Police Blotter: Two suspects arrested in connection with string of Queens burglaries

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FLUSHING — Officers of the 109th Precinct arrested two men last Thursday on charges of robbing elderly women last month in four burglaries committed in three Queens precincts, police said.

Todd Christam, 32, and Jeffrey Connally, 44, were charged with the burglaries police said occurred between April 28 and May 28.

Police said Christam and Connally were responsible for the burglaries in the 109th and 111th precincts in Bayside and the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows.

The pair are suspected of a May 1 burglary in which the victim, a woman, was injured and taken to North Shore University Hospital, police said.

Jamaica Estates man dies after fall in front of train

JAMAICA ESTATES — A Jamaica Estates man was killed Monday in Manhattan when he apparently fell in front of a subway train, police said.

The victim, Irwin Gary Wax, 52, was at the Third Avenue and 53rd Street station of the E line Monday morning when he was killed, police said.

No arrests have been made and the police were continuing the investigation.

Racist graffiti found on Whitestone playground

WHITESTONE — Racial slurs and swastikas were discovered on a Whitestone playground Tuesday, police said.

The slurs were found on a gym set at 152-20 11th Ave., police said.

No arrests have been made and an investigation was ongoing, police said.

Man shoots self in car at Hollis Hills intersection

HOLLIS HILLS — A man shot himself in the head Sunday morning in Hollis Hills in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

The victim, whose name was not released, was found inside a car at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and 235th Court, police said, and the gun was recovered at the scene.

The victim was in critical condition at North Shore Hospital Sunday afternoon, police said.

NYPD head announces new terrorist hotline

MANHATTAN — New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced a new hotline Monday for the public to report suspected terrorist activity.

The hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE, or 888-692-7233, police said, and it was expected to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People who suspect or have knowledge of any form of terrorist activity are asked to call the hotline, police said.

Manhattan woman arrested in Queens shooting

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Manhattan woman was arrested Sunday and charged with assault for allegedly shooting another woman in one leg in Queens, police said.

Cynthia Conyers, 31, of 159-26 Harlem River Dr. was accused of shooting the victim, 28, after a dispute, police said.

The victim was taken to North Shore Hospital with a graze wound and was in stable condition, police said.

Police said a 22-caliber pistol was recovered from Conyers’ car.

Hazardous canisters reported at S. Jamaica air cargo bldg.

SOUTH JAMAICA — No one was injured last week after police were called to an air cargo storage facility in South Jamaica to investigate leaking canisters filled with hazardous materials.

An employee of Helman Air Cargo Storage Facility at 157th Street and 144th Avenue called police last Thursday when the employee found a canister of silium, a material used in mining, with a damaged seal, police said.

Of the five canisters found only one had a damaged seal, police said, and the canisters were shipped to a mining company. It was unclear where the canisters were sent.

Hollis man arrested on sex abuse charges

HOLLIS — A Hollis man was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual abuse and assault for allegedly groping two women near his home, police said.

Jamell George, 23, of 191-23 109th Rd., was accused of grabbing a 28-year-old woman and a 34-year-old woman at the intersection of 191st Street and 109th Avenue, trying to pull their pants down and grope them, police said.

The victims fought off the attack and notified police, authorities said.

Person shot while fleeing from police in S. Jamaica

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police shot a person in the buttocks Saturday in South Jamaica while they were attempting to stop the victim, authorities said.

Police were attempting to stop the victim, whose identity was not released, at the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Glassboro Avenue.

The victim was in stable condition at an area hospital, police said, but authorities did not release the name of the hospital.

Authorities did not say why they were trying to stop the victim.

Man robs S. Jamaica market, flees with $600 Friday

SOUTH JAMAICA — A man robbed a South Jamaica supermarket at gunpoint Friday afternoon and fled with $600 in cash, police said.

No injuries were reported in the 4 p.m. incident at 114-11 Lefferts Blvd., police said.

No arrests were reported and officers were continuing their investigation.

Bodies of mother, son found in Jackson Hgts. apartment

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A mother and son were found dead inside their Jackson Heights apartment Monday, police said.

The mother, Esthere Fischer, 83, was found dead in her fifth-floor apartment on 75th Street, police said. Fischer’s death does not appear suspicious and the city Medical Examiner was to determine the cause of death, police said.

Fischer’s son, Sanford Fischer, 53, was also found dead in the apartment where the two lived, police said. The medical examiner was to determine Sanford Fischer’s cause of death, police said.

An investigation was ongoing, police said.

Body of man found Saturday in E. River

ASTORIA — A man’s body was found floating in the East River Saturday morning, police said.

The victim, who was approximately 35 to 40 years old, was unidentified, police said. The medical examiner was to determine the cause of death.

No arrests have been made and an investigation was ongoing, police.

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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