Crime & Courts

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Howard Beach

Number of violent crimes drop as property crimes rise in 106th

Some categories of violent crime were down in the 106th Precinct in 2012 from the year before, while the number of property crimes went up, according to police statistics. Comment.
Jamaica

Missing Jamaica woman found dead on Breezy Point beach

The body of a Queens woman who had been missing since December was discovered on the beach in Breezy Point Saturday and police were looking for clues as to what happened to her. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Rego Park

Woman caught on tape in Rego Park purse snatch sought by police

REGO PARK — A suspected thief was caught on camera last month, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying him. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

South Jamaica

Police hunt hotel robbery suspects in SE Queens

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a trio of stick ups at hotels over a two month period. Comments (2).
South Richmond Hill

[UPDATE] Police charge two teens in S. Richmond Hill cell phone theft from 12 year old: NYPD

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police arrested two teens last week and charged them with robbing a 12-year-old, according to the NYPD. Comments (2).
The Civic Scene

Beware of people calling, asking for your personal info

The October 2012 edition of the Holliswood Civic News warns about mail tampering and theft on two blocks in the community. It seems that a person has or people have been going into mailboxes. People have had their mail thrown into a garbage pail, a credit card application was taken and unauthorized charges were made and a large check was stolen but was not cashed. The U.S. postal inspector has been notified. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Cambria Heights

Two Crips get 50 years each in 13-year old’s death

The two Queens Crips members whose gang shootout caught 13-year-old Kevin Miller in its deadly crossfire as he was walking home from school three years ago were each sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (16).
Forest Hills

Corona man who hit officers, torched house draws 30 years

A 52-year-old Corona man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for setting the home of a Forest Hills couple on fire, returning later in the day to attack the male resident and then assaulting and striking with his car three officers during his arrest, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria

Giants’ Diehl admits drunk driving: Brown

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl pleaded guilty in Queens Criminal Court Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol in Astoria last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica man pleads in Federal Reserve bomb plot

The young Bangladeshi man who attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve bank with a phony bomb supplied by the feds faces life in prison after he pleaded guilty last week to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the U.S. prosecutor handling the case said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Getaway driver in Figoski death cleared

OZONE PARK - The man accused of acting as the getaway driver for a robbery that led to Officer Peter Figoski’s slaying was cleared of all charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court, the New York Post reported Thursday. Comment.
Editorial

Some Rob You with a Fountain Pen

Once again the people of Queens have learned that a leader they trusted has been picking their pockets. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

East Elmhurst

Jury clears officer in death of Corona Guardsman

A Queens grand jury has decided that no criminal charges should be filed against Hassan Hamdy, an NYPD detective who shot and killed an unarmed Corona National Guardsman during a traffic stop in October, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Thursday. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man arrested in strangling death of gay man in Elmhurst hotel

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, the NYPD said Thursday. Comment.
Jamaica

Huntley pleads guilty to fraud

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who just two weeks ago admitted in federal court to stealing thousands in taxpayer dollars from one of her sham non-profits, pleaded guilty again Wednesday to state charges of covering up a scam at another non-profit, authorities said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Lawyer claims teen brutalized in 109th arrest

A southeast Queens lawyer running for City Council held a news conference Tuesday to denounce the NYPD for what he said was excessive force when officers from the 109th Precinct in Flushing arrested a teenager. Comments (1).
Queensbridge

Queensbridge seeking killer of Upper West Side man [With Video]

Western Queens elected officials and public housing residents implored the Long Island City community last week to come forward with any information about the shooter of an Upper West Side man who was gunned down in front of a Queensbridge bodega earlier this month. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Jury set for cannibalism case as disturbing trial nears start

Jurors were chosen this week for the grim task of deciding the fate of former Forest Hills Officer Gilberto Valle, who is accused of planning to practice cannibalism on a number of women. Comments (1).
Corona

iPhone swiped on No. 7: Police [With Video]

CORONA — A woman had her iPhone swiped from her hand on the No. 7 train earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Cops seek second teen suspect in triple stabbing at Jamaica station

JAMAICA — Police released a surveillance image showing a second teen wanted in connection with a triple stabbing at a Jamaica subway station earlier this month. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Jamaica

Huntley pleads to covering up embezzlement - again

Disgraced former southeast Queens lawmaker Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty Wednesday in Nassau County to trying to thwart an investigation into nearly $30,000 in taxpayer funds embezzled from a sham nonprofit she was connected to, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Dromm urges caution after 2nd gay man slain

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Elmhurst

Middle Village man found strangled inside Elmhurst hotel room: NYPD

A 54-year-old Middle Village man was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room Saturday night, police sources said. Comment.

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