Police looking for two men that installed ATM skimmer

Police are looking for any information regarding the skimming device that was installed at Queens Community Bank, 66-77 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood on May 15.

According to police, the two men pictured in the flier installed the device sometime around 1:48 p.m.

ATM Skimmers, according to the NYPD, are used to illegal record bankers personal information when they use the machines.

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Police make 12 narcotics arrests in two days

The NYPD 104th Precinct and Queens North Narcotics took a number of illicit substanses off the street this week.

According to NYPD 104th Captain Mark Wachter, police have made 12 arrest in Glendale, Ridgewood, Middle Village and Maspeth. The various busts have taken place at private houses, a local deli and suspect’s vehicles.

In total, the operation has recovered: 190 glassines of heroin, 3 ounces of cocaine, 192 xanex pills, oxycodone, 5 pounds of marihuana and a .38 caliber handgun.

“Once again, I would like to thank the community for your support in helping us make this a better community to live,” Wachter said.

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Assemblywoman shares concerns about pop up bar

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Photo via Rockaway Brewing Company on Instagram

Queens-based Rockaway Brewing Company had the Ridgewood community buzzing when they announced a pop-up beach bar called La Playa, to be opened on a vacant lot at 176 Woodward Avenue. Not everybody seems happy with the news however, as outlined in a recent letter by Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan.

“There are several Ridgewood residents who are concerned about the noise, traffic and littering that will occur due to the opening of this establishment,” she wrote to the New York State Liquor Authority. “I support and share these concerns.”

“The location would be an open air location where beer would be served,” she added. “Its proposed hours of operation would extend to midnight most nights including weekday evenings. This will maximize the negative impact such an establishment will have on the nearby residential properties and residents’ daily lives making it completely inappropriate at this location.”

The company applied for a “Farm Brewers License” according to Nolan.

176 Woodward Avenue has been at the center of controversy in recent years. There were reports of the site’s impending sale and development last year, which were immediately shot down by the property’s owner. 

Since that confusion, the site’s sat vacant.

Rockaway Brewing Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Woman escapes attempted rape in Ridgewood

Police are looking for a man they say attempted to rape a woman in the vicinity of Harman Street and Seneca Avenue earlier this month.

According to police, a 26-year-old was walking alone at around 3 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, when she was approached by a man who threw her to the ground and attempted to rape her.

The man is described as either Black or Hispanic, with a light complexion, in his teens, with a slim build.

At this time, police have not confirmed if the incident is connected to the March 19 alleged crimes where a man attempted to rape two women in separate incidents 15 minutes apart, in the vicinity of Harman Street.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

See video of the suspect below:

Police looking for help identifying mugger

Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a man accused of mugging two individuals within the confines of the 104th precinct.

According to police, on Saturday, April 30 at around 2:18 a.m., at an unspecified Ridgewood location, the suspect approached the two male victims from behind. He allegedly punched the 45-year-old victim in the face to knock him unconscious, then punched and pushed to the ground the 47-year-old victim.

Police say the suspect then removed the 47-year-olds cellphone and wallet then grabbed the 45-year-old’s wallet before fleeing the scene.

The individual is described as a male Hispanic, 17 to 23 years old, 5’6 to 5’8, 160 pounds; last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater and gray sweatpants. Surveillance video of the incident is linked below.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Tour this Ridgewood Reservoir this month

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NYC H20 is offering two more free tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir, Saturday May 21 and Saturday June 4 at 10 a.m.

Take a guided tour of the 50+ acre natural reservoir on the Brooklyn/Queens border in Highland Park that once served as the main water source for Brooklyn. To see information about the tour, NYC H20 and RSVP, click here. 

Glendale Register Reporter Jen Khedaroo toured the reservoir earlier this month, read about it here. 

Community garden group looking for help

The former community garden space, as it sits today after the MTA evicted the group.

The former community garden space, as it sits today after the MTA evicted the group.

The Ridgewood residents behind the creation of a new community garden attended the monthly Community Board 5 meeting last night to educate the public about their ongoing initiative.

After they were evicted last Spring, the group is now looking for a new space and is hosting preliminary meetings. They passed out fliers last night asking residents a few questions:

• Do you know administrative personnel at local schools and churches?

• Do you have resources to track down property owners with vacant lots?

• Could you assist in securing funding for tools and materials?

• Do you have gardening skills you could volunteer or teach to others?

• Just interested and willing to pitch in?

To contact the group, email ridgewoodcommunitygarden@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook.

For more information on the group and their ongoing mission, read the full story in the Glendale Register this week. 

15,000 bees transported to the 104 Precinct

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Photo: Jon Kablack

What started out as a hobby has become a citywide job.

Officer Darren Mays of the 104th Precinct harvests bees in his upstate New York home and owns approximately 500,000 bees.

He uses these bees to make honey for his family and many of his honey loving friends. Last year, the police department’s only bee keeper known as “Tony Bees” who would be called in to take care of reported bee hives throughout the city, retired. Officer Mays was one of
three guys who were assigned to handle these jobs.

According to Mays, bees are to be protected and not just discarded so when he would be called to handle a hive, he would take it down and then transport them to their new home in upstate NY to start making honey.

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Photo: Jon Kablack

Due to the over whelming demand from his precinct for honey, Officer Mays talked with his Commanding Officer, and it was decided that they would move approximately 10,000-15,000 bees to a homemade hive on the roof of the 104th Precinct.

“It will be a good learning experience for officers to see what goes into harvesting the bees for honey and preserving their lives. Plus they can take part in making their own honey.” Said Mays. Because of the height of the precinct, neighbors will never even know the hive is there.

When Mays was asked for any advice if one was to come across a hive in the city, he said report it to 911 and BEE careful.

Story by Jon Kablack.