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A 65-year-old woman was killed last week after she was struck by a B41 bus motoring through Bergen Beach.
Officials said that Virginia McKibben of East 56th Street in East Flatbush was found unconscious and unresponsive at the corner of Avenue U and East 71st Street at 6:55 p.m. on December 2.
She was rushed to Kings County Hospitals where she died from her injuries, which were later determined to be from an impact with a motor vehicle.
Officials said that just moments before she was found a B41 bus had made a turn from East 71st Street onto Avenue U. The bus reportedly struck her as it made its turn, officials said.
No charges were filed against the bus driver, who apparently didn’t see McKibben as she tried to cross the street.
This was the second time a senior citizen had been killed on Avenue U in the last week.
On November 30 %u2013 just two days before McKibben was killed %u2013 a freak accident led to the death of an 87-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk near Avenue U and Hendrickson Street in Marine Park.
Witnesses said that a Lexus and a minivan collided at the corner at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Reeling from the impact, the minivan vaulted the curb, pinning Knapp Street resident Edith Shaller against a light pole.
Shaller died of her injuries at Beth Israel Hospital, officials said.
A 21-year-old man was arrested last week after he allegedly crashed his car in Mill Island.
Officials said that Matthew Stettin was found at 4:50 a.m. on December 7 after he flipped his 2003 Toyota on Mill Avenue between Avenue U and Strickland Avenue.
While his vehicle landed on the driver’s side, Stetting managed to escape any injury.
He did allegedly admit to police that he had two shots of Jagermeister and had smoked some marijuana before getting behind the wheel, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
Cops charged him with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.
The Shomrim Patrol is slowly becoming the scourge of petit crooks throughout the 70th Precinct.
Thanks to their eagle eyes, two more thieves are in custody, officials said last week.
Shomrim volunteers were patrolling near the Midwood/Flatbush Junction at 4 a.m. Friday morning, December 4, when they spied upon 20-year-old Tyrone Cary and 19-year-old Jeramie Morgan breaking into a car.
Patrol members alerted police to the theft and followed the two suspects until police apprehended the duo at Argyle Road and Ditmas Avenue, officials said.
A 26-year-old woman found herself crumbling under the pressure after she was allegedly caught trying to cash a bogus check belonging to the Bay Ridge based Falcone’s Cookieland.
Officials said that Rhadone Thompson entered the Citibank on Ralph Avenue near Avenue J on the afternoon of December 5 with a check from the cookie company in her name for nearly $950.
Questions were raised, however, when a teller realized that Thompson’s check was out of sequence from others that Cookieland had cut to vendors and employees over the last week.
When contacted, workers at Cookieland said that they didn’t know Thompson and that a check was never written out in her name.
Cops charged Thompson with criminal possession of a forged instrument and the attempted falsifying of business records.
A holiday purchase at Kings Plaza took an unexpected turn last week when a 19-year-old allegedly tried to buy a pair of sneakers with a stolen credit card.
Officials from the 63rd Precinct said that Anthony Harrison was arrested at the Flatbush Avenue mall near Avenue U at 9:30 p.m. on November 30 when the card he used was declined and flagged as stolen.
He later admitted that he knew that the card had been stolen, although he was not the one who had taken it. He had purchased it from another man on Fulton Street, he said.
Cops charged Harrison with attempted petit larceny.
Police are investigating two recent robberies that may involve the same crooked couple.
Officials said that the suspects, described as white or Hispanic in their late 20s or early 30s, approached a woman on East 14th Street and Kings Highway at 1:20 p.m. on November 27 and asked her for the time.
As the victim answered, the female suspect pulled a knife and pressed it to her stomach. Her male accomplice grabbed the 35-year-old woman’s purse as well as a necklace, officials said.
Two days later, a 25-year-old woman was held up at gunpoint as she exited her home on Avenue U near McDonald Avenue.
The suspects, again a man and a woman in their early 30s, barked orders in Spanish as they robbed her of her purse during the daring Sunday morning heist.
Cops have yet to connect the two robberies as this paper went to press.
Thieves are looking for the worm that wiggled his way into an Avenue R Yeshiva last week.
Administrators from the Mikoash Melech Sarah Deba School, 2221 Avenue R, said that someone forced open a basement window on the night of November 28 and crawled inside.
The thief reportedly found his way into an office, where $150 in cash was removed, officials said.
Six pricey Coach bags and over $1,000 in jewelry were swiped from a Midwood woman’s apartment last week.
Police said that the 38-year-old victim returned to her East 18th Street home near Avenue R following a Thanksgiving trip to Virginia to find her front door unlocked. The door had been forced, cops were told.
A Wii game console and a Fossil watch was also removed, officials said.
As the ongoing war against graffiti vandalism continues, cops are now offering a $500 in reward money to anyone with information that can lead them to graffiti vandals.
The hefty reward is part of the city’s new push to rid New York of graffiti, which is one of the leading quality of life complaints brought to police.
Officials said that cleaning up graffiti is essential to the plan, to show that the community is no longer going to tolerate marred and tagged-up walls and street corners.
According to police, there is a perception that if a community will tolerate graffiti, they will tolerate other criminal activities, such as drug dealing and prostitution.
Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism is urged to contact either 311 or 911.
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