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Neighbors knew nothing of Springfield Gardens kidnapping


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People living on 181st Street in Springfield Gardens said the residents of the home where a man was held hostage in a garage last week kept to themselves and never really raised any eyebrows.

Hakeem Clark, 30, and Jason Hutson, 27, were arrested on Friday, July 27 at the home of NYPD veteran Ondre Johnson and charged with kidnapping and weapons possession after holding the 25-year-old victim in the garage next to the house. The two called the hostage’s family, it was reported, and demanded $75,000 for his release.

Clark, Johnson’s cousin, lived in an apartment in the house. Johnson, a 17-year NYPD veteran, is currently suspended from duty as the investigation is ongoing, police said.

One man, who declined to give his name, said he noticed a lot of activity outside of the house on Friday and was curious why police lines were set up, but chose not to ask questions.

“I don’t really get involved,” the man said as he was leaving his home.

The neighbor said there was never anything out of the ordinary in the home, where Johnson is listed as having lived since 2004 — and something like the kidnapping was rare in what he said was a relatively quiet neighborhood.

No one answered at Johnson’s home on Tuesday, July 31, but a maroon SUV was parked in the driveway, though it could not be confirmed who the car belonged to.

Queens Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: “Akeelah and the Bee” 

With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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UPDATE: Two arraigned after kidnapped man found in NYPD officer’s home 

A New York City Police Department detective has been suspended without pay as internal affairs tries to figure out if he was involved in a kidnapping scheme in Queens. Authorities say a 25-year-old man was kidnapped at gunpoint on Friday while walking down 234th Street and that his captors called people looking for a ransom. Read more: [NY1] 

UPDATE:Pals of cop involved in abduction come to his defense

Friends and neighbors are defending an NYPD detective suspended without pay after a kidnapped man was found bound in his home. Four men were busted in the home of veteran cop Ondre Johnson, 45, Friday after a call demanding a $75,000 ransom was traced there. Read more: [New York Daily News]

One man dead, one injured in Corona bar stabbing 

Two men were stabbed — one fatally — during a fight outside a Queens bar Sunday morning, police and witnesses said. The melee between several men erupted outside the Manila Bar and Restaurant on Roosevelt Ave. in Corona just before 4:30 a.m., said cops. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Mayor Bloomberg pushing NYC hospitals to hide baby formula so more new moms will breast-feed

The nanny state is going after moms. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation. Read more: [New York Post] 

National Pastimes: Immigrants bring Kabaddi to Queens fields 

It looks like a good old-fashioned game of tag. But this is no traditional American game. It’s Kabaddi, a mix of rugby, tag and wrestling. It’s a favorite among Punjabi immigrants who play at Victory Field. “We have a lot of fun playing this,” said player Sembeep Singh. “That’s our cultural game.” Read more: [NY1] 

 

Queens weekend roundup


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The Afternoon Roundup

‘Bom’ scare at JFK Airport

If only spotting a real bomb were this easy. Hundreds of passengers yesterday were evacuated from JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 at 1:43 a.m. after one of them spotted a suspicious package with the words “Bom to USA” scrawled on it. Read more: NY Post

Van Bramer set to wed longtime partner

On a warm November night last year in Puerto Rico, Dan Hendrick slipped a silver ring from his pocket, descended on one knee and proposed to long-time partner Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. Thoughts of marriage had lingered in Hendrick’s mind for some time, but busy schedules always intervened. They talked about it on and off, delaying concrete plans until it was lawful for them to marry in New York. Read more: Queens Courier

NYPD detective suspended after cops find man tied up and being held for ransom in officer’s garage

An NYPD detective was suspended without pay after cops found a man bound and being held for ransom in the garage of the officer’s Queens home, law enforcement sources said Saturday. Investigators from the NYPD’s major case squad went to the Springfield Gardens home of veteran cop Ondre Johnson, 45, about 3 p.m. Friday — after they were tipped off that a man was being held for $75,000 ransom, the sources said.Read more: Daily News

Jets practice report: Crowd heckles Tebow

Tebowmania did not amount to much at the first Jets training camp practice open to the public. A rain-soaked crowd of a few thousand was not filled with Tebow fans. It even featured a few hecklers who gave Tebow a hard time about his passing. He exited the field shirtless, which is sure to cause a stir. Read more: NY Post

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival marks nation’s 50 years of independence with food, music and fun

The spicy scent of jerk seasoning wafted through the Caribbean crowds at the 2nd annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in southeast Queens. Read more: Daily News