Hanukkah stabbing: Federal hate crime charges filed against suspect

first_imgKuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against the 38-year-old man suspected of stabbing five people with a machete at a Hanukkah celebration in a New York City suburb on Saturday night.At the Greenwood Lake, New York, home of suspect Grafton Thomas, investigators recovered journals which had anti-Semitic sentiments including references to Hitler and “Nazi Culture” “on the same page as drawings of a Star of David and a Swastika,” according to the federal complaint.The day of the machete attack, Thomas’ phone was allegedly used to access an article titled: “New York City Increases Police Presence in Jewish Neighborhoods After Possible Anti-Semitic Attacks. Here’s What To Know.”On Thomas’ phone were searches including, “Why did Hitler hate the Jews,” according to the complaint.Thomas’ family has denounced the crime and said he has mental health problems and no ties to any hate groups.“Thomas has a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations,” the family said in a statement issued Sunday night. “He has no history of like violent acts and no convictions for any crime. He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races. He is not a member of any hate groups.”There were about 100 people at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s Monsey, N.Y., home at the time of Saturday’s attack.The rabbi’s home is attached to the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish congregation’s synagogue and he was hosting a ceremony to light the candle on the seventh night of Hanukkah when Thomas allegedly ran in, swinging a knife.Five people were hurt, including one man who is in critical condition with a skull fracture, and one person who suffered a severed finger, officials said.Josef Gluck, manager of the synagogue, said he was sitting in the dining room with 40 to 50 people when the intruder barged in wearing a hoodie and a scarf covering all of his face except for his eyes.Thomas allegedly said to the victims “no one is leaving,” took out a machete and started stabbing and slashing people, according to the federal complaint.Thomas was arrested in Harlem after driving away from the scene, according to police. He was covered in blood when he was located by officers, authorities said.A witness had given authorities the suspect’s license plate number, so when license plate readers indicated the 2015 grey Nissan Sentra was in Harlem, officers searched block by block until Thomas was located.Thomas was arraigned on Sunday and charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary, police said. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $5 million bond at the Rockland County Jail.Thomas’ family said in its statement, “we believe the actions of which he is accused, if committed by him, tragically reflect profound mental illness.”The family also extended sympathies to those injured, saying, “[W]e express our deepest concern and prayers for those injured physically and otherwise deeply affected by the events of Saturday night and our family’s earnest yearning for their well being. We thank those who rendered medical attention to each of those injured.”The motive for the attack still remains unclear, though Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to it as “an act of domestic terrorism.” The stabbings, just north of New York City, came at the end of two weeks of increased anti-Semitic attacks in the city. The NYPD was investigating nine attacks against Jewish individuals prior to the stabbings. It is not clear if any are related.Around-the-clock armed security is being implemented in Rockland County for an undetermined amount of time to give peace of mind to the Jewish community, county officials announced Monday.“We are fighting back as a community,” Patrick Brosnan, CEO of Brosnan Risk Consultants, which is leading the armed patrol, told reporters.Brosnan said he raised his family in Rockland County and lives about eight minutes from the scene of the crime, which he called a “disgusting, reprehensible” act.“We cannot sit around and do nothing,” he said. “We are taking proactive action.”Thomas is expected to appear in federal court on Monday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Prologis picks up Maspeth parcel for $51M

first_img Message* Full Name* 48-00 Grand Avenue in Maspeth and Prologis CEO Hamid Moghadam (Google Maps; Prologis)Prologis is broadcasting that the industrial market remains hot in the outer boroughs.The industrial giant picked up 223,000 square feet of land at 48-00 Grand Avenue in Maspeth for $51 million from a religious radio station, according to property records. The deal adds to Prologis’ already sizable presence in the Queens neighborhood.The seller was California nonprofit Family Stations, parent company of Nashville-based Family Radio. The nonprofit reported over $33 million in real estate assets to the Internal Revenue Service in 2018.Neither Prologis or Family Stations was available for comment.Four large radio transmitters currently sit on the Maspeth parcel, which has 433,000 square feet of development potential. The new owner plans to rent out the property as parking and storage, according to Quantierra Advisors’ Ben Carlos Thypin, who brokered the deal with colleague Jay Gilbert.ADVERTISEMENT“Long-term, we see this as a strategic move that adds to our growing footprint of high-quality logistics space that offers quick and easy access to consumers,” Jeremiah Kane, a senior vice president at Prologis, said in a statement.The industrial market is one of the few sectors to see a boon from the pandemic, thanks to increased online shopping. Companies like Amazon, which recently inked a major deal in East New York, are pushing to quickly deliver items through the use of last-mile distribution centers.Prologis’ latest purchase is near 18-51 Flushing Avenue, which it purchased from the Frito Lay company for $37.5 million in January. That same month, it bought a two-acre site at 150 East 52nd Street in Sunset Park from DH Property Holdings’ Dov Hertz for $60 million.Contact Orion Jones This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Email Address*last_img read more

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NASCAR TV Schedule: May 29 – June 4

first_imgWhat channel is NASCAR programming on this week? We answer that and provide all the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.RELATED: Find NBCSN in your areaAll times ETMonday, May 293 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (re-air), FS16 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lane (re-air), FS16:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (re-air), FS15 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1Tuesday, May 305:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1Wednesday, May 315:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1Thursday, June 15:30 p.m., NASCAR America, NBCSN6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1Friday, June 29:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FS2 (Canada: TSN GO)10:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS2 (Canada: TSN GO)1:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN: GO)2:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole qualifying, FS13:30 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN 5)5 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup, FS15:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bar Harbor 200, FS1Saturday, June 32:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bar Harbor 200 (re-air), FS14:30 a.m., NASCAR Race Classic: 1987 Winston 500 (re-air), FS15 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice (re-air), FS16:30 a.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice (re-air), FS17:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying (re-air), FS19 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN GO)10 a.m., XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole qualifying, FS1 (Canada: TSN GO)11 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS111:30 a.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2)12:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY, FS11 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series OneMain Financial 200, FS1 (Canada: TSN 2)3 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show, FS110 p.m., XFINITY Series OneMain Financial 200 (re-air), FS2Sunday, June 411:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS11 p.m., Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism, FS1 (Canada: TSN 3, 5)last_img read more

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O.H.B.S 2010: Co-Motion and Their 24.6 Pound Racing Tandem and Brand New 2011…

first_imgSince 1988 Co-Motion has been turning out quality handmade bicycles in Eugene, OR. Based on what we found at their booth this year, that tradition is alive and kicking.Pictured above is a Sram Red equipped aluminum racing tandem coming in at a super light claimed weight of 24.6 pounds. It feels very odd lifting a tandem that is lighter than my daily commuter.Beyond the break you will find more of this bicycle, a couple more trick tandems, and the all new City View. Belt drives are becoming more and more prevalent. Co-Motion built up this tandem with a Rohloff internally geard 14 speed hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt system.A belt was also used instead of a timing chain.The rear belt drives the Rohloff 14 speed hub. Up front you will find a 14 speed twist shifter at the bar end.For those of you who don’t ride two per bike, you might be interested in the new for 2011 City View. Co-Motion has opted for a Shimano Alfine setup, instead of their usual Rohloff hub to keep the price down. The City View will run you $3595.00 for a complete build, or $1995.00 for the frameset. The City View comes in about $1600 less than its Rohloff equipped counterpart.There is an included Nitto front rack.Surprise, there is a belt drive running that Alfine 8 speed hub. The forthcoming 11 speed Alfine hub will be an option starting in December, costing an extra $300. Co-Motion replaced the timing chain with a belt drive. They claim it shaves about two pounds off the complete build.Co-Motion had a travel ready tandem on display as well. It will break down and fit into two flight cases.last_img read more

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Pippin Book Writer Roger O. Hirson Dies at 93

first_imgRoger O. Hirson, an acclaimed writer of stage and screen whose major Broadway success was as book writer of the hit musical Pippin, died on May 27 at home in New York City, according to The New York Times. He was 93.Hirson was born in New York City on May 5, 1926. After serving in the army, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.He made his Broadway debut writing the libretto to the musical Walking Happy (1966), featuring music by James Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. The show ran 161 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and marked Hirson’s first Tony Award nomination.Hirson next collaborated with songwriter Stephen Schwartz, director-choreographer Bob Fosse and star Ben Vereen on Pippin, which opened at the Imperial Theatre in 1972, later moving to the Minskoff Theatre and running for five years, clocking in 1,944 Broadway performances total. The musical earned Hirson his second Tony nomination, with Vereen triumphing for his turn as The Leading Player and Fosse winning a pair of Tonys for his work.Early in his career, two of Hirson’s straight plays were produced off-Broadway, Journey to the Day (1963) and World War 2 1/2 (1969). Later on, his Hollywood writing work netted him an Emmy nomination for the drama series The Adams Chronicles (1976).Four decades after Pippin opened, the musical received an acclaimed Broadway revival (2013), which won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival in addition to wins for director Diane Paulus and stars Patina Miller and Andrea Martin.Years after the initial success of Pippin, Hirson excelled on-screen as writer of the miniseries A Woman Named Jackie (1991), about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It marked his final major writing credit.Hirson is survived by his sons, David and Christopher, and a grandson. View Comments Ben Vereen with the Broadway cast of Pippin (1972)(Photo: Martha Swope/NYPL)last_img read more

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Spotted in Prairie Village: Angry-looking birds

first_imgThis pair of birds were sighted in the backyard of the northern branch office of the Prairie Village Post and the pictures were taken by our contributing editor Daniel M. Blom. The hawk was seen at the water garden and shortly after this picture was taken did a face plant in the pond while hopping down to a lower ledge:The owl showed up later that evening in the same area and has been making more appearances since the toads have re-appeared and started singing at night.As always, if you have wildlife pics you’d like to share with our readers, send them our way at [email protected]last_img read more

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Section offers free CLE program

first_img May 15, 2007 Regular News Section offers free CLE program Section offers free CLE program The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section is making its most recent five-hour ethics CLE program available at no charge to its membership as a way of saying “thank you” to its members according to Michael Olexa, the section’s chair.In February, the section sponsored its Second Annual Florida Law Ethics Update CLE, designed to mirror its long running Annual Florida Law Update program held each year during the Bar’s Annual Convention.“The Ethics Law Update is somewhat unique in that it allows participants to secure all of their needed ethics credits by attending one seminar,” said Linzie Bogan, program organizer and the section’s immediate past chair.At a fee of $75, the CLE is also available to nonmembers of the section. Requests must be received no later than September 1 by visiting www.gpssf.org. Once there, click the “Ethics CD offer” or contact Ricky Libbert at [email protected] are also underway for the section’s Annual General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Conference that will provide section members with an opportunity to attend informative programs and otherwise meet with other practitioners who have similar practice dynamics. The program is tentatively scheduled for October in a location yet to be determined.last_img read more

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The Alter Group To Develop 605,700 SF Distribution Building

first_imgThe Alter Group announced plans to develop a speculative 605,700 SF cross-dock warehouse/distribution center valued at more than $36M at its 162-acre Buckeye Logistics Center at Buckeye Rd. and 67th Ave. in Phoenix, said Michael J. Alter, President of the Chicago-based national commercial real estate development firm.Groundbreaking is expected to take place in October.According to Patrick E. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, “The Alter Group is presently talking to several capital partners to finalize the underwriting for this bulk distribution building. . There are only a couple of large warehouse/distribution buildings still available in this segment of the market; vacancy rates for spaces above 500,000 SF, particularly in the Southwest submarket where Buckeye is located, are currently in the low single digits.“The West Valley has become one of the top areas in the southwest part of the United States for the development of large warehouse facilities to store, package and ship consumer goods ordered via the Internet. The southwest Phoenix market recorded 3.7 million SF of net absorption over the last four quarters of 2011.Absorption was lower in 1Q 2012 but activity is strong. This steadily increasing user demand, combined with a lack of construction, has vacancy rates continuing to fall. With very few larger buildings available, rents are projected to increase by 20% by 2Q 2013 for large blocks of space.”The new building will feature 32’ clear ceiling height; 112 dock high and four drive-up level doors; as well as parking for 324 cars and 173 trailers.Buckeye Logistics Center is strategically located 1.2 miles from I-10 via two full interchanges at 67th Ave. and 75th Ave. The site, ideally suited for regional distribution, also has good access to I-10, which is important for receiving and sending shipments to Southern California markets and ports. Buckeye Logistics Center can support up to 3.1 MSF of distribution space. Three distribution buildings totaling 1.7 MSF have already been built at Buckeye Logistics. Phase I and II were awarded the NAIOP Industrial Project of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Current tenants in the earlier phases are Amazon.com, which occupies more than 1 MSF, and Kellogg’s.For more information about The Alter Group, visit The Alter Group’s website at altergroup.com.last_img read more

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PEOPLE TO KNOW 2013

first_imgPeople To Know 2013Honoring the Brightest Stars of Arizona’s CRE IndustryThe commercial real estate industry is constantly changing, affecting all levels of employees as well as both large and small companies. Economic circumstances further enhance the industry’s volatility — and the Metro Phoenix and Metro Tucson marketplaces are not immune to those changes.When we published the first edition of People to Know in 2008, AZRE magazine brought its readers some of the most well-respected and knowledgeable experts in the industry. This year’s edition is no different.It was quite a feat to track down some people who had moved on, companies that had left the area, and new ones that were coming in, but we have done our best to bring you a useful and informative resource to further support the local industry’s mission of building great communities throughout Arizona. From developers, the new “Up and Comers,” and more, you will find it all within these pages.This year, nominees were evaluated be a selection committee using the following criteria: length of time in the community; accomplishments in the commercial real estate industry; and work in the community. From the individuals in this publication, AZRE will elect the top person in the industry in their respective category. The winners were honored at a reception May 16 at the former McCormick and Schmicks restaurant at the Esplanade. The industry leaders, announced at the event, will be featured in the July/August 2013 issue of AZRE.Let us know what you’d like to see, what other information we could include that would be useful, and any other comments you’d like to share with us to make this publication the best it can be.Peter Madrid, EditorTake it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.last_img read more

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Stapley Corporate Center sells for $32.5M

first_imgBuchanan Street Partners, a Newport Beach-based real estate investor, has acquired Stapley Corporate Center, a two-building, Class A office property located at 1840 and 1910 South Stapley Drive in Mesa, Arizona. The acquisition reflects Buchanan Street’s continued investment strategy in the Phoenix area, a market where the firm has been an active buyer of commercial and multifamily assets. Stapley Corporate Center was purchased for $32.5 million from The DESCO Group, Inc., the original developer that built and has managed the property since 2007. The 180,000-square-foot property is 90 percent occupied with long-term leases in place, including tenants Cigna Healthcare and Wells Fargo.Chris Toci and Chad Little of Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona represented the seller in the transaction, while Buchanan Street represented itself. Mark Gustin of Jones Lang LaSalle will handle leasing for the property.“This property will continue to attract top tenants seeking high-image office space in the East Valley, based both upon the quality of the building and the continued Phoenix recovery,” said Brian Payne, Vice President of Buchanan Street Partners. “The project benefits from a location adjacent to executive housing in Gilbert and is in close proximity to more than 2 million square feet of retail services in the immediate area.”Stapley Corporate Center has immediate access to Highway 60 and is near the border between Mesa and Gilbert, a city with the second highest household income in the Phoenix area and the highest concentration of graduate and professional degrees among western U.S. cities.The investment is part of Buchanan Street’s continued value-add investment strategy in the Phoenix area, a market where the investor now owns 1.4 million square feet of properties. Buchanan Street acquired two Phoenix area properties earlier this year, including Mesa Corporate Center, a 106,077-square-foot Class A office building in Mesa, and Vue Park West, a 260-unit luxury apartment community in Peoria, Arizona.In addition to investing in the Phoenix area, Buchanan Street has targeted Southern California, Houston, Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area and Denver, Colorado for acquisitions. The firm has recently added six new hires as it expands its growing investment and lending businesses.last_img read more

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