2015-09-16 / Features

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Gator Spotted In Flushing Meadows Corona Park

A two-foot long alligator has reappeared in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The adolescent American alligator, nicknamed “Jaws,” first appeared in August where it reportedly scared a jogger. Urban Park Rangers and the NYPD are searching through a tributary of the Flushing Creek near the Van Wyck Expressway after it was spotted on the afternoon of September 14.

Motorcycle Officer Crashes While Escorting VP Biden

A police officer was injured while escorting Vice President Joe Biden’s motorcade along the Grand Central Parkway as he returned to LaGuardia Airport after spending two days in the city. The officer, who was conscious when he was taken to a nearby hospital, crashed just as the motorcade entered the parkway via the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. He suffered injuries to his neck, back and chest that were not life-threatening. He was reported in stable condition.

CB1 To Hold Public Hearing

Community Board 1 will hold a public hearing on their FY 2017 Capital/Expense submission. You are invited to make your request known to the Board at their hearing to be held at Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Boulevard, Monday, September 21, 6 p.m.

If you would like to comment on this matter and are unable to attend the hearing, please send your written comments to their Board office, via mail, to the City of New York Community Board 1, Queens, The Pistilli Grand Manor, 45-02 Ditmars Blvd., Suite LL 1025, Astoria, NY 11105; fax 718-626-1072; or e-mail Qn01@cb.nyc.gov prior to the meeting date.

Astoria Park Body A Possible Suicide

Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad are trying to locate the family of a 26-year-old Hispanic man whose body was discovered on a grassy slope in Astoria Park.

Cops said the well-dressed man was found with a black plastic bag over his head in an area under the Hell Gate Bridge at about 6:45 am on September 11.

The man’s name is being withheld until police are able to notify any next of kin who investigators were still trying to locate.

The death is being investigated as a possible suicide pending the results of an autopsy by the city Medical Examiner’s office.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.—Liz Goff

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