Woman pepper sprayed during attempted robbery


A pair of would-be burglars peppered sprayed a woman and her nephew in Maspeth according to Det. Thomas Bell of the NYPD 104th precinct.

According to Bell, two Hispanic males attempted to steal a woman’s purse in the area of 51st Road. When the woman’s nephew came to her aid, both victims were pepper sprayed. The assailants did not manage to steal the woman’s purse. The suspects fled in an unknown direction.

Maspeth man sentenced to nine years for break-ins


After pleading guilty to a series of residential break-ins last month, a Maspeth man was sentenced to nine years in prison, District Attorney Richard Brown announced today.

Juan Cuervo, 54, was charged with burglarizing nine different homes throughout the borough, predominantly in Elmhurst and Flushing. In each incident, he allegedly ransacked the homes and stole various pieces of property including a camera, solver coins, jewelry and cash.

“The defendant broke into the homes of various people – victims who had their private and personal spaces invaded by a stranger – and ransacked their residences and stole their property,” Brown said. “The defendant admitted his guilt and has now been sentenced to a lengthy term of incarceration.”

Maspeth man pleads guilty to 2016 burglaries


A 54-year-old Maspeth man is facing nine years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary charges in connection with a series of residential break-ins.

According to Queens Country District Attorney Richard Brown, Juan Cuervo of 56th Street, is accused of burglarizing nine different homes in a number of Queens neighborhoods, including Elmhurst and Flushing.

“In pleading guilty, the defendant has admitted to brazenly breaking into several homes across a wide swath in Queens County,” Brown said in a statement. “The defendant not only invaded the victim’s personal and private spaces, but he ransacked their homes and stole their possessions. The defendant will be incarcerated for his actions.”

Police looking for suspected deli robber

2772-16-104-pct-robbery-9-29-16-photoThe NYPD 104th Precinct is looking into the whereabouts of a man they say is wanted in connection with a robbery at a Maspeth deli on Thursday, September 29.

According to police, at approximately 12:35 a.m., the suspect entered Grand Deli at 66-10 Grand Avenue, approached the 34-year-old male employee, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from the register. When the victim refused, police said, the individual took $150 from the register and subsequently fled the store.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 20-years-old, 6’1″ to 6’2″ and last seen wearing a blue hooded sweater, light blue jeans and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Markey visits Queens Ledger office after being booed at shelter hearing

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Assemblywoman Marge Markey was booed by activists at the Maspeth shelter public hearing last night at the Knockdown Center. She immediately left the venue with these parting words: “Goodbye and take care.”

She stopped by the Queens Ledger office this morning to discuss what happened at the meeting where she told activists to stop bullying her.

“I think my opposition stirred them up,” she said. She was referring to her Assembly seat challengers and others who held up signs calling for her defeat.

Though she didn’t get a chance to deliver her statement at the hearing, she delivered a copy to the Queens Ledger. In the statement, Markey blames Mayor de Blasio for ignoring elected officials’ requests for a face-t0-face meeting and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) for not giving more details about the proposed shelter, including the financial arrangements between the city, the shelter operator Acacia and the hotel owner.

To read more about Markey’s comments and her statement, read the Queens Ledger story here.

Maspeth High School students get mock courtroom


Maspeth High School’s new student courtroom.

Students at Maspeth High School opened a new student courtroom last week. The grand opening of the life-like room was attended by State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr., as well as representatives from the NYPD 104th precinct.

The new court room will allow students to see what the inside of a court room is like and get first-hand practice on what it is like to have a career in the legal field. It will be used by the school’s law club – which is run by history teacher Sarah Jabbar. Students at the school will be able to challenge punishments they receive from teachers.

“The courtroom established inside Maspeth High School will serve as one of the most valuable resources for these students, whether they are interested in law or just starting to figure out what career path is the right one for them,” said Addabbo. “This is a wonderful opportunity to gain real-world experience in a number of career fields, and Maspeth High School is fortunate to have such an exciting program right inside school walls. I commend all the teachers and students involved in making this courtroom a reality and urge every student to take advantage of such a unique opportunity.”


Vision Zero enforcement initiative coming to Maspeth

All next week, the NYPD 104th Precinct will be holding a vision zero program that will provide motorists with educational materials to help explain vision zero. The program also includes an enforcement portion that will target various hazardous violations that contribute to death and injury of New Yorkers.

The first portion of the program, the education aspect, will take place at the intersections of Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard and Cooper Avenue, Maurice Avenue and Borden Avenue and more unnamed locations.

The purpose of the educational message is to explain to residents the three E’s: education, engineering and enforcement.

Secondly, police will hold targeted enforcements looking for violations that include: speeding, improper turns, operating a vehicle while on the phone or texting and failure to yield to pedestrians (If a pedestrian is anywhere in the crosswalk/street you must yield until they are completely out of the street).