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Center dedicated to police shooting victim Sean Bell closes


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The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center has officially shut its doors.

The community center opened in 2011 and offered day care, after school programs and other services to the Jamaica community. It closed officially on November 22, just three days before the anniversary of Sean Bell’s death, stemming from financial troubles.

“It’s a disappointment that the staff or the money wasn’t behind it,” said Mike Scala, a center volunteer. “I’m not sure why the support isn’t there at the level it needs to be.”

Bell was killed in a hail of police bullets in 2006 the night before his wedding to fiancé, Nicole Paultre. He and two friends were celebrating at Jamaica’s Club Kalua, but after leaving and getting into their car, an altercation sparked gunfire. Fifty shots ultimately ended Bell’s life.

Five officers present that night were acquitted of all criminal charges following the incident.

However, three resigned and another was eventually fired.

In Bell’s memory, his family and the community worked to open the Sutphin Boulevard center. Scala said there were many threats of closures, but various fundraisers kept them afloat until recently.

“There’s not a lot of understanding of what the situation actually is,” he said. “It’s always disappointing, frustrating. But I’m still optimistic that we can get it back.”

The center offered services such as resume preparation and job skill training, homework help, GED prep courses and more. They also allowed outside groups to use the space when needed.

The staff planned to start another after school program in January, but now Scala said he doesn’t know if that will be seen through. But hope remains that the “invaluable” site will reopen.

“I just hope more people understand that this is a valuable resource that everyone needs to come together and support it,” Scala said. “There aren’t many places like this in Jamaica.”

 

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Police involved in Sean Bell shooting get canned


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Police involved in Sean Bell shooting get canned

The cops that gunned down Sean Bell, the Queens man killed on his wedding day in a 50-shot fusillade, will be drummed out of the department, the NYPD said Friday.

Detective Gescard Isnora, who fired the shot that touched off the senseless 2006 killing, was found to have violated department guidelines by shooting his weapon while undercover. He will be fired and will not get a pension or health benefits.

Read More: The Daily News

 

College student killed by L train after drunken man attacked him and pushed him onto tracks

A LaGuardia Community College student was killed by a Brooklyn subway train Friday, after a boozed-up straphanger started a fight and the the tussle spilled onto the tracks.

JoshuaBasin, 20, was riding an eastbound L train to go to his girlfriend’s house in Long Island when a drunken man began berating him and his two friends before theBedford Ave.stop inWilliamsburg, sources and a friend said.

Read More: The New York Daily News

 

Whistleblowing NYPD sergeant had a hand in crime spike in Queens precinct: sources

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For doing his job, Sgt. Robert Borrelli was banished to an abysmal night shift at Central Booking in the basement of theSouth Bronxcriminal courthouse, the sources said.

Read More: The New York Post

 

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s daughter works at Aqueduct racino

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That employee, Agnes Marshall, is the daughter of Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, an influential force inQueensDemocratic politics. Helen Marshall could be a valuable ally for Genting given its long-term ambitions, which include a convention center and the conversion of its racino to a full-fledged casino, watchdogs said.

Read More: The Daily News

 

Lawyer: Redinel Dervishaj acted in self-defense in fatal stabbing of groom-to-be Antonio Lacertosa

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Redinel Dervishaj, 35, was arraigned Friday on murder charges in the stabbing of Antonio Lacertosa, 27, during a brawl following the victim’s engagement party. The reputed Albanian gangster, who was caught at a relative’s home inIllinoisthree days ago, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Read More: The Daily News

 

Syrian troops stormed northwestern town: activists

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The British-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said the troops entered Saraqeb from the north and were advancing amid heavy shelling.

Read More: The Daily News

NYPD detectives crack 30-year-old unsolved murder of Holocaust survivor who fled Poland

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Obama puts Trayvon in a ‘son’ light

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Taking a rare personal tack, Obama took on the wrenchingFloridacase during an unrelated Rose Garden ceremony — stopping unexpectedly to answer a reporter’s question about the shooting.

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Fiancee of Sean Bell urges NYPD Chief Ray Kelly to fire officers in beau’s shooting death


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Fiancee of Sean Bell urges NYPD Chief Ray Kelly to fire officers in beau’s shooting death

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Enter The Courier’s Giveaway of the Day Contest

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Disgraced former New York Controller Alan Hevesi will keep rotting in prison as parole board turns him down

 

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Alexander’s Secures $275M Refinancing of Rego Park II in Queens

 

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Quiet Aide to Liu Helped Build a Donor Base Now Under Scrutiny


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Quiet Aide to Liu Helped Build a Donor Base Now Under Scrutiny

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Recalling Days on the Run With Abducted Children

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Surveillance Video Released In Search For Queens Assault Suspect

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Detective Who Fired First Shot At Sean Bell Expected To Face Dismissal, Source Says

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Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home


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5th anniversary of NYC police shooting; Sean Bell died hours before he would have been married

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Sean Bell police shooting. Bell died on November 25, 2006, in a hail of 50 bullets. He was leaving his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, just hours before he would have been married. Three detectives were acquitted. Read More: The Republic

Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home

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Woman Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling 22 Pounds Of Cocaine Into JFK

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Mets Owners Could Go To Trial In Connection With Madoff Scheme

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Queens’ Morning Round Up – 11/03/2011: 12 charged in Queens with $95 million Medicare fraud


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12 charged in Queens with $95 million Medicare fraud

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Queens woman suffers miscarriage during deportation attempt by ICE; Feds reverse decision

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Prosecutor in Sean Bell trial calls for firing of NYPD detective who shot man to death on wedding day

An NYPD trial ended Wednesday with a prosecutor calling for the firing of an undercover detective whose gunfire sparked the 50-shot barrage that killed a bridegroom on his wedding day.Nancy Slater lambasted Detective Gescard Isnora for a series of overreactions after leaving a Queens strip club and following Sean Bell and two friends under the mistaken impression they were going to get a gun. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Brooklyn man confesses to brutally slashing teenage girlfriend’s throat

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Worker Dies While Using Lawn Mower for Warmth

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Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/02/2011: $10,000 Reward Offered In Deadly Wrong-Way Queens Crash


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Ex-Texas FBI agent convicted in NY of making false statements after having sex with source

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Feds decline investigation of Queens detention center

The U.S. Marshals Service has declined to investigate allegations by activists that immigrants at a private New York City detention center have been abused. Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Tuesday that the agency had conducted annual and spot inspections at the Queens Detention Facility since 2008. The center passed its most recent inspection in September, he said. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Make the Road New York, an immigrant rights group, called for an investigation of the center last month after saying they had received reports of mistreatment of detainees and lack of medical care at the privately operated center. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Body found along Jersey City waterfront identified as Queens woman

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$10,000 Reward Offered In Deadly Wrong-Way Queens Crash

A $10,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest of a driver wanted in a deadly wrong-way crash that killed a beloved bar owner in Queens. The crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. of Oct. 15, when 37-year-old George Gibbons closed up his “Gibbon’s Home” bar in Maspeth before catching a cab to go home. Read More: CBS News

 

Closing Arguments Expected In NYPD’s Sean Bell Shooting Trial

Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday afternoon in the departmental trial of two city police officers involved in the Sean Bell shooting. Officer Michael Carey and Detective Gescard Isnora both testified that they acted in the interests of their own safety when they and three other policemen shot and killed the unarmed man outside a Queens strip club in 2006. Read More: NY1

 

Confessed murderer Edwin Fuentes leads cops to last of his wife’s remains hidden in Forest Park

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Grenade found inside a Queens home owned by a Vietnam vet

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Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/27/2011: NYPD detective who fired first at Sean Bell believed victim’s friend was about to shoot


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NYPD detective who fired first at Sean Bell: I believed slain Queens man’s friend was about to shoot

The detective who fired the first shot in the barrage that killed Sean Bell testified Wednesday he used his gun because he thought a pal of the groom-to-be was primed to strike first. Gescard Isnora, who was undercover at the time of the shooting, testified in his NYPD trial that he believed Bell’s friend held a firearm in his hand – and that this fear trumped the detective’s reluctance to use his gun. Read More: Daily News

 

Occupy Wall Street protester punched by NYPD police inspector on video to meet with prosecutors
Prosecutors will meet with Occupy Wall Street protestor Felix Rivera-Pitre, who was filmed being punched in the face by an NYPD supervisor in a video that quickly went viral. Lawyer Ron Kuby said Wednesday he’ll bring his client in now that that cops have agreed not to press charges against Rivera-Pitre until an investigation is complete. The NYPD has said Rivera-Pitre was the aggressor in the October 14 incident – and that he tried to elbow Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona. Read More & Watch the Video: Daily News

 

 

Barbara Sheehan, woman acquitted of killing her husband says he visited transgender prostitutes

 

The Queens woman acquitted in the fatal shooting of her abusive ex- cop husband says she withheld sex from him for a decade because he patronized transvestite prostitutes. Sheehan also claims that her husband had an infantilism fetish and that the guilt from these deviances would propel him into a rage. Read More: New York Post

 

NY lawmaker to bring home US-Israeli

A U.S. congressman has arrived in Israel to bring home a U.S.-Israeli citizen who was arrested in Egypt four months ago on suspicions of espionage. A statement from Congressmember Gary Ackerman on Wednesday said he traveled to Israel to bring home Ilan Grapel, a Queens constituent. Grapel is expected to be released Thursday afternoon. The timing on his return to New York is uncertain. Read More: Washington Post

 

 

Man Charged With Shooting Woman In Maspeth

Police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with a shooting that injured a woman in Maspeth the previous night. Elijah Stamateris, 22, faces assault and weapons charges. According to police sources, a group of people was smoking marijuana and playing with a gun late Monday, when the 21-year-old woman was shot in the head. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. Read More: NY1

 

Cornell president says own university’s plan is best bet to win Bloomberg’s contest for tech school

Cornell has launched a media blitz in recent weeks, unveiling several details of its plan to build a state-of-the-art tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Lured by the promise of free land and a $100 million grant, Cornell is among an impressive roster of top universities vying to set up an applied-sciences campus in the city. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, and Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce the winner by year’s end. Read More: Daily News

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/24/2011: 2-month old baby abandoned on Queens street


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2-month old baby abandoned on Queens street

Police say a 21-year-old mother is facing charges after authorities found her 2-month-old baby in a stroller on a Queens street. Authorities got a call about an infant crying shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday. They responded to 111th Avenue and found the boy, wrapped in a coat and blanket. He was taken to the hospital, where he was in stable condition. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Queens Sex Assault Suspect Caught On Surveillance Video

The NYPD released surveillance video of a suspect linked to five sexual assaults in Queens. The up-close image may provide the best shot at catching him. Queens South officers were out in force Saturday night, handing out flyers and warning residents of a sexual predator on the loose in Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, and Queens Village. Read More: CBS News

 

Family of slain groom Sean Bell attend first trial proceedings

Sean Bell’s family is expected at Police Headquarters Monday for the latest chapter in the explosive case: the first departmental trial for the cops involved in shooting him dead outside a strip club on his wedding day. Bell was killed on Nov. 25, 2006, in a barrage of 50 bullets that five cops fired into the car he was driving outside Club Kalua in Queens. The officers were under the mistaken impression that Bell, or one of his two passengers, had a gun. They began firing just after Bell struck one of the cops with his car. Read More: Daily News

 

Toy Gun Muggers Attack Real-Gun Officer

Four men tried to rob an off-duty police detective with a toy gun in New York City on Saturday, then scattered when he pulled a real weapon and started shooting. The detective was walking his dog in Queens at about 6:20pm Saturday evening when the four muggers walked up to him, held out the realistic-looking gun and tried to rob the cop, even after he identified himself, police said. The detective fired an unknown number of times, hitting one of the would-be robbers in the arm and chin and another in the foot. Read More: Fox News

 

Long Island City artist blending art and photography

Far away from the static realm of everyday photography lies the work of Rafael Octavio Gonzalez. The Long Island City-bred artist puts a luminescent spin on the lens – surrounding the viewer and bringing the past and present together in one intimate, yet all-encompassing, image. His images are currently being presented in an ongoing exhibition at Z Hotel in L.I.C. – steps away from where the artist grew up and developed his photographer’s sensibility. Read More: Queens Courier