By The TimesLedger
JAMAICA — A near tragedy struck the annual week-long carnival at Baisley Pond Park this week when high winds caused a children’s ride to topple over Tuesday night, sending kids plummeting 15 feet to the ground.
According to reports, several dozen children were playing on an inflatable ride called “Titanic,” a 50-foot long ship with a trampoline top, when a stake that held the ride in place came loose, causing a collapse.
The carnival is run by Lawrence Carr Exposition, which travels up and down the East Coast from March through October setting up and taking down its carnival rides. Other known stops include an annual fair at Shea Stadium.
According to published reports, 10 children were transported to Jamaica Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
Three teens stabbed near St. Albans park
ST. ALBANS — Three teenage boys were stabbed during a street corner dispute Tuesday evening, police said.
The teenagers were stabbed by another teen shortly after 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Merrick Boulevard and Sayres Avenue, police said. A 16-year-old was stabbed five times in the back and a 15-year-old was stabbed four times in the side, police said.
Both were taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in serious condition, police said. The third victim, 16, was stabbed once in an unspecified part of the body and was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, they said.
The perpetrator fled in an unknown direction. No arrests were made and police were investigating. It was unclear what set off the disupte.
Man dies after shooting in Jamaica
JAMAICA — A 23-year-old man was shot twice in the head and killed late Friday night, police said.
The man was shot by an unknown person in front of 109-18 Sutphin Blvd. shortly after 11 p.m., police said.
He was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries at 11:45 p.m., police said.
No arrests were made and police were continuing with an investigation.
Woman sodomized in Rosedale at gunpoint in car
ROSEDALE — A 43-year-old woman was sodomized inside her car at gunpoint by a 25-year-old man Sunday night, police said.
After assaulting the woman in front of 249-52 Craft Ave. at about 10:15 p.m., the armed man drove the victim’s car to another location, where he removed an undetermined amount of cash and property, police said.
The victim was taken to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens for evaluation.
Woman arrested on multiple charges in Jamaica
JAMAICA — A Jamaica woman arrested Monday for drinking in public was hit with additional charges after police realized she had an open warrant for petit larceny, police said. She also allegedly abandoned her 1-year-old child at a women’s shelter.
Yolesa Collock, 34, of 88-55 161 St., was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, public alcohol consumption and petit larceny after officers from the 103rd Precinct stopped her at Parsons Boulevard and 88th Avenue for drinking in public about 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Further investigation revealed she had an open warrant and had allegedly left her child in a temporary women’s shelter, police said.
Man, 29, stabbed in College Point
COLLEGE POINT — A 29-year-old man was stabbed late Thursday night by an unknown suspect, police said.
The victim was stabbed in the stomach in front of 117-09 14th Ave., shortly after 10 p.m., police said.
He was removed to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in critical condition. Police were continuing their investigation.
No injuries reported College Point fire
COLLEGE POINT — A fire broke out in a two-story building late on the night of March 27, firefighter Mike Loughran said.
Firefighters responded to a call at 3-04 121st St. at 11:03 p.m., Loughran said. By 11:45 p.m., the fire had been put out.
The Fire Department reported no injuries.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Richmond Hill heist estimated at $580,000
RICHMOND HILL — An unknown number of thieves stole $580,000 worth of property from a wholesale tobacco warehouse last week, police said.
The owner of Queens Tobacco and Candy Company, 134-12 Atlantic Ave., told 102nd Precinct officers someone burglarized his warehouse between 4:30 p.m. March 26 and 7 a.m. March 27.
Police determined the perpetrators pried open a roll-down gate behind the warehouse and loaded a safe, cigarette cartons and tax stamps onto a delivery truck.
The suspects then drove out of the warehouse through the front roll-down gate held open by a forklift, police said.
Further investigation revealed wires to the alarm box and motion sensors were cut to circumvent the alarm system.
The owner estimated the value of the stolen property, excluding the van, at $400,000 for the cigarettes, $80,000 in tax stamps and $100,000 in cash, police reported.
Richmond Hill woman jumps to her death
RICHMOND HILL — A 42-year-old woman who had been screaming that the devil was coming jumped to her death from a second story window in an apparent suicide March 27, police said.
Police from the 102nd Precinct responded to a call of a possible jumper at 112th Street near 87th Avenue shortly after midnight. Upon arrival they found the 42-year-old victim lying unconscious in the front yard of the house, police said.
Two daughters of the victim were found safe at a neighbor’s house and told police their mother had been acting irrational all day. They said she had been ranting that the devil was coming and the Lord would save them, police said.
As the daughters fled to a neighbor’s home for help, their mother apparently jumped from a second-story bedroom window, sustaining a broken neck, police said. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:41 a.m., police said.
Following interviews with family and witnesses, police closed the case as an apparent suicide.
Cops arrest teacher in Forest Hills
FOREST HILLS — A New York City public school teacher was arrested after cops stopped him for running a red light Tuesday morning and found he was driving without a license, police said.
Denis Reginald was pulled over by officers from the 112th Precinct for driving through a red light at the corner of 113th Street and 72nd Road shortly before 10 a.m., police said.
He did not have a valid license and was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.
Electronics store burglarized Sunday
REGO PARK — Police investigated a burglary at a Wiz electronics store Sunday after unknown suspects broke through a wall and stole an unspecified amount of cash and merchandise, police said.
Cops from the 112th Precinct investigated the burglary at 93-30 Queens Blvd. and discovered an unknown amount of cash and merchandise had been taken.
No arrests were made and police were continuing with an investigation.
2 suspects steal cash from Rego Park bank
REGO PARK — Two men stole an undetermined amount of cash from an Astoria Federal Savings Bank Saturday afternoon, police said.
The suspects entered the bank at 97-33 Queens Blvd., approached a teller, took an unspecified amount of cash and fled, police said. No weapons were displayed, they said.
No arrests were made. Officers were continuing with an investigation.
Woman sodomized at Mercy College
FOREST HILLS — A 22-year-old woman was sodomized Monday in the Ezra Academy library at Mercy College on Union Turnpike, police said.
The suspect, described as a 19- to 20-year-old black man wearing a red jacket and blue jeans, asked directions to the library about 4:30 p.m.
Once in the library, he encountered the woman, assaulted her, then fled, police said.
The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital. Police were pursuing their investigation.