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Second Hammels stabbing within one week

The second stabbing of the week took place at 44-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Tuesday. The first, a homicide, took place on Sunday at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, both in the Hammel Houses.

Just two days after a homicide in which the victim was stabbed to death, there was another knife attack at the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex on Tuesday night.

At about 8 p.m. on June 20, police were called to 84-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, only two blocks from 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, where Joseph Smith was stabbed to death last Sunday.

Police found Jammel Nelson with stab wounds to the chest. The victim told police that he had been involved in an argument with Ajax Jean-Pierre, 36, when Jean-Pierre pulled an unknown edged weapon and stabbed him in the chest. Police say his wounds were not life-threatening.

The assailant fled the area towards Beach 85 Street, eyewitnesses said, and police quickly called a Level One Mobilization looking for the Hispanic man. Some cops checked the Beach 90 Street subway platform with negative results.

Police canvassing the area saw a man fitting Jean-Pierre’s description at Beach 85 Street and Beach Channel Drive and he was identified as being the assailant in the attack.

He was put under arrest at 8:40 p.m., less than an hour after the attack by police officers from the precinct’s anti-crime team.

Jean-Pierre was arraigned on Wednesday night on charges of assault in the second and third degrees, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and harassment in the second degree.

 

Cops bust homicide suspect in downtown Brooklyn

Police officer brings homicide suspect Norbert Williams into the 100 Precinct on Wednesday morning. 

Police from the 100 Precinct have corralled Norbert Williams, 52, the man wanted for stabbing Joseph Smart, 47, to death at the Hammel Houses last weekend.

Police sources said that Williams was tracked down to Dontown Brooklyn, where he was hiding out, by members of the precinct’s anti-crime team.

Police responding to a 911 call at 1:35 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 18, for a man injured at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive in the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex, found a man, later identified as 47-year-old Joseph Smart, of the same address, unconscious and unresponsive in a hallway.

The man had suffered multiple stab wounds to his back and torso, police said.

EMS workers who responded declared the man dead on the scene.

Williams quickly became a person of interest and he was quickly tracked down to our neighboring borough.

On Thursday morning, Williams was awaiting arraignment on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon, court sources say.

 

Detectives seek person of interest in 100 Precinct stabbing homicide

Norbert Williams, 52, is wanted for questioning in relation to the stabbing death of Joseph Smart in the Hammel Houses last Sunday.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park as looking for a local man identified as a suspect in its first homicide of the year.

Police sources identify the suspect as Norbert Williams, 52. He is described as 5 foot 11 inches and 160 pounds.

Police responding to a 911 call at 1:35 a.m., for a man injured at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive in the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex, found a man, later identified as 47-year-old Joseph Smart, of the same address, unconscious and unresponsive in a hallway.

The man had suffered multiple stab wounds to his back and torso, police said.

EMS workers who responded declared the man dead on the scene.

Anybody with information on the suspect is urged to call the 100 Precinct detective squad.

 

 

 

Baby found dead inside Bayswater home; Medical examiner to ascertain case of death

The baby’s body was found inside a Falcon Avenue home after his mother found him purple and unresponsive several hours after putting him in his crib.

A  Bayswater mother told police that she found her three-month old baby boy dead in his crib Saturday morning, according to police sources.

Police responded to a 911 call at home at 2951 Falcon Avenue, nearby Bayswater Park, Saturday morning and found a Zaire Reefe unconscious, police said. The baby was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he was pronounced dead.

His mother, Quanesha Hall, 37, told police that she had put him to bed in his crib and when she awoke and went to check him at about 9 p.m., he was bleeding from the nose and “looked purple.” Hall started CPR, put to no avail.

Police say that the investigation is ongoing and a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause or death.

There have been no arrests.

 

First Homicide of year for 100 Precinct in Hammels stabbing

The first homicide of the year in the 100 Precinct took place inside a hallway at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, in the sprawling Hammel Houses complex.

Police say that the 100 Precinct has registered its first homicide of the year, nearly 6 months into 2017.

Police responding to a 911 call at 1:35 a.m., for a man injured at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive in the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex, found an unidentified male unconscious and unresponsive.

The man had suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso, police said. His body was found in a hallway and police went through the building, checking elevators and other floors for clues.

EMS workers who responded declared the man dead on the scene.

There have been no arrests, and police say the investigation by the 100 Precinct Squad is ongoing.

Mom, two toddlers injured in Seagirt Boulevard accident

A mother and her two children were injured when an out-of-control automobile jumped the sidewalk, police say. Accident is under investigation for criminality, but no arrests have been made, police say.

Detectives from the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad are in Rockaway on Wednesday afternoon, investigating a motor vehicle accident that injured a woman and her two young sons on a Seagirt Avenue sidewalk. Police say that the accident happened at about 12:20 p.m. on Seagirt Boulevard near Beach 32 Street in Edgemere.

Investigators said it appears the car jumped the curb and struck the three people on the sidewalk. Police have not identified the injured, who were transported by EMS to area hospitals.

Police say that they are investigating the accident for criminality, but no arrests have yet been made.

Rain doesn’t dampen spirit of Memorial Day marchers

Despite impending rainstorm and an earlier drizzle, participants get ready for the parade at Beach 129 Street. Pictured, Eddie Pastore (right) and Eric Ulrich staffer Rob Schwach, who prepared a brochure with information about those who are memorialized in the Beach 120 Street Memorial Circle.

School children from St. Francis de Sales Church hold signs honoring parishioners who died in battle in various wars.

Ceremony at Four Chaplains Memorial at the church.

Everybody, especially young kids, sported American Flags at the parade.

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (right) with staffer Rob Schwach.

Veterans lead off the march even though the rain began to pick up just as they began walking eastward on Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 129 Street.

The Scholars’ Academy Marching Band supplied the beat for the marchers.

Xaverian’s Pipes and Drum Band took part in the parade.

Rain nearly wiped out the 2017 Memorial Day Parade in Rockaway, but Mother Nature stopped drizzling long enough to get the festivities started at St. Francis de Sales Church on Monday morning.

The impending thunderstorm warning cut down on both marchers and onlookers, but those who took part were eager to walk the parade route from Beach 129 Street to the Doughboy Monument on Beach 94 Street.

 

Less parking, more bike lanes set for Shore Front Parkway

The unused land on Shore Front Parkway will be used not for parking, but for more bike lanes, after CB 14 voted on the DOT plan on Tuesday night.

A large group of locals showed up at the meeting to support more bike lanes and oppose more parking.

Civic association president John Cori was the prime mover against the parking plan.

Board members Ozzie Edwards (left) and Ed Williams argued that their communities were not in on the input prior to the vote and that many in their communities do not even know what community board is.

The focus was on Shore Front Parkway and a city proposal to place metered parking on the south side of the busy road and the debate got contentious at the monthly meeting of Community Board 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday night.

After several committee and civic association meetings, the community board decided to turn down the parking plan, but accept a plan for more bike lanes to complement those on the boardwalk adjacent to the parkway.

There were actually four recommendations that came from the board’s own transportation committee.

The first was to turn down the city’s parking plan. That vote was carried with 27 yes votes to one opposed and four abstentions.

The second resolution was to reject the proposal for two bike lanes. A “yes “vote actually was in opposition to the bike lanes. There were 9 yes votes, 16 no votes and one abstention, rejecting the motion and approving the increased bike lanes.

The third was to clearly mark the bike lanes that already exist on the boardwalk. That vote carried with only five no votes.

The final resolution was to place speed cameras on the parkway nearby St. Camillus School on Beach 100 Street and St. Rose of Lime School on Beach 84 Street. That vote carried unanimously, although a number of members had left the meeting by the time the vote came up.

There was an early motion to table all of the other motions for more discussion, but it failed to get a second and died without a vote.

Even though the vote opposed the parking plan, there is still a chance that it will happen.

The city’s Department of Transportation says that Shore Front Parkway has become a “speedway,” with the majority of motorists driving 5 to 10 miles above the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit on the road.

The need, the city agency says, is to “calm” the road before placing enhanced crosswalks and new curb-cuts on the road.

Devices such as speed bumps, bike lanes and even parking calm the road, the agency says.

If the bike lanes do not do the job, they the agency will revisit the question,” DOT officials say.

John Cori, the president of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, was the prime mover against the parking plan, which was supported by some in the community.

His organization took the lead in defeating the plan, which angered some other board members who live in proximity to Shore Front Parkway.

Both Ozzie Edwards and Ed Williams, officials in Arverne-by-the-Sea homeowners associations, say that their members were not asked about the plan and therefore had no input. They argued that many of their members are new to the peninsula and do not know about the Community Board.

There were more than 30 speakers, most of them opposed to the parking plan and in favor of more bike lanes.

The Dot will monitor the traffic during the summer months to see whether the new plans will sufficiently calm the speeding traffic.

Murder at Bayswater Park

After a Shotspotter machine reported shots fired nearby Bayswater Park (top left), police found an unidentified dead man.

On Saturday, April 22, at 11:15 p.m., police responded to a call from a shotspotter in Bayswater Park at Bay 32 Street and Beach Channel Drive in Bayswater,

Responding officers found an unidentified man, unconscious and unresponsive with gunshot wounds to his head and torso.

EMS responded and declared the man dead on the scene. A level one mobilization was called, bringing police officers  from the department’s Strategic Response Unit as well as other specialized units to the scene.

This was the second homicide in the 101 Precinct this year, up from one at this time last year. The victim is the third shooting victim of the year, down from six at this time last year. Police statistics show that crime is down by 14 percent in the 101 Precinct this year.

Detectives from the 101 Precinct Squad and the Queens Major Crime Squad are investigating.

 

 

The contentious issue of parking in Rockaway once again rears its ugly head

One of the slides from the DOT’s presentation to the community board shows the availability of increased parking on Shore Front Parkway, but many locals are opposed to the new plan.

Albert Silvestri, the Queens Deputy Commissioner for the DOT, explains the new plan to the community board and about 50 locals who attended the meeting. Most of those present oppose the plan for increased parking on Shore Front Parkway.

John Cori, the president of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, detailed his opposition to the plan and called for a public hearing on the issue.

About 50 locals listened to the debate about increased parking on Shore Front Parkway.

Parking has been a contentious issue on the Rockaway peninsula since the first Model-T Fords hit the summer resort area.

It continues apace today. Witness the meeting of Community Board 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Wednesday night.

On the agenda was a plan put forth by the city’s Department of Transportation to redo Shore Front Parkway along its entire length, from Beach 73 Street to Beach 108 Street, including new “calming” methods, new “enhanced” crosswalks, new line painting and new medians at three locations that line up with the entrances to the high-rise that came after Robert Moses originally built the road as a tie between the Belt Parkway and Southern State Parkway in Nassau.

And, it included an apparently divisive and controversial plan to place new parking spaces on the southern side of the road.

The plan, particularly the parking plan, was attacked even before a DOT presentation to the board members and about 50 locals who came out to speak about the plan – mostly in opposition.

City Councilman Eric Ulrich spoke before the presentation.

“This plan needs more community input,” the Republican councilman said. “The plan should be tabled for a few weeks so that the community can be heard and a compromise drawn that would allow for more parking while allowing for a better quality of life for those who live in proximity to Shore Front Parkway, those who live in the area. This plan should not be forced down their throats.”

John Cori, the president of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, agreed. He presented a survey that had been taken on Tuesday night at an emergency meeting that indicated that the majority of those who live in the area are opposed to more parking on the south side of the road.

The tally against the parking plan at that meeting was 31-4, according to Cori. Of those living within a block of the parkway, the vote was 17 to 0 in opposition.

Cori charged the DOT with lying about its statistics during the presentation, which said that a number of locals indicated during an earlier focus group that they supported more parking.

 “Why didn’t you say in your presentation that more were opposed than in favor,” Cori asked.

Cori also charged that he was told by DOT officials that the community could get most of what they wanted only if parking meters were supported by the community.

“The DOT has been misleading the community,” Cori said. “They don’t understand that the restrictive parking regulations on the west end impact our community greatly. We need a public conversation on this plan – a public hearing.”

Cori made a motion to hold off the plan until such a public hearing could be made. The motion was seconded.

Eventually, after some discussion, the board voted to hold a transportation committee meeting open to the public and then bring the motion up to the board at a future meeting rather than holding a dedicated public hearing on the issue.

Albert Silvestri, the Queens Deputy Commissioner for the DOT told the meeting that a public dialogue was important and that one was taking place at the meeting.

“We have milled the parkway at your request,” he said and now it needs to be paved and marked. We need to have a marking plan and at least do some temporary marking as a safety issue. Holding it up complicates the process.”

Silvestri told the board that none of the important issues, such as redoing the critical crossings and aligning the openings in the central mall could be done until the plan is approved.

One board member told Cori that he was opening a can of worms by postponing the process.

“I know exactly what I am asking for,” Cori answered angrily.

Other board members challenged the DOT on the remainder of the presentation.

Casey Gorrell, the DOT representative who did the presentation, for example, said that the agency’s studies showed that the great majority of motorists who used the road drive above the speed limit and that called for further calming methods.

He said that many of the cars travelled at 27 to 30 miles per hour, five miles per hour above the speed limit.

Breezy Point resident Marty Ingram brought a laugh when he said that he was an aviation safety expert, and that he “could make aviation safer by keeping all of the planes on the ground,” adding that the speed test was done in the winter, when traffic is light and “everybody goes over the speed limit.”

Eddie Pastore said that he had put the question of parking on the south side of Shore Front Parkway on social media and that locals had “overwhelmingly” rejected the plan.

Phil McManus, speaking during the time for the public to present their ideas, said that Rockaway should say “no” to more bike lanes, speed bumps and reduced speed limits.

“Calming is another word for slowing us down, making it longer to get to work, to school and home,” he said. “We don’t need more bike lanes when there is a beautiful bike lane on the boardwalk adjacent to the roadway.

Another local said, “When I hear the DOT speak about speeding at 32-37 miles per hour, I am appalled.”

He got cheers from the board.

A third said that parking would be beneficial to the community.

“About 100 days a year, outsiders would use the spots,” he said. “The rest of the year, those spots would be available for locals. We can always use more parking in Rockaway.”

No date has yet been set for the transportation committee meeting.

 

 

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