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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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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Photo: NYPD Transit Bureau

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.

Jessica Canty (Facebook)

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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Honda Accords, Nissan Maximas targets of tire and rim thefts: 102nd Precinct


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In the past two to three months, police from the 102nd Precinct, representing Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and north Ozone Park,  have seen an increase in rims and tires being stolen from late model Honda Accords and Nissan Maximas.

In high-theft areas, cops said to etch the Vehicle Identification Number on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lids to make it difficult for thieves to market any stolen car parts.

Cops advise drivers to always roll up windows and lock the car, no matter where it is parked, and also remove valuables and GPS mounts. They also recommend parking in front of houses that have cameras.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Quwella Brown, quwella.brown@nypd.org or 718-805-3217.

 

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Police searching for suspect in series of Queens rooftop break-ins


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Video courtesy of NYPD

A suspect has been burglarizing multiple Queens businesses over the last two months by breaking in through the roof or air conditioning vent, the NYPD said.

The thefts all took place between Dec. 14 and Feb. 20 in the Woodhaven, JamaicaSouth Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park sections of the borough.

In each of the seven burglaries, the suspect stole cash, ranging from $100 to $5,000. The suspect also swiped lotto tickets and calling cards during some of the thefts.

Police have released a video from the latest incident.

The burglary took place about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Supermarket at 90-01 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven, according to the NYPD.

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, police said.

Last week cops also released a photo of the suspect, who was allegedly caught burglarizing businesses in South Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5 by cutting a hole in their roofs.

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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Two Queens men charged in rash of burglaries


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Two Queens men have been arrested for a series of burglaries across the borough over the last six months.

Randolph Ardila of Maspeth and Raheim West of Long Island City are both charged with separate, various accounts of burglary, attempted burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, according to District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Ardila, 29, allegedly acted as the lookout for several Glendale and Ozone Park attempted apartment burglaries on Feb. 21. Later, at the time of his arrest, he was allegedly carrying a blue plastic contained filled with change, which had been reported missing from the Ozone Park apartment, Brown said.

In his car, police allegedly found a box containing the cremated ashes of a tenant’s mother, reported missing from a second Ozone Park location, according to the district attorney.

West, 37, was allegedly busted on tape breaking into the Promise Christian Academy Church in Flushing and making off with over $2,000 in cash last September and is additionally accused of stealing $160 from an employee at Flushing’s Asian Community Care Management earlier this month.

The LIC resident is also a suspect in two residential burglaries in Corona and another in College Point throughout February. Pry marks on the College Point residence allegedly match those made by West’s pry bar, Brown said.

When West was arrested, police recovered the pry bar, a screw driver and work gloves from his vehicle.

Ardila faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted and was ordered held on $150,000 bail. West, who faces 28 years, is being held on $200,000 bail. The pair will return to court March 10.

 

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New south Queens police initiative set to combat car break-ins


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A new police initiative has hit the streets to combat car break-ins, and cops want residents to know if they can spot a loose item in your car, a criminal can as well.

Spot it to Secure it, a program launched last week by the 106th Precinct’s Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, targets areas in which car break-ins were heavily reported.

“It’s a crime opportunity,” said Officer Gary Maher, the program’s coordinator and crime prevention officer. “It’s not like [thieves] went out to rob a specific car, but then they see something valuable.”

Through the initiative, if cops see loose items in parked cars, they track the vehicle’s owner and either visit the person’s home or send them a letter detailing the issue—if they can spot it, you need to secure it.

The program’s team is first combing through Ozone Park, west of 100th Street. Since starting patrols on Jan. 29, cops have discovered about 25 cars with valuables loose, according to Detective Kenny Zorn.

“It’s amazing what people leave in their cars,” Zorn said. “Open purses, credit cards, wallets, GPS, change. No matter where you live, crime is going to happen, and you need to keep your stuff secure.”

Area residents frequently come to the precinct with complaints of car break-ins; some crimes are reported and others are not. Police continue to urge drivers to report all incidents to give them an accurate depiction of where break-ins happen.

Cops additionally see the program as a way to enhance community policing.

“Unfortunately, sometimes we show up for something negative,” Zorn said. “With this we’re getting positive feedback. It’s thinking outside of the box. Simple things can go a long way.”

 

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Mother wants deceased EMS son recognized as 9/11 public servant


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THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes

Dorie Pearlman sat in her Howard Beach home and combed through binders of records about her son, Richard Pearlman, who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks.

Over a decade after his life was taken, and countless media outlets and some elected officials jumped in, his mother continues to question why her EMS son is not recognized as a public servant after voluntarily running to help when the World Trade Center came down.

“I know my son. If someone needed help, he’d find a way to get down there,” Dorie said. “His life’s mission was to help people.”

Richard, who had a longstanding history with the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was photographed bringing people out of the Towers. But one last time, he did not come back out. He was missing for over a week before Dorie “knew he wasn’t coming home.”

Seven months later, Richard’s body was discovered amongst the rubble. He was carried out wrapped in an American flag and awarded the Medal of Valor as an emergency service officer, an honor only given to public service employees, Dorie said.

Since then, despite compensation funds and several awards of recognition, Dorie has continually applied to grant her son a Public Servant title through the Department of Justice (DOJ), and has continually been shot down.

“He got the award, and now you’re denying me the title,” Dorie said. “The same thing you’re denying me, you also awarded me. It’s irrational.”

The title would allow the Pearlmans compensation for losing their son, but Dorie said she persistently applies “for the principle.”

Because Richard was young—18—and only a volunteer, not a city employee, the DOJ said he does not qualify, according to Dorie.

“It was a state of emergency and everybody was called to help. In that moment, they became official public servants,” she said. “I have all the proof they want. I have pictures, I have letters.”

“I don’t know where to go anymore. I’ve applied to everyone in the world,” she said. “People say you get over it, but you never get over it. You learn to deal with it.”

The DOJ did not immediately respond to request for comment.

 

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Police seek pair in armed Ozone Park deli robbery


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Two  suspects held up an Ozone Park deli with a shotgun last month, taking off with $100, police said.

The robbery occurred about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 21 at the American Deli Grocery on 135th Avenue at 127th Street, according to the NYPD.

The suspects entered the store, displayed the weapon and demanded money, police said. They then removed the cash from the register and fled in a white late model Buick.

Cops describe the first suspect as a black male in his 30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded jacket, black jeans and his face was covered with a black mask. The second suspect is a black male 20 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a a grey hooded jacket, blue jeans and a black hat.

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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Virgin Mary statue beheaded at Ozone Park church


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THE COURIER/Photo by Katelyn DiSalvo

A Virgin Mary statue was beheaded in Ozone Park and police are investigating it as a hate crime, cops said.

Monday morning the St. Mary Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic church discovered the headless statue outside its doors. It was removed from the property shortly after.

“If this is a hate crime against a church, I believe it’s demeaning and disrespectful toward the religion and the community,” said Alessandro Damico, a member of the St. Mary parish.

Church representatives said police are looking into the incident and have no further comment.

“This is not to be accepted, especially for an icon in our community such as St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo.

The 104th Street church lacks outdoor security cameras, so cops will search the surrounding community for similarly reported incidents, said a police source.

The investigation is ongoing.

A bill to increase the penalty for hate crimes passed the state in 2000. A current bill to once more increase the penalties for criminal activity at places of worship passed the State Senate in June 2013, but did not pass in the State Assembly. It will most likely be reintroduced next legislative session, according to Addabbo.

-With additional reporting by Katelyn DiSalvo

 

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