Author Archives: Mark Hirshberg
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.
Borough 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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Brooklyn, 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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Boro 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.
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.
Harriman State Park - Volunteers attempting to search the area of Seven Lakes Drive in the Bear Mountains section of Harriman State Park were ticketed by officers of the New York State Parks Police for trespassing and illegally parked vehicles, sources told JP.
More than 30 such tickets were issued to volunteers by 2 officers of the Park Police.
Harriman State Park – After an intense search by hundreds of volunteers, the body of Peretz Sontag the Pomona father of seven who has been missing since Friday March 14th, has been found in his car by a hiker and confirmed by New York State Park Rangers.
The 2012 Black Kia Optima driven by Sontag was discovered by a hiker down a 80-100 foot cliff off Lake Welch Parkway in the Haverstraw section of Harriman State Park.
Update 9:05 PM: The body has been released through the efforts of Chesed Shel Emes. The Funeral will be held tomorrow Monday afternoon at 2:30 PM, in Hellman’s Memorial Chapels located on 15 State Street, Spring Valley, NY. The Body will then be flown to Israel for burial.
Update 6:40 PM: Chesed Shel Emes Volunteers accompanied the body to the Medical Examiner’s Office to ensure Kvod Hameis.
For decades after the Holocaust, many Jewish people balked at the idea of visiting Germany, the nation that gave rise to Hitler and threw its collective energy behind his campaign to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
But an increasing number of Jewish people seem to be making the trip: Overnight visits by Israelis increased more than 15 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the German National Tourist Board. To further encourage Jewish tourism, the board recently released the 57-page “Germany for the Jewish Traveler,” its first “e-brochure” to help Jewish visitors find Jewish history in Germany.
Perth, Australia — France on Sunday was the third country to provide Malaysia with satellite images of objects that could be from a passenger jet that has been missing for more than two weeks, the latest word of such images that officials are hoping will help solve one of the world’s great aviation mysteries.
In a Statement released by Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport they said that the images show “potential objects in the vicinity of the southern corridor.” That is thought to be close to areas of the Indian Ocean where previous satellite images released by Australia and China showed objects that could be debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing over the Gulf of Thailand on March 8 with 239 people on board.
US senator John McCain (R) has compared the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Crimea to actions taken by Adolf Hitler, on a BBC News interview, as he urged the US government to send “a small military delegation” to help Ukraine overcome ongoing tensions with Russia.
“He is calculating what he can get away with just as Adolf Hitler calculated what he could get away with in the 1930s,” McCain said of Putin.
Brooklyn, NY – Last night during the drawing of a Jewish Charity raffle, organizers were in for some surprise. The winner of the grand prize of $18,000 was non other than Menachem Stark, the Williamsburg philanthropist who was kidnapped and brutally killed on January 3rd.
Mr. Stark paid $100 during a Hanukkah campaign, to buy 2 raffle books, which contains 50 entries each. The Regular price for an entry is $5 Dollars, and for $100 Dollars you got 50 entries. But during the Hanukkah season organizers advertised a special, that you can get 100 entries for a $100 donation.
Organizers tell JP that Menachem purchased the raffle during a family Hanukkah party, from his nephew who solicited the raffle.
Senate Leader Skelos Discusses with Jewish Leaders Non-Public School Scholarship Credit Bill [Photos]
Lawrence, NY – On Sunday morning, New York State Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos prefaced his trip to Albany for intense work on the state budget by attending a community breakfast in Lawrence, arranged by Agudath Israel of America and hosted by local businessman and activist Shabse Fuchs and his wife in their home.
The breakfast has become an annual tradition as of late, where Jewish communities in the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area gather meet, greet, thank and inform the man who is both their representative in state government for over thirty years and one of the three most powerful elected officials in the state.
Brooklyn, NY – As the weeks and months since the brutal kidnapping and murder of Williamsburg philanthropist Menachem Stark go by, the New York Police Department is nowhere close to making an arrest in the case, sources tell JP.
There are several inspectors, as well as around a dozen detectives working full time on the case, but so far they have made no significant progress that would lead them to apprehend those responsible for this heinous crime.
Earlier this evening, the IDF completed the unloading and inspection of the weapons containers uncovered onboard the Klos-C. This concluded Operation Full Disclosure, aimed at preventing the smuggling of advanced weaponry from Iran to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.
A combined task force from various units unloaded and inspected the containers. The task force consisted of various IDF units, including the Israel Navy, the Combat Engineering Corps and the Ordnance Corps.
Frank Fisher, an FBI Albuquerque Division spokesman, says 58-year-old John W. Ng will appear in U.S. District Court on Monday.
Fisher says Ng was arrested in connection with the notes found at Nosh Deli.
Academic scholars Judith Butler and Rashid Khalidi – who are from the strongest advocates for the anti-Israel academic boycott efforts – jointly wrote a statement, signed by about 150 other academics and artists, condemning the intimidation and censorship of individuals who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
In the wake of the American Studies Association’s December vote to boycott Israeli institutions, lawmakers have introduced legislation in three states (Illinois, Maryland, and New York) and the U.S. Congress that would restrict funding for universities or associations that support the boycott.
Brooklyn, NY – Rabbi David Niederman Executive Director of The United Jewish Organizations (UJO), together with Jewish community leaders will host a press conference tomorrow Friday March 7, to announce the newly introduced Expedited Missing Persons’ Identification Act.
State senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of the bill will be joined at the press conference by Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) and other elected officials to discuss the legislation.
The press conference will take place at UJO Headquarters located at 32 Penn Street in Brooklyn, NY at 9:30 Friday morning.
Stamford Hill, UK – Jews and Muslims in North London have launched a joint protest at delays in funerals caused by the lack of an available coroner at weekends. A petition signed by 4,000 Jews and 1,500 Muslims has been handed into the Chief Coroner’s Office and Camden Council.
It follows the recent death of Rabbi Natan Dunnett, the leader of an Orthodox school in Jerusalem, who had been visiting Stamford Hill in north London, who collapsed following a heart attack on Friday February 21, but whose body was released for burial only on the following Tuesday.