SUFFOLK COUNTY / Mom faces Leandra's Law DWI charge
A West Islip woman was arrested Saturday under Leandra's law after she allegedly drove drunk on the Southern State Parkway with her young daughter, State Police said.
Jacqueline M. Scuderi, 45, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet erratically before she was stopped near Exit 38, police said. Her daughter, 11, was in the vehicle, they said. She was released to her father.
Scuderi was taken to the Farmingdale station, where she provided a breath-analyzer sample of .17 percent, police said.
Scuderi was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child and other violations. Under Leandra's Law, the child-endangerment charge is a felony.
At her arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip, a judge ordered Scuderi held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail.
-- Gary Dymski
QUEENS / 2 LIers indicted in credit-card fraud ring
Two Long Islanders were among a dozen indicted by a Queens grand jury in connection with an alleged credit-card fraud ring that prosecutors say used phony accounts, phantom identities and dishonest employees to steal cash and rip off merchandise from P.C. Richard & Son to be sold in Pakistan.
Hement Adnand, 23, of 143 Seamans Neck Rd., Dix Hills, and Benzy Jonny, 52, of 2219 Elderberry Dr., Westbury, were among those arrested, the Queens district attorney's office said in a release Thursday.
The alleged scheme manipulated quirks in the banking system to boost credit-card limits and swipe cash before checks could bounce, the district attorney's office said. Prosecutors said, more than $100,000 in merchandise was stolen from P.C. Richard, which is based in Farmingdale. The merchandise was shipped to Lahore, Pakistan, and sold, authorities said.
Adnand, who is charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, was ordered held on $10,000 bail. Jonny, charged with grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and petty larceny, was ordered held on $35,000 bail. If convicted, each could face 7 years in prison.
Also charged were five members of a College Point family.
-- Matthew Chayes
NASSAU COUNTY / Seeking jewel theft suspect, a fugitive since 1980
The U.S. Marshal's Service is asking that anyone with information on the whereabouts of longtime fugitive Joseph Quartieri contact the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force at 1-877-Wanted2 or usmswanted.com.
Quartieri, an organized-crime-connected jewel thief, escaped from the Nassau County jail on March 4, 1980, with another jail inmate who was found eight days later.
At the time, Quartieri was 32 and awaiting trial on charges of robbing an Oceanside jewelry store and attempting to kill a Nassau County police officer. He was last seen the day of his escape, robbing a Dunkin' Donuts in Smithtown, officials said.
Last week, on the 30th anniversary of the escape, the task force offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Quartieri's arrest and released a photo of what he may look like now.
Anonymous tips will be accepted at 877-Wanted2 or visit www.usmswanted.com. (Click here to connect.)
-- Robert Kessler