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Security guard arrested for impersonating cop in Elmhurst

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

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A phony cop — with badge, gun and bullet vest in tow — came face to face with actual police officers in Elmhurst earlier this week, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, police officers from the 110th Precinct were on patrol near 59th Avenue at about midnight when they saw an argument going on between a group of people in the parking lot of Joe’s Crab Shack, located at 92-50 59th Ave.

The cops then intervened and while dispersing the group found 50-year-old Dwight Harley from Flushing, who was employed as a security guard for the restaurant, authorities said.

The officers noticed what looked like an NYPD badge on Harley’s belt and when they asked about it, the suspect said he was an off-duty police officer, but did not have the proper identification, according to authorities.

Upon arresting Harley, the officers found a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a holster of his belt and also noticed he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest and had pepper spray, two sets of handcuffs, an expandable baton and two Motorola radios.

Harley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal impersonation of a police officer.


Development will bring new eateries, jobs near Queens Center

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Shoppers at Queens Center will soon be able to dine on endless breadsticks, 12 ounce steaks and buckets of crab, just by crossing the street.

According to city officials, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Joe’s Crab Shack will be opening at the 26,000-square-foot restaurant development on a current vacant lot at the corner of 92nd Street and 59th Avenue in Elmhurst. The development will also feature a parking lot on the remaining space.

The location has been owned and developed by the College Point and Whitestone based Mattone Group since 2001. The Mattone Group originally planned to open up a movie theatre at the location but had trouble lining up a tenant, said city officials. The Economic Development Corporation filed a lawsuit against the owners because of their failure to use the lot after acquiring it. After reaching an approximately $3 million settlement earlier this year and creating a deed modification for the location, the Mattone Group found the three chain restaurants as new tenants.

The development is expected to break ground later this year and the new restaurants are expected to be completed by 2016, said city officials. The new eateries will also create close to 225 permanent jobs.