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Bronx Teen In Alleged Police Beating Has Assault Charges Dropped


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Bronx Teen In Alleged Police Beating Has Assault Charges Dropped

Assault charges were dropped Wednesday against a Bronx man who says cell phone video shows he was the one being roughed up by city police officers during an arrest last month. Jateik Reed, 19, went before a judge at the Bronx County criminal courthouse. He’s still charged with robbery and will be back in court on April 27. Back in January, a cellphone video captured Reed’s arrest. The officers involved have been stripped of their badges pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Read More: NY1

 

Cops arrest demonstrators in front of Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown office

Cops arrested 14 protesters today for occupying the entryway of Gov. Cuomo’s Midtown office, authorities said. The demonstrators stormed the office building on Third Avenue and 40th Street at 12 p.m. allegedly to fight the governor’s proposed $20 million budget cut for the homeless. When they refused to exit the building the police intervened and placed 11 men and 3 women under arrest, officials said. Read More: New York Post

Apple reveals faster, sharper iPad; available for pre-order starting today

Apple unveiled the new iPad today at an event in San Francisco, saying the latest version will take the tablet to a “whole new level.” Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the new tablet: “We are taking it to a whole new level and are redefining the category that Apple created with the original iPad.” After discussing the success of Apple’s tablet device, Cook revealed the latest model, simply called “the new iPad,” which will go on sale in stores March 16. Pre-orders start today. The new iPad, available in black and white, will start at $499 for the 16 GB model, with 32 GB and 64 GB models going for $100 and $200 more. Read More: New York Post

 

Colts release Manning; Jets will pursue

Peyton Manning is no longer a member of the Indianapolis Colts. The team announced Wednesday it has released the four-time NFL MVP, meaning the quarterback will become a free agent likely pursued by the Jets, among others. “We’re here to announce the conclusion of Peyton’s playing career with the Colts,” owner Jim Irsay said at a news conference attended by Manning. “We’re here very much as well to honor all of the incredible memories and incredible things that Peyton has done.” Read More: New York Post

Boyfriend of Brooklyn woman fatally shot before order of protection hearing a ‘person of interest’

A young Brooklyn woman was fatally shot today right before she was due to obtain a new restraining order against a stalker boyfriend—who is now being sought by authorities as a person of interest in the murder, The Post has learned. Sources today said Bernsley Barthelemy — previously arrested several times for stalking the victim — is being sought for questioning in the early morning murder of Kazan Raoul, 24. Raoul was shot in the face and arm in the basement of a Brownsville home on Strauss Street this morning, police said. Read More: New York Post

Brooklyn teacher’s aide indicted on sexual exploitation, child pornography charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a teacher’s aide at a Brooklyn grade school for allegedly taking videos of himself molesting a child and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Taleek Brooks, who worked at PS 243, was charged by Brooklyn federal prosecutors with several counts of sexual exploitation of a child and possessing child pornography. Read More: New York Post

Feds charge 6 computer hackers linked to group Anonymous


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Feds charge 6 computer hackers linked to group Anonymous, offshoots

The feds today announced charges against six people described as “core members and leaders” of the notorious computer-hacking group known as “Anonymous” and several offshoots. Those charged include a Lower East Side man, Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, who was arrested last year, secretly pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities in a bid for leniency. Court documents unsealed this morning outline four separate schemes that targeted major corporations and government agencies in the United States and around the world. Read More: New York Post

Judge keeps bail at $2M for mom alleged to be running hooker ring

A judge this morning refused to lower the $2 million bail of an accused Manhattan madam, after prosecutors argued that “high wealth individuals” were poised to help her flee the country. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan shot down the bid by Anna Gristina, a 44-year-old woman accused of running a high-end call girl ring out of her East 78th Street pad. Read More: New York Post
Queens’ most expensive block is in Belle Harbor, Rockaways

A new report on the priciest blocks in Queens has been raising eyebrows over some unexpected results. Belle Harbor, in the Rockaways, had the borough’s most expensive block — which came as a surprise to local brokers. The median Belle Harbor home price on Rockaway Beach Blvd., between Beach 145th and Beach 146th Sts. was $2.5 million, according to the PropertyShark report. Read More: Daily News

 

Man Gets 23 Years In Murder Of Brooklyn Dancer

A convicted sex offender was sentenced upstate Tuesday to 23 years in prison for killing a woman he picked up at a Manhattan nightclub. Michael Mele, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in January in the death of Brooklyn resident Laura Garza. Garza, 25, was last seen leaving Club Marquee in Chelsea with Mele back in 2008. Mele admitted to suffocating the aspiring dancer and dumping her body in rural Pennsylvania. Read More: NY1

 

City Puts 33 More Schools On Chopping Block

It wasn’t just an idle threat. The Department of Education filed the final paperwork Monday evening, just shy of the deadline. Thirty-three schools are to close in June, and in September, new schools will replace them in the same buildings. Students will be automatically transferred to the new schools but as for the teachers, they have to reapply for their jobs and the city says no more than half will be rehired. Read More: NY1

NYPD officer saved as bullet pouch stops shot: police


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NYPD officer saved as bullet pouch stops shot: police

Another NYPD officer narrowly escaped a bullet today after a firefight erupted in lower Manhattan, police said. Officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne had just gotten out of their police van at 1:44 a.m. on Columbia Street in lower Manhattan when they were approached by Luis Martinez, police said. Martinez, 25, began firing at the officers – one shot hit Richards’ bullet pouch, narrowly missing his stomach “by an inch” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said this morning. Read More: New York Post

 

Cop’s slaying could cripple cig-smuggling case This criminal case could go up in smoke. A top state tax investigator allegedly slain by her former-cop husband in Queens last year was the arresting officer in a tobacco case that may be in jeopardy as a result of her death, The Post has learned. Tracey Young, 42, was a well-respected undercover cop specializing in busting tobacco smugglers when she was shot 10 times, allegedly by hulking hubby Clarence Cash, 49, in their Briarwood apartment Dec. 10. Cash was said to have been upset over money woes and Young’s threats to leave him. Read More: New York Post

 

‘The Artist’ nabs Best Picture Oscar; Streep honored for ‘Iron Lady’ Moviegoers were at a loss for words last night as Oscar thumbed his nose at the year’s most popular films and gave the top honor to “The Artist,’’ a silent black-and-white film beloved by cinema snobs. It was the first black-and-white silent movie to win Best Picture since 1929, when “Wings,’’ a film about World War I fighter pilots, won the big prize a few months before the stock market crashed. Read More: New York Post

 

One hour and $260 can get you phony green card, soc. security and license It’s a passport to trouble — and it can be bought for just $260 on the streets of Jackson Heights, Queens. In just one hour, The Post was able to buy a phony green card, Social Security card and New York state driver’s license from a stranger on a corner — all of which could serve as a gateway to obtain legitimate IDs. The cards are frighteningly real — convincing enough to fool creditors, potential employers and security at buildings and even the airport. Read More: New York Post

 

Mets’ Uniforms To Feature Memorial Patch For Gary Carter

The New York Mets will wear a special patch on their uniforms this season to honor the life and legacy of the late catcher Gary Carter. The team’s fan page on Facebook features a photo of the patch, with a home plate design, Carter’s number 8 and his nickname, “The Kid.” Carter died on February 16 after a long battle with brain cancer at the age of 57. Read More: NY1

 

Knife terror aboard N train


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Knife terror aboard N train

A crazed subway panhandler pulled a knife and threatened a straphanger on a crowded train yesterday before being subdued by a good Samaritan and held until cops arrived, authorities and witnesses said. The 35-year-old woman boarded the Manhattan-bound N train at around 6:40 p.m. at Queensboro Plaza and began asking for money. Another woman, 52, began mocking her, unleashing the vagrant’s anger. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Witness-tamper’ hit vs. Espada

The feds claim former New York Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. coached a woman to lie before a federal grand jury investigating corruption allegations against him, The Post has learned. Although witness tampering is a crime, Brooklyn federal prosecutors are not charging Espada with new counts stemming from the incident — but they want the jury in his upcoming corruption trial to hear about the alleged misconduct. Read More: New York Post

 

Soaring Gas Prices Fuel Concerns Among City Drivers

Drivers in the city and across the nation are being hit with record high prices at the pump. Gas prices are the highest ever for this time of year and experts say they will only continue to rise. The national average for a gallon of regular hit $3.57 cents, up more than a quarter since January 1. Prices in New York are even higher. The current average in the city is $3.96, up 15 percent from a year ago. Read More: NY1

 

Dolan’s mother meets Pope Benedict

Capping a whirlwind nine-day trip with a final visit to the Vatican, Timothy Cardinal Dolan introduced his 84-year-old mom to Pope Benedict XVI yesterday — then jokingly asked the pontiff if he could make her “the first lady of the College of Cardinals.” Amid cheers and applause, Dolan walked his mom, Shirley, up to the stage to greet his boss during a papal audience before an enthusiastic crowd inside the Paul VI Hall. “Holy Father, here is my mom!” Dolan said he told the pope. Read More: New York Post

 

Rivera’s early arrival could signal end of Yankees career

The chair was occupied, and — in its own way — that was perhaps the first clue it would not be for much longer. When the clubhouse door opened to the media early yesterday morning, there was Mariano Rivera sitting at his locker. On the surface, so what? But there are Mo Rules in spring, and one is that he will not report on time. No one around the Yankees cares. He is Mariano Rivera, and his history is he shows up in great shape, pinpointing pitches and needing six to eight innings in all to be ready for Opening Day. Read More: New York Post

JetBlue sign ordeal

JetBlue wants to light up the New York skyline with its iconic blue logo — but it must first clear layers of city red tape before taking off. The airline, which will move its corporate headquarters to Long Island City next month, plans to erect a 40-foot lighted sign on the rooftop of its new building at 27-01 Queens Plaza North. “When complete, it will be easily seen from the east side of Manhattan across the river,” JetBlue said. But JetBlue’s proposal must be reviewed and approved by two community boards, the borough president, the City Planning Commission, the City Council and mayor. Read More: New York Post

Super Bowl Bound: Giants Nip 49ers In OT To Set Up Title Rematch Vs. Patriots


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Super Bowl Bound: Giants Nip 49ers In OT To Set Up Title Rematch Vs. Patriots

For the second time in five seasons, Big Blue is going to the big game. The New York Giants recovered two mishandled San Francisco kick returns, the last one setting up the game-winning field goal in sudden-death overtime, as Big Blue defeated the 49ers 20-17 in Sunday’s NFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl for the second time since 2008. Sunday’s win sets up a Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots, whom the Giants defeated in Super Bowl XLII to claim the franchise’s third Super Bowl title and ruin the Patriots’ pursuit of a perfect season. Read More: NY1

 

 

‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ killer seeks release from prison

The maniacal murderer who spawned the famous New York Post headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar” is trying to get sprung from prison, The Post has learned. Charles Dingle, 53, will ask a three-person parole panel this week to free him from the upstate Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo. But if his 1983 psychotic rampage and ensuing pathetic prison record are any indication, his chances are questionable. The convict’s infamous blood-drenched spree is considered one of New York’s most notorious crimes. Read More: New York Post

 

‘I tried to stop cop suicide’

The devastated fiancée of the suicidal cop who blew his brains out on the job last week revealed to The Post yesterday how she had desperately tried to talk him out of it in a phone call only seconds before he pulled the trigger. “We weren’t fighting,” insisted Maria Stuart, 28, who was planning to marry NYPD Officer Terrence Dean, 28, on Aug. 18. “All I was trying to do was tell Terrence he needs help.” Stuart said she had admitted to Dean during the frantic Thursday-night call that she had just phoned his Queens precinct house and made vague warnings about a suicidal officer. Read More: New York Post

 

MTA scuttles free-shuttle plan

MTA officials have proven again that they excel — at taking service away from desperate riders. Brass at the cash-strapped agency have incredibly rejected an offer of a free shuttle bus — financed in full by a local lawmaker — for 7-train riders slammed by 11 straight weekends of service outages. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer offered to pay for the $250,000 direct, no-transfer bus from Long Island City to Grand Central while the MTA worked on the signal system under the East River. The money would have come out of his own discretionary funds. Read More: New York Post

 

Two People Injured In Queens House Fire

An investigation is underway into a house fire in Jackson Heights, Queens that injured two people early Sunday. More than 100 firefighters responded to 37-39 90th Street around 1 a.m. and fire officials said two people were pulled from the home. One of the victims is said to be okay, and the other one was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with serious injuries. Read More: NY1

 

Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

Family members announced that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died Sunday at age 85, after suffering from complications from lung cancer. A native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Paterno attended Saint Edmund Elementary School and Brooklyn Preparatory High School and gave up a career in law to coach football. He coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years and won 409 games, more than any other coach in major college football history. Among the former Penn State athletes coached by Paterno is New York Giants offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie, whose team played in Sunday’s National Football Conference Championship game in San Francisco. Read More: NY1

Queens Courier Launches New Beta Website


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The Queens Courier

Explore and Test the New QueensCourier.com

Get Involved…We Want to Hear From You

We are proud to announce the launch of the new queenscourier.com. We will continue to be the web’s most comprehensive and quality local news site dedicated to the borough of Queens, but will have a new platform with a better design and many more bells and whistles. The site is being launched as a beta site and we encourage our readers to become a registered user and test the new features and functionality. We want you to contribute to the site and the new online community that has been formed.
We emphasize you to make comments to stories, upload events, pictures and classified ads, ask and find answers to questions from other visitors in our new Q&A forum, view videos and explore all the current features. We welcome your comments on how to make the site better and report any issues or problems you may find. Because we are in the testing stage you may find small issues that we will fix with your input. You can email us directly at jlane@queenscourier.com.
As a thank you, our first 1,000 registered users that comment on at least five stories, will automatically be entered in a contest to win gift certificates to local restaurants and a $100 gift card. The winner will be randomly selected.
As a registered user you will have a dashboard with your contact information and access to upload events free of charge, photos in our galleries and comments to all stories. The site will continue to have new and more advanced features added over time.
Some of the new features you will find on our beta site include:
a sleaker user interface
more frequent and timely updates throughout the day
the ability to log-in via your facebook and twitter pages
commenting and sharing stories to several social networks
unique pages with local news for each community in Queens
events searchable by topic
interactive classified advertisements where you can find a local job, home, plumber, roofer and so much more
browse the pages of our newspapers with our digital editions
find the best Queens stories from around the web
photo galleries of local events
enter one of our many contests
We will have restaurant reviews available from hundreds of Queens restaurants. Let us and your neighbors know how your meal was by commenting on the reviews.
In addition to finding award-winning stories from our reporters we will also have blogs from the borough’s leaders and experts discussing many different topics from politics to theatre. We are seeking bloggers to contribute a one time featured blog post on a topic of your interest and passion or have a recurring blog. With every blog we will include your picture, bio and link back to your website. We will also post a link to your blog on all of our twitter and facebook pages. Email me directly at jschneps@queenscourier.com if you are interested in blogging.
Our goal is to make www.queenscourier.com your online community to learn, share, comment and mostly importantly make Queens a better place to live and work. Explore, interact and enjoy the new queenscourier.com.
Sincerely,
Joshua Schneps
Queens Courier Co-Publisher

 

It is easy being green


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The residents of Western Queens are no longer green when it comes to saving the environment.

Hundreds of people attended the first annual Western Queens Green Resources Fair on September 10 in order to learn how to live healthier, greener lives and discover green activities in the area. The fair, which was made possible by the Greening Western Queens Fund of North Star Fund, was held at the Long Island City Queens Library, located at 40-20 Broadway.

“Libraries are ultimate in reuse,” said Lynne Serpe, the fair’s organizer. “They are about learning and sharing resources. What better place to learn about being green than your local library?”

Roughly two dozen green organizations participated in the event, including Build It Green! NYC, Earth Day NY, Green Shores NYC, National Children’s Study and the Astoria Park Alliance.

Games, giveaways and eco-crafts were available at the fair, providing an enjoyable and educational day for children and adults alike. In addition, visitors had the opportunity to plant peas and beans to bring home with them and interact with Serema chickens and loads of worms.

“People have a real interest in learning how they can save money and save the environment, whether from recycling or composting or making their homes more energy efficient,” said Serpe, who also manages a Greening Initiative at five local branch libraries. “But they also want to have fun. Our eco-crafting and gardening programs are hugely popular.”

Assemblymember Miller honors heroes of Hurricane Irene


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Assemblymember Mike Miller and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley recently visited the joint meeting of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol (G-COP) and the Glendale Property Owners Association.

Both elected officials honored those individuals who volunteered their time during Hurricane Irene. Among those honored were volunteers who directed traffic when power was lost, assisted with the removal of downed trees and power lines, and contributed to the clean-up effort.