Police looking for suspects in Astoria stabbing

114th Pct.

114th Pct.

Police are searching for three men who were involved in a stabbing on the morning of February 2.

One of the suspects stabbed a male victim in the torso after a verbal argument in front of 25-97 Steinway Street, according to authorities.

The three men fled the scene after the stabbing. The victim was treated for injuries at Queens Mount Sinai Hospital.

Anyone with information about to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit their tips online at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.


Teamsters offer reward for missing member Sierra Shields

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

The Teamsters Union is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of  Astoria woman Sierra Shields who was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 14.

“The Teamsters are deeply concerned about the recent developments surrounding Ms. Shields. Today we demonstrate our continued commitment to finding her,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “We are offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who gives the authorities information that leads to the discovery of her whereabouts. It is imperative that we find her. If anybody has information that can help us do this, we ask that he or she please come forward.”

Shields – listed at approximately 5’6” or 5’7”, weighing approximately 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes – was a flight attendant with Shuttle America for Delta and United Airlines flights, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sierra’s family,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “As a union, we look out for our own. Sierra and her family need help at this time. If anyone has seen her or has information relevant to this missing person case, please contact the proper authorities as soon as possible. You can also help by sharing her picture and information on social media.”

If you have seen Sierra Shields or have information relevant to this missing person case, please call the New York City Police Department Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.

Vote to fund participatory budgeting projects in Astoria



Last year, Councilman Costa Costantinides earmarked more than $1 million to projects proposed by community members as part of the participatory budgeting process. The funding was allocated to improving technology in district schools and creating a playground at I.S. 126 and a new dog run.

“Participatory budgeting was a huge success last year,” Constantinides said in his State of the District address on January 25. “We hope to make it an even bigger success this year.”

For Fiscal Year 2017, the Astoria councilman is setting aside $1.5 million for participatory budgeting. Starting in late march, community members can go to a voting site, listed above, to help decide where the money will go.

Visit council.nyc.gov/pb for more ballot information.

The search for Sierra Shields continues

It has been nearly three weeks since 30-year-old Astoria resident Sierra Shields has gone missing.

The flight attendant was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport on foot in a blue dress on January 14. More posters have circulated since the search for Sierra began.

The Shields family also created a CrowdRise page for supporters to donate to the family. The fundraiser has already amassed $4,548 for the family.

“This is the most difficult thing we’ve ever faced as a family, and we pray for guidance, direction, and discernment daily,” the Shields family wrote on the CrowdRise page.

If you have any tips or information, call 347-670-3329 or the 114th Precinct at 718-626-9311.

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

A missing poster for Sierra Shields.

Councilman wants soccer field in Astoria Park

Councilman Costa Constantinides delivers the State of the District address.

At Councilman Costa Constantinides’s State of the District speech on Monday at P.S. 122, the Astoria native proposed to convert the center of the Astoria Park running track into a FIFA regulation-sized soccer field.

“By building a real soccer field here, we’ll be able to give everyone a space in which to play without interfering with other park goers,” Constantinides said. He plans to regulate the park’s activity using time slots.

The $3 million investment, he said, can potentially be a site for tournaments and other high-profile games.

“I believe this space presents a wonderful opportunity for the community to play the world’s game in the world’s borough,” he said.

Read more about Councilman Constantinides’s speech here: http://www.licjournal.com/view/full_story/27060523/article-Astoria-pol-delivers-State-of-the-District-address?instance=home_news_1st_left

Robbery suspects try to steal pints of ice cream

Courtesy of 114th Pct.

    114th Pct.

114th Pct.

114th Pct.

Police are looking for two suspects who tried to steal ice cream from a CVS on Sunday, January 3.

The two young men allegedly tried to move pints of ice cream into a book bag. When an employee confronted them, they assaulted her and left the store empty-handed, according to authorities.

Police are now asking for the public’s help to identify the two men. Anyone with information is asked to call 800-577-TIPS.

Missing Astoria Resident Receiving National Attention


Sierra Shields has been missing for 6 days.

The 30 year old flight attendant and Astoria resident was last seen at  12pm on Thursday, January 14th, leaving LaGuardia Airport on foot.

Her family and friends set up a Facebook Page, which has over 8,000  likes. The page is filled with warm comments, shares, and prayers.

Dateline NBC tweeted about the search for Sierra, and residents in  Chicago, Indiana, and Detroit have all joined the search.

If you have a TIP or POTENTIAL SIGHTING, call 911, or call the Astoria 114th Precinct 718-626-9311.