Police Blotter: Motorist killed, 3 injured when car hits tree in Astoria

By The TimesLedger

ASTORIA — An unidentified man was killed just after midnight Saturday when the Toyota Corolla he was driving struck a tree and burst into flames at the Astoria Boulevard exit of the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway, police said.

Three others were injured when the tree he hit fell onto the Grand Central Parkway at 47th Street, striking two cars, police said. Two men, 29 and 22, who were in a Nissan Maxima, and a 34-year-old man driving a Ford Suburban were treated for minor injuries.

No arrests were made and the investigation was continuing.

FBI offering reward for info on Bayside bank robber

BAYSIDE – The Federal Bureau of Investigations is offering a reward for the public’s help in catching a man who robbed a Chase bank on Bell Boulevard in December.

On Friday, Dec. 26, at 10:20 a.m. an unidentified white or Hispanic man in his 20s entered the Chase bank at 43-01 Bell Blvd. and demanded cash from a teller, the FBI said. The man handed the teller a manila envelope with a note written on it that read “Cash its not money its your life.”

The man pointed a black handgun covered by another manila envelope at the teller, who put $6,500 into more envelopes given to her by the robber.

The thief fled on foot in an unknown direction.

He was described as 6’2”, weighing 170 pounds and wearing a black wool coat and yellow and burgundy baseball cap.

The reward by the FBI/NYPD Joint Robbery Task Force is unspecified.

Anyone with information should call Special Agent Theodore Miller at (212) 384-4441 or Detective Frank Rosado at (212) 384-2217.

Man shot in Jamaica Hills treated at local hospital

JAMAICA HILLS – A 35-year-old man was shot once below the armpit by an unknown perpetrator Monday afternoon at 168th Street and the Grand Central Parkway service road, police said.

The perpetrator fled in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in unknown condition, police said.

Ozone Park man arrested in attempted kidnap of his son

OZONE PARK — A man was arrested at the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and 103rd Avenue following an attempted kidnapping of his 5-year-old son late Tuesday night, police said.

Robert Rhode, of 106-46 96th St., fled from police with his child after authorities were called to his home to investigate a domestic incident, cops said. During the pursuit, Rhode was alleged to have also hit an unoccupied police car before surrendering to authorities, police said. The child was later recovered at a friend’s house, police said.

Rhode was charged with reckless endangerment, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated, police said.

Queens detective arrested in Suffolk County, suspended

SUFFOLK COUNTY — Detective Robert Filippi of the Queens Narcotics Bureau was arrested Monday at 1 p.m. by the Suffolk County Police on charges that he violated an order of protection, police said. According to police, he was suspended for this violation.

Con Ed worker killed after hit by car in S. Jamaica

SOUTH JAMAICA — A Con Edison worker died Monday, days after he was struck by a car at the intersection of Sutphin and Foch boulevards while he was working on a light pole there last Thursday, police said.

Thomas Verderosa, 35, of West Babylon, was inspecting the post about 10:20 p.m. when he was hit by a 2003 Nissan traveling northbound on Sutphin Boulevard, police said. Verderosa was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital.

The driver of the Nissan, Andre Mattis, 21, of 144-39 222nd St., was arrested on the scene for driving without a license, police said.

Man falls from building, arrested on drug charges

ROCKAWAY — A 25-year-old man fell seven stories from the roof of a building at 51-49 Almeda Ave. Feb. 18 about 8 p.m., police said, but was not severely injured.

Koreem Oliphant was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, trespassing and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

Teen killed in Ozone Park, suffers gunshot wound to head

OZONE PARK — A 16-year-old was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head last Thursday evening, police said.

The teenager, who lived at 105-31 131st St., is the subject of an ongoing investigation, cops said. The city medical examiner had not yet determined the cause of death by press time.

City corrections officer arrested in Cambria Heights assault

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A city Department of Corrections officer was arrested at 222-11 Linden Blvd. last Thursday, police said. Pascal Cadet, 44, was charged with assault, cops said.

Teen shot in stomach in Jamaica recovering in hospital

JAMAICA — A 19-year-old man was shot once in the stomach outside of 189-01 Jamaica Ave. at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital, where he was expected to recover.

The motive behind the attack and the identity of the shooter were under investigation, police said.

Sex assault attempt made against girl in Far Rockaway

FAR ROCKAWAY – A man knocked a 12-year-old girl to the ground and tried to sexually assault her Friday morning, police said.

The man got out of a white car before approaching the girl, police said, and fled the scene after attempting to sexually assault her.

The girl was evaluated at a local hospital and the investigation was ongoing, police said.

Officers from 105th Precinct in crash with Escalade

Howard Beach — Two police officers from the 105th Precinct were taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition Sunday morning after their patrol car collided with a black Cadillac Escalade on the westbound Belt Parkway near Cross Bay Boulevard, police said.

Four passengers from the Escalade were taken to the same hospital, also in stable condition, police said.

Transit Authority employee arrested in Far Rockaway

FAR ROCKAWAY — A New York City Transit Authority employee was arrested Tuesday, police said.

Brian McEvilley was charged with filing a false police report, cops said.

No. 7 token clerk reports bias in Jackson Hgts. station

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A token clerk at the 82nd Street No. 7 train station found anti-black and anti-Jewish statements in the booth about 6:30 a.m., Monday, police said.

No arrests were made, an investigation was ongoing, police said.

Woman, 60, dies of injuries sustained in Forest Hills fire

FOREST HILLS — A 60-year-old woman died after sustaining injuries from a fire at her 66-33 Yellowstone Blvd. home, police said.

The unidentified woman was taken to North Shore Hospital where she died, cops said.

No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation.

Man shot in neck, killed at Astoria intersection

ASTORIA — A 19-year-old man was shot once in the neck at the corner of Crescent Street and 34th Avenue about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The man, Raynor Bradshaw, of 23-02 34th Ave., was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Officers were still investigating the motive behind the shooting. No arrests were made.

New Jersey man killed in hit-and-run on LIE

ELMHURST — A man changing his tire on the Woodhaven Boulevard exit ramp of the eastbound Long Island Expressway was struck by a car and killed Saturday morning, police said.

Jozwiak Roman, 45, of 70 Arthur St. in Clifton, N.J., died at the scene, police said. Officers did not immediately have a description of the vehicle that hit him, but they said they were investigating the incident as a hit and run.

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