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WILLISTON PARK/Out-of-control car pins woman, girl against wall

A woman and her 11-year-old daughter were injured, the woman seriously, on Tuesday when police said a driver lost control of her car in a fast-food parking lot in Williston Park, jumping a curb and pinning the mother and daughter against the building.

The crash occurred at 6:50 p.m. at the Wendy's on Hillside Avenue, Nassau County police said.

Police said the woman, identified only as being 46 years old, suffered "serious leg injuries." The girl suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police said the two were pinned against the building by a 2008 Ford Fusion driven by a 75-year-old woman. The woman lost control of the car as she pulled into a parking spot in front of the Wendy's, police said, the vehicle jumping the curb and striking the mother and daughter. The driver suffered bruising, police said. Police said a male passenger, 77, was bruised in the crash.

All four people injured were taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

Police said no charges were filed in the crash, but said the car was impounded for a safety and brake check.

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-- John Valenti


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HEMPSTEAD/DNA evidence used to identify robbery suspect

A Hempstead man who shot at a robbery victim was arrested on multiple charges Tuesday when Nassau County police matched DNA evidence from the crime scene and a previous arrest to the suspect, Third Squad detectives said.

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Jason Lovell, 25, of 3 Sycamore Ave., was arrested at his home on charges of first-degree robbery, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.

Lovell left DNA evidence at the scene of a Sept. 6 robbery and shooting in Hempstead, police said.

Lovell was being chased by police when he threw down the handgun he used in the robbery, said Det. Lt. Raymond Cotè, commander of the Third Squad. Although he escaped police, Lovell left blood on the recovered weapon, a loaded .38-caliber semiautomatic, Coté said.

Lovell is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Detectives said that at about 4 a.m. Sept. 6 Lovell attempted to rob a man, 31, who was standing in front of 306 Main St.

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-- Gary Dymski


BAY SHORE/Two men stole packages from doorsteps, cops say

Two men were arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing packages from residential doorsteps, after police said they followed a UPS truck around Bay Shore -- and stole goods the driver left outside homes en route.

Albert Munoz, 21, of 1457 Peters Blvd., Bay Shore, and Freddy Benavides Jr., 20, of 110 McNair St., Brentwood, were arrested by Suffolk County police after an off-duty New York State trooper spotted the two stealing a package from outside a home in Bay Shore -- and called 911 to report it. Police said Third Precinct Patrol Officer Arthur Martrano arrested the two men when the suspects followed the UPS truck into the parking lot of the U.S. Post Office on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore at 3:15 p.m.

Police said an Apple EarPod, an iPad Mini case and two pairs of Skechers sneakers were recovered during the two men's arrests.

Both men face charges of two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and Munoz also faces a charge of one count of unlawful possession of marijuana. Munoz was scheduled for arraignment yesterday in First District Court in Central Islip. Benavides was given a desk appearance ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.

-- John Valenti

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