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FATAL HEROIN OVERDOSES DROP BY NEARLY 25 PERCENT IN NEWLY-RELEASED DATA FROM ME’S OFFICE

LONG ISLAND STRONG news - Nassau County DA reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder announced that newly-certified data from the County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates that fatal heroin overdoses have decreased nearly 25 percent between 2016 and 2018. In 2018, 147 individuals died from opioids in Nassau County, a decrease from 195 in 2016, or approximately percent. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 82 109 126 132 149 177 195 184 147 “The opioid epidemic continues to be the most pressing public health crisis facing our communities, but this dramatic drop in overdose deaths shows that our work to bridge the treatment gap is saving lives,” DA Singas said. “Since 2015, when…
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MAJOR LONG BEACH DRUG SUPPLIER CONVICTED OF SELLING MORE THAN AN OUNCE OF HEROIN

LONG ISLAND STRONG news - Nassau County DA reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a major heroin supplier in the Long Beach area – arrested as part of Operation Beech Sweep – was convicted at trial of all charges against him. Rodney Coward, 44, of Long Beach, was convicted yesterday of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree (an A-II felony) and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (a B felony). The trial, before Acting Supreme Court Justice William O’Brien, lasted approximately seven days and the jury deliberated for approximately one day. The defendant is due back on July 24 and faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. “The arrests associated with…
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Former NASCAR CEO Pleads Guilty to DWI

Suffolk County District Attorney reports (SAG HARBOR, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced that the former CEO of NASCAR pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in August 2018. Brian France, 56, of Ormond Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty today to Driving While Intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor. “This case is a reminder for both residents and anyone visiting Suffolk County this summer that it is all of our responsibility to keep our roads safe,” District Attorney Sini said. “It is not acceptable for anyone to be driving while drunk or on drugs in our community.” At approximately 7:08 on Aug. 5, 2018, France was driving a white 2017 Lexus sedan northbound on Main Street in Sag Harbor when he was observed failing to stop at a stop…
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Deer Park Man Sentenced to Maximum Prison Time for Running Over and Killing College Student

Nassau County District Attorney reports MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Deer Park man was sentenced to five to the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison today to the top homicide count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree for the November 2017 death of an 18-year-old woman in a Levittown parking lot. Daniel Coppolo, 33, pleaded guilty on April 25 before Judge Terence Murphy to Manslaughter in the Second Degree (a C felony), Leaving the Scene without Reporting (a D felony), and Tampering with Physical Evidence (an E felony) relating to the homicide. He pled guilty to Robbery in the Third Degree (a D felony) for a separate incident where he used force against a security guard to escape after shoplifting. “Taranjit Parmar was…
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Roosevelt Man Convicted of Three Attempted Murder Charges for July 2017 Shooting at House Party

Nassau County District Attorney reports MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Roosevelt man was convicted today of three counts of attempted murder and related charges for a shooting outside a house party in Uniondale in July 2017. Ahkhazyah Wright, 19, was convicted by a jury of: Three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (a B violent felony) Two Counts of Assault in the First Degree (a B violent felony) Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (a C felony) The trial, before Judge Robert McDonald, lasted two weeks and the jury deliberated for approximately two days. The defendant is due back for sentencing on August 14 and faces up to 25 years in prison for each attempted murder charge, and up…
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Centereach Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Pedestrian While Driving on Combination of Drugs

DA SINI: CENTEREACH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING PEDESTRIAN WHILE DRIVING ON COMBINATION OF DRUGS Suffolk County District Attorney reports (CENTRAL ISLIP, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the conviction of a Centereach man for striking and killing a pedestrian in Nesconset on Sept. 29, 2018, while impaired by a combination of drugs. Jesse Santucci, 42, pleaded guilty today to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a D felony, and Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Influence of Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor. “Anytime you get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol, you are putting lives at risk,” District Attorney Sini said. “There is no excuse for this reckless, dangerous behavior. Today’s conviction holds this individual responsible and serves justice for the…
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MS-13 Gang Member Indicted for July 2018 Shooting Death in East Patchogue

DA SINI: MS-13 GANG MEMBER INDICTED FOR JULY 2018 SHOOTING DEATH IN EAST PATCHOGUE Suffolk County District Attorney reports (RIVERHEAD, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of an MS-13 gang member for the shooting death of Emilio Sanchez-Maldonado, 17, in East Patchogue on July 2, 2018. Melquisedec Sanchez-Hernandez, 17, is charged with Murder in the Second Degree, an A felony. He has been identified by law enforcement as a member of the MS-13 street gang. “When it comes to MS-13, you’re either with them or against them, and that was certainly the case here,” District Attorney Sini said. “The defendant gunned down the victim simply because he felt slighted and took issue with the victims’ new friends. This was yet another senseless tragedy…
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Old Guard Flags In Memorial Day

Soldiers from the 3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place flags at headstones as part of Flags-In at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 23, 2019. For more than 55 years, soldiers from the Old Guard have honored our nation’s fallen heroes by placing flags at gravesites for service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery just prior to the Memorial Day weekend. Within four hours, over 1,000 soldiers place 245,000 flags in front of every headstone and Columbarium and niche wall column. ( Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery)
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ICE FIELDS – ICE HSI Boston investigation brings 10-year prison sentence in Multi-State child sex trafficking case

Sex trafficked the 17-year-old in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and on Long Island, New York. ICE reports - PROVIDENCE, RI: A supervisor at a group home contracted by the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (RI DCYF) who repeatedly sex-trafficked a missing 17-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. The sentencing was announced by Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston, Aaron L. Weisman, United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island and Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Chief of the Cranston () Police Department on May 9. “We applaud this sentence, which is fitting and appropriate in this case,” said Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh of HSI Boston. “There is no crime more…
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Valley Stream Man Charged with Manslaughter After Fatal Crash

Long Island Strong - Nassau County DA reports - MINEOLA, – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Valley Stream man was arraigned today on grand jury indictment charges for a high-speed chase and ramming that ended in a fatal crash. Dana King, Jr., 23, was arraigned before Judge Robert Bogle and charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree (a C felony) and two counts of Assault in the Second Degree (a D violent felony). Bail was continued at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash, and the defendant is due back in court on June 10. If convicted of the top count, he faces up to five to 15 years in prison. “This defendant allegedly could not accept that his relationship with his ex-girlfriend was over and as a result…
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LONG ISLAND STRONG – National Hurricane Preparedness Week

WASHINGTON, DC: The White House reports – During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, I encourage all Americans living in hurricane-prone areas to take the measures necessary to safeguard their families, homes, and businesses.  As a Nation, we are sadly too familiar with the destructive force of hurricanes.  To help prevent and mitigate hurricane-related harm, it is critically important that we prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, which starts next month. This September marks the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, one of the strongest and most costly hurricanes to hit the United States from the Atlantic Ocean.  That destructive storm devastated the Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico before making final landfall in South Carolina.  The storm surge it generated also caused tremendous damage. Hugo’s destructive storm surge serves…
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Dirt Broker Pleads Guilty in Operation Pay Dirt Largest Illegal Dumping Case in NY State History

DA SINI: DIRT BROKER PLEADS GUILTY IN “OPERATION PAY DIRT,” LARGEST ILLEGAL DUMPING CASE IN NY STATE HISTORY Defendant Faces Two to Four Years in State Prison for Role in Illegal Dumping Conspiracy (HAUPPAUGE, ) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the guilty plea of a self-proclaimed “dirt broker” who was indicted as part of the District Attorney’s Office’s “Operation Pay Dirt” investigation into an illegal dumping conspiracy on Long Island. “As I’ve stated before, we are facing an epidemic of environmental crimes in Suffolk County,” District Attorney Sini said. “This case was a great first step forward in ending those crimes. This plea today, and Grazio’s pending prison sentence, will send a strong message to polluters that crime does not pay.” Anthony Grazio, a/k/a Rock,…
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Hempstead Police Chief, Police Sergeant, Former Village Trustee and Restaurant Owner Indicted

Long Island Strong - MINEOLA, : Nassau DA reports – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a grand jury has issued two separate indictments and charged Hempstead Police Department Chief Paul Johnson, Sergeant Joseph Savino, former Village Trustee Perry Pettus and restaurant owner William Mendez with allegedly fixing tickets. Paul Johnson, 54, was arraigned today before Supervising Judge Teresa Corrigan and charged with: Tampering with Public Records in the First Degree (a D felony) Tampering with Public Records in the Second Degree (an A misdemeanor) Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (an E felony) Official Misconduct (an A misdemeanor) Two counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (an A misdemeanor) Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree (an A misdemeanor) Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree (an A misdemeanor)…
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