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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Reader Alina T. sent in the above photo and filled us in on the incident, which occurred at around 9:00 p.m. Here’s what she says happened:

I was just on Sheepshead Bay Road and East 15th and there was a Russian guy – I believe he was either crazy or on drugs or something. He was standing in the middle of the street screaming, “People, people call 911! Call the police! Something is going to explode! Some house is going to explode! There’s a bomb”

He was begging in Russian and in English.

“People please call the police!”

Finally somebody called the police after like 10 or 15 minutes of him screaming and the police came and they took him away on stretchers.

It took 10 to 15 minutes for people to call police? Sheesh… that means it took at least the same for someone to call Sheepshead Bites. For shame!

“Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.” – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

Empty shell (shot with a Samsung Stratosphere), found beneath the Belt Parkway trestle on Sheepshead Bay Road and Shore Parkway, Thursday morning, January 12.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Half a week in, and the race to replace former State Senator Carl Kruger is already getting dirty.

Since the campaigns officially kicked off on Monday, City Councilman Lew Fidler and Republican opponent David Storobin have been trading barbs. Storobin is lambasting Fidler for being a Democratic insider whose interests align more with the Manhattan elite.

“I understand that Lew Fidler’s radical progressive base lives far outside our district, and that he finds it impossible to get local support, but it is time to start campaigning in southern Brooklyn,” Storobin said in a release. Aside from Fidler launching his campaign on the steps of City Hall – you know, the one in Manhattan – Storobin’s campaign pointed out that the Democratic councilman is also holding a fundraiser in the inner-borough this evening.

Fidler is giving at least as good as he’s getting, though. At a meeting of the Brooklyn Young Democrats at Wheeler’s (1707 Sheepshead Bay Road) last night, Fidler gave a pep rally-style speech in which he slammed his opponent for his lack of accomplishments in the district, and possible ties to white supremacists.

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The following is a press release from the office of Congressman Bob Turner. The paragraphs in the release containing dates, times, and locations, as well as contact information, have been bolded:

Congressman Turner To Hold Satellite Congressional Field Office Events

New York – Congressman Turner (NY-09) isn’t waiting for constituents to come to his office to seek out help, he is taking the help to them. He announced today that he will be holding the first of a series of satellite congressional field office events within the 9th district.

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Real estate citywide is seeing a buyer’s market these days, and buyers are looking to Sheepshead Bay and other Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods ahead of all others.

While the sale of homes spiked 6 percent for the final quarter of 2011 Brooklyn-wide, neighborhoods in the borough’s southern stretches boomed more than any others with a 20 percent jump, according to a Prudential Douglas Elliman study reported by the New York Post.

“Brooklyn is hot and the desire to purchase there is very strong,” Prudential Douglas Elliman CEO Dottie Herman told the paper. “Those who live there want to stay there when they make a move, and outsiders are lured to the borough.”

Fueling the surge was a desire by homeowners for lower-priced housing, especially co-ops.

Co-op sales in Brooklyn rose a staggering 27.6 percent in the final quarter of 2011 compared with the same time in 2010.

But at the same time, the average sales price of a Brooklyn co-op plunged from $400,997 to $339, 156.

“The sharp drop in mortgage prices resulted in co-op sales surging,” said Jonathan Miller, who prepared the report.

The people who benefit most from low mortgage rates are those who buy on the lower end, he said — and New Yorkers are buying smaller and cheaper these days.

Areas with cheaper homes saw sales boom.

For example, there was a 20 percent jump in sales in south Brooklyn, which includes such neighborhoods as Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Flatbush and Sheepshead Bay.

More than 100 members braved Sunday’s winter chill to celebrate the final event of St. Mark Catholic Church parish’s 150th anniversary with an outdoor dedication of a newly-installed prayer garden.

The Marian Prayer and Memorial Garden, located on Jerome Avenue between Ocean Avenue and East 19th Street, replaces a decades old magnolia tree adjacent to the church. With a hand-etched granite memorial depicting Mother Mary and a baby Jesus Christ in front of the iconic St. Mark steeple, as well as several smaller memorials, the garden provides congregants an outdoor place to reflect and pray.

“This is a special project … that really is the culmination of our anniversary year and marks the last official service of Father Grimaldi,” noted George Donnelly, the business manager for St. Mark.

After 12 years of service, Grimaldi will soon leave the community to serve as a vicor to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, where he’ll work closely with the bishop.

The 150th anniversary was celebrated throughout 2011 with historical walks, in-church exhibits and special events – as well as by a massive fundraising effort to make major restorations throughout the church.

Donnelly said that the unveiling of the monument not only capped the anniversary year, but also was the last important project to be completed with the $916,000 the church raised – a handsome sum that exceeded the congregation’s goal of $750,000.

With those funds, interior and exterior repairs were completed to the bell tower, and the scaffolding will soon be removed. It also allowed for sidewalk repairs around the institution and the renovation of several of the church entrances.

“Only with the help of many of our practitioners we were able to pull this off,” Donnelly said.

View photos of the memorial and the dedication service.

Source: Harper's Weekly, March 2, 1878 (Courtesy: Georgia State University Library)

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

TELLING TIPS: The ho-ho of the Christmas season became ho-hum when it came to Washington and your tax return for 2011. Here are a few of this year’s exciting items:

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I can’t help it. It makes me think of “Reservoir Dogs.” See what I mean?

Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy

The following is a press release from Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes:

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Maksim Gelman, 23, to 200 years in prison for Four Counts of Murder in the Second Degree, Two Counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Two Counts of Robbery in the First Degree, Two Counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, and Three Counts of Assault in the Second Degree.  The sentencing Judge, Vincent DelGiudice imposed 25-to-life sentences for each Murder count, 25 years for each Attempted Murder count, and the maximum sentences for the additional counts to run consecutively.  A $5000 court fee fine was also imposed.

“While there will never be justice for the victims and their families, the judge sent a strong message by imposing consecutive sentences and ensuring that he will never see the light of day,” said District Attorney Hynes.

On February 11, 2011, Gelman stabbed and killed his stepfather, Alexander Kuznetsov, during an argument over the use of Gelman’s mother’s car in Sheepshead Bay. He also killed Yalena Bulchenko and her mother, Anna Bulchenko. After killing the Bulchenkos, Gelman stole a car at knifepoint and stabbed its owner. While fleeing the scene of the carjacking, he struck and killed Steven Tannenbaum, a pedestrian crossing the street.

In the early morning hours of February 12, Gelman attacked a livery cab driver and then attacked another driver at knifepoint, injuring both drivers and stealing the second driver’s car. Gelman was arrested later on February 12 in Manhattan, for attacking a man on the subway.

He pleaded guilty to all counts of the indictment on November 30, 2011. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ken Taub, Chief of the Homicide Bureau.

On January 17, 2012 Gelman pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree for his crime in Manhattan.  He is expected to receive an additional 25 years in prison to run consecutively with today’s sentence.