Man tries to rob Sussex Bank

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Police say a man tried to rob the Sussex Bank, located at 26-21 Astoria Boulevard, yesterday afternoon.

After entering the bank, the suspect displayed a firearm and demanded money. However, authorities say he left empty-handed. He fled toward Astoria Boulevard and 27th Street with no proceeds.

Police described him as 25 to 35 years old, 5’10” and approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing construction clothing, including a hard hat, a reflective vest, a dust mask, gloves and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Police search for E train perv

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Have you seen this man?

Police say on the afternoon of March 22, the man shown above approached a 38-year-old woman on an E train approaching the Queens Plaza subway station.

He then placed his hand on her “groin area” above the pants.

Police describe him as a Hispanic man in his 50s with glasses.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Missing pets in Astoria

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Owners have posted flyers looking for their missing pets. These two were seen at the intersection of 21st Street and 21st Avenue.

The first is a cat named Ajax. The cat was last seen on April 18 at 21st Avenue and 23rd Street. If you find Ajax, call the owner at (917) 204-4938.

The second is a 20-pound, brown and white dog named Pebbles. Call the owner at (347) 738-3572, and an award will be given if Pebbles is found.

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Laundry delivery start-up, Dirty Laundry, is offering special rates to Astoria & LIC residents

dirtylaundryimageConvenience is king, and doing your laundry is usually not convenient – especially if you don’t have a laundry machine in your building.
Dirty Laundry, a new app created by Queens residents Sergei Benyaminov and Roman Kaykov aims to simplify the laundry process.

In their easy-to-use APP, choose a time and location for your laundry to be picked up by one of the company’s agents. The laundry will then be washed and folded or washed and pressed for dry cleaning.

24 hours later, your clothes are returned to you during the time you schedule on the app. Each drop-off includes a little treat, like a cookie or chocolate.

There are push notifications to notify customers that their laundry is ready or that the cost, priced at $1.50 per pound, has been calculated.

 

Dirty Laundry services the areas of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Long Island City, Astoria, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, and more…

 

 

Download the app for iPhone here. Download the app for Android here.

lsOrdering can also be done on DirtyLaundry’s website, dirtylaundryapp.com.

Results of participatory budget voting announced

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Councilman Constantinides announced the results to a small group of volunteers Monday night.

 

Councilman Costa Constantinides gathered with a group of volunteers and budget delegates at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden Monday night to announce the results of this year’s participatory budgeting.

More than 1,700 residents voted to fund the top three projects, totaling $1.63 million.

Here are this year’s winners:

• Water fountain project in Astoria Park ($500,000);

• Picnic/gaming tables installation in Astoria Park ($250,000);

• Real time bus countdown clocks ($480,000).

“This gives us the opportunity to really bring direct democracy to our citizenry and have them make decisions on how to spend real tax dollars in our district,” Constantinides said.

Hit-and-run kills 45-year-old man

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A screenshot of the corner of 21st Street and 30th Road. Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens sits on that corner.

A 45-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run at the intersection of 21st Street and 30th Road on Wednesday night, according to police.

At about 11 p.m., officers found the man lying in the middle of the roadway with severe trauma to the body. The man was brought to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver left the scene before cops arrived. There have been no arrests so far and the investigation is ongoing.

In a statement, Councilman Costa Constantinides said the intersection has long been a danger to the community.

“Since 2014, we have been speaking with DOT about traffic safety measures on this corner,” Costantinides said. “The lack of a traffic light here is exacerbated by the surroundings, including the Variety Boys & Girls Club where children attend programs and classes every day.”

Matthew Troy, the executive director of the Variety Boys & Girls Club, said the dangerous intersection was “right at our doorstep.”

“On behalf of the hundreds of children and their families that attend the Variety Boys & Girls Club each day, we urge the city to immediately install a crosswalk and traffic signal,” Troy said in a statement. “We ask the community to support this effort so that no other family will have to suffer a similar tragedy.”

 

Three indicted as part of LIC acid attack

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Last year’s acid attack in Queens was part of a $750,000 embezzlement scheme, Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown announced today.

A Queens County grand jury indicted three individuals in connection with the incident: Kim Williams, 47, of the Bronx, who formerly worked as an accountant at Hospital Audiences, Inc. (also known as Healing Arts Initiative) located at 33-02 Skillman Avenue in Long Island City; Pia Louallen, 41, of the Bronx; and Jerry Mohammed, 32, of Rensselaer County.

Brown said that Williams, who was previously employed at the LIC nonprofit – which provides access to the various arts to students and the less fortunate – stole more than $600,000 and provided Louallen with $150,000 of the nonprofits proceeds.

In attempt to cover up her alleged theft, Williams conspired with Mohammed to commit assault on, Rev. D. Alexandra Dyer, the nonprofit’s executive director.

The complaint says, on Aug. 19, 2015, as Dyer left work, Mohammed threw a caustic substance at her, causing severe burns to her face and other portions of the body. Reverend Dyer was hospitalized and underwent multiple surgeries as a result of the attack.

“As alleged, the investigation revealed the defendants embezzled and then severely injured the victim, in an elaborate cover-up scheme,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement. “Today, three find themselves under arrest for this brazen crime”

Both Louallen and Mohammed are expected to be arraigned later today by Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak. Williams who was arrested last night in New Jersey by New Jersey State troopers at a rest stop is being held in Camden County awaiting an extradition hearing. All defendants will be arraigned on a 65-count indictment.

According to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Williams is charged with first-degree assault, fourth-degree conspiracy, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree grand larceny, identity theft and first-degree falsifying business records. Louallen is charged with second-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy. Mohammed is charged with first-degree assault, fourth-degree conspiracy and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

If convicted, Louallen faces up to 15 years in prison, Williams faces up to 25 years in prison, and Mohammed faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

“This case is troubling on so many different levels. In an atmosphere of such giving, it is disheartening to see an individual allegedly use her position of fiduciary trust to siphon off tens of thousands of dollars in funds for the personal use of herself and another,” Brown said in a statement. “More disturbing, perhaps, is the same individual allegedly conspiring with another individual to intentionally seriously injure an innocent victim as part of a cover-up. The three defendants now face serious charges.”