Queens County Criminal Court // Eagle photo by David Brand

Justice Lasak Set To Resign Sept. 14

Queens Criminal Court Justice Gregory Lasak will step down from his position effective Sept. 14, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.

The decision to leave the Supreme Court bench enables Lasak to begin fundraising ahead of a potential candidacy for Queens County District Attorney in 2019.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown, 85, has held the office since 1991 and is reportedly considering retiring at the end of his current term.

Lasak, a former prosecutor in the Queens D.A.’s office, was elected Criminal Court justice in 2003 and began his first term 2004. He was reelected in 2017.

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Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez joined Queens ADA Robert Ciesta, other NYC prosecutors and street safety advocates to call upon Albany lawmakers to reinstate “life-saving” speed cameras in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office

Queens ADA Joins NYC Prosecutors to Call For Speed Cameras

Prosecutors from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan joined Queens Assistant District Attorney Robert Ciesla on Tuesday for a rally to call on lawmakers to reinstate speed cameras before the upcoming school year.

The message from Ciesla, Queens DA Richard Brown, Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to politicians — do your job.

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A shih tzu like the one killed in Broad Channel. Photo by Vladyslav Dukhin

Shih Tzu Hits the Fan for Latest Alleged Dog Killer

He’s in deep Shih Tzu.
A Woodside man has been hit with an aggravated cruelty to animals charge after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s Shih Tzu last month.

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Jamaica Man Busted For Pimping Teen Girl

A man from Queens was indicted today on sex trafficking charges after allegedly forcing a teenage girl into prostitution.

Tyquan Henderson, a 21-year-old from Jamaica, Queens, faces several charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, and rape after he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl to perform sex work and to have sex with him under threat of violence.

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Tom McCarthy, Department of Corrections Historian and an Eagle Contributor

Strong Message From DA After CO Slashing Reminds Us Of Rikers’ Bronx Connection

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office recently issued a press release about the sentencing of a young inmate for his role helping another prisoner viciously slash a Correction Officer’s face. Given the volume of criminal offenses handled by that county prosecutor’s office, spotlighting this particular case meant that the DA had a very particular message she wanted to air, loud and clear.

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Far Rockaway, where Timothy West committed a string of home invasions. Photo by Lars Plougmann

Rockaway Home Invader Gets 34 Years in the Big House

A Far Rockaway thief has a long time to reflect on the string of home invasions that led to his arrest — 34 years to be exact.

Timothy West was sentenced Monday to 34 years to life in prison for a three-month burglary spree in the beachfront community.

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A home in Maspeth, one of the neighborhoods targeted by three serial burglars//Eagle photo by Katie Finkowski.

Maspeth’s Thieving Trio Scammed Queens Seniors

The three thieves pretended to be grandchildren, they said they were old neighbors, they even recruited children to assist in their schemes — anything to get inside senior citizens’ home and steal their stuff.

Now the trio of Maspeth schemers are headed to prison for up to 10 years, having been sentenced yesterday in Queens Criminal Court. The three thieves targeted senior homeowners in Jackson Heights, Flushing and Maspeth in the summer of 2016, said Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.

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