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Police are on the hunt for two men believed to be behind a violent home invasion that occurred late last month in SunsetPark.

On February 27, just before 2:00 a.m., the suspects followed a 28-year-old man into his apartment building on 39th Street and 10th Avenue.

The suspects bound the victim’s hands with a cell phone charger cord and stole $150 and an iPhone 5.

They then fled the location.

Police have released a photo of the suspects, seen above.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Mycobacterium marinum infection of the arm of a fish-tank worker.

An example of the infection in its earlier stages. These spots can grow into lesions and spread into the muscle tissue, making surgery necessary. (Source: CDC)

At least 30 people have been diagnosed with a bacterial skin infection after handling raw fish at Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens Chinese markets, spurring the New York City Department of Health to warn residents to take precautions.

The department is urging anyone who handles live or raw fish to wear waterproof gloves and to avoid direct contact with the seafood. There is no risk from consuming the food once it has been cooked, the agency notes.

The bacteria that causes the infection, Mycobacterium marinum, leads to symptoms including tender swelling and red bumps, as well as pain and difficulty moving fingers. It enters the body through cuts or injuries while handling live or raw seafood. Although easy to combat early on, if left untreated it could significantly worsen and require surgical treatment.

So far, cases have been linked to all three boroughs. The case found in Brooklyn was traced back to a Sunset Park market.

If you believe you have symptoms of the infection, you can call the Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease at (347) 396-2600 and ask to speak to a physician.

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Source: Google Maps

Neighbors of the 36-year-old pregnant woman struck and killed by a snow plow-equipped Bobcat vehicle last week are outraged at what they say is a meaningless penalty for the vehicle’s operator, and are calling for criminal charges.

Min Lin was visiting Fei Long Market at 6301 Eighth Avenue to stock up on groceries on Thursday morning. While in the parking lot, a Bobcat vehicle being used to remove snow struck her. She was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center where she died.

Doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section, successfully saving the child – but they fear the baby might suffer brain or organ damage after going 17-minutes without oxygen. The child remains in critical condition.

The Daily News reports:

“He should have been fingerprinted, then jailed with a high bail,” Faizi Javaid, 20, said of Wu Wu, the owner of Fei Long Market in Dyker Heights [sic] who backed his plow-equipped Bobcat into tragic mom Min Lin.

… Wu was hit with three summonses because his Bobcat lacked an inspection sticker, a headlamp and a license plate light, police said.

“It’s not enough,” said Magda Sadowski, Lin’s neighbor in Sunset Park.

“He should be punished for this. Three tickets? Come on! It’s a joke!”

Meanwhile, Lin’s husband is seeking to raise money to bring relatives from Canada and China to her funeral. DNAinfo reports:

The husband, Jin Feng Lin, a restaurant worker, hopes that he can raise enough money through acrowdfunding website to bring relatives around the world for the memorial service.

Supporters are hosting a fundraiser for the funeral and travel expenses on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pacificana restaurant at 813 55th St. in Borough Park.

The website notes that the boy’s condition has not improved, and that the family has not received an apology from the store’s owner.

Eric Adams

Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams issued a statement yesterday afternoon urging fellow Brooklynites to “take extra precautions” for their safety. The statement came hours after a second death in Brooklyn to be caused by a snow removal vehicle in just 10 days.

“Today, Brooklyn mourns the passing of Min Lin, who was fatally struck by a snowplow vehicle in Bay Ridge, as well as prays for the health of her newborn child. Death is always a tragic occurrence, and it is heightened here because, just ten days ago, our borough lost Stanislav Chernyshov when a backhoe pushing snow fatally struck him in Brighton Beach,” said Adams. “These incidents underscore the need for motorists, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, to take extra precautions in hazardous weather conditions, such as we have experienced this winter. Additionally, we must further impress the importance of safe driving and operation of snow removal vehicles, which must include proper training for operators.”

Both incidents occurred in Southern Brooklyn, and the vehicles were both privately operated plows clearing snow from private property. In yesterday’s incident, 36-year-old Min Lin, who was pregnant, was hit by a plow clearing the parking lot of Fei Long Market at 6301 8th Avenue. The unborn child survived the accident but is in critical condition at Maimonides Hospital.

On February 3, Stanislav Chernyshov was killed by a CAT vehicle removing snow from the Oceana condominium complex in Brighton Beach.

In another incident on February 5, a man suffered minor injuries after being knocked down on Coney Island Avenue by a wall of snow as a speeding Department of Sanitation snow plow passed - an incident caught on video that went viral. The driver has been disciplined by the agency, according to reports.

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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Mark Treyger (Source: Facebook)

The following is a press released from representatives of Councilmen-elect Mark Treyger (Coney Island, Gravesend) and Carlos Menchaca (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Borough Park).

Amid concerns over the slow pace of Superstorm Sandy recover efforts, and waste, fraud and abuse in the billions of dollars of recovery spending, Councilmen-elect Mark Treyger and Carlos Menchaca have called for the creation of a City Council committee dedicated to oversight of Superstorm Sandy Recovery efforts. The two incoming members represent Brooklyn districts that suffered tremendously in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

“It has been over a year since Superstorm Sandy devastated Coney Island, Sea Gate, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach and costal communities throughout New York City. I have students in my classes who were displaced for over half the year by Sandy,” said Treyger, who teaches Civics at New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst. “Our families deserve transparency and accountability. Creating a City Council committee dedicated to Sandy recovery will increase oversight of money coming in, make sure those dollars are helping our communities rebuild, create good paying jobs, improve local infrastructure and prepare our costal communities for future storms. This committee, along with Councilman Richards’ bill that creates a mechanism for tracking recovery spending, will go a long way towards ensuring our communities recover as quickly as possible and have a voice in the process. I am proud to partner with Councilmember-elect Carlos Menchaca – who has been a visible, vocal advocate for Sandy impacted families in Red Hook and throughout New York City – in calling for the creation of this incredibly important committee.”

“We must increase the level of organized attention to each of the communities impacted across the City. Small businesses, public housing residents, home owners and apartment renters continue to feel the impacts of Superstorm Sandy today more than a year later. A City Council committee will provide the necessary oversight over our city agencies and ensure federal aid reach the hands of our impacted residents who deserve a just, equitable and sustainable recovery.  Councilmember-elect Treyger and myself are committed to ensure that our districts and other areas affected by Sandy receive the aid and oversight they require,” said Councilmember-elect Carlos Menchaca.

Screenshot from surveillance video.

Screenshot from surveillance video.

Authorities are turning to the public for help in tracking down three thugs believed to be behind 11 robberies over two months in Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.

NBC reports:

The three men approach their victims on the street, threatening or assaulting them before running away with their personal property, police say.

Surveillance video in a Nov. 1 robbery shows a suspect approaching the victim on the street and cornering him against a gated storefront. The two other suspects, wearing baseball caps and scarves over their faces, quickly surround the victim and appear to demand property from the victim. The victim complies, and the robbers run off.

All 11 victims have been men, between the ages of 23 and 57, according to the report.

If you recognize the men in the video or have any more information regarding these incidents, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Authorities have handcuffed two out of three suspects believed to be the perpetrators of a violent robbery spree that we reported about yesterday.

The two arrested are Abdul Kareem Moazb, 20, and Kareem Ahmed, 17, taken into custody yesterday, hours after the sketch above of Moazb was released. They were charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and robbery. The third suspect remains at large.

The Daily News describes the attacks in greater detail:

They hit the unsuspecting victims with a baseball bat before punching, kicking and robbing them, and they did all their damage in just 31/2 hours, police said.

They approached their first victim on 59th St. near Fort Hamilton Parkway at 2 a.m., robbing the 24-year-old of his wallet, iPhone and $100, officials said.

From that point on, it was off to the races for these sinister sluggers, police said.

The men went on to wreak more havoc during the terror tour:

* They attacked a 44-year-old man on Eighth Ave. and 59th St. in Borough Park at 3 a.m., but police said they didn’t take any property.

* They beat up and robbed a 30-year-old man on Benson Ave., near 24th Ave. in Bath Beach, at 3:20 a.m., taking $200 and an iPhone. The victim wound up in Lutheran Medical Center, officials said.

* About 30 minutes later, at around 3:50 a.m., the suspects jumped a 57-year-old man on 63rd St. near Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst, but fled empty-handed when their victim fought back.

That victim was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said.

* They popped up on 60th St. near 14th Ave. a few moments later, where they robbed a 48-year-old man of a CB radio.

* As 4 a.m. rolled around, police said the suspects approached a 23-year-old man on 20th Ave. near 84th St. in Bensonhurst, attacked him and ran off with the man’s Dr. Dre Beats headphones. The victim was also treated at Lutheran Medical Center, officials said.

* Ten minutes later, the suspects jumped two men, ages 29 and 30, as they walked down 51st St. near Eighth Ave. in Sunset Park. The goons took a jacket off one victim and an iPhone off the other, police said.

* Police say the spree ended at 5:20 a.m., when they jumped a 33-year-old on Benson Ave. near 23rd Ave., taking $300, an iPhone and a two-way radio.


Source: NYPD

Police are searching for three suspects believed to be the perpetrators of as many as eight violent robberies in Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Sunset Park.

All the robberies are believed to have occurred on October 5, and police have released the above sketch of one of the three suspects.

NBC reports:

In each of the robberies police say one of the suspects would strike their victim with a blunt object, while the others punched and kicked them and removed their property. Four of the victims needed to be treated at a hospital for injuries sustained during the attacks.

The suspects made off with cash, iPhones, jackets, Dr. Dre Beats headphones, and a 2-way radio, among other items, authorities say.

Descriptions of the other two suspects are not available at this time.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call 1-800-577-TIPS or visit the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.

Councilman David Greenfield (Source: Facebook)

Councilman David Greenfield (Source: Facebook)

The bitterness between Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind has increased following a series of post-election jabs exchanged on social media. The Jewish Week is reporting that the icy relationship between the legislators, both political heavyweights in the Orthodox Jewish community in Borough Park, has soured considerably following the results of the September 10 primary election.

Prior to the primaries, we reported on the contrasting endorsements put forth by Greenfield and Hikind. The Orthodox communities of Borough Park and Midwood are notorious for voting as a bloc and Greenfield and Hikind, both popular among their voters, tested out how far their influence stretched. In a stunning move, Hikind endorsed Ken Thompson in the Brooklyn District Attorney race. Greenfield was for Hynes, warning Orthodox voters that electing Thompson as DA would go against their interests. Greenfield bashed Hikind and Thompson in his endorsement of Hynes.

“Hikind can yell and scream,” Mr. Greenfield said, “but it won’t change the fact that his candidate for District Attorney [Thompson] has promised to target the Orthodox Jewish community.”

Hikind responded to Greenfield by dismissing his statements about Thompson and accusing the Greenfield camp of practicing “gutter politics.”

On election night, Greenfield tweeted that he was hopeful that both Ken Thompson and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, another Hikind endorsement, would both lose.

“Shaping up to be another big loss for Assemblyman Dov Hikind in Boro Park,” Greenfield wrote. “Possible that BOTH Thompsons may have lost BP despite his efforts.”

Thompson wound up defeating Hynes and on election night, and Hikind took to Twitter to celebrate Thompson’s victory while taking time to pour salt in Greenfield’s wounds.

“Despite @NYCGreenfield‘s race baiting and gutter politics,@KenThompson4DA enjoys decisive victory,” Hikind tweeted.

In light of Thompson’s victory, Greenfield wouldn’t let up his distrust of the candidate.

“I stand by everything I said in the campaign and remain concerned about [Thompson] as our future DA. I’ll be keeping an eye on him to make sure he’s doing the right thing,” Greenfield said.

The Jewish Week described another race that split the candidates as well as who Hikind was considering to endorse in the upcoming mayoral election between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota:

Greenfield did not back a candidate in the mayoral race and is still keeping his options open. He and Hikind supported opposing candidates in a nearby Council race in Sunset Park, with Hikind backing the successful challenger, Carlos Menchaca against incumbent Sara Gonzales, Greenfield’s choice.

On other matters, Hikind said he would back William Thompson as long as he stays in the mayoral race but in a matchup of Bill de Blasio, the likely nominee, verus the Republican nominee, Joseph Lhota, he was “leaning toward” de Blasio, who represented a neighboring Council district for eight years ending in 2009.

Lhota may be a natural fit for the conservative voters of Borogh Park who largely oppose tax hikes and favor tough police policies, but Hikind said “Bill is a very good friend. We will have some very serious conversations.”

Despite all the animosity between Greenfield and Hikind, Greenfield claims that he has offered an olive branch to Hikind many times but has been ignored.

“I have called Dov Hikind many times and offered to sit down with him to work things out for the good of the community but time after time he has declined to do so,” Greenfield told Jewish Week.

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