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Man sought in connection to NYC’s first murder of 2014


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Police have identified a man wanted in connection to a fatal Jamaica shooting that was the first homicide of the year.

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

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

The NYPD is seeking Sheldon Smith in connection to Mora’s murder.

Police described Smith as a 26-year old man, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.

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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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 looking for suspect in stabbing outside Jamaica bar


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A dispute between two men in front of a Jamaica bar Saturday ended in a stabbing, cops said.

The altercation happened about 4:50 a.m. outside of Euphoria Bar, at 144-05 Jamaica Ave., police said.

During the argument, the suspect stabbed the 22-year-old victim several times, then fled westbound on Jamaica Avenue in a black four-door sedan, according to the NYPD.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.

Police have released photos of the suspect and the vehicle.

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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Police: Corona man found stabbed to death


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A 25-year-old Corona man was found stabbed to death on Saturday, police said.

Cops found Furman Herrera-Martinez unconscious and unresponsive with stab wounds to his chest and arm after they responded to call about a stabbing in front of 96-06 Roosevelt Avenue at 5:52 a.m.

EMS transported Herrera-Martinez to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cops have not made any arrests and the investigation is ongoning.

 

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UPDATE: One dead, another injured in Woodside stabbing


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One man was stabbed to death in Woodside and another was found injured next to him early Saturday morning, police said.

The identities of both victims were not yet released. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital shortly before 5 a.m. on June 13, authorities said.

A 26-year-old Hispanic male was stabbed in the chest and died on arrival, cops said. The other victim, a 33-year-old Hispanic male, was stabbed in the torso but is said to be in stable condition.

The two were found in front of 68-10 Roosevelt Avenue.

Police said there are no arrests at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE Sunday, July 14:

The deceased has been identified as Isaac Martinez, 26, of Astoria.

Police describe the suspect as either a Hispanic or Asian male, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 120 to 170 pounds. He has dark hair and was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

The suspect, authorities say, fled in a dark colored older model sedan with decals on both front panels. The vehicle may have a shattered rear window.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Man fatally stabbed in South Ozone Park


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A 19-year-old was stabbed to death on Linden Boulevard Friday night.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 9 p.m. on Linden Boulevard, where they found Danthony McDonald with a stab wound to the chest.

EMS transported McDonald, who lived nearby, to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

Man kills wife, leaps off 7 train platform


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A Sunnyside man fatally stabbed his wife this morning before leaping off an elevated train platform along Queens Boulevard.

The domestic assault happened after 8 a.m. near 39th Place and 47th Avenue in Sunnyside, police said. The woman was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Later in the morning, the husband leapt off the platform of the No. 7 train at 40th Street, according to authorities.

The suspect was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: “Akeelah and the Bee” 

With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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UPDATE: Two arraigned after kidnapped man found in NYPD officer’s home 

A New York City Police Department detective has been suspended without pay as internal affairs tries to figure out if he was involved in a kidnapping scheme in Queens. Authorities say a 25-year-old man was kidnapped at gunpoint on Friday while walking down 234th Street and that his captors called people looking for a ransom. Read more: [NY1] 

UPDATE:Pals of cop involved in abduction come to his defense

Friends and neighbors are defending an NYPD detective suspended without pay after a kidnapped man was found bound in his home. Four men were busted in the home of veteran cop Ondre Johnson, 45, Friday after a call demanding a $75,000 ransom was traced there. Read more: [New York Daily News]

One man dead, one injured in Corona bar stabbing 

Two men were stabbed — one fatally — during a fight outside a Queens bar Sunday morning, police and witnesses said. The melee between several men erupted outside the Manila Bar and Restaurant on Roosevelt Ave. in Corona just before 4:30 a.m., said cops. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Mayor Bloomberg pushing NYC hospitals to hide baby formula so more new moms will breast-feed

The nanny state is going after moms. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation. Read more: [New York Post] 

National Pastimes: Immigrants bring Kabaddi to Queens fields 

It looks like a good old-fashioned game of tag. But this is no traditional American game. It’s Kabaddi, a mix of rugby, tag and wrestling. It’s a favorite among Punjabi immigrants who play at Victory Field. “We have a lot of fun playing this,” said player Sembeep Singh. “That’s our cultural game.” Read more: [NY1] 

 

MTA cop able to kill attacker despite eye injury


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An MTA cop was stabbed in the eye this morning at the Jamaica LIRR station, it has been reported, and the officer’s reporter was killed during the altercation.

The MTA officer, identified as John Barnett, suffered a serious wound to his left eye but he’s expected to survive, MTA Chairperson and CEO Joseph Lhota told The Post.

The incident occurred at about 9:30 this morning outside the station near Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, authorities told the newspaper.

Although the attacker, identified as Edgar Owens, had stabbed Barnett in the eye, the cop was still able to shoot Owens, who later died at Jamaica Hospital, The Post reported.

Owens approached and attacked Barnett without any provocation, Lhota told the newspaper.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Long Island City library installs snack and soda vending machines

A cash-strapped Queens library has found an unusual way to raise revenue: selling soda, chips and candy. The Queens Library recently installed two vending machines stocked with unhealthy snacks near the entrance of its Long Island City branch. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Cops collar man accused of killing ex-wife and going over to bodega for beer and Band-Aids

 

The man wanted for killing his ex-wife in Queens before strolling to a nearby bodega to buy a Coors Light and Band-Aids was arrested Thursday, police and witnesses said. Maximiliano Lozada, 34, of Elmhurst, pummeled Luz Paulino, 33, and stabbed her repeatedly around 10:50 p.m. Monday, police said. Read more: [New York Daily News]

National Tennis Center In Queens To Raise Money For Major Overhaul

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the U.S. Open each year, and the people behind the center say they will spend hundreds of millions of dollars to keep it at the top of its game. Read more: [NY1]

School Prohibits Fifth-Grader From Giving Speech On Same-Sex Marriage

Kameron Slade worked on his speech with his mother and his teacher after winning a class competition. He was slated to deliver it in a school-wide contest at PS 195. That’s no longer going to happen. His mother, who doesn’t want to be identified, said the principal told her the topic is inappropriate. Read more: [NY1]

11 yrs. in fatal baby shake

A Queens baby sitter accused of shaking a crying 3-month-old boy so hard during the blizzard of December 2010 that he died a week later copped a plea yesterday. Read more: [New York Post]

Queen’s Morning Roundup


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Boy, 14, drowns

A Queens teen drowned in the treacherous waters off Far Rockaway yesterday after going to the beach with pals and jumping in the ocean to celebrate the last day of classes. One buddy tried desperately to save 14 year-old Akeem Craig after he was carried out by a wave — and is haunted by being unable to do so. Read more: [New York Post]

Elmhurst Woman Fatally Stabbed

Police are investigating the Monday night stabbing death of a woman in Elmhurst, Queens. Investigators responded to a 911 call at an apartment building on Hampton Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. Read more: [NY1]

Plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Rockaways get chilly reception

A plan to extend an underwater natural gas pipeline beneath a national park in the Rockaways is getting a chilly reception from environmentalists. An informational meeting on the $265 million Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is slated for Wednesday in Rockaway Park. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Bloody killer went to bodega for 2 beers and then came back to buy Band-Aids, worker says

A callous killer who bought a couple of beers after murdering his girlfriend, circled back for Band-Aids, a Queens bodega worker said. Shawqi Algahim, 33, was behind the counter shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at Jazmina Grocery on Hampton St. in Elmhurst when a man covered in gore paid for two cans of Coors Light. Read more: [New York Daily News]

New Caribbean Cultural Exhibit Spans Three City Museums

The new exhibit “Caribbean: Crossroads Of The World,” which is being presented at three city museums, is bringing four centuries of Caribbean history and culture to New Yorkers. The exhibit, which is being shown at the El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, features 500 works of Caribbean art. Read more: [NY1]

Cops bust man in alleged Queens rape

Police captured a sicko wanted for raping a woman in Queens, authorities said. Samuel Doctor, 22, allegedly approached the 64-year-old victim in Rockaway Beach about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, cops said. He is accused of forcing her to the ground at the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 91st Street, and raping her, authorities said. Read more: [New York Post]

 

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Fallen NYPD officers added to the ‘Wall of Heroes’

Fifteen heroic cops who died last year — including two killed year in the line of duty — were honored at Police Headquarters on Friday by having their names added to the “Wall of Heroes.” NYDailyNews

 

Pack of 15 or more teens chases, stabs 15-year-old Brooklyn boy on playground

A gang of teens stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the chest with a kitchen knife on a Brooklyn basketball court after cornering him and pummeling whim with bottles and sticks Friday, police and a witness said. NYDailyNews

 

Good Samaritan saves grandma and her infant grandson from blaze that killed transgender performer

A gutsy passerby rescued a terrified Brooklyn woman and her 8-month-old grandson from a suspicious apartment fire that killed their transgendered neighbor early Saturday. Katrina Evans, 46, was trapped with the little boy by a balky fire escape ladder in the 4 a.m. smoke and darkness outside her third-floor apartment. NYDailyNews

 

Gal charged with stabbing boyfriend in chest during fight held on $75G bail

The Manhattan woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend in the chest was still sobbing today as she appeared in court and was ordered held on $75,000 bail. Yekatrina Pusepa, 22, said nothing, but tears streamed down her face during her criminal court appearance on charges of attempted murder and assault for the attack on her boyfriend Alec Katnelson, 22. NYPost 

Two people killed in Brooklyn, Queens fires

Two people were killed in fires early this morning in Brooklyn and Queens, police said. A 25-year-old woman was found dead after firefighters extinguished the flames in a Bushwick third-floor apartment on Furman Avenue, near Bushwick Avenue, shortly before 4:40 a.m., authorities said. Fire marshals say the blaze is suspicious, but do not know what sparked it. NYPost 

Stabbed police officer’s 4-year-old waits as he heals in hospital


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Stabbed police officer’s 4-year-old waits as he heals in hospital

A 4-year-old girl has desperately waited to see her hero cop father since he was stabbed in the brain by a mental patient, a relative told the Daily News Saturday.

“I wanna see my dad,” the little girl has been telling her family as her father, Police Officer Eder Loor, makes a painful recovery from the knife wound that nearly left him dead.

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Maryland brothers accused of beating black teenager on neighborhood watch patrol to go on trial amid Trayvon Martin case

Two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood are set to go on trial Monday in a case with similarities to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The brothers, who are white and Jewish, have claimed self-defense, saying the teen was holding a nail-studded board. Local civil rights activists hope the Martin case will draw more attention to what they believe was racial profiling by neighborhood watch vigilantes.

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‘Several other Secret Service agents’ will be leaving the agency in the ‘very near future,’ Rep. Peter King says

More Secret Service agents will take the fall in the Colombia sexcapades scandal, but the agency’s chief is secure at this point, a top Congressman said Sunday.

Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said additional agents will join the six who have already been forced out.

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Cardinal Dolan baptizes daughter of shot cop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Cardinal Dolan on Sunday baptised the infant daughter of Kevin Brennan, the NYPD cop who recovered from being shot point blank in the head.

“Our gratitude to God was on steroids today,” the Cardinal exulted.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and his wife also attended Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to see Maeve Brennan baptised.

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Schumer Wants Student Loan Rates To Stay Put

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing legislation to block interest rate hikes on student loans nationwide.

The bill would delay a July 1 interest rate increase on federally subsidized Stafford Loans.

Passage of the legislation would extend the current rate of 3.4 percent for another year, which Congress lowered back in 2007.

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Etan mystery: Playroom eyed as hell cellar

They are looking for evidence of death in a SoHo basement that once bustled with life.

Photos emerged yesterday that show beaming kids in the basement of 127 Prince St., where FBI investigators have been searching for evidence in the disappearance 33 years ago of Etan Patz.

The cellar that police now believe may hold the answers to the city’s most heart-wrenching mystery was a space transformed by industrious parents from a commercial cellar to a bright playground.

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Up to 10 injured after Jaguar crashes into other cars, overturns on sidewalk in Manhattan

Up to 10 injured after Jaguar crashes into other cars, overturns on sidewalk in Manhattan
A three-car accident on 42nd Street near Bryant Park injured as many as 10 people Saturday — including at least three pedestrians on the sidewalk, authorities said.

The horrific crash sent people who were out enjoying the nice weather fleeing for their lives as one of the vehicles, a black Jaguar, flew up onto the sidewalk before it overturned, witnesses said.

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Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has colorectal cancer, still in intensive care: doctor

LONDON — Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has colorectal cancer and remains in intensive care after waking from a coma, his doctor said Sunday.

Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said Gibb was being treated for advanced colorectal cancer and had caught pneumonia as he was weakened from grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations.

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Obama ‘apoplectic’ over GSA spending scandal, senior adviser says

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is “apoplectic” over reports of lavish spending at the General Services Administration, senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.

The GSA is under congressional investigation for spending more than $820,000 on a Las Vegas-area conference — a revelation that has led to other allegations about the agency’s practice of improperly billing taxpayers for meals, trips and other expenses.

Read more: New York Post

 

Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village


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Plainclothes officer shoots man in Queens Village

A plainclothes officer shot a man who pointed a gun at him inQueensVillageyesterday, law enforcement sources said.

The 30-year-old man was wanted in connection with a shooting that took place earlier this month and his gun was recovered at the scene, cops said.

A spokesman for the Fire Department — which transported the shot suspect to NorthShoreHospital— said he had been shot in the back.

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Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman’s lawyers work to get him released

All eyes were on Sanford, Fla., on Saturday as accused murderer George Zimmerman’s attorney made arrangements to get his client out of jail.

Attorney Mark O’Mara, who is representing the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of gunning down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, spent about an hour in a courtroom and didn’t speak to reporters when he left.

Zimmerman was set to be released on $150,000 bail.

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Colombian authorities investigating whether women in Secret Service scandal were underage
Colombian authorities are probing whether any of the women involved in the prostitution scandal that’s cost six Secret Service agents their jobs were underage, according to a new report.

Investigators from the Colombian attorney general’s office have talked to employees of the Hotel Caribe, where the agents were staying, and have questioned the taxi driver who drove home Dania Suarez, the hooker at the center of the scandal, a Colombian government official told McClatchy Newspapers.

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Man dies after being found bleeding in stairwell of midtown nightclub

A 27-year-old man died early Saturday, just hours after he was found bleeding in the stairwell of a sleek midtown nightclub, police sources said.

A waitress found the unidentified man slouched on the stairs near a second-floor entrance inside District 36 onW. 36th St.nearFifth Ave.about 3 a.m., the sources said.

The man, who was bleeding from his mouth and was missing several teeth, was taken outside, where police found him a few minutes later, sources said.

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Etan Patz case: Identifying remains are ‘do-able’ say experts

Identifying the long-lost remains of little Etan Patz is “do-able” — if any human remains are ever found in the SoHo site, according to one expert.

Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, speaking at the building where investigators were digging for the boy’s body, cited advances in DNA study as one reason for optimism in identification if anything is found.

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Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July: FBI
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.

Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.

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Elex ‘bribe’ staffer is out

A city Board of Elections employee caught on tape soliciting a $25,000 “finder’s fee” from a voting-machine company three years ago has resigned, The Post has learned.

Officials said Stephen Graves, a $66,392-a-year systems analyst, submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday.

He also intends to take a leave of absence from his post as first vice chairman of the Queens GOP.

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Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Hollis community leaders aim to take back abandoned buildings

Next to the scores of children enjoying recess atRenaissanceMiddle School’s playground is a brick wasteland that stretches for two blocks in Hollis.

In most of the dilapidated buildings — on one side ofHollis Ave.between202nd St.and204th St.— the windows are boarded up, shattered or cracked. Some have crumbling front steps. Others have walls cracked to their foundation. Weeds have taken over lawns and sidewalks, and trash is strewn in the back yards.

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JFK bird-strike ‘soar’ point

Wildlife strikes are up atKennedyAirportover the last three years as bureaucrats debate how to protect planes from birds at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge next door.

FAA data show Kennedy planes smacked into birds, rabbits and other wildlife 257 times in 2011, a 17 percent increase over 2010 and a 55 percent increase over 2009.

In the most recent incident at Kennedy, birds crippled the right engine of a Los Angeles-bound Delta jet as it took off Thursday, endangering the lives of 179 passengers and crew.

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Yankees’ Joba could be out for year after injury: report

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain will be out indefinitely after suffering a “very significant,” possibly season-ending injury to his right ankle Thursday after jumping on a “trampoline of sorts” at a play center. GM Brian Cashman said Friday that Chamberlain fell while playing with his son and has an open dislocation of the ankle, meaning the bone broke through the skin. Chamberlain’s son, Karter, was uninjured. Read More: New York Post

‘The Hunger Games’ earns $19.74M at midnight screenings

“The Hunger Games” has already raked in $19.74 million from midnight screenings, according to Lionsgate. The movie now has the biggest non-sequel midnight opening of all time, according to reports. The highly-anticipated film adaptation of the best-selling novel earned more at midnight than “The Dark Knight” did in the summer of 2008. That film opened with $18.5 million at midnight before earning $158 million for the second-highest opening weekend of all time. Read More: New York Post

Burned firefighter heads home

A Brooklyn firefighter who suffered severe burns on the job is heading home after spending three months in the burn center at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Robert Wiedmann suffered burns to 54 percent of his body, including his head, face and back in a December 19 fire in Crown Heights. Wiedmann left the hospital Friday morning in a limo with a police escort. Read More: New York Post

 

Staten Island stabbing suspect arraigned on murder charges, remanded into custody

The man suspected of fatally stabbing a Staten Island groom-to-be at his engagement party was charged today with second-degree murder and remanded into custody. Redinel Dervishaj, 35, allegedly plunged a butcher’s knife into the chest of bricklayer Anthony Lacertosa, 27, during an early-morning melee last Saturday in front of the Espana Restaurant. Dervishaj was nabbed Tuesday hiding out at his aunt’s home in Illinois, police said. He waived extradition and was returned to Staten Island. Read More: New York Post
Police Identify So-Called “Vaseline Bandit”

Investigators with the New York City Police Department have identified the so-called “Vaseline Bandit”. Investigators want to speak with Luis Gonzalez in connection with 14 burglaries in upper Manhattan dating back to September. Police say he covers the peephole on doors with petroleum jelly to obstruct the view, giving himself time to get away if someone encounters him at the door. Police say he’s stolen jewelry, money and electronics. Read More: NY1

 

Police: Man Sexually Abused Two Girls In Brooklyn Laundromat

Police are looking for a man who sexually abused two teenage girls and exposed himself to a third in Brooklyn over the weekend. Investigators say the suspect went into a laundromat located at 481 Knickerbocker Avenue Sunday night and abused two girls, ages 13 and 15. The man then went to another laundromat where authorities say he exposed himself to another 13-year-old girl. Read More: NY1

 

Cops shoot, injure disturbed woman in Bronx after she throws knives at them

A suicidal woman was shot and wounded by police in the Bronx on Friday after she started tossing knives at the officers, sources told the Daily News. The 42-year-old chucked the blades at the cops after they walked into her Lasalle Ave. apartment in Middletown and found her stabbing herself in the stomach shortly before 10 a.m., the sources said. One officer fired at least two times in response, striking the woman in her leg, a source said. Read More: Daily News