Joseph Beer, the South Richmond Hill teenager who was at the wheel of his new car in 2012 when he slammed into a tree on the Southern State Parkway killing four of his friends, was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison Tuesday.
Beer pleaded guilty in July to aggravated vehicular homicide and admitted he was driving under the influence of marijuana on Oct. 7, 2012 when his car crashed on a notorious curve on the Southern State Parkway just before Exit 17 in Lakeview, LI. Christopher Khan, Peter Kanhai, Darian Ramnarine and Neil Rajapa were all killed. Beer survived and was found at the scene alert with only minor injuries.
The scene of the accident Monday after a Jeep nearly crashed through the window of Romeo’s Pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park.
Customers having a slice of pizza and a soda Monday afternoon were shocked and shaken as a blue Jeep slid by the window, sideswiped the building and crashed into the fence next to the shop taking with it the awning and some of the building’s bricks.
According to witnesses, the driver of the blue Jeep exited an auto maintenance shop where he works on DeSarc Road at 3 p.m. and allegedly going the wrong way on Gold Road before jumping the sidewalk and sliding into a fence next to the pizzeria.
When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.
(BPT) - Think tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes are dangerous? More people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year than any of these disasters. Find out how to keep your family safe from CO poisoning.
Firefighters with the FDNY, top, investigate an accident that saw a car strike an apartment building in Jamaica on Tuesday morning.
The incident took place at about 10 a.m. at 88-15 168 Street. FDNY officials said victims sustained only minor injuries, and that the building is not believed to have sustained any structural damage in the impact.
A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.
Joseph Caleca, 55, of Setauket, LI was awaiting arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.
(NAPSI)—Reality TV shows, online webcasts and YouTube videos have encouraged many people to try the do-it-yourself (DIY) route when it comes to tackling less-complicated home renovations or fixes. Often, there are advantages to DIY projects, such as financial savings, learning new skills, environmental benefits and more.
Do-it-yourself projects can be fun and save you money, but remember, safety is no accident. Be prepared. (NAPS)
(BPT) - Rain, hail, ice, flooding – these are all the result of seasonal weather changes. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or you experience daily downpours and dropping temperatures, now is the best time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature has in store for the upcoming months.
(StatePoint) The sensitive electronic devices your family now owns no longer sit safely in the den. Your laptops, phones and tablets are in kids’ backpacks, the schoolyard and even the treehouse. And these devices are certainly worse for wear.
On Jan. 1, 1984, Firefighter Robert Turner II ran from his home into the frigid winter night without his shoes. The barefoot bravest did as he had been trained. He ran into the flames of a burning home in Flushing. Without any protective gear and acting on his own, Turner rescued three people from the fire and attempted to rescue a fourth. As a result of the fire, he suffered severe burns on his arms and a year later was honored with the Brooklyn Citizens Medal for his bravery.
Now Turner, who has been a member of the FDNY for 36 years, will be one of the ones handing out the awards.
Steep medical bills aren’t the only expenses staring three Brooklyn men in the face after a car accident in Maspeth over the weekend.
The trio are also facing hefty legal fees and prison terms as a result of the crash.
Following the controversial felling of five trees on 48th Avenue near 211th Street in Bayside Hills last month — an act many see as angering arborcide — State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) led a press conference last Thursday to address the issue.
Standing beside the remnants of 30-year-old trees on what is now a much sunnier sidewalk, Avella called the situation “a very significant quality of life issue for the community.”
(Family Features) For the entering college freshman, the days leading up to the start of the academic year can be filled with great anticipation and anxiety. But there are ways to begin this new journey on the right foot with a little preparation ahead of time.
With only six weeks to go in what is likely to be the borough’s most competitive campaign this year, state Senate candidate John Liu outlined his proposals for education if voters in the 11th Senate District opt to send him to Albany.
The former Flushing councilman and city comptroller, who is running in the Democratic primary against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) next month, focused on three different points regarding school policy at a press conference last Friday outside Bayside High School: Common Core, class sizes and mayoral control. But he also offered his opinion on proposals to reform the admission process to specialized city high schools.
More than a hundred Sikhs from Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and surrounding neighborhoods gathered Tuesday morning to demand justice for one of their own, who was nearly killed in a hit-and-run accident last week many believe was yet another hate crime perpetrated against their community.
Sandeep Singh, 29, was standing outside his office at 99th Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park shortly after midnight last Wednesday when an altercation occurred between him and a man driving a white pickup truck. According to a witness who was at the scene, the driver began yelling racial slurs, called Singh “a terrorist” and told him “to go back to your country.”
Sandeep Singh, 29, was standing outside his office at 99th Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park shortly after midnight on July 30 when an altercation occurred between him and a man driving a white pickup truck. According to a witness who was at the scene, the driver began yelling racial slurs, called Singh "a terrorist" and telling him to "go back to your country."
The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
Accessible only through the campus of York College, Prospect Cemetery in Jamaica has a storied history that less than 20 years ago was almost lost.
But on Tuesday, experts in historic preservation from Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn teamed with American and French college students to take the next step in Prospect’s remarkable comeback.
Two motor vehicle accidents killed residents of Southeast Queens this past week while a third in St. Albans killed a Flushing resident.
The first took place just before midnight on July 24 near the Kew Gardens Interchange.
(NAPSI)—Launching today, the Safe Firearms Storage campaign encourages firearms owners to make safe firearms storage a priority. According to a study by the RAND Corporation using statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them accessible to the wrong hands—children, at-risk youth, potential thieves, and those who intend to harm themselves or others.
(BPT) - If you’re feeling nervous about handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment given some sobering statistics. According to teendriversource.org, 20 percent of all 16-year-old drivers will be involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel. And studies show more teenage motor vehicle fatalities happen during the summer than any other time of year. But there are some things you can do to help keep your teenager from becoming a statistic. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has some tips and tools to keep your teen safe.
(BPT) - Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety is paramount.