Crime & Courts

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011


Astoria leaders push new laws after crime rise

A spike in criminal incidents in Astoria, ranging from gropings to smashed car windows to attempted rape, has led three elected officials representing the neighborhood to introduce legislation to prevent crime in the area. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011

East Elmhurst

Jury convicts E. Elmhurst teen in stabbing death

East Elmhurst resident John Katehis, 19, has been convicted in Brooklyn State Supreme Court of murdering 47-year-old ABC radio reporter George Weber in a 2009 hookup gone wrong, the Kings County district attorney’s office said last week. Comment.

Police seek Astoria man gone missing from home

ASTORIA — Police have asked for the public’s help in finding a man who went missing from his home last week. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011


Man victim of assault from 3 others: Police

RIDGEWOOD — Police arrested one teenager Tuesday and were still looking for two more men in a Nov. 8. assault of a 25-year-old man on a Queens-bound L train in Ridgewood, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Immigrant killed in Thanksgiving attack

A hardworking Guatemalan immigrant was fatally stabbed near his Jamaica home late Thanksgiving night, police and the victim’s brother said. Comment.

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The Civic Scene

Scams and fraud destroy moral fabric of our society

The newspapers and TV constantly tell of all kinds of crime. At a recent meeting, one senior citizen made the comment that the mentality of our country is to get something for nothing. This statement sounds plausible, but the question is how many people think this way. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011


Physician indicted over death: Special prosecutor

FLUSHING — An investigation into a Flushing physician’s dubious business practices led to the first indictment for the newly created Prescription Drug Investigation Unit of the city’s special narcotics prosecutor’s office. Comment.

Two men robbed at gunpoint in Jamaica: DA

JAMAICA — A 34-year-old man is under arrest after he allegedly mugged two men at gunpoint last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

Far Rockaway

Jury finds Far Rock man guilty of rape, perjury

A Queens Supreme Court jury found former Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan, 39, guilty of raping his ex-girlfriend Wednesday and then enacting an elaborate scheme that put her behind bars for seven months, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Man charged in crash that killed Maspeth bar owner

The man suspected of killing popular Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons Jr. last month was being held without bail after being arraigned on manslaughter and other charges last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Koo funds stronger Bland security

A Flushing lawmaker held a town hall meeting last week to discuss new security features coming to Bland Houses, which have been the site of a recent killing and subsequent gunfire. Comment.

Woodside fire kills one man, injures four

A deadly, two-alarm fire in Woodside raged for nearly three hours early Friday morning, leaving one dead, four injured and neighbors turning to each other in search of ways to cope with the tragedy after the smoke had cleared. Comment.

Hollis pair sentenced to prison for Dunkin’ gift card thefts: DA

Two foreigners who stole thousands of dollars from a Hollis bank using modified gift cards were sentenced last week for their crimes, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Four people sent to hospital in LIE accident

SUNNYSIDE — A Flushing driver was arrested Saturday after he allegedly caused a severe accident on the Long Island Expressway that sent him and four passengers to the hospital, police said. Comment.

Victim assaulted, cut with food tray: Brown

JAMAICA — A 56-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to striking another person on the head with a food tray, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Ramrattan lawyer tries to discredit DA witnesses

Bayside attorney Frank Kelly said Monday that in trying to find his client, former Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan, guilty of rape, perjury and other charges, prosecutors have relied upon the testimony of liars, thieves and a woman who has presented inconsistent testimony. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011


Authorities discover more than 5,000 untaxed cigarettes in western Queens: DA

A Woodside man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday on counterfeiting and other charges after NYPD officers allegedly found 5,000 untaxed cartons of cigarettes and $96,000 in cash at his residence and at two locations in Jackson Heights, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Daughter says she was raped by pastor dad

The prosecutor in the rape trial of the Rev. Phillip Joubert, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside, told a Queens Supreme Court jury Monday that testimony submitted by his daughter was enough to find him guilty of sexually abusing her. Comments (2).

FDNY saves teen girl who fell in storm drain

KISSENA PARK — A teenage girl was rescued from a storm drain that she fell into while hanging out with friends Friday night. Comment.

Fight in boro bar leads to hospital stay for 4: Post

ASTORIA — Authorities said four men were injured early Sunday when a car careened through a brawl outside an Astoria nightclub, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011


Suspect in Gibbons hit-and-run death faces manslaughter charge; held without bail

The man suspected of killing popular Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons, Jr. last month is being held without bail after being arraigned on manslaughter and other charges Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

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