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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 64. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Monday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Author Alanna Cooper to speak about her book on Bukharian Jewry

Cultural historian Alanna Cooper, who teaches Anthropology and Cultural History at Boston University, will discuss the long history of Bukharan Jews, their diaspora in the United States and in Israel, and their sense of themselves at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man slashed in neck after traffic dispute

Just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, a man was slashed in the neck after a traffic dispute in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

Queens on hunt for another alleged sex attacker

There has been yet another sex assault in Queens, but investigators are telling Eyewitness News that the alleged attack is not connected to the ones involving young girls in nearby South Ozone Park. However, residents in the area are still on edge. Read more: ABC New York

Report: Over $150,000 worth of cleanse drinks stolen from Queens facility

Police on Sunday were in search of a thief whole stole over $150,000 worth of cleanse drinks from the BluePrint juice facility in Long Island City, Queens, according to a published report. Read more: CBS New York

Cyclist in Five Boro Bike Tour dies after suffering heart attack crossing Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

A cyclist in the Five Boro Bike Tour has died after going into cardiac arrest crossing the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Sunday, cops said. Read more: New York Daily News

17-Year cicadas set to arrive by the end of the month

New Yorkers haven’t heard the noisy buzzing of cicadas in springtime in 17 years, but get ready, because they’re coming again. Read more: CBS New York

Finding burial plot for bomb suspect a struggle 

A funeral director trying to find a cemetery to take the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is going next to the city where Tsarnaev lived, but will run into another obstacle: It doesn’t want him. Read more: AP

Three arrested in connection with Boston Marathon bombing


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Three suspects were arrested this morning in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Boston Police Department tweeted around 11 a.m. that the trio was picked up and more details would follow.

Multiple outlets reported the three were students in Massachusetts.

Authorities have been investigating whether or not suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worked alone to orchestrate the April 15 attack that killed three and injured more than 100.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 59. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 52. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Queens Slur at Alewife

It’s the Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! It’s fun, social, and informal. But it’s also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let us know what you think. Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other “Slow” minded people? The Slur is your opportunity – free and open to everyone. Alewife will be extending their happy hour draft and wine specials for our Slur, as well as offering a $16 Burger ‘N Beer special. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

M.E. to begin searching for human remains near WTC site where landing gear was found

The New York City medical examiner’s office is expected to begin searching for human remains this week near the World Trade Center site after a piece of landing gear believed to be from a Sept. 11 hijacked plane was found. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens high school students injured in Ohio bus crash

Several children and adults suffered minor injuries after a charter bus carrying students from a Queens High School overturned in central Ohio. Read more: NBC  New York

Focus of Boston Marathon bomb investigation shifts to suspects’ mother

The focus of the Boston Marathon bombings investigation has shifted to the suspects’ mother, who was apparently recorded by Russian intelligence talking on the phone with one of her sons and discussing jihad last year.  Read more: ABC New York

Schumer: FBI ‘may have messed up’ in handling 2011 Tsarnaev investigation

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Congressional leaders were demanding answers Sunday, saying the FBI should have done a better job in sharing information about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Designer working on horseless carriage for NYC

A car designer is building a prototype of an electric “horseless carriage” that animal advocates hope will replace New York City’s horse-drawn carriages. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Mississippi man to appear in federal court in ricin letters case

A Mississippi martial arts instructor is expected to appear in a federal court on Monday to face charges in connection with the mailing of letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials. Read more: Reuters

Boston bombing suspects discussed Times Square attack, officials say


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Following the Boston Marathon attack, the bombing suspects intended to detonate additional explosives in Times Square, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly today.

Kelly said that information gathered from surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had initially indicated that he and his older brother were coming to New York to “party.” Yet after further investigation, Dzhokhar said that the pair had discussed the “spontaneous” plan to explode their remaining bombs in Times Square.

“Ten days ago, our city and nation received a horrific reminder that we remain targets for terrorists. Immediately upon news of the explosions in Boston, we fully mobilized the New York City Police Department’s vast counterterrorism operations – because we thought there was a possibility that there could be a related attack here,” said Bloomberg. “We now know that that possibility was, in fact, all too real.

According to Kelly, the suspects discussed their plan while driving in a hijacked Mercedes SUV after they fatally shot an MIT police offer. Their plan ultimately feel apart when the brother realized that car was low on gas and when they stopped at a nearby gas station, the driver escaped and called the police. This led to the shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts were the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed.

During the shootout, the suspects had “six improvised explosive devices” including a pressure cooker bomb and pipe bombs, said Kelly.

Dzhokar had been photographed with friends in Times Square “on or before April 18, 2012” and was later in New York in November.

“We don’t know if those visits were related in any way to what he described as the brothers’ spontaneous decision to target Times Square,” said Kelly.

Kelly said the NYPD Intelligence Division is “actively investigating to determine Dzhokar’s movement in New York City, as well as who he might have been with here.”

There is no evidence to indicate that New York City is currently a target of another terrorist attack “stemming” from the Boston bombings, said Kelly.

Even though Bloomberg said it cannot be known if the enormous police presence and extensive network of cameras in New York City would have been enough to stop the continuation of the terror, he is grateful the brothers were stopped in their tracks.

“We don’t know if we would have been able to stop the terrorists, had they arrived here from Boston, we’re just thankful we didn’t have to find out that answer,” said Bloomberg.

 

 

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Boston bombing suspects may have been heading to NYC to celebrate


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According to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, the Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have been on their way to New York City to celebrate after the attack, reported NBC New York.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is now hospitalized and charged in the attack, told investigators that he and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were heading to Manhattan when they got into a gunfight with police that led to Tamerlan being killed, Kelly said. Dzhokhar fled the scene on foot and was found hiding in a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts on Friday.

The Boston Globe reported that after police talked with the carjacking victim that was allegedly held hostage by the brothers, they learned the suspects had told the victim about their role in the bombing.

The publication also reported that the suspects allegedly told the victim, “We just killed a cop. We blew up the marathon and now we are going to New York. Don’t [expletive] with us.”

Based on the interviews with the surviving Tsarnaev brother, Kelly reportedly said that investigators have come to believe that the two were not coming to New York to conduct additional attacks but instead to “party.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 68. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 45. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Neighborhood Street-Ups – Queens Edition

Do you care about safe streets? Of course you do! Come join us for the launch of our meet and mingle bar events: Neighborhood Street-Ups! Hosted by Transportation Alternatives. Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to connect one-on-one with like-minded New Yorkers and become more involved with the issues that matter most to you. There will be food and drink specials available throughout the evening. The Queens event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Gleason’s Bar in Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Driver crashes into Queens auto body shop, killing 1, injuring 2

A car slammed into an auto body shop near Citi Field Tuesday, leaving one dead and two injured. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Bombing suspect’s uncle: Friend in Cambridge ‘brainwashed him completely

The evolution of Tamerlan Tsarnaev from aspiring Olympic boxer to apparent self-radicalized jihadist may have been influenced by a friend in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more: CNN

Sand coming to Rockaway beaches in June 

The first extra dose of sand is coming this June to storm-worn sections of Rockaway’s beaches. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC gets green light for smartphone cab app

The city can experiment with letting taxi seekers hail rides electronically, a judge said Tuesday in a ruling that could clear the way for riders to summon the city’s signature yellow taxis with smartphone apps instead of raised arms. Read more: Fox New York 

MTA ticketed nearly 57G fare-beaters since enforcement program launched

The MTA has ticketed nearly 57,000 fare-beaters since it launched its own enforcement program five years ago. Read more: New York Daily News 

2nd Miss. man investigated in ricin case 

Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man in connection to ricin-laced letters sent to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against a man arrested in the case last week. Read more: AP

Boston bombing suspect charged


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Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property within the U.S. resulting in death, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday afternoon.

“Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” said Holder in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with each of the bombing victims and brave law enforcement professionals who lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of this week’s senseless violence.”

He was also been charged with malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. If convicted, Tsarnaev faces the death penalty or life in prison.

Shortly before the charges were made public, the White House said that Dzhokhar would not be treated as an enemy combatant.

Tsarnaev remains hospitalized, recovering from gunshot injuries to the head, neck legs and hand, and had his initial court appearance from his hospital room today, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

He reportedly can’t speak because of his neck wound, but is answering officials’ questions through writing.

The charges come two days after Dzhokhar was found hiding in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass. home bleeding and in serious condition.

His capture was preceded by a dramatic shootout with police that killed his older brother and alleged accomplice in the bombing, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a manhunt that shut down the Boston area Friday.

 

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Boston bombing suspect in custody


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One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is in custody after a manhunt that shut down the Massachusetts city and its suburbs today.

The Boston Police Department confirmed the news around 8:45 p.m., tweeting “Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area.” He is in serious condition, authorities said.

The suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, was found hiding in a boat in the Boston suburb of Watertown when he was captured, according to reports.

Officials at the scene could be heard cheering shortly after he was collared.

His brother and fellow suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed during an overnight shootout after the two allegedly hijacked a car in Cambridge, Massachusets and murdered a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer.

Boston Police Commissioner said, to his knowledge, the security guard was assassinated in his cruiser.

“These officers acted heroically, courageously,” Davis said.

A transit officer was also injured in the melee and is listed in critical but stable condition.

The younger Tsarnaev then sparked a manhunt through Watertown, which is about eight miles from Boston. Both towns were on virtual lockdown as authorities swept through searching for the teen.

It was only after a Watertown man left his home after being locked down all day and noticed blood on the boat stored in his back yard, Davis said. The man lifted the tarp covering the boat, saw a man covered in blood and proceeded to call the police.

Authorities believe the blood on Tsarnaev came from injuries the night before, but acknowledged there was gunfire during the seizure.

“Thankfully this man who found this suspect called the authorities right away,” Davis.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino said the city was resilient  and commended the joint police effort to arrest the suspect.

“We shall go on,” Menino said. “We’re a better city that we have been in the past week. We’re there working hard.”

The capture comes about 24 hours after authorities released footage of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing that left three dead and injured over 100.

Those killed on April 15 included 8-year-old Martin Richards, who was at the marathon watching his father run. Many had to undergo amputations after being severely injured in the blast.

President Barack Obama, addressing the nation after the arrest was confirmed, said he would continue using FBI, Homeland Security and other intelligence resources to find out why the suspects carried out the attack.

“Obviously tonight there are still many unanswered questions,” Obama said. “The families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers.

Obama flew to Boston Thursday morning for an interfaith memorial ceremony, in which he promised to bring the attackers to justice.

-BY TERENCE M. CULLEN AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA