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Child safety tops talk at 106th Pct. meeting

Community council also casts votes for executive board positions

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:30 am

A Hispanic male with dark curly hair, driving a gold minivan who has allegedly been exposing himself to young girls in South Richmond Hill is the subject of a police manhunt.

Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, told members of the 106th Precinct Community Council at their May 8 meeting in Ozone Park that the individual they seek has exposed himself three times to two different girls 14 and 19 years old in the area bounded by 111th and 116th avenues from 123th and 126th streets.

Officers are actively looking for the minivan in the precinct area and also paying special attention to harassment and related complaints, Pascale said. Police had originally thought the suspect was the same man accused of groping two girls in South Ozone Park. That man was arrested last Wednesday and is not suspected in the flashing incident.

Pascale said that unfortunately, the victims are not immediately reporting the crimes to police but are going home and discussing what happened with their parents.

“We’re getting the jobs late,” said Pascale. “People really have to call 911.”

Sgt. Ryan Kenny of the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau told the audience that he has been giving talks on Stranger Danger at local schools, a presentation that educates area youth about staying safe and provides practical information to prevent abduction.

School administrators who are interested in having Kenny speak at their school can contact him at (212) 614-6741 or at ryan.kenny@nypd.org.

Pascale said that with the summer coming police will be stepping up their motorcycle and noise enforcement in the community. He said that police have a plan in place for noise enforcement which includes a designated noise enforcement patrol car.

Pascale asked residents to alert police when they see large party preparations, such as tents and large quantities of alcohol, and not wait until the party is happening.

Noting the recent rescue of three young women who had been kidnapped and held for 10 years in Cleveland, Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council, told the audience to be more aware of what happens in the community.

“That first reaction to call 911, do it, let the men and women of the NYPD figure it out,” he said. “The more we are active in our communities, the safer everybody is going to be.”

Residents voiced their concerns about a myriad of other issues at the meeting.

On the quality-of-life front was the problem of youths on dirt bikes riding up and down 76th Street between North Conduit and Pitkin avenues in Ozone Park. Resident Jay Goldstein, along with a group of his fellow neighbors, came to the meeting to ask the police for help with their situation.

“It started since last year and it’s gotten so bad that they ride up and down the block on a one-way street going as fast as they can doing wheelies and not just on the street, which is dangerous itself, but on the sidewalk,” he said.

Pascale noted that police had seized three motorcycles on the block and explained that it is a dangerous situation for both the police and the bike riders for a marked police car to attempt to catch the riders. He said that in this case unmarked police cars were sent into the area and made the seizures.

The decision is now up to the courts as to whether the motorcycles will be returned to the owners, Pascale noted.

However, Goldstein said that now that they don’t have their motorcycles, they are riding their bicycles in the same manner.

“Nobody feels safe just walking down the street,” he said.

Pascale said the police will come up with a game plan for the situation.

A resident said that her elderly neighbor’s home was burglarized and the thieves stole a TV, money and jewelry. She said the neighbor, who does not speak English, did not call the police.

Pascale said that 911 can handle calls in any language and used that situation as an example of how not all crimes are reported. Dardani said that it is very important that crimes get reported to the police so that resources can be directed to the area.

Also during the meeting, a Tudor Village resident, who would only give his name as Paul, asked if a police car could check on Addabbo Park in the late evening hours since youths were in the park after the posted closing time. Pascale said the precinct’s midnight conditions unit goes through the park during their tour.

An Ozone Park resident complained about tractor trailers parking overnight on the southbound side of Woodhaven Boulevard between 103rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard.

“It’s a dangerous situation,” he said.

That issue had been brought up a number of times at meetings of community boards 9 and 10 and both the 106th and 102nd precincts have made a note of the problem.

The council also held elections for its executive board. President Frank Dardani, Vice President Donna Gilmartin, Treasurer Joy Patron and Corresponding Secretary Pelham Justiniano were re-elected without opposition while Frances Scarantino defeated Margaret Finnerty for the position of recording secretary in the only contested race by a close vote of 16 to 13.

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