Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EMS Workers Ignored Eric Garner; Bolshoi on the Brooklyn Bridge; and More

Council Member Carlos Menchaca Tours NYCHA Red Hook Houses with Rep. Nydia Velazquez and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye. Photo: William Alatriste for the New York City Council

- New video shows police offered no medical help to unresponsive Staten Island dad Eric Garner: stood around, emptied his pockets, as he lay dying. [NY Daily News]

- Four EMS workers also did nothing for Garner, and now they've been suspended. [NBC]

- Reactions to the Garner death from some cops: "All he had to do was comply and he would not be dead. Tough shit and too damn bad." [NY Magazine]

- Bolshoi on the Brooklyn Bridge. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- "Cry-Baby" playing at the Summer Screening at McCarren Park on Wednesday. [Brooklyn.com]

- Of course: New York approves apartment building with different entrance for scumbag poor people. [Gawker]

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Minor Mayham at 1 a.m. in Brooklyn

From the scanner -- an hour of mayhem, mostly petty, some sad:

* At roughly 1 a.m. in Brooklyn, police were were called to round up 4 male blacks in a hallway smoking marijuana at 1284 St. Johns Place. Nearby -- at 1312 St. Johns Place -- cops went after someone for narcotics use.

* At the same time, a call came in to 9-1-1 that someone's car was stolen at Ashland Place and Myrtle Avenue. The caller said the car was stolen one hour ago. The car was described as a gray 2003 Honda Accord.

* Another call came in at roughly the same time from 200 Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn: A black woman was swinging an umbrella towards another female. She did not hit her with the umbrella, though.

* A call about a family dispute came in at about 1:10 a.m. from an address on Bergan Street, near Kingston. Sadly, the caller wants her mother out of that location.

* A call came in reporting unconfirmed four shots fired at 1:30 a.m. Brooklyn Avenue and Foster Ave at Farragut Road.

* Call came in at 1:42 a.m. from a man on Monroe Street,  Franklin to Bedford, that his wife was trying to set him on fire.

* A Level 1 Mobilization has been called for a missing girl, called in at 1:44 a.m. The mobilization is centered at Clarkson Ave., E. 91 St.: A 14-year-old girl, Toshia Williams black named Toshia Williams. She's 5'5" and 165 lbs., last seen at 300 Vernon. Last seen yesterday evening. Unknown clothing description at this time. At 1:55, NYPD requested a hospital canvas.

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NYPD Chasing Perp Armed with Two Knives in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

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From the scanner:

Police declared a Level 1 Perp Search at roughly 12:40 a.m. Tuesday morning at 261 Jersome Ave.

Cops are looking for a black male, age 25, 6'5" tall, wearing a black T-shirt and blue shorts. He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Caution: He's armed with two knives.

Nothing further.

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FDNY Members Catch Purse Thief in Brooklyn

(L to R) FF Christopher Suhr, FF Jarjeam Felton, FF Kevin Balslov, FF Anthony Cafro and Lt. James Kivlan.

From the FDNY:

Firefighters from Engine 280 were on a routine building inspection on July 18, when they found themselves in the middle of a very unusual rescue.

They were outside a building on Park Place, when a woman from the neighborhood, whose car was parked in front of their fire engine, dropped her pocketbook inside the vehicle before quickly heading into a nearby building.

They saw a man was watching the situation close by, and as firefighters were getting back on the apparatus, he snatched the woman’s purse from her car.

Firefighter Suhr was the first to notice and yelled at the alleged robber to stop.

The man panicked and ran down the street, with Lt. James Kivlan, and Firefighters Suhr, Anthony Cafro, Jarjeam Felton and Kevin Balslov chasing him both on foot and with the rig, radioing for police as they did.

The man tried to duck into buildings as he ran, but all the doors he tried were locked. When they reached Classon Avenue and Prospect Place, about a block down the road, firefighters reached the man and tackled him to the ground.

The man did not fight and they removed a screwdriver from his hand as they waited for police from the 77th Precinct to arrive.

“[The victim] was emotional about it,” Lt. Kivlan said. “Even the people on the street were walking by saying ‘thank you.’ It went pretty smoothly.”

The woman told them she had a sizeable amount of money in her bag, so she thanked each member when it was returned.

“The firefighters continued the chase the whole time, they didn’t give up,” Lt. Kivlan said. “They were happy to help and the woman was very happy to have her bag returned.”


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Some Role Model: Bed-Stuy Principal Charged with Smuggling Drugs into Prison

Sadie Silver, principal of Brooklyn' P.S. 28 The Warren Prep Academy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, could go to jail herself after she allegedly tried to smuggle heroin into a prison. CBS reports that Silver’s son is doing time on weapons charges at the prison.

She was accompanied by her boyfriend Michael Acosta.

 Multiple published reports says that Silver presided over a dramatic improvement in reading scores at the school -- though DOE records show test scores still aren't so hot.

P.S. 28 is located at 1001 Herkimer Street.

Here's more from the MidHudson News.
More from the HarlemValleyNews.

Photo via LinkedIn

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Chinese-American Planning Council's Brooklyn Bridge Walk-a-Thon: August 3

The annual Chinese-American Planning Council's Walk-a-Thon and Family Day over the Brooklyn Bridge takes place in August this year.

Thousands of Asian-Americans and supporters will march in a colorful procession from Columbus Park  over the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn.

A dragon dance team will make a dramatic entrance into the park -- it's always an exciting event.

The CPC provides community services to Chinese kids, seniors and recent immigrants. The Walk-a-Thon supports the social service programs that serve 8,000 people daily.

More here.

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ReBar Owner Faces Sentencing Monday; Pier 6 Towers on Hold; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- ReBar owner to be sentenced in court Monday. DUMBO's Jason Stevens is facing up to 10 years. [7online]

- A Brooklyn judge has recused himself from the $124 million lawsuit filed by a wrongfully convicted man he freed from prison. [NY Daily News]

- Judge blocks Brooklyn Bridge Park from approving Pier 6 towers, for now. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Man accused of carjacking at least two drivers, hitting pedestrian in Brooklyn. [NY1]

- A Brooklyn synagogue is banning (even Jewish) panhandlers from its property. [NY Post]

- Sequester a 'tight squeeze' for Section 8 housing residents. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Giant Dog House on Montague Street

Dogz Rule, by MK Metz
The Ultra dog food mobile dog house dispensed free dog food samples on Montague Street last week.

We don't know if the food is any good, but the giant house was cool.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Commanding Officer at Brooklyn's 78th Precinct: DiGiacomo Replaces Ameri

NYPD's Community Affairs Bureau sent word to Community Board 6 about a change in the management team at the 78th Precinct:

After two and a half years as serving as the Commanding Officer of the 78th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri has been given a new assignment as the Commanding Officer of the Highway District.

In a tweet, Ameri says:

Replacing Deputy Inspector Ameri will be Captain Frank DiGiacomo.

Captain DiGiacomo was appointed to the New York City Police Department in August 1993, and began his career on patrol in the 9th Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 2000; Lieutenant in May 2005; and Captain in July 2010. Captain DiGiacomo has served in the 9th, 105th, 6th, 75th, and 10th Precincts; as well as Patrol Borough Queens South, Housing Bureau Brooklyn, and Patrol Borough Manhattan South.

Captain DiGiacomo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Aspen University.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cops Respond to Sinkhole in Bed-Stuy, Saturday

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From the scanner:
9-1-1- got a call at roughly 2 p.m. on Saturday that a sinkhole had opened in Bedford-Stuyvesant at 60 Hancock Street, creating a dangerous condition.

The hole is located on Hancock between Bedford and Nostrand.

Nothing further.

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