The ongoing manhunt for the Forest Park rapist dominated the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday night in Richmond Hill, along with suggestions on how to improve safety in the park.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the precinct’s commanding officer, stood next to giant wanted posters featuring the sketch of the suspect and information in English and Spanish.
South Queens civic leaders met with the new commanding officer and executive officer of the 106th Precinct last week as they prepared to take the reins of law enforcement in the community.
Assemblyman Mike Miller, left, joined with new 106th Precinct Executive Officer John Ganley; Richmond Hill South Civic Association President Margaret Finnerty; Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the new CO of the 106th Precinct; Sal Simonetti, representing Councilman Eric Ulrich, and Joann Ariola, president of the Lindenwood Alliance, when the new precinct leadership spoke at last Thursday’s meeting of the Richmond Hill South Civic Association in South Ozone Park.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the new commander of the 106th Precinct, said he wants all his officers to be proactive in their efforts to reduce crime in the community.
Schiff cited the arrest last week of three individuals and the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana, assault rifles, handguns and ammunition by proactive 106th Precinct officers who were diligent and did a thorough investigation resulting in the arrests and seizure.
Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, is warning owners of Ford Econoline vans that thieves are targeting their vehicles.
At the Sept. 11 meeting of the precinct’s community council in Ozone Park, Pascale said the late-model passenger vans are being taken because the parts are interchangeable with prior year models going back 20 years and because workers who own the vans often keep tools stored in them.
Although Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, opened the first meeting of the community council since June with an update on the Forest Park rape case, the meeting’s main focus was general quality-of-life issues in the community, from noise to parking problems.
Sautner was unable to give too much of an update on the rape case, which is still an open investigation, but he did say that police are not completely sure the suspect wanted in the Aug. 26 case is the same person wanted in past sex attacks dating back to 2011, but he noted that the police are looking at the similarity of the incidents.
Donna Gilmartin and Frank Dardani of the 106th Precinct Community Council present Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, right, with an award.
Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, left, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, and Capt. Robert Sparkes, the precinct’s executive officer, receive a mayoral proclamation for the precinct’s work during Hurricane Sandy.
Detective Orin Cox, second from right, and Police Officer Iballys Starling, were honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for their arrest last month of four people who allegedly robbed an Ozone Park cell phone store.
On Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. police responded to a robbery at the T-Mobile store at 97-03 Rockaway Blvd. Three masked gunman allegedly entered the store and ordered three people into a back room where another person was already located. The suspects allegedly ordered the employees to open the safe, from which they removed cash, stole the store’s cell phones and victims’ personal property and fled in a silver minivan.
It’s summer, and that means outdoor parties — and live music tops the list of residents’ concerns in southern Queens.
At the July 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, addressed a number of concerns over loud music and raucous parties.
Police Officer Anthony Gallo was honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for his seizure of a loaded firearm last month and the arrest of the alleged gunman.
According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, Gallo responded to a report of a dispute inside a restaurant in the vicinity of 131st Street and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill on May 10 at 2 a.m.
Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, is warning residents to look out for a “Driving Miss Daisy” situation.
Burglars in late-model cars park with the motor running, one individual sitting in the front and one individual in the back, he said.
The Richmond Hill South Civic Association’s most recent meeting, held at the United Methodist Church on 112 St. on May 30, included the reinstallation of its entire executive board and a special tribute honoring a local community leader, but the star attraction of the evening was unquestionably Margaret Finnerty, who was celebrating the 20th anniversary of her first installation as president, as a seemingly never-ending procession of local elected officials stopped by to sing her praises.
“It’s never about herself. It’s always about others,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), on hand to dismiss the outgoing board, to whom he added, “Don’t give up fighting for this neighborhood. Without you, it just wouldn’t happen.”
A popular video game store in Howard Beach was the target of a brazen robbery on Monday.
Two gunmen barged into the Game Stop store at 160-08 Cross Bay Blvd. around noon in the daring daylight robbery, according to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct.
Officer Frank Calafiore, left, the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month, 106th Precinct Commanding Officer Thomas Pascale, 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, and Sgt. John Egan, the 106th Precinct’s anti-crime supervisor.
Police Officer Frank Calafiore was honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award at the Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on May 8, for his arrest last month of an alleged armed robber and the seizure of a loaded firearm and other assorted contraband.
According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, Calafiore, Sgt. John Egan and members of his anti-crime team responded to an armed robbery in progress of a 25-year-old woman in South Ozone Park on April 11.
A Hispanic male with dark curly hair, driving a gold minivan who has allegedly been exposing himself to young girls in South Richmond Hill is the subject of a police manhunt.
Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, told members of the 106th Precinct Community Council at their May 8 meeting in Ozone Park that the individual they seek has exposed himself three times to two different girls 14 and 19 years old in the area bounded by 111th and 116th avenues from 123th and 126th streets.
Heavy rain did not deter community residents from packing the April 10 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council to voice their concerns about quality of life issues.
Before the complaints were addressed, Lt. Frank DiPreta, the 106th Precinct’s Special Operations Coordinator, discussed the precinct’s response to last month’s concerns.
Even as Tuesday’s meeting of the 102nd Precinct Community Council began in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library, the line to sign in was still out the door.
The packed room listened to Captain Hank Sautner, the commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, discuss two major events that occurred within its jurisdiction in the past few weeks: the collapse of a vacant building in Woodhaven last Friday and the attack on a jogger in Forest Park on March 29.
A College Point man has been arrested for four of the more than a dozen robberies that have occurred all over Queens in which victims are robbed after perpetrators offer help for flat tires.
Mario Gutierrez, 50, of 125-17 11 Ave., College Point, was nabbed Monday and indicted on his alleged involvement in four of the robberies.
Burglaries are not a new issue in southern Queens. In the last few months, the 106th Precinct has been swatting flies, arresting dozens of suspects in robberies and burglaries in Howard Beach and South Ozone Park.
But some residents on 133rd Avenue near Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park say their block has become a haven for criminals.
Residents voiced their concerns about a myriad of issues at a packed 106th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on March 13.
Before addressing those, however, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, brought up one of his: people leaving themselves open to crimes of opportunity. As he has before, Pascale reminded residents not to leave valuables in full view inside their cars when they go shopping. He said a man who left some on the front seat of his car in a Cross Bay Boulevard parking lot earlier this month found the windows smashed when he returned and the valuables stolen.
Ever since her first day on the job three years ago, PS 63 Principal Diane Marino has been complaining about cars double-and triple-parking by the school causing a danger for students and their parents. But her protests had gone nowhere.
Marino said that her request for a traffic light in an intersection near the Ozone Park school has been denied by the city Department of Transportation, who concluded after a study that there were not enough accidents to warrant a traffic light. The DOT did not immediately return a request for comment on this story.
Police Officer Russell Graziano of the 106th Precinct was honored last week with the Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting in Ozone Park for his seizure of a loaded firearm and other assorted contraband.
According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, Graziano and members of his anti-crime team were on patrol on Feb. 16 along Rockaway Boulevard when they spotted five individuals in a car acting suspiciously and pulled them over for investigation.
One suspect in the murders of two people whose bodies were dumped in a Howard Beach park has been arrested as the investigation into what led to their deaths is continuing in another borough where police say the killings took place.
The bodies of 22-year-old Rudy Superville, of Brownsville, Brooklyn and 25-year-old Gary Lopez, of Bushwick, Brooklyn were found bound, gagged and facedown in a grassy section of Spring Creek Park near 78th Street and 159th Avenue in Howard Beach, only steps from the Belt Parkway, around 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, after firefighters and emergency crews responded to a fire in the park 90 minutes earlier. The victims were both shot and stabbed. The bodies had been placed in some kind of plastic wrapping or bags, but some of the plastic had melted due to the heat of the fire.
Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, left, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, and Sgt. Ryan Kenny discuss safety tips at a special crime prevention meeting at the 106th Precinct on Feb. 20.