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Suspects sought in armed robbery of cabbie in South Richmond Hill


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Police are looking for two men wanted in connection to an armed robbery last weekend in South Richmond Hill where they allegedly pistol whipped a taxi driver.

On Aug. 8 at about 2:25 a.m. the suspects — identified as two black men — approached a 50-year-old driver of a green cab at 126th Street and Liberty Avenue as he stepped out of his vehicle, cops said.

One of the suspects then took out a firearm, threw the driver to the ground, pistol whipped him and fled the scene with $70 and the victim’s credit cards, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Woman stabbed to death in South Richmond Hill residence


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A 27-year-old woman was fatally stabbed during an apparent domestic dispute inside her South Richmond Hill home early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct discovered the victim in the basement of the home on 134th Street near 97th Avenue at about 6:46 a.m. Moments earlier, according to police, the landlord heard a commotion coming from the basement and contacted 911.

Reportedly, the victim was found lying on the living room floor with stab wounds to her shoulder and wrist. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. The victim’s identity was not disclosed pending family notification.

No arrests were made at the scene, and detectives are continuing to search for the woman’s killer, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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Two wanted in violent robbery of elderly man in South Richmond Hill


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A pair of robbers assaulted a 73-year-old man as he was walking down a South Richmond Hill street before stealing his necklace and fleeing in an SUV, cops said.

The attack happened about 6 p.m. on May 20 along 125th Street near 107th Avenue.

According to police, the victim was walking down the roadway when two men approached him from behind, and punched him and pushed him to the ground. The duo then grabbed the chain from around his neck and ran down 125th Street toward 109th Avenue, where they escaped in a white SUV.

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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83-year-old man struck and killed outside his South Richmond Hill home


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An SUV fatally hit an 83-year-old man as he was crossing the street outside his South Richmond Hill home Monday night, police said.

Nfn Loknauth had just parked his car opposite his home on 103rd Avenue near 118th Street about 10:40 p.m. before the accident happened, authorities said. He then started to cross the road and was struck by a Nissan Xterra.

Loknauth was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died.

The SUV’s driver, a 51-year-old man, remained at the scene, according to police. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Queens man pleads guilty in city’s first murder of 2011


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Four years ago a New Year’s Eve party in South Richmond Hill that started as a celebration ended up deadly for one man after he tried to break up a fight and escort a woman to her car.

On Tuesday, Carie Dixon, 30, of Jamaica, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of that man, Dwayne Haughton, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Haughton, then a 29-year-old Jamaica resident, had just left a New Year’s Eve bash at a South Richmond Hill banquet hall on Jan. 1, 2011, when a group of women, including Dixon’s current and former girlfriends, got into an argument, according to Brown.

When the other women started to pelt the ex-girlfriend with snowballs, Haughton intervened and offered to escort her to her car.

As they walked toward the vehicle, another man then approached them, punched the woman in the face, and both she and Haughton fell to the ground, the district attorney said. Dixon then took out a gun and fired several shots, striking Haughton in the torso and right thigh. He later died at a local hospital.

Haughton’s death was the city’s first murder of 2011.

At his guilty plea, the judge indicated that Dixon would be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“A celebration of the New Year turned deadly when the defendant gunned down a man who was doing nothing more than trying to stop an attack on a woman,” Brown said. “This was a senseless act of violence for which the defendant will now be locked behind bars for a lengthy period of time.”

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Queens Courier brings Santa Claus, gifts to kids at Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens


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Santa came early this year, bringing holiday cheer and bags full of presents for children at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens in South Richmond Hill, thanks to The Queens Courier’s annual holiday gift drive.

With a joyful “ho ho ho,” Father Christmas greeted over 100 girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 10, who gasped and wore broad smiles when they saw that Santa Claus had come to town.

The organization’s elementary school program introduces children to a range of topics such as robotics, astronomy, video game development, visual arts and sport activities. They emphasize STEM enrichment and provide homework assistance and tutoring for young people. Additionally, cultural understanding is highlighted as children are led to explore various cultures through food, music and dance.

Toys were donated to The Courier’s holiday gift drive by Courier readers and advertisers as well as visitors to the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market in Long Island City. Donations also came in from Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Flushing Bank, which helped collect toys at branches throughout the borough.

Noah Rodriguez, 6, who made sure he got more than one photo with Santa, received a Ninja Turtles board game and said he couldn’t wait to get home and play with it.

Kailey Ceboller, 6, said she was “surprised” to see Old Saint Nick and felt happy when he gave her a Barbie princess doll as a gift.

Another boy, 7-year-old Angel Sigaran, was all smiles when Santa took out a toy truck from his bag of presents.

“I feel excited and happy and want to go home and play with [the truck],” he said. “It feels so good to see Santa.”


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Pair suspected in second travel agency robbery


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Two suspects who tied up the employees of a Howard Beach travel agency during an armed robbery last week are likely connected to a second travel agency robbery in Queens just days later, authorities said.

In both incidents, the suspects tied up the business’s employees at gunpoint before trying to take money from the safe.

The suspects, both armed with guns, entered Liberty Travel on Cross Bay Boulevard about 9:40 a.m. on Nov. 7, and ordered its six employees to the back of the agency, police said. They then zip-tied the employees and asked for the location of the safe. The suspects then took an undetermined amount of money from the safe and the employees’ cell phones before fleeing.

Police believe the same two men robbed the Crown Travel Agency in South Richmond Hill on Wednesday morning.

Two men, one armed with a gun, entered the 118th Street business about 11 a.m. and zip-tied the employees. They then demanded that the employees open the safe. When they could not open it, the suspects took an undetermined amount of money from a cash tin in the office as well as jewelry and cash from the two employees and then fled.

Photos of the suspects captured during the robbery at Crown Travel Agency.

Photos of the suspects captured during the robbery at Crown Travel Agency.

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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Top vegan-friendly food places in Queens


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Photos via Rose Valley Cakes Facebook page / Courtesy of Johnny Solo

BY ECLEEN CARABALLO 

PETA recently declared New York City as 2014’s “Most Vegan-Friendly City” for its numerous establishments that offer veggie lovers an array of options. We’ve compiled this list of food places in Queens that offer delicious cuisine along with vegan-friendly choices.

Co Co Lin Vegetarian House
64-19 Fresh Pond Rd., Ridgewood
718-416-1688
cocolins.com

This restaurant houses a wide array of vegetarian options that are made from a fuse of Chinese and Thai seasonings and flavors. Whether craving a smoothie or a simple vegan-friendly meal, Co Co Lin seems to have the right amount of options for both meat and veggie lovers alike.

Ginger Organic
37-01 30th Ave., Astoria
718-777-0626
facebook.com/GingerOrganicAstoria

Connected to Astoria’s Grand Café, this organic juice and smoothie shop just opened a few months ago. The establishment offers all-organic smoothies and cold-pressed juices bottled on site, salads, kale chips and much more, which is all 100 percent vegan. Ginger also serves up organic liquors, wines and champagnes. Juices come packaged in recycled cardboard six-pack beer containers.

Happy Buddha
135-37 37th Ave., Flushing
718-358-0079
happybuddha.com

This veggie-loving restaurant in downtown Flushing earned a place on SuperVegan’s list of “Top 5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Queens” with a nice list of reviews from customers who are pleased with the vegetarian option in the community. Happy Buddha aims to create a peaceful environment for guests, and create a fusion of “innovative vegetarian cuisine, Zen surroundings, and respect for all living things.”

Rose Valley Cakes
134-03 Liberty Ave., South Richmond Hill
718- 523-2253
rosevalleycakes.com

This bakery meets plenty of dietary needs with their unique focus on vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free baked goods. With impressive reviews and complex cake decorations, it has earned a 4-1/2 star rating on Yelp, and claims to be able to create “any confectionery creation you can think of.” Although it does offer specialty cakes of all sorts, it also sells bakery items that are available daily.

Simple Veggie Cuisine
95-26 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
718-830-0808
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Simple Veggie Cuisine keeps it simple with a wide array of options on their menu, and a promising amount of good reviews on Yelp. This restaurant offers Chinese food, with vegan options that are moderately priced and seemingly loved by the public.

Smile of the Beyond
8614 Parsons Blvd, Jamaica
718-739-7453
smileofthebeyond.com

This vegetarian diner located in Jamaica was established in 1972, making it the first vegetarian diner in New York City. The diner offers classic and unique breakfast and lunch items and vegan-friendly options, which include everything from a good hot cup of organic coffee to a tofu scramble and more.

The Oneness-Fountain Heart
157-19 72nd Ave., Flushing
718-591-3663
oneness-fountain-heart.com

This vegetarian restaurant has been in Flushing since 1998, and is committed to creating an environment where you can “enjoy food that nourishes the body, heart and soul.” With unique options on their menu, like Cashew Nut Paella, it has earned an impressive list of reviews on Yelp, and was mentioned in the Long Island Restaurant Review as well as The Restaurant Fairy and others.

Veggie Castle II
132-09 Liberty Ave., South Richmond Hill
718-641-8342

This hidden treasure in South Richmond Hill is a grab-and-go go-to for many veggie lovers because of its vegan-friendly options and juice bar that offers a well-reviewed green juice, as well as smoothies.

What do you think are the top vegan-friendly food places in Queens? Let us know by commenting below. 

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Suspect wanted in shooting outside South Richmond Hill club  


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Police are looking for a suspect who they say shot a 28-year-old man during a dispute outside a South Richmond Hill club early Saturday morning.

At about 3:55 a.m., the victim was standing outside of Vue Sky Lounge, at 123-07 Liberty Ave., when the suspect approached him, cops said. The pair started arguing and the suspect allegedly fired his gun, hitting the victim once in the torso. The suspect, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, then fled in a dark-colored SUV.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.

It was not immediately clear whether the shooter knew the victim or what exactly led to the dispute, police 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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Queens doctor ordered to pay back more than $65K in insurance scheme


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One South Richmond Hill physician, who pleaded guilty to deceiving insurance companies and fraudulently billing medical tests he never performed, will now have to return more than $65,000, according to the district attorney’s office.

Dr. Rajpaul Singh, who ran Liberty Avenue Medical P.C. located at 133-13 Liberty Ave. until 2011, pleaded guilty in June to falsifying business records, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. He was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge, with one condition being that he would have to pay back amounts totaling $65,849.25.

According to the charges, various people who had been injured in vehicle accidents went to the medical clinic for treatment. Between March 2009 and March 2011, Singh billed the various insurance companies and the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board for procedures claimed to be performed on the patients.

These tests were never performed, and the test results were falsified by substituting them with old patient results, according to prosecutors. This led to the insurance companies making payments to Liberty Advance Medical.

“This case makes clear that law enforcement’s fight against insurance fraud is ongoing and that those who cheat will be held accountable,” Brown said.

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Suspects wanted for robberies targeting pedestrians in South Richmond Hill area


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Police are searching for two to four suspects wanted in a string of thefts around the South Richmond Hill area where the robbers assaulted pedestrians before stealing from them.

In all the incidents, the suspects targeted Asian victims, mostly around the area of Liberty Avenue on 125th and 126th streets, cops said.

The suspects first robbed a 34-year-old man near Liberty Avenue and 126th Street on April 10, according to police. They pushed the victim against the wall, demanded his property and took his watch, necklace, bracelet, wallet, ring, $80 and iPhone before fleeing on foot.

On Saturday, April 19, a 34-year-old male was approached by four suspects on Liberty Avenue near 125th Street, who punched him and removed his wallet containing $80 and other items, officials said.

Two days later, at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 125th Street, a 54-year-old woman was walking to a bus stop when she was approached by two suspects who pushed her against a fence and demanded that she give them her pocketbook, cops said. The suspects then took her wallet, $5 and her cell phone and fled in a black vehicle.

On April 30, on 126th Street near 95th Avenue, one suspect pushed a 56-year-old man while a second suspect removed his wallet containing $560, credit cards and a driver’s license. Both suspects then fled, according to police.

In the latest robbery, on Friday, near Rockaway Boulevard and 113th Street, one suspect followed a 55-year-old man and took his wallet containing $700, credit cards and a driver’s license while a second suspect struck the victim in the face. Both suspects fled eastbound on 111th Street in a black Kia Optima, officials said.

Police have released a video from Friday’s incident, and describe two of the suspects as men in their twenties. One is about five feet six inches tall and 150 pounds; the second suspect is around 5 feet 7 inches tall and 165 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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3-alarm fire breaks out in South Richmond Hill home, damages second house


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Photos courtesy of Sara E. Diaz

A blaze broke out at a home in South Richmond Hill Sunday afternoon, damaging a neighboring home.

The fire started about 11:25 a.m. at an occupied residence on 120th Street and grew to a three-alarm blaze 20 minutes later, the FDNY said. It was under control by about 12:35 p.m., according to fire officials, but not before damaging an adjacent house.

There were no reported injuries and the cause of the blaze is under investigation, the FDNY said.

 

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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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Charges reduced against Queens man accused of cop beating


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A grand jury has reduced charges against a Jamaica man who allegedly beat an off-duty NYPD sergeant in South Richmond Hill last year.

Hayden Holder, 29, was initially charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault in connection to the incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook.

A grand jury indicted Holder Monday on just the assault charges, the Queens District Attorney’s office said.

Holder and Sergeant Mohamed Deen allegedly got into a verbal dispute at Liberty Avenue near Lefferts Boulevard just before 5 a.m. on Nov. 17, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Holder is accused of punching Deen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. He then repeatedly punched, kicked and slammed Deen’s head onto the sidewalk, Brown said.

Deen was taken to a local hospital with numerous facial fractures and hemorrhaging on his brain, according to the district attorney.

“We are very disappointed the charges were reduced,” Paul Capotosto, a representative from the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association said outside the courthouse, according to the New York Post.

 

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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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