Liane Moriarty, David Rosenvelt and Iris Johansen are among July’s hot picks at Queens Library
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Summer is heating up as we get deeper into the season. The sun is shining, and as the temperature rises we find ourselves spending more time outside. What better way is there to unwind outside after a long, hot summer day than to lay out in the sun with a good book? Or perhaps you would […]

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UPDATE: Contractor sentenced to prison time for hustling big money from Queens residents
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A 49-year-old Long Island contractor was nailed on grand larceny and other charges for home improvement scams that fleeced Queens and Long Island residents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.   Derrick Burrell (also known as James Gray), of Saint Marks Avenue in Rockville Centre, who worked for “A Team Property Services,” pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to […]

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History teacher from Whitestone pleads guilty after he attempted to have sex with a minor
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A former public school history teacher from Whitestone will be doing jail time after attempting to have sex with a minor. Jonathan Blum, 29, a former teacher at Dreamyard Preparatory High School in the Bronx, tried to meet a 14-year-old girl who he conversed with online. The man was met with surprise when the teenager […]

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Jail time and probation coming for Middle Village man arrested in online teen sex sting
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A Middle Village man pleaded guilty this week to charges that he tried to set up a sexual encounter with a teenage girl who turned out to be an undercover cop in an online chat room. Joseph R. Sylvester, 51, of 78th Street entered a guilty plea to one count of second-degree rape on Tuesday […]

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Two real estate agents preyed on Queens Latino community, scamming 20 prospective tenants of more than $65K
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Two real estate agents from Queens took thousands of dollars’ worth of security deposits, agent fees and rental payments from prospective tenants without actually making apartments available. According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the real estate agents worked for Fast Solutions Realty and Supreme Realty, both formerly located at at 47-20 48th Ave. in Woodside. […]

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