National Night Out on August 5

Members of the 13th Precinct’s Auxiiliary Unit at the 2013 National Night Out Against Crime (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Members of the 13th Precinct’s Auxiiliary Unit at the 2013 National Night Out Against Crime (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

This year marks the 31st year of National Night Out Against Crime and the 13th Precinct Community Council, along with the precinct office of Community Affairs, looks forward to hosting another fun-filled evening for the community.

The event is not only a terrific opportunity for area residents to enjoy the “block-party” atmosphere, it is also a way for area businesses and organizations to reach out to the community and to show their support and appreciation for the local precinct. The event will take place in the playground at MS 104 on Second Avenue and 20th Street (Peter’s Field) from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5.

Karpas Health Information Center, RCN Cable, the NYS Public Service Commission and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand again as will M&T Bank, NY Life Insurance Company, Ponce De Leon Bank and many other groups.

New to the event this year will be Explore & Discover, a recent arrival to the neighborhood. Several 7-Eleven stores residing in the precinct will provide beverages and Fairway Chelsea has generously provided the evening’s menu – burgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill.

Arrangements were also made for a bounce-around-house to be on site as well as the very popular caricature artists and participants who will create balloon animals and other inflated sculptures for children.

Two East Village residents missing (UPDATE: One found)

Missing persons Shaun Tanner (L) and Brianne

Missing persons Shaun Tanner (L) and Brianne Dougherty

Police are seeking assistance from the public in finding two people who were last seen in the Ninth Precinct.

Shaun Tanner, 13, was last seen at his apartment at 465 East 10th Street on Monday, July 28 at around 8:30 a.m., police said. He is black, 5’2″ tall, weighing 130 lbs., with brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen wearing navy blue cargo shorts, a navy blue shirt with white writing and blue Nike sneakers with an orange stripe.

(UPDATE) Police said Brianne Dougherty has been found.

Twenty-one-year-old Brianne Dougherty was last seen at her apartment at 530 East 13th Street last Friday around 7 p.m. She is white, 5’5″ tall, 120 lbs., with hazel eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing black jeans and a black shirt, and has tattoos (skull and cross bones) on each tricep.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

The incidents are considered unrelated.