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63-year-old man dies trying to cross Belt Parkway


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 63-year-old man was killed Friday morning as he was attempting to cross the Belt Parkway near the Van Wyck Expressway, police said.

The man was struck on the roadway, just west of Exit 19, at about 5 a.m.

He was crossing from the south to north side of the parkway when an Acura sedan, which was traveling westbound in the left lane, hit him, police said.

EMS transported the pedestrian to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The sedan’s driver remained on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

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Video released in fatal Richmond Hill shooting


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released video footage in the hope of identifying two suspects in a deadly Richmond Hill shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

Derek Quattlebaum, of Brooklyn, was found at Van Wyck Expressway and Atlantic Avenue at about 3 p.m. with gunshot wounds to his head, torso and limbs, cops said. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, but did not survive.

Two men approached Quattlebaum at a BP gas station, located on the intersection where he was gunned down, according to police.

Video footage shows two people running into a car at the station. The two suspects were driving a 2003 blue Audi A6 with the Vermont license plate GHF-306.


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 investigating deadly Richmond Hill shooting


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A 28-year-old man died after he was shot several times in Richmond Hill Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Derek Quattlebaum, of Brooklyn, was found at the Van Wyck Expressway and Atlantic Avenue about 3 p.m. with gunshot wounds to his head, torso and limbs, cops said. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, but did not survive.

There have been no arrests.

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Car crash near JFK Airport kills one, injures two


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One woman was killed and two more were injured when their car struck a tree near an exit for the John F. Kennedy International Airport early Tuesday morning, police said.

The two-door Nissan sedan crashed into the tree as the vehicle was traveling eastbound on the Nassau Expressway near the Van Wyck Expressway about 3:20 a.m., cops said.

One of the passengers, Patina Deygoo, 22, of Valley Stream, Long Island, died at Jamaica Hospital.

The second passenger and the driver, both 26-year-old women, were also taken to Jamaica Hospital. The driver is in critical condition and the passenger is stable, according to police.

The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the crash.

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Subway entrance renovations under Kew Gardens Interchange completed


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Photos courtesy of New York State Department of Transportation

The state completed reconstruction of the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway entrance on Tuesday as part of a $265 million project to improve an area where four highways intertwine and 500,000 vehicles pass through every day.

While much of the overall project is focused on reconstructing the Van Wyck Expressway, the Commissioner for the New York State Department of Transportation called the improvements to the subway “critical” to improving commuter flow in an area known as the Kew Gardens Interchange.

“The Kew Gardens Interchange project will enhance traffic mobility, improve travel speeds and reduce travel times for the entire Van Wyck Expressway corridor and for traffic heading to and from JFK Airport,” Commissioner Joan McDonald said. “For the many residents in this area who rely on mass transit, the project also includes improved access to the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station.”

The new subway entrance for the E and F lines features a glass and stainless steel canopy, a widened staircase, enhanced tunnel lighting and new tile walls and flooring.

Future work on the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway entrance will include new landscaping, sidewalks, concrete pavement, lighting and an elevator.

By 2016, the state hopes to complete a part of the project that would completely reconstruct a half-mile section of the Van Wyck Expressway just south of the Interchange and six bridges over the Van Wyck Expressway.

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Police searching for suspect in shooting, robbery off Van Wyck Expressway


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A man shot another driver off of the Van Wyck Expressway in Jamaica Friday night before robbing the victim’s girlfriend, police said.

On Sept. 26 at about 7:30 p.m. cops received a call about a man shot on the corner of the Van Wyck Expressway service road and 94th Avenue.

The victim later told police that his girlfriend and him were at a sneaker store when they saw two men watching them. As the couple left the store in a BMW, a white Jeep followed them, according to cops.

During the pursuit, the Jeep forced the BMW to crash into a fence and afterwards the suspect exited the Jeep and went to the driver’s door and shot the victim in the upper thigh, police said. Then the suspect went to the passenger side, struck the victim’s girlfriend on the head with the gun and stole three necklaces from her. The suspect then jumped back into the Jeep and fled the scene.

However, the Jeep was later recovered on 134th Street and 97th Avenue, police said.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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Man fixing flat tire on Van Wyck fatally hit


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Updated Monday, Sept. 15, 4:41 p.m. 

A man was struck and killed Sunday morning as he was changing a flat tire on the Van Wyck Expressway near the John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said.

The 43-year-old victim, Felix Galarra, of Ozone Park, was fixing the flat just after 4 a.m. when a minivan hit the man and his vehicle, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials.

A passenger in the victim’s vehicle and three people who were in the minivan were taken to Jamaica Hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries, a Port Authority spokesman said.

A section of the Van Wyck Expressway leading to the airport was reportedly shut down until just before 11 a.m. because of the accident.

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Two arrested after bikers, ATV riders drive recklessly on Van Wyck Expressway: cops


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Police arrested a motorcyclist and an ATV rider on the Van Wyck Expressway near the Kew Gardens area on Saturday after a group of bikers were caught driving recklessly, cops said.

Omid Bedi, 30, and Equilla Ross, 39, were riding on the Van Wyck Expressway at about 5 p.m. when cops came to the roadway in response to several complaints about a large group of dirt bikes and ATV motorcycles driving recklessly, authorities said.

Police found the bikers on both sides of the expressway near Hillside Avenue, and observed one four-wheeled ATV driving the wrong way on the highway. They also said they saw some of the motorcyclists lift their bikes over the expressway median before fleeing and leaving behind two ATVs and a dirt bike. Bedi and Ross were apprehended at the scene.

Bedi, a Queens resident, who was riding a blue Yamaha ATV, has been charged with reckless endangerment, criminal nuisance, reckless driving, unregistered motorcycle and improper license violation. Ross, a resident of Mount Vernon, who was driving a red Honda motorcycle, has been charged with two counts of criminal nuisance.

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Cops arrest Ridgewood and Middle Village graffiti vandals


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The next thing these vandals could be drawing is punishment.

Police arrested Joseph Guilfoyle, 43, of Ridgewood, and David Negron, 20, of Middle Village, for graffiti in numerous areas of Queens.

Guilfoyle was charged on Tuesday with eight complaints of graffiti in multiple precincts. He was wanted for vandalizing roadways, such as the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway.

Negron was charged on Saturday with 21 individual acts of graffiti. He tagged just about anything he could find, according to police, including store fronts of local businesses, ATM machines, mailboxes, doors, emergency call boxes and payphones, mostly in Maspeth and Ridgewood.

 

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Man struck, killed trying to cross Van Wyck Expressway


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A man was struck and killed by an oncoming van early Sunday morning as he was attempting to cross the Van Wyck Expressway, police said.

About 2 a.m., cops responded to a call about the man running through traffic in between expressway exits 4 and 5 in Jamaica. Upon arrival, police found the male, estimated to be in his 20s, unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to the body, according to the NYPD. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cops discovered the man was struck by a 2010 Ford van going northbound, driven by a 45-year-old male. The pedestrian was attempting to cross the expressway from east to west and was hit by the van. The vehicle remained on the scene, according to police.

There are no arrests, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.



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Update: Driver arrested in deadly hit-and-run on Van Wyck Expressway


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Police have arrested a truck driver who took off after fatally striking a woman in Jamaica early Saturday morning.

Carl Alvear, 34, of Maspeth, has been charged with manslaughter, cops said Sunday.

The incident happened around 4:50 a.m. on the northbound side of the Van Wyck Expressway, according to authorities.

The victim, who police identified Sunday as 31-year-old Queens resident Latrisha Been, was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Published: Saturday, July 27, 12:23 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, July 28, 3:02 p.m.

 

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Drunk driver going wrong-way on Van Wyck slams into van with 13 teens


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A Maryland man accused of driving the wrong-way down the Van Wyck Expressway while intoxicated and hitting a van filled with teenagers has been charged with reckless endangerment and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, announced Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning near Northern Boulevard. During that time, 34-year-old Jose Chimbo, of Baltimore, allegedly drove his 2004 Nissan Murano head on into a van with 13 teenage passengers who were being driven home from a party.

At the scene, Chimbo allegedly told officers that he had a few drinks.

According to a family member of one of the teen passengers, one of the teenage girls was seriously injured and required surgery. She broke the bones surrounding her eyes and her arm, and suffered a concussion and bleeding in her skull, he said. A parent who was also a passenger in the van suffered broken ribs.

“All of the kids sustained injuries in one form or another and many are now dealing with the emotional fallout of being involved,” said the family member.

Chimbo remains hospitalized with a broken leg and other injuries.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: The Platinum Band

The Platinum Band is once again performing on the Resorts World Casino New York City’s Bar 360 Stage. The band, which boasts a heavy rotation of reggae music, takes you back to an era of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Students sickened after pepper spray is released in Queens school

One student was hospitalized, and 10 more had to be sent home, after pepper spray was discharged in a school lunchroom in South Ozone Park, Queens. Read more: CBS New York

Makeover for Queens traffic hub is underway

Pedestrian plazas and a gleaming stainless steel elevator are coming to Queens Blvd. and the Van Wyck Expressway but completion of the massive Kew Garden Interchange project is still years away. Read more: New York Daily News

Baggage handler who smuggled cocaine in planes is sentenced to life

An airline baggage handler who was convicted of trafficking millions of dollars’ worth of drugs in the bellies of commercial jets was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, putting an emphatic stamp on a case that revealed rampant theft and corruption by some airline employees. Read more: New York Times

Union officials ask Queens district attorney for fair investigation of cop in fatal shooting of unarmed man on Grand Central Parkway

Union officals for the NYPD detective who shot an unarmed man to death on the Grand Central Parkway met Tuesday with the Queens district attorney to ask for a fair and impartial investigation. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC cabbie suspended after tossing passenger

A New York City cab driver has had his license suspended after a hearing in which he was shown on video shoving and pushing a passenger out of his cab. Read more: NBC New York

Face to face: Obama, Romney in crackling debate

An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of peddling a “sketchy deal” to fix the U.S. economy and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Clear. High of 82. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon.Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 64. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph

EVENT of the DAY: Michael Jackson Birthday Bash 

“Do you Remember the Time” when you first saw the King of Pop’s slick moves literally glide across the dance floor? Do you remember singing the lyrics to “Billie Jean” at the top of your lungs? Or maybe, you laid in bed at night visualizing all the moves in the “Thriller” video. Either way, the music lives. On August 29, it is officially Michael Jackson Day at Resorts World Casino New York City. With MJX, the premier MJ Impersonator, and DJ Spinna on the ones and twos, it will be a night to remember.Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Dumping stops in Queens neighborhood

The work to restore this stretch of land along the Van Wyck Expressway is finally underway. It’s a welcoming sight for residents near 116th Avenue who remember what the area used to look like. Read more: NY1

Chain ladder breaks as kin flee fire

A Queens family desperately trying to escape a raging fire tearing through their home tried to use a chain-link ladder to escape — but it suddenly broke, forcing the five people to jump two stories Read more: New York Post 

Suspect charged with killing homeless man in Woodside

Police have arrested and charged Ramiro Martinez with the stabbing death of Enrique Morales Martinez on a street corner in Woodside, Queens on Sunday afternoon. Read more: NY1

CUNY considers constructing a Queens hotel

The City University of New York has retained Cushman & Wakefield Inc. to help the school determine if it should proceed with a plan to build a hotel in Long Island City, Queens, in order to expand its hospitality program. Read more: Crain’s New York

Isaac makes second landfall, levee overtopped in Plaquemines Parish

The center of Hurricane Isaac made a second landfall over Port Fourchon, La., early Wednesday, overtopping a levee southeast of New Orleans, knocking down trees and cutting power to more than 400,000 homes. Read more: ABC News

Republican convention is in full-throated roar

The Republican National Convention is finally in full-throated roar, cheering presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s name at every turn in a long-sought show of unity and mocking the man he is out to defeat in November. Read more: AP

Venus Williams an easy winner in return to the U.S. Open, beats fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-1

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the American wearing a black cap over blue hair, blitzed compatriot Venus Williams early in their first-round match Tuesday, taking the first two games of the opening set. Read more: New York Daily News

 

NYPD seeks help identifying murdered woman found in Queens attic


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The police are asking for help in identifying a woman whose body was found in the attic of a Richmond Hill man who committed suicide about a few weeks earlier.

On Saturday morning, police were called to at 97-26 Van Wyck Expressway because of a supicious odor coming from inside the home, said the NYPD. The man who lived in the home, Devendra Autar, hung himself inside the residence on July 20, according to the AP.

Police discovered the remains of an unidentified female inside a box in the attic, and later ruled the death a homicide.

The NYPD describes the victim as between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 9 inches with dyed blonde hair and dark roots. She also the following six tattoos:

  • top of left wrist the name Danny
  • inside of left wrist the name Evelyn
  • left forearm the Cancer astrological symbol
  • right wrist a butterfly
  • front right shoulder an angel fish
  • right index finger the word serenity

Anyone who has information about the identity of this woman are asked to call the NYPD.