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School Bus flips over in Jamaica

Crime down In 103rd Precinct A Jamaica school bus flipped on its side leaving three people injured at 144-20 Liberty Ave., near Inwood Street, officials said. On Nov. 20, shortly after 3 p.m. the bus overturned leaving a student, school bus attendant and the driver hurt, fire officials said. All of three injured passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other people on the bus. It was not clear what caused the crash.

Recent reports released by NYPD’s 103rd precinct shows that South Jamaica is experiencing less illegal activity these days. The 103rd Precinct covers the Downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis, Hollis Park Gardens, Lakewood and Jamaica. From 2014 to 2015 murder saw a significant drop off from the same period last year. Decreasing by nearly 63 percent, with eight cases last year compared to three this year. Robbery went down 1.5 percent, according to the crime statistics from Burglary went down 11.9 percent, shooting incidents were also down 23.5 percent, from 17 in 2014 to 13 in 2015. Rape, however, increased 31.6 percent with 19 incidents last year compared to 25 this year.


York Graduate Wins Online Journalism Award

A York College graduate was named among few finalists in the Online News Association Online Journalism Awards Competition. Danni Santana, 24, a former Editor-in Chief of Pandora’s Box, was part of a NYCity News Service team at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that produced a title project called The Missing. It won an Online Journalism Award at the National Online News Association conference in Los Angeles on Sept. 26. The Missing, which can be found at, takes a complete look at New York City’s missing cases. Santana, who earned his degree in 2013, was also a winner of the Steven Weitzner Excellence in Journalism Scholarship at York.

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