The heated race for City Council District 32 is coming to a close.
Councilmember Eric Ulrich, the incumbent, has represented District 32 in the City Council since 2009. He stood with Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Woodhaven through natural disasters and hard-pressed community issues.
“I am proud of my campaign and my work in the City Council over the past four-and-a-half years. I am running on my record of accomplishments and my ability to deliver real results for my constituents,” Ulrich said.
However, Lew Simon has not been far behind. He said he worked tirelessly through Sandy to ensure the safety of the district.
“The support we’re getting on our calls and door to door campaigning is phenomenal – people want change and they don’t feel like they’re being represented in City Hall on issues from schools to street lights to Sandy rebuilding,” Simon said.
Simon suffered a setback earlier this month when he received a stent due to partial heart blockage. He now said he’s spending every day “making sure every voter turns out” on Election Day.
Police are looking for a man in connection with a string of bank robberies yesterday in South Richmond Hill and Jamaica.
The incidents culminated with a robbery of Astoria Federal Savings Bank on 179-25 Hillside Avenue at about 10:20 a.m. The suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money, cops said. The teller handed him $3,300 and the man fled.
Before that incident police said the man also attempted to rob a Chase Bank on 103-48 Lefferts Blvd at about 9:14 and a Citi Bank on 121-11 Liberty Avenue a few minutes later using a similar method, but the tellers didn’t comply in either situation.
The suspect is described as a black male between 20-30 years old, about six feet tall and 185-200 pounds, authorities said. He was seen wearing black sunglasses, a tan shirt and a black lumberjack style hat in the Chase robbery. Then during the Citi Bank robbery incident he was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black lumberjack hat, black shoes and blue jeans.
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.
A man from upstate New York has been arrested and charged for an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Queens woman.
According to the NYPD, on Friday, at approximately 7 p.m. they responded to a pedestrian struck at 97th Avenue and 117th Street in Richmond Hill. Upon arrival, they found Raj Chohan, 59, of South Richmond Hill, unconscious and unresponsive. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
A police investigation revealed the victim was walking on 117th Street along parked cars when a grey 2013 Toyota Camry heading northbound, struck her and then fled the scene.
Police later caught the suspect at 115th Street and 101st Avenue. The suspect was identified as Vishwanand Subryan, 23, of Schenectady, New York.
He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving while intoxicated.
Update Wednesday, May 15: Police have released a video of three suspects seen prior to the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in South Richmond Hill early Sunday. A prior person of interest in the case is one of the three suspects, said authorities.
Tuesday, May 14:
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in regards to the whereabouts and identity of a person of interest in the stabbing death of a man in South Richmond Hill Sunday.
Around 3:50 a.m.officers were approached by a man holding his stomach near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, claiming he had been stabbed, said police.
The victim, later identified as 21-year-old Stephen James of Queens, was taken to Jamaica Hospital. Police were informed around 7:45 a.m. Monday that James had died from his injuries.
The NYPD has released a video of the person of interest.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.
Deosarran “Deo” Ramdular was just starting his life at age 24. But the motivated man went braindead after being brutally beaten outside of a Queens club, and died a week later.
“I never expected anything like this would happen to him,” said Ramdular Baboolall, the victim’s father. “There are no words to describe this.”
On Sunday, March 17, Ramdular went out for a night with friends at Club Moka in South Richmond Hill. Before leaving his South Ozone Park home, he asked his mother, whom he lovingly called “Binky,” if he could pick anything up for her while he was out.
“I never knew that he wouldn’t come back,” said Lee Baboolall through tears.
Early the following Monday morning, according to the DA, Ramdular was beaten by the club’s bouncer, Kristian Sorbera, 27. Sorbera repeatedly punched and kicked Ramdular about the face and head, causing him to suffer multiple face fractures, lacerations and bleeding, which ultimately resulted in severe brain damage.
His father said he does not know the reason that Sorbera went after his son, but he was told that the bouncer followed Ramdular away from the club and beat him.
Ramdular was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was put on life support. On the evening of Thursday, March 21, doctors told the family that he was braindead. Baboolall waited until relatives from out of state arrived at the hospital, and that Sunday, Ramdular’s mother agreed to take him off life support.
She said her son had an excessively swollen head and doctors said his brain was swelling. She couldn’t bear to see him in that condition anymore, and even if he were to come back, he wouldn’t be the same person he once was.
The 24-year-old was an air conditioning technician, and aspired to one day have his own business, according to family. He was also taking classes to become a certified EMS worker. As of recently, he was picking up odd jobs, acting as a handyman. He was the youngest of two boys, and always put family first.
“He was always willing to help. He was very kind-hearted,” said Baboolall. “I can’t find the words to describe how good he was.”
Sorbera has been charged with assault in the second degree with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person and is being held on a $500,000 bail. Since Ramdular died as a result of his injuries, charges against the bouncer could change after he appears before a grand jury. His mother, Karla Sorbera, said she believes her son is wrongfully accused but did not wish to comment further. Additionally, Club Moka did not return calls for comment.
Ramdular’s family held his funeral on Thursday, March 28 and cremated his body.
“Sometimes, I can’t even speak,” said his father. “This is more than a tragedy.”
Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man tied up and shot.
Jason St. Hill, 17, and Stephen Peters, 22, of Richmond Hill were arrested on Thursday, February 28. Both were charged with kidnapping, arson, murder and burglary, among other charges.
The victim, Azeem Ali, 43, was found unconscious and unresponsive after firefighters extinguished the blaze on 95th Avenue early the morning of Sunday, February 24.
St. Hill and Peters allegedly went to Ali’s second floor apartment to steal money from him. Once inside, Peters punched and pistol-whipped Ali, then tied his hands and feet with electrical cord, according to the criminal complaint.
Peters then went to the basement, where he found gasoline to bring back to Ali’s apartment. St. Hill allegedly held Ali at gunpoint, and Peters demanded Ali’s PIN number and his ATM card.
Then, Peters shot Ali in the head, and poured gasoline around the apartment before lighting it on fire.
After committing the grisly act, St. Hill and Peters allegedly left the scene and went to a gas station where they withdrew $200 cash using Ali’s card.
The pair is being held without bail and will return to court on Thursday, March 14. If convicted, they face up to 25 years to life in prison.
Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man bound and shot.
Jason St. Hill, 17, and Stephen Peters, 22, of Richmond Hill were arrested on Thursday, February 28. Both were charged with kidnapping, arson, murder, burglary, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and stolen property, according to police.
The victim, Azeem Ali, 43, was found unconscious and unresponsive after firefighters extinguished the blaze on 95th Avenue early the morning of Sunday, February 24. Ali reportedly was tied by his hands and feet, and shot once in the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
After extinguishing a two-alarm blaze in South Richmond Hill, firefighters made a grisly discovery: the man inside the second-story apartment had been bound and shot in the head.
On Sunday, February 24 at approximately 2:35 a.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a fire inside an apartment above a bodega on 95th Avenue. Once the fire was put out, officers discovered the victim, a 43-year-old Asian man, unconscious and unresponsive with severe burns. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The fire has been deemed “suspicious” by the FDNY and NYPD, and various media reports say the victim was found tied by his hands and feet, and was shot.
Neighbors say that the scene was scary and chaotic.
“I had my window cracked a little bit, I woke up and my room was filled with smoke,” said Pavneet Kaur who lives just a few doors down from the scene of the crime. “There was so much smoke, the entire street was filled. You couldn’t see anything.”
Kaur said that people were out on the streets, screaming for all of their neighbors to wake up and get outside.
“We were sleeping, and we heard someone shouting, so we came outside,” said Nerinden Kaur. “If it was windy, the fire could have spread to another house. Right now we all feel scared.”
Although those who live in the neighborhood do not know much about the victim, they are surprised that this incident could happen on their quiet block.
“This is a nice neighborhood,” said one resident who did not wish to give his name. “There are two churches right around the block. This is very strange news.”
On Monday, the day after the fire, a cleaning crew was on the scene, removing debris and securing the area. The investigation is ongoing.
Two 17-year-olds have been arrested for robbing a 12-year-old in South Richmond Hill last week, said police.
Barshaan Morrison and Thomas Williamson have been charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
On Thursday, January 31, at about 4:00 p.m., the suspects allegedly approached the victim from behind as he was walking on 111th Street near Liberty Avenue, pinned him up against a tree and demanded his phone. The victim complied and handed over his Samsung Galaxy, and the suspects fled.
Police are looking for two teens wanted for robbing a 12-year-old boy in South Richmond Hill last week.
On Thursday, January 31, at about 4:00 p.m., the victim was walking near 104-24 111 Street when the suspects approached him from behind, pinned him up against a tree and demanded his phone. The victim complied and handed over his Samsung Galaxy, and the suspects fled. There were no reported injuries.
Both suspects are black males in their late teens. Suspect one was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey backpack and dark pants, and suspect two was wearing a yellow sweatshirt with the number 33 on the front, dark pants and a black backpack.
Anyone with information in regards to this robbery 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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Four-alarm fire sweeps through Queens residential street
More than a dozen firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a four-alarm fire in South Richmond Hill, Queens on Thursday. It started in a house on 112th Street on Thursday afternoon and spread to the surrounding houses. Authorities say about 175 firefighters worked for an hour and 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. Read more: [NY1]
Queens lifeguard Emily Harms hailed as hero after rescuing 11-year-old from drowning
She is 21 years old, looks more like a teenager and is hardly your typical vision of the heroic lifeguard. But Emily Harms from Bellerose, Queens is all that and more. An 11-year-old boymight not be alive if not for her heroism. CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport spoke with her Thursday and heard the remarkable story. Read more: [1010wins]
‘Transfer’ schools offer at-risk students a chance to graduate
For some Queens high school graduates this year, the commencement ceremony represents achieving the previously impossible. But the special schools that made it happen often are tarred with bad marks due to federal standards that overlook their value, school administrators and education experts say. Ryan Rodriguez, 19, of Corona, attributes his success to North Queens Community High School — what is known as a “transfer” school, which takes students who are at risk of aging out of regular high schools. Read more: [New York Daily News]
Danielle Thomas Update: Ky. wake for Qns. executive
Hundreds of mourners packed a Kentucky church yesterday to mourn a “small-town girl’’ who came to New York with big dreams, only to be murdered — allegedly by her lawyer boyfriend in Queens. Some 800 friends and family members wept as they filed into Centenary Methodist Church and surrounded the closed casket holding Weight Watchers executive Danielle Thomas. Read more: [New York Post]
Scaffolding that malfunctioned in Queens wasn’t sanctioned
The scaffolding that malfunctioned on Monday in Sunnyside leaving a worker dangling for dear life was not sanctioned, the Daily News has learned. The incident underscores a dark underbelly within the construction trade, a Queens lawmaker said Thursday. The city Department of Buildings issued a partial stop-work order at the 45th St. construction site and is investigating what caused the scaffolding to collapse, officials said. Read more: [New York Daily News]