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Vigil Shooting: Man Admits Opening Fire On Bellport Mourners, Assaulting Jail Guard Vigil Shooting: Man Admits Opening Fire On Bellport Mourners, Assaulting Jail Guard
Steven Reid Guilty In Bellport Vigil Shooting, Jail Assault A Long Island man is facing over a decade behind bars for opening fire on several mourners at a candlelight vigil, injuring two people, and later attacking a jail guard. Steven Reid, age 27, of Calverton, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and related charges in Suffolk County Court on Friday, April 19. Prosecutors said more than 100 people were gathered at a vigil in Bellport on Thursday, July 6, 2023, to honor a community member who had died in a motorcycle crash. Earlier Report: Jailhouse Attack: Attempted Murder Defendant Injures Officer At Long Island Jail, Police Say At the e…
'Beacon Of Light': EMT ID'd As Victim In Deadly 2-Vehicle Crash In Bay Shore 'Beacon Of Light': EMT ID'd As Victim In Deadly 2-Vehicle Crash In Bay Shore
EMT Bryant Ortiz ID'd As Victim In Fatal Bay Shore Crash First responders and local leaders are pouring out condolences for a beloved EMT who was killed in a late-night car crash on Long Island. The wreck happened at around 12:15 a.m. Monday, April 15, in Bay Shore near the intersection of 5th Avenue and Spur Drive North. Suffolk County Police said a 32-year-old Bay Shore man was driving a Volkswagen sedan northbound on 5th Avenue when he tried making a left turn onto Spur Drive North. He was then struck on the rear passenger side by a southbound Suzuki motorcycle. Earlier Report: Person Killed In 2-Vehicle Bay Shore Crash The motorcycl…
Teen Accused Of Bringing Gun, Ammo Into West Islip High School Teen Accused Of Bringing Gun, Ammo Into West Islip High School
Teen Accused Of Bringing Gun Into West Islip High School A teenager has been accused of bringing a gun and ammunition to a Long Island school. The incident happened on Monday, April 15. Just before 11:30 a.m. Suffolk County Police Third Precinct officers responded to West Islip High School, located at 1 Lions Path after school officials reported a gun had been seized by staff from a student in the building.  A 17-year-old West Islip HS student who had a revolver and ammunition was arrested, said police. The student, who is not being identified due to his age, was charged by Third Squad detectives with three felonies: Crimi…
Man Admits Killing 21-Year-Old, Burning Victim's Body In Backyard Of Shirley Home Man Admits Killing 21-Year-Old, Burning Victim's Body In Backyard Of Shirley Home
Man Admits Killing 21-Year-Old, Burning Victim's Body In Backyard Of Shirley Home A Long Island man has confessed to gunning down a 21-year-old victim and burning his body in a brutal Christmas night attack. Peter Pendzinski, age 24, of Shirley, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and related charges in Suffolk County Court on Friday, April 12, in the death of 21-year-old Nathanael Rodriguez. Pendzinski admitted to picking up Rodriguez from his Bay Shore home at around midnight on Dec. 26, 2020. Moments later, he pulled out a revolver and shot Rodriguez five times in the head as the man sat in his passenger seat. Earlier Report: Man Arrested For Killing Victim,…
Dealer Admits Selling 'Fetty Mix' To Suffolk County OD Victim, Inspiration For Proposed Law Dealer Admits Selling 'Fetty Mix' To Suffolk County OD Victim, Inspiration For Proposed Law
Dealer Pleads Guilty In Chelsey Murray OD Death A Long Island drug dealer has formally confessed to his role in the fatal overdose of a woman whose death sparked calls for changes to state law. Jaquan Casserly, age 34, of Holbrook, pleaded guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in Suffolk County Court on Friday, April 5, in the death of 31-year-old Chelsey Murray. Investigators said Murray was found unresponsive in her Suffolk County residence in August 2022. She died days later at Stony Brook University Hospital from a fentanyl overdose. Related Report: Dealers Behind Fatal ODs Would Be Charged With Manslaughter Under…
Suffolk County Duo Forced Women Into Prostitution, DA Says Suffolk County Duo Forced Women Into Prostitution, DA Says
Suffolk County Duo Forced Women Into Prostitution, DA Says A man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl is among two Long Island defendants accused of forcing women into prostitution. Danny St. Louis, age 43, of Bay Shore, and Samantha Wimmer, age 37, of Central Islip, were arraigned on a total of 33 criminal charges in Suffolk County Court on Thursday, April 11. Prosecutors said St. Louis advertised and sold women for sex several times to various buyers between March 2023 and March 2024, with Wimmer serving as photographer for pictures that were used in his ads. After taking one victim’s ID and cell phone to prevent her from leaving, St. Louis ma…
Patchogue Man Masturbates In View Of Preschoolers, DA Says Patchogue Man Masturbates In View Of Preschoolers, DA Says
Patchogue Man Masturbates In View Of Preschoolers, DA Says A Long Island man accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of preschool children will avoid jail while his case proceeds. Lawrence Gartner, age 68, of Patchogue, was arraigned on public lewdness charges in Suffolk County Court on Monday, April 8. Prosecutors allege that Gartner exposed his genitals and masturbated in front of his apartment window as children were being dismissed from a preschool directly across the street on Monday, March 18. Kids who attend the school range in age from 3 to 5 years old. Suffolk County Police arrested Gartner the following day, but the judge…
Burlington Adding 2 Stores In Suffolk County Burlington Adding 2 Stores In Suffolk County
Burlington Adding Stores On Long Island, In Capital Region Attention shoppers: Burlington is expanding its footprint in New York. The discount retailer, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, is set to open three new stores on Long Island and one in the Capital Region this spring, the company announced on its website. Below are the locations and expected opening dates for the new stores: Albany County – Colonie on Friday, May 3 Nassau County – Oceanside on Friday, July 12 Suffolk County – Selden on Friday, April 19 and Riverhead on Friday, July 26 Specific addresses for the new locations were not immediately available. Founded in 1972, Burli…
Police On Long Island Searching For SUV Involved In Hit-Run That Injured Cop Police On Long Island Searching For SUV Involved In Hit-Run That Injured Cop
Police Searching For SUV Involved In Deer Park Hit-Run Police on Long Island are searching for an SUV that allegedly struck a police cruiser, injuring the officer, and fled the scene. The crash occurred in Deer Park on Commack Road at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1. According to Suffolk County Police, a First Precinct officer was driving a marked police vehicle with lights and sirens northbound on Commack Road while attempting a traffic stop. An SUV traveling southbound on Commack Road crashed into the front driver-side door of the police vehicle near Tell Avenue, police said. The vehicle, which fled southbound without stopping, is …
Duo Shot 8-Year-Old In Drive-By Attack On Medford Home, DA Says Duo Shot 8-Year-Old In Drive-By Attack On Medford Home, DA Says
Duo Shot 8-Year-Old In Drive-By Attack On Medford Home, DA Says Two alleged gang members have been formally charged in connection with a drive-by shooting at a Long Island home that injured a child. Ersen Kumas, age 19, of Middle Island, was arraigned on assault and related charges in Suffolk County Court on Thursday, April 4. Prosecutors said Kumas and 22-year-old Anthony Peña, of Coram – both alleged members of the Gorilla Stone Blood Gang – took part in a drive-by shooting at a Medford home located on Cedar Avenue early on July 26, 2023. At around 1:30 a.m., the men, joined by an unidentified third suspect, fired multiple shots into the residence, s…
Middle Island Man Accused Of Exchanging Child Sexual Abuse Material On Internet Middle Island Man Accused Of Exchanging Child Sexual Abuse Material On Internet
Middle Island Man Accused Of Exchanging Child Sexual Abuse Material On Internet A Long Island man has been accused of exchanging child sexual abuse material through the internet. Following an investigation, authorities executed a search warrant at a home in Middle Island on Thursday, March 28. Suffolk County Police detectives arrested Brian Kazmierowski, age 35, of Middle Island, at 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 5, for exchanging material using a peer-to-peer file-sharing system. Kazmierowski was charged with: Possessing a sexual performance by a child, a Class E felony, Promoting the sexual performance by a child, a Class D felony.  He was held overni…
New Earthquake Update: Shaking Felt Across Long Island, 'No Major Incidents' New Earthquake Update: Shaking Felt Across Long Island, 'No Major Incidents'
New Earthquake Update: Shaking Felt Across Long Island, 'No Major Incidents' The shaking from a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that hit New York and most of the Northeast was felt throughout Long Island. Earlier report - 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New York, Northeast Long Islanders were in for a shock when, at 10:23 a.m. on Friday, April 5, many felt the waves of the quake that originated in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in the borough of Lebanon, according to the US Geological Survey. Suffolk County Executive Edward Romaine confirmed just before noon that “no major incidents” were recorded in the county following the quake; similarly, Nassau County Executive …
8-Year-Old Who Froze To Death Inside Center Moriches Garage Failed By CPS, Grand Jury Finds 8-Year-Old Who Froze To Death Inside Center Moriches Garage Failed By CPS, Grand Jury Finds
8-Year-Old Who Froze To Death Inside Center Moriches Garage Failed By CPS, Grand Jury Finds A scathing grand jury report found that Child Protective Services (CPS) workers in New York had ample opportunities to save an 8-year-old boy whose years of abuse at the hands of his ex-NYPD officer father culminated in him freezing to death inside a garage. The 71-page report, made public Thursday, April 4, found that Suffolk County CPS received at least 10 reports of abuse or neglect from Thomas Valva’s teachers in the two years leading up to his January 2020 death inside the garage of his Center Moriches home. Valva died of hypothermia after he and his 10-year-old brother Anthony w…
Man Found Dead Behind Building In Brentwood Man Found Dead Behind Building In Brentwood
Man Found Dead Behind Building In Brentwood An investigation is underway after a man was found dead on Long Island. The discovery was made behind a building in Brentwood, located at 345 Washington Ave., just after noon on Wednesday, April 3. The preliminary investigation and exam were inconclusive regarding the cause of death, Suffolk County Police said. The identity of the man and a cause of death will be determined by an autopsy by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Squad detectives at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  Check back…
'Best Rendition' Of Breakfast Burrito Found At This Middle Island Eatery, Foodies Say 'Best Rendition' Of Breakfast Burrito Found At This Middle Island Eatery, Foodies Say
'Best Rendition' Of Breakfast Burrito Found At This Middle Island Eatery, Foodies Say Often packed with eggs, potatoes, meat, and cheese, nothing screams meal-on-the-go quite like a hearty breakfast burrito. But where can one find the best wrapped-up-tight breakfast on Long Island? Some Redditors think they know. “Looking for Long Island’s best rendition of a breakfast burrito,” one user posted on the LongIslandEats subReddit on Monday, April 1. Their recent selections have proven “average but forgettable," they added. Their fellow foodies heeded the call. Of the dozens of suggestions in the comments, two eateries garnered the most upvotes: Roast Sandwich House, with locat…
20-Year-Old Sentenced For 'Inexcusable, Senseless' Long Island Murder 20-Year-Old Sentenced For 'Inexcusable, Senseless' Long Island Murder
20-Year-Old Sentenced For 'Inexcusable, Senseless' Long Island Murder A 20-year-old who was convicted of murdering a man during an attempted robbery on Long Island has been sentenced to spend the next quarter of a century behind bars, authorities announced. Kyle Colthirst, of Uniondale, faced his sentence of 25 years to life on Tuesday, April 2, according to the Nassau County District Attorney. Colthirst was 18 years old when, on November 10, 2021, he and three other people allegedly lured 24-year-old Kyle Midtlyng to his death. Original Story: Two Teens Charged With Murder After Man Found Dead On Long Island Roadway According to the DA’s Office, …
Toddler's Fentanyl Death Leads To Manslaughter Charges For Holbrook Couple Toddler's Fentanyl Death Leads To Manslaughter Charges For Holbrook Couple
Toddler's Fentanyl Death Leads To Manslaughter Charges For Holbrook Couple Prosecutors have filed upgraded charges of manslaughter against a Long Island couple whose toddler son died from a fentanyl overdose. Wilkens Adonis and Daryllee Leibrock, both age 38, of Holbrook, were arraigned on the new manslaughter charges in Suffolk County Court on Monday, April 1. The couple is already facing dozens of drug and weapons charges in connection with the death of 14-month-old Joseph Adonis. Earlier Report: Toddler Dies From Fentanyl, Cocaine Poisoning; Holbrook Couple Hit With Dozens Of Charges According to the Suffolk County DA’s office, emergency crews were ca…
Easter Sunday Home Invasion: Suspects On Run After Person Shot Twice In Sayville Easter Sunday Home Invasion: Suspects On Run After Person Shot Twice In Sayville
Easter Sunday Home Invasion In Sayville: Suspect On Run Two suspects are at large following an apparent targeted home invasion on Long Island in which a person was shot two times. Two masked men, one with a handgun, entered through an unlocked side door of the residence located on Greenbrier Lane at approximately 11:40 p.m. Sunday, March 31, Suffolk County Police said. A small gathering was taking place inside, and the men stole cell phones, jewelry, and cash from the people in attendance.  As the men were exiting through the side door, they encountered a man who was about to enter the house.  The burglar with the…
Paw Patrol: Suffolk County's Newest K-9 Already Proving His Police Chops Paw Patrol: Suffolk County's Newest K-9 Already Proving His Police Chops
Paw Patrol: Suffolk County's Newest K-9 Already Proving His Police Chops Long Island’s newest police officer has four legs, a tail, and quite the knack for sniffing out illegal drugs. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office introduced its newest K-9, Hondo, during a ceremony at the agency’s headquarters in Riverhead on Thursday, March 21. Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. presented the 1-year-old German Shepherd with his official shield, and the dog showed off his drug searching and apprehension skills. Officials said Hondo will assist the agency in detecting drugs, patrolling, searching buildings, and locating missing or wanted people. The K-9 has already proven his polic…
'Horrific': Mom, Boyfriend Murdered 5-Year-Old Boy Found At Brentwood Home, Jury Finds 'Horrific': Mom, Boyfriend Murdered 5-Year-Old Boy Found At Brentwood Home, Jury Finds
'Horrific': Mom, Boyfriend Murdered 5-Year-Old Boy Found At Brentwood Home, Jury Finds A Long Island jury has convicted a mother and her boyfriend of murder for beating the woman’s young son unconscious and leaving him to die at a relative’s house. Valerie Owusu and Emmanuel Addae, both 28 and from Queens, were found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, March 22, in the death of 5-year-old King Owusu following a two-week trial in Suffolk County Court. Prosecutors argued that Owusu and Addae brutally beat the boy with at least four different instruments inside their Lefrak City apartment on March 30 and April 1, 2021. The couple watched King’s physical condition deteriorate…
This Brookhaven Housing Project To Receive Portion Of $260M Fed, State Funding This Brookhaven Housing Project To Receive Portion Of $260M Fed, State Funding
This Brookhaven Housing Project To Receive Portion Of $260M Fed, State Funding More than a quarter billion dollars in federal and state funding will go toward addressing New York’s housing crisis. Over $260 million has been awarded to 29 housing developments across the state through tax credits and subsidies meant to create or preserve over 1,800 affordable and sustainable homes, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday, March 18. The projects will upgrade and modernize public housing and further local economic development initiatives, according to the governor’s office. Each one includes sustainable features meant to advance the state’s climate goals. “The only way to add…
George Santos Leaving ‘Embarrassing’ GOP, Will Run For Suffolk Co. House Seat As Independent George Santos Leaving ‘Embarrassing’ GOP, Will Run For Suffolk Co. House Seat As Independent
George Santos Leaving ‘Embarrassing’ GOP, Will Run For Suffolk Co. House Seat As Independent Disgraced former New York Congressman George Santos is declaring his independence. The ex-lawmaker from Long Island – who was ousted from his 3rd District seat representing parts of Nassau County and Queens – announced that he is leaving the Republican Party on Friday, March 22, following what he described as an “embarrassing showing” in the House hours earlier. He was no doubt referring to the House’s passage of a $1.2 trillion package of spending bills to avert a government shutdown. The budget bill passed with more Democratic than Republican support and prompted Georgia Rep. Marjorie Tay…
Basement Burglar Busted Inside Remsenburg Home, Police Basement Burglar Busted Inside Remsenburg Home, Police
Basement Burglar Busted Inside Remsenburg Home, Police A man is facing charges after he was allegedly caught burglarizing a Long Island home. The incident happened Friday, March 15, at a residence in the hamlet of Remsenburg. Southampton Town Police said the homeowner called 911 at around 2:15 p.m. saying he came home to find a man at the bottom of his basement steps. When he asked the intruder what he was doing there, the man said he would call his boss. The suspect then left the home and drove away. Detectives identified the culprit as 36-year-old Louis Zangla, of Coram. Zangla was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal possession …
'Just The Beginning': Nation's First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Completed Off Long Island 'Just The Beginning': Nation's First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Completed Off Long Island
'Just The Beginning': Nation's First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Completed Off Long Island If you’re reading this, there’s a possibility that the electricity to power your device came from the country’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the completion of the South Fork Wind project on Thursday, March 14, capping off more than two years of construction that began in February 2022. As of Thursday, all 12 of the project’s offshore wind turbines were up and running roughly 35 miles off the coast of Long Island, delivering power to Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaways, the governor’s office said. Earlier Report: 'Momentous St…
School Bus Driver Sexually Abused Bay Shore Girl For Over Year, Police Say School Bus Driver Sexually Abused Bay Shore Girl For Over Year, Police Say
School Bus Driver Sexually Abused Bay Shore Girl For Over Year, Police Say A Long Island school bus driver is accused of sexually abusing a young girl for more than a year. Miguel Enrique Diaz, age 47, of Bay Shore, was arrested Wednesday, March 13, on suspicion of course of sexual conduct against a child. Suffolk County Police said Diaz, a Suffolk Transportation bus driver for Bay Shore Middle School and Brook Elementary School, sexually abused the victim on multiple occasions between May 2022 and October 2023. When the alleged abuse began, the girl was 12 years old. A community therapist reported the abuse to police in early March. Diaz was taken into custody …
Farmingville Daughter Blew $440K Of Parents' Money On Gambling, DA Says Farmingville Daughter Blew $440K Of Parents' Money On Gambling, DA Says
Farmingville Daughter Blew $440K Of Parents' Money On Gambling, DA Says A Long Island woman is accused of stealing nearly a half million dollars from her elderly parents to blow on gambling. Elizabeth Motti, age 55, of Farmingville, was arraigned on a charge of grand larceny in Suffolk County Court on Wednesday, March 13. Prosecutors allege that Motti stole a total of $440,000 from her parents’ bank accounts between April 2017 and November 2018. The bulk of the money – $355,046 – was obtained through ATM withdrawals at Jake’s 58 Casino in Islandia, investigators said. Another $85,000 was stolen via cash withdrawals from their accounts. At the time of the al…
Fatal Shooting Over Fanny Pack Nets Riverhead Gunman Decades In Prison Fatal Shooting Over Fanny Pack Nets Riverhead Gunman Decades In Prison
Fatal Shooting Over Fanny Pack Nets Riverhead Gunman Decades In Prison A Long Island man is facing decades behind bars for shooting and killing a 25-year-old man during a fight over a bag. Marcus Reid, age 24, of Riverhead, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Suffolk County Court on Monday, March 11. It followed his guilty plea to manslaughter and related charges in the death of Branzel Bonner. Prosecutors said Bonner was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the morning of Dec. 21, 2021 in a wooded area in Coram, near Middle Country Road and Homestead Drive. As part of his guilty plea, Reid admitted that he fired multiple rounds from a semiautomatic handg…
West Islip Man Embezzled $8.4M From Private School, Bought Cars, Beach Houses: Jury West Islip Man Embezzled $8.4M From Private School, Bought Cars, Beach Houses: Jury
West Islip Man Embezzled $8.4M From Private School, Bought Cars, Beach Houses: Jury An employee of a Long Island private school lived the high life after embezzling millions of dollars from his employer, a jury found. David Ostrove, age 52, of West Islip, was found guilty of grand larceny and related charges in Suffolk County Court on Tuesday, March 12. Prosecutors said Ostrove transferred over $8.4 million from Williston Park’s Schechter School of Long Island into his own personal accounts between March 2014 and April 2022. During that time, he served as the school’s chief financial and technology office. An investigation found that he later used the stolen money to fu…
Dismembering Dead Body Would Be Felony Under Bill From Suffolk County State Lawmaker Dismembering Dead Body Would Be Felony Under Bill From Suffolk County State Lawmaker
Dismembering Dead Body Would Be Felony Under Bill From Suffolk County State Lawmaker Public outrage over the release of four suspects accused of dismembering and hiding the bodies of two murder victims in New York has led to proposed changes to state law. A bill introduced by Long Island Republican State Sen. Anthony Palumbo on Thursday, March 7, would make it a felony to dismember or conceal a human corpse, thereby making the offense eligible for bail. Palumbo said the legislation is a direct response to the “horrific” case in Suffolk County, where the severed body parts of a Yonkers couple were found strewn at Bethpage State Park, Southards Pond Park in Babylon, and a woo…
'GEORGE Rule' Revoking House Access For Ousted Members Proposed After SOTU Surprise: Report 'GEORGE Rule' Revoking House Access For Ousted Members Proposed After SOTU Surprise: Report
'George Rule' Revoking House Access For Ousted Members Proposed After Sotu Surprise: Report If you were baffled by former New York Congressman George Santos’ surprise appearance at the State of the Union address, you certainly weren’t alone. According to Google data, searches for the term “House floor privileges” spiked dramatically during President Biden’s national address Thursday night, March 7. The reason, no doubt, was Santos himself, who was all smiles seated in the House chamber while donning a rhinestone necklace and flashy silver shoes. His attendance understandably left many confused, given the 35-year-old Republican’s historic ouster from his 3rd District seat re…
3 Store Clerks Accused Of Selling Alcohol To Minors In Suffolk County 3 Store Clerks Accused Of Selling Alcohol To Minors In Suffolk County
3 Store Clerks Accused Of Selling Alcohol To Minors In Suffolk County Three store clerks were charged with selling alcohol to minors during a targeted compliance check on Long Island. The detail was conducted from around 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. : Friday, March 8 in parts of Suffolk County. In response to community complaints, Suffolk County PD Crime Section officers conducted the investigationcinto the sale of vape products and alcohol to minors in the First Precinct.  Ten businesses were checked for compliance, and violations were found at three of them. Police charged the following employees with unlawfully dealing …