Nazi who lived in Queens for decades dies months after he’s deported to Germany

NEW YORK — A Nazi war criminal who was recently booted from his home in Queens and deported to Germany has died.

Jakiw Palij, 95, worked as a guard at the Nazi German Trawniki SS camp in occupied Poland.

In 2004, the Department of Justice convinced a federal judge to strip Palij of his U.S. citizenship. Afterward, an immigration judge ordered he be deported to Germany, Poland or Ukraine.

But those countries for years refused to take in the concentration camp guard.

In August, he was finally deported by federal immigration agents.

“It’s the closure survivors of the Holocaust needed,” said former Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “It also goes to show that our efforts in seeking justice were not in vain, and reinforces our commitment to ridding the world of any last vestige of Nazism regardless of where it may exist. He certainly did not deserve to die on blessed American soil, but rather in a country closer to where he committed his abhorrent crimes.”

— New York Daily News

Trump wishes Bezos luck in his divorce

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump wished Amazon Inc. founder Jeff Bezos luck in his divorce from his wife MacKenzie, predicting the proceedings will be “a beauty.”

“I wish him luck,” the twice-divorced Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday as he departed for a trip to the U.S. border with Mexico. “It’s going to be a beauty.”

Bezos and his wife announced Wednesday they would divorce. Later in the day, the National Enquirer — whose chairman and chief executive, David Pecker, has been a close Trump ally — reported that Bezos has been having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot and the wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell. The Enquirer said it had been actively investigating the relationship between Bezos and Sanchez for four months.

The New York Post also reported the relationship and said Whitesell and Sanchez are separated.

Trump has a history of publicly attacking Bezos and his company. The president has criticized coverage of his administration by the Bezos-owned Washington Post, and he’s pressured the U.S. Postal Service to raise the prices it charges Amazon to ship its packages.

— Bloomberg News

Man who died in Democratic donor Ed Buck’s home is identified

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Thursday identified the man who died this week in the home of Ed Buck, longtime Democratic donor, as 55-year-old Timothy Dean of West Hollywood.

Buck’s West Hollywood apartment has been the scene of the apparent overdose deaths of two black men in the last two years, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials have placed a security hold on the case and will release no further details, said Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the coroner’s office.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating Dean’s death. His body was found just after 1 a.m. Monday in Buck’s Laurel Avenue apartment. An official cause of death has not been released, but Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, said Dean died of an apparent overdose.

Buck, a 64-year-old white man, previously was investigated in the July 2017 death of Gemmel Moore, 26, a black man who died of a methamphetamine overdose in Buck’s apartment, which was littered with drug paraphernalia, according to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report. Prosecutors this summer declined to file charges.

Buck is a one-time West Hollywood City Council candidate and well-known figure in LGBTQ political circles. In the past, Buck has donated money to President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former state Sen. Kevin de Leon, West Hollywood city council candidates and numerous other politicians.

— Los Angeles Times

Person decapitated by helicopter at Tampa Bay Airport, reports say

MIAMI — A maintenance worker was decapitated by a helicopter Thursday at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, reports say.

The person was doing routine maintenance while on the ground when he or she was struck, ABC News reported.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office told the Miami Herald detectives would not comment on the person’s cause of death because next of kin has yet to be notified.

Police spokeswoman Denise M. Moloney confirmed that a death investigation is under way. The incident happened at about 3:35 p.m. Thursday.

“I believe fire rescue was on the way but we cancelled them because it was a very obvious death,” she said.

In an email, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told the Miami Herald it could “only confirm an individual was fatally injured, but not the specific nature of the injury.”

— Miami Herald