Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
A 15-year-old freshman has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he flashed the fake gun in English class at Flushing High School and promised to take revenge on classmates who teased him.
"He said it was going to happen in the hallway after class," said a classmate who wouldn't give her name.
"He promised he was going to start shooting," said the terrified girl, whose parents pulled her out of school after the incident.
The troubled teen who showed off the fake weapon was a frequent target of other students who teased him and called him "scarecrow" for being too skinny, the classmate said.
During third period, the teen pulled the gun from his book bag and displayed it for the frightened students. A witness said the teacher never noticed.
A school aide recevied an anonymous call about the gun and told a dean, who enlisted the help of a school safety agent to track down the teen.
Cops were alerted, and after a canvass of the building, the teen was located and arrested. He is being charged as a juvenile.
Police said the boy painted the toy gun's red barrel black so it looked real. Cops also found a box cutter in his backpack.
"I'm glad police got him, but I still don't feel safe at school," said the girl who witnessed the incident.
School officials said administrative action against the boy is pending.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Police were searching Sunday for the hit-and-run driver who struck a 13-year-old boy in Belle Harbor, Queens the previous night.
Police say the teen was hit by a burgundy GMC Envoy as he crossed Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 139th Street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition with head and knee injuries.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
UPDATED 5;30 PM A newborn baby was found in a trash compactor in a Brooklyn housing project Sunday, and police were looking to speak with his mother.
Investigators say a janitor at 102 North Portland Avenue in the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene heard the baby's cries coming from the compactor at around 9:20 a.m.
Police believe the baby was tossed down a garbage chute, which is connected to the compactor.
The baby was in stable condition in Brooklyn Hospital.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
UPDATE:11:34 PM: emargenc service on scene transported
7 Victims to Jamaica Hospital.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The victims have serious injuries, but nothing life threatening.
They are in the process of being transported to local hospital
The shooting took place at 115 Collyer Avenue in the Annandale neighborhood, the police said.
Investigators were still piecing together what happened, and the police said that many details, including the identity of the man who was killed, were not available. Paul J. Browne, the Police Department's chief spokesman, said that based on preliminary information, the shooting came after an armed suspect confronted members of the Emergency Service Unit who were called to the location by uniformed colleagues from the 123rd Precinct.
The events that led to the shooting began when someone called 911 to report a "push-in" robbery of a woman in her home, Mr. Browne said. During that encounter, the woman was shot in the abdomen, he said. She was later taken to the hospital; she is expected to live, he said.
Officers who responded to the call for help "observed that the assailant was still inside the apartment," said Mr. Browne. Those officers radioed for backup from the Emergency Service Unit, he said.
The man was shot and killed in a confrontation with the responding Emergency Service Unit officers, Mr. Browne said. It was not immediately clear if the suspect knew the woman.
Investigators later said that they believed the assailant shot two people — the woman and her husband — and that they were his former employers, Mr. Browne said.
It is not clear what type of work the assailant did for the victims or when he stopped working for them, Mr. Browne said.
But, after the man pushed his way into their home, he shot his "former boss in the head and shot the boss's wife when she tried to intervene," Mr. Browne said.
The man and woman were taken to Staten Island University Hospital. The man was in critical condition, Mr. Browne said, and his wife was in stable condition.
Mr. Browne provided more details about what had precipitated the shooting.
He said that when the Emergency Service Unit officers entered the home, they searched for the assailant. They found him armed and standing in a closet.
"He initially pointed the gun at his head and then turned and pointed it at the Emergency Service Unit officers," Mr. Browne said. "And he refused repeated commands to drop the gun."
The man was then shot and killed by the police.
It was not immediately clear if more than one officer opened fire and how many bullets were discharged, Mr. Browne said.
The jury of seven men and five women will return Monday to decide whether Basciano should die by lethal injection or get life in prison for ordering the murder of mob associate Randolph Pizzolo.
Basciano turned his chair to face Judge Nicholas Garaufis, not the jury forewoman, as she read the verdict on the fourth day of deliberations in Brooklyn Federal Court.
He showed no reaction and later stood as the jury filed out of the courtroom, took a deep breath and sighed.
"I think we're all disappointed," defense lawyer Richard Jasper said outside court.
Basciano, 51, is already serving a life sentence for the shotgun murder of Bronx junkie Frank Santoro in 2001.
The flamboyant gangster was buried under the weight of testimony from six cooperating witnesses, including another former Bonanno boss, Joseph Massino, the highest-ranking New York gangster to sing for the government.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Taryn Merkl and Stephen Frank told jurors Basciano's big mouth proved he was a murderer.
Basciano - who was in jail when Pizzolo was executed Nov. 30, 2004, on a deserted street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn - told Massino in a taped jailhouse conversation he gave the order to kill Pizzolo.
"His own words are on tape telling you the murder was his idea, he selected the hit team and explaining why it had to be done," Frank said in closing arguments.
Pizzolo had committed numerous mob indiscretions and the hit was meant to send a "wakeup call" to the rest of the Bonanno crime family, already reeling from the defections of several high-ranking gangsters.
"Even though justice has been served, there isn't anything that can or will replace the lifetime sentence of emotional void my family and I serve, without my dad," Pizzolo's daughter Connie told the Daily News.
"If capital punishment is what is next for Vinny, then my father's death will not have been in vain," she said.
The feds are seeking the death penalty under the statute of murder in aid of racketeering. There is no death penalty charge in New York.
Last fall, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed the government's intent to seek the death penalty against Basciano after the judge had asked him to reconsider the decision.
In 1992, Bonanno soldier Thomas (Tommy Karate) Pitera was convicted of six murders and faced the death penalty, but the jury opted for life in prison.
Federal prosecutors may seek to introduce evidence in the death penalty phase that Basciano plotted from jail to kill Garaufis, Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Andres and several mob rats who were part of the earlier Santoro murder case.
They will argue that Basciano should be executed because he remains a grave danger to the outside world and prison personnel.
Defense lawyers will counter that Basciano will be totally incapacitated serving a life sentence at the supermaximum security federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo.
That's 90 seconds longer than it took cops to get to a crime scene in 2007.
In 2008, it took 7.1 minutes for a cop to arrive at a reported crime scene, and that slightly increased to 7.2 minutes in 2009 and 7.3 minutes in 2010.
But the NYPD has defended its fleet-footed team, saying response times have been bloated by slower responses to non-emergencies.