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Queens man collared in Ozone Park, South Ozone burglary spree: DA


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A Queens man has been busted for allegedly breaking into five homes in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry and other items.

Harry Garcia, 48, a Jamaica resident, was arraigned Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of five counts of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of resisting arrest, prosecutors said.

Garcia is accused of committing the burglary spree between May 6 and June 6, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

He was finally collared Friday morning when NYPD officers investigating a pattern of residential burglaries caught Garcia entering a South Ozone Park backyard and trying to open a window and break into the 117th Street home, Brown said. Cops then said they saw him leave the backyard with a bag he wasn’t carrying when he entered the residence. He fled when police approached, and was apprehended a block away, where Garcia allegedly resisted arrest as he flailed his arms and legs as officers tried to handcuff him.

The bag he was carrying, which Garcia dropped when he fled, contained a Sony PlayStation and accessories, prosecutors said. Police also found a bracelet and chain when they searched Garcia.

Garcia is also charged in connection to four additional burglaries that occurred on May 6, on 109th Street in South Ozone Park; on May 13 on 135th Avenue in South Ozone Park; on May 23, on 83rd Street in Ozone Park; and on May 30 on 113th Street in Ozone Park, according to the district attorney.

If convicted Garcia faces up to 75 years in prison. He was ordered held on $60,000 bail and to return to court on June 23.

 

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Construction crushed, Tottenville Pirates steal championship


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The tears started to flow uncontrollably off pitcher Britney Rodriguez’s face as she lined up for the presentation for the finalist medals.

She couldn’t help but cry. Her team, the High School of Construction Red Hawks, just dropped the city championship game against the Tottenville High School Pirates in a 13-3 blowout at St. John’s University on Sunday.

The lost was devastating, but what seemed to hurt the senior more was that her Red Hawks didn’t battle as the top-ranked city team.

“We are a better team than that and I don’t know what happened,” said Rodriguez, who signed with Lackawanna College. “We fell short and we didn’t come out the way we were supposed to.”

The Red Hawks aimed for back-to-back city titles, but played a sloppy, error-filled game, allowing five quick runs in the first inning. Then in the third inning, the Pirates added six more runs — two on wild pitches — to take an 11-0 lead.

“Those two innings were just unbelievable. That first inning set the tone,” Red Hawks coach Marco Migliaccio said. “To go out like this is pretty horrible, because this is not even close to what our best game should have been.”

Construction temporarily recovered out of its funk and scored three runs in the fourth inning, beginning with a bases-loaded single by junior Nicole Ovelheira. There was a glimmer of hope for the Red Hawks, but it was quickly dashed in the next inning as they struggled to get base runners. Tottenville piled on two more runs in final inning to deflect any hopes of a comeback.

“The nerves really hit the girls who have never been here before and then it hit all of us,” said senior Amy Pirozek, who will play at Hunter College next year. “We realized what was at stake and it just fell apart.”

Rodriguez, Pirozek and a few other seniors at the Ozone Park school are the remaining members of the team that built the Red Hawks into the A Division champion last year. They are happy for where the team has come in the past few years, but upset with their final game.

“It feels great, but this is not how I wanted it to end,” Rodriguez said.

 

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Free lunches for kids to be distributed at Queens libraries this summer


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Liam La Guerre

BY PAULINA TAM

Twenty-two Queens Library locations, in partnership with the city’s Department of Education (DOE), will be distributing free summer meals to children and teens 18 years and under starting June 27 to August 29.

Bagged lunches will be served every Monday through Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and each will generally include a fresh sandwich, fruit, milk and sometimes a salad, according to library spokeswoman Joanne King.

“The library is an open public space and we want to attract people to come to the library,” King said. “While they’re here they can have free access to other programs. The Queens Library also has a very robust summer reading program and we want to encourage people to get involved with that so they can be better prepared for the academic program in the fall.”

There is no application, qualification or ID necessary to receive a free meal. Children and teens are recommended to arrive early to get lunches, while supplies last. The Queens Library is just one of many agencies collaborating with the DOE, and interested parties could call 311 to get a full list of participating locations.

Listed below are the participating Queens Library locations:

312 Beach 54 St., Arverne

14-01 Astoria Blvd., Astoria

117-11 Sutphin Blvd., Baisley Park

218-13 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights

1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway

41-17 Main St., Flushing

202-05 Hillside Ave., Hollis

89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica

134-26 225th St., Laurelton

98-30 57th Ave., Lefrak City

37-44 21st St., Long Island City

40-20 Broadway (at Steinway Street), Long Island City

92-24 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park

158-21 Jewel Ave., Pomonok (Flushing)

103-34 Lefferts Blvd., Richmond Hill

169-09 137th Ave., Rochdale Village

116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park

204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis

108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica

43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside

85-41 Forest Pkwy., Woodhaven

54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside

 

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Suspects wanted in assault on man in Ozone Park


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A group of men attacked a 26-year-old in Ozone Park Sunday, punching and kicking the man before cutting him, police said.

The assault happened on 101st Avenue near Liberty Avenue, around 4:45 a.m. when the suspects came up to the victim and started beating him, cops said. One of the suspects, who the victim knew, then allegedly pulled out a sharp object and slashed the victim several times causing lacerations to his face, neck, back and hand. The suspects then fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital and is listed in stable condition, officials said.

Police have released a video of two of the suspects and said one was wearing a blue jean vest with a white t-shirt underneath and is named “Timmy,” but is also known by the nickname “Slime.” The second suspect was wearing a black baseball hat and white sweater.

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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23 Queens individuals arrested in NYC-area child porn bust


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Twenty-three Queens residents, including an NYPD cop, registered nurse and paramedic, were arrested as part of a large-scale operation targeting the online distribution of child pornography.

The largest-ever enforcement operation in New York directed at predators who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children, resulted in the arrests of 71 individuals in the five boroughs, other areas of the state and New Jersey, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other officials announced Wednesday.

During Operation Caireen, which began April 4 and ran until May 15, HSI special agents, NYPD detectives and other law enforcement partners infiltrated peer-to-peer file sharing networks to identify users in the New York City metropolitan area who tried to acquire or distribute known or suspected images and videos of children engaging in sexually explicit activities, according to HSI.

Among the Queens residents arrested was an NYPD officer from Ozone Park, Yong Wu, who has been charged with possession of child pornography, officials said. He was arrested on April 28 following the execution of a search warrant on his home.

An Astoria registered nurse, Kenneth Gardner, who works at Westchester County Medical Center, has been charged with promoting a sex performance of a child under age 17, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child, according to HSI.

Aaron Young, a paramedic, was arrested at his Queens home on April 28 and charged with possession of child pornography, officials said.

“It must be remembered that the images involved in these cases are of real children being sexually abused and that each time an image is viewed, traded, printed or downloaded, the child in that image is being victimized again,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.

Others facing charges include an au pair, and a man who served as both a den master with the Boy Scouts of America and a little league baseball coach.

 

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Assemblyman eyes vacant Ozone Park lot owned by ConEd for school parking


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Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder's office

Updated Friday, May 16 1:42 p.m.

A vacant lot in Ozone Park that has sat fallow for several years should be converted into a parking lot for teachers at a nearby middle school, an elected official said.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has asked Con Edison to allow teachers and parents from M.S. 137 to park in the lot across 98th Street from the school.

The extra parking space would do more than just make parking convenient for teachers and parents, Goldfeder said.

“Allowing access to the vacant lot for parking will help encourage parents to be more involved in student activities with their children,” Goldfeder said. “Every organization has a responsibility to the communities they are located in and a small gesture from ConEd will go a long way in easing parking congestion for residents of Ozone Park and parents visiting the school.”

Parents complain that the area is severely congested and “parking is often difficult,” Goldfeder said in a letter to ConEd.

“The vacant lot would be the perfect solution to the longtime issue of parking in the area for homeowners and allow the school extra space to host special events.”

For their part, ConEd will respond to Goldfeder’s request after the company considers the matter.

” We will review it and respond to him. We are also reaching out to him to discuss the matter,” spokesman Allan Drury said.

 

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Van fatally strikes bicyclist in Ozone Park hit-and-run


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A bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday night after a van knocked him to the ground, then ran him over as he was riding on Rockaway Boulevard, police said.

The victim, a man in his 40s who has yet to be identified by police, was traveling along the roadway near 90th Street in Ozone Park about 9:35 p.m. when the accident occurred, officials said.

The van, a black Mercedes Benz, was driving in the same direction on Rockaway Boulevard as the victim when it sideswiped him, and the bicyclist fell and was run over.

After the van’s driver briefly stopped and got out of his vehicle, he allegedly returned to the van, and fled westbound on Rockaway Boulevard.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

There are no arrests and the investigation is still ongoing.

 

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Queens-bound service to temporarily shut down at two Ozone Park subway stops for station improvements


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A $39 million project to revamp five Queens stations along the A line will shut down service at two Ozone Park stops for three months, the MTA said.

The project will renovate the 80 St-Hudson Street, 88 St-Boyd Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, 104 St-Oxford Avenue and 111 St-Greenwood Avenue stations.

Improvements at all five stations will include new lighting and artwork, better platforms, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communications, according to the MTA. There will also be the repair or replacement of the mezzanine leading the platform stairs, mezzanine floors, doors and windows, and interior and exterior walls. Additionally, each station will be painted, and canopies, windscreen panels and railings will be replaced.

During the work, the Queens-bound platforms at the 88th St-Boyd Avenue and 104 St-Oxford Avenue stations will be closed from May 12 to August 18. There will still be normal A service toward Manhattan.

Queens-bound customers traveling to 88th St-Boyd Avenue must ride to the Rockaway Blvd Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.  Customers wishing to ride towards Ozone Park Lefferts Boulevard or the Rockaways from 88 St-Boyd Avenue must ride a Manhattan-bound A train to 80 St-Hudson Street and transfer to a Queens-bound A train.  Normal service will be provided travelling towards Manhattan.

Queens-bound riders traveling to 104 St-Oxford Avenue must ride to the 111 St-Greenwood Avenue Station and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.  Riders wishing to travel towards Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard from 104 St-Oxford Avenue must ride a Manhattan-bound A train to Rockaway Boulevard and transfer to an Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard-bound A train.

Work will move over to the Manhattan-bound platforms at these 88th St-Boyd Avenue and 104 St-Oxford Avenue stations after this first phase of the project is completed is tentatively scheduled to begin in September.

Click here for up-to-date information on planned service changes.

 

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Man gets 25 years for fatal stabbing of fellow parks worker in Flushing Meadows


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A former city Parks Department worker was sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing another employee to death during a fight at a Flushing recreation center.

Robert Swann, 53, of Ozone Park, was found guilty earlier this month of first-degree manslaughter, District Attorney Richard Brown said. He received the maximum prison term with his sentence.

According to trial testimony, Swann stabbed the victim, Ezra Black, 31, in the front torso on the afternoon of September 4, 2012 during a fight at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  Swann allegedly told police that after he stabbed Black, he left the scene, and got rid of the knife and the clothing he was wearing in a field near the park.

Both men were seasonal Parks Department workers, according to Brown.

 

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Ozone Park man fatally hit on Atlantic Avenue


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A 54-year-old Ozone Park man was struck by a car and killed on Saturday as he attempted to cross Atlantic Avenue, cops said.

Police responded to the scene just after 9 p.m., where they found Oscar Pauzhi lying on the roadway with severe head trauma.

Pauzhi was hit by a 2006 Hyundai Elantra that was traveling westbound on Atlantic Avenue near the intersection of 107 Street in Richmond Hill, authorities said. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the car remained on the scene, according to police. 

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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Former cop charged with murder in shooting of wife in Ozone Park


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Updated Monday, April 21, 10:45 a.m.

A former cop has been arrested for murder after allegedly shooting his wife during a domestic dispute in Ozone Park Saturday morning.

Police responded to the 104th Street home at about 11 a.m. and found 40-year-old Jessica Canty shot multiple times in the chest, the NYPD said.

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The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Kevin Canty, 43, the victim’s husband, was caught shortly after the shooting and a firearm was also recovered, cops said.

Canty is a former NYPD officer, according to published reports.

He has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal use of a firearm, police said.

 

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Briarwood man fatally shot in Ozone Park


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A 20-year-old man was fatally shot in Ozone Park Saturday morning, according to the NYPD.

Cops found Briarwood resident Branden Santiago unconscious at about 5 a.m. in the vicinity of 103rd Avenue and 108th Street, police said.

Santiago was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. After further investigation, Santiago was found to have sustained two gunshot wounds to his head, according to cops.

Police have made no arrests at this time and the investigation is still ongoing.

 

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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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Police release video of suspects in Queens rooftop break-ins


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Cops have released a video in connection to the burglaries of multiple Queens businesses.

The footage shows the suspects cashing in lottery tickets inside a Brooklyn bodega at 296 New Lots Ave on Feb. 27, according to police.

The suspects are wanted in connection to seven thefts that took place between Dec. 14 and Feb. 20 in the WoodhavenJamaicaSouth Richmond HillOzone Park and South Ozone Park sections of the borough, the NYPD said.

In each of the burglaries, one or more suspects break in through the roof or air conditioning vent and steal cash, according to police.  Lotto tickets and calling cards were also taken during some of the thefts.

Last month, police released a video from the latest burglary, which took place about 11 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Pioneer Supermarket at 90-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven. A thousand dollars in cash and approximately $600 worth of phone cards went missing from the supermarket after the suspect broke in through the roof, cops said.

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 searching for suspect in string of Ozone Park burglaries


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A suspect is wanted in a series of Queens burglaries over this winter, police said.

The man is accused of eight break-ins and one attempted burglary in Ozone Park as well as one theft in Jamaica between Jan. 6 and Feb. 10, according to the NYPD.

The suspect, possibly working with another man, enters the locations through rear doors or windows, then takes the victims’ personal property, police said.

Cops have released a photo of the suspect from the attempted burglary on Jan. 6. The theft occurred between about 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 106-14 78th St.

The other incidents happened at the following dates, times and locations:

  • Jan. 6, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at 105-30 80th St.
  • Jan.9, between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., at 78-10 Pitkin Ave.
  • Jan. 10, at approximately 5:30 p.m., at 107-18 118th St.
  • Jan. 11, between 3 p.m. and 7:40 p.m., at 107-74 77th St.
  • Jan. 15 , at approximately 12:20 p.m., at 106-34 76th St.
  • Jan. 28, between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., at 84-30 109th Ave.
  • Jan. 28, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. at 106-11 78th St.
  • Jan. 30, at approximately 11:50 a.m., at 107-18 77th St.
  • Feb. 10, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at 105-17 77th St.

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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