Police looking for beauty school burglars

3058-16-104-sqd-grand-larceny-pattern-photo-2Police are looking for the two individuals – or possibly just one – pictured left, in connection to two beauty school burglaries that took place in July and September of this year.

In the first incident, on Wednesday, July 20, an unknown individual entered the Midway Paris Beauty School, 54-40 Myrtle Avenue and removed a wallet containing credit cards from a desk.

On Monday, September 19, police say an unknown individual entered the same location at around 8 p.m. and removed a purse containing credit cards and a coach wallet. 3058-16-104-sqd-grand-larceny-pattern-photo-1-1

Police did not confirm if it was the same individual in both instances.

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.

Crowley hosts domestic violence awareness forum in Ridgewood

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is partnering with the NYPD 104th Precinct to host a domestic violence awareness forum today at the Peter Cardella Senior Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road. The forum begins at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 7:30 p.m.

If you need assistance, have questions, or have a friend or relative that needs help, the NYPD wants you to know they are here to help. To register, click here.


Cooper Avenue site classified as threat to public health


The former site of the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company is commonly referred to as one of the most radioactive places in New York City. Last week, the New York State Superfund Program officially classified the area (1125 to 1133 Irving Avenue and 1514 Cooper Avenue, Ridgewood) as a signifcant threat to public health and/or the environment.

The site, according to the state, is contaminated with thorium-232. The classifying document states:

Radiological surveys have identified radioactivity above background levels within portions of the site buildings, in soils beneath and around the buildings and above adjacent sidewalks, streets and sewers. Waste tailings consisting of black or gray ash-like material have been found in a contaminated soil layer beneath site buildings, sidewalks and asphalt surfaces of Irving Avenue and Moffat Street, and within surface soils of the former rail spur, located on the eastern edge of the site.

Due to the presence of the radioactive gas, the state has determined that further investigation is warranted to determine whether people could contact the contaminants associated with the site. It’s been placed on the EPA’s national priorities list.

Read about the site’s radioactive history over at The New Yorker. 

Police arrest grandson in connection with body found in plastic bags inside Queens home


After finding the remains of 85-year-old Erika Kraus Breslin sealed in a plastic bag at a Ridgewood residence last night, police have arrested the woman’s 30-year-old grandson, Christopher Fuhrer on charges of not reporting the death to a health officer, burial/body removal without a permit and improper burial.

At around 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 5, police responded to the home, located at 67-08 65th Street to conduct a wellness check on the woman at the request of a family member. When they arrived at the scene, Fuhrer directed to the officers to the bedroom where they discovered the victim unresponsive inside of plastic bags.

Fuhrer was taken into custody at the scene and the investigation remains ongoing. According to the NY Post, the remains may have been there for approximately five months.

Ridgewood group to present on visit to Standing Rock occupation


The #NoDAPL water protectors who have come to stand with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took non-violent direct action by locking themselves to construction equipment. This is "Happy" American Horse from the Sicangu Nation, hailing from Rosebud. (Photo by Desiree Kane)
The #NoDAPL water protectors who have come to stand with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took non-violent direct action by locking themselves to construction equipment. This is “Happy” American Horse from the Sicangu Nation, hailing from Rosebud. (Photo by Desiree Kane)

On Thursday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Topos Bookstore, 788 Woodward Avenue, Ridgewood, members of the local group Woodbine will present on their recent trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota, where various Native American tribes and open space advocates are opposing the construction of a gas pipeline.

The Facebook event says the group will give background and context for what’s happening there, as well as share their first-hand experiences.

We will show photos and videos, discuss the recent actions taken to block the ongoing construction of the pipeline, and go over the day-to-day organization and functioning of the various camps in and around Standing Rock, including Red Warrior, Rosebud, Sacred Stone, and Sacred Ground. We will also discuss further opportunities to support the occupation.

For more information, visit the event on Facebook.