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25 busted in 5 states for sports gambling ring


| brennison@queenscourier.com

All bets are off.

Twenty-five individuals were indicted on charges of operating an illegal sports betting enterprise in Queens that netted more than $50 million.

Arrests occurred in five states — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and California — resulting in the seizure of more than $7 million. Eight of the defendants were arrested and arraigned in Queens County Supreme Court. The octet faces charges of enterprise corruption — a violation of New York’s Organized Crime Control Act — promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years in prison.

“Illegal gambling is not a victimless crime. Those who participate in these criminal enterprises often use threats, intimidation and even physical force to collect debts and oftentimes charge usurious interest rates on outstanding debts,” said District Attorney Richard Brown.

The indictment alleges the gambling ring used off-shore sites — who store their data outside the United States — to place wagers to evade local law enforcement.

Queens Morning Roundup


| brennison@queenscourier.com

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 71. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. East wind 5 to 7 mph.

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Queens police officer arrested in plot to kidnap, cook 100 women

A cannibalistic city cop from Forest Hills has been arrested by the FBI after the agency foiled an alleged plan he cooked up to kidnap and eat at least 100 women, according to a criminal complaint. Gilberto Valle, 28, a six-year NYPD veteran who works in Manhattan, had plotted to “kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women,” said the FBI, which seized the cop’s home computer containing e-mails and instant messages to a fellow conspirator. Read more: Queens Courier

Deranged nanny allegedly kills two children of CNBC media executive Kevin Krim and wife Marina

A deranged nanny stabbed to death a media executive’s two young kids inside a posh upper West Side apartment Thursday— and then slit her throat in a botched suicide attempt, police said. The children’s mother, Marina Krim, walked into her W. 75th St. apartment about 5:25 p.m. and found a scene of unimaginable horror: her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son lying motionless in a blood-soaked bathtub. Each had multiple stab wounds.Read more: Daily News

City, Nassau police arrest second suspect in Cross Island Parkway shooting

Police arrested and charged a man Thursday with lending weapons to the suspect who allegedly killed a Nassau County police officer and another bystander on the Cross Island Parkway in Queens Tuesday. Authorities say Gerald Williams, 27, loaned a car containing a TEC 9 semi-automatic firearm and a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol to Darrell Fuller on Tuesday. Read more: NY1

Music school administrator on life-support after brutal beatdown

A beloved music school administrator was brutally beaten by a stick-wielding thug while out for his usual midnight stroll, authorities said today. Lou Rispoli, 62, a longtime Sunnyside resident who worked in the West Village, is on life support in hospice care after an unknown brute pummeled him early Saturday. Read more: NY Post

Queens D.A. announces indictments in nationwide sports betting ring

25 people have been indicted in the nationwide sports betting ring that had tentacles in several Las Vegas casinos, where NYPD Inspector Brian O’Neil says operatives influenced legal betting to increase payouts. Read more: CBS New York

Black, Hispanic LGBTs more fearful than straights in stop & frisks

Black and Hispanic gays and lesbians in Jackson Heights are more likely to be harassed by cops than their straight peers — especially during stop and frisks, a new report claims. The Make the Road New York report, released Tuesday, also alleges that transgender women are particularly vulnerable to being arrested and charged with prostitution — often without cause. Read more: Daily News

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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60,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews fill Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium to denounce evils of the Internet

A mass rally for men only drew more than 40,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews to Citi Field Sunday to denounce the Internet and its pervasive impact on family life. An overflow crowd of another 20,000 bearded men sporting long black coats and big black hats filled nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium for the unprecedented attack on modern technology. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Police Search For Queens Sexual Attacker

Police were searching Sunday for a man they say forcibly touched a 19-year-old woman late Wednesday in Sunnyside, Queens. The victim, who asked NY1 to conceal her identity and alter her voice, says she was walking home when the man pinned her against a fence on the corner of 41st Street and 43rd Avenue. Read more: [NY1]

 

Queens seniors on food stamps up 31% since 2008

Food stamps weren’t something that Bernice and Larry Lisbowtiz of Bayside ever considered until they were well into their golden years. But the octogenarian couple, who once owned a sporting goods store in Brooklyn, said rising food costs and an increase in their co-op maintenance fees had them seeking supplemental income. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Scorned Q69 bus rider torments driver with fliers after he declined her advances

She boarded his bus with purpose, approaching the man behind the wheel, and slipped the note with her name and number into his hand. MTA bus driver Tony Burns thought it was a transit ticket. He unfolded the white paper and saw the handwritten message — and didn’t know what to think. Read more: [New York Post]

 

They’re off! Pols push sports bets

Place your bets here! A Queens lawmaker wants to legalize betting on professional sports in New York — and his proposed legislation has the backing of one of the state’s top prosecutors, Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes, The Post has learned. State Sen. Tony Avella’s bill would allow betting on baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer at the Aqueduct and Yonkers racinos and all casinos across the state, as well as off-track betting parlors outside the city. Read more: [New York Post]

 

Queens principal caught inflating the costs of student uniforms

An embattled Queens principal was caught hiking up the cost of student uniforms, the Daily News has learned. Lakeisha Gordon, principal of the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, was charging students between $5 and $7 more than their gym shirts and polo shirts should have cost. Read more: [New York Daily News]