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Lawrence Wright, a 55-year-old Sheepshead Bay resident, was arrested yesterday for the stabbing death of 51-year-old Denise Pannell, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
Pannell, who lived at 2238 Batchelder Street, was apparently a former girlfriend of Wright’s, who lived in the same public housing complex, the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses, on 2985 Avenue X.
According to CBS-NY, Pannell’s lifeless body was discovered on Saturday at 9:20 a.m. after her neighbors complained of a foul smell emanating from her apartment.
This isn’t the first time we’ve reported on violence at this public housing project. Avery Kelly was murdered in front of his apartment door at 2258 Batchelder Street in 2011 and homeless man, Jimmy Albright, was also murdered last year in an elevator at 2953 Avenue W between Nostrand Avenue and Batchelder Street.
As of this publishing, security cameras have still not been installed at the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses.
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The body of a homeless man, who police identified as 32-year-old Jimmy Albright, was discovered inside the elevator of 2953 Avenue W between Nostrand Avenue and Batchelder Street.
After police responded to a 911 call at 7:45 a.m. yesterday morning, the bullet-riddled body of Albright was found inside the elevator of the seven-story Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses building.
According to several reports, authorities are still trying to determine who shot Albright, when exactly the shooting occurred, and why he was in the building in the first place.
This latest murder in the city housing development occurred despite the promise that brand new high-tech security cameras, ID-embedded door locks and new intercom systems would be installed throughout the 18-building complex.
The cameras were supposed to be installed by the first quarter of 2012, with all work finishing no later than March.
Amahal Lynch offered no apologies after a judge sentenced him to 40 years to life for the brutal 2010 murder of his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter.
“People make mistakes,” Lynch told the victims’ relatives who demanded a statement, according to the Daily News. “God is good, you know. I repented, you know.”
The crime was revealed in May 2010, when police were called to the scene of a burglary in the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. What authorities found were the naked lifeless bodies of Shakeema Elliot, 29, and her daughter Kaliya Williams in the bathtub, and pills scattered around.
But upon further investigation, police concluded that the bodies had been moved and arranged to suggest a murder-suicide, and the medical examiner soon found that both had been strangled to death and the 8-year-old sexually abused.
Lynch admitted to the 2010 double murder after officers nabbed the East New York resident days after the crime.
By confessing and pleading guilty, Lynch avoided a sentence of life without parole.
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The city is proposing to strategically deploy high-tech security measures in the Sheepshead Bay – Nostrand Houses to deter crime, featuring new cameras, ID-embedded door locks and new intercom systems throughout the 18-building complex.
Find out details of the plan, and what residents and local officials think.
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When it was announced a few weeks ago that the cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) was mulling over the idea to place billboards — possibly for booze and fast food — on the sides of its buildings, residents of the Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses, on Nostrand Avenue between Avenue V and Avenue X, came out against the idea, claiming “it would make many rundown buildings look even worse.”
The Housing Authority quietly circulated notice last week that it’s looking to hire a consultant to advise them on selling advertising space in developments that more than 400,000 people call home.
The unprecedented proposal sparked fears among residents that building lobbies, facades, courtyard benches or trash bins could be plastered with ads touting unhealthy products.
However, “Instead of placing billboards,” one resident told News 12, “we need more cameras for our safety.”
Keep reading to find out what happened – or didn’t happen – to those cameras, and why NYCHA’s alternative will prove a waste of taxpayer money.
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A 27-year-old man was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital Saturday night after taking several gunshots to his torso.
According to reports, Avery Kelly was found just after 11:00 p.m. after having been shot almost 30 times near the entrance of his apartment building at 2258 Batchelder Street in the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. Police told the Daily News they recovered 25 shell casings in the hallway of the building.
One reader writes in: “Just to show how self-contained the projects are, this happened 2.5 blocks from my parents’ house and they had no idea anything happened aside from the obligatory helicopters flying overhead.”
No arrests have been made.
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.
Josephine Rodriguez is comforted by friends after the murder of her daughter, Crystal Melody Sweet, during a triple shooting at the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. Source: The Daily News
Deadly gun violence broke out at the start of the Memorial Day weekend during a Friday night bloodbath at 2938 Avenue W, resulting in the deaths of a young mother and her boyfriend.
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A parade of dozens of cars and motorcycles rolled through Sheepshead Bay’s streets with horns blaring last night, in honor of a woman shot and killed in the Nostrand Houses over the weekend.
Ciera Glenn, the 25-year-old president of an auto club named Prime Squad Divas, was killed in the lobby of 2336 Batchelder Street early Saturday morning. Her club members gathered in East New York and drove to the scene of her death.
The unannounced convoy threw many residents and drivers into confusion. Members of the auto club blocked off intersections and began directing traffic along the route. On Knapp Street and Avenue W, members were shouting at uncooperative commuters, and residents of the area stood on the sidewalk watching in confusion. No one knew what was going on. Sheepshead Bites received about a half-dozen inquiries from startled residents about the event.
Event organizers saw it as an opportunity to remember their friend and lift spirits in the wake of her death.
“She was a positive person. And that’s how you have to do. You have to do it positive. Right now, you going to shed your tears; it’s gonna come. But at this point in time — we have to stay positive; we have to keep it alive,” a participant told NY1.
Ciera Glenn, 25, mother of a little boy, upcoming graduate of Medgar Evers College, and full-time employee, was enjoying a night out with her boyfriend, Tyree Shelton, 27, at a Halloween party at a Prospect Heights bar. As they left the celebration in the early hours of Saturday, October 30, they couldn’t know that their paths would cross with those of a killer.
As the early morning sun rose over the waking city, a dark scene unfolded in the lobby of 2336 Batchelder Street in the Sheepshead / Nostrand Houses, where Shelton lives. Alone, on the floor and still in costume, Glenn lay dead from multiple gunshot wounds near the mailboxes. The grisly scene was first discovered by a neighbor.
“I opened the lobby door and I saw the young girl dead,” neighbor Luke Kopelakis, 71, told the Daily News. “There was blood in the elevator, blood on the walls.”
Her boyfriend, shot once in the face, was able to drive himself to Coney Island Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Motives, like suspects, are scarce as police examined the scene. Spooky and smiling Halloween decorations hung nearby as local children geared up for their turn to celebrate a day usually reserved for fun and candy. That is, all except for one little boy.
We’ve heard from a number of sources now that there was a shooting at around 10:07 a.m. on Avenue X between Nostrand Avenue and Haring Street.
Neighbors report hearing between three and five shots in the vicinity of the Sheepshead Bay-Nostrand Housing Projects. Within minutes, several police vehicles arrived, along with as many as three ambulances and a helicopter. The first ambulance left the scene with sirens blaring.
Another reader told us they asked witnesses and said the shootout involved “machine guns,” but we haven’t yet confirmed that.
If you have any additional information, please e-mail us.
From reader Scott K.
There were about 9 or 10 police cars, a van, and step van that included officers with helmets riot gear, body shields and semi auto matic weapons. I drove by and left the scene as officers were going into the building. I heard the helicopter about 3 minutes later.
From reader Amy:
2 suspects fled in a vehicle to the Housing Projects somewhere on Avenue V between Bragg and Batchelder ST. Both were detained shortly after.
From News 12:
1 dead, 1 wounded in Ave. X double shooting
(06/25/10) BROOKLYN – Police are investigating a double shooting on Avenue X that left one person dead and another injured this morning.
Authorities say the incident happened at 3043 Ave. X shortly before 10 a.m. One of the victims, a 26-year-old man, was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his leg.
The other victim, a 25-year-old man, was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead from a wound to his chest.
Police say they have arrested two suspects in the double shooting. Charges are pending.