Motor Accident

The Homicide Squad reports the arrest of a Massapequa man for manslaughter resulting from a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Tuesday, May 05 at 4:45 a.m. in Massapequa.

According to detectives, Michael Bantel, 27, was traveling eastbound on Sunrise Highway in a 2005 Nissan Maxima when his vehicle crossed the median that separates the east and westbound lanes. He continued into oncoming traffic and crashed head on with a 2014 Ford F-150XLT pick-up truck driven by a 37-year-old female. A 28-year-old male passenger in Bantel’s vehicle was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to internal injuries. The female driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of lacerations and contusions along with head, knee and back pain. The defendant was also admitted to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Bantel is charged with manslaughter second degree, vehicular manslaughter second degree, assault third degree, and driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Plainedge H.S. Honors Moore

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(Photos by Lauren Brida)

On the cool evening of May 4, family, friends and residents of Massapequa/Plainedge gathered together on the football field to honor Brian Moore.

The 25-year-old NYPD officer passed away that afternoon, after sustaining a gunshot to the head on May 2 in Queens. [Read more…]

Massapequa NYPD Officer Killed

NYPD_050615AThe Queens District Attorney’s office stated that a Queens Village resident has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder for shooting at two NYPD officers, striking one of them, Brian Moore, 25, in the face. Moore was in critical condition after a shot to the head by 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. He passed away on May 4. [Read more…]

Arrest In Seaford

Seventh Squad detectives report the arrest of a Seaford man who was involved in multiple auto accidents that occurred on Monday, April 20 at 5:49 p.m. [Read more…]

Car Accident Simulation Warns Teens

Prom season is officially underway. While the girls are dress shopping and the boys are finding creative ways to ask for a date, Massapequa High School iaccident simulation 1s reminding all seniors about the dangers of driving under the influence. [Read more…]

Brady Park Safe Despite Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Seventh Squad reported an arrest for falsely reporting an incident on Tuesday, April 7 at 9:15 p.m. in East Meadow.Andrew Denton [Read more…]

Be Alert: Don’t Get Scammed

While major crime may seemingly be going down, pickpockets, hackers and attackers across Massapequa and the rest of Long Island are gettinScams_040815Ag smarter, focusing on more local and specific scams to rob people of their money, possessions and even identities. [Read more…]

Singas Talks Goals, Crime And The Office Labrador


Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Publisher Angela Susan Anton and Editor-in-Chief Liza N. Burby (Photo by Elizabeth Johnson)

Acting Nassau County DA Madeline Singas recently visited The Massapequa Observer office in Mineola for a round-table discussion about her agenda. The focus of the conversation was on the plans and policies she is carrying over from her prior role as chief assistant to Kathleen Rice, who is now a Congresswoman representing Nassau’s Fourth District, as well as initiatives Singas would like to implement.

“So much of the work that Kathleen started, we did together,” she said. “We began a lot of really innovative programming and I want to keep my eye on the mark and continue all the great work we’ve done.” [Read more…]

Narcotics Arrests Continue To Grow

The Narcotics/Vice Bureau detectives reported the arrest of an Amityville man for criminal possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Saturday, March 14 at 9:50 p.m. in MassDarryl Troutmanapequa. [Read more…]

“Project 21″ Drinking Initiative Succeeds In Five Arrests

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