Author Archives: Mark Hirshberg

JP’s Jacob Kornbluh Debuts on NY1’s ‘Inside City Hall’ Show

jacob on inside city hallOur very own political correspondent Jacob Kornbluh was dubbed a “top reporter” during his debut appearance on NY1’s ‘Inside City Hall’ program.

Inside City Hall is an American political talk show that appears on the 24-hour cable-news television channel NY1. The show’s format is a roundtable of top city hall reporters who are invited to discuss various topics, but its primary focus is on political issues concerning New York City. It also extends into other issues, such as social, economic, and education topics affecting New York City residents.

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Antwerp Jewish Community Leaders Host Pre Holiday Meeting with Law Enforcement [Photos]

1Some 100 members of the Jewish community on Wednesday gathered for an informational hearing between local community leaders, heads of Jewish organizations and institutions and local Police leaders in Antwerp, Belgium, in the run up to the Jewish High Holidays. The meeting was organized by the local CKJGA – Shmira group.

The Chief Rabbis of Machzike and Shomrei Hadas communities, as well as Rabbi Pollack, the designated coordinator with the Shmira together; the Corps Chef of Antwerp; heads of DIA and ISRA and the Info coordinator with Brussels, were in attendance. Read more »

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Florida Jewish Leaders Meet With Law Enforcement Officials in Preparation for High Holidays

20140917_113654Tallahassee, FL – An annual pre-High Holiday meeting between Jewish community leaders and Florida Highway Patrol took place on Wednesday in Florida State Police Headquarters in Tallahassee.

In attendance at the meeting were the newly appointed Executive Director of  Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Terry Rhodes who was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Colonel David Brierton; Director of Florida Highway Patrol, Lt. Colonel Kelly Hildreth; Deputy Director for Field Patrol Operations, Lt. Colonel Ernesto Duarte; Deputy Director for Special Services Command, Elizabeth Denmark; Special assistant to the FHP Director Rabbi Mark Rosenberg Chaplain with Florida Highway Patrol and Director of Chesed Shel Emes-Florida Division, Rabbi Schneur Oirechman of Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee, and Dovy Katz of Chesed Shel Emes-Forida.

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Thousand Rally in Largest Ever Orthodox Jewish Child Safety Awareness Event

JPG23Brooklyn NY – Some thousand members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn crowded into a Crown Heights hall Monday evening for a night of awareness and education of child abuse. The event was in memory of Dave Gordon, a lone soldier in the IDF, a survivor of CSA and an advocate for positive change in the community’s handling of abuse.

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KJ, Monroe – NYSP Arrested Man For Shattering Window Of Kaufman Catering

The New York State Police has charged a 19-year-old Monroe resident for resisting arrest after being caught shattering a window at Kaufman’s Catering.

State Troopers responded Tuesday night to a call at the Kiryas Joel Shopping Center, located at 59 Forest road, to Kaufman Kitchen for an alleged report of shattering a window of the restaurant.  Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Two Flatbush Residents Killed in High Speed Accident

Two people were killed and two others injured Monday night in a two-car accident in Brooklyn.

Authorities say they responded to a 911 call at 6:38 p.m. at Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U. A Nissan Maxima going south on Flatbush Ave. struck a BMW which was turning onto Avenue U.
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Over 5000 Summonses Issued During Last Weeks NYPD Crackdown

The New York City Police Department today announced the results of the safety initiative conducted citywide what focused on addressing cell phone use while driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

Officers issued a total of 5,258 summonses during the 2 day initiative that was conducted on two separate days: Tuesday, May 13 and Friday, May 16th, for the entire 24 hour period of each day. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – NYPD Discovers Arms Stockpile At Family Residence

20140515-220455.jpg The New York Police Department on Thursday discovered a weapons stockpile at a family residence in the 62nd precinct. Four men, 3 of them brothers, were arrested Thursday morning as the deadly weapons were discovered , police say.

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New York City – NYPD Announces Two Day Traffic Enforcement Initiative

NYPD officerThe New York City Police Department on Monday announced a citywide initiative to address the use of cell phones/texting while driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

The department said it will conduct a two-day enforcement operation Tuesday and Friday across the five boroughs.

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NYPD Commissioner Bratton Attends ‘Ground Zero 360′ Exhibition in Tel Aviv [Photos]

Photo credit: Liat Mandel

Photo credit: Liat Mandel

NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton on Sunday attended  the “Ground Zero 360″ opening ceremony – an exhibition about the September 11, 2001 attacks – at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.

Also taking part were Rabin Center Chairwoman Dalia Rabin, Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino and Fire Chief Shahar Ayalon, as well as Dov Shefi, who represented the families of the five Israelis murdered in the attack. Read more »

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Burglar Wanted For Breaking Into Jewish Homes On Shabbos Is Under Arrest

Credit: NYPDHours before Shabbos begins, residents of Borough Park are breathing a sigh of relief upon hearing the arrest of Peter Dixon wanted for several burglaries in the Borough Park Neighborhood. The suspect in custody has been identified as the burglar wanted for hitting on Jewish homes in Borough Park on Shabbos.

On March 22nd, video surveillance recorded Dixon, 51, between 4:00 and 5:30 am, breaking into two residences on 62nd Street between 18th and 19th Avenues, and attempted to break into three more homes on the same block. Read more »

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Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets with Orphans of IDF Soldiers [Video]

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Tel Aviv – Days ahead of the Remembrance day for Israeli fallen soldiers, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu met with IDF orphans from the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

The Prime Minister and his wife listened to the personal stories of each of the orphans of and asked them how they coped with the loss and bereavement of their fathers. Some of them never even got to know their fathers. Read more »

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BREAKING: Main Suspect In Menachem Stark Murder Identified

20140105_160930.jpgBrooklyn, NY – After nearly four months (118 days) of police investigations, several suspects were taken into custody for their alleged role in the brutal kidnapping and murder of Wlliamsburg businessman Menachem Stark Z”L, sources tell JP.

UPDATE 8:06 PM: The main suspect has been identified as 26 year old Kendel Felix of 921 Montgomery Street in Brooklyn, who was the driver of the minivan, according to sources close to the investigation. The motive was allegedly just a robbery gone wrong. He is facing second degree murder charges.

One of the suspects is possibly a Brooklyn contractor who was questioned several times over an alleged business-related dispute, according to some sources who spoke to JP on the condition of anonymity. The contractor, part of a group seeking retaliation by abducting Mr. Stark, was DNA tested several weeks ago.

Other sources claim that the abduction was part of a botched robbery by a group of robbers who were tipped off by the contractor that Mr. Stark is carrying a lot of cash at the time.

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UPDATED II: Williamsburg – Five Men Arrested in Regards to Assault On Black Student

Brooklyn, NY – Five Hasidic Jewish men were picked up for questioning by NYPD hate crime detectives in regards to the beat-down of a black man in Williamsburg, law enforcement sources said.

According to sources in the NYPD charges have been filed against four of the suspects, the following are the names of the four suspects who have been charged: Aba Winkler, Joseph Fried, Mayer Hershkowitz and Aron Hollander. The suspects are to be charged with gang assault not as a hate crime.

The suspects, 4 of them in their 20′s and one of them around 40, were picked up about 5:30 am Wednesday morning soon after the conclusion of the 8-day Passover holiday. Read more »

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JP News Team Wishing You A Happy and Healthy Passover

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OPPD Chief John Douglass Updates Media on Overland Park Shootings [Video]

“Today is a sad and very tragic day,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference. “As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There’s a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information.”

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3 Dead In Shootings At Two Jewish Locations in Overland Park, Kansas City [Video]

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UPDATED 9:58 PM: Overland Park, Kansas City – Three fatalities have been reported in multiple shootings at two Jewish-related locations in Kansas City, according to sources in the Overland Park Police Department. Law enforcement sources identified suspect as 73-year-old Frasier Glenn Cross, Jr. from Missouri.

The first shooting was reported at around 1:00p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park Police confirmed multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Burglar Dressed Up as Hasidic Jew Arrested in Boro Park

photo 1Borough Park, NY – A 27 year Man dressed up as a Hasidic Jew wanted for several burglaries in the Boro Park Neighborhood, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by NYPD 66 precinct detectives with the assistance of the Boro Park Shomrim Patrol volunteers.

On Wednesday night March 26th Yevgeniy Leyzerovich was caught on surveillance video breaking in and rummaging through a home on 48th Street Between 17th and 18th Avenues, he left with Jewelry and electronic devices valued at about $6000 Dollars. On Monday March 31st he returned to the same location during broad daylight and stole additional jewelry and valuables.

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Wrongful Ticket by NYPD Officer Caught On Dash Cam Dismissed

ticket dismissedBrooklyn, NY – A Williamsburg man who installed a dashcam video system in his car has just learned that it was worth the investment. Several days ago CBS2 reported that the driver who requested to be identified with his first name only - Abraham – was issued a wrongful ticket by a NYPD officer for an illegal left turn from a non-turning lane, while his dashcam actually showed him making the turn from the turning lane.

JP has just learned from sources within the NYPD, that upon hearing of this incident the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau has launched an investigation and reviewed the video form the car, and on Tuesday night the driver was notified that the ticket has been dismissed. Read more »

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NYPD Searching for Burglar Hitting on Boro Park Jewish Homes on Shabbos [Video]

Credit: NYPDBrooklyn, NY – The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance identifying and locating a Burglar who has been hitting on Jewish homes in Boro Park on Shabbos March 22.

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, between 4:00 and 5:30 am, a black male approximately 6 foot tall broke into two residences on 62nd Street between 18th and 19th Avenues, and attempted to break into three more homes on the same block. Read more »

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Family and Friend Celebrate Sefer Torah Dedication in Memory of Victim of Serial Killer [Video]

Isaac Kadare

Isaac Kadare

Brooklyn, NY – Family and friends of the late Isaac Kadare (59) who was shot and killed on August 2 2012 by serial killer Salvatore Perrone, gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Hachnosas Sefer Torah of a brand new torah scroll that was dedicated in his memory.

The sefer torah celebration started at 430 Quentin Rd. in Flatbush and the crowd continued in a twenty minute procession music and dancing to the Khal Ahava V’Achva Synagogue on 1740 Ocean Parkway, the synagogue where Mr. Kadare was a member and attended the weekly Shabbos prayers.  Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Footage Rebuffs NYPD’s Dismissal Of Possible Bias Assault

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(VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE) Brooklyn, NY – Late Wednesday afternoon, the NYPD told members of the press - including one of JP’s reporters – that the 65-year old Hasidic tourist from London, Sinai Waldman, who was reportedly attacked in Borough Park early Tuesday morning was not in fact attacked, and that the victim has recanted his story.

Initially, the NYPD investigated the incident as a possible bias crime. But after reviewing the video of the incident (embedded below), the NYPD claimed that this video shows the 65-year-old merely fall down behind a parked vehicle, injuring himself.

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Massive Bulldozer Stolen from Jewish-Owned Construction Company in Williamsburg [Video]

tractor trailer excavatorWilliamsburg, NY – A Massive Bulldozer along with the tractor trailer was stolen Tuesday night from a parking lot of a construction company on Park Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

The thieves – one of whom arrived on foot, and two others in a pickup truck – used a grinder to cut down a padlock from the fence and then just started the tractor trailer and drove it out, while holding the traffic on Park Avenue to do it.

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UPDATED: Another Knockout Attack Reported on Hasidic Jew In Borough Park

knockout victim bpBoro Park, NY – A possible knockout game attack was reported early Tuesday morning, when a 65-year old grandfather, visiting from London for a relatives wedding, was attacked on McDonald Ave. near the intersection of 18th Avenue in Borough Park. The attack took place shortly past 2:30 am when the man left the wedding that took place in the Palace Hall located at 780 McDonald Ave.

Relatives of the victim told JP that two individuals walked up to him from behind and punched him in the head. He then fell to the ground and busted his face. The suspects fled the scene.

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Video: Baltimore Jewish Principal Dresses Up as Fruits and Veggies to Promote Healthy Eating

ohr chadashBaltimore, Maryland - Principal Moshe Margolese of the Ohr Chadash School in Baltimore, has taken education of healthy eating to a whole new level, Michelle Obama would definitely be proud of him.

This Year when when National Nutrition Month rolled around, he would dress up in different fruit and vegetable costumes every day to greet his students in the morning.

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