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NEARLY 100 ILLEGALLY PARKED SCOOTERS SEIZED BY DA’S OFFICE AND NYPD

June 13, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the seizure of 99 scooters parked illegally on the sidewalk and in the street in South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. One unregistered motorcycle and one unregistered dirt bike parked on a sidewalk were also confiscated. The vast majority of the parked…

MORE THAN 90 ILLEGAL SCOOTERS SEIZED BY DA’S OFFICE AND NYPD

May 10, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the seizure of 95 scooters from the streets of Corona, Elmhurst and Long Island City. The crackdown is part of an ongoing joint operation involving the District Attorney’s office and local police precincts to address the persistent use of scooters in crimes such as drive-by shootings and robberies. A…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ HOSTS ANNUAL MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION

March 11, 2024

Photo (from left to right): Stetson winners Juliana McCabe, Carmela Brazzale, Kristen Ballard, Marjorie Kammerlohr, Judge Michael Yavinsky, Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Naiburg, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Finnerty (Director of Litigation Training), Executive Assistant District Attorneys Pishoy Yacoub (Supreme Trial Division), Shawn Clark (Major Crimes Division), Theresa Shanahan (Criminal Practice & Policy Division) The Queens…

ADDITIONAL ILLEGAL SCOOTERS SEIZED BY DA’S OFFICE AND NYPD

February 9, 2024

Over the past week, in three separate operations, the Queens District Attorney’s office and the NYPD seized a total of 176 scooters as part of an ongoing joint operation between her office and local police precincts to address the vehicles’ persistent involvement in crimes such as drive-by shootings and robberies. The scooters were confiscated for…

ARVERNE MAN SENTENCED FOR BLOODY ATTACK ON FRIEND AND CONTRACTING TO KILL HIM BEFORE HE TESTIFIED

January 9, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Mark Douglas was sentenced today to nine years in prison for brutally assaulting a longtime friend with whom he argued at a birthday party and then agreeing to pay $5,000 to have him killed before testifying to the attack, which left the victim needing more than 100 stitches…

MILLIONS IN DRUGS AND GUNS SEIZED FROM ABANDONED HOME

November 1, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Victor Rodriguez was indicted on drug and gun charges after a search of an abandoned home in Bellerose uncovered millions of dollars worth of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine and a stockpile of firearms. A contractor hired after the recent sale of the property stumbled upon the stash. The…

WOMAN SENTENCED ON SEX TRAFFICKING, KIDNAPPING, ASSAULT AND ROBBERY CHARGES

October 20, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Destiny Lebron was sentenced to 13 years in prison on sex trafficking, kidnapping, assault and robbery charges for three incidents in which she lured victims to a location for sex, then detained, assaulted and robbed them with the help of a male co-defendant. District Attorney Katz said: “Destiny…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ ANNOUNCES PILOT INITIATIVE TO FIGHT RETAIL THEFT WILL EXPAND ACROSS QUEENS

August 15, 2023

Program’s Success in Jamaica, Flushing and Astoria Leads to Expansion Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and the NYPD announced the borough-wide expansion of the Merchants Business Improvement Program, an initiative to combat repeat shoplifting and the harassment and threatening of customers and store staff by the handful of individuals responsible for many of the disruptions…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ, NYPD ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO ASTORIA

May 9, 2023

Rollout Follows Successful Program Launches in Jamaica and Flushing Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, together with NYPD officials and members of the western Queens business community, today announced the launch of the Astoria Merchants Business Improvement Program, designed to enhance safety in and around local shops. The program focuses on the small number of individuals…

QUEENS DA MELINDA KATZ AND THE NYPD ANNOUNCE PROGRAM TO HELP FLUSHING MERCHANTS

April 26, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz joined by NYPD officials, members of the Flushing business community and elected officials today announced the Flushing Merchants Business Improvement Program to enhance safety for retailers and shoppers by discouraging unwanted activity in and around local stores. The initiative is based on a successful launch of the Jamaica Merchants Business…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ APPOINTS 5 NEW ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS

April 18, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced the appointment of five new assistant district attorneys to join the Queens District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Katz said: “I am proud to welcome this group of talented professionals into the Queens District Attorney’s office.  I look forward to working with them in support of this office’s mission…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ APPOINTS NEW CHIEF OF STAFF WENDY ERDLY

April 18, 2023

District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the appointment of Wendy Erdly as Chief of Staff. Erdly joins the office after nearly a decade of public service experience, most recently at the New York State Department of Financial Services as Deputy Superintendent for Cybersecurity. District Attorney Katz said: “I am pleased to welcome Ms. Erdly to the…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY KATZ LAUNCHES STATE’S FIRST PROSECUTION OF INTERNATIONAL GHOST GUN TRAFFICKING OPERATION

April 2, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced the indictment of a Queens man and his associate in Texas, charging them with assembling ghost guns and selling the untraceable firearms in New York City and Trinidad. The case is the first prosecution in New York State of an international ghost gun trafficking operation. The investigation was conducted…

DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF GROCERY EMPLOYEE

March 30, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Dewayne Henry was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 65-year-old grocery clerk during a botched robbery in Jamaica in 2011. The defendant has been incarcerated on unrelated charges for much of the time since the murder. District Attorney Katz said: “Today’s…

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR DEADLY SHOOTING

March 22, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Edson Giron Figueroa was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2021 shooting death of a 25-year-old. District Attorney Katz said: “This is a case of yet another young person’s life cut short by gun violence. We will continue to fight against illegal guns with everything we…

33 REPUTED GANG MEMBERS INDICTED ON MURDER, GUN VIOLENCE CHARGES

March 21, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, announced one of the largest gang takedowns in the history of the office, a 151-count indictment brought against 33 alleged gang members, five of whom are charged with murder. The murder charges are for the shooting death of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin, gunned down in…

NEW JERSEY MAN INDICTED FOR EXECUTION-STYLE MURDER

March 6, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Ron Reeder was indicted for an execution-style murder in broad daylight in September 2021. Wearing a mask and garments typically worn by Hasidic Jewish men, Reeder ran up behind the victim, who was entering a car parked on a South Ozone Park street, and shot him in the…

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN QUEENS DELI SHOOTING

February 17, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Donnie Hudson has been charged with attempted murder, assault and other crimes in connection with yesterday’s shooting in a South Ozone Park deli. District Attorney Katz said: “This was a brutal, calculated assault using battlefield weaponry.  Under absolutely no circumstances are we going to stand for turning our…

23 REPUTED GANG MEMBERS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND GUN POSSESSION

February 14, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, announced that a two-year investigation into gang violence in and around two Queens public housing developments led to the indictments of 23 alleged members of warring subsets of the Crips street gang, one based in the Astoria Houses, the…

BROOKLYN WOMAN CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER IN CHEESECAKE POISONING OF QUEENS LOOK-ALIKE

February 9, 2023

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Viktoria Nasyrova has been convicted by a jury of attempted murder and other charges for poisoning a Queens woman who resembled her with sedative-laced cheesecake and then stealing her identification and other property in August of 2016. District Attorney Katz said: “The jury saw through the deception and…

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