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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

A foreclosed home in St. Albans was a house of horrors for two young women who were kidnapped, beaten and forced into prostitution allegedly by a man who picked them up off the street by posing as a john, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

Corona resident Cecilia Reyes, whose 22-year-old son Noel Polanco was fatally shot by an NYPD detective during a traffic stop, said she was devastated after a Queens grand jury decided against formally charging the officer. Comments (1)
The number of murders in the 107th Precinct fell slightly in 2012 from the year before, following a citywide trend of declining murder rates, NYPD crime statistics showed. Comment
Flushing

Man in Flushing charged with pot possession during traffic stop: Police sources

FLUSHING — Officers from the 109th Precinct found more than 21 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Wednesday morning, according to police sources. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Cop charged with assault

FRESH MEADOWS — An NYPD police officer was arrested and charged with assault and harassment Monday, police said. According to the New York Post, the misdemeanor charges stemmed from an alleged fight between the officer, 31-year-old Sidd Yousafzai, and his wife in their home. Comment
EAST ELMHURST — An NFL lineman was arrested at LaGuardia Airport Feb. on suspicion he carried a .40-caliber handgun in his carry-on bag Feb. 19, the New York Post reported. The man, Da’Quan Bowers, who is a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, allegedly admitted he did not have a permit to carry the weapon, which he bought legally in Florida, in New York, the paper reported. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Long Island City

Fake car parts sold to taxis from LIC spot: Feds

Long Island City

Fake car parts sold to taxis from LIC spot: Feds

Two New Jersey men and a Pennsylvania man have been indicted in Manhattan federal court after they allegedly sold counterfeit car parts to locations in Long Island City and elsewhere, some of which service city taxis and limousines, authorities said. Comment
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 65-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run on Rockaway Boulevard last week. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Brooklyn rabbi tried to meet girl, 14: DA

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn rabbi was charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a person he had met online and whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment
QUEENS — A Queens man was arrested by the federal government Feb. 13 on suspicion he smuggled ceremonial libation cups carved from rhino horns out of the United States and into Hong Kong, the New York Post reported. The man, Qiang “Jeffrey” Wang, was one of three people charged in a crackdown on the killing of endangered rhinos and the illegal trafficking of their horns, the Post said. Comment

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Elmhurst

Man charged in murder inside Crown Motor Inn

Elmhurst

Man charged in murder inside Crown Motor Inn

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown weighed in on the arrest of a 23-year-old man accused of strangling Joseph Benzinger in an Elmhurst hotel room earlier this month, suggesting the Manhattan resident get the maximum sentence. Comment
State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) is pushing a bill to expand the legal definition of rape as well as a compromise with a rival bill in the state Senate. Comment
Robberies have contributed to a slight uptick in crime in the 111th Precinct over the last several weeks as the officers work to curb a drastic rise in burglaries in Bayside and Auburndale, NYPD crime statistics showed. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013

Staffers at a fake nonprofit funded with taxpayer dollars by former state Sen. Shirley Huntley agreed Wednesday to pay back nearly $30,000 they stole from the state after the disgraced lawmaker pleaded guilty last week to covering up the scheme, authorities said. Comments (1)
The police have not identified any suspects in the case of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found washed up on the beach in Breezy Point after she disappeared nearly two months ago, and the woman’s boyfriend claimed he was doing everything he can to find her murderer. Comment
LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD was asking the public’s help in identifying a man who is suspected of breaking into the Friendship Baptist Church, on 38-35 12 St., on Feb. 18. The police said the rear door of the church was broken and electronics were removed during the burglary. Comment
JAMAICA — A suspect’s refusal to pay a subway toll led to his arrest for an alleged rape, police said. Comment

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

The body of a Queens woman who had been missing since December was discovered on the beach in Breezy Point Saturday and police were looking for clues as to what happened to her. Comment

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