Battle of the Badges Cook-off at Resorts World

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The FDNY and NYPD are squaring off in the “Battle of the Badges” cook-off on Sunday, September 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Resorts World Casino.

The competition is part of the 2nd Annual Queens South Community Day. Thousands of people are expected to attend throughout the day.

More than 20 participants from three agencies are expected to participate in the cook-off. It will be hosted by Ray Cooney, the star of the hit television show Firehouse Kitchen and a retired firefighter.

Judges including Queens Deputy Borough President Melva Miller, Jamaica YMCA Executive Director Cedric Dew and singer and entertainer George Lamond.

Grand prizers for the winners include a trophy, a $500 gift card and additional prizes for second and third-place winners.

In addition to the cook-off, the community day will feature food, including a pizza truck, ice cream truck, cotton candy machine and a popcorn machine. Kids can play carnival games, get their faces painted, jump in a bouncy house and exercise with rock climbing.


Car collision kills 23-year-old woman

Police_Line_Crime_Scene_2498847226-300x200-1A car crash in the early morning hours of September 11 led to the death of 23-year-old Desray Leroy of Jamaica.

Police say that the collision happened at the intersection of 120th Street and Linden Boulevard in South Ozone Park.

53-year-old Ray Mouton of Ozone Park has been charged with aggravated driving without a license.

Mouton, driving a 1993 Honda Civic, crashed into a 2004 Audi A6, driven by a 25-year-old man and several of his friends.

The collision sent the driver to Elmhurst Hospital, where he is now in critical condition.

EMS also took three passengers in the Audi, ages 20, 22 and 23, to New York Hospital. They are in stable condition.

Another two passengers in the Audi, a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, were taken to Jamaica Hospital. They are also in stable condition.

Leroy was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she had head trauma and was pronounced dead on arrival.

The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is now investigating the crash.



Update: Police make an arrest in Jamaica shooting

The NYPD has made an arrest following last Saturday’s shooting on Jamaica Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway.

28-year-old Jamaica resident Elvin Hernandez was arrested in connection with the incident on Thursday, according to officials. Hernandez was charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

On Saturday, September 3, three men sat in a parked car near the Van Wyck Expressway when a gunman shot multiple rounds into their car. 18-year-old Albert Schaper, from North Bergen, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. A 31-year-old was shot in each arm but is in stable condition. The third man was harmed by shattered glass.


One dead, another injured in Jamaica shooting

Police_Line_Crime_Scene_2498847226-300x200-1A shooting at Jamaica Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway has left one man dead and another injured.

Police say that last Saturday at 10:30 p.m., police arrived on the scene to find two men with gunshot wounds. Both were transported by EMA to Jamaica Medical Center.

Albert Schaper, 18, a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Another 31-year-old man was shot once on each arm. He is in stable condition.

Police have not made any arrests, and the investigation is ongoing.


D’Aja Naquai Robinson street naming schedule for Sept. 9

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The southeast Queens community is honoring D’Aja Naquai Robinson with a street co-naming ceremony set for Friday, September 9 at 10 a.m.

Robinson, from South Jamaica, was gunned down in May 2013 by two gang members while riding on a Q6 bus with friends. She was leaving a Sweet 16 party that day.

The ceremony will be hosted by the office of Councilman Ruben Wills. It will be at Sutphin Blvd. and Rockaway Blvd, near the Q6 bus stop and the Baisley Pond Park memorial of Robinson.

For questions, please contact 718-206-2068.


R. Kelly to host “A Night to Remember”

Tonight at 8 pm at Resorts World Casino, controversial R&B star R. Kelly will host “A Night to Remember” featuring musical acts like Will Traxx, Superstar Jay and Kid Capri.

Kelly, who is most known for his hits like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ignition (remix),” produced music for Aaliyah’s 1994 debut album, wrote Michael Jackson’s song “You Are Not Alone” and has collaborated with Jay-Z, Nas, Sean Combs, and The Notorious B.I.G.

Traxx and Capri, both from the Bronx, have impressive experience. In addition to performing with P. Diddy, Traxx has toured with Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey and Jagged Edge. Capri has also performed with P. Diddy and has been a DJ since he was eight years old.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at Resorts World. Tickets start at $65 and doors open at 8 p.m.


City ups reward for info in death of Karina Vetrano


Photo of Vetrano courtesy Instagram

The Mayor’s Office is the latest City agency to add a financial incentive for any information leading to the arrest of Karina Vetrano’s killer. The combined reward, with the Mayor’s Office adding $10,000 is up to $35,000.

In addition to the City reward, a GoFundMe page established in Vetrano’s name has now raised over $265,000 to supplement the City’s offer, bringing the reward money north of $300,000.

To donate to the GoFundMe or follow its progress, visit: