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NYPD: Queens shooting is city’s first murder of 2014


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A man shot to death in Jamaica Wednesday is the first homicide of the year, police said.

Cops found Julio Mora, 22, of Richmond Hill, inside of a 113th Avenue residence near Sutphin Boulevard about 1:15 a.m. with what initially appeared to be stab wounds to the chest, according to the NYPD. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner later determined Mora had died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

 

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Police: Suspect shoots at officers during Far Rockaway chase


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Updated Saturday, December 28, 10:32 a.m.

A 19-year-old was arrested after he exchanged bullets with officers while they were chasing him in Far Rockaway Friday, police said.

Three plainclothes officers stopped the suspect, William Bazemore, when they saw an unusual bulge in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt about 12:30 a.m. at Beach Channel Drive and Nameoke Avenue, according to the NYPD. After approaching Bazemore, he turned and shot at the officers, police said.

The cops returned fire and Bazemore fled northbound on Beach Channel Drive towards Horton Avenue, with two the officers chasing him on foot and one following him by car, the NYPD said.

He was caught a block away after struggling with the officers, and they recovered a .22 caliber Rohm revolver at the scene, cops said.

Bazemore was taken to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries to his nose where he was treated, according to police.

He has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, authorities said.

 

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One dead, one wounded in Far Rockaway shooting


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A shooting inside a Far Rockaway home Monday left one man dead and another wounded, police said.

Shots rang out about 8 p.m. inside a residence at 211 Beach 31st St, police said. Daniel Fils, 18, was struck once in the chest and a 23-year-old man was shot in the arm.

Fils was taken to St. John’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The second victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

 

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Cops name suspect in fatal LIC shooting


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Police have identified a suspect in the murder of a Manhattan man in Long Island City earlier this year.

Lawrence Scott, 28, is wanted for the homicide of Francisco Leal, who police found shot to death on Feb. 2 at 21st Street and 41st Avenue, cops said.

Leal, 27, had a gunshot wound to his chest when police found him, and he was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police describe Scott as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 210 pounds.

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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Man sentenced to 30 years for Astoria shooting of stepdaughter, estranged wife


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A 54-year-old Long Island City man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting his stepdaughter and wounding his estranged wife, said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Guerino M. Annarumma, 54, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter, second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to Brown. Annarumma fatally shot his stepdaughter and critically wounding his estranged wife during a 2011 incident. He opened fire in their Astoria home on the day the couple’s divorce trial was set to begin in Queens Supreme Court.

“The sentence imposed by the court guarantees that the defendant will spend a long time in prison as a just punishment for the terrible tragedy he inflicted on a family,” said Brown. “It also spares his former wife from having to recount the events of that awful day at trial.”

According to the criminal charges and statements made to the police, Annarumma rented a car with New Jersey plates on the morning of December 5, 2011, and drove to the 38th Street home of his estranged wife, Olga Annarumma, 57, and waited for her, armed with an automatic handgun. When the victim stepped out to walk her dog, he confronted her and threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face. He then dragged her to the door and rang the bell. When the victim’s daughter Valeria Kuzmina Lowery, 32, opened the door he stepped inside and shot both women. Annarumma then fled and disposed of his weapon by putting it in a trash bag.

Both women were taken to a local hospital where Lowery died from her wounds. Olga Annarumma was left blinded and cognitively impaired.

 

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Jackson Heights man arrested for fatal Roosevelt Avenue shooting


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A Jackson Heights man has been arrested and charged for the murder of another man on Roosevelt Avenue.

According to the NYPD, on Friday, September 20 at approximately 5:54 p.m., after responding to a report of a man shot at 80th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, police found Ivan Rodriguez, 33, of Corona in front of 89-09 Roosevelt Avenue with a gunshot wound to his neck and head. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police arrested Pedro Silva, 20, of Jackson Heights in connection to the incident. He has been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of criminal use of a firearm. 

 

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Man dies after being shot in head, neck in Jackson Heights


| mchan@queenscourier.com

A 33-year-old man died Friday after he was shot in the head and neck in Jackson Heights, police said.

The name of the man was not yet released.

Police said the incident occurred September 20 shortly before 6 p.m. at 89-09 Roosevelt Avenue.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

 

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One dead, one injured in Jamaica homicide


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

One man is dead and another injured in a shooting this morning in Jamaica, cops said.

Police responded to the shooting at 89-32 163rd Street around 5:11 a.m. Upon arrival officers found one Hispanic man with a gunshot wound in his chest and another Hispanic man with a gunshot wound to an ankle.

EMS rushed both victims to Jamaica Hospital where the male with the chest wound was pronounced dead and the second victim is in stable condition, authorities said.

Cops have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting yet and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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10-year-old Far Rockaway girl shot


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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A 10-year-old girl is in stable condition after being shot in the leg in a Far Rockaway shooting this morning, cops said.

Police responded to the gunfire at about 1:24 a.m. and found the girl at 22-29 Dix Ave. No arrests have been made at this time. The girl was not the intended target of the shooting, according to reports.

The victim is in stable condition at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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Man killed in Jamaica shooting


| mchan@queenscourier.com

A 26-year-old man was shot and killed in Jamaica early Saturday morning, police said.

Donte Smith was shot once in the chest at 110-52 Farmers Boulevard near his home on June 22 around 1 a.m., cops said.

He was pronounced dead at Queens General Hospital.

There are no arrests at this time, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Man shot and killed in Jamaica


| mchan@queenscourier.com

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in Jamaica early Sunday, police said.

Roshane Morrison of Jamaica was found by cops on March 31 with a gunshot wound to the torso at about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of 110th Avenue and 179th Place.

He was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

There are no arrests at the time, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

Sunnyside fundraiser to raise money for family of Sandy Hook victim


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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Two months after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the heart of a neighborhood remains with the family of a little boy who perished in the gunfire.

A Sunnyside group is planning a fundraiser for the bereaved family of six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, who spent his earliest days in Sunnyside, romping through nearby parks and riding the No. 7 train. Ben’s parents, Francine and David, lived in Sunnyside until Ben was seven months old, when they moved with Ben and his older brother Nate to Newtown, Connecticut. Francine was one of the founding members of Sunnymoms, a collective of local parents who share recipes, baby sitter recommendations and parenting tips. Now, along with friends from the neighborhood, Sunnymoms is organizing an event to honor Ben’s memory and raise money for the Wheeler family.

“It didn’t take long to realize there was more we could do for that family,” said family friend Roger Hitts, who is coordinating the event.

The same group held a vigil for Ben and Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung in December at Sunnyside Gardens Park, a favorite spot of Francine’s when she lived in the neighborhood.

“[The Wheelers] were so loved in this community,” said Hitts, whose daughter was a playmate of Nate and Ben. “They were such a real wonderful family who was dealt the worst hand they could think of.”

The Saturday, February 23 event, held at the Sunnyside Community Services Center, invites local families for an afternoon of face painting, balloon sculptures and snacks. Musicians will perform songs by The Beatles, Ben’s favorite band.

Hitts said the event is to remain family-oriented, adding that “there’s not going to be people making speeches on gun control.”

If you would like to make a donation, contributions can be sent to:

The Ben Wheeler Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Band
39 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470

Donations can also be made through PayPal, via the email address benwheelerfun@yahoo.com.

 

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Suspect sought in Long Island City murder


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Authorities are looking for a suspect in the murder of a Manhattan man who was shot and killed in Long Island City Saturday night, police said.

Francisco Leal, 27, had a gunshot wound to his chest when cops found him on the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue around 10 p.m.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Anyone with information in regards to this homicide is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at  800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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One dead, another hospitalized in early morning restaurant shooting


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

One man is dead and another in stable condition after a shooting this morning at a Briarwood restaurant.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call to El Nuevo restaurant, at 144-11 Jamaica Avenue, where they found one victim with a gunshot wound to the stomach and a second victim with a shot wound to the chest. The first victim, 38, was transferred to Jamaica Hospital where he is being treated.

The second victim, identified as Jony Gonzales, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Rain before 10am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 56. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Friday night: A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

EVENT of the DAY: Irish Movie Night

Two Emerald Isle flicks will be screened. The Dead (1987), John Huston’s last film, is an adaptation of James Joyce’s love letter to the land of his ancestors and the country where his children grew up. Cluck (2011) is a comedy short about a feathered friend who upsets a family’s pecking order. New York Irish Center, 7:30 pm.Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens music teacher accused of sleeping with 16-year-old

A music teacher out of Jamaica was arrested for allegedly maintaining a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Vaughn McKinney, 58, is accused of starting a relationship with the female student when she was 16 after the two met through a Brooklyn church choir group, led by McKinney’s wife at the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church, according an Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation (SCI) report. Read more: Queens Courier

Nation to join Connecticut in moment of silence for Sandy Hook shooting victims

People across the county will pause Friday for a moment of silence to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre one week ago. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy urged other states to honor the moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. ET, almost the exact minute that gunman Adama Lanza stormed the Newtown, Conn. school, killing 20 children and six adults. Read more: Daily News

NYers flock to ‘end of the world’-themed bashes to celebrate ‘Mayan apocalypse’

It was either a real “last call” — or just another excuse to get blotto. New Yorkers flocked to “end of the world”-themed parties at local bars last night to celebrate their potential final hours on Earth as the Mayan calendar predicted doomsday this morning. Read more: NY Post

Deli clerk killed in Queens bodega shooting

A deli clerk working alone in a Queens bodega was shot and killed last night during a brazen robbery. Cops said Ishak Ghali, 26, was shot once in the head after a lone gunman entered the All Friends Grocery & Deli on Onderdonk Avenue in Ridgewood, shortly after 6 p.m. Read more: NY Post

City housing to provide $5.6M for post-Sandy rent abatements

Some New Yorkers living in city public housing buildings will start seeing rent credits in their January bill. The New York City Housing Authority said it will provide $5.6 million in rent abatements for approximately 35,000 families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Formerly conjoined twin girls greet the public after successful separation surgery

Nine-month-old girls who were formerly conjoined twins are making their public debut at the Philadelphia hospital where they were separated. Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker and their parents were introduced at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Thursday. Read more: Daily News