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Grand Jury Report critical of Smithtown town
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The Grand Jury Report is public record and available at the link below. It is 40 pages, but double spaced, and well worth the few minutes it takes to read it.

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Thursday
Aug172017

U.S. Immigration Seek Public's Help Identifying Suspect In Child Sex Abuse

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INTERPOL, ICE seek public’s help to identify unknown female suspect in child sex abuse and exploitation case

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Investigators fear safety of toddler experiencing ongoing sexual abuse

WASHINGTON – INTERPOL Washington, the U.S. National Central Bureau (USNCB), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are urging the public to help identify an unknown suspect wanted for questioning in an unsolved case of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Investigators have been unable to identify the suspect using traditional investigative means and request the public’s assistance. All tips will remain confidential. Members of the public should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.

In addition to public appeals, investigators have been distributing the suspect’s photo to fellow law enforcement agencies, and to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in a unified effort to identify the suspect and rescue the child.

At the request of ICE-HSI, INTERPOL Washington caused the issuance of an INTERPOL Blue Notice for the unidentified subject.  Blue Notices are published by INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, for the purpose of tracing, locating, and seeking information on persons of interest in criminal investigations.  They are disseminated to law enforcement officials in all 190 member countries of INTERPOL. 

The suspect is being added to ICE’s Operation Predator App, which allows users to receive alerts about wanted predators, to share the information with friends via email and social media tools, and to provide information to ICE by calling or submitting an online tip.

Anyone with information about this suspect is urged to contact the agency though the app; or by calling the HSI Tip Line, which is staffed 24-hours a day at 1-866-347-2423 from the U.S. & Canada, or 1-802-872-6199 from anywhere in the world, or by submitting an online tip form. Individuals should not attempt to apprehend the suspect personally.

The smartphone app is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download ICE’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

Tuesday
Aug082017

ICE arrests 32 sex offenders in Long Island during Operation SOAR

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NEW YORK – Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 32 convicted sexual predators during a 10-day period, ending Aug. 3 in Long Island in an enforcement effort dubbed, “Operation SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal).

 

In the course of Operation SOAR, ERO officers apprehended 32 individuals with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to attempted rape.  Of those arrested, 12 are registered sexual offenders.  Each was taken into custody and is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings. 

 

“ICE’s continuing commitment to making our communities safer is underscored by operations like this one targeting sexual offenders. These actions focus our resources on the most egregious criminals and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for New York. “ERO officers are out there every day enforcing immigration law with targeted enforcement actions.  ICE will not waiver in its promise to arrest and remove criminal aliens from our neighborhoods.”

ERO deportation officers made arrests throughout Long Island, specifically in Nassau County:  East Meadow, Franklin Square, Garden City, Glen Cove, Mineola Port Washington, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Westbury; and in Suffolk County:  Amityville, Bayshore, Brentwood, Central Islip, Copiague, Deer Park, East Hampton, Hampton Bays, Islip, Islip Terrace, Riverhead, Wyandanch, Yaphank.

Among those arrested were:

  • A 24-year-old Salvadoran national who was arrested and charged criminally with first degree sexual abuse and sexual contact with a victim  less than 11 years old. Criminal charges are still pending. The victim in this case is a 4-year-old female.  He was arrested in Wyandanch, Aug. 3 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.
  • A 36-year-old national of Guatemala with a prior conviction of second degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.  The victim in this case was a 13 year old female.  He was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years of probation supervision. The registered Level 1 sexual offender was arrested in Brentwood on Aug. 2 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 32-year-old Honduran man with prior convictions of criminal sexual act in the third degree, forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual abuse in the third degree.  He was sentenced to 10 years of probation supervision. The victim in this case was a 15 year-old female.   He also has prior convictions of driving while intoxicated.  This registered Level 1 sex offender was arrested in Brentwood, Aug. 1 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 38-year-old citizen and national of Ecuador with a prior conviction of the sexual misconduct with a 15 year-old female victim. He was arrested in Central Islip, Aug. 1 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 55-year-old Salvadoran man convicted of second degree rape and sentenced to one year in jail. The victim in this case was 12 years old. He was arrested in Copiague, July 27 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States. 
  • A 21 year-old Haitian man with a prior conviction of two counts of promote a sexual performance by a child less than 17 years of age and sentenced to 10 years of probation supervision. The victims in this case were both 15 years of age. He was arrested in Riverhead, July 27 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 36-year-old Salvadoran man convicted of third degree rape and sentenced to 10 years of probation supervision. The victim in this case was 15 years old. He was arrested in Glen Cove, July 25 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 46-year-old Salvadoran national with a prior conviction of endangering the welfare of a child - sentenced to three years’ probation. The original charge was sexual abuse in the first degree: sexual contact with individual less than 11 years old. The victim in this case was 7 years old.  He was arrested in Mineola, July 25, and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
  • A 45-year-old citizen of Trinidad and Tobago convicted of third degree rape of a victim incapable of consent and sentenced to 5 years of probation supervision.  This Level 1 sex offender was arrested in East Hampton, July 29 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings. Read more
Friday
Jul282017

USDOJ - Federal Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent 

Federal Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent After Sessions Memo

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that, following the memorandum from Attorney General Sessions to prioritize firearm prosecutions, the number of defendants charged with unlawful possession of a firearm increased nearly 23 percent in the second quarter of 2017 (2,637) from the same time period in 2016 (2,149).

“Violent crime is on the rise in many parts of this country, with 27 of our biggest 35 cities in the country coping with rising homicide rates,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Law abiding people in some of these communities are living in fear, as they see families torn apart and young lives cut short by gangs and drug traffickers. Following President Trump’s Executive Order to focus on reducing crime, I directed federal prosecutors to prioritize taking illegal guns off of our streets, and as a result, we are now prosecuting hundreds more firearms defendants. In the first three months since the memo went into effect, charges of unlawful possession of a gun – mostly by previously convicted felons – are up by 23 percent. That sends a clear message to criminals all over this country that if you carry a gun illegally, you will be held accountable. I am grateful to the many federal prosecutors and agents who are working hard every day to make America safe again.”

In February, immediately after the swearing-in of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump signed an Executive Order that directs the Attorney General to seek to reduce crime and to set up the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. The Task Force has provided Sessions with recommendations on a rolling basis. In March, based on these recommendations, Attorney General Sessions sent a memorandum to Department of Justice prosecutors, ordering them to prioritize firearms offenses.

In the three months immediately following the Attorney General’s memo – April, May and June – the number of defendants charged with unlawful possession of a firearm (18 U.S.C. 922) increased by nearly 23 percent compared to those charged over the same time period in 2016. The number of defendants charged with the crime of using a firearm in a crime of violence or drug trafficking (18 U.S.C. 924), increased by 10 percent.

Based on data from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), in Fiscal Year 2016 (starting October 1), 11,656 defendants were charged with firearms offenses under 18 U.S.C. 922 or 924. EOUSA projects that in Fiscal Year 2017, the Department is on pace to charge 12,626 defendants with these firearms crimes. That would be the most federal firearms cases since 2005.  It would also be an increase of eight percent from Fiscal Year 2016, 20 percent from 2015, and an increase of 23 percent from 2014.

Tuesday
Jul252017

Volunteer For Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey

DEC Announces Statewide Asian Longhorned Beetle Outreach and Survey

DEC and Partners Conduct Annual Swimming Pool Survey and Tree Tagging Flag to Raise Awareness of Invasive Pest ALB

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey is underway, marking the program’s sixth summer of research work.

DEC invites pool owners, now through August 30, to check their pool filters and help keep watch for these invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to the State’s forests and street trees. DEC and partners will also be hanging tags on host trees to encourage people to learn more about ALB and to demonstrate the potential impacts in neighborhoods and parks.

The majority of invasive forest pest infestations are found and reported by members of the public, making citizen science a vital component for protecting urban and rural forests. August is National Tree Check Month when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) encourages the public to look for evidence of ALB attack on trees in their area. The timing of these survey activities is important as ALB do not emerge from infested trees until the end of July and are most active in late summer.

DEC is asking people with swimming pools to periodically check their pool filters for insects that resemble ALB and either email photos to the Forest Health Program at foresthealth@dec.ny.gov or mail insects to DEC’s Forest Health Diagnostics Lab for identification, Attn: Jessica Cancelliere, 108 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054.

People without pools can help by learning how to recognize the beetle, as well as the signs it leaves behind (see what it looks like on DEC’s ALB web page.

  • ALB are about 1.5 inches long, black with white spots and have long, black and white antennae.
  • They leave perfectly round exit holes, about the size of a dime, in branches and tree trunks.
  • Sawdust-like material called frass will collect on branches and around the base of the tree.

ALB is a wood boring beetle native to Asia accidentally introduced to the United States through wood packing materials. The pests attack a variety of hardwoods, including maples, birches, and willows, among others, and have caused the death of hundreds of thousands of trees in New York City and Long Island, as well as across the country in New Jersey, Chicago, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Clermont, Ohio. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in cooperation with APHIS, has worked diligently to manage the ALB infestations in our state and succeeded in eradicating the invasive beetle from Staten Island, Manhattan, Islip, and Eastern Queens.

For more information on ALB and the Pool Survey, visit DEC’s website or contact Jessica Cancelliere at 518-810-1609. Additional ALB photos are available.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

Thursday
Jul132017

Vecchio's Got Support Petitions Filed At Board Of Elections

VECCHIO PETITIONS FILED AT BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Petitions for Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, Town Clerk candidate Conrad Chayes, and incumbent Councilmembers Thomas McCarthy and Lynne Nowick, were filed at Suffolk County Board of Elections in Yaphank. The nominating petitions contained 1471 signatures, almost three times the required number. Nowick, McCarthy and Chayes personally presented the petitions to election officials.