By Barbara Morris
Our police department has been busy. Almost a month ago — May 5, to be exact — Patrol Borough Queens South officers treated an appreciative audience at York College to their sixth-annual talent show. It was the result of a great deal of talent and hard work because it was professional in every way. Hats off to them and thanks.
At the May 26 community council meeting at the 105th Precinct, attendees were told some of the details of a publicized incident that had occurred at 182-06 145th Drive. Inspector Paul Piekarski told us there had been a party that had not only been pre-announced to neighbors, but it had been underway with no complaints from neighbors — with no loud music, which is unusually commendable these days.
Unfortunately, some uninvited guests began to arrive, who then tweeted to others, who decided to come by. Suddenly, an unknown male black, wearing dark clothing, began firing shots into the crowd that was gathered in front of the location. Four young men were shot: one in the head, who died; one in the back, who is in critical condition; one in the hip; and one in the thigh. Two females were also shot: one in the hand and one in the shoulder and with a graze on her cheek.
None of the victims are known gang members. The inspector noted that at any gathering where uninvited guests start arriving or where attendees begin to become troublesome in any way, people should call the police and tell them what is happening. It would be important to give as much information about the situation as possible — especially descriptions of any troublemakers, if weapons are involved and if so what kind and if drugs or alcohol are involved.
If drugs or alcohol is a factor, please do not let that person drive. Temporarily confiscate the keys if necessary. You could be saving lives.
The next 105th council meeting will be June 30. There is no meeting in July or August, but vehicle VIN etching is still available, weather permitting, until further notice Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the 105th Precinct at 92-08 222nd St. in Queens Village. Call P.O. Wimpleberg at 718-776-9207 for information.
The Precinct 105th also offers the Law Explorer 2105 Program for youth in the surrounding area. Ages 10-13 may apply to be junior investigators; ages 14-20 may apply to become explorers. Contact P.O. Moore at 718-776-9164 for information.
Thanks to the 105 for participating in Laurelton’s impressive Memorial Day parade. All those beautiful American flags and supporters looked great. Remember: Fireworks are illegal. This year especially we do not want to have any around where some might fall into the hands of terrorists. These are troublesome times, when the unthinkable happens sometimes. There is an up to $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people illegally possessing or distributing fireworks anytime, including July 4.
July 22 is Patrol Borough Queens South Command’s Harmony Picnic. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cunningham Park. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Day cares should have easily identifiable clothing and keep their students in their own groups.
On Aug. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., join us in Cambria Park to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime with fun, food and lots of surprises.
On Aug. 29, join us in Cunningham Park, at Union Turnpike and Francis Lewis Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Patro1 Borough Queens South Auxiliary Police Appreciation Day, sponsored by the PBQS community councils. There will be music, awards, refreshments and department displays. You are invited to come and bring your family in appreciation of our neighbors, who generously volunteer their time to train and then patrol without pay to help the police, who try to protect us.
If you have been interested in joining the auxiliary police or may be, the training and uniforms are free. Please call 718-776-9268. Regular Precinct 105 council meetings resume Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.