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American Softball League kickstarts season with an outpouring of support in Ozone Park

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Apr. 9, 2024 By Anthony Medina The American Softball League, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving individuals with developmental disabilities a chance to live their lives to the fullest, welcomed dozens of families and caretakers on its opening day at Vito Locascio Field, in Ozone Park, on Saturday, April 8. Organizers at the opening day…
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JFK taxi dispatchers charged in bribery scheme for line-cutting privileges: DA


Apr. 1, 2024 By Bill Parry

Nine taxi dispatchers at JFK Airport were arraigned Monday in Queens Criminal Court on bribery charges for taking cash in exchange for letting drivers pick up passengers at terminals without waiting in line with fellow cabbies in chronically long lines at the central taxi dispatch holding lot.

Brooklyn man sentenced for stealing widow’s Queens home by posing as her son: DA


Nov. 22, 2023 By Bill Parry A Brooklyn man was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Queens Supreme Court for stealing the Jamaica home of an elderly widow by posing as her son, then selling the property for a $200,000 profit. The stolen deed was returned to its rightful owner under a “pioneering use” of a state statute, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Christopher Williams, 43, of Morgan Avenue in Williamsburg, pleaded guilty in August to identity theft in the first degree and offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree. According to the…
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Queens DA Katz cruises to victory over two challengers to win second term


Nov. 8, 2023 By Bill Parry Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz secured a second term as the borough’s top law enforcement official cruising past two challengers on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with nearly 67% of the vote with more than 97% of the scanners reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections. Howard…
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Jamaica man charged with manslaughter as hate crime after allegedly beating Sikh man to death: DA


Oct. 31, 2023 By Bill Parry A Jamaica man was criminally charged with manslaughter and assault as a hate crime on Oct. 31 in Queens Supreme Court in the death of 66-year-old Jasmer Singh, just two days after the Sikh community gathered at a South Richmond Hill temple in an emotional call for justice. Gilbert Augustin, 30, of 111th Avenue, was arraigned on a 20-count indictment charging him with manslaughter in the first degree as a hate crime; manslaughter in the first degree; assault in the second degree as a hate crime and a slew of other crimes after he…
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