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Youth employment opportunities for Ridgewood teens this summer

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Photo courtesy Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

With the school year coming to an end, many teenagers may find it difficult to find any type of summertime employment, but one youth workforce development provider is looking to help teens enroll in internship programs.

In New York City alone, there are approximately 186,000 youths ages 17 to 24 who are not in school or working, according to Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT). They also believe that employing young adults is a key way to help them stay on the right track, finish school and move on to college.

This summer, OBT is offering teens in and around the Ridgewood/Bushwick area an opportunity to enroll in the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) at the Jamaica Y Roads Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater New York, as well as OBT’s Bushwick site.

The YAIP is a 14-week program, three weeks of job skills training followed by an 11-week internship, where participants will learn leadership skills, computer and office-related skills, critical thinking, interview techniques, business etiquette, public speaking and financial literacy. The participants will intern in a corporation, small business, government agencies or nonprofit organization.

“We enroll 40 trainees each cohort and we run three cohorts each year. Each program session is 14 weeks long,” said Baxter Townsend, communications associate for OBT. “In the job skills/training sessions the trainees do team-building activities, learn time management skills, career/college exploration, take classes in health and wellness, healthy relationships, financial literacy, professional development, computer classes so trainees can received their Microsoft Office Specialization Certification and customer service classes so trainees can earn their National Retail Federation Customer Service Certification.”

Some of the internship sites include Department of Motor Vehicles, El Puente-Taylor-Wythe Community Center, Wyckoff Medical Center, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso’s office, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and FSO Outsourcing.

Additionally, participants who finish the 14-week program earn over $3,000.

“The Young Adult Internship Program helps participants get their lives back on track,” Townsend said. “Of the approximately 80 percent of the trainees who complete the 14-week program, 87 percent of them either find employment, enroll in college or a high school equivalency diploma program, or enroll in an advanced skills/vocational training program.”

The deadline for enrollment for the next session is July 6. Interested candidates can enroll at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow located at 25 Thornton St., in Brooklyn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Teen robbery crew attacks pair at Parsons Boulevard station: NYPD

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Video courtesy of NYPD

Six teenagers targeted a pair of straphangers as they were at a Jamaica subway station last month, taking off with a cellphone after punching one of the 15-year-old victims in the face, police said.

The two male victims were on the mezzanine level of the Parsons Boulevard train station, located on Hillside Avenue, at about 10:40 a.m. on May 26 when the suspects — described as 15- to 17-year-old black males — approached them.

One of the suspects grabbed the phone from one of the victims and threw it the ground, according to authorities. Another robber punched the second victim in the face when he refused to hand over his phone.

The remaining suspects then held that victim while the others went through his pockets and took his phone.

Both victims refused medical attention at the scene.

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.


Police looking for groper who targeted teens in Flushing

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Video courtesy of NYPD

A man is wanted for groping teenage girls in three separate incidents within the same five-block radius not far from Flushing Meadows Corona Park, authorities said.

In each incident, the suspect grabs the buttocks or crotch area of the women over their clothing before fleeing on foot, police said.

The man started his groping spree last year when he allegedly grabbed a 15-year-old girl at the corner of 136th Street and 60th Avenue in Flushing at about 7 a.m. on Nov. 6.

According to authorities, the same suspect struck again on March 11 at about 7:50 a.m. outside of 132-34 58th Ave., near 134th Street, when he groped a 13-year-old girl.

The third incident took place at the corner of 136th Street and 59th Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. on March 23 and involved a 19-year-old female victim.

Police have released video footage of the suspect and describe the man as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 30 to 40 years old and 170 pounds with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a dark green jacket and grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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.  



Teens busted after climbing up NYS Pavilion tower

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Two teens were busted for scaling the New York State Pavilion with graffiti-making tools over the weekend, reports said.

The pair were caught climbing several hundred feet up a decaying staircase of the 1964 World’s Fair structure on Sunday afternoon and hanging out on an observation deck, according to Parks Department officials and published reports.

Two boys, ages 14 and 15, were charged with trespassing and possession of a graffiti instrument, reports said. They were given juvenile reports and then released to their parents.

According to Geoffrey Croft of NYC Park Advocates, Park Enforcement officers found a hole in the perimeter fence, the rusty door leading to the staircase wide open, and a pair of pliers and a broken lock tossed on the ground.

The officers needed to use a makeshift ladder made of electrical cords to reach the top of the observation deck to reach the teens, Croft reported on the blog A Walk in the Park.


Video: Teens rescued after becoming stranded on ice in Little Neck Bay

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Video YouTube/courtesy of Mary Marino

A venture onto a frozen Douglaston bay turned dangerous on Valentine’s Day when two teenagers got stuck on the cracking ice and had to be rescued by the fire department.

Ladder Company 164 and Engine Company 313 responded to the stranded pair around 5 p.m. Saturday, when they found them near Bay and 223rd streets about 300 to 400 feet from the Little Neck Bay shoreline, fire officials said.

When they arrived, FDNY members witnessed one of the teens, believed to be a boy, fall into the icy water and be pulled out by the other person.

Mary Marino, who lives right on the bay, saw the emergency vehicles and ran out to see what was happening.

“The water started rising up and the ice started cracking,” she said.

Marino then grabbed her phone and filmed the speedy rescue.

The teens, a boy and a girl, managed to make it closer to the shore, but were still stuck on the weakening ice, she said. The video shows the first responders placing a ladder across the ice so the two could crawl across it to shore, while some rescuers were in the water in insulated suits to hold the ladder steady.

“They did an excellent job — it was fast,” Marino, said, adding that the entire rescue took about 10 to 15 minutes.

One of the teenagers was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center for treatment due to exposure to the water.

Marino, who has lived near the bay for 40 years, said it’s very rare for someone to get stuck on the ice, but decided to post her video of the rescue online to make sure no one else gets stranded on the body of water again.

“You can’t walk on this ice because it’s dangerous,” Marino said.

“They didn’t realize the tide gets high,” she added.

Earlier this month, the FDNY and Parks Department held a press conference on the dangers of walking on frozen waters in city parks.

“This winter we have seen incidents in Central Park, in the Bronx and [on Saturday] in Queens where, if not for the quick response and brave work of FDNY members in frigid, icy waters, New Yorkers may have lost their lives,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro in a statement. “Venturing onto the ice of New York City’s rivers and waterways is dangerous. I urge all New Yorkers to stay off the ice for their safety, and for the safety of all FDNY members who respond to these emergencies.”


Teens charged after assaulting Elmhurst store owner, wife during robbery: NYPD

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Two teens brandishing what appeared to be guns walked into an Elmhurst electronics store on Tuesday and attacked the owner and his wife while robbing the place, police said.

The teenage thieves, Alex Diaz, 15, of Brooklyn, and Ronald Espinoza, 14, of Queens, walked into JC Electronics on Grand Avenue at 4 p.m. and said they were going to rob the store, cops said. Both boys, who were carrying air pistols, then went behind the counter where the owner, a 38-year-old man was, and started struggling with him.

Diaz and Espinoza then began to strike the owner in the head with their pistols and tried to cut him with a knife, according to police. When the owner’s wife tried to help him, she was also assaulted.

Their daughter, in the meantime, had fled to the basement and called 911.

The teens took $468 from the register and cellphones that were being repaired in the store, cops said. They then fled toward the subway station at Queens Boulevard, with the owner chasing them.

A passerby, who saw the fleeing suspects and the owner running after them, directed responding officers to the subway station and the pair was apprehended. Police found three air pistols, a gravity knife and the stolen goods on the teens.

The owner and his wife were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where they were treated for lacerations to their heads and faces, and released, police said.

Diaz and Espinoza were both charged with robbery, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.




Jackson Heights man, inspired by own experience, helps teens with cancer stay positive

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Photos by Don Kang and Justin Vaseur

Danny Alotta wants to make over cancer.

He is not a doctor finding a cure. But the Jackson Heights native is helping some of its youngest victims in a way that helped him through his own battle with cancer years ago.
Alotta is the founder of Joy Juice, a nonprofit that provides fashion makeovers to teens with cancer.

As a senior in high school, Alotta was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. What started out as a seemingly bad cold ended up as “borderline stage 4” cancer for the healthy, athletic teen, he said. Eleven years later, he was declared cancer-free.

“When you are a young person you are still invincible,” Alotta said. “For your parents they understand the seriousness.”

During his chemotherapy, Alotta would find ways to lift his spirits.

On the way out the door for his first chemotherapy treatment he announced it was time for his “joy juice.”

“It was my way of making it a game,” Alotta said. “The only thing I knew how to do was make it a game.”

He also made himself feel better through what he calls “makeovers.”

Alotta would dress up to go to the doctor, don a nice pair of socks around the house or his cousin Billy would buy him a new pair of sneakers.

“Maybe new shoes cure the blues,” he said, adding that a brand-new pair of sneakers still makes him happy to this day.


Danny Alotta before he was diagnosed with cancer and while he was going through chemotherapy treatment. (Photo courtesy of Danny Alotta)

The chemotherapy mentally and physically affected Alotta, rendering him pale and changing his hair.

“You go through a point where you don’t feel presentable,” he said. “You look in the mirror and you don’t know who is staring back at you.”

In October 2012, Alotta, who is a partner in a clothing line and restaurant, decided to step away from his business ventures and use his branding knowledge to share his experience with cancer in the hope of helping others.

He decided to launch his nonprofit and write a movie, book and a one-man show.

His book, also called “Joy Juice,” was released in January 2014. His show, of the same name, debuted in June at the Kaufman Music Center on West 67th Street. Alotta hopes to perform it in other cities, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., next year, and he has already spoken to a studio about his movie script.

A little over a year ago, he started his teen cancer makeover organization, which received nonprofit status this summer.


So far, it has held events with the Ronald McDonald House in New York and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation in Las Vegas and has plans to work with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Teen Cancer America.

The events can be simple as providing lunch and bringing sneakers, socks and headphones so the teens can listen to music during chemotherapy, which Alotta used to do. Sometimes makeup artists and stylists are brought in so the teens can “feel like a celebrity for a day.”

Alotta is also helping those dealing with cancer through the international organization Cancer Positive as its latest ambassador. Cancer Positive, which uses stories, quotes and helpful information to aid people in finding “their own silver lining,” sees Alotta’s story as inspiring because he is using it to encourage others to stay positive.

“They are an organization that sees cancer not only as a diagnosis — it’s about a state of mind,” Alotta said.

“I will never call myself a survivor,” he added. “I call myself a fortunate…because I am fortunate to still be here to tell my story.”



First Girls World Expo coming to Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Attention all preteens and teens!

The Queens Courier will host its first Girls World Expo on Sunday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Terrace On The Park, 111th St., Flushing.

This interactive event for girls, ages 11 to 18, will include a variety of activities, such as workshops, demonstrations and seminars.

There will also be displays covering a range of topics, including colleges, careers, developing a healthy body image, bullying, nutrition, self-defense, relationships, self-esteem and staying safe online.

Attendees will additionally hear success stories from creative female leaders from all walks of life, and listen to mentors and experts addressing topics relating to careers and college.

One of those speakers will be Miss New York. Renowned coach Monica Holmes will also be doing sports evaluations for athletes of all levels.

The event offers even more for attendees.

It will feature a runway fashion show with models of all sizes; a “Bright Ideas” middle school and high school science fair; a career and college fair; an art show with dancers and live music; and a vendor marketplace with booths of clothing, jewelry, books, art and salon items.

Evah Doheny, 7, from Binghamton, New York, whose first release is called, “Put Your Hands Up,” will be performing at the Expo. She also dances and acts, has three New York State karate titles.

A Girls of Merit Brunch will honor 15 local girls for their excellence and outstanding work in the community.

To order brunch tickets, click here.


Rockaway car crash kills two teens

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

A car crash on the Rockaway Freeway has taken the life of two teens, police said.

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, a 19-year-old male was driving on the freeway near Beach 41st Street when his Toyota Corolla struck a cement support pillar.

A 15-year-old male traveling in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Another 14-year-old passenger was transported to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Charges against the driver are pending investigation. Identification of the victims is awaiting family notification.



Relatives, friends gather at funeral for teen killed in LI crash

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Those who knew Christopher Khan all seemed to say the same thing: he always had a smile on his face, no matter the day or the time.

Funeral services for Khan were held on Wednesday, October 10 in South Ozone Park.

Hundreds of relatives, friends and neighbors packed the funeral home to say goodbye to the young man, killed, along with four others in a tragic wreck on the Southern State Parkway.

“He wasn’t like my brother, he was my brother,” said Avinash Ramkumar, 17, as he fought off tears. Ramkumar, who knew Khan since their sophomore year of high school, said his friend had big dreams for himself and wanted others to succeed even more.

“He wanted to be successful…he wanted us to be happy,” Ramkumar said.

Reports say that the four Queens teenagers killed after the car they were riding in spun off the Southern State Parkway and split in two were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The driver — the only one to survive — had been buckled up, according to reports.

Khan, 18, Neal Rajapa, 17, Darian Ramnarine, 18, and Peter Anthony, 18, were killed in the wreckage, but driver Joseph Beer, 17, was able to make it out of the early morning crash that happened on Monday, October 8.

The victims were mainly from South Ozone Park and Jamaica, according to state troopers.

Beer was taken to Winthrop-University Hospital in nearby Mineola, a hospital spokesperson confirmed. He was discharged the following day around 6 p.m., the spokesperson said. Beer was alleged in news reports to have been high on marijuana during the accident, but authorities could not confirm this at press time. The Winthrop spokesperson said the hospital cannot release the results of Beer’s blood tests.

The 2012 Subaru Impreza split in two, police said, with the contents of the car spilling along the side of the road. The car had been heading west on the Southern State near exit 17, at a notoriously dangerous curve, around 3:40 a.m. when it veered off the road.

Beer was driving with a learner’s permit, according to reports. Under state law, someone with just a permit can drive at certain hours with someone who is 21 or older and holds a valid license.

Services were held for Ramnarine on the evening of October 10 at the same funeral home. Virenda Ramkissoon, who said he was closest with Ramnarine, attended both funerals. He and Ramnarine had graduated together and had moved on to attend City Tech together, he said.

“I’m never going to get another hello from him,” he said. “It’s heart breaking to tell the college what happened to him.”

Ramkissoon said he was taking it upon himself to step in and be there for Ramnarine’s younger brother and sister — as he regarded Ramnarine as his own kin.

“They’re my responsibility basically now,” Ramkissoon said.

Most of the students graduated from Richmond Hill High School last year, and on the morning of Tuesday, October 9, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott visited the school to address students. A Department of Education spokesperson said grief counselors will be provided to students and staff in order to cope.

Zahid Hassan, a junior at Richmond Hill, said his brother had been with a few of the departed just a few days before.

“They were good kids,” Hassan, 16, said. “I didn’t see them do anything bad.”

Several students still at the high school said they knew Khan well, and all seemed to agree he was a good-spirited person.

“I just hope he’s in a better place,” said Jonathan Espinosa, who said he had a class with Khan last year.

Espinosa said his classmate had been a fun-loving student who was kind to others. It was shocking to hear that Khan had died, Espinosa said, as he is trying to deal with the tragedy.

“It’s hard, but it happens though,” he said. “But that shouldn’t have ever happened.”

Kayla Valentine, a basketball player at the school, said Khan would come in and help coaches during practices. Valentine said Khan was one of the students to graduate last year, but was not sure if he was going to college anywhere.

The 17-year-old senior added that Khan had been a smart student who was always willing and able to help her with school problems.

“He was really nice,” she said. “If I ever had a problem he would talk to me.”

Valentine said she lost a friend less than a year ago to an accident on the Southern State, near the same spot where Khan and his friends perished.

“It’s just weird to me how everything happens that way.”

Teens charged in Queens vid-kill slapped with more charges

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Graphic by Jay Lane

Teens charged in Queens vid-kill slapped with more charges

Two Queens teens were arrested for gunning down an 18-year-old after the shooting was caught on camera, and each has since been hit with separate charges of attempted murder, cops said yesterday. Sean Barnhill, 19, and Alexander Burgess, 16, allegedly shot and wounded Daryl Adams, 18, then chased him down and fired the deadly round after he collapsed to the ground at 12:30 a.m. Friday, cops said. Read More: New York Post


Citi Field’s run $lows to a walk

Citi Field revenues have dropped more than 30 percent since the Mets’ ballpark opened in 2009, and premium ticket sales are down by nearly 50 percent, according to financial records. Overall attendance declined 26 percent, to 2.3 million, and during that time, revenues for concessions and parking slipped. The financial records reveal that concessions revenue has dropped 28 percent since 2009, to $10.9 million in 2011, and parking was down 37 percent, to $7 million. Read More: New York Post


Man heads to Queens club with pals, dies en route

A 21-year-old man mysteriously died while partying with pals in Queens, police said. The victim, whose name was withheld pending family notification, and two friends were at a family birthday party on Myrtle and Cypress avenues when they left around 12:40 a.m. today, cops said. They piled into a Lincoln Aviator to go to the Flamingo Night Club on Roosevelt Avenue near 86th Street in Jackson Heights, cops added. Read More: New York Post


Queens driver killed, 3 others injured after car rear ends box truck

A Queens man was killed early this morning when he rear-ended a commercial truck in Springfield Gardens. The driver, identified as Joseph Brown, 29, was traveling southbound with three other people in his Nissan sedan car when it collided with a white box truck at 4:06 a.m., on Rockaway Blvd. between Brookville Blvd. and Guy R. Brewer Blvd., police said. Brown, of Queens, was declared dead at Jamaica Hospital. Read More: New York Post


State Lawmakers Want Added Price Protections At The Pump

As fuel prices across the country continue to rise, two state lawmakers want consumers to be protected from price spikes at the gas pump. State Senator Eric Adams and State Assemblyman David Weprin introduced a bill this week that would require all gas stations to post signs with contact information for the State Consumer Protection Board. That way, if a consumer suspects price gouging they know who to call immediately. Read More: NY1


Whitney had secret affair with Jermaine Jackson, and Michael disapproved: report

Jermaine Jackson had a torrid affair with Whitney Houston and carried a torch for her until the day she died, according to a report published yesterday. The attraction had been instant between the pair after the married Jermaine was brought in to produce Houston and perform duets with her in the early 1980s, and they soon began a secret, yearlong fling, The Sun newspaper in London said. Read More: New York Post

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/31/2011: Home sweet home for Ilan Grapel

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The Round Up

Home sweet home for Ilan Grael

Ilan Grapel, the Queens law student freed after five months in an Egyptian prison, made an emotional return to US soil Saturday. Grapel , a law student at Emory University, was in Egypt to volunteer with a legal- aid group. In June, he arrested and accused of spying for Israel after posting photos of himself in Israeli military garb on his Facebook page. Read More: New York Post


Ticket-Fix Cases May Spread

The Queens District Attorney on Sunday said he expected to hear this week from his Bronx counterpart if there are any ticket-fixing cases in his borough to prosecute. Richard A. Brown said his office has been in contact with Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for “months,” regarding an investigation that resulted in the arrests of 16 officers on Friday, 11 on charges related to the common practice of making traffic tickets and other summonses disappear for family, friends and others. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Cleanup Continues In Wake Of Pre-Halloween Snowstorm

Record-breaking snowfall left 15,000 New Yorkers without power and downed trees strewn across the five boroughs Sunday, prompting major cleanup efforts from city workers and residents alike. City parks reopened Sunday afternoon after closing during the storm, but New Yorkers are urged to use caution because branches may still fall due to the extra weight from snow. Read More:  NY1


iPhone Slaying

A Queens teen was stabbed to death Saturday by a gang of thugs who wanted to steal his iPhone, police said. A group of four to six teens approached Patrick Dixon, 17, and demanded that he hand over his iPhone at around 11 a.m. on 142nd Street near Foch Boulevard in Jamaica, cops said. Dixon refused and fought back, and one of the teens slashed him in the neck. Read More: New York Post


Two off-duty NYPD officers in separate  DWI arrests 

Officer Ariel Rosa, 26, was busted on a DWI after he crashed into a parked car about 4:30 a.m. on Moffat St. between Knickerbocker and Wilson Aves. in Bushwick. He was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital determined to be drunk after a blood test at a local hospital where he was treated for a minor injury, police said. Another cop, Michael Botros, 29, was found asleep at 7:40 a.m. Friday inside his white Nissan with the keys still in the ignition in South Ozone Park, Queens. Police said he refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was arrested. Read More: Daily News


Ex-Councilman Allan Jennings sues Queens Chronicle, saying alleged ‘Asian-women’ mistruth cost him votes

Former city Councilman Allan Jennings is suing a weekly newspaper in Queens for defamation, saying it helped turn voters against him during last year’s Council race. Jennings said the Queens Chronicle erred in stating he had once put an advertisement in a Chinese-language newspaper “declaring his love for all Asian women.” He said the statement was made in an Oct. 28, 2010, article about his bid for his former 28th District seat. Ruben Wills won that special election. Read More: Daily News


Councilman lashes out with curse-filled rant at Queens auto business

A hot-headed City Councilman let loose a curse-filled tirade at a local car dealer last week that left stunned employees demanding an apology. Rothman received the brunt of two recent rants from Councilman Daniel Halloran, who says he’s fed up with noise from the repair shop that disturbs nearby residents. A video of Halloran’s visit to the shop last week shows the Queens Republican angrily threatening the shop with recriminations if it doesn’t keep its doors closed to control the noise. Read More: Daily News


Resorts World Opens

South Ozone Park’s Aqueduct Racino, reborn as Resorts World Casino New York City, officially opened its doors to an eager throng of thousands of gamers on Friday, October 28. Casino representatives and elected officials were on hand at the former Aqueduct Racino for the ribbon cutting, and to welcome those who came to play on opening day – a line which wrapped around the building, leaving visitors with at least a two hour wait. Read More: Queens Courier

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/20/2011: Suspected groper released from custody

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The Round Up

Former JetBlue flight attendant sentenced to one year of probation

A fed-up flight attendant whose spectacular exit down an emergency chute made him a national sensation completed his court-ordered treatment program Wednesday and was sentenced to a year of probation. Steven Slater avoided jail time for his stunt when he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief and agreed to undergo counseling and substance abuse treatment. Read More: CBS News


Suspected groper released from custody

Police arrested Joshua Flecha, of Queens, on charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse. Flecha was picked out of a lineup in connection with the May 7 incident, but authorities say the woman could not say for certain he was the suspect and police released him Wednesday. Read More: Wall Street Journal


Ex-George Washington Bridge employee pleads guilty to toll theft

A former toll collector at the George Washington Bridge admitted Wednesday that she stole $500 in toll funds to support her prescription-drug abuse. Debbie Rembert, 41, of Queens,  admitted in court that she partly concealed the thefts by falsely reporting that trucks passed through her tollbooth but then turned around and did not cross the bridge or pay the toll. Read More: NJ.gov



Councilmember Van Bramer Announces Plans To Improve Queens Libraries

City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced at the Queens Library of Woodside on Wednesday his plans to fund library improvements, including a teen center, in the 26th District. Watch the video: NY1


Man found dead in bathtub in Woodside

Detectives are investigating the death of a Queens man who was found in his bathtub Wednesday with what police described as two puncture wounds to his head. The 62-year-old Woodside man was discovered Wednesday morning after a friend became concerned when he could not reach him, police sources said. Read More: Daily News


Astoria Post Office saved

Following months of apprehension regarding the fate of the post office, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced that Grand Station was removed from a list of branches targeted for potential closure. Read More: Queens Courier