2013-01-23 E-Edition

Cops Call For Moratorium On Street Festival Permits

Community organizations and civic groups planning street fairs and festivals could have a problem this year obtaining street fair permits from city officials. The city’s Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO), part of the Office of Citywide Events Coordination and Management, last year proposed a moratorium on all new street fair permit applications for 2013 citing an “excessive burden these events […]

Geese Down Two JetBlue Planes In Two Days At JFK

A pair of bird strikes forced two JetBlue pilots to turn back to Kennedy International Airport last week. A JetBlue flight that departed from JFK Airport enroute to the Dominican Republic at about 3:30 p.m. on January 12 reported a bird strike to air traffic controllers moments later The pilot told controllers JetBlue flight 831 “had a bird strike, really […]

Maloney Hosts Reception For Inauguration Lottery Winners

Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn) held a reception at her main Congressional District Office to welcome dozens of lucky 12th District constituents who had submitted winning entries in the Congresswoman’s quadrennial lottery to award tickets to the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. (see photograph, attached). The vast majority of the tickets allotted for distribution by Congresswoman […]

Queens Mom Charged With Sending Son To School With Handgun

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on January 21 that a Far Rockaway mother,whose seven-year-old son allegedly brought a .22 caliber handgun to school yesterday, has beencharged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare ofa child and, following the execution of a search warrant at her residence, unlawful possession ofmarijuana.“The defendant faces serious criminal charges,” […]

Subway ‘Push Suspect’ In New Arrest

The deranged woman accused of fatally shoving a straphanger to his death in front of a No. 7 train last month was re-arrested for viciously attacking a female corrections officer who escorted her to a court ordered psychiatric evaluation at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Erika Menendez apparently went berserk inside the Elmhurst Hospital Center emergency […]

Boro-Wide Blotter

102nd Precinct Find Body In Burning Garage Firefighters responding to a stubborn blaze at a Richmond Hill garage on January 19 made a grisly discovery – the smoldering corpse of an unidentified man, fire officials said. An FDNY spokesperson said the fire at the garage on 120th Street near Liberty Avenue began at about 12:55 a.m. and firefighters had it […]

Frigid Temps Force Homeless Off Local Streets

Workers with the city’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) this week headed to the streets on a “Code Blue” mission to try to coax the homeless out of the frigid temperatures and into city shelters. DHS officials declare a “Code Blue” each time the thermometer dips below 32 degrees, sending outreach teams into neighborhoods to seek out the homeless and […]

No Bail For Cannibal Cop’s ‘Sicko’ Pal

A Manhattan Federal Court judge last week denied bail for the chat pal co-conspirator in the “cannibal cop” case after prosecutors said Michael Van Hise had discussed raping an infant and admitted, after his arrest, that he feels sexual urges toward young children – including his young stepdaughter. Prosecutors said Van Hise told an unidentified person he met online that […]

Offer $2G Reward For Armed Astoria Holdup Suspect

Police officials last week released a photo of a shotgun-wielding robber (see photo) who attacked a clerk at an Astoria dry cleaner store before grabbing an unknown amount of cash and fleeing the scene. Cops said the 47-year-old victim was working at Astoria Cleaners at 23-47 31st Street on January 14, when the suspect bolted into the store and pointed […]