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'Completely Preventable':  LI Construction Company Owner Convicted For 5-Year-Old's Death 'Completely Preventable':  LI Construction Company Owner Convicted For 5-Year-Old's Death
'Completely Preventable': LI Construction Company Owner Convicted For 5-Year-Old's Death A Long Island construction company owner was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and more after a wall he built in New York City fell, killing a 5-year-old girl. Nadeem Anwar, age 48 of Valley Stream, and his company – City Wide Construction and Renovations, Inc. – were convicted on Tuesday, May 14, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced. The conviction comes five years after Alysson Pinto-Chaumana, age 5, was killed in front of her mother when a wall fell on her in Bushwick, Brooklyn. In September 2018, the Brooklyn DA said Anwar, as a licensed contractor, was hired …
Long Island Man Arrested 46 Times, Nabbed For 10 Larcenies Long Island Man Arrested 46 Times, Nabbed For 10 Larcenies
Long Island Man Arrested 46 Times, Nabbed For 10 Larcenies A Long Island man who police say has been arrested 46 times has been charged with 10 new larcenies across the region.  Emmitt Smith, age 43, of Bellport, was charged on Wednesday, April 24, with the larcenies that occurred across Nassau County, according to Nassau County Police. According to detectives, an investigation was conducted that led to the arrest of Smith for the following larcenies: August 2023:  Macy's, 1095 Green Acres Mall, Valley Stream Ulta Beauty, 5252 Sunrise Highway, Massapequa July 2023:  Home Depot, 101 Green Acres Road, W., Valley&nbs…
Man Runs In, Out Of Traffic, Throws Phone At Officer On Long Island: Police Man Runs In, Out Of Traffic, Throws Phone At Officer On Long Island: Police
Man Runs In, Out Of Traffic, Throws Phone At Officer On Long Island: Police A man was arrested after becoming violent with a police officer who allegedly tried to stop him from running in and out of traffic. The incident occurred on Wednesday, April 17 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 3:45 p.m. that day, 41-year-old Robert Musmacher was reportedly running around the roadway, weaving in and out of traffic at N Central Avenue and Ethel Street and causing a hazard for himself and those driving in the area. However, when police arrived at the scene, Musmacher refused to leave the road. He allegedly became violent with officers,…
Woman Leaves 2 Young Children In Car On Long Island: Police Woman Leaves 2 Young Children In Car On Long Island: Police
Woman Leaves 2 Young Children In Car On Long Island: Police A Queens woman was arrested after she allegedly left her two children, both under the age of 4, in a car in a Long Island parking lot. The incident happened in Valley Stream on Wednesday, April 10, according to Nassau County Police. Just before noon on that day, Sandra McLamb, age 33 of Queens Village, parked in the HomeGoods parking lot, located at 750 West Sunrise Highway. She left her 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter behind while she went inside the store, police said. A witness called the authorities after reportedly seeing McLamb’s children crying in the car alone. Once the…
Attorney Embezzles $700K From Long Island Client's Escrow Funds: DA Attorney Embezzles $700K From Long Island Client's Escrow Funds: DA
Attorney Embezzles $700K From Long Island Client's Escrow Funds: DA A Long Island attorney who specialized in real estate is said to have deceived multiple clients, stealing their property sale proceeds to the tune of over $700,000, according to officials. Daniel Boldi, age 49, of Garden City, faced his arraignment on Wednesday, April 10. The Nassau County District Attorney alleged that Boldi, who owned and operated the Boldi Law Group, PC, used his expertise in real estate transactions to embezzle his clients’ money on multiple occasions. In October 2023, the DA’s Office said, Boldi worked with a couple on the closing of the sale of their East Meadow h…
Rite Aid Announces Additional Long Island Store Closures After Declaring Bankruptcy Rite Aid Announces Additional Long Island Store Closures After Declaring Bankruptcy
Rite Aid Announces Additional Long Island Store Closures After Declaring Bankruptcy Rite Aid has announced new store closures after the struggling pharmacy chain filed for bankruptcy in the fourth quarter of 2023. Shortly after declaring bankruptcy, Rite Aid announced 154 store closures, with 20 in New York, and 14 on Long Island. In a filing on Tuesday, April 9, the company said 17 more stores, including three in New York (with two on Long Island) are now slated for closure. Rite Aid currently has 2,000 stores and about 44,000 employees. The Long Island stores slated for closure (with the newly announced closures in bold) are: 283 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntingto…
$250K Scam: Brooklyn Man Nabbed For Alleged Long Island Scheme $250K Scam: Brooklyn Man Nabbed For Alleged Long Island Scheme
$250K Scam: Brooklyn Man Nabbed For Alleged Long Island Scheme A 27-year-old was nabbed after police said he scammed a Long Island resident out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nassau County Police announced the arrest of Brooklyn resident Jamario Smellie on Friday, April 5 for the Valley Stream incident that occurred months prior. In September 2022, Smellie reportedly called his victim, a 94-year-old man, at his home. He claimed to work for Publishers Clearing House and told the Valley Stream victim that he had won a large sum of money, but first needed to pay taxes before he could take home his winnings. Believing the scammer, the victim wr…
Duo Nabbed For Stabbing At Long Island Bar: Police Duo Nabbed For Stabbing At Long Island Bar: Police
Duo Nabbed For Stabbing At Long Island Bar: Police Over a month after four people were stabbed during a bar fight on Long Island, authorities have arrested the two people they say were responsible. Nassau County Police announced the arrest of 23-year-old Shameq Sullins and 22-year-old Dayvonne Johnson on Monday, March 25 for their alleged role in a Valley Stream stabbing. Original Story: 4 Stabbed Near Valley Stream Bar, Suspects At Large: Police     Johnson, who is from Roosevelt, and Sullins, from Hempstead, were reportedly the two responsible for the Saturday, Feb. 3 incident that started at Moods Lounge and Cafe, loc…
COVID-19: Ex-Transit Worker From Babylon Sentenced For $770K Loan Fraud Scheme COVID-19: Ex-Transit Worker From Babylon Sentenced For $770K Loan Fraud Scheme
Covid-19: Ex-Transit Worker From Babylon Sentenced For $770K Loan Fraud Scheme Two former government employees from Long Island will spend more than a year in federal lockup for defrauding loan programs meant to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arthur Cornwall, age 43, of Babylon, and Sean Williams, age 42, of Valley Stream, were each sentenced to 18 months in prison in Central Islip federal court on Wednesday, March 20, after pleading guilty to wire fraud. Prosecutors said Cornwall, a former signal maintainer with the New York City Transit Authority, and Williams, a former New York State Court officer, received nearly $770,000 in small business loan…
$32K Scam: Duo Nabbed For Long Island Scheme, Police Say $32K Scam: Duo Nabbed For Long Island Scheme, Police Say
$32K Scam: Duo Nabbed For Long Island Scheme, Police Say Two people were caught using a customer service scheme to take tens of thousands from a Long Island man, police said. It happened on Saturday, March 16 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. That day, a 67-year-old man was having technical issues with his computer and searched online to find a customer service phone number. The person on the other end of the tech support number (who claimed to be a representative) told the Valley Stream man that there was suspicious activity on his bank account. In order to correct the issue, the representative said, the victim needed to p…
Deadly Long Island Machete Attacker Receives Prison Time Deadly Long Island Machete Attacker Receives Prison Time
Deadly Long Island Machete Attacker Receives Prison Time A man who admitted to attacking another person with a machete at a Long Island laundromat, leaving him with injuries that would kill him, will spend more than two decades behind bars. Roberto Velasquez, age 32, received his sentence of 21 ½ years in prison nearly a year to the day since the Valley Stream incident, the Nassau County District Attorney announced. Original Report: Man Admits To Deadly Machete Attack In Valley Stream On March 14, 2023, Velasquez, who is homeless, was inside the 24-hour Laundry Palace on Merrick Road in Valley Stream along with several other people. At…
Woman Hospitalized After Car Crashes Into Long Island Home Woman Hospitalized After Car Crashes Into Long Island Home
Woman Hospitalized After Car Crashes Into Long Island Home A woman was hospitalized after her car left the roadway and slammed into a Long Island home overnight following a two-vehicle crash. The incident happened around 6:40 p.m. Friday, March 15 in Valley Stream. The 30-year-old operating a 2015 Infiniti was involved in a collision with a 2013 Honda operated by a 65-year-old man at the intersection of Green Street and Ash Street, Nassau County Police said. As a result of the collision, the Infiniti struck a residential home located on Green Street, causing minor damage. The driver of the Infiniti suffered minor injuries and …
Fourth Man Nabbed For String Of Long Island Burglaries: Police Fourth Man Nabbed For String Of Long Island Burglaries: Police
Fourth Man Nabbed For String Of Long Island Burglaries: Police A young man from New Jersey was arrested after he was discovered to be part of a group that has committed a string of burglaries across Long Island, police announced. Fazon Farrington, age 19 of Newark, New Jersey, was arrested following an investigation that stemmed from a Lake Success incident, Nassau County Police said on Thursday, March 14. On Saturday, Jan. 13, a group of three men, also from New Jersey, were reportedly fleeing from the scene of a home they attempted to burgle — but were stopped when they crashed into the officers driving towards the scene. Original Report - …
Murderer Stopped At Long Island Mall For Supplies Before Dismembering Body: USAO Murderer Stopped At Long Island Mall For Supplies Before Dismembering Body: USAO
Murderer Stopped At Long Island Mall For Supplies Before Dismembering Body: Usao A Queens man convicted of murdering and dismembering a woman to collect life insurance payments shopped at a mall on Long Island to get supplies to clean up the murder scene, officials announced. Cory Martin, age 36 of Queens, faced his conviction for the murder of then-26-year-old Brandy Odom, the United States Attorney’s Office announced on Monday, March 4. Earlier Report: NY Man Accused Of Murdering Woman In Life Insurance Scheme Martin lived with and operated as a pimp for both Odom and another co-conspirator at the time of the crime. Throughout 2017, Martin and his accomplice…
Woman, Son Bite, Hit Officers During Long Island Welfare Check, Police Say Woman, Son Bite, Hit Officers During Long Island Welfare Check, Police Say
Woman, Son Bite, Hit Officers During Long Island Welfare Check, Police Say A woman and her son were arrested after a welfare check on Long Island allegedly turned violent, police said. The incident occurred on Sunday, Feb. 25 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 1:30 p.m. that day, police arrived at a Valley Stream home to conduct a welfare check, where they determined that Brigitte Atta-Poku, age 43, needed medical treatment. However, she allegedly became violent with authorities, hitting and even biting a medic. Atta-Poku’s son, 23-year-old Manai A. Frank, reportedly joined in, also pushing a medic and officer before the duo…
5 Men Charged With Grand Larceny At Long Island Target 5 Men Charged With Grand Larceny At Long Island Target
5 Men Charged With Grand Larceny At Long Island Target Five men have been charged with grand larceny at a Long Island Target. The incident took place in Valley Stream around 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. According to Nassau County Police detectives, officers responded to the store, located at 500 West Sunrise Highway, for a larceny in progress.  When the officers arrived they found three men and placed them under arrest, police said. During the arrest, an officer was injured when one man resisted and attempted to get away. The officer was transported to a nearby hospital for assessment and treatment.  The two other subjects f…
DWI Crash: Man Hits Parked Cop Cars On Long Island, Police Say DWI Crash: Man Hits Parked Cop Cars On Long Island, Police Say
DWI Crash: Man Hits Parked Cop Cars On Long Island, Police Say A man was arrested on Long Island after he allegedly drove drunk, crashing into two parked police cars. It happened on Monday, Feb. 12 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. Just after 10 p.m. that day, 59-year-old Capital Region resident Richard Welch, who lives in the hamlet of Climax in Greene County, was driving his black pickup truck on South Central Avenue. He was driving south when he rammed into two Nassau County Police cars, which were parked on the side of the road tending to a different call. Welch was taken to a nearby hospital. It is unclear what his conditi…
Violent Carjacking: Trio Robs, Stabs Man On Long Island, Police Say Violent Carjacking: Trio Robs, Stabs Man On Long Island, Police Say
Violent Carjacking: Trio Robs, Stabs Man On Long Island, Police Say Three young women were arrested after they allegedly robbed a man on Long Island, stabbing him before taking off in his car. The incident occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. It was about 10 p.m. when a trio of girls — one of which was underage — approached a 37-year-old man at the Shell Station located at 100 West Merrick Road. Police said the group demanded the man get out of his white 2017 Kia Sportage. He refused, and a scuffle ensued. During the struggle, the man was stabbed in the middle of his back. The trio got into his car and dr…
ID Released For 22-Year-Old Killed In DWI Crash On Long Island ID Released For 22-Year-Old Killed In DWI Crash On Long Island
ID Released For 22-Year-Old Killed In DWI Crash On Long Island The identity has been released of a passenger killed in a single-vehicle Long Island crash involving an allegedly drunk driver. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 in North Woodmere. A 2023 Toyota traveling on Rosedale Road near the intersection of Lawrence Court lost control and overturned, Nassau County Police said.  After an investigation, the driver, Aaron Cooper, age 26, of Lindenhurst, was arrested without incident, said police. The passenger, a 22-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Nassau County Police Department medic. He has now been ide…
Update: Suspects Remain At Large After 4 Hospitalized Following Fight At Long Island Bar Update: Suspects Remain At Large After 4 Hospitalized Following Fight At Long Island Bar
Update: Suspects Remain At Large After 4 Hospitalized Following Fight At Long Island Bar A suspect or suspects remain at large after four people were hospitalized when a fight at a Long Island bar spilled out the street. Original report: 4 Hospitalized After Fight At Valley Stream Bar Spills Out Onto Street It happened on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 3:30 a.m., police found the victims — a 33-year-old man, a 34-year-old man, a 31-year-old woman, and a 26-year-old woman — near the intersection of North Central Avenue and West Merrick Road. All had lacerations and stab wounds. Earlier in the night, the group o…
4 Hospitalized After Fight At Long Island Bar Spills Out Onto Street 4 Hospitalized After Fight At Long Island Bar Spills Out Onto Street
4 Hospitalized After Fight At Long Island Bar Spills Out Onto Street Four people were hospitalized after a fight at a Long Island bar spilled out into the street. The chain of events begin around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 Valley Stream. When Nassau County Police Fifth Precinct officers responded to North Central Avenue and West Merrick Road for a large disturbance, they located the four victim who suffered  from lacerations and stab wounds. The victims were 33- and 34-year-old men, and 26- and 31-year-old women. Upon further investigation it was determined that the four victims were inside of Moods Lounge and Café, located at 269 West Merrick R…
Man Admits To Deadly Machete Attack On Long Island Man Admits To Deadly Machete Attack On Long Island
Man Admits To Deadly Machete Attack On Long Island A Long Island man who attacked another with a machete at a laundromat has admitted to his role in the victim’s death, officials said. Roberto Velasquez, age 32, pleaded guilty to his manslaughter charge on Wednesday, Jan. 31, according to the Nassau County District Attorney. The incident originally occurred on March 15, 2023, in Valley Stream. Velasquez, who is homeless, was with several other people at the 24-hour Laundry Palace, located on Merrick Road, at approximately 2:10 a.m. that day. He and 58-year-old Michael Oliver, another homeless man spending the night at the spot, broke i…
Community Aims To Rebuild Local Pharmacy Following Long Island Fire Community Aims To Rebuild Local Pharmacy Following Long Island Fire
Community Aims To Rebuild Local Pharmacy Following Long Island Fire After a fire broke out on Long Island, destroying several businesses, the employees of one of the damaged stores are imploring the community to aid in rebuilding efforts. The employees of Valley Stream Pharmacy, located at 42 Rockaway Avenue, have a simple plea: “Let's show Azzam that he is not alone in this journey.” Azzam Elcheikh, the pharmacy's owner, has been a resident of Valley Stream for a decade. The eight years of work he put into getting the pharmacy up and running was taken away in an instant, his employees said in a GoFundMe, when a fire broke out in the early morning hours …
Blaze Breaks Out At Several Long Island Stores Blaze Breaks Out At Several Long Island Stores
Blaze Breaks Out At Several Long Island Stores An early morning fire spread to several stores on Long Island. The blaze broke out around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27  in Valley Stream. The blaze broke out at Orange Skye Day Spa, located at 50 Rockaway Ave., according to Nassau County Police. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the roof of the building was engulfed in flames.  The fire spread to several connected commercial stores before finally being extinguished.  No injuries were reported at scene, according to police. Valley Stream Fire Department and several other nearby departments responded to …
4 Found With MDMA, Cocaine, LSD During Long Island Traffic Stop: Police 4 Found With MDMA, Cocaine, LSD During Long Island Traffic Stop: Police
4 Found With MDMA, Cocaine, LSD During Long Island Traffic Stop: Police A traffic stop soon turned into four arrests when a quartet was found to be tossing switch blades and hiding various drugs in their car, police said. It happened on Friday, Dec. 22 in Atlantic Beach, according to Nassau County Police. At around 12:30 a.m., police pulled over the quartet’s car, a 2018 Jeep Wrangler, near the intersection of Park Street and Ithaca Avenue for what officers said were multiple traffic violations. Once they approached the car, they allegedly saw the driver, 25-year-old Valley Stream resident Jessica Cruz, tossing a switchblade while the front passenger, Johna…
Knife-Wielding Man Assaults Woman On Long Island: Police Knife-Wielding Man Assaults Woman On Long Island: Police
Knife-Wielding Man Assaults Woman On Long Island: Police A Queens man has been arrested for attempted murder after he reportedly attacked a woman on Long Island with a knife, police said. It happened on Sunday, Dec. 17 in Valley Steam. According to Nassau County Police, it was around 11:30 a.m. when the man, 36-year-old Charles Mckenzie of Cambria Heights, attacked his victim with a knife. The exact location of the attack has not been made public. The woman, who is 31 and was not named by police, suffered large lacerations on both the side of her neck and on her behind. When officers arrived at the scene, Mckenzie was still there, and he …
Drunk Woman Bites Officer During Long Island Convenience Store Skirmish, Police Say Drunk Woman Bites Officer During Long Island Convenience Store Skirmish, Police Say
Drunk Woman Bites Officer During Long Island Convenience Store Skirmish, Police Say An allegedly intoxicated woman who was behaving erratically at a Long Island convenience store was arrested for not complying with police, officials said. The incident occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 10:15 p.m., a 35-year-old woman who appeared intoxicated reportedly began causing a scene at 24/7 Mart, located at 52 West Sunrise Highway. When police arrived at the scene, the woman, Valley Stream resident Christine Rogers, attempted to slam her head into the store’s glass and refused to comply with officials. An ambulan…
Long Island Soccer Coach Sentenced For Raping Player, Endangering 2 Others Long Island Soccer Coach Sentenced For Raping Player, Endangering 2 Others
Long Island Soccer Coach Sentenced For Raping Player, Endangering 2 Others A Long Island soccer coach who was found guilty of raping one of his players, as well as soliciting nude photos of the teen, will spend at least one year behind bars, officials announced. Sean Johnsen, age 38 of Valley Stream, received his sentence of one to three years in prison on Tuesday, Dec. 5 for his conduct three years prior, according to the Nassau County District Attorney. Earlier Report: Long Island Soccer Coach Charged With Raping Underage Player, Endangering Two Others From April 2020 through August 2020, Johnsen, who was a teacher at a private school and coached a soc…
School Bus Driver Kidnapped, Raped Long Island Student, DA Says School Bus Driver Kidnapped, Raped Long Island Student, DA Says
School Bus Driver Kidnapped, Raped Long Island Student, DA Says A bus driver from Queens has been indicted after he allegedly kidnapped and raped a high school student multiple times from Long Island, officials announced. Giovanny Campos, age 50, was arraigned on Thursday, Nov. 30 for the alleged crimes, which occurred while he worked as a school bus driver in Valley Stream, according to the Nassau County District Attorney. Earlier Report - Man, 50, Rapes Nassau County Girl: Police Campos, who is from Jamaica, Queens, was employed by Cheese Bus Company when, from January to July 2023, he drove a Valley Stream route from Central High School to …
USPS Robbery: Trio Stole Keys From Long Island Worker, Sold On Instagram, DA Claims USPS Robbery: Trio Stole Keys From Long Island Worker, Sold On Instagram, DA Claims
USPS Robbery: Trio Stole Keys From Long Island Worker, Sold On Instagram, DA Claims Three people are facing felony charges after they allegedly threatened postal workers with a gun, stole their keys, and attempted to sell them online. The Nassau County District Attorney announced the trio’s indictment on Wednesday, Nov. 29, for the two alleged robberies, which occurred in early 2023. Kimora Dupree, age 20 of Elmont, Melajah Taffe, age 22 of Valley Stream, and a third person, first struck on February 26, 2023, the DA’s Office claimed. Just after 3:30 p.m., an unsuspecting USPS worker was walking up to the front of a Hempstead home when the third person, who has not been…
Alleged Thief Chokes, Punches Long Island Restaurant Employee Before Arrest Alleged Thief Chokes, Punches Long Island Restaurant Employee Before Arrest
Alleged Thief Chokes, Punches Long Island Restaurant Employee Before Arrest A woman from Queens was nabbed after police said she hit and choked an employee trying to stop her from stealing. It happened on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Valley Stream, according to Nassau County Police. At approximately 7:50 p.m., 27-year-old Victoria Ogundipe walked into Kim Wong Chinese Kitchen, located at 529 Merrick Road, where she took a bag of various food items and left without paying. Seeing Ogundipe walk out, a 54-year-old male employee followed, attempting to get the stolen food back. That is when the incident turned violent, according to police. Ogundipe allegedly punched the…