Crime & Courts

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

Flushing

Chief briefs 109th council on juveniles and terrorists

Chief Philip Banks III, the 25-year veteran, four-star head of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau, spoke for nearly an hour about issues that affect the people of the 109th Precinct during the precinct’s Oct. 12 community council meeting, responding to individual questions and explaining how citywide police initiatives will affect every city resident. Comment.
Woodhaven

Police find woman murdered in Woodhaven

A 54-year-old woman with puncture wounds in her neck was found murdered in a Woodhaven home Sunday evening and police are now searching for whoever killed her, the Police Department said Monday. Comment.
St. Albans

Robber stole jewelry from boro home: Post

ST. ALBANS — Police said they arrested a gun-wielding 23-year-old who robbed a family in St. Albans, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Attempted towing of car leads to assault: DA

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Impairing the governmental function of a public employee in Kew Gardens Hills earned one man a $250 fine, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

Long Island City

Brooklyn man choked victim at hospital: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police arrested a Brooklyn man on charges stemming from an alleged choking incident at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens, at 25-10 30th Ave., Sept. 28. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Woman threatens man with machete: Brown

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A woman was due in court Nov. 30 after allegedly brandishing a machete and some colorful language in Cambria Heights last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1).

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

Ozone Park

Ozone Pk deodorant thief resisted arrest: Post

OZONE PARK — Authorities said they arrested a thief who was trying to steal hygiene products from an Ozone Park drugstore, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Astoria

Cops catch robbers inspired by movie: Police

ASTORIA — Four suspects dubbed by police as the “Bleach Bandits” were scheduled to be arraigned this week after a spree of ATM burglaries across Brooklyn reached to a candy store in Astoria earlier this month. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

Laurelton

Carjacker sentenced for nearly killing ex cop: Brown

A Queens judge handed the man who left a former NYPD officer for dead during a carjacking before leading the police on a wild ride on the streets of southeast Queens a lengthy prison sentence for his crimes, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
Elmhurst

Boro man mugged, beat woman over purse: Cops

ELMHURST — A Forest Hills man was arraigned last month for allegedly trying to mug a woman on the street, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Bayside

Queens teens steal and damage SUV: Brown

BAYSIDE — Two Woodhaven teens were arrested last week after they stole a woman’s car and damaged it along with other autos when they were apprehended, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Editorial

Four Lives Gone

If only the two young men charged with the murder of Tyshanna “Chicken” Murphy looked like dangerous thugs, it would be easier to celebrate their arrests. But they do not. Tyshawn “Ta Ta” Brockington, 21, and Robert Cartagena, 20, look like a couple of guys from the neighborhood. Comments (1).

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Howard Beach

Van lands on boat after Howard Beach chase

The driver of an adult daycare van slammed through a barrier Thursday and crashed into a motor boat docked at a yacht club in Howard Beach while fleeing from an SUV he had allegedly sideswiped on the Belt Parkway, police said. Comments (1).
Astoria

Charges dropped against Astoria man in Brooklyn sex assault

Police dropped sex crime charges Wednesday against Joshua Flecha, a 32-year-old Astoria resident originally accused of being one of the Brooklyn gropers, the NYPD said. Comment.
Laurelton

SE Qns on high alert following two sex attacks

An elected official and crime watchdog group have pledged to provide safety support to southeast Queens residents after the neighborhood was the site of two nighttime sexual attacks. Comment.
Howard Beach

Sheehan in Rikers pending sentence

Lawyers hoped to get Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach school secretary who was acquitted of murdering her husband but found guilty on a gun possession charge, out of Rikers Island pending an appeal, but the mother of two surrendered herself to police custody last week and was subsequently locked up. Comment.
Sunnyside

Officials warn Sunnyside of bicycle-riding groper

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Sunnyside electeds passed out fliers near the No. 7 train 46th Street-Bliss Street station early Monday morning, warning commuters of a groper in the area who has attacked five women and a 12-year-old girl. Comment.
Flushing

109th Pct. Cops of the Month raid gambling den in Broadway

Brian Maguire, deputy inspector of the 109th Precinct, honored four officers last week as the precinct’s newest Cops of the Month. Comment.
Elmhurst

L.I. killer sentenced in Elmhurst nightclub slay

John Lundi, of West Babylon, L.I., has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for a 2008 killing in which he fatally stabbed a man eight times outside an Elmhurst nightclub, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Van kills woman near S. Jamaica home: Cops

Police were searching for the driver of a dollar van who they say struck a woman and left her to die on the streets of south Jamaica Sunday night. Comment.
Forest Hills

Accused kidnapping parents return to Queens

The fugitive parents who allegedly kidnapped their eight children out of a Forest Hills foster care center last month were brought back to Queens last Thursday and placed behind bars while they wait for their trial, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck manhunt yields 4 arrests

Four Brooklyn men with prior arrests, including one who was convicted of murder, were nabbed after fleeing to a Nassau County golf course following a robbery at a Miracle Mile jewelry store Friday afternoon that set off a massive search in Little Neck and on Long Island, Nassau County police said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Fake cop forced man to perform sex act: Police

QUEENS — The NYPD has arrested a Bayside man they claim forced a victim to perform a sex act by impersonating a police officer. Comments (6).
Astoria

Police find missing Astorian in good health

ASTORIA — Police said they have found an Astoria woman who was reported missing last week. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Springfield Gardens

Sanders rallies community to combat sexual assaults

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is hosting an emergency meeting Wednesday in light of the pair of sexual attacks that have taken place in southeast Queens over the last week. Comment.
Maspeth

Gibbons’ Home owner killed in auto accident

Two orange and blue seats from Shea Stadium, numbered 4 and 3, sat empty outside Maspeth’s Gibbons’ Home bar Sunday, one day after owner George Gibbons Jr. was killed in a senseless auto accident. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Cops need family to ID man’s body in Rockaways

ROCKAWAYS — The NYPD was still waiting for the family to identify a man who was shot and killed Monday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Car dealer pleads guilty to tax fraud: DA

Car dealer pleads guilty to tax fraud: DA Comment.

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

Maspeth

Middle Village man killed in wrong-way crash

George Gibbons Jr., 37, from Middle Village, was killed over the weekend in an auto accident. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Driver in fatal South Jamaica hit and run sought

Police are searching for the driver of a dollar van who they say struck a woman and left her to die on the streets of South Jamaica Sunday night. Comment.

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