Bellport High student threatened 'massive' shooting
3 killed in DWI crash near catering hall; driver charged, police say

Three women were killed in a late-night crash Saturday near a New Hyde Park event venue and a driver was charged with drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter, Nassau police said.

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Murder trial of dad, ex-fiancee in death of Thomas Valva delayed again 

Jury selection was to start in the murder trial, but instead the judge heard arguments about whether jurors could consider lesser charges against Michael Valva and Angela Pollina.

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Ex-LIer allegedly bilked investors in massive sports betting scheme

Cory Zeidman operated the sports betting fraud scheme from Long Island and Florida, convincing people he had inside information that would help them win bets, officials said.

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Cops: Two women killed in separate hit-and-runs

The crashes occurred within about 15 minutes of one another, in Hauppauge and West Islip, police said. One of the victims was the mother of five children.

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Ryder: Vape shops marketed weed products to kids

Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the shops sold THC-infused products that were packaged and marketed to children, including gummy worms, juice boxes and cereal.

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LI police boost presence at schools following Texas mass shooting

Local police said there was no credible threat to Long Island schools following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, but they would increase patrols at local schools out of caution.

Judge rejects bail bid for ex-LIer suspected in fatal shove case

After a hearing in New York State Supreme Court, Judge Ellen Biben declined to overturn a ruling by a different judge, which had effectively suspended a $500,000 bail package and  ordered Lauren Pazienza held without bail.

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Detective: Victim of Stop & Shop shooting ID'd suspect from ambulance

The hearing was held to decide what evidence could be used at the trial of Gabriel Wilson, a Stop & Shop worker accused of killing the West Hempstead store manager and firing on 5 co-workers. 

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Deer Park man gets 21 years in prison for wife's killing

Paul Bonny, 35, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the November 2020 fatal shooting, prosecutors said.

2 charged in scheme to steer Hempstead school food contracts, feds say

According to the indictment, Sharon Gardner, then the food services director for Hempstead schools, steered more than $1 million in sole-source breakfast contracts to Maria Caliendo's company, even though cheaper options existed.

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Appeals court reinstates 'diaphragm' law holding NY cops liable for restricting suspects' breathing

The appeals court ruled that the law's language was not unconstitutionally vague in how it said law enforcement should not restrict the breathing of a suspect.

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Shannan Gilbert's sister rejects police theory that sister's death was not a homicide

"It doesn't matter if people think that she's a victim of the Long Island [Gilgo] Serial Killer or not. Something happened to her that night," Sherre Gilbert said Tuesday.

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Shannan Gilbert's sister speaks out following release of 911 call

Shannan Gilbert's sister Sherre and the family attorney, John Ray, spoke on Tuesday about Suffolk police's claim that Shannan died from a "tragic accident." Newsday TV's Cecilia Dowd reports.

'I have to relive her death.' Mother of murdered child decries parole process

Robert Turley, who was convicted of the Dec. 9, 1984, attempted rape and strangulation murder of 12-year-old Jennifer Goff, is scheduled to go before a parole board again this week.

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Man pleads guilty to abusing kids at unlicensed day care

A Patchogue man pleaded guilty to six counts of child abuse for molesting eight girls at an unlicensed day care he ran with his wife at his home, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office. 

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Hewlett man found guilty in Hempstead stabbing

After a verbal altercation Keith Pooler 56, stabbed the victim in the heart with a steak knife, authorities said.

Alleged Brooklyn subway shooter pleads not guilty to terrorism, weapon charges

James is charged with terrorism in a mass transit system and also using a firearm, a 9mm-Glock handgun, which police said he fired at least 33 times, to carry out the terroristic act on April 12th.

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Nassau DA: Slaying suspect shot ex-girlfriend 9 times in the back

Quay-Sean Hines pleaded not guilty Friday to a grand jury indictment that he killed Amelia Laguerre on March 31 in a parking garage in New Hyde Park.

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TSA: LI woman tried to board JFK flight with nine boxes of ammunition

The woman told TSA agents the ammunition belonged to her son and that she had grabbed the wrong bag.

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Valley Stream man accused of taking kickbacks from workers at Queens school

Komal Singh, 52, a foreman on a construction project, is accused of requiring workers pay him $50 for each day they worked, prosecutors said.

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NYC targeting gun maker in bid to keep illegal guns off the streets

Standing in front of a table full ghost guns, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and New York City Mayor Eric Adams discussed how the number of ghost guns appear to be increasing in the five boroughs.

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NYC mayor and NYPD commissioner on combating ghost guns 

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and New York City Mayor Eric Adams held a news conference on the dangers and increased circulation of ghost guns. Adams called it not a New York City problem but an American problem.

Queens man gets 2 months in prison in LIRR OT scam

Frank Pizzonia also will serve 3 months' home confinement, 2 years of supervision, and 200 hours of community service, court officials said.

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Feds: 2 LIers charged with murder-for-hire conspiracy in killing of business owner

They're among four men charged in connection with 2019 execution-style killing.

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Cops: Three sought in $19G cosmetics theft

Police said the suspects loaded the items into several large shopping bags before fleeing the premises.

Cops: Man sought for questioning in killing of NYPD tech worker

The shooting in Queens also seriously wounded a neighbor who had come to the aid of the victim, identified by police as Migdalia Ortega, 51.

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Crime is up on LIRR and ridership has stalled

Major crimes on the LIRR, which increased 7% in 2021 compared with 2020, are up 71% the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said. Newsday's Alfonso Castillo reports.

Is rise in crime on LIRR scaring away riders?

MTA officials said they are taking new measures to address a recent rise in crime on the rails.

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Suspected subway shooter indicted on terrorism, weapons charges

Alleged shooter Frank James indicted by a federal grand jury on a terrorism charge, accused of opening fire on a crowded Brooklyn train last month.

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Court halts state's familial DNA searching procedures

The technique has been used around the country to identify possible crime suspects.

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Judge: Driver who fatally hit Minaj's dad to get no more than 1 year in jail

Charles Polevich, 71, of Mineola, is to be sentenced in August.

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Court appearance for motorist indicted in Nicki Minaj's father's death

Carol Maraj, the victim's wife, and defense attorney Marc Gann speak in Mineola after court case for Charles Polevich, who pleaded guilty to felony charges of leaving the scene of a fatality and tampering with physical evidence.

Suffolk police release new details about first 4 Gilgo victims

It's the latest in a series of public information releases intended to help solve the mystery into who killed 10 people and dumped their bodies along Ocean Parkway.

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New details released about first 4 Gilgo victims

SCPD releases new details on The Gilgo murders website about the "Gilgo Four." Newsday's Faith Jessie reports.

Cops: Elderly woman scammed out of $10G in gift cards

Police are looking for three people who used the cards, which the woman was told she needed to buy to clear child pornography from her computer, according to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers.

Killer in red shirt is focus of Nassau murder trial

Prosecutors say evidence shows Keith Pooler was the man who fatally stabbed Andre Garry in Hempstead. The defense says it's a case of mistaken identity.

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Suspect pleads guilty in crash that nearly killed Suffolk officer

William Petersohn, of Mastic, pleaded guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor in the Nov. 3 crash.

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NYPD: Enhanced anti-crime effort spurs April drop in homicides, shootings

While lauding the latest data showing a plunge in homicides and shootings, NYPD official said the effort to reduce serious crimes continues as other major felonies were up in April by 42% over the same month in 2021.

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Nassau judge sets bail for ex-doctor charged in deaths of 5 patients

George Blatti will also have to stay in Nassau County, wear an ankle monitor and surrender his passport, according to the judge's ruling.

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Bail hearing for charged doctor

Defense attorney Nancy Bartling speaks in Mineola about the George Blatti case.

Nassau judge reduces murder charges against former doctor

Prosecutors have alleged George Blatti caused the deaths of five drug-addicted patients by prescribing them deadly amounts of opioids and other medications.

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DA: Teen charged with rape during Mastic Beach burglary

"This is a case that is both shocking and extremely disturbing, given both the age of the defendant at the time of the offense as well as the nature of the underlying facts," Suffolk DA Ray Tierney said.

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Suffolk DA: 14-year-old charged with sex offenses, violent crimes

A 14-year-old boy has been charged for sexually assaulting a woman in her Mastic Beach home during a burglary last month, Suffolk District Attorney Ray Tierney and Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said.

LI teacher Laura Parker Russo offered deal in teen COVID shot case

The Herricks teacher who allegedly injected a 17-year-old friend of her son with purported Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may resolve her felony case with community service as part of a plea that could leave her with no criminal record.

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LI teacher could get plea deal in teen Covid vaccine case

The Herricks High School teacher, who allegedly injected a 17-year-old friend of her son with purported Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, could have her felony case resolved with community service as part of a plea that could leave her with no criminal record. The plea, according to attorney Karen Johnston, who represents the teen's mother, was not what the district attorney's office had initially discussed. 

Oceanside woman impersonated cousin to steal death benefits, Brooklyn DA says

An Oceanside woman impersonated her cousin to steal more than $135,000 in death benefits from the New York City Employees' Retirement System, the Brooklyn district attorney said Tuesday.

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Cops: Man fatally shot outside Ronkonkoma house

"We believe he was the intended target," Suffolk police Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer said.

Suffolk police investigate deadly shooting in Ronkonkoma 

Suffolk police said a man was shot and killed Friday morning outside of his house in Ronkonkoma. 

New Suffolk DA unit to focus on animal abuse

Prosecutors on the newly formed Biological, Environmental and Animal Safety Team, or BEAST, will be required to meet with animal victims and personally contribute to environmental projects on Long Island.

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DA: Twelve-year sentence for Hempstead drug dealer

Able McTootle, 43, pleaded guilty to multiple drug and trafficking charges and will spend the next dozen years behind bars, Nassau District Attorney Anne Donnelly said Thursday.

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Major drug trafficker to be sentenced.
Man pleads guilty in DWI crash that killed woman

John Cappello, 31, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court in Mineola to aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and assault in a deal that is expected to send him to prison for 7 to 15 years.

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Nassau DA: High school teacher provided forged vaccination card to district

Tricia Manno, a math teacher at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, pleaded not guilty Wednesday at an arraignment in Nassau County Court.

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