Man who fired at police officers in Jackson Heights gets 20 years to life
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After shooting at two cops in Queens 2011, a Manhattan resident will get jailed for 20 years to life after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted murder. On Dec. 2, 2011, in Jackson Heights, two uniformed police officers, Stephen Danisi and Matthew Ferrara, were on a foot patrol when a passerby alerted them […]

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Firefighter and his wife used second home in Howard Beach to steal Sandy relief funds, DA says
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A FDNY firefighter has been charged with grand larceny, and his wife additionally with forgery and other crimes, for filing claims to FEMA to collect Hurricane Sandy benefits. Christopher Poje, 43, and his wife Margaret, 39, allegedly collected more than $25,000 in benefits, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. According to the criminal […]

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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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Astoria man charged for threatening witness in his cousin’s murder case
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An Astoria man who tried to threaten a witness testifying against his cousin in a murder case is facing several charges, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Tyrone Ceruti, 39, of Astoria, and Samuel Ceruti, 37, of East New York, have been charged with second-, fourth- and fifth-degree conspiracy and third-degree tampering with a […]

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