2013-02-20 E-Edition

Lunar New Year 2013 Celebrations



While Winter Storm Nemo postponed certain events this weekend, the Lunar New Year took place on schedule February 10.  The Lunar New Year is the most important of the Chinese traditional holidays, and this year is the Year of the Snake, a symbol of steady progress and intelligence. This is the year of the water snake, which symbolizes gracefulness, influential […]

Boro-Wide Blotter



107th Precinct   Hunt Bank Bandit Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect wanted in connection with the January 11 holdup of a bank in Fresh Meadows. Cops said the apparently unarmed suspect walked into a Sovereign Bank Branch on Union Turnpike on January 11 and passed a note to a teller demanding […]

DOT Opens New Fresh Creek Basin Bridge



New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today announced the opening of the new westbound Fresh Creek Basin Bridge—a key component of the Belt Parkway that serves up to 150,000 cars a day through Brooklyn and Queens to Nassau County and John F. Kennedy International Airport to the east and to the Gowanus Expressway and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge […]

Queens Couple Indicted On Sex Trafficking Charges



Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on February 15 that a St. Albans, Queens, man  has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on kidnapping, sex trafficking, rape and other charges for allegedly prostituting two young women – a 19-year-old runaway from Rockland County and a 20-year-old from New York City – in a foreclosed house on Springfield […]

Warning: New Vehicle Ticketing Rules In Effect



City cops and traffic agents were recently ordered to immediately begin writing tickets for vehicles on streets where parking rules have been changed – despite a five-day grace period at the changed spots and notes on new parking signs indicating when the changes take effect, law enforcement sources said. Cops and traffic agents were also recently ordered to stop just […]

What Is The Role Of The Grand Jury?



Last week’s decision by a Queens Grand Jury not to file criminal charges against an NYPD Detective who shot and killed a man he believed was reaching for a gun, has raised questions about the workings of the Grand Jury – the rules the panel must abide by, balancing witness testimony and how the panel renders its decisions. Average citizens […]

Manhattan Man Busted In Elmhurst Sex-Slay



Queens detectives last week arrested a 23-year-old Manhattan man who allegedly strangled a male acquaintance at a hot sheet motel in Elmhurst on February 9. Cops said Lleuyel Garcia, of Inwood, was upset because the victim refused to engage in a sex act with him at the Crown Motor Inn on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. Law enforcement sources said Garcia […]

Community Rallies For Queensbridge Deli Murder Info



Lawmakers, community activists and residents of the Queensbridge houses joined voices at a recent press conference/rally condemning gun violence and calling on area residents to come forward with information to assist police in their search for a gunman and an accomplice who ambushed Francisco Leil, 27, outside a local deli on February 2, killing the Queensbridge native. Police sources said […]

City Accepting Lifeguard Applications For Summer ‘13



Believe it or not, buried beneath the snow dumped on Queens this winter are miles of sandy beaches and city pools idling in anticipation of summer. City officials are preparing for the onset of summer, currently accepting applications from qualified candidates for the National Lifeguard Training Program. Acceptance to the program is a first step in obtaining a public service […]