2010-01-13 / Front Page

Borough-Wide Blotter

By Liz Goff

104th Precinct
Lawsuit In Riding Accident
A 46-year-old Forest Hills pharmacist who broke her arm while on a horseback ride is suing a Queens stable for putting her on an “ill-tempered” horse.
An attorney for Laurie Koffler filed the lawsuit in Queens civil court, charging the owners of the Dixie Dee Stables at the Forest Equine Center “put her on an unruly horse, and insisted she stay on”.
Attorney Joel Schwitzer said his client tried to tell a trail guide that the horse, “Buddy”, was fidgeting and acting “like he didn’t want to go for a ride” on the day of the incident in May 2008.
Schwitzer said the guide ignored his client’s warnings and insisted she stay on the horse. “The horse took off with her and tossed her to the ground,” Schwitzer said.
Koffler was forced to undergo surgery to repair a fractured left arm and missed three months of work.
Schwitzer states in the lawsuit that the owners of Dixie Dee Stables “should have known the horse was dangerous”.

109th Precinct
Supermarket Faces Legal ‘Pickle’
A 55-year-old Long Island woman is suing a Whitestone Waldbaum’s Supermarket for an undisclosed amount of damages after she took a spill in some pickle juice.
Annamarie Katzenberger claims in the lawsuit that workers at the Waldbaum’s market failed to clean the juice that spilled on Apr. 5, 2009.
The lawsuit charges Katzenberger suffered “grievous physical pain and mental anguish” as a result of the fall, and accuses the supermarket of “carelessness, recklessness and negligence”.
A spokesperson for Waldbaum’s refused to comment on the lawsuit.

110th Precinct
Senior Child-Sex Sting
Queens vice cops last week busted a 69-year-old Long Island man who went to meet someone in Elmhurst, who he thought was a 16-year-old girl, for sex, police said.
Cops said Andrew Cullen believed he had been engaging in sexually explicit online conversations with the underage girl, but was actually speaking with detectives at the Queens Vice Enforcement Unit.
Cullen was arrested when he arrived at a prearranged meeting spot at Broadway and Queens Boulevard, police said. He was charged with attempted rape, attempted sodomy, endangering the welfare of a child and dissemination of indecent material to a minor.

114th Precinct
Hunt Astoria Stickup Bandit
Police in Astoria are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a gun-toting bandit who roughed up a man during an early morning robbery.
Cops said the unidentified suspect accosted the victim at about 5:20 a.m. on December 8 and shoved the 55-year-old man at gunpoint into a driveway on 23rd Avenue near 28th Street.
The gunman grabbed the man’s wallet and fled in an unknown direction, police said.
The victim was not injured in the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Astoria Cops Nab Serial Bandit
A team of anti-crime cops out of the 114th Precinct nabbed a gun-toting serial bandit on January 5 as the thug was trying to run from police in a stolen car.
Cops said Victor Mendeng, 33, allegedly threatened a woman at gunpoint at about 10:30 p.m. last Tuesday, as she walked on 47th Avenue in Sunnyside.
Mendeng grabbed cash from the terrified woman and fled in a white BMW, police sources said. Anti-crime cops on routine patrol spotted the BMW on Northern Boulevard a short while later and set off in pursuit of the bandit.
After a short chase, Mendeng crashed the BMW and fled the scene on foot, police said. The cops followed and caught up with him moments later.
Mendeng was charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in the January 5 stickup and three other gunpoint heists, police said.

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