Queens man may have committed suicide by fireworks

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Queens man may have committed suicide by fireworks

A troubled Queens man may have committed suicide by fireworks yesterday. Horrified relatives discovered Theodore Ellinghaus Jr., 50, dead in the second-floor hallway of his house on 111th Avenue in South Ozone Park at 9:28 a.m. — after the powerful M80 he was holding to his stomach exploded, police said. “I’m mourning my son,” said the victim’s anguished father, Theodore Ellinghaus Sr., who was inside the home during the blast. The blast ripped off two fingers from Ellinghaus Jr.’s hand and tore a hole through his stomach, leaving his organs exposed, sources said. The NYPD’s bomb squad responded to the scene, but determined it was an isolated incident. No one else was injured. Read More: New York Post


Queens Woman, Son Allegedly Threatened By Ex-Boyfriend With Cleaver

Police in Queens were searching late Monday for a man who allegedly threatened an ex-girlfriend with a meat cleaver. Authorities say Damion Jackson, 41, seen above, made his way up a fire escape and used a brick to break a window at the woman’s apartment on Sunday. He allegedly entered the apartment and grabbed the meat cleaver from the kitchen. They say he made several threats to kill his ex-girlfriend and her son before dropping the weapon and running away. Read More: NY1


Jackson Heights community rallies against Trade Fair

The Jackson Heights community is fed up with a local supermarket’s “un-Fair” procedures. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and neighborhood residents united on January 17 in front of Trade Fair, a supermarket located at 75-07 37th Avenue, to protest the grocer’s persistent violations of city laws and regulations. “Trade Fair’s violations have created an unsafe environment for the Jackson Heights community and ruined the appearance of the neighborhood to the detriment of both residents and fellow business owners,” said Dromm. “We are demanding that Trade Fair do right by our neighborhood.” Read More: Queens Courier


Local immigration office opens

In an effort to increase accessibility and convenience for its customers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially opened to the public with help from elected officials, as well as immigration service representatives. The new USCIS Queens center, located at 27-35 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, will serve up to 500 customers from Queens and Brooklyn every day. The center will incorporate both a full service field office and an application support center – this will mean customers will not have to go to separate locations for fingerprinting and biometrics. Read More: Queens Courier


Nurses’ Union Approves Strike At Flushing Hospital

About 430 nurses at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens may be walking off the job next month, as they notified the hospital of the potential strike on Monday. While the New York State Nurses Association approved the strike on Friday, federal law states that the union cannot start a strike until 10 days after the hospital has been notified. The nurses are asking for an increase in pensions and medical benefits. Their contract ended on December 31 and their health care benefits will expire at the end of February. Nurses told NY1 on Monday it was difficult coming to work knowing their benefits will run out soon. They also claimed to be the lowest-paid registered nurses in Queens. Read More: NY1

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