One Killed, One Seriously Injured Outside Coney Island Mcdonalds

b15busOne man was killed and another seriously wounded in a stabbing outside a McDonald’s in Coney Island, police said.

The two victims got into a dispute with a group inside the fast-food joint on Mermaid Avenue near Stillwell Avenue just before midnight Sunday. The fight spilled onto the street, where an attacker stabbed the two men, cops said.

The first victim, a 20-year-old, was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to police.

The second victim was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.

No arrests have been made. (more…)

Woman Accused of Fatally Stabbing Elderly Man & Stealing Mercedes

NYPD_Crime_Scene_Unit_Freightliner_01Prosecutors today announced the indictment of Judith Johnson, 22, for Murder in the Second Degree for the homicide of Serge Bosse, 73, who was found dead in his apartment in February 2014. George Chambers, 21, was also indicted in connection with the case for Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Hindering Prosecution.  If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum of 25 years-to-life; and Chambers faces a maximum of seven years.

“This victim was robbed, tied-up, brutally stabbed, and left to die. We will hold the Defendants responsible for committing these crimes,” said District Attorney Ken Thompson.

According to court documents, Bosse was discovered stabbed to death in his Albany Avenue apartment on February 28, 2014; his wrists and ankles were bound by duct tape. Friends and family members had not seen or heard from Bosse for two days. Some of his personal property, including electronics and jewelry, were stolen from his apartment. Also missing was his Mercedes Benz.

On March 2, 2014, Bosse’s car was located after an individual unrelated to the homicide was arrested for DWI while driving the car. A subsequent investigation into the stolen vehicle led the NYPD to Defendant George Chambers, who allegedly made arrangements to sell the car shortly after the homicide. The police investigation also led them to Chambers’ girlfriend, Judith Johnson.

As indicated in court documents, Johnson made statements to police implicating herself in the robbery of Bosse and in the victim’s death that occurred during the commission of the robbery.  Chambers also made statements to police admitting to his role in assisting Johnson in pawning the victim’s electronics and arranging to sell his car after learning of the homicide from Johnson. The investigation on this case is continuing.

Splashy Plan for Pool in NYC’s East River Unveiled

eastriverpoolForget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York’s East River could be the next great place for a summer swim.

The backers of the floating Plus Pool – an Olympic-sized structure with cruise-like decking – said they’re on course to drop anchor in mid-2016 if they win approval from the city, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government entities.

Project co-founder Archie Coates pitched the pool as be clean, safe and good for the environment and public perception. The goal, he said, is to “change the way New Yorkers see the river by giving them a chance to swim in it.”

A city spokesman did not respond to questions Tuesday about the permitting process and the city’s approach to privately built works intended for public use.

The pool’s backers said it would be different from all other floating pools – the city has had one at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx since 2007 – because it is designed to filter river water into safe, swimmable water.

The Plus Pool would be anchored to the river bed and have a walkway to shore, but a permanent location has not yet been determined, they said.

Project spokeswoman Kanessa Tixe said pool proponents have been in talks with several locations, including Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ideally, she said, the pool would find a home in the East River, but the Hudson River and Governor’s Island are other options.

Co-founder Dong-Ping Wong said the Plus Pool would be like a “giant strainer,” built from filtration material that can remove bacteria and contaminants from a half-million gallons of polluted river water each day. That clean water would be cycled back into the river, he said.

More than 3,000 people have contributed nearly $275,000 to a Kickstarter campaign to keep the pool project afloat. Supporters can also sponsor one of the pool’s 70,000 tiles for $25, $199 or $249. If each is sponsored, Coates said, it would cover the $15 million cost to build the pool.

The pool team said it is testing and improving the filtration system using a floating laboratory at Pier 40 in the Hudson River. They said they are also monitoring the river and are partnering with Google to launch an online app broadcasting water quality data in real time.

It’s an East River in need of a public relations and environmental makeover.

It’s smelly, dirty and, whenever sewage and storm water back up, dangerous. And, it has a place in city lore as a supposed dumping ground for the cement-shoed victims of mob hits.

The television series “Seinfeld” took a good-natured swipe at the river in a 1997 episode when wacky neighbor character Kramer tried swimming in the East River’s rapid currents and was confused for a dead body.

Wong said the Plus Pool, if realized, would be open to all, with sections for children, loungers and avid lap swimmers. It may carry a small admission fee or sponsorships to cover the cost of maintenance and compensation for lifeguards, he said.


NYPD’s Twitter Request for Photos Backfires

A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired – in a very public way.

Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality.

The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.

The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption “changing hearts and minds one baton at a time.”

Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.

Some respondents did send in the type of police-friendly photographs officials were hoping to get.

NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city.


BREAKING NEWS: Man Found Dead in Plastic Container

Around 12:30 this afternoon, police responded to a report of a deceased person inside of 1561 E. 54 in Flatlands. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered an unidentified male inside of a plastic storage container unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded to the location and pronounced the male DOA at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE 04/20
Pursuant to an ongoing investigation with regards to the above incident the following individual has been arrested and charged:

Joshua Simser, a 24 year-old white male
1561 East 54th Street
Brooklyn, NY

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The identification and proper family notification of the victim is pending.

Off Duty NYPD Sgt Arrested for DWI

dwiAn off-duty NYPD Sergeant was arrested earlier this morning.

According to police, Donald Stewart, 34, was pulled over in the vicinity of Fulton and Boyland Street in Bed Stuy and charged with DWI.