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***Silver Alert Anthony Russo***

Silver Alert- Anthony Russo

Suffolk County Police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing Coram man who may be suicidal.

Anthony Russo, 35, was last seen at his residence, located on Theodore Drive, on August 20. Russo is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 158 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He drives a white Jeep Liberty with FPL 6504 license plates.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on Russo’s location to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or 911. 

As a reminder, Silver Alert is a program implemented in Suffolk County that allows local law enforcement to share information with media outlets about individuals with special needs who have been reported missing.


Man Caught On Tape Stealing Purse From A Commack Business

 Wanted for Commack Grand Larceny

       Release Date: August 21, 2019


Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who stole a purse from a Commack business last month. 

A man stole a purse that contained cash, credit cards and approximately $500 worth of hair styling tools from Harry Charles Salon and Spa, located at 106 Jericho Turnpike, on July 19. The suspect entered and exited through an unlocked rear door.  

For video of this incident, go to

Click on the link Wanted for Commack Grand Larceny CC# 19-406683 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  



Police Arrest Driver With More Than 70 License Suspensions

Suffolk County Police today arrested a North Amityville man for driving with more than 70 license suspensions.

A First Precinct police officer pulled over a 2005 BMW at the corner of Schleigel Boulevard and Great Neck Road in North Amityville for having cracked and illegally tinted windows. The driver, Terrance Smith, was driving with a license that had been suspended 71 times on 13 dates. 

Smith, 37, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree.

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


***Air Quality Health Advisory For Thursday, August 22***


           New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the New York City Metro and Long Island areas for Thursday, August 22, 2019.


           The pollutant of concern is: Ozone

 The advisory will be in effect 11 a.m. through 11 p.m.       

 DEC and DOH issue Air Quality Health Advisories when DEC meteorologists predict levels of pollution, either ozone or fine particulate matter are expected to exceed an Air Quality Index (AQI) value of 100. The AQI was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale, with a higher AQI value indicating a greater health concern.


            Summer heat can lead to the formation of ground-level ozone, a major component of photochemical smog. Automobile exhaust and out-of-state emission sources are the primary sources of ground-level ozone and are the most serious air pollution problems in the northeast. This surface pollutant should not be confused with the protective layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere.

           People, especially young children, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work and those who have respiratory disease (such as asthma) should consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity when ozone levels are the highest (generally afternoon to early evening). When outdoor levels of ozone are elevated, going indoors will usually reduce your exposure.  Individuals experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing should consider consulting their doctor.

           Ozone levels generally decrease at night and can be minimized during daylight hours by curtailment of automobile travel and the use of public transportation where available.

           New Yorkers also are urged to take the following energy-saving and pollution-reducing steps: 

  • use mass transit or carpool instead of driving, as automobile emissions account for about 60 percent of pollution in our cities;
  • conserve fuel and reduce exhaust emissions by combining necessary motor vehicle trips;
  • turn off all lights and electrical appliances in unoccupied areas;
  • use fans to circulate air. If air conditioning is necessary, set thermostats at 78 degrees;
  • close the blinds and shades to limit heat build-up and to preserve cooled air;
  • limit use of household appliances. If necessary, run the appliances at off-peak (after 7 p.m.) hours. These would include dishwashers, dryers, pool pumps and water heaters;
  • set refrigerators and freezers at more efficient temperatures;
  • purchase and install energy efficient lighting and appliances with the Energy Star label; and
  • reduce or eliminate outdoor burning and attempt to minimize indoor sources of PM 2.5 such as smoking.

           A toll-free Air Quality Hotline (1-800-535-1345) has been established by DEC to keep New Yorkers informed of the latest Air Quality situation. Additional information on ozone and PM 2.5 is available on DEC’s website and on DOH’s website.

           The Thursday, August 22, Air Quality Health Advisory regions consists of the following: Region 1 Long Island, which includes Nassau and Suffolk counties, and Region 2 New York City Metro, which includes New York City, Rockland, and Westchester counties.


Police Arrest Homeless Man For Robbing Miller Place Bank

Suffolk County Police today arrested an undomiciled man for robbing Chase Bank, 385 Route 25A, Miller Place bank Monday, August 12, 2019 at approximately 2:40 p.m.

Following an investigation, Major Case Unit detectives arrested Raymond Peruggi in Mastic Beach at approximately 8:55 p.m. for robbing the Chase Bank. Detectives charged Peruggi with Robbery 3rd Degree. 

It is alleged that Peruggi entered the bank and displayed a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the demands and gave him cash from the drawer. 

Peruggi, 29, is being held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 20.

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




Man Steals Gold Chain From Macy's After Punching Employee In Face


Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man and woman who robbed a Commack Store in August. 

A man and woman entered Macy’s, located at 2 Veterans Memorial Highway, at approximately 11 a.m. on August 11 and approached the jewelry section where they asked to look at a gold chain. When it was removed from its case by a store employee, the man punched the victim in the face and the pair fled the scene in the below pictured vehicle with the jewelry. The chain was valued at approximately $4,000. 

The man is described as light-skinned, 6-foot-2, and over 200 pounds and is believed to be in his mid- twenties. The woman is white and in her twenties. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  

Sgt. Keith Serper CC# 19-450773.  Fourth Squad Detectives CW# 19-345/EN


Gang Members Charged With Narcotics Trafficking On LI

Six Bloods Members and Associates Charged with Narcotics Trafficking on Long Island

Defendants Were Arrested in Joint Federal-State Law Enforcement Initiative

An 11-count superseding indictment was unsealed in federal court in Central Islip charging Rashaan Corbin, Miles Lamarca, Sharied Legette, Alex Murphy, Taieek Smith and Andre Turner – members or associates of the Bloods street gang – with multiple crimes for their participation in drug distribution in Babylon, New York, and surrounding neighborhoods.  Lamarca was arrested on August 15, 2019 and will be arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson.  Legette and Turner were arrested last month and ordered detained.  Smith is in state custody and will be arraigned at a future date on the superseding indictment with Corbin and Murphy, who were charged in the original indictment in March 2019. 

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Raymond Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Timothy Sini, District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDA), and Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), announced the charges.

As alleged in court filings, between approximately March 2013 and April 2019, the defendants distributed heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, cocaine or crack cocaine in and around Babylon.  They often used firearms to protect their turf and narcotics from members of other street gangs.  During the course of the investigation, members of law enforcement seized more than $120,000 in cash, five semi-automatic handguns, drug paraphernalia and materials used to package narcotics for distribution.           

“Drugs, gangs and guns are a dangerous combination, putting our communities at grave risk,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “This Office and our federal and state law enforcement partners will continue to work tirelessly to remove drug-dealing gang members from our streets.” 

“Members and associates of street gangs go to great lengths to defend their respective territories, at times engaging in acts of violence to prevent others from invading the areas they control. When narcotics are involved, the stakes are even higher. The people of our communities deserve to live in a society that is free from violence. The FBI will continue to aggressively investigate these cases and work together with our partners in disrupting and dismantling this type of illegal activity,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.

“Today’s arrest marks the end of a criminal organization alleged to have spread drugs, violence, and mayhem throughout Long Island communities,” stated DEA Special Agent- in-Charge Donovan.  “This investigation is one example of collaborative law enforcement efforts to make our cities safer by focusing on gang-related crime and violence.”

“Gang activity often goes hand-in-hand with illicit drug sales and the illegal possession of weapons, which are used as protection for narcotics operations like this one,” stated Suffolk County District Attorney Sini.  “Make no mistake: these defendants, who are members and associates of the violent Bloods street gang, were driving crime in a variety of ways in our communities, and these indictments put an end to that enterprise. We will continue to work collaboratively with our federal partners, including the cross-designation of prosecutors, so that we can effectively target and arrest impact players.”

“The success of our coordinated efforts with our law enforcement partners is evident in the takedown of these Bloods gang members and associates who ran a narcotics operation for six years,” stated SCPD Commissioner Hart. “We remain committed to arresting those who make a living off of selling illicit drugs and poisoning our communities. Interagency collaboration plays a significant role in creating the safest environment for our residents, and I would like to thank the Eastern District of New York for their unwavering commitment to ridding neighborhoods of narcotics.”

The charges in the indictments are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If convicted, Corbin, Legette, Murphy and Smith face a maximum of life imprisonment; Lamarca and Turner face up to 40 years in prison.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division.  Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher C. Caffarone, Mark E. Misorek and Special Assistant United States Attorney Melissa J. Turk are in charge of the prosecution. 


Man Shot Outside C.J. Bond's Sports Bar

Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives are investigating a shooting that took place outside a Bay Shore bar early this morning.

A 24-year-old Bay Shore man was standing outside C.J. Bond’s Sports Bar, located at 1381 Brentwood Rd., when he was approached by a man wearing a red and purple ski mask and carrying a handgun at approximately 2 a.m. The suspect struck the victim in the head with the gun and demanded money. After the victim gave up his wallet, the suspect shot him once in the leg and fled the scene. Friends of the victim transported him to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers 800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.


Residential Burglary Suspect Arrested


Suffolk County Police yesterday arrested a man who committed nine residential burglaries in July and August of 2019 in the First, Fourth and Sixth Precincts.

Following an investigation, First Squad detectives located Alfred Giglio at 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma on August 17 at 12:44 p.m. and arrested him for three burglaries that occurred in the First Precinct in July 2019. In conjunction with Fourth and Sixth Squad detectives, further investigation revealed he was responsible for six burglaries that occurred in the Fourth and Sixth Precincts on August 11, 2019. The following is a list of the nine burglaries committed by Giglio:

  • 21 Knickerbocker Ave., Ronkonkoma. August 11, 2019
  • 107 Port Ave., Ronkonkoma. August 11, 2019
  • 151 Springdale Drive, Ronkonkoma. August 11, 2019
  • 2494 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma. August 11, 2019
  • 749 Erie St., Ronkonkoma. August 11, 2019
  • 8 2nd St., Lake Ronkonkoma. August 11, 2019
  • 15 Gateway Drive, Copiague. July 29, 2019  
  • 26 Barberry Court, Amityville. July 25, 2019 
  • 55 Howard Ave., Copiague. July 23, 2019

Giglio, 30, of Lindenhurst, was charged with nine counts of Burglary 2nd Degree, and one count each of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4thDegree, and Possession of Burglary Tools. He will be held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 17.

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


Motorcyclist Dies In MV Cash In Dix Hills

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a motorcyclist in Dix Hills on Friday evening.

Andrew Parisi was operating a 2018 Yamaha westbound on Express Drive North east of Exit 51 when his motorcycle collided with a 2007 Honda motorcycle operated by Nikolas Manitaras at approximately 6:35 p.m. Parisi lost control of the Yamaha and crashed into the wooded area nearby.   

Parisi, 20, of Farmingdale, was taken via North Shore University Medical Center Ambulance to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Manitaras, 20, of North Massapequa was not injured.


The motorcycles were impounded for safety checks. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.