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Aug

12

2014
Exchange Students Allegedly Starved, Queens Tutors Charged with Assault and Child Endangerment

Exchange Students Allegedly Starved, Queens Tutors Charged with Assault and Child Endangerment

Two officials at the Crown Academy school in Little Neck, Queens were charged with assault and child endangerment last week after a concerned nanny brought suspicions of abuse to the attention of local police officers.  The nanny’s allegations triggered a police investigation, which eventually resulted in the arrests of Crown Academy president Min Kyung Chea and employee Sun Kyung Park.  Park and Chea’s defense attorney says his clients are innocent, calling the...

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Aug

08

2014
Chokehold Cameraman’s Wife Arrested, Says NYPD is Targeting Orta Family

Chokehold Cameraman’s Wife Arrested, Says NYPD is Targeting Orta Family

On July 17, 43-year-old Eric Garner of Staten Island died after being put in a long-banned chokehold maneuver by former NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who has since been stripped of his gun and badge.  On August 2, just over two weeks later, the man who filmed the now-notorious footage — one Ramsey Orta, aged 22 — was placed under arrest for gun possession charges.  Orta’s subsequent...

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Aug

07

2014
EMTs Rescue Mentally Ill Patient From NYPD Beating

EMTs Rescue Mentally Ill Patient From NYPD Beating

Following the chokehold death of Eric Garner — a death which was later ruled a homicide — the NYPD has been the subject of considerable anger, media scrutiny, and controversy.  In another recent incident, two EMTs with the FDNY had to physically intervene when they saw three NYPD officers beating a mentally ill patient who was handcuffed to a stretcher.


Aug

06

2014
Father and Stepmother Arrested for Child Abuse in Grisly Queens Assault Case

Father and Stepmother Arrested for Child Abuse in Grisly Queens Assault Case

Rajesh Ranot and Sheetal Ranot of Ozone Park, Queens, have been arrested on multiple charges of assault, unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.  That child is 12-year-old Maya Ranot, who finally came forward to authorities after enduring nearly two years of abuse. Rajesh and Sheetal are both being held on bail, and could face at least seven years in prison if convicted.


Aug

05

2014
Medical Examiner: Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death a Homicide

Medical Examiner: Eric Garner’s Chokehold Death a Homicide

On July 17, Staten Island man Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo of the NYPD.  His death unleashed a torrent of criticism and outrage, and Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton promised dramatic reforms. In the latest development, Garner’s death has officially been ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner, spurring a deeper investigation by Staten Island...

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Jul

31

2014
16-Year-Old Suspect Charged with Second Degree Murder in 2013 Queens Shooting

16-Year-Old Suspect Charged with Second Degree Murder in 2013 Queens Shooting

In May of 2013, 14-year-old D’aja Robinson of South Jamaica was riding the Q6 bus home from a “Sweet 16” party at the Onyx Lounge on Rockaway Boulevard when a bullet struck her in the head, ending her life.  Then-Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he suspected Robinson was not the intended target, but an accidental victim of gang warfare.  The first suspect was arrested the following month,...

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Jul

30

2014
Former Queens Councilman Dan Halloran Convicted of Bribery

Former Queens Councilman Dan Halloran Convicted of Bribery

Former police officer and Queens Councilman Dan Halloran served the city from 2010 to 2013, and represented nearly 200,000 NYC residents during his four years in office. He won approval from Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians alike, and was dubbed one of City Hall’s “40 Under 40” in 2010.  But despite Halloran’s achievements and accolades, some have called him a criminal.  After a months-long trial, on Tuesday the...

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Jul

29

2014
Second Chokehold Incident with NYPD Targets Pregnant Woman for Barbecuing

Second Chokehold Incident with NYPD Targets Pregnant Woman for Barbecuing

Earlier this month, 43-year-old Eric Garner was selling loose cigarettes on a street corner when he was approached by several members of the NYPD.  Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is now reportedly on modified duty, placed Garner in a chokehold — a maneuver that was formally banned by the department back in 1993.  Garner died as a result, sparking public outcry that the NYPD was targeting...

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Jul

28

2014
Two Fatal Brawls Two Hours Apart on Same Night in Woodside, Queens

Two Fatal Brawls Two Hours Apart on Same Night in Woodside, Queens

In a bizarre coincidence, the NYPD responded to a deadly Woodside, Queens assault around 11 P.M. last Saturday night — only to return to another, unrelated brawl just two hours later.  Both incidents involved two males armed with weapons, and in each case, one of the two men was pronounced dead on arrival at Elmhurst General Hospital while the other man survived.


Jul

25

2014
Mystery Spray Painter Fed Up with Bad Parking Goes on Vandalism Spree in Queens

Mystery Spray Painter Fed Up with Bad Parking Goes on Vandalism Spree in Queens

If you’re ever lived in or visited a big city, chances are you’ve raised an eyebrow at a less-than-excellent parking job.  But the response is usually a note on the windshield –not full-scale vandalism.  An unidentified suspect has been wreaking havoc in Queens’ Glendale neighborhood by night, tagging poorly parked cars with some rather bluntly-worded graffiti messages. Frustrated residents are enlisting help from local police, who have yet to catch the person...

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