Shark Sighting

The Public Information Office reports the details of an unusual incident involving sharks observed in Massapequa on Thursday, July 23 at 11:49 a.m.

According to police, Seventh Precinct Police Officers along with the assistance of the Nassau County Aviation Unit responded to a call for sharks spotted in the waters off Tobay Beach. Pilots were able to visually confirm that two six foot long sharks were seen fifteen feet  from the shoreline swimming in a easterly direction towards Gilgo Beach in Suffolk County. All Tobay Beach swimmers were ordered out of the waters until later deemed safe. There were no injuries reported.

Increased Police Monitoring In Massapequa

Nassau County Legislator James D. Kennedy has partnered with the Nassau County Police Department to bring additional police patrols to the Massapequas and Farmingdale.  While overall crime is down in Nassau County, drug crimes are on the rise in Legislative District 12.

Legislator Kennedy has secured a commitment from Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter to implement additional ways to fight and prevent crime in the Massapequa Preserve as well as other locations in Massapequa and Farmingdale that are known “hot spots” for the buying and selling of illegal narcotics.

Drug usage and crimes continue to plague the Massapequa Preserve.  Many concerned residents have notified the Nassau County Police and Legislator Kennedy of questionable activity within the wooded 400+ acre Preserve.  “Heroin usage is a critical problem in our area and we must do all that we can to eradicate this problem and make our neighborhood safer for all residents,” said Legislator Kennedy.

Commissioner Krumpter has agreed to provide increased patrols at the entrances to the Preserve and the interior of the Preserve, as well as helicopter surveillance over the Preserve during the summer months.  The police commissioner has also agreed to offer Legislative District 12 all necessary resources to fight the heroin epidemic, including the high-tech policing techniques of the police department’s CIRRT (Crime Intelligence Rapid Response Team), police officers on foot, and members of the Bureau of Special Operations.

Additional policing measures will include the exploration of trail cameras in the preserve to monitor activity 24 hours per day and help curb drug transactions, squatting and other illegal conduct.

Increased police monitoring will also be added to areas known for loitering and youth congregating at 10th and 11th streets in Farmingdale and the end of Alhambra Road in Massapequa.  All residents are urged to report suspicious activity directly to 911.

Attempted Burglary

The Seventh Squad reports the details of three arrests for Attempted Burglary that occurred on Friday, June 26 at 4:10 a.m. in Massapequa.

According to detectives, a witness observed Darryl Bogan, 25, of Amityville, Aron Ortiz, 16, of Copiague and Michael Meredith, 17, of Copiague attempt to gain entry into the T- Mobile Store located at 999 Carmans Road by throwing a rock thru the front window then fleeing on foot.  Seventh Precinct officers located the subjects a short distance from the scene and placed them under arrest without incident.

No injuries were reported.

Bogan, Ortiz and Meredith are each being charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Possession Burglary Tools.  All three defendants were arraigned on Saturday, June 27 in First District Court, Hempstead.

Moore’s Murderer Indicted

Demetrius Blackwell, 35, who was accused of shooting NYPD Detective Brian Moore last month has been indicted on first-degree murder and 11 chargeRun_060315As. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the indictment on Thursday, June 11.

The Massapequa hero, 25, died two days after being shot in the head while approaching and questioning Blackwell—who has been in prison since his arrest on May 3—in Queens Village.

The results of the grand jury were clear, although Blackwell’s attorney has said his client denies the charges, which span from several counts of murder, petit larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. The first-degree murder charge carries a penalty of life in prison without possible parole.

Merritt Avenue Renamed

New York City Police Department Inspector James Guida, who died in the line of duty as a result of metastatic sarcoma, a rare cancer he devJV, JDM, JA- Massapequa Street Sign Dedication in Honor of NYPD Inspector James Guida.doceloped being exposed to toxins while working at the 9/11 site, recently had Merritt Avenue in Massapequa ceremonially renamed and dedicated in his memory. [Read more…]

Avenue Renamed For Fallen Officer

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A little more than one month after the loss of Detective Brian Moore, Massapequa will be honoring yet another fallen officer on Saturday, June 13 at noon, with a street renaming ceremony.

New York City Police Department Inspector James Guida died in the line of duty as a result of metastatic sarcoma, a rare cancer he developed after being exposed to toxins while working at the 9/11 site. As a tribute to the late inspector, Merritt Avenue in Massapequa will be ceremonially renamed and dedicated in his memory. The street sign dedication ceremony and unveiling will take place on the corner of Merritt Avenue and St. Mark’s Place, near where Guida lived. [Read more…]

Man Suffers Seizure At Wheel

On Wednesday, evening, a man who suffered a seizure at the wheel crashed into Dinette Plus located at 4140 Sunrise Highway in Massapequa.15c67fbc3c35b4010d8ab89ef00664ce

According to detectives, the driver, 53, was operating a 2003 Ford Excursion westbound on Sunrise Highway when lost control of his car and struck the furniture store, causing  damage for the storefront. There was one employee present in the store at the time of the accident.

The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

McKenna Student Rides Fire Engine To School

Firetruck_061015A Firetruck_061015BMcKenna Elementary School first grader James D’Orlando was driven to school with his family in a Massapequa fire engine after winning first place in Massapequa’s Fire Prevention Poster Contest. He is pictured in the fire engine, and with his classmates.
(Photos submitted by Massapequa Public Schools)

Grand Larceny

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According to detectives, the unknown suspect entered Sears located at 600 Sunrise Mall and approached the clerk at the jewelry counter.  The suspect requested to see a 24-inch 10-karat gold necklace valued at approximately $1125. When the suspect had the necklace in his possession he ran out of the store without paying for it.  The suspect fled on a gray colored mountain bicycle. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’9,” stocky build, 220–230 lbs., thin style mustache, wearing a black colored baseball cap, black colored jacket with studded lettering and blue jeans.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous.

Seaford: Grand Larceny

The Seventh Squad is investigating a grand larceny that occurred on Monday, May 25 at 3:53 a.m. in Seaford.

According to detectives, a 31-year-old female victim discovered that an unknown subject entered her 2012 Toyota SUV that was parked on Hicksville Road and removed her pocketbook containing her credit cards and an undetermined amount of U.S. currency.  The victim was later advised that an unauthorized purchase was made with her credit card at a 7-11 on Sunrise Highway in Seaford.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.