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Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011

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 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 craigslist.com hookup gone wrong, the Kings County district attorney’s office said last week. Comment
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

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
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

Flushing

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
Jamaica

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

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
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
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
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
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
Sunnyside

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
Jamaica

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
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

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
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)
Flushing

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
Astoria

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

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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