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DRIVE BY INVESTIGATED: Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred in Canarsie the night of February 5.

According to preliminary reports, the victim, an 18-year-old, was on East 105th Street heading toward Farragut Road at about 10 p.m. Sunday when a car rolled by.

An unidentified man in the car opened fire, striking the victim in the leg, officials said.

The victim was listed in stable condition after treatment at a local hospital.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 69th Precinct at (718) 257-6211. All calls will be kept confidential.

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80-YEAR-OLD ROBBED OF PURSE: An 80-year-old woman and her home health aid were surrounded and robbed on the 1500 block of East 102nd Street last week.

Police said that the suspects, four in all, jumped the women just before 3 p.m. on February 1.

The 80-year-old, officials said, was sitting in a wheelchair. The home health aide was right behind her.

Officials said that the suspects strong-armed the victims and ran off with their property.

Police are investigating.

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FIRE RIPS THROUGH SPRING CREEK HIGH_RISE: Firefighters were called to Spring Creek Gardens the afternoon of February 7 after a fire broke out in a 14th floor apartment in one of the high rise buildings.

No injuries were reported as firefighters battled the 1 p.m. blaze inside 1530 Pennsylvania Avenue, although fire marshals have deemed the blaze "suspicious."

Anyone with information as to what started the fire is urged to call officials at (800) FIRE-TIP. All calls will be kept confidential.

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HIT AND RUN STILL A MYSTERY: It's been nearly a month, and cops are still trying to find out what left a 20-year-old Canarsie resident in a coma.

Police believe that the victim was hit by a speeding car on Remsen Avenue between Flatlands and Glenwood at 2 a.m. on January 14, although no victims have come forward claiming that they saw the impact.

Officials said that the victim was found lying in the street unconscious with severe head trauma and injuries to the bodies. Some of the victim's belongings were scattered all over the street, leading some to believe that he was hit by a car.

When the victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, he lapsed into a coma, said officials.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215. All calls will be kept confidential.

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SHOTS FIRED ON CITY BUS: Straphangers being driven through Canarsie found themselves scrambling to escape after several shots were fired on a B-6 bus.

Police said that the shots - three in total - were fired after a robbery on the bus, which reportedly took place near the corner of East 96th Street and Flatlands Avenue just before 4 p.m. on January 27.

Cops from the 69th Precinct said that they were called to the corner of Glenwood Road and East 96th Street after a report of shots fired.

When they arrived, the bus was empty. The bus driver told police that he was motoring along when the passengers starting screaming at him to pull over.

When he stopped, everyone ran out of the bus, said officials.

The driver said that he heard three "pops" that could have been gunshots, but never saw a shooter.

Cops tracked down the victim a short while later, who claimed that a black male sitting next to him had pulled a gun, demanding his property.

The suspect shot several shots in the bus, but no one was hurt.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 69th Precinct at (718) 257-6211. All calls will be kept confidential.

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COPS: HELP CLEAN UP GRAFFITI WHILE EARNING SOME GREEN: As the ongoing war against graffiti vandals continues, cops are now offering up to $500 in reward money to anyone who can offer them information that can lead them to anyone who commits graffiti vandalism.

The hefty reward is part of the city's new push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.

According to police there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

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MAN SHOT DURING STRUGGLE WITH COPS: A man suffered a graze wound to his head after a shot was fired during a struggle with police in East Flatbush.

Officials said that cops from the 67th Precinct in the process of apprehending the unidentified man for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend.

The woman's screams alerted police to the scene at about 2:45 p.m. on February 7, said officials.

Police said that the woman claimed that her ex-beau was following her.

Then, right in the police officer's presence, the suspect punched the woman in the face and ran of.

Police said that responding officers chased the man into an East 93rd Street building.

Once they reached the second floor, the suspect tried to slam the hallway door in the officer's face.

As cops struggled against the door with the suspect, a shot was fired, grazing the man in the head.

The man was taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment.

Charges are pending as this paper was going to press.

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RECKLESS ROAD WARRIOR BUSTED: A motorist from Kensington was arrested on reckless endangerment charges last week when he was spotted peeling out from a restaurant near the corner of Avenue S and Coney Island Avenue, officials said.

Police allege that as Adam Gililov, 24, of the 460 block of Ocean Parkway chirped his tires and sped away from the restaurant at 9:30 p.m. on February 3, several pedestrians scrambled to get away from the car, apparently fearing for their lives as he barreled off into the night.

Gililov was also charged with making lane changes without signaling and driving without a seat belt, officials said.

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WOMAN CONNED OUT OF CASH: A Flatbush resident told police that she was bilked out of $1,000 after being ensnared by a couple of con artists in the notoriously effective "found money" scam.

The woman claimed that she was passing the corner of Church Avenue and East 17th Street on the morning of January 23 when a complete stranger stopped her, claiming that he had just found an envelope filled with money.

The stranger offered to share the money with her if she put up $1,000 as a show of "good faith."

The police were told that the stranger was joined by another woman. Both of them worked on the victim until she agreed to give them the $100 that was in her pocketbook, as well as take them to another bank, where she withdrew the other $900.

After taking the money, the suspects convinced the woman to wait at a nearby jewelry store to receive her half of the found loot, but the con artists never re-appeared. They and another male were last seen fleeing Church Avenue in a beige automobile.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 70th Precinct at (718) 851-5511. All calls will be kept confidential.

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TEEN KILLED FOLLOWING SWEET 16 PARTY: Two teens were shot, one fatally, last week as gunfire erupted near the corner of East 52nd and Winthrop streets, eviscerating the joys of a nearby Sweet 16 party.

As this paper went to press, cops were still trying to track down the gunman, who opened fire on 17-year-old Ronald Petgrave of East 91st Street just after 1:30 a.m. on January 22.

Police said that Petgrave and another teen were leaving the party for a classmate when several shots were fired.

The shooter may have been laying in wait for the teen, officials said.

Both teens were hit and rushed to Kings County Hospital where Petgrave died of his injuries. He had been shot five times, officials said.

The other wounded teen was listed in stable condition following treatment.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Tipsters could receive up to $2,000 for information leading to the gunman's arrest and indictment.

Calls can be made to either the 67th Precinct at (718) 287-3211 or the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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COPS: HELP CLEAN UP GRAFFITI WHILE EARNING SOME GREEN: As the ongoing war against graffiti vandals continues, cops are now offering up to $500 in reward money to anyone who can offer them information that can lead them to anyone who commits graffiti vandalism.

The hefty reward is part of the city's new push to rid New York of graffiti vandals.

Graffiti is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.

Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.

According to police there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.

Posted 7:06 pm, October 10, 2011
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