MAN FOUND GUILTY IN KILLING OF BROOKLYN TEEN GIRL

A man accused of killing a Brooklyn teenage girl he met on Facebook, and then attempting to burn her body last year is found guilty. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced the conviction of Christian Ferdinand, 22, who suffocated 14-year-old Shaniesha Forbes to death and attempted to burn her body because he believed she was pregnant. According to trial testimony, on the morning of Jan. 4, 2013, Ferdinand and Forbes, who met on Facebook, had an argument over whether to terminate an alleged pregnancy. Ferdinand was angered that the Forbes refused to have an abortion. He suffocated Forbes with a pillow, and then dumped her body on a beach in Brooklyn. The medical examiner confirmed that Forbes was not pregnant. Ferdinand is expected to be sentenced Jan. 7 and faces 25 years to life in prison.

ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA ENCOURAGES SHOPPING LOCAL

Assemblyman and Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Karim Camara was joined by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy for a press conference at the CB9 Office on Nostrand to launch their program to promote small businesses for the 2014 holiday season. PLS Financial, the Parkside Empire Flatbush Avenue Merchants Association, the Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association and Community Board 9’s Brooklyn Economic Development Committee are participating in the campaign. Approximately 150 small businesses are participating in Community District 9. The three major event days are Saturday, Nov. 29, “Get to Know Your Local Merchants” day; Saturday, Dec. 13; and Sunday Nov. 14, “Shop Local for the Holidays” day. Shop Local will encourage residents to support their local merchants, by creating visibility and foot traffic through decorations, seasonal giveaways, free beverages, food and seasonal activities on event days. The individual merchants will be offering promotions to the shoppers, as well as a limited supply of reusable shopping bags.

ARC HONORS FOUNDER

The Addicts Rehabilitation Center is honoring its founder and executive director emeritus, James Allen, for 56 years of continuous service to the organization, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., at the Alhambra Ballroom. Assemblyman Keith Wright is serving as master of ceremony, and Rep. Charlie Rangel will be presenting the award to Allen. State Sen. Bill Perkins and Council Member Inez Dickens will be presenting proclamations. ARC has grown from a church-based and a church-funded day program to a state-licensed and state-funded, 400-bed intensive residential drug rehabilitation complex. ARC was founded to help active or detoxified addicts become rehabilitated within six to nine months.

JUMAANE WILLIAMS AND GALE BREWER ADVOCATE FOR FAIR CHANCE ACT

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams was joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, additional elected officials and advocacy groups, during a press conference before a Council hearing on the New York City Fair Chance Act. Williams is the co-lead sponsor of Int. No. 318, which will “Ban the Box” from employment applications, ensuring that all New Yorkers, even those with a criminal record, have an equal opportunity to compete for a job. Currently, 13 states and more than 80 cities and counties, including Buffalo, Rochester, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have adopted similar fair-chance policies. Williams and New Yorkers affected by the legislation will testify at the City Council hearing immediately after the press conference in the chambers of City Hall.