Category Archives: Crime

Brooklyn Man Charged in Brutal Bayside Push-in Robbery

A Brooklyn man last week was ordered held without bail on burglary, robbery and assault charges in an April 2014 home invasion that left an elderly Bayside couple seriously injured, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Vincente Barzola, 39, of East New York, was arraigned last Thursday on first- and second-degree burglary, first- and second-degree robbery and second-degree assault charges. According to the complaint, Barzola, along with previously apprehended co-defendant Christopher Ramirez, 24, rang the doorbell of John and … Continue reading

Cambria Heights Barber Convicted in Stab Slay

A Cambria Heights barber last week was found guilty in the stabbing death of a customer over headphones, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Cedric Simpson was convicted last Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter for the March, 2014, incident in which he slashed Carl Richardson, 19, with a pair of scissors in the neck and upper back, and stabbing him once in the chest outside Select Stylez Barbershop on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton. According to Brown, Simpson bought a pair … Continue reading

Former Gym Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Contact with Teen Boys

A former Ridgewood public high school teacher last week pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two male students. Joy Morsi, 40, of Long Island, copped to third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act last Friday. According to the charges, Morsi, a former gym teacher at Grover Cleveland High School, engaged in sexual acts with two students on school grounds. She had sex in the school basement and other areas on campus with the first victim, who was 16 when … Continue reading

Corona Man Re-arrested on Child Porn Charges

A grand jury has indicted a Corona man on charges of engaging a young Oklahoma girl over the Internet, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Wednesday. Jorel Fowler, 24, also known as Jorel Fower, according to Brown, was allegedly days away from traveling to see the 13-year-old in person for sex when he was arrested in March 2014 for luring other children to play “The Game,” a program allegedly created by the defendant which he used on the website … Continue reading

Partners Chase Down 102nd Precinct Cop of the Month Awards

  Note to prospective perpetrators who might be thinking about doing business within the confines of the 102nd Precinct: Don’t bother running. Fleet of foot Police Officers AnnMarie Tyrie and Erik Contreras earned December Cop of the Month honors after chasing down a burglary suspect and retrieving the stolen property, all without injury to crook or cop. “This is certainly much appreciated in the 102,” said Dep. Inspector Henry Sautner, commanding officer of the precinct. Tyrie and Contreras’s heroics, Sautner … Continue reading

Single Bust Yields Four Arrests for 106th Precinct Cop of the Month

The 106th Precinct Cop of the Month for December is no stranger to the honor. Veteran Police Officer Jennifer Martinez earned the award twice before being recognized a third time last Wednesday at the precinct’s Community Council meeting. Martinez was presented with the latest plaque after her work in tracking down four perpetrators who had allegedly robbed an Ozone Park gas station at gunpoint. According to Lt. Frank DiPreta, the command’s Special Operations coordinator, on Dec. 4 around 10 p.m., … Continue reading

Crime Dips in 106th Precinct, but Schiff not Satisfied

Overall crime in the 106th Precinct appears to be trending downward, but this is no time to rest on laurels, its commanding officer said last week. Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, who has been overseeing the south central Queens command since September, 2013, indicated that compared to this review period last year—the final week of the previous year and the first week of the new one—the 106th is “down about a hundred crimes.” And according to Capt. Carlos Fernandez, commanding officer … Continue reading

Queens and Linden Boulevards to Get Vision Zero Treatment

  Hoping to build upon the transportation gains of 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio last week announced that comprehensive Vision Zero planning initiatives were on the way for Queens and Linden boulevards. In the first year of de Blasio’s plan to reduce Big Apple traffic deaths to zero, pedestrian fatalities fell to 134, the lowest level since 1910, and overall traffic fatalities were down by 15 percent from 2013. De Blasio attributed part of the success to the city Department … Continue reading

Bookkeeper Gets Two to Four Years in Prison for Taking Kickbacks

A College Point woman, who formerly worked as a bookkeeper for a Flushing truck parts company, was sentenced last Thursday to two to four years in prison for accepting kickbacks from customers in return for falsifying the company’s business records by either deleting invoices or falsely crediting accounts, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Laura Greco, 54, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of second-degree grand larceny. According to the charges, during her employment at New York Metro … Continue reading

Edible Arrangements Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

A Springfield Gardens man, who owns an Edible Arrangements franchise on Springfield Boulevard, pleaded guilty last week to violations of the state Tax Code for failing to pay more than $185,000 in taxes due to both the city and state, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Maurice Letman, 42, owns MSM Arrangements, which operates as an EA franchise that sells fruit baskets and bouquets. According to Brown, Letman has pleaded guilty to violations of sections 1804 and 1802 of … Continue reading

Six New Officers Join 106th Precinct

Six rookie officers fresh out of the Police Academy and assigned to the 106th Precinct have already begun working the streets of south central Queens.  State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently addressed the officers, noting that “Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority. Jobs like that are … Continue reading

Commissioner of Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Calls Outreach Crucial

The other side of sports, the seedy underbelly pockmarked with athletes behaving badly, dominated the narrative of the kickoff of the National Football League’s 2014 season. Because of the actions of gridiron stars such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, domestic violence suddenly was thrust into the national spotlight, controlling the conversation on sports radio stations from Astoria to Albuquerque. While many saw an opportunity to share an opinion, Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, … Continue reading

DA’s Office Will Use Grant Money to Address Automobile Crimes

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week announced that his office has successfully secured a significant grant from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to help combat vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The $556,000 award is part of a $3.7 million grant package that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will be distributed to 17 agencies and organizations across the state for the purpose of enhancing their efforts in reducing the two crimes. The Queens DA’s Office received the largest grant—with … Continue reading

Passionate Crowd Rallies to Support Cops

Passionate pro-police, anti-administration prose delivered on the steps outside Borough Hall briefly heated up a bitterly cold Tuesday afternoon as activists, union and civic leaders, and elected officials rallied in support of the NYPD. Organized by Joe Concannon, a retired police captain and one-time City Council candidate, the event, replete with guest speakers and plenty of signs, was the first in a five-borough series that will culminate at City Hall. “We’re here to let the world know that the vast, … Continue reading

Pomonok Houses Site of First Borough Murder of 2015

A 30-year-old man was shot and killed early Friday morning inside the doorway of an apartment in a Pomonok Houses building in Flushing, according to the police, marking the first borough murder of the new year. Cops responded around 2:30 a.m. to a 911 call of a man shot inside the 71st Avenue development. When they arrived, police found the victim with a gunshot wound to his head. Emergency medical services personnel also responded and pronounced the victim, whose name … Continue reading