For the second time in a little more than a week, a young child allegedly has been murdered in a New York City homeless shelter.
Latoya Curry, a resident of the Briarwood Family Residence at 80-20 134 St., was arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child after her 4-year-old daughter, Linayjah Meraldo, died in her sleep on Thursday, a day after she was allegedly brutally beaten by her mother.
New York City taxpayers paid more than $92,200 for each of the 11,408 inmates at Rikers Island between July 2013 and June 2014 — double the amount spent per inmates in Los Angeles, which has the country’s largest prison population at 18,710.
These findings were highlighted in a report released last week by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. The audit found that the city spent a record $1.1 billion dollars for the 2014 fiscal year, even though the inmate population has declined by 18 percent since 2007.
The culprit of a burglary spree in May and June was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges.
Harry Garcia, 49, of Jamaica broke into five Ozone Park homes over a one-month period and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and other accessories.
Keyan Price, a Yonkers resident, pleaded guilty to charges related to the recruiting and prostitution of two females, ages 15 and 18, throughout the city.
According to the criminal charges filed in the case, an undercover officer went to an establishment in Jackson Heights in November 2012, after responding to a prostitution advertisement posted on backpage.com.
A bill proposing to change the jurisdiction of crimes committed on Rikers Island passed with seeming ease earlier this year, but has since become more controversial.
The jail complex on Rikers Island is part of Bronx County and crimes committed there are prosecuted by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. The new bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Assembly and state Senate, would change that and grant jurisdiction to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown if it’s approved by Gov. Cuomo. The problem is that neither DA seems to welcome the change.
“I think this is what, quite honestly, I was always afraid of,” Borough President Melinda Katz told the Queens Chronicle last Friday. “There was no transparency, nobody had any idea what was going on — and that’s completely unacceptable for an institution that’s so much funded by the taxpayers.”
Katz was referring to documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, which show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”
A New York state trooper and an NYPD officer, both from Queens, are facing charges in New Jersey in connection with the sexual assault of a woman in an Atlantic City casino last spring.
According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, 35-year-old state trooper Devon Thomas, of Hollis, and 32-year-old officer Andrei Torres, of Middle Village, have been charged with aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault by force but without injury after allegedly attacking a 34-year-old woman inside the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino on April 24.
A Queens man was sentenced to pay state taxes he owed for purchasing 15,600 liters of untaxed liquor from the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn and reselling most of it to a Long Island City store.
Moniram Barran, of South Ozone Park, appeared before a Queens County Supreme Court on Sept. 30 and was ordered to pay the state $76,218 in personal income tax, $30,810 in alcoholic beverage tax, and $27,882 in sales and use tax, for a tax total of $134,910.
What the critics suspected turns out to be true: Documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”
Port Authority Police last Thursday, arrested a Bellerose man on his way to California for allegedly trying to slip a cane sword past a security checkpoint in JFK Airport.
Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the PAPD, identified the suspect as Martin Berchenko, 66.
Absent a last-minute extension, the emergency suspension of alternate-side-of-the-street parking around the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens will end on Monday morning, giving residents and businesses the first full taste of life without the condemned Borough Hall parking garage.
The garage, where the city’s Department of Transportation had about 400 spaces used by people going to the court house and Borough Hall, was shut down last week, about seven months after published sources claimed the city determined it to be unsafe.
The city’s Department of Transportation on Wednesday shut down a structurally unsound 250-space parking garage near Borough Hall.
The garage also serves as a parking facility for the Queens Supreme Courthouse on Queens Boulevard.
A Queens man was arrested last Thursday by Port Authority Police at JFK Airport for allegedly stealing a handbag belonging to an employee of the Transportation Safety Administration.
Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the PAPD, said that at about 7:50 a.m. in Terminal 5, Carlos Sanchez, 61, allegedly draped his jacket over the agent’s handbag and walked away with it. He was caught immediately and arrested.
Patricia Adams, the publisher of The Forum newspaper, was arrested last Thursday after an ongoing feud with her neighbor, Mario Polisi, reached a fevered pitch.
According to police sources, Adams, 55, has a long-standing dispute with her next-door neighbor over property lines. Police responded to her home on Lahn Street in Howard Beach at around 8 p.m. last Thursday after both she and her neighbor called 911.
A Jamaica man was arraigned in Brooklyn Monday on a 29-count indictment charging him with attempted murder, robbery and other charges as part of an alleged crime spree on July 19.
Clinton Lawson, 29, of 141st Street is accused of a brief spree that included a pair of carjackings, multiple assaults and firing a gun at a witness.
Two Queens men were sentenced to 25 years to life in two separate homicide cases on Sept. 11.
Andrew Caballero, 39 of Flushing, was convicted of second-degree murder last month.
On the heels of numerous reported complaints about senior citizens facing evictions and the legal process that undocumented immigrants are confronted with, the City Council created a new Committee on Courts and Legal Services and appointed Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) as chairman.
The committee, created last week, will oversee city courts and legal services and ensure that New Yorkers are given equitable, free or affordable legal representation within the court system, from eviction cases, incarceration or other legal problems.
A 33-year-old Flushing resident has been charged with attempted murder and other charges in connection with the shooting of a childhood friend multiple times on a Whitestone jetty and with assaulting his live-in girlfriend, who had an order of protection against him. Both alleged incidents occurred last month.
The defendant is Robert Sasso, 33, of 41st Avenue. Sasso is presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on two criminal complaints charging him, in one complaint, with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, in a second complaint, with first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison on the first complaint and four years in prison on the second complaint.