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Man shot and killed in Jamaica


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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


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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


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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


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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

 

Suspect accused of killing cop, driver in custody at hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds


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Police captured the suspected killer of two people, including a Nassau County police office, after a witness heard gunshots coming from a car in Queens.

After a multi-hour manhunt, Darrell Fuller, 33, was taken into custody by police in Queens and transferred to a local hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.  Fuller was found at 111th Avenue and 173rd Street in Jamaica after a witness dialed 9-1-1 when they heard shots fired from within the car.

Authorities did not disclose Fuller’s condition.

Officer Arthur Lopez was shot and killed on the Cross Island Parkway after pulling over Fuller who had just left the scene of an accident on Northern Boulevard.  After abandoning his damaged car, the gunman allegedly attempted to car-jack a motorist, Raymond Facey, 52, of Jamaica, near Hempstead Avenue, fatally shooting the driver in the process.

Cops from Queens and Nassau County canvassed the area for Fuller who was considered armed and dangerous.

Fuller was convicted in 2004 of attempted murder, said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, but released in 2009.  In 2010, Fuller was arrested for selling crack and served another nine months before being released on parole.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of both deceased,” Mangano said.

The investigation in ongoing.

— Additional reporting by Alexa Altman

 

Weekend Roundup


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Wisconsin spa shooting injures at least seven

A gunman opened fire at a Wisconsin spa today, injuring at least seven people. The area is on lockdown as authorities in Brookfield work to secure the scene, which is across the street from a shopping mall. It was not immediately clear whether a suspect had been arrested. Read more: ABC News

George McGovern, an unabashed liberal voice, dead at 90

George Stanley McGovern — a staunch liberal who served South Dakota in the U.S. Senate and House for more than two decades and who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1972 — died Sunday at the age of 90, his family said. Read more: CNN

Suspect captured by cops after fatal hit-and-run of elderly Queens man

A callous driver struck and killed an elderly man who was walking on a Queens sidewalk Saturday and then got out of his car and ran away from the grisly scene, cops said. The pedestrian, 76-year-old Victor Florio, was taking a stroll along Booth Memorial Ave. near 164th St. when a 2007 Toyota Rav 4 suddenly hopped the curb about 7:45 a.m., police said. Read more: Daily News

JFK and La Guardia getting body scanners that show more cartoonlike pictures

Scanners that create creepily clear images of travelers’ naked bodies are being swapped out of big airports in favor of newer machines that show more cartoonlike pictures, the Transportation Security Administration says. TSA officials are pulling a giant scanner switcheroo — shifting the older scanners, called backscatter imagers, away from big airports to small ones. Read more: NY Post

Suspect charged with rape in Queens massage parlor

Police arrested on Long Island a man suspected of a sexual assault last week in a massage parlor in Flushing, Queens. Zhordrack Blodywon, 40, is charged with rape, robbery and criminal possession of stolen property. Read more: NY1

Growing push for ‘landmark’ tree

A landmark-worthy tree grows in . . . Queens? Grassroots preservationists aim to petition the city to add a Woodside hardwood that dates to the Revolutionary War to a list of landmarks that includes the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. Read more: NY Post

Man dead in police shooting on GCP


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A man was shot dead by police this morning on the Grand Central Parkway and two others are in custody.

The shooting occurred at 5 a.m. near exit 7 shutting down the highway during morning rush hour.

Police fired at the suspect, hitting him once in the abdomen, police said. According to the New York Times, the suspect was unarmed.  The 22 year old was taken to New York Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead, according to reports.

The  Times report also indicates the car was pulled over after it twice cut off police vehicles.

NBC New York reported police mistakenly believed the man had a gun.

Two other men that were with the suspect in a black Honda have been taken into custody, reports said.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Gunman shot dead after killing former colleague near Empire State Building; 9 others wounded


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Two are dead — including the gunman — and nine bystanders wounded at a shootout outside the Empire State Building.

Recently fired Jeffrey Johnson, 53, stationed himself outside his former employers, Hazan Imports, and fatally wounded a 41-year-old former colleague.

After opening fire on the victim, Johnson fled northbound; a construction worker spotted him and alerted officers near the Empire State Building.

As the cops approached the suspect, Johnson fired at them.  The police returned fire, killing Johnson, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“This is a terrible tragedy and there’s no doubt the situation would have been even more tragic of not for the extraordinary acts of heroism actions of some police officers,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said about two hours after the shooting.

The nine victims were all taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive, the mayor said.

It is unclear at the moment if the victims were hit by the police or the suspect.

The disgruntled former employee was let go about a year ago from the women’s apparel company.

 

 

 

Texas A&M shooter in custody


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A gunman has been taking into custody near Texas A&M, the university said, with reports indicating multiple people have been shot.

Initial reports of an “active shooter” near the campus were issued at 12:29 p.m. local time (1:29 Eastern) from Texas A&M and all students and residents were urged to stay indoors. Fifteen minutes later, the university reported that the gunman was in custody.

According to CNN, law enforcement officials are among those injured during the shootout.

The shooting took place near Kyle Field, the Aggies football stadium.

 

Enough is enough


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

When will the politicians listen? When will something finally be done to end the senseless violence?

Now it seems we are not even safe in our houses of worship.

The recents massacre of six inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin — the second such mass slaying in as many months — has hit home.

Queens, which prides itself on its multiculturalism, is home to a large Sikh community, a community now left wondering and worrying.

Why did shooter Wade Michael Page, identified in reports as an Army veteran and possible skinhead or white supremacist, target the Sikh community?

A tattoo on his arm was dedicated as a 9/11 memorial.

The irony is that 9/11 was executed by Muslim extremists — not Sikhs — and that the Sikh Coalition was formed on September 11, 2001, following backlash against the religion and its followers, often mistaken for Muslims.

And though, in the wake of the shooting, the NYPD has stepped up patrols outside Sikh temples, called gurdwara, we must be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE.

Over the past few weeks The Courier has been urging you, our readers and advertisers, to let our legislators know that something must be done about gun control — and it must be done NOW.

Page was reportedly in a white supremacist band called “End Apathy.”

We say it’s time to put an end to our apathy and push our elected officials on gun control.

Write, call, email — TODAY — and tell your local senator and congressmember, even the president, that you are in favor of gun control.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

Phone: 202-456-1111

 

Senator Charles Schumer: 322 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-6542

 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 780 Third Avenue Suite 2601

New York, New York 10017

Phone: 212-688-6262

 

Laughing Devil hosts fundraiser for Colorado shooting victim


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While increased security at local movie theaters and debate over gun control brought the Aurora, Colorado, shooting closer to home, a Queens comedy club came together to raise money for an aspiring comedian who was injured during the rampage.

On Monday, July 30, the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City hosted a fundraiser for Caleb Medley, a victim of the Colorado “Dark Knight Rises” shooting that left 12 dead and wounded nearly 60 others. Medley, an up-and-coming comic, was shot while protecting his then-pregnant wife who gave birth shortly after the massacre to the couple’s first child, Hugo.

Scott Sharp, Laughing Devil’s manager and a Colorado native who knew Medley from the Denver comedy circuit, described the wounded father as an “incredibly nice guy who loves comedy.”

The fundraiser formed quickly with the assistance of Laughing Devil manager Steve Hofstetter. The club runners decided that instead of hosting a comedy showcase, constricted by the venue’s limited seats, the event would instead be a laid-back evening of “hanging out at a bar with a lot of very funny people.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds generated from ticket sales and 50 percent of all drink sales were donated to help pay the uninsured Medley’s hospital bills, which could reach an estimated $2 million.

The event raised roughly $1,000. According to Sharp, many people donated even if they were unable to attend. He said they just wanted to help someone in need.

“It shows how the comedy community rallies for one of their own,” said Sharp. “It shows how people want to help someone in need, especially someone in their own field.”

According to Hofstetter, outcry from the comedian community has been insurmountable and thousands of dollars have been donated to help Medley and his family from comics across the country on the fundraising website, www.supportcaleb.com.

“When one of us suffers, we all do,” said Hofstetter.

 

Headlines from around the web


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Penn State tears down Paterno statue

On the same day construction workers with jackhammers dismantled the iconic statue of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno that had stood outside Beaver Stadium for 11 years, the NCAA said it will announce sanctions against the university Monday morning during a press conference. NYDailyNews 

“Dark Knight Rises” stars express sorrow after shooting

“Dark Knight” actress Anne Hathaway, says she’s grieving for the victims and families affected by Friday’s tragic mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act,” Hathaway said in a statement issued Sunday. NYDailyNews 

Five killed, three injured in Queens accident

Five people were killed, including two children, when a speeding SUV blew through two red lights, slammed into a concrete pillar and rolled over several times in Queens early Sunday, police and witnesses said. The black Mercedes Benz SUV came to rest against a fence and then burst into flames around 3:15 a.m. Emergency workers said the horrific wreck was one of the worst in recent memory. NYDailyNews 

Queens man dead after ATV crash

A Queens man is dead after police say he crashed his ATV into a metal pole Saturday night. Investigators said 33-year-old Dave Thomas was riding his ATV on the sidewalk on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica when he hit the pole. NY1

Critically injured Aurora victims may not live

The mayor of a Denver suburb that was the site of one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history says some victims are still terribly injured and may not live. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan says he and his staff visited victims in various hospitals on Saturday. He told ABC’s “This Week” that some victims must still undergo major surgery. NYPost 

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New Yorkers injured in Colorado “Dark Knight Rises” shooting

At least two local men survived the Aurora massacre – a Brooklyn band member, who posted graphic photos of his injury online, and a recent graduate of Syracuse University. Christopher Rapoza, who plays bass for the punk band The Toothaches, described the horror at the Colorado theater, showing off the grazing wound on his back and his blood-soaked T-shirt. NYDailyNews

Movie security stepped up in NYC after Colorado shooting

In response to the horrible shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly promised to station officers at city theaters showing the newest Batman installment, stating that most theaters would have at least two cops on duty in addition to a vehicle parked outside. Yesterday, signs of increased security already began to show, as cop cars sat in front of the AMC Empire 25 Theater on West 42nd St in Times Square and uniformed officers stood guard at the Regal Cinema in Union Square—and many New Yorkers shaken by the Aurora massacre were happy to see them. Gothamist

Man arrested after stabbing HIV shelter-manager to death

A deranged man was arrested after he stabbed an Upper West Side shelter manager to death yesterday, cops said. Bernardo Paulino, 34, allegedly slashed John Baisley, 56, several times about 12:30 p.m. at the Camden Residence Hotel on 95th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, authorities said. NYPost

Ex-finest in charge at Aurora

He once patrolled the tough precincts of New York — but it’s in a normally safe Denver suburb that the former high-ranking NYPD cop is probing one of the worst crimes the country has ever seen. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates’ stellar career in the Big Apple began with midnight shifts in gritty city neighborhoods. NYPost 

Diehl won’t miss Giants camp after unscheduled court appearance

Giants lineman David Diehl, who was busted for drinking and driving last month, won’t have to worry about missing the first day of training camp — he made an unscheduled appearance in Queens Criminal court this morning. NYPost 

 

NYPD to amp up protection at theaters in wake of shooting


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In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado massacre on opening night of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the NYPD announced they will provide police presence at theaters showing the film.

“As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is playing in the five boroughs,” Commissioner Ray Kelly said in a statement.

Kelly said at a press conference this afternoon that he will have two officers stationed at 40 theaters throughout the city.

There was no police presence outside College Point Multiplex Cinema Friday afternoon, but moviegoers did not seem worried.

“That’s in Colorado – not New York. Anything can happen, but I’m not scared,” said Chris Nardi, 19, of Elmhurst.

A gunman opened fire at a Colorado movie theater killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

Reports have identified 24-year-old James Holmes as a suspect who was taken into custody.

“I’m a big Batman fan…Unfortunately last night, somebody took it to the next level. I don’t know what was going on through his head. Maybe he took the movie too seriously. Maybe he thought that was how life really is. Unfortunately, he took it out on innocent people who were trying to have a good time. It’s a real shame,” said David Nisbett, 24, of Bayside.

“It’s not enough to prevent me from having a good time. It is enough to keep my eyes open while I’m having a good time because anything can stop that at any moment.”

— Additional reporting by Melissa Chan