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Cops looking for five suspects following Flushing shooting


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Five men fled in an SUV after a man was shot in Flushing early Wednesday morning, police said.

The 24-year-old victim was shot on the second-floor of 46-07 Kissena Blvd. at about 1:35 a.m., according to authorities.

Five suspects, described as Asian men in their 20s, fled in a white Nissan SUV eastbound on Holly Avenue, police said.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens in stable condition.

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting.

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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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Police search for Long Island City grand larceny suspects


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The NYPD is searching for two suspects they say stole music equipment from a Long Island City storage facility.

Cameras caught the suspects taking a Yamaha keyboard and musician’s bench from the Storage Deluxe on 21st Street on Friday, March 16.

Police described the suspects as white or Hispanic males in their 30s.

The keyboards can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

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. All calls are confidential.

 

String of robberies strike Astoria


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The NYPD is searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a string of Astoria break-ins.

Three stores were robbed between the night of Tuesday, March 27 and the afternoon of Wednesday, March 28, police said. The suspects entered the businesses by breaking the locks on the doors and proceeded to removed cash, a register and computer equipment.

A fourth Astoria business was robbed on Friday, March 30.

Police described the suspects as white or Hispanic males between 16 and 22 years old.

Anyone with information in regards to any of these burglaries 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.

 

Police search for forged check suspects


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Police are looking for four suspects they say cashed forged checks worth over $40,000.

The suspects visited various Queens Chase Banks on November 21 and 22 cashing 25 forged checks worth over $40,000, according to police.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). 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.

Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer


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Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer

Police were searching late Tuesday for a man who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and sexually assaulted a teenage boy he met in a subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last week. Investigators say the man approached a 15-year-old boy at the 53rd Street and Fourth Avenue station around 9:30 a.m. Friday, after the teen threw an empty bag of potato chips on the ground. Authorities said the teen claimed the man displayed what looked like a police shield and told the boy to get into his white van. They say the suspect drove to 92nd Street and Dahlgren Place in Bay Ridge, where he sexually assaulted the boy. Read More: NY1

The mistakes that took 5 lives

Two fatal mistakes may have cost the lives of the three little girls and their grandparents who died Christmas morning when a century-old Victorian mansion went up in flames and turned into a death trap. Fire marshals in Stamford, Connecticut, said the owner’s boyfriend, contractor Michael Borcino, put still-smoldering embers from a yule log into some kind of a bag — and then left it leaning against an outside rear wall of the $1.7 million house. The marshals said the embers had not been doused with water. On the other side of the wall was a mud room. Read More: New York Post

Flushing neighborhood mourns closing of Palace Diner, a local mainstay since 1976

The Palace Diner, a Flushing mainstay that served as a cozy gathering place for local residents and politicians alike, is shutting its doors for good on Friday. “I’ve had a good run, it’s time,” said owner George Mantzikos. “I’ve been fortunate to have good customers and good employees.” The diner, known for its Greek specialties, fresh fish and chops, will be replaced by an “upscale Chinese restaurant,” he said. Read More: Daily News

Ozone Park unites for fallen officer Peter Figoski

In light of the fact that four of the five men nabbed as suspects in the tragic, shooting death of fallen officer Peter Figoski are from Ozone Park, elected officials and residents of the community banded together to raise money and spirits for Figoski’s family. “We wanted to do something in this community to show that those criminals are not a reflection of the people in this neighborhood. There are good, solid people in this community,” said Matt Turner of the Make a Difference Christmas Effort. The Make a Difference Christmas Effort — which hosted a benefit on December 22 at St. Mary Gate of Heaven School — raised $5,000 for the wife and four daughters Figoski leaves behind. Read More: Queens Courier

Rent-stabilized Jamaica tenants sue landlord;  they say he boosted rents to force  them out  

More than 40 longtime Jamaica tenants are suing their landlord for charging them large lump sums for building improvements they claim were never adequately made, in an effort to force them out of their homes. Residents of 90-36 149th Street, which is owned by Zara Realty Holding Corp., said their rent shot up thousands of dollars this year after the state approved a hike for rent-stabilized tenants. It was granted because Zara claimed to have installed a new roof and repaired the building’s brick exterior. But landlords are only allowed to raise rents 6 percent annually for rent-stabilized tenants, according to the tenants’ lawyers — not ask for one bulk payment. Read More: Daily News

Group wants to preserve ‘historic’ Elmhurst library

Over 106 years, some structures become staples of their communities. This is the sentiment one Elmhurst civic association has expressed regarding the neighborhood’s historic library, which is set to be torn down and replaced with a larger, more modern facility. Members of the Newtown Civic Association are puzzled by Queens Library’s decision to destroy the community “landmark,” which opened in 1906 and is one of the last remaining libraries built with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Read More: Queens Courier

Suspects sought for a dozen robberies in Long Island City


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Police are seeking a man and woman wanted in connection with 12 robberies — 11 of which have occurred over the past month.

Most of the incidents have occurred between the morning and evening — during school and work hours — with the thieves entering through a window or door.

Five of the robberies have taken place on 30th Avenue and six more have occurred between 41st and 48th streets in Long Island City.

The suspects have been identified as Eldin Ahmetovic, 33, and Yulia Bushuyeva, 32, according to police.

Ahmetovic is described as approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall, 165 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.  Bushuyeva is described as approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall, 130 pounds with a tattoo on the right side of her neck that reads “Dino.”.

Suspects Held Without Bail In Alleged Murder Of NYPD Officer


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Suspects Held Without Bail In Alleged Murder Of NYPD Officer

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Lamont Pride didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on NYPD Officer Peter Figoski. “He was targeted for homicide because he wore the uniform of the NYPD,” said Ken Taub, chief of homicide at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. Prosecutors say Pride and four accomplices went to a basement apartment on Pine Street in Cypress Hills early Monday to rob a drug dealer, but when police arrived, the alleged robbers were cornered. Pride allegedly shot Figoski once in the face, killing him. Read More: NY1

Cop-slayer suspect’s gun came from same Virigina store as 1990 killing

Twenty-one years separate the fatal shooting of Officer Peter Figoski from the senseless murder of 9-month-old Rayvon Jamison, but they are linked by a terrible history. The guns that killed them both came from the same Virginia store. And that store is still owned by the same man, Marlon Dance. In August 1990, little Rayvon became the poster boy for victims of senseless gun violence when he was felled in his Bronx apartment by stray shots that pierced a metal door and cut him down in his walker. Now, Figoski — a 47-year-old father of four — has become the face of New York’s futile fight to stop the flow of deadly guns from Virginia’s gun dealers up the so-called Iron Pipeline to the city. Read More: Daily News

Five charged in killing of Officer Peter Figoski: Lamont Pride, Kevin Santos, Nelson Moralez, Ariel Tejada and Michael Velez

The five men who took the life of decorated NYPD Officer Peter Figoski in a botched robbery have spent much of their lives pulling the kinds of crimes Figoski dedicated his life to stamping out. The five petty crooks in their have lengthy rap sheets stretching back a dozen years. “Even though they’re relatively young people, they still have significant experience in crime,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Their criminal resumes are littered with larcenies, muggings, drug possession and trespassing raps. Read More: Daily News

Two sanitation workers make life-saving catch in Rockaways

Two sanitation workers made life-saving grabs as they caught five children who leapt from a burning house in the Rockaways. Joseph Maneggio and Semi Nkozi saw a house ablaze on McBride Street while on their route at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning.  The sanitation workers raced over and caught the children as they jumped from the roof.  A woman, also on the roof, suffered a broken foot from the jump. Read More: Queens Courier

Jet fan’s vicious ‘chief’ beatdown

A diehard Jet fan was savagely beaten on his own turf by a drunken gang of Kansas City Chiefs fans after their team was trounced on Sunday — with one of the assailants barking “F–k New York” and “You all deserved what happened on 9/11!” the victim’s distraught family told The Post. James Mohr, 23, a physical-education teacher at the Bronx Guild vocational high school, was wearing his Jets gear after the team’s 37-10 victory as he walked through Parking Lot J at MetLife Stadium when a woman standing with a pack of thugs screamed the vile taunts. Mohr took offense and told the rowdies their 9/11 insult was “disrespectful,” said his sister, Anna Mohr, 28. Read More: New York Post

Jury slams cage door on SoHo’s ‘Cat Woman Burglar’

The “Cat Woman” burglar — whose cat-masked wanted poster became an Internet sensation last year — was convicted today of armed robbery charges from heists at two high-end SoHo boutiques. It took a Manhattan Supreme Court jury just 30 minutes to reach their verdict against Shana Spalding, 29, of Astoria, Queens. She is to be sentenced Jan. 18, and faces a maximum of 15 years on the top armed robbery charge against her. Read More: New York Post

City fined owner of  building where cop was shot for illegal apartments

The rundown Brooklyn house where a police officer was shot to death Monday has long been on the city’s radar screen as a trouble spot. The city has spent $6,500 in taxpayer money on emergency repairs at 25 Pine St. in Cypress Hills and has repeatedly cited the owner for running an illegal single-room occupancy hotel in what is supposed to be a two-family home. Neighbors believed it was a drug den. Read More: Daily News

Cuomo To Seek Deal On Livery Cab Bill

Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to reach a deal on the controversial livery cab bill Wednesday. He will be holding a summit with the stakeholders involved in the legislation negotiations. The proposed bill would allow the city to issue 30,000 livery cab medallions so drivers can pick up street hails in Upper Manhattan and the other four boroughs. Cuomo said he will veto the bill unless it includes a provision to make more cabs wheelchair-accessible. Read More: NY1

City eyes site in Jamaica for new Animal Care and Control receiving center in Queens 

A plan to convert a veterinarian’s office into the new Queens drop-off point for stray animals has raised the hackles of some animal lovers. Community Board 8 is set to review the proposal Wednesday night as part of a promised city effort to expand animal control services in Queens and the Bronx. The city wants to move its animal receiving center, operated by NYC Animal Care and Control, from its current spot in Rego Park to the veterinarian’s office at 185-17 Hillside Ave. in Jamaica. Read More: Daily News

Ex-NBA player Kenny Anderson charged with leaving scene of Miramar crash

Retired NBA point guard Kenny Anderson was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Sunday after Miramar police say his Cadillac Escalade failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into two trees along a swale.
No one was injured, Miramar police said, and Anderson, 41, was charged with the misdemeanor offense after the early evening crash. The Queens, N.Y.-born Anderson, who played for nine NBA teams, left the scene on foot, according to a Miramar police complaint affidavit. Read More: Sun Sentinel

Post Offices To Remain Open Until May Under New Deal

The United States Postal Service is holding off on plans to close 3,500 facilities across the country, including 34 in New York City. The moratorium was announced Tuesday as part of a deal with the Senate. No post offices or mail sorting facilities will be closed until at least May 15, giving Congress more time to come up with a cost-cutting plan. “When it’s all said and done, this is a challenge to Congress: put up or shut up. If you don’t like what the postal service has put forward, in terms of closing processing facilities and post offices and eliminating jobs, come up with a better approach,” said Illinois Senator Richard Durbin. Read More: NY1

 

[Watch Video] Police search for suspects in two Astoria robberies


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Police are searching for three suspects wanted in connection with two December 1 Astoria robberies.

The suspects approached two victims along Ditmars Boulevard displaying a black semi automatic handgun demanding cash and cell phone, according to police. The first incident occurred at 27th Street at approximately 7 p.m. with the second robbery taking place just after 11:30 p.m. the same night at 24th Street.  The victims, a 33-year-old woman and 25-year-old man, respectively, were unharmed.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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 WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

[UPDATE] Cops hunt Long Island City rape suspects


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Police are looking for three suspects in connection with the ambush and rape of a woman in Long Island City.

According to police, the 20-year-old victim — who is from the neighborhood — was walking along Vernon Boulevard and 10th Street in L.I.C. at approximately 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 4 when she was grabbed by two of the suspects and dragged to a nearby parking lot. There, she was held down between parked cars and raped by a third man.

The suspects fled the scene, while the woman was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released.

The victim caught a glimpse of the man who raped her and described him as a white male, between 25-30 years of age, 5-feet-10-inches tall with dirty blonde hair and light-colored eyes.

Police are urging anyone with information on the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

As the manhunt goes on, officials are asking residents in the area to be watchful and to contact police if they recognize the suspect’s sketch. Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer said that while it is an isolated occurrence, this tragic act of violence will not go unpunished.

“People are rightfully shocked that such an act can take place in this neighborhood,” said Van Bramer, whose district borders where the incident took place. “Every woman should be safe everywhere at anytime, regardless of what time of night it is. These people will be caught and rightfully prosecuted.”

Jesse Winter, an artist in the neighborhood, said that like others in the area, hearing about the horrible incident made him angry and sad.

“We need to remember that it can happen anywhere, even in neighborhoods we consider safe,” he said. “I hope the L.I.C. community can be vigilant and supportive of one another and never forget how fragile our sense of security is. I hope some kind of justice can be achieved, although it will never be enough. My thoughts are with the brave person who has to now live this.”

Suspects wanted in connection with two gas station robberies in Queens [Watch Video]


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Police are looking for two suspects wanted in connection for two recent robberies of gas stations in Queens.

Both robberies occurred on Saturday, November 19 within a half an hour of each other.  The first incident took place in the Mobile Gas Station located at 96-27 Queens Boulevard at 7:20 p.m.  The suspects, armed with semi-automatic handguns, entered the gas station and demanded money, leaving with approximately $1,000 and personal property from two employees and a customer, according to police.

The second incident occurred at 7:50 p.m. at the Gulf Gas Station located at 138-19 Hillside Avenue.  The suspects brought a bottle of soda to the cash register and when the register opened drew their weapons and took approximately $1,500, police said.  They fled on eastbound service road of the Van Wyck Expressway.

The suspects are described as black males between 20-25 years of age.

Anyone with information in regards to either of these robberies is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477).  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.