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Wednesday
Jan162019

NYS Troopers And SCPD Catch Fleeing Suspect After Traffic Stop

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at approximately 8:03pm, troopers stopped a white BMW forJoshua Francois speeding on the westbound Long Island Expressway, near exit 65, in Suffolk County, town of Brookhaven, NY.  Prior to the trooper exiting the vehicle, the white BMW sped off and a pursuit was initiated.   The pursuit ended on Allegheny Drive in Farmingville, NY, where the driver fled on foot.  The passenger of the BMW was taken into custody and was later released without criminal charges.  Troopers were assisted by Suffolk County Police who located the driver of the BMW, Joshua Francois, 23 years old, from Middle Island, NY, a short distance away from the scene.  Mr. Francois was taken into custody and was found to be possession of a loaded gun with an extended capacity magazine and heroin. 
 
Mr. Francois was arrested on the following charges:
 
Unlawful Fleeing from a Police Officer 3rd
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd with Intent to Sell
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd - Narcotic
Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Reckless Driving
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd
 
Mr. Francois is being held for arraignment in Suffolk County First District Court on January 16, 2019.

Tuesday
Jan152019

Police Arrest Two Men For Letgo App Scam

 

Suffolk County Police have arrested two men for participating in a scam to defraud people of money through the letgo app last year.

On November 30, outside 156 Mayfield Drive, Mastic Beach, Ronnie Langhorn arranged to sell a cell phone to someone just before midnight. Langhorn showed the victim a cell phone and accepted cash before telling the victim he had to get a SIM card. He fled to the rear of the property and never returned with the phone.

In a separate incident on December 8, Langhorn and three men arranged for the purchase of a cell phone on Mastic Road, also through the letgo app, and stole money from the victim before fleeing on foot. 

In a third incident at the Mastic-Shirley LIRR station on December 31, the victim gave Langhorn money and Langhorn pushed the man to the ground. When the victim attempted to follow the suspect, a second man, Mitchell Washington threatened to shoot him. 

Langhorn, 19, of Mastic, was charged with Robbery 2nd Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree, and Petit Larceny. Washington 21, of Bay Shore, is charged with Robbery 2nd Degree. 

Langhorn was arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip. Washington will be held overnight at the 7th Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.

 

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

Tuesday
Jan152019

News From DEC - Spring Seedling Sale

Spring Seedling Sale

Rows of red oak seedlings
Red oak seedlings

The 2019 seedling sale will begin January 2, 2019.

View the 2019 Trees and Shrubs Brochure (PDF). Note: The PDF brochure does not include updates to availability of species. Please see the links below.

View full species descriptions (not provided in the PDF brochure)

View species availability (not provided in the PDF brochure)

The Department of Environmental Conservation operates the State Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs, which produces tree and shrub seedlings for conservation plantings on public and private lands. Native New York seed-sources are used when available.

Before ordering, consider specific space requirements for each type of tree:

SpeciesSpacing in FeetTrees/Acre
Wildlife 6 x 6 1,210
Conifer 8 x 8 680
Hardwood 12 x 12 300

How to Order

As of January 10, 2019, many species are low in stock. DEC strongly urges customers to order by phone so that operators can provide the most up-to-date availability information.

 

BY PHONE: Order seedlings from January 3 through mid-May by calling (518) 587-1120, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. This is the recommended way to order since operators have the latest availability information.

Operators can answer questions or direct you to the proper office for other information. An order will be completed over the phone and sent to you via mail or e-mail for your signature and payment.

For all other inquiries call the Nursery office at (518) 581-1439, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

BY MAIL OR E-MAIL: Complete the order form (PDF).

Send the order form to:

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Saratoga Tree Nursery
2369 Rt. 50
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4771
Or e-mail to nysnursery@dec.ny.gov

Do not send payment at this time. An invoice will be sent to customers and must be signed and returned within 10 days with a check or money order to complete the purchase, unless other arrangements have been made. DO NOT SEND CASH.

All requests are filled after January 3 in the order received. Some species sell out quickly, so order early.

Shipping Options and Instructions

Please make shipping arrangements when you place your order. There are three (3) options available:

1. Pick up your order at the Saratoga Tree Nursery, located just south of Saratoga Springs on Route 50, approximately 30 miles north of Albany. Any orders made after May 7 must be picked up at the nursery. You will be notified by mail when your order is ready. Pay no shipping.

2. Preferred method: Seedlings are shipped by designated truckers to a single location within certain counties for a fee. Customers pick up their orders at designated locations on specified dates. Orders shipped this way are given preference over option #3. Customers will be notified of the shipping charges and pickup date when the order is made. Orders MUST be placed by March 31 for this option.

3. UPS delivery: Limited to customers who do not have the “designated trucker” option, or who place an order after the March 31. Fee per order: $5.00 plus20% of the total bill or $15, whichever is higher. Orders placed after May 1st must be picked up at the nursery.

Shipments are made from mid-April through early May. Seedlings should be planted as soon as possible. Until planted, keep seedlings cool and out of direct sunlight. Do not let roots dry out. 

More about Spring Seedling Sale:

Tuesday
Jan152019

Credit Card Stolen From Car In LA Fitness Parking Lot Used At Target

Wanted for Grand Larceny

       Release Date: January 15, 2018

 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who used a stolen credit card at a store in Commack in November. 

A man used a stolen credit card at Target, located at 98 Veterans Memorial Highway, on November 10, 2017. The credit card was stolen from a vehicle at LA Fitness, located at 68 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack, earlier in the day.  

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 www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  

D/Sgt. Keith Serper CC# 18- 746023. Fourth Squad Detectives  CW# 18-537/RG

Monday
Jan142019

SCPD Investigating Bank Robbery At Bohemia Capital One Branch

 

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred this morning in Bohemia.

A man entered Capital One, located at 4110 Veterans Memorial Highway, at 9:43 a.m., approached a teller and presented a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the man’s demands and gave him cash from the drawer. The man fled on foot eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway and then southbound on Corporate Drive.

The man was described as white, between 25 and 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build, dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, sneakers, a black Nuggets hat and was carrying a backpack.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this robbery to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Sunday
Jan132019

MV Crash With Passenger Fatality In Commack

Suffolk County Police last night arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after a motor vehicle crash killed a passenger in his car.

Patrick J. McMahon was driving a 2018 Infiniti Q60 westbound on Dovecote Lane, near Dana Lane, when he lost control of the vehicle, struck a driveway pillar and a tree, overturned and came to a stop on the front lawn of the residence located at 94 Dovecote Lane at 1:55 a.m. Steven Sarvis, 32, of Ronkonkoma, a passenger in the backseat of the Infiniti, was transported to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown where he was pronounced dead. McMahon was transported to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A second passenger in the Infiniti self-transported to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center with minor injuries.

McMahon, 48, of Commack, was charged with Driving while Intoxicated. He will be arraigned at a later date.

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

Saturday
Jan122019

Pedestrian Killed After Driver Hits Gas Instead Of Brake 

 

Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a pedestrian in Copiague today.

A woman was walking in a parking lot, located 870 Merrick Road, when she was struck by ake

The woman, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip by Amityville Fire Department Ambulance where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

The car was impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

Saturday
Jan122019

SC Police Arrest Man For Using Stolen Credit Cards

 

Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for using stolen credit cards.Stanley Roney, was arrested for using stolen credit cards and charged with eight counts of Grand Larceny 4th Degree, 16 counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree and 10 counts of Identity Theft 2nd Degree.

Second Squad detectives, along with Fifth Squad detectives and Sixth Squad detectives, have been investigating more than a dozen cases of credit cards stolen from vehicles, several of which were located in gym parking lots. Some of the stolen credit cards were used to purchase gift cards, Apple watches and other items.  An investigation by Second, Fifth and Sixth squads identified the suspect as Stanley Roney.

Roney, 37, of Brooklyn, was arrested and charged with eight counts of Grand Larceny 4th Degree, 16 counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree and 10 counts of Identity Theft 2nd Degree.

Roney will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on January 12.

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

Friday
Jan112019

Man Charged With DWI After Crashing Into Police Vehicle

Suffolk County Police last night arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after he crashed his pickup truck into a stopped police vehicle.

Brian Eddington was driving a 2016 Dodge Ram northbound on Nichols Road when he crashed into the back of a police vehicle at approximately 8:55 p.m. A Fifth Precinct officer had responded to an earlier crash at the scene, and was inside his vehicle with the overhead lights illuminated, off the roadway, when the incident occurred.  The officer was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

Eddington, 43, of Medford, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip in the morning.

 

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

Thursday
Jan102019

Police Release Details Of Stabbing Incident In Huntington Station

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart today announced the arrest of three MS-13 gang members for allegedly stabbing a teenager yesterday in Huntington Station.

Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, of Huntington Station; Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, of Huntington Station; and Oscar Canales Molina, 17, of Huntington Station, were each charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D violent felony.

“What we know about MS-13 is that they use violence to – in their minds – ensure that they are given respect,” District Attorney Sini said. “Certainly this type of incident fits within the modus operandi of MS-13, which is essentially random and seemingly senseless acts of violence.”

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, a group of teenagers were in the Burger King located at 837 New York Ave. in Huntington Station.

“The teens noticed a group of Hispanic males who they recognized from [Huntington High] school, including the three defendants, staring at them in a menacing way,” District Attorney Sini said. “The teens felt uncomfortable and proceeded to leave the restaurant.”

In the rear parking lot of the Burger King, the defendants allegedly attacked the group of teenagers while armed with baseball bats and knives.

“While it’s not clear what the groups were fighting about, one thing is clear: everyone arrested is a confirmed member of MS-13,” said Commissioner Hart.

During the altercation, Arevalo Lopez allegedly stabbed a 16-year-old male in his back with a knife.

The victim was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses saw the three defendants flee the scene in a black 2007 Toyota Scion with a large spoiler on the rear of the vehicle.

Suffolk County Police officers located the vehicle at approximately 3:30 p.m.

“After the assault, the suspects fled in a vehicle, which was stopped shortly after the incident by Police Officers Rodriguez, Indelicato and Guido,” Commissioner Hart said. “I would like to commend the Second Precinct officers for their quick response to apprehend these three assailants.”

The defendants were found with blood on their clothing and hands as well as on the vehicle. Two knives were recovered on Canales Molina, including a small knife, which appeared to be covered in blood, which was found in his shoe.

The defendants were arraigned today by Suffolk County District Court Judge Gaetan B. Lozito. Bail was set for each defendant at $35,000 cash or $75,000 bond. They are due back in court on Jan. 15.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

All three defendants were previously confirmed as MS-13 gang members by the Suffolk County Police Department. Thereafter, Arevalo Lopez was detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) on Oct. 24, 2017, and was ordered released from custody by a federal District Court judge on June 12, 2018. Canales Molina was detained by ICE on July 24, 2017, and was released from custody by a federal judge on Nov. 28, 2017.

This case is being prosecuted by the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau’s Gang Unit.

 

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