Dad, Son Survive Kayak Flip
A Richmond Hill man used an iPhone in a waterproof case to call 911 for help when he and his nine-year-old son were tossed into Jamaica Bay when their kayak flipped over, police said.
Cops said the father and son were paddling along Jamaica Bay just before 8 p.m. on July 2 when the kayak suddenly rocked and flipped over a few hundred yards from shore.
NYPD helicopters and Marine Unit police responded to the 911 call and quickly located the pair, police said.
Firefighters on the Marine 3 rescue boat and police divers pulled the father and son into the FDNY boat, authorities said.
The father and son, who were in the water for about 30 minutes, were not injured in the accident.
Suicide At Forest Hills LIRR Station
A conductor on a New York bound LIRR train last week made a grisly discovery at the Forest Hills station.
The conductor found the body of a 60-year-old man slumped over a bench on the Manhattan-bound platform, authorities said. The unidentified man was still clutching a pistol in his hand, an MTA police spokesperson said.
The motorman stopped the train as scheduled, but the conductor did not open the doors. The train rumbled out of the station seconds later, to save passengers from viewing the body, the spokesperson said.
The conductor alerted MTA police officials who closed the station for six hours, until the body was removed and investigators combed through the scene.
The city Medical Examiner’s Office later declared the death a suicide.
The incident was the second suicide at the Forest Hills station in five weeks, authorities said.
A 50-year-old man jumped from a platform at the station on May 28 and was killed by a westbound train, MTA police said.
That death was also classified a suicide by the city Medical Examiner’s Office.
Forest Hills Temple Burglarized
Queens detectives are searching for a suspect who stole religious artifacts from a Forest Hills synagogue in late June.
Four items, including a silver pointer, Torah breast plate, silver-coated plate and a ritual wine cup were discovered missing on July 2 from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue on 113th Street in Forest Hills, police said.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the Synagogue.
The theft resembles another burglary that took place in February at the Congregation Ohei Rachel Degel Israel Synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills – less than two miles from the Forest Hills synagogue, police said.
Police arrested Efram Sanders, 28, in that burglary, officials said. Sanders was charged with stealing 13 religious items from the Kew Gardens Hills synagogue after he was caught trying to sell the items at a Queens pawn shop.
Sanders has been free on bail since his arraignment in March.
Police are urging anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Laundromat Suspect Surrenders
A brazen bandit wanted for holding up three women at laundromats in Corona and Jackson Heights surrendered to police on June 30.
Cops said Cristian Baez, 25, surrendered to police at the 115th Precinct station house, where they charged him with multiple robbery counts for holding up the victims on June 24, 25 and 26. In each incident, Baez used his hand to simulate a gun while robbing the terrified victims, police said.
Each of the victims handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to Baez, who fled on foot in an unknown direction.