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Queens Village, Cambria
Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale,
Springfi eld Gardens, Bellerose,
Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and
NYC Sheriff ’s offi ce
busts Rosedale club for
hosting maskless romp
New York City Sheriff deputies busted
a makeshift Rosedale club that was hosting
a party with more than 160 people in
attendance, leading to the arrest of four
men on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Th e party, located at the Event Center
145-12 243rd St., met its demise when
deputies spotted multiple groups of people
walking into the location through a
rear alley on Mayda Road, according to
Deputies attempted to enter the venue,
which had its main entry blocked by a
metal roll down gate, around 2:30 a.m.,
only to fi nd two unlicensed security
guards blocking the door. Once inside,
offi cers saw more than 160 maskless
people dancing, drinking alcohol and
smoking hookah, according to authorities.
Th e two security guards — Sha-Mel
Lamont Jones, 21, and Jason Hicks, 35
— were arrested and charged with violating
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19
executive order and for being unlicensed
Th e club’s DJ, Andres Cadavid, 28,
was arrested and charged with violating
the executive order, violating emergency
measures and for failing to protect
health and safety, the sheriff ’s offi ce said.
A fourth man, Carl Champagne, 38,
was arrested and charged with criminal
possession of marijuana.
Additionally, the sheriff ’s office
charged the owners of the venue with
multiple violations, including serving
alcohol without a license, not adhering
to fi re code and a $15,000 fi ne for failing
to protect health and safety.
Th e Event Center did not immediately
respond to QNS’ request for comment.
St. Albans, Hollis, Springfi eld
Gardens, South Ozone Park,
South Jamaica, Addisleigh Park
and Locust Manor
Home invasion at South
Jamaica housing complex ends
in deadly shooting: NYPD
Detectives are investigating an apparent
home invasion at a South Jamaica housing
complex on Monday that left a 26-yearold
man fatally shot and two men with
Th e incident happened at about 12:44
p.m. on Dec. 21 inside a sixth-fl oor apartment
within the Baisley Houses complex
at 116-80 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
According to preliminary information,
two individuals approached a 22-year-old
man from behind as he was about to head
into the apartment. One of the suspects
put a gun to the man’s head and forced
their way inside the residence.
Th ere, police said, the 22-year-old man
called out for help, and a 27-year-old man
then confronted the two suspects, leading
to a physical altercation.
Th e fi ght turned violent, cops reported,
when someone pulled out a gun and fi red
a shot; it’s not clear who pulled the trigger.
Th e 22- and 27-year-old victims were also
stabbed in the hands with a knife.
Moments later, offi cers from the 113th
Precinct and NYPD PSA 9 arrived on
the scene aft er getting a 911 call about
the assault. Th ey were met by the 22- and
27-year-old victims, who had exited the
apartment along with a 25-year-old man
whom the pair identifi ed as a suspect.
Police were then informed of another
individual inside the apartment. Th e
offi cers walked in and found Hakim
Blankumsee, 26, of East 128th Street in
Harlem, with a gunshot wound to his
Paramedics rushed both men to Jamaica
Hospital, where Blankumsee died of his
injuries. Th e stabbed men were treated for
So far, no arrests have been made in the
ongoing investigation, police said.
Queens Village, Cambria Heights,
Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfi eld Gardens,
Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and
Man dies after crashing car during
medical episode in Rosedale: NYPD
A 64-year-old man is dead aft er he crashed his car
while experiencing a medical episode in Rosedale
earlier this month.
Wayne Newland was driving westbound on
Rockaway Boulevard on Monday, Dec. 14, around
4:20 p.m., when he began to suff er from a medical
episode, according to the NYPD.
Newland, who lived in Springfi eld Gardens, lost
control of the car and hit a fence, cops said. Upon
collision, Newland was ejected from the car.
Police offi cers from the 105th Precinct arrived
to fi nd the Newland with trauma to his body. EMS
personnel rushed him to Jamaica Hospital Medical
Center, where he was pronounced dead several days
later on Th ursday, Dec. 17.
Th e investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s
Collision Investigation Squad remains ongoing.