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Police Arrest Man With Domestic Incident Warrant


On Tuesday, January 16 Suffolk County Police arrested a man who had a prior domestic warrant for a domestic incident that occurred in December 2017. Anthony Hightower, 25, ran from a home on Woodlawn Avenue at approximately 8:10 a.m. and was apprehended by police on Richie Court in St. James at approximately 8:50 a.m.

Mills Pond Elementary School was locked down as a precaution. There were no injuries and there was never a threat to the school. Hightower was charged with Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree, and Menacing 2nd Degree for the prior incidents. Other charges are pending. 


St. James Fire Dept. Responds To House Fire On Hillside Ave.

St. James Fire Department works together to battle blaze


On Friday, Dec. 29, the St. James Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Hillside Avenue, fully engulfed in flames. First Assistant Chief Ryan Davis was the first responder on scene. He quickly assessed the scene and determined that all occupants were able to escape the structure. 

With immediate response from St. James, Engine Company 2 was the first unit to arrive and quickly brought a hose to the front door. Ladder Truck 7 arrived shortly after and entered the house. Additional members of the department stretched out another hose to serve as back up to the first line. 

Mutual aid for the emergency was provided by fellow firefighters from the Nesconset, Smithtown and Stony Brook fire departments, while Nissequogue and Centereach fire departments provided standby coverage. 

The fire was brought under control within 40 minutes.

“On behalf of the department, we’d like to thank the volunteers who battled this fire in sub-zero degree weather,” said Assistant Chief Davis. “I commend their fast response and dedication to working together to tackle this emergency.” 

Photo courtesy of St. James Fire District


Fatal Collision On Sunken Meadow Parkway Smithtown

State Police Troop “L” are Investigating a Fatal Collision on the Sunken Meadow State Parkway in the Town of Smithtown
The New York State Police are investigating a one-car fatal collision which occurred on January 16, 2018, at approximately 2:38 a.m., on the southbound Sunken Meadow State Parkway, south of Jericho Turnpike (ST-25), in Smithtown, NY.


30 Incidents Of Criminal Mischief In Commack/E.Nthpt


Wanted for Multiple Incidents of Criminal Mischief

Release Date: January 16, 2018

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Second and Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the people who committed more than 30 incidents of criminal mischief.

During the overnight hours between January 13 and 14, vehicle and residence windows were broken in East Northport and Commack. Detectives believe the suspects were in a white SUV.

For video of this incident, go to YouTube.com/scpdtv

Click on the link Wanted for Multiple Incidents of Criminal Mischief CC# 18-50974

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a fast cash reward of $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest. The cash will be rewarded within 72 hours of the 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/Lt. Michael O’Callaghan  CC# 18-50974  Second Squad Detectives  CW# 18-019/KP


Huntington Station Attorney Arrested After Pointing Handgun At Client

Suffolk Police have arrested a lawyer from Huntington Station after he pointed a handgun at a client after a dispute.

Pierre Bazile, who works for the Law Office of Christopher J. Cassar, located at 13 Carver St., Huntington, engaged in a verbal dispute with a client at approximately 12:15 p.m. Bazile then reportedly pointed a 9mm handgun at the 32-year-old male client and ordered him out of his office. The victim, who was not injured, exited the office and waited for police to arrive. A 9mm handgun was recovered at the scent.

Second Squad detectives charged Bazile, 46, of Huntington Station, with Menacing 2nd Degree. Bazile was released after posting bail at the precinct.

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


***Silver Alert Shyenna Bussie***


The Suffolk County Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Wyandanch, New York teenager who suffers from bipolar disorder.

Shyenna Bussie, 15, has gone missing from her home in Wyandanch. She was last seen on January 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. walking north on Straight Path away from her apartment. She is described as a black female, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds, brown eyes and black hair.  She is wearing a black parka coat, black pants with a white stripe, white blouse and black sneakers.

Anyone with information on Bussie’s whereabouts is asked to contact Fisrt Squad detectives at 631-854-8146 or call 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.



Arson Detectives Investigating Car Fire Fatality

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating an incident in which a person was found dead in the driver’s seat of a car that burned in a fire on Montauk Highway on January 14, 2018.

Fifth Precinct Patrol officers responded to a 911 report of a car on fire in the parking lot of the business located at 1236 Montauk Highway, near Kane Avenue, at approximately 8:20 p.m.  The Hagerman Fire Department extinguished the fire without incident before discovering a body burned beyond recognition inside the vehicle.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The victim’s identity will be determined following the autopsy. Arson Section detectives are continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


Nesconset Man Arrested For Sexually Abusing Teenager And Child Pornography


Suffolk County Police arrested a Nesconset man for sexually abusing a teenager and possessing child pornography.

James SheahanFollowing an investigation into child pornography, Computer Crimes Unit detectives and members of the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of James Sheahan. During the search of the home child pornography was recovered and detectives discovered, in an unrelated case, that Sheahan had sexually abused a teenage boy.

Sheahan was arrested at 7 a.m. and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Sex Abuse 2nd Degree and Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child, a felony. He was arraigned in First District Court on January 11.

Sheahan, 19, is a part-time employee at a hockey equipment store located in Suffolk County. Due to the sensitive nature of this ongoing investigation, details surrounding the abuse will not be released. Parents who have information related to this case or have concern for their children are asked to call the Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6279.

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


Wanted For Stealing Sink From Azulejo's Restaurant

Wanted for Petit Larceny

Release Date:  January 8, 2017

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who stole a sink from a Smithtown restaurant.

A man stole a sink, valued at approximately $250, from the rear of the rear of Azulejo’s, located at 368 Route 25, on December 11 at approximately 10 p.m. 

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.

Sgt. Patrick Russell CC# 17-724094

Fourth Precinct Crime Section  CW# 17-496/KP


SCPD Missing Centerport Teen


Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a Centerport teen who went missing in December 2017.

Zina Mullady, 19, was last seen at her home on December 29, 2017. She is white, 5 feet 1 inch tall and approximately 100 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. She was wearing a pink sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a black and pink coat. 

Detectives do not believe foul play is involved in Mullady’s disappearance.

Anyone with information about Mullady’s location is asked to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or call 911.