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Copper thieves snarl A train morning rush

Commuters from the Rockaways were forced onto shuttle buses during Wednesday’s morning rush hour after thieves stole about 500 feet of copper wiring that serves the A train subway line near Howard Beach.Carmen Bianco, president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s NYC Transit division, said the theft, discovered at 11:22 Tuesday night, is being investigated by the NYPD’s Transit Bureau.

Thursday 05/28/2015
Koslowitz hits on all things District 29
Posted: May 28, 2015

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) has served as an elected official for the better part of the last two decades, but she says she’s more motivated than ever to make a difference in the lives of her communities.

In a wide-ranging sitdown interview with Chronicle editorial staff last Friday, Koslowitz broached strong ideas regarding the city’s police force and crime rates, overcrowding in her district’s schools and the controversial Select Bus Service plan for Woodhaven Boulevard, among other issues.

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Love triangle leads to death of ex-lovers
Posted: May 28, 2015

Two ex-lovers were killed on Tuesday after the man shot the woman dead in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino hours before he was fatally shot by cops in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD and published reports.

Branch Dalton, of Brooklyn, shot Patricia Mohammed, 55, multiple times in the torso at about 2:20 a.m. while she was sitting in a car at the racino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, cops said in a press release.

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ACS continues to hide the truth about Close to Home
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carri—n suggested in an op-ed last week that South Ozone Park’s residents misunderstand the nature of the Close to Home juvenile justice program, as well as the conditions under which youths placed in her agency’s custody are to be housed at one of its six proposed Limited Secure facilities, namely the one being constructed at 133-23 127 St.

Contrary to her suggestion, the residents are well-informed about both Close to Home and the various security measures that will be employed, and their opposition to the facility is based on the fact that over the past four years the city has thrust a menacing series of social service programs onto them: an adult men’s shelter and a Close to Home Non-Secure facility, each occurrence coming with hardly any advance notice.

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One killed, 11 people injured in car accidents
Posted: May 28, 2015

The NYPD is investigating a pair of traffic accidents from this past week that injured a total of 11 people and left a 53-year-old woman from upstate dead.

Police in the 113th Precinct said the first accident took place at about 5 p.m. on Monday night, when an 8-year-old boy — identified in published sources as Sincere Atkins — was hit by a car as he crossed the street in front of 125-60 Sutphin Blvd.

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Flood, plane issues discussed at civic
Posted: May 28, 2015

Quality-of-life concerns discussed at Tuesday night’s Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association’s meeting came from the sky and bay — ranging from an excess of airplane noise to flood insurance.

Dana Kochnower, a policy advisor with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, urged the audience to study the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s proposed changes to its flood maps, which will go into effect “sometime after 2016,” she said.

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Man gets 20 years for killing girlfriend in ’13
Posted: May 28, 2015

A South Jamaica man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for strangling his girlfriend in 2013 and dumping her body in the water near Rosedale’s Idlewild Park Preserve.

Carlos Evelyn, 33, whose last address was on Foch Boulevard, pleaded guilty to manslaughter earlier this month in the death of Kadie Ann Chambers, 27. The couple had young son at the time.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Murder spike worse in Queens than the citywide average
 
The murder rate in Queens is up 28 percent so far this year compared to the same time period last year, an increase that’s more than double the 12.7 percent rise citywide, according to Police Department figures.

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Kevin Miller Jr.’s legacy lives on in Cambria Hts.
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 12:21 pm

The Rev. John Erskine of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica baptized Kevin Miller into the church in April 2009, six months before the 13-year-old high school freshman was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout.

“I also committed his body to the ground,” Erskine said on Saturday.

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Ozone Park rapper Chinx murdered in Briarwood
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Jamaica resident Dom Bien-Aime stares blankly at a memorial for a fellow African-American male in his early 30s on Tuesday, a tribute to a man senselessly gunned down at the same Briarwood corner less than 60 hours earlier.

Just past 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, 31-year-old Lionel Pickens, an Ozone Park rapper better known by his stage name Chinx, was sitting in his Porsche at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive with friend and fellow rapper Antar Alziadi, when an unknown assailant unleashed a barrage of bullets at the men.

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