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CDC Report Indicates An Increase In Suicide And Overdose Deaths In 2017

CDC National Center for Health Statiscs report

In 2017, a total of 2,813,503 resident deaths were registered in the United States—69,255 more deaths than in 2016. From 2016 to 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for the total population increased 0.4%, and life expectancy at birth decreased 0.1 year. Age-specific death rates between 2016 and 2017 increased for age groups 25–34, 35–44, and 85 and over, and decreased for age group 45–54. Age-adjusted death rates increased for non-Hispanic white males and non-Hispanic white females and decreased for non-Hispanic black females. 

Overdose deaths reached a new high in 2017, topping 70,000, while the suicide rate increased by 3.7%, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports. Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC director, called the trend tragic and troubling. “Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable,” he wrote in a statement.”  Susan Scutti, CNN

Life expectancy for females was consistently higher than it was for males. In 2017, the difference in life expectancy between females and males increased 0.1 year from 4.9 years in 2016 to 5.0 years in 2017. 

In 2017, life expectancy at birth was 78.6 years for the total U.S. population—a decrease from 78.7 years in 2016 (Figure 1). For males, life expectancy changed from 76.2 in 2016 to 76.1 in 2017. For females, life expectancy remained the same at 81.1. 

In 2017, life expectancy at age 65 for the total population was 19.5 years, an increase of 0.1 year from 2016. Life expectancy at age 65 was 20.6 years for females and 18.1 years for males, both unchanged from 2016. The difference in life expectancy at age 65 between females and males was 2.5 years, unchanged from 2016. 

From 2016 to 2017, age-adjusted death rates increased for 7 of 10 leading causes of death and decreased for 1 (Figure 4 ). The rate increased 4.2% for unintentional injuries, 0.7% for chronic lower respiratory diseases, 0.8% for stroke, 2.3% for Alzheimer disease, 2.4% for diabetes, 5.9% for influenza and pneumonia, and 3.7% for suicide. The rate decreased 2.1% for cancer. Rates for heart disease and kidney disease did not change significantly. 

The 10 leading causes of death in 2017 remained the same as in 2016. Age-adjusted death rates increased for seven leading causes and decreased for one. Life expectancy at birth decreased 0.1 year from 78.7 years in 2016 to 78.6 in 2017, largely because of increases in mortality from unintentional injuries, suicide, diabetes, and influenza and pneumonia, with unintentional injuries making the largest contribution. 


***Silver Alert Gabrielle Abatantuno***

Silver Alert- Gabrielle Abatantuno

The Suffolk County Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Dix Hills teen who may be suicidal.

Gabrielle Abatantuno left her residence, a group home located at 43 Arista Drive, on November 26 at approximately 7 p.m. on foot.

Abatantuno, 17, is white, 4 feet 11 inches tall and approximately 175 pounds. She has brown eyes, black hair and wears glasses. She was wearing an orange sweater, a dark-colored pea coat, black boots and dark jeans. 

Anyone with information on Abatantuno’s location is asked to contact Second Squad detectives at 631-854-8252 or call 911

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.


Mastic Man Sentenced For DWI Drugs Fatal MV Crash



 Defendant was Driving While Impaired by Drugs at Time of Crash that Killed One, Injured Seven Others

Peter Visconti Jr., 38, of Mastic,(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a man for killing one person and injuring seven others in a motor vehicle crash that occurred on the Long Island Expressway near Shirley on March 31.

“In this day and age, there is no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel of a car if they’ve been doing drugs or drinking,” District Attorney Sini said. “A woman lost her life and the victims who survived this horrific crash had their lives changed forever because of this defendant’s senseless decision.”

Peter Visconti Jr., 38, of Mastic, pleaded guilty on Oct. 11 to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a B felony; three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a D felony; three counts of Assault in the Third Degree, an A misdemeanor; Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs in the First Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, an A misdemeanor.

He was sentenced today by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho to six to 18 years in prison.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on March 31, Visconti was driving a 2004 Ford pickup truck westbound on the Long Island Expressway near William Floyd Parkway in Shirley when he struck a 2011 Honda minivan. He was driving erratically and had veered off the road twice prior to the crash.

Visconti’s truck crossed over the median and onto the eastbound lanes where it struck a motorcycle and a 2013 Toyota minivan. The force of the impact caused the side panel from the minivan to become impaled on Visconti’s truck.

A passenger in the Toyota minivan was pronounced dead at the Long Island Medical Center in East Patchogue following the crash. The other six passengers in the van, who were all visiting from China, were injured in the crash and transported to area hospitals. Three of the passengers suffered serious physical injuries.

The motorcyclist also suffered serious physical injury. The passengers in the Honda minivan did not receive medical treatment.

The defendant was transported to Brookhaven Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He was interviewed at the hospital by a drug recognition expert from the Suffolk County Police Department who determined Visconti was exhibiting signs of being impaired by a drug. Visconti consented to a blood test, which tested positive for alprazolam (Xanax) and cocaine.

The defendant was also operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license at the time of the crash.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sean MacDonnell, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.


Police Rescue Man From Overturned Boat In Fire Island Inlet 


Suffolk County Police Department Marine Bureau officers rescued a man from the Fire Island Inlet Tuesday afternoon after his boat overturned in heavy seas.

Greg Antolini was returning from a fishing trip on his 26 foot Everglades boat, traveling through the Fire Island Inlet, when the boat rolled over in eight to ten foot breaking seas during poor weather conditions.

Marine Bureau officer Erik Johnson, patrolling the oceanfront at Democrat Point on Fire Island, spotted the overturned hull of a boat in the inlet at approximately 3 p.m. Officer Johnson notified dispatch, and the Suffolk County Police Department immediately dispatched a police helicopter and two rescue boats to the area, and notified the US Coast Guard.

The police helicopter arrived and located the overturned boat and Antolini, who was clinging to a life jacket.

The helicopter crew hovered near the victim to guide rescuers. Marine Charlie, crewed by Sergeant John Vahey and Lieutenant Edward Mulroy, transited the inlet and recovered Antolini from the water and immediately rendered first aid. They then brought Antolini through the inlet to US Coast Guard Station Fire Island, where they were met by the helicopter and flight medic.

Antolini, 54, of Babylon was transported by Suffolk Police Helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of hypothermia. The sea temperature was 57 degrees, and a Small Craft Warning was in effect at the time of the incident.



Arrest Made In The Sexual Assault Of Teenage Girl

Daniel AdumSuffolk County Police have made an arrest in the November 11th sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Huntington.

Daniel Adum, 19, was arrested and charged with Criminal Sexual Act 1st Degree and Aggravated Sexual Abuse 2ndDegree. Adum will be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.



Man Arrested After Fleeing MV Crash On LIE In Commack


Suffolk County Police today arrested a man after he fled a motor vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway in Commack tonight.

A man was driving a Toyota Sienna east on the LIE when he rear-ended a Chevrolet SUV near exit 52 at approximately 5:30 p.m. The man fled the scene. A third driver, not involved in the crash, followed the Toyota and called police, providing the license plate number of the vehicle. 

After an investigation, Highway Patrol Officer Rob Ketelas determined the driver of the Toyota was Richard Mouzakes. Officer Ketelas notified Sixth Precinct officers Shane Parker and Chris Sarli that Mouzakes was in the Selden area. The officers located Mouzakes and the vehicle behind Taco Express, located at 1236 Middle Country Road, Selden. Mouzakes was attempting to repair the damage on his vehicle. The investigation also revealed that Mouzakes’ license had previously been suspended 22 times. 

Mouzakes, 54, of Selden, was charged with Leaving the Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree. He was also issued several traffic citations for violations related to the crash.

Mouzakes was released on bail and will be arraigned at a later date.

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


NYS Police Cold Case Tuesday

Cold Case Tuesday – State Police continue the search for the suspect in a 1986 homicide

State Police continue to look for William Peter Fischer, wanted for the murder of his 19-year-old son, Billy and his friend, Nancy Hyer.

On December 21, 1986, the bodies of Billy Fischer and Nancy Hyer were found in the trunk of Hyer’s vehicle.

An investigation revealed Billy had been shot 18 times, Nancy, stabbed twice.
It is believed that on December 10, 1986, Fischer invited his son to his Southampton home. It is believed that Billy, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, asked his father for money to help cover mounting medical bills.

The following day, Billy contacted Nancy Hyer, asking her to come and pick him up from his father’s house. It is believed that Fischer shot Billy, then stabbed Nancy to death, putting the bodies in the trunk of Hyer’s car and leaving it at the Southampton Elks Club.

Police searched Fischer’s home and found blood and fibers matching the victims in the vacuum cleaner and bullets in the walls. Luminol sprayed throughout the house also revealed blood had been cleaned off the walls.

On February 25, 1987, William Fischer was indicted on two counts of Murder 2nd degree and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On February 27, 1987, Fischer’s abandoned vehicle was found at New York’s Kennedy Airport. 

An investigation has failed to locate Fischer to date.

Fischer is now in his 70s, and described as 5’11, 185-200 pounds with salt and pepper hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on William Peter Fischer’s whereabouts are asked to call State Police at (631) 756-3300.

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