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Aug

28

2014
Shootout Erupts Between U.S. Marshals and Suspected Drug Smuggler in Queens

Shootout Erupts Between U.S. Marshals and Suspected Drug Smuggler in Queens

For one neighborhood in Queens, the otherwise peaceful evening of Tuesday, August 26 erupted into chaos when a group of U.S. Marshals entered into a shootout with assault and cocaine trafficking suspect Oswald Lewis.  Lewis was wounded in his left arm, while no Marshals were injured.  Lewis’ criminal charges date all the way back to 1991, with two additional drug-related convictions in 1986.


Aug

26

2014
Brooklyn Bridge Climber Arrested, White Flags Removed

Brooklyn Bridge Climber Arrested, White Flags Removed

When the morning of July 22 dawned, mysterious white flags were billowing atop the Brooklyn Bridge, replacing the normal American flags and leaving the NYPD baffled. Who had done it, and why?  Was it a terrorist threat, an art project, or just a bold statement?  On August 21, Berlin-based artists Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf took responsibility and returned the original flags, saying they performed the stunt to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the...

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Aug

22

2014
Police Investigating Queens Hit and Run: Why You Should Never Flee the Scene

Police Investigating Queens Hit and Run: Why You Should Never Flee the Scene

Yesterday, we wrote about the case of Joseph Caleca, who allegedly hit and dragged Sikh man Sandeep Singh with his truck in a racially-fueled attack.  The case has received attention primarily as a hate crime, but in addition to the more attention-grabbing charges of murder and assault, Caleca is also being charged with leaving the scene of an accident — a violation typically associated with hit...

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Aug

21

2014
Man Charged with Hate Crimes After Dragging Sikh Victim with Car in Queens Murder Attempt

Man Charged with Hate Crimes After Dragging Sikh Victim with Car in Queens Murder Attempt

In the crowded city, fights over driving are commonplace — but this is an extreme instance.  55-year-old Joseph Caleca of Setauket in Suffolk County has been arrested and charged with felony assault, hate crimes, and attempted murder after allegedly dragging 29-year-old construction entrepreneur Sandeep Singh at least 30 feet after hitting him with his truck in July.  Eye-witnesses to the incident are positive Singh’s ethnicity was...

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Aug

14

2014
Craigslist Leads to Grand Larceny and Burglary Charges for Queens Man

Craigslist Leads to Grand Larceny and Burglary Charges for Queens Man

Craigslist is one of the largest and most heavily-browsed web forums in America, and perhaps even the world.  The international site attracts more than 60 million visitors from the United States each month — and a few of those visitors are charged with serious crimes.  In this instance, 31-year-old Terrell L. Hill of Jamaica has been charged with multiple felonies, including burglary and grand larceny, after allegedly posing as...

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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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