The Be Proud Foundation invites residents to attend an appreciation luncheon, December 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., in honor of “our everyday heroes” from local police and fire departments, and to extend thanks “to those who sacrifice their lives” for the safety of the public.

The special luncheon will be held at the “National” Restaurant, 273 Brighton Beach Avenue between Brighton Second Street and Brighton Third Street.

If you wish to attend, you must RSVP by today, December 19. For additional information, contact Raisa Chernina at (347) 613-5332 or Sam Khalitov at (862) 242-6678.

Authorities have released video of a November 18 armed robbery on Avenue U, hoping residents will assist in finding the perp.

According to NY1, which posted the video here, the man walked into a business at 1204 Avenue U last month, jumped the counter and pressed a gun to the victim’s head. The victim turned over an unknown amount of cash from the register.

The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet-10-inches and about 220 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Community Board 15 is meeting early for their annual holiday meeting, tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

The meeting kicks off 30 minutes early to allow attendees to mingle and enjoy food and other refreshments.

The usual proceeding will begin at 7:00 p.m., with two public hearings on BSA Calendar items. The first is for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family home at 150 Norfolk Street, in Manhattan Beach. The other is for a variance to allow the enlargement of a synagogue at 2030 Ocean Parkway.

Additionally, the Community Board will hear residents’ concerns, and local elected officials will give updates on their efforts to represent their constituents.

If you would like to speak before the board, please call (718) 332-3008 to ensure you are put on the list.

A B82 MTA bus is sitting at Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway, as police make their way to the scene in response to passengers’ death threats against the driver, according to calls over the police radio.

The call indicated that five males are on the bus threatening to shoot the driver. A passenger made the 911 call moments ago, and the operator states that the perps remain on the scene. The suspects did not display a firearm.

Police are currently en route.

UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): NYPD are on the scene. It appears that the suspects disembarked and boarded another bus heading east into the territory of the 63rd Precinct. Police are currently stopping the other bus at East 38th Street and Kings Highway. No one has been hurt as of this writing, and the suspects have still not shown a weapon.

UPDATE (12:25 p.m.): It sounds like the incident has been resolved. There were no injuries reported and they’re currently taking statements from the bus drivers. No word on arrests yet.

UPDATE (2:20 p.m.): Following our report, Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman took interest in the case. Lancman is chair of the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety, and has been working with TWU Local 100 to improve safety conditions for bus drivers and other MTA employees. A representative from Lancman’s office read our report and began reaching out to various agencies as well as involved sources.

Lancman’s office tells us that four males were apprehended following the incident. One of those has been released, while the remaining three are still in custody. No weapons were found. It is still unclear on why they threatened the driver.

Lancman’s office also noted that it’s fortunate a bystander on the bus called the police, as MTA internal directives bar MTA employees from calling the police directly. Instead, they are ordered to inform their supervisors, and MTA representatives respond to the scene themselves, and only inform the police if they feel it’s warranted. It was noted that had the bystander not called, police would not have been able to pursue the suspects after they boarded another bus.

We are still awaiting information on what sparked the incident.

UPDATE (2:58 p.m.): MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz issued the following statement about the incident (h/t to NY Times City Room Editor Andy Newman for sharing):

At noon today, 4 male teens apparently threatened the bus operator on a B82 after they attempted to board the bus through the back door to evade paying their fare.  Incident occurred at Kings Highway and E16th Street.  After the unsuccessful attempt, the youths then entered through the front door of the bus and stated to the bus operator that “some people get shot for that.”  Bus operator called for assistance.  NYPD responded and issued summonses to the youths.  No injuries. N/F/I at this time.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional  photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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A woman was stabbed to death in her Brighton Beach home on Thursday, and the killer is still at large, according to the Daily News.

The perp stabbed the 51-year-old victim several times in the neck and back.

Police found the victim just before 5:00 p.m., after they received a call to her basement apartment on Brighton 12th Street.

The victim’s identity has not been released, and detectives are still investigation.

UPDATE (3:17 p.m.): Brighton Neighborhood Association Executive Director Pat Singer offers the following additional info via Facebook:

The killing took place in a three family home next door to 3021 where some momths ago a Russian ring operated the theft of thousands of dollars from Holocaust funds. It was msore than a basement. I believe it was also used as some kind of office. There is a sign on the house advertising “Home care” services.

UPDATE (5:46 p.m.): Six hours and 31 minutes after we inquired, the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information wrote to us with the following “additional details,” revealing the name and address of the victim:

Nina Khalanskaia  51  of 3019 Brighton 12 Street. Stabbed multiple times

We had to follow up and ask – again – if there had been any arrests. Below is their answer:

no

(H/t to localbroker.)

The original version of this article mistakenly identified the location as East 12th Street. It is actually Brighton 12th Street. Apologies for any confusion.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing a budget agreement with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (right) earlier in the year. Source: Philip Kamrass / Times Union

THE COMMUTE: That is the indication New York City residents received from the events unfolding in Albany this past week. Briefly summarized:

  1. Governor Cuomo stripped the Lockbox Act (sitting on his desk for months after being passed by the Assembly and Senate) of most of its power. The original bill prevented removal of state funding for transit without legislative approval and required a detailed statement showing the impacts the diversion would have. The new bill allows the removal of transit funds if a fiscal crisis is declared, totally defeating the purpose of the original legislation.
  2. The governor also partially repealed the Payroll Mobility Tax, costing the MTA $320 million per year, which he promised to replace from the state’s General Fund.
  3. Cuomo has not signed a bill due to expire by the end of the year, which would allow livery cabs to legally pick up street hails outside of Midtown Manhattan and the airports by requiring them to obtain three-year licenses costing $1,500 each. It would also allow the sale of about 2,000 yellow medallions, adding about $1 billion dollars in revenue to the city’s budget and provide for wheelchair accessible taxis.

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Photo by Robert Fernandez

A car smashed into a Nostrand Avenue storefront between Avenue Y and Avenue Z, in a two-car accident that  left at least one injured.

Police and other emergency responders are on the scene as of this writing. According to tipster Gene Berardelli, who sent the photos, it appeared as if the silver  four door car was pulling out of a parking space in front of Nostrand Ice Cream Shop (3824 Nostrand Avenue) when a red minivan pulling behind it struck it, pushing the silver car onto the sidewalk and into the storefront.

It did not appear as if any pedestrians were injured, though a passenger in the red minivan was put in an ambulance at the scene. The storefront received relatively minor damage, with the door hanging off its hinges, according to Berardelli.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional  photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

 
Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy

The city’s largest toy drive – organized right here in Southern Brooklyn – once again broke the record for number of toys collected in New York City, netting a whopping 8,674 toys for underprivileged children in the five boroughs.

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