Gangster Shot Dead in Country Club
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 18- A career criminal with ties to organized crime has been shot dead, execution-style, in the quiet neighborhood of Country Club.
Police were called to Elsworth Avenue at Baisley Avenue at 10:30 p.m., on November 15, when officers discovered Michael Meldish, 62, behind the wheel of his Lincoln Town Car, with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Residents say at least one individual on the block was standing on the corner having a cigarette at the time of the shooting, but soon developed amnesia, later stating, "I don't know anything."
However, a neighbor of the block recalled, "He was saying that he heard one shot and saw the guy jump into a blue hatchback."
Another resident of the block who also declined to give their name, added, "The house on the corner has a surveillance camera pointed right where it happened, but their kids had turned it off, so it wasn't recorded."
Meldish and his older brother Joe were prominent figures in the 1980's drug trade in Harlem and the Bronx as known associates of the Genovese and Luchese crime families.
Police suspected the brothers were involved in as many as 40 murders. Police say Michael had arrests for assault, smuggling and weapons possession.
Joe is currently serving a 12-year sentence for the shooting death of Joey Brown, shot eight times inside the former Frenchy's Tavern in Throgs Neck, back in 1999.
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