Arrests In Massapequa

A Massapequa man was arrested for assault on Friday, Sept. 19 at 2:20 p.m.

According to detectives, Robert Ruggiero, 43, of 41 Orchard St., while in his residence located at 41 Orchard St., became involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a female victim, 28.  The defendant threw the victim against a wall, grabbed her by then neck and then forcefully squeezed so as to obstruct her ability to breath.  When the victim grabbed a knife for protection, the defendant pulled it from her hand and cut her on the wrist several times.

Nassau County Police Ambulance transported the victim, who sustained minor lacerations, to a local hospital for treatment.

The Bureau of Special Operations police officers arrested the defendant at 5:50 p.m. Ruggiero is being charged with Assault 2nd Degree,  Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd Degree, Criminal Obstruction Breathing and was arraigned on Saturday, Sept. 20 in First District Court, Hempstead.

More Arrests In Massapequa

Three arrests were made in Massapequa yesterday Sept. 17, for criminal possession of forged devices and instruments.

According to detectives, Donavon Greene, 27, of 118-77 Francis Blvd, Springfield Gardens; Cranston Guy, 41, of 2216 Dutch Broadway, Elmont; and Alberto Parkins, 27, of 1426 Loring Ave., Brooklyn, entered Pathmark Supermarket located at 941 Carmans Ave., presented a fraudulent Coin Star receipt to the cashier and received $79.24 in cash in return.  At the time of their arrest, the defendants were additionally found to be in possession of two re-encoded credit cards, Coin Star receipts, a computer flash drive and a printer with genuine paper from Coin Star.

All three defendants are being charged with Criminal Possession Forgery Devices and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree.  Parkins is additionally charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree.  The defendants will be arraigned today Sept. 18, in First District Court, Hempstead.

Sex Offender Resides Near Schools

Massapequa parents are Parents in Massapequa are furious that a registered sex offender is living across the street from Grace Day School and Saint Rose of Lima elementary schools.

Thomas Alaimo resides across the street from the two schools on Merrick Road, and is able to continue living there due to a loophole in Nassau County Law. He can also not be forced to relocate.

Staff at Grace Day School has been notified to enforce all safety protocols within the school. Saint Rose of Lima is expected to follow the same protocol.

Arrests Made In Massapequa Park

The Seventh Squad reported the arrest of six males for Criminal Trespassing that occurred on July 6, 2014 at 4 p.m. in Massapequa Park.

According to detectives, police received a call for kids trespassing inside a professional building located at 1035 Park Blvd.  Detectives were able to obtain video footage from the owner and after an investigation, the following defendants surrendered to the Seventh Precinct:

Michael Drosihn, 19, of 319 Forest Ave., Massapequa.  Defendant Drosihn was arrested on July 24 and was arraigned at First District Court, Hempstead on the same day.

Samuel Purish, 17, of 122 Biltmore Blvd., Massapequa.  Defendant Purish was arrested on July 25 and was released on a Nassau County Desk Appearance Ticket, returnable to First District Court on Aug. 8, 2014.

Michael Kendrick, 17, of 128 1st Ave., Massapequa Park was arrested on Aug. 18 and released on a Nassau County Desk Appearance Ticket , returnable to First District Court on Sept. 3, 2014.

Jonathan Jones, 16, of 4 Cedar St., Massapequa was arrested on Aug. 25, 2014 and released on a Nassau County Desk Appearance Ticket, returnable to First District Court on Sept. 10, 2014.

Thomas Nicoletti, 16, of 201 Brendan Ave., Massapequa Park was arrested on Sept. 1, 2014 and released on a Nassau County Desk Appearance Ticket, returnable to First District Court on Sept. 17, 2014.

Antonio Halstead, 18, of 700 Broadway, Amityville was arrested on Sept. 10, 2014 and released on a Nassau County Desk Appearance Ticket, returnable to First District Court on Sept. 24, 2014.

The defendants are being charged with Criminal Trespassing in the third degree.  Defendant Drosihn is also charged with Criminal Mischief, fourth degree and Criminal Contempt, second degree from an unrelated incident.

Man Arrested In Copper Theft

A Franklin Square man was arrested on Monday in connection with the theft of close to $35,000 in copper wiring in Massapequa between July 19 and Aug. 14.

According to police, Andrew Walsh, 27, while employed as an electrician for an electrical company in Massapequa, removed copper wires and fuses from his unnamed place of employment.

Walsh is being charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of third-degree grand larceny.

Attempted Robbery In Massapequa

Police are asking for the public’s help for information in connection with an attempted robbery that occurred this morning in Massapequa.

According to police, a female victim, 46-years-old, was walking her dog on the path in the Massapequa Preserve near Parkside Blvd. when she was approached from behind by three men on BMX bicycles. Police said one subject knocked the victim to the ground, causing her to drop her iPod. The subject picked up the iPod, but threw it into a bush before all three fled on bicycles to Parkside Blvd. The victim suffered a minor laceration to her elbow.

Two subjects are described as approximately 17-years-old with brown hair. The third subject is described as approximately 19-years-old with dark brown hair and a sleeve tattoo on his right arm, wearing blue jeans.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-8477. All callers will remain anonymous.

Man Arrested In Menacing

Brian L. Huber

Brian L. Huber

A Massapequa man was arrested on Aug. 13 at Sunrise Mall.

According to police, Brian Huber, 23, was opening packages at a hardware store with a hunting knife. After cops confronted him, Huber allegedly began fighting with the officers, causing them to fall into the aisle shelving. Huber then broke away and fled the mall. Huber then pulled a knife on a mall employee who confronted him before fleeing again and eventually being located by additional officers.

After a brief struggle, the polcie placed Huber under arrest. After a search, police found a knife, an XBox and batteries on Huber.

Huber is charged with second-degree menacing, petit larceny, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Ex-MLBer Convicted In Sex Abuse

Massapequa resident, and former baseball player with the New York Yankees, Rusty Torres was convicted today of sexually abusing an 8-year-old in 2012, and now faces up to 35 years in prison.

With sentencing scheduled for Oct. 7, Torres, 65, faces a maximum of seven years each on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Torres was aquitted on charges of abusing a second girl.

According to police, Torres was arrested at his North Massapequa home on May 8, 2012, after the victim’s parents notified police. According to prosecutors, the abuse occurred from April 2012 to May 2012 during baseball practices in Plainview while Torres was employed by the Town of Oyster Bay.

The Town suspended Torres without pay after his arrest.

Intestines Found Non-Human: Police

When intestines were found on the bay side of Tobay Beach in Massapequa, many suspected the worst.

But according to police, the entrails found at around 12:46 p.m. today came from an animal, not a human being. Initial reports said the guts were found in a garbage can, but police later said it discovered in the water.

Cops said a lifeguard gathered the organ parts from the water and called the police. Nassau County Medical Technicians arrived on the scene but could not determine the origin of the remains, which were later brought to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office for further analysis.

The beach was reopened with no restrictions after an initial evacuation.




Massapequa Feels Heroin Sting

As the heroin epidemic creeps across Long Island, Massapequa continues to see the needle and the damage done.

A ninth-grade social studies teacher at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus was arrested recently and now faces drug charges after she was found in possession of heroin during a traffic stop in Freeport, police said.


Kerri Creegan

According to authorities, Kerri Creegan, 33, was driving on Babylon Turnpike in Freeport at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when her car was stopped with defective taillight.  After an investigation, police said they found a bag containing heroin and Creegan was arrested without incident.

This incident comes at a time when opiate-related overdoses are becoming more and more prevelant throughout Long Island and the state at large — and the numbers show that it is a growing problem in Massapequa. Nassau County data shows that through May, Massapequa, Massapequa Park and North Massapequa had a total of 26 non-fatal opiate overdoses and six overdoses that proved fatal.

The Massapequa School District confirmed it received a call from police regarding Creegan’s arrest, but could not comment further.

“The district received a call from the Nassau County Police Department late Wednesday regarding this arrest,” the Massapequa school district said in a statement. “As this is a personnel matter and an active investigation, we cannot comment further at this time. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in all aspects regarding this incident.”

The teacher was charged with a misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and given a desk appearance ticket for June 23.

Parents in Massapequa said that while there is concern about a local teacher being found in possession of heroin, it is not in the community’s best interest to vilify the young woman.

“I feel sorry for her. I don’t have the attitude that a lot of parents on social media have right now, calling for her head and saying she should never teach again,” said Kristen Ferrari, a mother of three. “I wish people would look at this as an opportunity to teach young people that addiction can happen to anyone.”

Ferrari said she knows some young people who have already been in and out of rehab a few times. She believes this is a societal problem that goes well beyond Massapequa borders.

“It is so sad to see these young kids like this. These are nice kids, they aren’t bad kids,” she said. “There needs to be a focus on treatment. And we have to figure out what we can do to educate young kids and give them the tools they need to cope with problems in healthy ways and not with drugs.

Diana Hibbard LoCascio, a Massapequa parent with two boys, said she believes the Massapequa School District will take responsible actions in regards to the teacher recently arrested.

“I imagine she will not be back in the school teaching children until she gets the treatment she needs,” said LoCascio, adding that more than anything, she was saddened by the news. “This is a young woman who worked so hard in her college years, got a job teaching and has a purpose in life. She made a mistake. It is something you hope wouldn’t happen, but now the concern is that she gets help.”