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WANTAGH/Single-car accident claims man's life

A 20-year-old man from Wantagh was killed early yesterday in a single-car accident on the southbound Wantagh State Parkway in Wantagh, State Police said.

The man's identity has not been released.

Police said the crash occurred at 2 a.m. on the southbound parkway just north of Sunrise Highway.

The driver, the lone occupant of the vehicle, a BMW, was killed, police said, when the car left the roadway and struck a tree.

- JOHN VALENTI


ELMONT/Man charged after trying to lure girls into his car

A 32-year-old Elmont man was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and stalking after police said he has tried to entice underage girls into his car at least twice since October.

Reginald Pierre, 32, of 119 Queens Ave., was scheduled for arraignment yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of fourth-degree stalking, Nassau County police said.

The first reported incident took place at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27 in Valley Stream, when Pierre allegedly approached a 14-year-old girl as she walked across the street from Valley Stream Central High School. Police said Pierre was driving a dark green Nissan Maxima with Florida plates, when he "attempted to engage the victim in conversation, asking the victim if she wanted a ride."

The second reported incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. March 4 and involved a 12-year-old girl who was walking alone southbound on South Montgomery Street in Valley Stream. Police said it was then that Pierre followed the girl for about "three blocks, asking her to come to his car."

Police said a witness confronted Pierre - and he fled.

In a news release, police did not say what the circumstances were that led to Pierre's arrest.

- JOHN VALENTI


MASSAPEQUA/Source of gunfire under investigation by police

Police are trying to determine who fired at least two shots on a quiet Massapequa street early Sunday.

Nassau County police said they were called to a residence on Quail Run at 3:28 a.m. Sunday by a homeowner who said she heard gunshots outside the house following a get-together with friends. The complainant stated "she had a few friends over and as they began to leave, they heard a gunshot in front of the location," police said.

Police said they located two shell casings on the sidewalk.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential, police said.

- JOHN VALENTI

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