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Cops Nab Suspect in Queens Imam's Murder: Sources

Sources say gunman was arrested Sunday night after ramming cop car

(Newser) - The man suspected of gunning down an imam and his friend outside a Queens mosque has been arrested, sources tell the New York Daily News . Police would not confirm the suspect was in custody but the Daily News says he was busted Sunday night after he rammed an unmarked police... More »

Jogger's Death 'an Extraordinary Case of Murder'

Karina Vetrano was found with a clump of grass in her hand

(Newser) - The 30-year-old jogger murdered in Queens "put up a ferocious fight right to the end," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Thursday. Karina Vetrano's strangled body was found just before 9pm Tuesday about 15 feet from a jogging path she often frequented with her father, who... More »

Cops: Man's Party Van Simply Too Righteous

'I know it’s illegal, but it’s the weekend'

(Newser) - There's a line where a dope sound system crosses over into the realm of illegality, and it's probably somewhere around speaker number 40. NBC New York reports police received multiple calls complaining about "exorbitantly loud" music coming from a white van a little before 11pm Saturday in... More »

How a Gang of Strippers Robbed From the Rich

By drugging them, says suspect Rosie Keo

(Newser) - Rosie Keo is due in court next month for her alleged involvement in a scam involving strippers who robbed male clients of at least $200,000. But in her telling, Keo alone made much more. Makes sense, if her story is true about strippers drugging doctors and Wall Street executives... More »

NYC Tenants Allegedly Turned 3-Bedroom Into 10-Bedroom

And rented rooms out on Airbnb, landlord says

(Newser) - A New York landlord says he rented out a three-bedroom apartment to two men—and they turned it into a 10-bedroom apartment and started renting out the rooms on Airbnb. The kicker: So far, he hasn't been able to evict the two official tenants, Burak Firik and Dogan Kimilli,... More »

America's Top Travel Destination Is ... Queens

Lonely Planet gives the NYC borough No. 1 billing in rankings

(Newser) - The "place where tourists wound up only if they got on the wrong subway in Manhattan," as the New York Times puts it, has now ascended to the opposite end of the spectrum. Queens was anointed the top travel destination in the US in December by travel guide... More »

Subway Rider Asked to Move Bag Freaks Out

Not exactly a typical morning on the F train

(Newser) - There's at least one woman who apparently hasn't read the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority's courtesy rules : The NYPD says a woman pushed, scratched, and bit a subway rider who tried to sit in a seat that had her bag on it. The alleged subway rage occurred aboard... More »

4 Dead in Home; Carbon Monoxide Leak Suspected

This time it's in Queens

(Newser) - For the second time this week, a carbon monoxide leak is being blamed for multiple deaths inside a home. This time, it happened in Queens, when a son checked up on his elderly parents to discover that they and two others in the home were dead, reports the New York ... More »

Queens Man Kills 3 Family Members, Then Himself: Cops

Jonathon Walker showed no signs of danger, relatives say

(Newser) - In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street in Queens, New York, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said. "What I did, I cannot come back from,... More »

Mom Uses App to Find Son ... at Police Station

When teen didn't answer, she tracked his iPhone

(Newser) - A mom worried that her teenage son wasn't answering his phone used an app to track him down, but she wasn't too happy where the trail ended. That would be the 103rd Precinct in Queens, reports DNAinfo . The 16-year-old was being held for questioning with another teen in... More »

Cops: Man Impersonated Dead Twin in Benefits Scam

Queens resident collected $581K

(Newser) - The Murphy twins were born in 1962, but Robert died a day after their birth. Decades later, brother Thomas resurrected him in a way by collecting nearly $600,000 in fake benefits in his name, reports the New York Post . The Queens trash collector allegedly posed as his long-dead twin... More »

NYC Subway Train Derails, 4 Hospitalized

Accident in Queens strands more than 1K underground

(Newser) - Four people are in the hospital with what the New York City Fire Department calls "potentially serious" injuries after an eight-car subway train derailed in Queens this morning, reports the New York Times . About 20 other people had lesser injuries after the accident around 10:30am. The express train... More »

4 Dead in Queens After Car Plunges Into Creek

Driver survives, but all passengers are killed

(Newser) - Four people are dead after the car they were in plunged into a creek in Queens overnight. Only the driver survived. The friends, ages 19 to 21, were returning home after celebrating the birthday of one of the passengers in the car. The vehicle plowed through a fence at the... More »

UPS Sacks 250 Drivers After 90-Minute Protest

Public advocate calls on company to alter decision

(Newser) - UPS drivers left work for 90 minutes to protest the firing of a colleague—and found themselves in hot water not long afterward, the company tells the New York Daily News . Twenty were fired Monday, while 230 were told they had their jobs only until replacements were trained. A rep... More »

Falling Tree Kills Pregnant Woman in NYC Park

Yingyi Li-Dikov, 30, dead on arrival at Queens hospital

(Newser) - A 60-foot oak tree crashed onto a New York City woman who was sitting on a bench in a Queens park last night, killing her before she reached the hospital. Making the tragic story even crueler: 30-year-old Yingyi Li-Dikov was 6 months pregnant. A witness describes an awful scene to... More »

Kidnappers Tortured Victim, Also Gave Him Cake: Cops

They're accused of holding businessman in Queens for 32 days

(Newser) - It was a bizarre and brutal kidnapping that lasted more than a month, but at least it has a happy ending. Police say the kidnappers grabbed a 52-year-old businessman in Queens as he was walking to his car last month and brought him to a neighborhood warehouse, reports the Daily ... More »

What Election? Sandy Recovery Continues

Marines head to Staten Island, Queens

(Newser) - Sure, it's Election Day tomorrow—but to plenty of families still reeling from Sandy's effects, civic duty is a secondary concern, the Washington Post reports. "Everyone’s trying to live. They got kids. How’s anybody gonna go out and vote?" says a Manhattan school lunch helper.... More »

4 Die in Separate NYC Subway Accidents

4 men killed in 24-hour period

(Newser) - Four men were killed in four separate New York City subway accidents in a single 24-hour period over the weekend. Two of the men were stuck by trains in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and a third was killed when he was crushed between a train and the platform in the Village,... More »

NYPD Questions Suspect in Firebombings

Cops think he hit store that caught him shoplifting

(Newser) - New York detectives questioned a man today about the firebombing of an Islamic cultural center and three other sites, attacks they said might turn out to be hate crimes. The man was tracked through a car with Virginia license plates that was believed to be at the scene of at... More »

Cops Hunt NYC Firebomber

Sketch of frappuccino-drinking hate-crime suspect released

(Newser) - Police in New York City say the suspect in four firebombings apparently hates Muslims and Hindus but loves Starbucks. A sketch of the man suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at four targets —including a mosque, a home that doubles as a Hindu temple, and a deli—has been released... More »

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