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Pedestrian Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Ronkonkoma

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Ronkonkoma.

Christopher Grassia was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Rosevale Ave., south of Richmond Blvd., and a passerby discovered the victim and called 911 at approximately 12:20 a.m. Police believe the vehicle was a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck with front end damage as a result of the crash and that the incident may have occurred between 7:20 p.m. on February 14 and 12:20 a.m. today.

Grassia, 46, of Ronkonkoma, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


54 Year-Old Man Arrested For Forcible Touching

On February 14, 2019, the New York State Police arrested Edward Quinn, 54, of Shirley for Forcible Touching andEdward Quinn Endangering the Welfare of a Child, less than 17 years of age.  The arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on September 6, 2018 in Southampton, Suffolk County, NY.  Mr. Quinn is being held for arraignment at the town of Southampton Court. 

The New York State Police is asking if there are any additional victims to please contact State Police Farmingdale at (631)756-3300.  All calls will remain confidential. 


NYS Police Investigating Hate Crime At Nissequogue River State Park


The New York State Police Troop L BCI, with the assistance of the State Police Hate Crimes Unit, are investigating the discovery of a swastika along the bike path at the Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park, Suffolk County. Governor Cuomo directed the State Police to investigate the vandalism, which was discovered on Sunday, February 10.

Senator John Flanagan issued the following statement:

Over the weekend, hate-filled anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered in the Nissequogue River State Park.  The message is deeply troubling to those who live in the Kings Park community and all who continue the fight against hatred.  I want to make it clear that all elected officials and community leaders are united in saying that hateful symbols must never be tolerated and those responsible must and will be held accountable for their actions.

While some may try to divide us, this nation was built to protect and respect our differences and we will stand stronger together in the face of those who look to divide us.  We must use this as another opportunity to become stronger.

Everyone has the right to live free of fear and oppression and those who feel otherwise have no place in our community.  That stands truer today than it ever has and those who test our resolve on this will find that they are the ones who are not welcome.”


State Police is asking anyone who may have any information about the vandalism to contact investigators at 631-756-3300.


***Missing Teenager***

Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a Mastic Beach teen who went missing in November.

Hannah SimpsonHannah Simpson, 16, was reported missing on November 8 by her mother. Simpson is considered a runaway who fled prior to being taken into foster care by Suffolk County Child Protective Services. Simpson had previously been staying with a family member in Mastic Beach and attending William Floyd High School.

Simpson is white, 5 feet 2 inches tall, approximately 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a birthmark on her right shoulder.

Anyone with information on Simpson’s location is asked to call 911 or the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.


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