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A horrific car accident allegedly caused by a driver impaired by alcohol killed one man and injured two others in Howard Beach Saturday morning.
A father and son duo of used car dealers have been charged with more than $530,000 in state sales tax theft for allegedly underreporting sales and neglecting to turn over money collected as sales tax.
The two men, Yunas Khan, 52 and Tabraiz Khan, 27, were charged last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Nineteen people, including six Queens residents, have been arrested as a result of a 3-year investigation into rings that allegedly made, imported and sold counterfeit designer clothing, watches and cigarettes.
At a joint press conference on Nov. 20, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and James Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, said four trademark-counterfeiting rings operating from self-storage facilities in Queens and Brooklyn imported items from China and sold them in 21 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, generating about $10 million in gross revenue per year.
Nassau County prosecutors have added new charges and a new suspect in the case involving the skimming of credit card information from Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines.
Dorin Husa, 37, and Niculae Peter, 45, of Elmhurst, who were charged in Queens earlier this month, face charges of first-degree unlawful duplication of computer-related material; five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; criminal possession of a forgery device; and fourth-degree conspiracy, according to a statement issued by Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
The Nov. 14 article “Wyckoff Hospital sees improvement” contained several unanswered claims that should not have been published without a response from the person they targeted, former hospital President and CEO Rajiv Garg.
Garg is suing the hospital for alleged breach of his employment agreement and related alleged violations of labor law. He also is suing Wyckoff Board Chairman Gary Goffner and President Ramon Rodriguez for alleged defamation. The lawsuits were not mentioned in the article.
For the first time in two decades, the District 22 City Council seat will not be taken up by a member of the Vallone family.
Due to term limits, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) will be stepping down from the post he has had for 12 years.
Following public commentary and a lengthy discussion among board members at their monthly meeting on Nov. 13, Community Board 8 voted 17-14 to approve a change in zoning that would allow a developer to build a four-story residential building on Union Turnpike near Parsons Boulevard.
The affirmative vote appeared to reflect concern by board members that without the rezoning, a 10-story pyramid-shaped structure for medical offices could be built at the site.
Besides elder law attorney and former assemblywoman, you can add to Ann-Margaret Carrozza’s resume the title of “media darling.”
Carrozza, who served in the Assembly for 14 years from Bayside, is now the regular legal contributor to “Entertainment Tonight” on CBS and provides legal commentary for the local NBC affiliate.
(BPT) - As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.
A Queens Village pastor who has been employed by Home Depot for 22 years has been arrested in Nassau County on charges that he fraudulently received $111,000 from the company’s charitable foundation.
Alfred Williams, 57, was arrested last Thursday by Nassau County police for allegedly taking advantage of Home Depot’s gift-matching program, in which the company matches donations that employees make to charities and other nonprofit organizations.
The owner of seven Papa John’s pizza franchises in Queens and Brooklyn last Friday became the second Queens-based Papa John’s owner since August to be arrested on charges stemming from alleged sales tax theft.
Uchenna Onuaguluchi, 46, of Rosedale, was charged last week with allegedly withholding $610,000 in state sales taxes according to a joint statement issued last week by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and state Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox.
Guerino Annarumma, a 54-year-old Long Island City resident pleaded guilty to manslaughter for shooting his stepdaughter and critically wounding his estranged wife in Dec. 2011 in the Astoria residence they once shared.
According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the assaults took place on the day Annarumma and his wife’s divorce trial was scheduled to begin in Supreme Court.
A Manhattan man has been convicted of murdering a transgender Glendale woman in her apartment in 2010.
Rasheen Everett, 32, strangled Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, to death on March 27, 2010 and then poured bleach on her body in an attempt to hide evidence. After stealing some of her personal belongings, Everett fled the state on a bus bound for Nevada.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
Four Romanian nationals, including two men from Elmhurst, have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of thousands of credit card numbers used at Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines.
Niculae Peter, 45, and Dorin Husa, 37, of Elmhurst, were arrested last week by Nassau County and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police after search warrants were executed at their Elmhurst apartment.
A second arrest in less than a month for illegal trafficking of contraband cigarettes was made in Flushing last week.
This time, the seller allegedly used an electric bicycle to peddle his wares of Asian and American smokes from his home.
A Springfield Gardens man could be sentenced to more than a century in prison following his conviction last Friday for kidnapping and raping two women on consecutive days back in 2005.
Leaman King, 34, formerly of 139th Road, was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual assault, second-degree kidnapping and both second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
A year ago, in the same North Room of the IBEW Local 3 Joint Industry Building on Jewel Avenue, then-Assemblyman Rory Lancman kicked off his campaign for a seat in City Council. On Tuesday, he celebrated there as a newly elected councilman.
Lancman received more than 73 percent of the votes, beating Republican Alex Blishteyn, who took nearly 20 percent for the 24th District. His new domain includes Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Kew Gardens Hills and parts of Flushing and Jamaica.
Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
Melinda Katz spent her early years in public service under the tutelage of former Borough President Claire Shulman,
Come January, the former councilwoman and member of the state Assembly will move up to the chair Shulman filled for more than a decade.
A Brooklyn man being held on charges for an Ozone Park burglary is now suspected in burglarizing at least 10 other homes in Queens over the last two years.
Mario Girau, 28, had been arrested on Sept. 19 after he was allegedly caught breaking into a home on Tahoe Street in Ozone Park.
A Queens public school teacher has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing five of former students over a three-year period from 2007 to 2010.
All these former Republican officials: Gov. Pataki, former Mayor Giuliani, former City Council members Mike Abel, Anthony Stabile, Tom Ognibene, Anthony Como and Dennis Gallagher, state Assemblyman Doug Prescott, state Sens. Frank Padavan and Serf Maltese and Congressman Bob Turner; along with current Councilman Eric Ulrich and Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa have all collectively failed to assist Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio in raising sufficient funding to run a competitive race against Democrat Melinda Katz (“I’m the ‘real Queens” candidate, Arc says,” by Peter C. Mastrosimone, Oct. 24).
As of April 1, 2013 there were more than 1,076,000 active voters in Queens, including 703,202 Democrats; 128,335 Republicans; 206,770 “blanks” (with no declared party affiliation); 27,556 Independents; 5,862 Conservatives; 3,280 Working Families and 1,235 others.
Arcabascio needed to raise a million dollars months ago to pay for direct mail, telephone banks and newspaper, radio and television advertising to overcome these overwhelming odds if he was to be taken seriously. This was necessary to level the playing field against Katz.
No wonder the last Republican Queens borough president was James A. Lundy, who served from 1952 to 1957. Ditto for Nat Hentel, who served as the last GOP district attorney in 1970.
By comparison, the odds of winning any million-dollar lottery are greater!
A Flushing man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the 2010 murder of an aspiring musician to whom he owed money.
Malcolm Thompson, 20, was convicted of killing Laseam Hogan, 27, in the Pomonok Houses complex where they both lived, shooting him five times. He fired the final three shots as Hogan lay on the ground wounded.