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We never hopped on the anti stop-and-frisk bandwagon, believing that while the police tactic warranted some reform, it was not the mass violation of constitutional rights its detractors claimed. And we were among those who worried that drastically reducing stops would lead to a rise in gun violence because criminals would be more inclined to carry, and thus more likely to blast away in the heat of the moment.
But though it’s too early to say anything definitive, the numbers so far this year show that violent crime continues to fall even as the number of stop and frisks drops off the cliff. According to DNAinfo, citing police sources, murders are down 18.5 percent so far this year, with 44 people killed compared to 54 to the same point last year. Shootings are down 13.5 percent. Meanwhile police stops continue to drop, down nearly 90 percent from their peak in 2011.
Juniper Valley Park was known as the treacherous “Great Swamp” in the 19th century. It was made up of underground streams and quicksand, and only useful for raccoon and possum hunting and mining peat, the dark vegetable matter formed by partial decay of plants in wet ground.
Many developers believed dirt is dirt and land is land. However, any geologist will quickly tell you this is not always true.
A grand jury on Monday indicted the man accused of brutally beating a cop nearly to death on Liberty Avenue last year on a lesser charge than he originally faced.
Hayden Holder was charged with felony assault rather than first-degree attempted murder, for the beating of NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen on Nov. 17 outside a restaurant on Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill. The fight allegedly stemmed from an earlier argument between Holder and Dean at a nightclub on Jamaica Avenue.
Few production attempts are more risky and more ambitious than taking William Shakespeare’s 16th-century verse and setting it in a more modern time. Baz Lurhmann’s 1996 “Romeo and Juliet” and Joss Whedon’s more recent “Much Ado About Nothing” have been examples of arguably successful attempts.
But those were big cinematic productions. How can a small theater, where Shakespeare’s words are more at home, make it work?
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.
Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 105th Precinct, told the public at Monday’s meeting of Community Board 13 that there are 77 numbered precincts in New York City.
“And this year, so far, the 105th is number one in crime reduction,” he said, rapping his knuckles on a wooden table top.
As if an attempted murder and a rash of burglars breaking into homes through fire escapes weren’t enough for Central Queens residents, a robber has begun targeting women walking around late at night.
According to police, three women have been robbed of their purses in Kew Gardens and Forest Hills over the last two weeks, with two of the victims being held up at knifepoint.
Two South Queens police precincts are teaming up to hold a seminar on preventing domestic violence, which has become a major crime issue in the area.
Domestic violence incidents in the 102nd and 106th Precincts have risen more than 50 percent in the past year. To help combat the spike, the precincts will hold a seminar on domestic violence Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairfield Pavilion, 131-10 101 Ave. in Richmond Hill.
A 30-year-old South Ozone Park man died Tuesday after his brother allegedly beat him to death with cookware.
At about 3:20 p.m., police responded to a report of an assault inside of 115-18 122 St. When they arrived, officers discovered the victim, Jason Tolentino, lying on the ground with head trauma. EMS also responded and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he later died from serious head injuries.
The NYPD on Monday arrested a suspect in the New Year’s Day shooting that killed a 22-year-old Richmond Hill man.
Police said Sheldon Smith, above, of Linden Boulevard in Jamaica, was arrested in the shooting of Julio Moro.
The Jamaica man accused of stabbing his wife and toddler daughters to death before attempting to flee to Mexico has his next scheduled court date on Friday — St. Valentine’s Day.
A schedule provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Miguel Mejia-Ramos is scheduled for a return date, technically the time at which his lawyer has an opportunity to answer his client’s charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1.
A former North Carolina resident is facing more than 25 years in prison following his conviction for a six-month robbery spree in 2010 that included the shooting of a cab driver and a restaurant employee.
Shawn Peace, 25, who also once lived on 118th Avenue in Jamaica, was convicted last Thursday of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week trial.
Police tape cordons off the home where Steven Diaz allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head, leaving her in critical condition on Sunday. Diaz has been charged with attempted murder. A string of burglaries has also plagued Central Queens in recent weeks.
There certainly have been safer times to be a resident of Central Queens.
The most violent crime of the last several weeks involved a Kew Gardens man who was charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend on Sunday morning.
A Jamaica man has been arrested in the Jan. 3 shooting that killed a former associate of rap star 50 Cent and wounded three other people.
Police said Jamal Scott, 35, of 156th Street, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of second-degree attempted murder and four counts of illegal possession of a weapon.
A Kew Gardens man has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of his girlfriend on Sunday morning.
Police sources are blaming the small rise in crime in January compared to last year on the frigid weather bringing criminals indoors, and out of the NYPD’s sight.
“Cops are limited to what they can do when criminal behavior happens in private residences and behind closed doors,” said one police source. “We get calls about disputes, but that’s often after the fact.”
A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. A spokesman for the department said it appears that a hammer was used to bludgeon them.
The victims were Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, who both lived at 24-10 87 St., a little less than a block away from Astoria Boulevard. They were slain at their home.
Vincent Asaro, 78, a reputed top member of the Bonanno organized crime family, was arrested by the FBI last Thursday in a pre-dawn raid at his Howard Beach home and charged with taking part in the 1978 heist of $6 million in cash and jewels at JFK Airport. He was also charged with murder for allegedly killing a man whom he believed to be an informant.
“[Asaro] devoted his adult life to the Bonanno crime family, with a criminal career that spanned decades,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a statement. “Neither age nor time dimmed Asaro’s ruthless ways, as he continued to order violence to carry out mob business in recent months.”
A mother and daughter were killed late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning in a vicious attack in East Elmhurst, police said. Media reports say their murderer may have used a hammer to kill them.
First he said his deceased wife stabbed his children to death.
Then he said he killed his two tiny daughters — one while she was sleeping — because he did not have child car seats to take them with him after he killed their mother, stabbing her over and over until one of two knives broke.
Five men, including one from Howard Beach, were arrested Thursday in an FBI raid on alleged members of the Bonanno organized crime family.
The man wanted by police in the savage killings of a 21-year-old Jamaica woman and their two toddler daughters was arrested in Texas late Monday night a little more than 24 hours after the three were fund stabbed to death in their Jamaica apartment.
The NYPD confirmed that Miguel Mejia-Ramos — who was arrested by Texas authorities while using the name Alex Jiminez — surrendered without incident at a highway checkpoint on Interstate 10 manned by U.S. marshals, Texas state troopers and officers from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Schulenberg Police Department.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was quoted recently in published reports as saying that the city’s stop and frisk problem has been solved, given the dramatic drop-off in the number of stops in 2013.
The numbers do appear to bear Bratton out — the NYPD reported 194,000 stops citywide in 2013, down from about 533,000 in 2012 and more than 694,000 in 2011 — but local leaders who called for changes to the NYPD’s procedure told the Chronicle that they still are taking a wait-and-see approach.
It was a deadly Saturday within the confines of the 104th Precinct.