A man who tried but failed to lure a 12-year-old girl into his vehicle in Queens on March 5 is being sought by police.
The head of the company that owns the Woodhaven building that partially collapsed last year appeared in Queens Criminal Court last Friday and was ordered to immediately hire an architect and file for a work permit for the corner structure at 78-19 Jamaica Ave.
George Kochabe, the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica LLC, appeared in court after a warrant was issued for his arrest. A judge told him he must retain the architect and file for the work permit before his next court date on April 10 — almost a year to the day after the collapse occurred.
A mass robber terrorizing Ridgewood over the last few weeks is finally off the streets after being arrested in Brooklyn last Wednesday, according to 104th Precinct Capt. Christopher Manson.
At a media briefing held at the precinct last week, Manson announced that he believes Bryant Aguilar, 21, of Menahan Street in Bushwick is the man behind the string of five knifepoint robberies within the 104th Precinct between Feb. 21 and Feb. 24.
Eyesores and community terrors were the main topics of discussion at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting, with positive news being delivered by authorities on both fronts.
As an angry JPCA President Bob Holden held up an image of a graffiti-covered commercial box truck illegally parked in the driveway of a residential building, Department of Buildings Queens Community Liaison Ken Lazar reported to the crowd of around 60 people that the agency is continuing to issue summonses to the owners of such properties.
Queens Library Executive Director Tom Galante may now be the target of a federal probe into his spending of taxpayer funds.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the city Department of Investigation came to the Central Library in Jamaica last Friday with subpoenas for both Galante and the library’s construction management consultant, the Daily News reported Wednesday.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect wanted in connection with nine burglaries and one attempted burglary in South Queens in the past two months. Most of the incidents took place in broad daylight.
The first two incidents took place on Jan. 6. In the first case, the suspect broke into a home at 105-30 80 St. in Ozone Park and removed property sometime between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. That same day, the suspect attempted to burglarize a home at 106-14 78 St. between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Inside the gymnasium packed tightly with students, teachers and alumni, PS 49 said a heartfelt goodbye to their beloved leader.
On his final day as principal of the elementary school at 63-60 80 St. in Middle Village on Friday, Anthony Lombardi was the subject of an elaborate surprise send-off involving a massive cake, gifts, a crown and even a musical tribute featuring two Frank Sinatra tunes sung by the student body.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
More than 100 police officers gathered in South Jamaica early Wednesday morning as the NYPD and the 103rd Precinct kept their promise to Edward Byrne and his family.
Wednesday morning marked the 26th anniversary of Byrne’s murder. The 22-year-old rookie was shot five times killed on the orders of an imprisoned drug kingpin as he was protecting a man known only as “Arjune” who was a witness in a narcotics case.
Nearly three dozen people have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into Social Security and Disability insurance fraud, among them a prominent member of Community Board 9 and his father, who is one of the principal defendants.
Saverio “Sam” Esposito, 48, a longtime member of CB 9 from Ozone Park, was among 32 people arrested in an ongoing sting headed by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance alleging millions of dollars in fraudulent claims against the federal Social Security Disability Insurance program. Espos
ito’s father, Joseph Esposito, 64, is one of four principal defendants, along with Raymond Lavallee, 83, Thomas Hale, 89, and John Minerva, 61, accused of directing SSDI applicants including many retirees of the NYPD, which the younger Esposito was a member of, and FDNY, to lie about their psychiatric conditions in order to obtain benefits to which they were not entitled. The operators of the scam allegedly received cash payments in return for coaching the applicants, who claimed that they suffered a psychiatric condition that prevented them from working, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Some of the defendants allegedly used their association with the events of Sept. 11, 2001 as the ostensible cause of their psychiatric condition. Vance said the average annual payment per applicant was between $30,000 and $50,000 a year.
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