FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com DECEMBER 31, 2015 • TIMES 23 s year in review part II in next week’s issue VOLUNTEER PATROL UNVEILS NEW QUADCOPTER The 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol (104COP) took to the skies in August with its newest piece of equipment, a Phantom 3 Advanced quad-copter. The quad-copter is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be remotely piloted from the ground. Mark Pearson, president of 104COP, said that “The number one reason we got it was to help when searching for missing persons, especially children,” adding that “one of our members suggested getting one and I thought it would be a great opportunity to help find missing children.” august A NIGHT OUT WITH QUEENS’ FINEST Promoting greater harmony between police and the people they serve, Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime brought thousands of Queens residents out to venues across the “World’s Borough” for family-friendly activities. WWE’S JOHN CENA GRANTS WISH FOR MASPETH BOY On Aug. 23, WWE superstar John Cena set the record for most celebrity wishes at 500, by making an 8-year-old boy from Maspeth’s dream come true. Cena surprised Rocco Lanzer, who was diagnosed with acute t-cell lymphoblastic leukemia in January, on the set of the “Today” show with tickets to “Monday Night Raw” at the Barclays Center and a championship belt. MEMORY LIVES ON AT GLENDALE CEMETERY Vowing never to forget, local elected officials and activists gathered on Aug. 17 at the Glendale grave of Leo Frank to mark the 100th anniversary since the Jewish factory superintendent wrongfully convicted of murder in Georgia was lynched by a hateful mob. In 1913, a jury in Georgia found Frank guilty of murdering a 13-yearold girl who worked at his factory and sentenced him to death in a trial marked by anti-Semitism. Then- Georgia Gov. John Slaton commuted Frank’s sentence to life in prison, but in 1915, a group of armed men kidnapped Frank from the prison farm where he was serving time. The group drove Frank to Marietta, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb, where on Aug. 17, 1915, he was brutally beaten and hanged from a tree — a victim of anti- Semitism and unfounded fear among residents. Frank’s body was interred at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Glendale, where the ceremony took place.
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