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Cops looking for pair connected to violent double-stabbing at Bayside bar
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Detectives are looking for a man and
his friend involved in the stabbing of two
patrons at a Bayside bar during a recent
Law enforcement sources said the
assault occurred at 4:20 a.m. on March 23
inside of FLB’s Pub, located in the Bayside
Plaza shopping center at 32-55 Francis
According to authorities, the two male
victims — ages 32 and 25 — got involved
in a verbal argument with the two male
suspects. Police did not disclose what
caused the dispute.
Th e bar beef turned bloody, police said,
when one of the perpetrators pulled out a
knife and stabbed the 32-year-old victim
multiple times in the neck, left shoulder,
back and buttocks.
The knife-wielding assailant also
stabbed the 25-year-old victim twice in
the right arm, authorities said.
Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD
Cops said the assailant and his friend
then took off from the establishment. Th e
Th e incident was later reported to
were listed in stable condition.
attacker was last seen entering a gray,
the 111th Precinct. Paramedics rushed
On March 30, the NYPD released images
four-door Kia Optima, while his friend
the 32-year-old man to North Shore
of the two suspects as well as the Kia
fl ed on foot in an unknown direction.
University Hospital in Manhasset, while
Optima used by the assailant.
No further description of the suspect was
the 25-year-old victim drove himself to
Anyone with information regarding
the same medical center. Both victims
the suspects’ whereabouts can call Crime
Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish,
dial 888-57-PISTA), visit the Crime
Stoppers website, send a direct message
on Twitter to @NYPDTips or text 274637
(CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls
and messages are kept confi dential.
Rogue golf balls still has Douglaston teed off
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Residents who live next to the
Douglaston Park Golf Course said that
their complaints to community and city
agencies about their property damage
have fallen on deaf ears.
Bob Burns and Raymond Hublall who
live on Commonwealth Boulevard complained
that errant golf balls that fl ew
from the neighboring course were costing
them thousands of dollars in damages.
Back in November, the residents
explained that in order to remedy the
problem, the golf course operator had to
move the 18th hole tee box, which sits
about 20 feet from the street, to a lower
Th e residents said that another solution
would be to install higher netting
at the municipal golf course. Currently,
there are 75-foot nets that separate
the golf course from Commonwealth
Despite making multiple complaints to
the Parks Department and Community
Board 11, residents said that their problems
persist. Since talking to QNS fi ve
months ago, the residents said that no
additional safety measures had been
installed to protect their property.
“Parks and the golf concessionaire
have made several adjustments to the
course in recent years in an eff ort to
minimize errant golf balls. Th e netting
around the 18th hole is 75 feet high —
that’s about 25 feet taller than typical
course netting. At this time, it’s not feasible
to raise the height of the netting
beyond 75 feet, and there is no funding
allocated to extend the length of the netting,”
said Parks Department spokesperson
QNS learned that back in 2004, the
course operator hired a golf course
designer to move the 18th hole tee box
to address the issues. In 2014, Parks
installed the current netting along the
18th hole and the course operators once
again moved the tee box.
Hublall reported that the 75-foot nets
are taken down every winter while golfers
continue to play in non-snowy conditions.
Hublall said that the nets come down
every December and go back up during
the fi rst or second week of April. But
there is still a section of the course that
never has nets.
Last Saturday, the homeowner said
an errant ball fl ew out of the course and
struck and broke a window on his house.
District Manager Joseph Marziliano
told QNS last November that the errant
golf balls have been an ongoing problem
“Th e Community Board advocated
for capital funding that saw the Parks
Department extend the netting higher
adjacent to the golf course in recent
years. Unfortunately, the problem persists.
Community Board 11 remains
committed to fi nding a solution to this
problem and fi nding relief for our neighbors,”
Marziliano said in a statement.
On Monday, April 1, Burns spoke on
the issue at the monthly community
“It’s at a very intolerable point right
now. Th ere’s a tee box on the 18th fairway,
about 20 feet off the road,” said
Burns. “Balls go over the nets and
hits our houses, breaks our windows.”
He said that it cost $8,000 to replace
his roof shingles and the fl ying golf balls
also dented the aluminum siding of his
home, hit his cars and hit him and his
“We’re tired of it. We want the Parks
Department to do something; we want
them to move the tee box about 100
yards. We’ve had enough. I’m there over
20 years. It’s gotta stop,” Burns said.
Burns and Hublall said that they were
in the early stages of taking legal action
against the golf course. Hublall said that
he spoke to a lawyer and was trying to
fi nd the agreement that the golf course
has with the city.
Th e property has been in operation as
a golf course since 1927. In 1962, the city
purchased the former privately owned
North Hills Golf Course and opened the
Douglaston Park Golf Course in 1963.
QNS reached out to the golf course
and is awaiting a response.
Photo by Jenna Bagcal/QNS
Damage caused by errant golf ball