114th Precinct Crime Watch
First 2011 Homicide
Detectives at the 114th Police Precinct are seeking help from the public to identify and locate suspects in the first murder reported this year at the Astoria Boulevard station.
Police responding to a 911 call at about 1:27 a.m. on January 29 found Clarence Williamson, 39, of Rochdale, shot once in the left shoulder at the corner of 41st Avenue and 12th Street in the Queensbridge Housing project in Long Island City.
Eyewitnesses told police Williamson was engaged in a verbal dispute with at least two men when one of the suspects pulled a gun and fired two rounds that struck the victim.
Williamson was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
Astoria Mom Sues City Over ‘Bully’ Haircut
The mother of a 5-year-old Astoria girl is suing the city and the Department of Education for $1 million, claiming the girl’s teacher had no clue what her students were doing in her classroom.
Vicki Brown, the mother, contends in the lawsuit that she complained to administrators at P.S. 151 in Astoria after a schoolmate repeatedly grabbed the teacher’s scissors from her desk drawer cutting Brown’s daughter’s hair.
Brown said in the lawsuit that the classmate took the scissors on the first occasion and cut off one of her daughter’s braids, and, on another occasion, used the same scissors to cut more of her daughter’s hair.
Brown said in the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court that school officials refused to take action when she reported the incidents and asked for a safety transfer for her daughter.
The Department of Education refused comment on the ongoing litigation.
Neighbor Helps Cops Nab Burglar
An eagle-eyed Dutch Kills resident last month helped police nab a man who broke into a neighbor’s home.
Police said the resident spotted Mohammed Ellmailouki, 33, break a window and enter a home on 30th Street near 36th Avenue at 11 p.m. on January 24.
The resident called 911 and cops at the 114th Precinct responded within minutes catching Ellmailouki inside the home.
Ellmailouki was charged with burglary and criminal trespass at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.