Category Archives: South Ozone Park

Katz Says South Ozone Park Needs Schools, Not Prisons; Opposes Proposed Location of Juvenile Detention Facility

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz this week weighed in on the controversial proposed juvenile detention center slated to open in the middle of a residential South Ozone Park, saying such communities “need schools, not prisons.” The limited secure placement facility, which would be housed in a newly constructed building on 127th Street, is part of the Administration for Children’s Services Close to Home initiative, which allows youth found to have committed a delinquent act to be placed by the city … Continue reading

Casino Guard Honored for Aiding Girl Left Alone in Lot

Kevin Earnest felt a blast of wintry wind and knew he had to act fast. The Resorts World NYC security officer/emergency medical technician recalls the February 14—Valentine’s Day—incident with remarkable clarity. Earnest remembered how it began. He heard the call from dispatch squawk over his radio. “There was a possibly abandoned child in the parking lot,” Earnest, 43, said. After a mobile unit confirmed that a little girl was alone, crying in the backseat of a car in Section C … Continue reading

Suspected Shooter in Casino Melee in Custody

The suspected shooter who allegedly fired rounds in the parking lot as a melee raged inside Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park last Friday is now in police custody, officials said on Tuesday. Jaquan Roberts, 22, turned himself into authorities, and according to a New York Daily News report has been charged with attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said surveillance video shows Roberts firing shots toward the casino, which opened its doors in October, 2011. … Continue reading

Woman Set Up Botched Robbery That Ended in Homicide: DA

A South Ozone Park woman last week was charged with murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend during a botched robbery attempt she allegedly helped plan with the gunman, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Natasha Mohabeer, 30, last Friday night was remanded into custody after she was arraigned on charges of murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and first-degree robbery. According to the charges, Mohabeer allegedly orchestrated the robbery of her boyfriend, Michael Jonathan, with an … Continue reading

No Jail Time for Former Execs in South Ozone Park Nonprofit Scam

Two former executives of a South Ozone Park nonprofit last week avoided jail time as they were sentenced for conspiring to steal funds from the organization in 2013, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Chan Jamoona, 68, and daughter Veda Jamoona, 30, were convicted last November for trying to take more than $50,000 from a lunch program for senior citizens run by the nonprofit United Hindu Cultural Council of USA North America Inc. by falsifying documents with another defendant, … Continue reading

Early AM Home Invasion in Ozone Park, Phone Track Leads to Arrest

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 25, police in the 106th precinct responded to a burglary taking place at 107th Avenue and 80th Street in Ozone Park.  A woman asleep in her bed had awoken to a noise to find two men in her home, one of them armed. The men were described as dressed in black from head to toe.  They made away with jewels, electronics, and possibly cash, fleeing on foot onto 80th Street. Police were … Continue reading

Ozone Park Native Reappointed Commissioner of Mayor’s Disability Office

Mayor Bill de Blasio this week announced the reappointment of Queens native Victor Calise as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Calise, an Ozone Park product who earned degrees from St. John’s University and Queens College, has been MOPD commissioner since former Mayor Bloomberg appointed him to the post in 2012. “I am honored to be chosen by Mayor de Blasio to continue to lead this office and serve New Yorkers with disabilities,” Calise said. “It has … Continue reading

Grandmother Abandons Child to Play Slots

Casinos see their fair share of gambling addicts, and Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park is apparently no exception. Vigilance lead security guards at the casino to discover a five-year-girl left alone in an unheated vehicle this past Saturday around 11 am, with temperatures below freezing.  The girl’s grandmother, identified as Renee Osby, 56, of Brooklyn, had made an earlier attempt to bring her into the casino with her, but the pair was turned away due to the casino’s … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Nanking, Asian Fusion Gem in South Ozone Park

You can’t really call Rockaway Boulevard at 134th Street the fine dining center of the universe.  There’s not much more there than a vegetarian take-out place, a liquor store, and a few other vestiges of a bygone boulevard. Nanking, from the exterior, is no great shakes.  You could drive by the storefront a hundred times and not notice the brightly lit red sign, and that’s probably because you wouldn’t expect to see a cute little Asian fusion restaurant on that … Continue reading

Wills Bans Press from Civic Meeting

Hours after he was indicted for the second time since last May, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Tuesday evening co-hosted with the South Ozone Park Civic Association West what was billed as a town hall meeting to continue to discuss the city’s plan to establish a facility for juvenile delinquents on a residential block in the neighborhood. Concerned citizens and area residents were urged to report to St. Anthony of Padua Church basement on 130th Street at 7 p.m. … Continue reading

MTA Reopens Stations Along Liberty Avenue

It was a sight for sore south Queens straphanger eyes. On Monday morning, following five months of renovation and rehabilitation, A-train customers regained access to the Manhattan-bound sides of the 104th Street and 88th Street stations along the Liberty Avenue line in Ozone Park. The station renewal program is part of a major $39 million capital project that will see the complete overhaul of five stations along the Liberty Avenue A line, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “For these stations, originally opened in the … 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

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

Former TSA Screener Convicted of Stealing Cash from Passengers

A former Transportation Security Administration officer assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport was convicted last week of grand larceny and other charges for stealing $10,000 cash from two passengers traveling in December 2011 and January 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Alexandra Schmid, 34, of Brooklyn, was convicted last Wednesday following a nearly four-week bench trial before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Joel Blumenfeld, who found her guilty of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

Howard Beach Native Burnishing His Entertainment Mogul Credentials

For Jared Overeem, it all started in the 4th grade. The Howard Beach native’s music teacher at PS 207 asked if any students wanted to organize a talent show. “So me and some of my friends started running the talents shows,” said Overeem, 31, from his home office on 160th Avenue. Fast-forward to the cusp of 2015, and Overeem is still responsible for the entertainment—producing shows and managing talent, although on stages and in venues a bit larger than his … Continue reading