Friday, August 31, 2012

One Dead, Three Injured In Brooklyn Street Shooting

A woman is dead and three others injured after a shooting in Brooklyn.

It happened just after 9 p.m. on Clarkson Avenue near Flatbush Avenue in Prospect-Lefferts Garden.

Police say a 29-year-old woman was hit by gunfire as she was walking home.

"She was still breathing a little bit, her eyes fluttered and then the cops came and we were trying to get the ambulance through and the ambulance was unable to get through," said one witness.

A 26-year-old man was shot in the arm and buttocks.

A 29-year-old man and a 13 year old boy were grazed by bullets.

It's unclear what sparked the shooting.

Police have not made any arrests.

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

By: NY1 News

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Woman Critically Hurt When Struck by Car in BK

A 19-year-old woman was critically injured when she was hit by a car in Brooklyn Thursday evening, authorities said.

The woman was struck near 72-03 5th Ave. in Bay Ridge, just steps away from her home, according to a witness who knows the victim's family.

The witness said an SUV and an ambulette collided, and one of the vehicles jumped the curb and hit the victim.

The drivers stayed on the scene. They are not expected to be charged.

The 19-year-old woman was transported to Lutheran Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.

BY-NBC 4 New York 

Police Look For Alleged Queens Bank Robber

Police are looking for the man they say robbed a bank in Queens.

Authorities say the man walked into the New York Commercial Bank branch on Junction Boulevard in Corona Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

They say he passed the teller a note demanding money.

He allegedly grabbed the cash and fled on foot.

He's described as being in his 40s, about 5-foot-7 in height and weighing 160 to 180 pounds.

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

By: NY1 News

Police Search For Suspects In Alleged Assault Of Homeless Man

Police are looking for two men whom they say assaulted a homeless man before he was struck by an off-duty cop driving home from work.

Police say the victim was causing a disturbance at the St. George ferry terminal just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday when he was assaulted and thrown into the street by two men.

A short time later, the victim was accidentally hit in the street by a car driven by the officer.

"The injured is actually embedded under the car, he's removed from under the car," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "I believe he's at Staten Island Hospital now. As I said, he has some serious injuries, a fractured pelvis."

Police say the off-duty officer immediately called for help after the accident.

By: NY1 News

Queens Stabbing Suspect Takes Fatal Plunge Off Train Platform

SUNNYSIDE — A Sunnyside man killed his wife in their home and then leaped off an elevated train platform nearby during rush hour, leaving him in critical condition, police said.

Jennifer Cale, 37, was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital earlier in the morning with lacerations to her neck, the FDNY said, and died hours later.

Police believe her husband, Amis, 41, attacked her around 8 a.m. inside their apartment on 39th Place, near 47th Avenue.

The couple's 19-year-old daughter was woken up from a scream to find her father holding a knife and standing over her mother, who was lying in a pool of blood with a slashed throat, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Then around 9:30, the husband ran to the nearby 40th Street 7 train station and jumped off the elevated platform, falling 50 feet to the sidewalk in an apparent suicide attempt, cops said.

The husband was also taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition, NYPD said.

Elias Suarez, the superintendent of the building where the couple lived, said he ran up to the third floor apartment when he heard screaming.

He found the couple's daughter curled up in bed crying with photographs of her parents.

"I never knew of any problems, of any domestic violence," Suarez said. "They always seemed like a happy couple."

(By DNAinfo)

Man Charged with Stealing Religious Items from Three Queens Synagogues

QUEENS — A Kew Gardens man was charged Wednesday with looting more than $3,000 worth of religious items from three Queens synagoues over the summer, authorities said.

Roman Iskhakov, 26, stole items ranging from silver Torah crowns and wine glasses to cash in the burglaries and then sold the items to pawn shops, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

"The defendant is accused of being a one-man crime wave and brazenly breaking into houses of worship and stealing precious religious items," Brown said in a statement.

According to Brown's office, on the morning of June 18, Iskhakov broke into Congregation Ahavath Sholom at 75-02 113th St. and stole torah breast plates, a silver pointer, a wine cup and a silver-coated plate, among other items.

Then, on the morning of Aug. 14, Iskhakov broke into Beth Gavriel Center for Bukharian Jews at 66-35 108th St. and placed a silver plate and a silver pointer in his pocket before looting the charity box of about $200, Brown's office said.

Finally, about 8 p.m. on Aug. 16, Iskhakovbroke into Young Israel of Queens Valley Synagogue and stole two silver Torah crowns, Brown said.

Iskhakov was charged with burglary, larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, the DA said.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Construction Worker Falls From 3 World Trade Center

MANHATTAN — A construction worker fell from a lower floor of 3 World Trade Center on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

An FDNY spokesman said a man in his 30s tumbled about 20 feet and suffered serious injuries to his arm.

Although initial reports from the FDNY indicated the accident happened at 1 World Trade Center, the Port Authority said the incident occurred at 3 World Trade Center.

The man was rushed to Bellevue Hospital.

John Gallagher, a spokesman for Tishman Construction, the construction manager for the project, said the worker remained alert after the accident and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
"An iron worker fell approximately 15 feet from a beam while erecting structural steel at the base of 3 World Trade Center this afternoon," Gallagher said in a statement. "At the time of the fall, he was following all OSHA prescribed safety procedures."

Work at the site continued after the fall, the spokesman said.

The incident comes a little more than a month after another construction worker was injured at that same site after a beam rolled over on him. That worker also suffered non-threatening injuries.