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The location of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

The location of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

A 38-year-old man died in an early morning fire on 73rd Street near 18th Avenue on Saturday.

Joseph Barbara was found inside his home unresponsive and unconscious by firefighters, who were summoned to 1759 73rd Street just after midnight for a second floor fire, reports ABC News.

Barbara was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner will determine the cause of his death.

The fire department told NY1 that the fire was ignited by a lit cigarette.

The fire took approximately 60 minutes to extinguish.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

A box truck erupted into flames on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Tuesday, causing traffic backups and drawing firefighters to the scene.

The truck was on the Brooklyn-bound upper-level of the bridge when it ignited at approximately 7:30 p.m., reports NBC New York.

A driver and passenger escaped the vehicle unharmed.

It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to squelch the flames, and traffic was backed up as the upper level was shut down to deal with the situation, reports SILive.com.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, eyeing a possible overheated engine as the cause.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

A privately owned CAT vehicle clearing snow out of a parking lot near the Borough Park-Sunset Park border struck and killed a pregnant woman this morning, the New York Post reports.

The plow was removing snow from the parking lot of Fei Long Market at 6301 Eighth Avenue when it hit the 36-year-old woman at approximately 10:44 a.m.

The baby survived the incident, but is in critical condition at Maimonides Medical Center.

The incident is the second death caused by a privately operated snow plow in Southern Brooklyn in the last week and a half. On February 3, a man was killed by a CAT vehicle removing snow from the Oceana condominium complex in Brighton Beach.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

Van Sicklen Street (Source: Google Maps)

Van Sicklen Street (Source: Google Maps)

Correction (10:00 p.m.): The original information turned out to be incorrect. Even though we were sent multiple reports about a body on Van Sicklen Street, it turned out it was Van Siclen Avenue in Cypress Hills. Our apologies on the error, and in the future we will seek out a higher level source for confirmation to avoid such confusion.

Bensonhurst Bean has received a tip that a dead body has been found on Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend, and police believe the circumstances may have been suspicious.

Police have called a level 1 mobilization, bringing special units from the borough task force to investigate after they found a body on Van Sicklen Street between Avenue S and Avenue T.

A crime scene is being established.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to nberke (at) bensonhurstbean (dot) com.

missingseniorIt’s rare that after we issue a missing persons alert that we then learn the good news about the person’s safe return home.

Sometimes it’s just not shared with us. Other times, they’re not found.

So it’s with great joy and relief to report that Emma Grayzel, the 81-year-old woman who went missing on January 28, is back home with her family, safe and sound.

State Senator Marty Golden’s spokesperson, Ray Riley, let us know this afternoon. He didn’t have details to share surrounding her disappearance and eventual return home, but did confirm that she’s in good shape.

Grayzel went missing from 78th Street and Bay Parkway, near Seth Low Park, on January 28. Cops put out a Missing Senior Notification on Friday, January 31.

greendotThe following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Vincent Gentile:

Scams of all kinds have historically involved a victim wiring cash to a stranger, but now that many consumers have gotten wise to that trick, scammers have found a new way for them to trick people into handing over their hard-earned cash: they’re called “Green Dot” MoneyPak cards.

The cards themselves aren’t the problem; “Green Dot” MoneyPak cards serve a very valuable purpose for some people who don’t have bank accounts.

“Green Dot” cards are reloadable debit cards, available everywhere, and you can use them to pay your phone, cable, or credit card bill. Scammers like them because they’re more convenient than a money wire and just as untraceable.

Here’s how the “Green Dot” scam works:

A scammer posing as a debt collector calls and says they need payment immediately “or else!” The con artist then instructs the person to go to a Walgreens or Rite Aid and load a Green Dot MoneyPak card with the cash they supposedly owe. They are then told to scratch off the back and call with the secret PIN number on the card. Since Green Dot MoneyPak cards are not linked to bank accounts, anyone you share your card number with, has instant access to your cash and can siphon the card dry in a matter of seconds.

“Unfortunately, some of these swindlers have been successful at getting some of our local businesses to fork over thousands of dollars,” Councilman Vincent J. Gentile said. “The scammer pretends to be calling from ConEd – and the next thing you know, the business owner has paid the con artist thousands of dollars because they were worried they’d shut their lights off if they didn’t pay immediately. It’s really despicable – especially for unsuspecting small businesses that are just trying to make ends meet.”

Councilman Gentile has been working closely with Deputy Inspector Richard DiBlasio, the Commanding Officer of the 68 Precinct, in order to get the word out to as many people as possible about the scam.

“When it comes to scams, knowledge is power. Just by being aware, you can be your own first line of defense against these fraudsters.”

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