks yanked away the air pump machine from the Exxon gas station at 59-51 Long Island Expwy. in Long Island City.
  • At 8:26 p.m. on March 16, the suspects removed the air pump machine from the BP gas station located at 100-07 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park.
  • At 9:26 p.m. on March 20, the perpetrators removed an unknown amount of change from the vacuum air machine at the Eagle service center located at 49-05 Astoria Blvd. in Astoria.

Among the five Brooklyn locations in the pattern was the Exxon GPN Boulevard gas station at 1193 Myrtle Ave. in Bushwick. The crooks removed the station’s air pump machine, valued at $700, at 9:08 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 2.

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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