RIDGEWOOD — A teenager was arraigned this month on charges he stole a cell phone during a massive fight on a G train subway car in Ridgewood, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Police said Tuesday evening they have arrested a Jamaica man in connection with the string of firebombings in southeast Queens on New Year’s Day that galvanized the city’s religious community and elected officials to decry hate crimes. Comment.
LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island man was charged with seven robberies in a one-month period, all similar in nature and focused on one area in Long Island City, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Shakim Fields worked at a Jamaica nonprofit helping at-risk youth and adults on the fringe of society to find jobs. He was baptized, not as a child but by choice as an adult, and had later studied to become a minister. Comment.
Lystra Huggins still remembers the day her mother came home with one pair of roller skates for her to share with her brother Leslie. She was 9, Leslie 10, and it was the day their family moved into a new house in Trinidad. Comment.
By Joe Anuta, Howard Koplowitz, Ivan Pereira and Christina Santucci
Last year 43 lives were lost to murder in southeast Queens.
It is difficult to determine how many of the 43 homicides were gang-related, but gang violence and easy access to guns coupled with an unwillingness of witnesses to come forward have made it hard for police and prosecutors to do their jobs. Comment.
Astoria officials were telling their constituents to be aware and close their windows in light of the NYPD’s announcement that the authorities were searching for two individuals in connection with 11 burglaries in the neighborhood in recent weeks and another in June. Comment.