CAB DRIVER GETS AMBUSHED BY ARMED ROBBER IN JAMAICA AFTER COMING FROM BROOKLYN – IT FIGURES

The armed hood rat below who robbed a cab driver in Jamaica, came out of one of the new developments in Jamaica at 148-19 90th Avenue. Guess these new developments are not using their anti-hood rats screening tools.

Knowing the 103rd, it won’t be long for this stupid punk ass Jamaica ghetto hood rat to get caught. DAMN, you ghetto peeps are fucking stupid, cameras are all over the fucking place. Get ready to lube your ghetto hood rat anus up.

More nonsense in Jamaica courtesy of the status quo of the ghetto hood rats. Never ceases to amaze me how dumb this fucks are.

Now lets hear from the ghetto crowd, how this young man is misunderstood and “if he beez white, you would not beez sain’ sheet” or some other unintelligent ebonics bullshit, that those folks tend to put on the Clean Up Jamaica Facebook page.

Then the far left white liberal assholes will chime in how way more black men are arrested than white or other races, even though the black population makes up about 12%. Well, it is because of this shit, every fucking time I read about something in NYC and especially Queens, the perp is normally black. It is called MATH, the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets. If more black people commit crimes than another group of people, then the rate of arrest is higher for blacks. COMMON SENSE.

And maybe the white progressive white liberal assholes like our mayor, like Melinda Katz, like most of the local elected officials, should help improve places like Jamaica and other communities of color as opposed to allowing them to deteriorate, fall apart and then ignore complaints when they are brought up.

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From Queens Courier:

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Police released on Wednesday images of a man and woman who recently orchestrated the armed robbery of a 64-year-old cab driver in Jamaica.

Law enforcement sources said the trouble began at 7 a.m. on April 1, when one of the conspirators — described as a black female between 17 and 25 years of age, standing between 5 foot 1 inch and 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighing between 120 and 150 pounds and wearing a white coat with a fur-lined hood — flagged down the male victim at the corner of 4th Avenue and Pacific Street in Brooklyn.

 The woman instructed the driver to take her to the front of an apartment building located at 148-19 90th Ave. in Jamaica. Upon arriving at the location, police said, the woman then called the second individual to come down from the location and pay for her ride.

Seconds later, authorities noted, the other suspect — described as a black male between 25 and 32 years of age, standing between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds and wearing a blue and white jacket with “00” on the back, a blue hooded sweatshirt, white sneakers and dark colored pants — approached the driver, displayed a handgun and demanded cash.

Police said the victim handed over to the male suspect $130 in cash and his cellphone. The male suspect then ran back inside the apartment building, while the female suspect exited from the cab and headed westbound on 90th Avenue.

The incident was reported to the 103rd Precinct; the driver was not injured.

The NYPD released surveillance camera footage of the male suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

UPDATE: ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE WITH “NYPD” ON DASH BLOCKING FIRE HYDRANT ACTUALLY BELONGS TO “NON NYPD” INDIVIDUAL IN SUFFOLK COUNTY – BIG THANKS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY COORDINATION OFFICERS

Well, the vehicle with NYPD on the dash that had been illegally parked for two weeks blocking a fire hydrant at 172nd St and Hillside Avenue turns out to NOT be NYPD, which I suspected from the get-go due to the  location and the amount of time that car was there.

After talking to my 103rd precinct NCO (Neighborhood Community Officers), Sclafani and York, two really great guys who focus on the area between Hillside Avenue and the LIRR train tracks & 175th Street to the Van Wyck focusing on all quality of life issues, they looked into this after the failed 311 complaints and found out that the plates on the vehicle came back to a location in Suffolk County and Community Affairs Detective, Marc Costa (another great guy) sent out a letter warning of consequences for future parking there.  Detective Costa also stated that NYPD on the dash was not a decal but on a vest to make it appear it was NYPD personnel when in fact this individual has nothing to do with NYDP. This is not the first time I have seen vehicles in the area parked illegally for days and weeks using this bogus NYPD item.

Speaking of Neighborhood Community Officers or the Program, if you are not familiar with it, YOU SHOULD (http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/646-16/mayor-de-blasio-commissioner-bratton-expansion-neighborhood-policing-program-51). It is a program in many precincts where two officers cover a particular area in the district and they focus on all types of quality of life issue from illegal truck driving to noise and everything in between. They pretty much wipe out the middle man of 311. So you should get to know your NCO’s in your area and you can find that out by speaking with your precinct’s community affairs department.

So if you live in the area of Jamaica that I mentioned above, please contact those officers with your issues (they don’t handle garbage issues though) but like I said they cover illegal parking, illegal truck driving on residential streets (they pretty much put an end to the illegal truck driving on my street), illegal truck parking and a host of other quality of life issues.

Sitting down with Officers Sclafani and York the other day, they informed me of some other issues they are working on. They have contacted all the auto body shops in their area to inform them that there will be no more illegal parking of junked and unlicensed vehicles on the streets and sidewalk and paid a visit to the shop on Archer Ave and 149th. They will be confiscating all loud speakers and microphones that blast either music or talk in front of the stores in downtown Jamaica (which by the way is ILLEGAL). They are working with Sanitation to make sure that sidewalks are not being blocked by racks of merchandise as well. Stores can only place merchandise 3 feet into the sidewalk from the front of their store (Pretty Girl is the biggest culprit and that store is one of several in their sites). They are also working with DOT to put up NO PARKING signs inside all the LIRR Tunnels in their district, which has become a major safety issues,  especially with the large tractor trailer trucks parking there. They are also aware that ice cream trucks cannot play their loud music while they are parked or idling, only when they are in motion and will be on the look-out for that come the warm weather.

Totally Illegal blocking of sidewalk. Pretty Girl is one of many stores on Jamaica Ave doing this. Besides making it difficult to manuever, it is low-class ghetto/third world country EYESORE. On NCO’s radar.

147th Pl between Jamaica & Archer Ave. 5.20.16. NOW on the NCO’s radar.

So again, get to know who your NCO’s are in your district. The 103rd precinct program started in October 2016 and I immediately got to know Officers Sclafani and York and cannot tell you how helpful they have been and how on top of issues they are. BUT you folks must play your part as well and be concerned citizens because, there are some new sheriffs in Jamaica “Dodge City” and they don’t play around. For those in the area I mentioned, if you need these NCO’s contact information, just let me know. All others contact your local precinct.

 

CROOKED FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN LIU SHOWS UP TO 103RD PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING TO TALK ABOUT TRUMP – HEY LIU WE ALREADY ARE FILLED TO THE RAFTERS WITH CROOKED LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL CLOWNS

I mean what the hell was former council member and crook John Liu doing showing up at a Jamaica 103rd community council meeting this month stating “I’m not running for anything”. So what the fuck was he doing there. Don’t tell me we are going to get some diversity in our crooked all black elected official clown circus. Supposedly he had been invited by council leaders to speak and he basically took questions from the audience about Trump being elected President like that has any fucking thing to do with all the problems in Jamaica for decades. And you mean our own wonderful council member I. Daneek Miller could not do that or did he have some very important street naming ceremony photo op going on.

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107-58 164th Street
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I just find this kind of ironic that this clown showed up at the Jamaica 103rd precinct community council meeting to talk about Trump this month, while he was just fined more than $15,000 for violations related to his successful 2009 run for New York City comptroller by the city’s Campaign Finance Board.

What a clown, but hey he fits right in with the rest of the Jamaica elected official clowns. Crooked and a do nothing bullshitter.

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From Times Ledger:

City fines Liu for campaign finance violations in 2009 comptroller run

Former mayoral candidate John Liu, who began his political career as a city councilman representing northeast Queens, was fined more than $15,000 for violations related to his successful 2009 run for New York City comptroller by the city’s Campaign Finance Board.

Liu’s campaign was fined for accepting 31 over-the-limit contributions, as well as five corporate contributions, eight contributions from unregistered political committees and 16 over-the-limit “Doing Business” contributions. The latter refers to contributions from individuals who have some sort of business with New York City, which the Campaign Finance Board restricts more heavily.

He had received more than $1.3 million in public funds for his 2009 comptroller race, according to the CFB. Liu’s 2009 campaign has a remaining balance of $28,315, according to the CFB’s site.

Liu was elected to the City Council in 2001, representing parts of Flushing, Bay Terrace, Bayside and Whitestone. During his tenure, he served as chairman of the Council’s Transportation Committee. He served as the city’s comptroller for four years after a successful campaign in 2009. He announced a campaign for mayor in 2013, running in the Democratic primary with four competitors, including eventual victor Bill de Blasio.

The Campaign Finance Board dealt a strong blow to Liu’s mayoral prospects in 2013 when it refused to grant him $3.5 million in public matching funds. At the time, the CFB cited about 550 donations to Liu’s mayoral campaign it considered to be questionable. The CFB also took into account information gleaned from a federal trial resulting in the conviction of two former Liu aides who attempted to solicit fake donations.

In 2014, Liu attempted to re-enter the political arena by challenging state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his seat in a primary. Liu ran at the urging of the Queens Democratic Party, which sought a challenger for Avella after he joined the Independent Democratic Conference. The IDC periodically aligns itself with state Senate Republicans.

The IDC attempted to sidestep the looming threat of primary challenges by forming a power-sharing agreement, and support for Liu’s run dropped afterwards. In the aftermath, Avella received support from former U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, who represented parts of northeast Queens, and Mayor de Blasio, who Avella is now challenging for mayor.

From Queens Chronicle:

Liu’s news

 

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:30 am | Updated: 12:36 pm, Thu Jan 19, 2017.

Former city Comptroller John Liu paid a visit Tuesday night at a meeting of the community council for the NYPD’s 103rd Precinct.

“I’m not running for anything,” Liu said light-heartedly, adding he came in response to a long-standing invitation from council leaders.

Liu served as comptroller from 2010 to 2013. He lost the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor, and a year later unsuccessfully tried to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella in a primary.

Taking questions from the audience, Liu spoke mostly about the recent presidential election, and his concerns over just what a President Trump and a Republican Congress may do to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

 

CRIME DOWN IN JAMAICA (THOUGH HOOD RAT GANG BANGERS ARE STILL THE MAJOR CULPRITS) & FORECLOSURES STILL AT ALL TIME HIGH IN THE JAMAICA AREA

So crime is down in Jamaica in the 103rd precinct district though most of this is due to the winter weather when crime tends to drop compared to the long dog days of summer when the hood rats run wild all over. While crime is down in the area the majority is still caused by hood rat gang members particular in shitty South Jamaica. And speaking of South Jamaica, this area still has the highest foreclosure in all of New York City. While so-called “leaders” want to blame predatory lenders (who are slime bags no doubt) and with the exception of a job loss causing one getting behind on the mortgage, too many people’s eyes were bigger than their pocket books and bought homes that they were in no way going to be able to make the monthly mortgage and that blames goes to the people who did not really think the process out.

So while predatory lenders take some fault,  the big problem were the homeowners who signed on the dotted line regardless of what the banks told them etc. Common sense, if you only make $50,000 a year, you don’t buy a $300,000 home or apartment, because how the hell are you going to make payments.  Yes, those financial institutions are predatory, but you can only be preyed upon if you let them. People must take responsibility for their actions and that goes for everything in life. Like if you treat your community like it is a garbage dump and have no pride, others will swoop in and take it from you. Enough of the blame game folks, cause that shit gets OLD FAST.

By the way what the hell was former councilman from Flushing John Liu doing at the 103rd precinct Community Council meeting. He says he came to talk about the incoming president, Trump, and the effects that it could have on communities like Southeast Queens. WHAT FUCKING EFFECTS, any damn effects and  issues in this community are due to the slobs, hood rats, gang bangers, criminals and crooked local elected officials for years and decades.  I mean Trump is not going to run or own Jamaica anymore than Obama did. Christ, talk about the “blame game”.

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From Queens Press:

Crime Still Down, This Time Thanks to Weather

BY TRONE DOWD

Following an overall drop in crime during 2016, the 103rd Precinct was happy to report that 2017 is off to a similarly promising start.

Commanding Officer Inspector John Cappelmann returned at this month’s Community Council meeting, giving local residents a rundown of crime in the precinct.  Photo by Trone Dowd.

Commanding Officer Inspector John Cappelmann returned at this month’s Community Council meeting, giving local residents a rundown of crime in the precinct. Photo by Trone Dowd.

Commanding Officer Inspector John Cappelmann gave the Precinct’s constituency the first crime report of the year Tuesday night, spanning the most recent 28-day period.

“Looking at the last 28-day period, we had a significant dip in crime, and we had some help from the weather,” Cappelmann said.

Cappelmann said that thanks to frigid temperatures and inclement weather in recent weeks, there has been a noticeable decrease in activity in the area. In fact, during the recent snowstorm on Saturday, he was proud to report that there were zero crimes reported during a 24-hour period.

“We are down about 33.8 percent in crime compared to the same 28-day period in 2016,” he said.

All index crimes were down compared to last year. Burglaries fell a whopping 42 percent, robberies fell 31 percent, felony assaults were down 30 percent, and both grand larceny auto and grand larceny fell significantly.

“We’re starting off the year great and we obviously want to keep it that way,” Cappelmann said.

One of the aspects that officers are trying to tackle in the new year is gang-related crimes.

Though crime was down, Cappelmann mentioned a significant noteworthy crime that occurred just before the 28-day period. On Dec. 1, along 91st Ave and Sutphin Blvd, police seized an automatic rifle from a man driving a large SUV, during a routine traffic stop.

“What was a Vision Zero Infraction turned out to be much more,” Cappelmann told the Press of Southeast Queens. “There was a large canvas bag sitting in the back seat. In it was a loaded AK-47 with what I believe was two or three magazines also filled with 7.62 millimeter rounds.”

The man was identified as a 50-year-old male named Mark Sanders of Brooklyn. Officers say that they have not been able to coerce a reasoning for his possession of the weapon, his intentions with it or why he was in the Southeast Queens area. He has since been arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Following the crime report, the Community Council was paid a visit by former Queens councilman John Liu. Liu, who currently teaches finance at Baruch College’s and Columbia University’s respective master’s programs, took time to talk about the incoming presidential administration and the effects that it could have on communities like Southeast Queens.

The next community council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 14 at the St. Benedict the Moor Church located on 171-17 and 110th Avenue in Jamaica.

 

From Queens Courier:

Queens At The Top Of Foreclosed Homes In NYC

BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Staff Writer

In a recent study done by Property Shark, leading real estate data provider, data show that of the 2,202 first-time foreclosures scheduled in 2016, 933 were in Queens, leaving the borough accountable for 42 percent of the city’s first-time auctions.

The study was conducted by taking into account foreclosed residential properties–either single-family or two-family homes, and condo or co-op units–that were scheduled to auction for the first time in 2016. By evaluating properties that received at least one lis pendens filing in 2016–either first-time filing or a refiling–it was able to determine that as a whole, New York City first-time foreclosures increased 18 percent compared to 2015.

While first-time time foreclosures happened to increase this year, since 2013 lis pendens filings in New York City have been following a descending trend, with a recorded 7 percent year-to-year decrease. Although the 12,573 filings may appear to be good news for the city, it’s disappointing news for Queens, which had 4,903 filings, making it the highest number of filings compared to the other boroughs.

When Property Shark evaluated the borough by zip code, they found that 11434, which is accountable for much of Southeast Queens, continues to be what it calls “a foreclosure hotspot.” In Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis and St. Albans alone, there were a total of 84 homes scheduled to be auctioned in 2016.

Overall, the study shows that Queens still has the highest number of homes scheduled of all boroughs, and with 933 properties, it accounted for almost half of the total foreclosures and registered a 16 percent year-over-year increase.

Reach Ariel Hernandez at (718) 357-7400 x144 or ahernandez@queenstribune.com

AND SPEAKING OF THE 103RD PRECINCT, THEY ARRESTED SOME BROOKLYN DIRT-BAG WITH A LOADED AK-47

And my previous post was praising the 103rd precinct (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/01/12/103rd-precinct-cracking-down-on-quality-of-life-issues-in-jamaica-including-auto-body-shops-illegally-parked-vehicles/) and here they are in action.  And what a major dirt-bag is he (he was stopped because he disobeyed several signs while making a left hand turn. And who knows what this ass, Mark Sanders was planning on doing with this AK-47.

  1. did not have a driver’s license and his car had a forged registration sticker
  2. his driver’s license was revoked on at least three occasions
  3. was convicted of criminal trespass last August, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, driving without a license and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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From DNAinfo New York:

Man With Loaded AK-47 Arrested During Traffic Stop in Jamaica, Police Say

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | January 12, 2017 3:05pm
 Police officers found a loaded AK-47 during a traffic stop in Jamaica.

Police officers found a loaded AK-47 during a traffic stop in Jamaica.

NYPD

QUEENS — Police arrested a man who they said had a loaded semi-automatic AK-47 rifle in his car while driving in downtown Jamaica last month, officials said.

Police stopped Mark Sanders, 50, of Shepherd Avenue in Brooklyn, after he disobeyed several signs while making a left hand turn at 91st Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, one block away from the Jamaica AirTrain station, on Dec. 1 about 3 p.m., according to police officials and court documents.

When officers looked into Sander’s grey Cadillac, they saw the AK-47, as well as several rounds of ammunition and a gun cleaning kit.

Sanders, who also had a gravity knife in his pocket, did not have a permit for the weapon, police said.

“We don’t know exactly what he was going to do with it, possibly sell it,” said Inspector John Cappelmann, commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct, at a community council meeting Tuesday night.

Sanders also did not have a driver’s license and his car had a forged registration sticker, police said.

A record check also revealed that his driver’s license was revoked on at least three occasions, most recently on Aug. 1, 1999, each time for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, according to court documents and the state DMV. His license currently remains revoked.

Sanders, who according to court documents, was convicted of criminal trespass last August, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, driving without a license and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He is currently being held at Rikers Island on bail set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond. He is due back in the court on Jan. 18.

Sanders’ attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

103RD PRECINCT CRACKING DOWN ON QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES IN JAMAICA INCLUDING AUTO-BODY SHOPS ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLES

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If I have to say anything positive about Jamaica, it is the 103rd precinct, a work-horse of a precinct and one of the busiest outside of the Times Square precinct and they do not piss around folks. In the article below:

Sgt. David Strom, supervisor of the precinct’s NCO program, said since October the precinct has towed 75 illegally parked vehicles. He also said they “are working on a letter” for owners of auto repair shops, body shops and used-car dealerships defining what places are and are not acceptable for parking vehicles when conducting their businesses.

They have been extremely helpful working with me on the illegal truck driving on my street and the illegal parking by auto body shops and car dealers in the area. The new NCO program  (The Neighborhood Coordination Officers)  focuses entirely on quality of life issues  and they have been great. Each section of Jamaica has two NCO’s and mine are Officers Sclafani and York and they are amazing, always keeping in touch with me and always giving me updates of what they are doing in regards to my complaints, I even have the one officer’s cell phone, how great is that. All the precincts in the Jamaica area have NCO’s and you should definitely get to know yours in your specific area. Here are some of what they have relayed to me regarding some of my complaints:

The NYPD will be placing an electronic sign at that location stating “No trucks, all trucks must use 168 street”. That sign will be there for about a month, after that flyers will be handed out to the public.  The last phase will be issuing a summons.

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Good Morning,

  Myself and officer York have spoken to the auto body shops located within our sector which is the Van Wyck to 175 street and Hillside Ave to the train tracks, we advised all those shops that any vehicles that did not have plates on them (correct plates of course) and are located on the street will be towed.  Also we mentioned to the businesses that no vehicles are allowed to be placed onto side walks, any vehicles that are located on sidewalks will be ticketed.  I also forwarded the email to the NCO’s that are in charge of the sector that covers Merrick Blvd.  Starting tomorrow we will be making rounds to ensure that those vehicles were moved.  I will also reach out to the truck company regarding the email about 170 street.  Thank you and have a good day.

Po Sclafani 103 Precinct

Just an update on the issue of illegally parked vehicles at auto body shops in Sector A.  As of last week there were a total of 7 vehicles towed from the auto body shop located at 149-15 Archer Avenue, vehicles were either parked on the sidewalk or were parked on the street with no license plates or incorrect license plates.  All other shops have been spoken to and appear to be complying.

PO Sclafani

103 Precinct

Just an update on the parking condition that we spoke of, As of January 5th there has been a total of 13 vehicles towed from sector A.  Those vehicles were either parked on a public street with no license plates or were parked on sidewalks.  Majority of the vehicles were towed from 149-15 Archer Avenue.  The other auto body shops in sector A have been keeping vehicles off the streets and keeping them in private lots or inside of their shops.  Any other concerns feel free to contact myself or Officer York.

Get to know your areas NCO’s, which you can do by contacting your precinct’s community affairs officer. For the 103rd precinct the community affairs officer is Detective Marc Costa and remember the 103rd has several NCO’s who cover different areas of Jamaica and if your complaint falls outside of their area, they will forward your complaint to a NCO who handles that area.

They handle all quality of life issues from illegal parking & illegal truck driving to noise complaint and all that falls in between.

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From Queens Chronicle:

Cops, storm tough on crime in 103rd

24-hour stretch with no major cases

 

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:30 am

As commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Inspector John Cappelmann takes a back seat to no commander in the NYPD when it comes to pride in his officers’ hard work and achievement.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t accept help from time to time, especially when it falls into his lap.

 Last weekend, that assistance came in the form of a snowstorm last Saturday that dropped 8.2 inches on parts of the borough.

“We went 24 hours without a major crime, what we call an index crime,” Cappelmann said Tuesday night, speaking at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s community council.

Index crimes include murder, rape, robbery, burglary, felony assault, grand larceny and auto theft.

With a new year, the inspector said the precinct ended 1016 with a 7.7 percent drop in overall crime from 2015, with reductions in all categories but robberies, where the total went from 385 to 387.

Shooting incidents went from 18 to 32, ending three years of near-record low totals. Cappelmann said shootings averaged in the mid-30s every year from 2009 to 2013 before dropping off to 17 in 2014 and 18 in 2015.

The 28-day statistics as of this week saw a decrease of 33.8 percent in major crimes over the same time period last year.

The CO credited his officers with a major arrest in the month of December as a result of Vision Zero traffic enforcement.

On Dec. 1, two officers stopped a vehicle on 91st Street.

“It was a traffic line enforcement stop,” he said. “And there on the back seat was a loaded AK-47, and a couple of loaded magazines.”

Cappelmann said the man, a Brooklyn resident, was arrested without incident for unlawful possession of a weapon, and has not been very talkative about why he was traveling with the weapon and ammunition.

“We don’t know where he was going,” he said. “But it probably wasn’t good.”

Sgt. David Strom, supervisor of the precinct’s NCO program, said since October the precinct has towed 75 illegally parked vehicles. He also said they “are working on a letter” for owners of auto repair shops, body shops and used-car dealerships defining what places are and are not acceptable for parking vehicles when conducting their businesses.

Strom also said they are getting more and more complaints about financial scams.

He said one growing in popularity among crooks involves calling people and telling them they have won a lottery prize, but first must send money to cover taxes. He said no legitimate lottery operates that way, and reminded people that they have not won a lottery for which they have not purchased a ticket.

“You can’t be not in it and win it,” he said.

People also are hearing from those claiming to be the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service or other government agencies either calling or sending a message freezing a cell phone saying the person owes taxes or a civil fine.

The giveaway, he said, is the demand to make payment in gift cards readily available in many stores.

“The IRS does not call; we all know that,” he said. “And no government agency will ever demand payment in gift cards.”

He said some hucksters are preying on people with so-called “money blessing” scams in which the victim is asked to bring a large amount of cash to be blessed so that it will double.

“But when you get home and unwrap the bundle, it’s filled with newspaper, and that person is out their money,” the sergeant said.

CHAT WITH A COP OVER COFFEE AT JAMAICA STARBUCKS, THIS WEDNESDAY(12.21.16)

This is a really good idea and it is great to see the 103rd precinct (my precinct and one of the best in the city) doing this here in Jamaica. Back in October they initiated a community policy program, which assigns neighborhood coordination officers(NCO’s)in areas in Jamaica and Hollis, in order to get to know local residents and their problems. I have already got to know mine and they have been really great, especially the illegal truck driving on my residential street. The article states that some of them will be at this event this coming Wednesday (12.21.16) at 11:00am to 2:30pm. Hopefully they will have more and some in the evenings.

This is all kind of old school, the way policing was like when I was growing up. Sometimes “old school” is best.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Chat With Local Police Officers Over Coffee at Jamaica Starbucks

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | December 19, 2016 3:49pm
 The 103rd Precinct will host its first

The 103rd Precinct will host its first “Coffee with a Cop” event this Wednesday at Starbucks.

NYPD/103rd Precinct

QUEENS — Jamaica police officers want to chat with residents over a cup of joe.

The 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica and Hollis, will host its first “Coffee with a Cop” — an informal event allowing residents to discuss their problems with officers while sipping a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks this Wednesday.

“It will allow community members’ access to uniformed personnel in an informal setting and provide an opportunity to converse with officers freely,” the precinct wrote in an email sent out to residents.

The initiative is the latest in a series of steps the precinct has taken to improve its relationship with the community.

In October, it also launched a new community policing program which assigns several “neighborhood coordination officers,” or NCOs, to specific geographic beats in Jamaica and Hollis, in order to get to know local residents and their problems.

Some of the NCOs will be present at the event, the precinct said.

Similar events have been held throughout the country since 2011.

The program, which according to the precinct “is one of the most successful community oriented policing programs across the country,” has also expanded to other countries, including Canada and Australia.

“The key to Coffee with a Cop’s growing success is that it opens the door for interactions outside of the crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement officers and community members together,” the precinct wrote in its email.

The “Coffee with a Cop” event will take place on Wed., Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Starbucks at 89-02 Sutphin Blvd. Coffee will be complimentary to all who participate.