R. Kelly to host “A Night to Remember”

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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.

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City ups reward for info in death of Karina Vetrano

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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: https://www.gofundme.com/2javwd7g

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Queens Grand Jury charges Oscar Morel with first-degree murder in killing of Iman, associate

The gun found in Morel's wall that police believe may be connected with the double homicide.

The gun found in Morel’s wall that police believe may be connected with the double homicide.

A grand jury returned a five-count indictment on Monday charging 35-year-old Brooklyn man Oscar Morel with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Iman Maulana Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin.

The two were walking home following afternoon prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in Ozone Park on August 13, when they were killed.

“The defendant’s alleged actions strike at the very heart of our county’s Muslim community,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in an statement, accompanying the news. “Both victims were gentle men of peace and their deaths are a devastating loss to their families and the community that they served. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and assure them that the law enforcement community will work tirelessly to ensure that justice is done in this case.”

The indictment charges Morel with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Just days after the double homicide, police arrested Morel after he allegedly hit a cyclist and fled the scene. The cyclist gave a description of the vehicle and the plate number and it matched the description of the one captured leaving the scene of the murder.

After Morel was placed under arrest, a subsequent search yielded a .38 caliber Taurus revolver hidden in a wall, which police believe may have been the murder weapon.

Morel has been held on bail since his arrest and will be arraigned on the indictment at a later date in Queens County Supreme Court.

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Ozone Park infant passes away

Police are investigating the death of 4-month-old Quinn Chirichigno of 135-39 115th Street in Ozone Park.

Cops responded to a 911 last Thursday, August 18 at 2 a.m. Upon arriving at the home, they found the infant unconscious. He was then taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The police investigation is ongoing. The Medical Examine will determine his cause of death.

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29-year-old pedestrian killed in car crash

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Another life taken too soon.

Police say that on Tuesday, August 16, at approximately 10:36 p.m., cops responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck on Merrick Boulevard near the intersection of Victoria Road.

That victim turned out to be 29-year-old and Jamaica resident William Wine. His family has been notified.

Authorities say that officers found Wine unconscious with severe trauma to his head and body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation found that a 2001 Honda Accord was traveling along Merrick Boulevard when it struck Wine, who they say jumped the raised concrete median on the highway.

The 28-year-old driver remained at the scene, police said.

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Fatal assault leaves one man dead in Richmond Hill

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Police are investigating a deadly assault that killed a 37-year-old man in Richmond Hill.

Authorities say that on Sunday, August 14, at approximately 2 a.m., police responded to a 911 call about an assault in progress at 95-77 113rd Street.

When police arrived, they found the man unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to his head and body.

They also found a 68-year-old woman with cuts to her head and body as well.

When EMS arrived, the male victim was declared dead at the scene. The woman was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she is in stable condition.

Police have reported no arrests and an investigation is ongoing.

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Resorts World hosts Roseland Reunion White Party

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Anyone itching for a party where everyone wears white?

Resorts World Casino is hosting the Roseland Reunion White Party on Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m. t the Central Park event space.

The party is hosted by promoter Felix Hernandez, who created the Rhythm Revue Dance Party in 1991, which has become New York City’s longest running dance party.

Tickets begin at $27 and can be purchased online or at the casino.

 

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Photos: Third annual Family Day at St. Albans Park

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Last Saturday proved to be a fun-filled day for the youth and families of southeast Queens.

At the third annual Family Day at St. Albans Park on Merrick Blvd and Sayres Ave, residents heard music from WBLS, children got their face painted and participated in fun activities set up by the Parks Department.

“Family Day has always provided our community the opportunity to get together and enjoy each other’s company, while having fun listening to music and having some great food from the bar-b-que,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller.

See photos from the event below, courtesy of the office of Councilman Miller.

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Man struck with cane at train station

Police are looking for a man who struck another man in the body and head with a cane inside the Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue subway station.

Authorities said this incident happened on Tuesday, July 26 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

EMS responded to calls for help and transported the 24-year-old victim to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Take a look at the video and see if you can identify the suspect.

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

 

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