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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.
Merchants along one of the borough’s busiest and longest commercial strips are moving ahead with plans to create a business improvement district.
Liberty Avenue business owners have proposed a BID for the shopping district stretching from the Van Wyck Expressway in Richmond Hill to Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park — a distance of about 40 blocks. That would make it one of the city’s longest.
A Jamaica man was arrested on kidnapping and other charges on Jan. 23 after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a teenage girl in the back of an SUV that was reported stolen.
Police at the 113th Precinct said Kapri Dickson, 23, of 130th Avenue also was charged with second-degree assault, sexual abuse, grand larceny auto, criminal possession of stolen property, acting in a manner injurious to a child and sexual contact with an individual less than 14 years old.
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.
A lone chair remained in place atop an array of tables in the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center as Community Board 12 prepared for its monthly meeting on Jan. 15.
It was the chair occupied for many years by Cardinal Sandiford, a 14-year veteran of the board, its long-serving Land Use Committee chairman, and a fixture at area events of every nature.
Less than 24 hours before he murdered NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko in 2007, Dexter Bostic shot man on a Jamaica street corner and then robbed him of his car keys, jewelry and $1,800 in cash.
On Wednesday, Bostic, of Far Rockaway, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the street corner shooting.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
Santa took time out from his busy pre-Christmas schedule last week to drop by the Adopt-a-Family celebration hosted by the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.
The celebration matches families in need with sponsors who provide for some of the families’tangible needs during the holidays.
A mural inside the main entrance greeted visitors to the Sean Elijah Bell Center on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica. Members of the Bell family and staff members at the center were unable to garner enough community support to keep its doors open past Friday.
The Sean Elijah Bell Community Center, established in the memory of the Jamaica man killed in an infamous police shooting in 2006, closed on Friday after struggling to get funding for its daycare, afterschool and other program.
Today, Nov. 25, is the seventh anniversary of Bell’s death.
Last month, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. trumpeted its long-awaited deal with a developer to build a hotel on property it owns across from the Long Island Rail Road’s transit hub on Sutphin Boulevard.
But when Justin Rodgers, director of economic development for the GJDC, made a presentation to Community Board 12 on Oct. 16, it also brought long-established tensions between the two bodies to the surface.