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Saturday
Sep232017

Army Reserve Humvee Rolls Into Crowd At L I Bacon Bash Injuring four

 

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating an incident during which a woman was seriously injured when she was struck by an unoccupied United States Army Reserve Humvee at a festival in Farmingville today.

A Humvee on display, parked on an incline, at the Long Island Bacon Bash at the Pennysaver Amphitheater, came out of gear, rolled approximately 30 feet and struck Suzette Lamonica, pinning her between the vehicle and a food trailer.

Lamonica, 46, of Brookhaven, was transported by Farmingville Fire Department to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was admitted for treatment of serious leg and arm injuries.

Richard Gherardi, 30, of East Hampton, who was inside the trailer struck by the Humvee, was burned by cooking oil and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. 

Two other women suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene.

The Humvee was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.

Thursday
Sep212017

Two Men Rescued After Being Caught In Current At Crab Meadow Beach

 
The following officers helped rescue two fisherman in the Long Island Sound in Fort Salonga, New York, yesterday,*

Second Precinct Officers:
Officer Michael Caponi, Officer Daniel Denig, Officer Richard Murphy, Officer Joseph Reilly, Officer Paul Weibke

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau Officers:
Officer Cory Kim, Officer Keith Walters

Northport Police Department Officers:
Officer Stephen Kerekes (first on scene), Officer Gregory Cerar, Sgt. Jon-Todd Herfurth, Lt. Michael Cook

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued two fishermen who became caught in a current in the Long Island Sound in Fort Salonga, New York, this afternoon.

Carlos Jeronimo and Wilfredo Belc were fishing off of a jetty at Crab Meadow Beach in the Long Island Sound, when they went into the water and became caught in an outgoing tidal current that pulled them away from shore. A witness called 911 at 2:35 p.m. and Marine Bureau Officers Keith Walters and Cory Kim, aboard Marine Bravo, responded and rescued the two men who were approximately 300 yards from shore.

Jeronimo, 26, and Belc, 27, both of Jamaica, Queens, were transported by Northport Fire Department to Huntington Hospital.

* Police have amended the original release to include the name of police officers who participated in the rescue.

Thursday
Sep212017

Travel Advisory - Overnight Lane Closures On RTE 27/Sunrise Highway

 

TRAVEL ADVISORY:

Overnight Lane Closures expected on State Route 27/Sunrise Highway 
in the Towns of Babylon & Islip, Suffolk County

Motorists should expect overnight lane closures along State Route 27/Sunrise Highway in the Towns of Babylon and Islip, Suffolk County for bridge maintenance. 

Beginning on Friday, September 22, there will be one or two lanes closed on Sunrise Highway’s mainline or service road at the bridge for State Route 231/Babylon-Northport Expressway—in the vicinity of exit 40—between 10pm and 6am on Sunday nights through Friday nights. There will be no full closure of either the service road or mainline during this time. 

This is part of a $5.2 million New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) project to perform minor steel repairs and paint overpass bridges at eight different locations all within Suffolk County.

Crews will begin working in the eastbound lanes and, upon full completion of that side, will move to the westbound lanes.  Work at this location is expected to last a few weeks.  Portable variable message signs have been placed in the area with information regarding the work. 

Motorists are reminded to drive carefully through the work zone, obey any speed restrictions that may be in place, and the instructions of the flag persons for their safety and the safety of the highway work crew.  As with most road and bridge projects, work may be cancelled, postponed, or prolonged due to inclement weather. 

For real-time travel information motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) appreciates the patience and cooperation of motorists and the local community while these bridge safety inspections are undertaken to help assure the continued protection of all motorists.

Follow New York State DOT on Twitter at @nysdotli.  Find us on Facebook at Facecebook.com/NYSDOT.

Thursday
Sep212017

Wanted For Questioning

Wanted for Questioning

Release Date:   September 21, 2017

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify two people wanted for questioning in a grand larceny investigation.

On August 11, a man and a woman were seen exiting a stolen car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, located at 1890 Old Country Road in Riverhead. The car, a 2016 Honda, was stolen from Dix Hills on August 9. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

D/Sgt. Jeffrey Walker CC# 17-466532

Second Squad Detectives  CW# 17-333/EB

Tuesday
Sep192017

L I Insurance Broker Sentenced For Fraud And Grand Larceny

Former insurance broker sentenced for fraud, grand larceny and other crimes

Kimberly GrazianoA 44 year old former insurance broker who pleaded guilty to charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud, and other crimes was sentenced to three to nine years in prison today, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. 

Kimberly Graziano of Middle Island is also legally responsible to pay a total of $1.8 million in restitution to her victims.  Graziano owned and operated K.A.G. Insurance Brokerage, Inc. with offices at 3760 Expressway Drive South in Islandia. 

The investigation found Graziano and K.A.G. Insurance Brokerage, Inc. engaged in several distinct schemes to defraud a financing company, her clients, and several insurance carriers including National General Insurance, Progressive Insurance Company, MetLife, Tudor, AIG and Golden Insurance Company. 

“Our investigation found evidence that Ms. Graziano falsified contracts by inducing a financing company, Alliance Premium Funding Corp. of Floral Park, to financially back policies that purported to be for her agency’s corporate customers.  The investigation found the defendant never actually purchased insurance coverage for her clients,” DA Spota said.   “Consequently, Graziano and her firm were indicted in March of last year for the theft of more than $1 million in falsely financed insurance coverage.”   

The investigation by the Suffolk District Attorney’s Labor, Insurance Crimes and Revenue Bureau, the state Department of Financial Services Criminal Investigations Unit, the state Insurance Fund, the state Worker’s Compensation Inspector General’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles and National Insurance Crime Bureau investigators found evidence of nearly 30 forged financing contracts totaling in excess of $1,000,000 of stolen funds from Alliance Premium Funding.  

New York State Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo said, “This broker violated the trust of the companies she defrauded and also the good faith of her clients, who believed she was providing insurance coverage for their vehicles. DFS is pleased to have worked with District Attorney Spota and other dedicated law enforcement agencies in investigating this scheme and taking action to hold this unscrupulous broker accountable for her crimes.”

In a related scheme, Ms. Graziano collected premium payments and falsified insurance cards and false Certificates of Liability Insurance coverage to convince her unsuspecting customers that they had insurance coverage in place, when in fact, they did not have any insurance.

“Her schemes began to unravel when her clients’ vehicle registrations were suspended by DMV for lapses in insurance coverage, and claims made on commercial insurance policies were being denied by the insurance carriers for lack of a policy.  She left a real mess in her wake,” said Spota.

In 2015, the license for the firm K.A.G. to operate as an insurance broker expired and no renewal application was filed.  “Despite this fact, Ms. Graziano and K.A.G. continued to operate and extend several illegal schemes that ultimately victimized several dozen firms,” said D.A. Spota. Cement truck fleet operators, towing companies, and snow removal businesses were among the victims scammed by Graziano.  Many of the defendant’s commercial clients lost business and had to deal with DMV fines as well as tens of thousands of dollars in fines assessed for operating without valid workers compensation coverage.  

“Our investigators with the assistance of our state investigate partners and the investigative units of the affected insurance carriers were able to assist those victimized companies who were cheated and consequently had their financial viability compromised,” District Attorney Spota explained.

Kevin Gallagher, the Northeast Regional Director of the National Insurance Crime Bureau said, “The National Insurance Crime Bureau would like to applaud the staff of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for their continued efforts in addressing insurance fraud in Suffolk County. The cost of insurance fraud is shared by all consumers and this investigation sends a strong message to others who may be contemplating engaging in insurance fraud. We look forward to our continued partnership in combatting insurance fraud for all New Yorkers.”

Graziano and K.A.G. Insurance Corp. pleaded guilty to nine charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud in the first degree, three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, insurance fraud in the fifth degree and a violation of state insurance law.  

 

Tuesday
Sep192017

Woman Arrested After Stealing Identity Info From Physical Therapy Office

Suffolk County Police have arrested a Huntington Station, New York woman for stealing $15,000.

Andrea EchevarriaAndrea Echevarria stole the personal identifying information of three people from customer records kept by her former employer, Deer Park PTDC, a physical therapy office located at 2103 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, New York. She used the information to open a line of credit, then used the line of credit for cosmetic surgery totaling $15,000.

After a nine month investigation by Second Squad detectives and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, Echevarria, 33, of Huntington Station was arrested and charged with two counts of Identity Theft 1st Degree and one count of Identity Theft 2nd Degree. Echevarria will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on September 19.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Saturday
Sep162017

Motorcyclist Dies In MV Crash In Ronkonkoma

 

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Ronkonkoma, New York, last night.

Richard Schmansky was traveling southbound on Smithtown Avenue near 2nd Street when his 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a 2001 Nissan Altima that was also traveling southbound at approximately 7:50 p.m. 

Schmansky, 58, of Centereach, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Nissan, Jamese Chetuck, 22, of Coram, remained at the scene and was uninjured.

Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.

Friday
Sep152017

81-Year-Old Kings Park Resident Involved In MV Crash Passed School Bus

 

Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a 10-year-old pedestrian at a bus stop in Kings Park, New York, this morning.

Pasquale Izzo was driving a 1998 Dodge Durango northbound on First Avenue, approaching Carlson Avenue, when he passed a stopped school bus and struck a 10-year-old boy who was crossing First Avenue to get on the bus at 7:54 a.m. The flashing red lights and stop sign on the Kings Park School District school bus were activated.

The child was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Izzo, 81, of Kings Park, was not injured.

The Dodge was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to callFourth Squad detectives at 631-854-8452.

Friday
Sep152017

Accident In Kings Park 10-Year-Old Pedestrian Airlifted To Hospital

***Newsday is reporting that the 10-year-old is Ian Palencia-Mendoza, a sixth-grader at William T. Rogers Middle School. ***

Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash in Kings Park that involved a 10-year-old pedestrian. The incident occured at 7:54 am at 1st Avenue and Carlson Avenue. The child was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. 

The extent of child’s injuries are not known at this time. 

Wednesday
Sep132017

Employee A UCP Commack Arrested For Falsely Reporting A Sexual Offense Incident

Suffolk County Police today arrested an Amityville woman, who is an employee of United Cerebral Palsy, for falsely reporting an incident about a sexual offense between an employee and a vulnerable person.

Judy CampbellAn anonymous caller made an allegation to the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs that a male employee of a United Cerebral Palsy residence, located at 159 Indian Head Road in Commack, inappropriately touched a female resident of the home. An investigation by Fourth Squad detectives determined the anonymous caller was another employee, Judy Campbell. Campbell, who had previously dated the male employee, admitted she lied about the allegation. A further investigation concluded no abuse occurred. 

Campbell, 53, was arrested and charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd Degree. Campbell will be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.