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18th street gang members charged for killing of MS-13 gang rival in Queens

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A superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, charging 18th street gang members and associates Yanki Misael Cruz-Mateo, Yoni Alexander Sierra, Jose Jimenez Chacon and Saudi Levy Ramirez, with the February 2, 2018 murder of a member of the rival MS-13 gang.

A superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, charging 18th street gang members and associates Yanki Misael Cruz-Mateo, Yoni Alexander Sierra, Jose Jimenez Chacon and Saudi Levy Ramirez, with the February 2, 2018 murder of a member of the rival MS-13 gang.

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According to U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of New York and detailed in court filings, the defendants are members and associates of the Jamaica, Queens and Kingston, New York chapters of the violent 18th street gang.



On the night of February 2, 2018, a victim, known to the grand jury as John Doe 2, was discovered in the vicinity of 160th Street and 85th Avenue in the Jamaica Hills section of Queens. The victim had been shot multiple times in the head and torso.

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Few days after the murder, Cruz-Mateo admitted in text messages to shooting the victim because he believed the victim was a member of the rival MS-13 gang. Sierra, Chacon, and Ramirez are charged with the murder conspiracy of John Doe 2, along with Cruz-Mateo.

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Missing New York music teacher found dead in woods

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The body of a missing New York City public school music teacher has been found in the woods in the Catskills

The body of a missing New York City public school music teacher has been found in the woods in the Catskills. NBC New York reported.

Keith Johnson, 46, of Queens has not been seen since May 4, when he was spotted in his 2006 gray Hyundai Elantra near P.S. 29, the school where he taught in College Point, according to New York police.

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Johnson, who regularly went hiking and camping, taught music at P.S. 29, and had no mental illness or drug history, sources said. Police previously said his disappearance appeared to be suspicious.



His body was found near Shandaken, a town in Catskill Park in Ulster County. His car was found Saturday afternoon near a hiking trail. The region is known for its hiking.

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It wasn’t clear how music teacher Johnson died. The investigation is ongoing.

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3 police officers sickened after encountering dead body in motel room

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Three Georgia police officers were sickened by an unknown chemical after encountering a dead body in a motel room, officials said.

Three Georgia police officers were sickened by an unknown chemical after encountering a dead body in a motel room, officials said.

Officials were called to the United Inn & Suites in Decatur just after 4 p.m. about a dead body in a motel room on the third floor, according to FOX News. Three Dekalb County police officers entered the room and reported feeling dizzy and nauseous after coming into contact with the chemical that had killed a 48-year-old man in the room.

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“Something in there made the officers sick,” Fire Capt. Eric Jackson said. “We have no idea what, none whatsoever.”

The officers were taken to the hospital and were said to be conscious and alert Saturday night.

Hotel guests near the contaminated room were evacuated shortly after the incident.



“The police were telling us to leave,” one guest told FOX5. “We’ve been out of our room for three hours… What was really the cause?”

HAZMAT crews arrived at the scene and took samples of the substance. Agents with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are investigating the incident to identify the chemical.

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An autopsy will be conducted to determine the man’s cause of death, which is not being treated as a homicide.

Police did not release his name as of Sunday, and it’s unclear if the man was exposed to the substance accidentally or on purpose.

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Suspected killer of Long Island deacon arrested in Tennessee

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A man accused of stabbing a deacon to death at a Long Island halfway house was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee.

A man accused of stabbing a deacon to death at a Long Island halfway house was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee.

Andre Patton, 47, of Roosevelt, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Patrick Lodgson in November 2017, Nassau County police said. He was arrested in Tennessee and extradited to Nassau County where he is expected to be arraigned Saturday. NBC New York reported.

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The 70-year-old Logdson was the program manager at Anthony House, where he lived to serve others, people who knew him said. Patton was one of three people living at home at the time; it helps those who struggle with drug addiction or homelessness.



The deacon was found dead with multiple stab wounds November 3, 2017, according to Nassau County Police Department.

St. Vincent de Paul of the Diocese of Rockville Center, which ran the Anthony House, said in a statement in November: “Even at the time of his death, [Logsdon] was carrying out the Gospel message of caring for the poor as he has done faithfully for 33 years.”

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Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 that Patton later turned up in Queens, where he carjacked a driver before running off on foot.

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