Local Students Recognized At Awards Ceremony

The North Massapequa Fire Department recently hosted its annual Fire Prevention Awards Ceremony and recognized local elementary North Massapequa Fire Department Fire Prevention Poster Winners 2015 (Edited)school students who submitted award winning posters. The artistic and creative posters all featured fire prevention themes and helped teach important facets of necessary household fire prevention practices. Pictured are students from the Charles Schwarting Elementary School and the Maria Regina School along with Chief of Department Kevin B. Mauro (right), 1st Assistant Chief Frederick J. Ferrara (left) and 2nd Assistant Chief Joseph M. Pesale, Jr.

Massapequa Sandy Family Gets Free Backyard Makeover

The Cornell Family, victims whose property was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, received a free landscape design makeover, which will be revealed and open to the press on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. The redesign and backyard construction was a gift from Above All Masonry. A retired NYPD officer, Rich Cornell, was present at the Twin Towers during the 1993 bombings, and now works at the 9/11 memorial.

A pear tree was planted in the Cornell’s own “survival area” in the yard, inspired by the pear tree near Ground Zero that survived the 9/11 attacks and now functions as a symbol of hope at the memorial. Homeowner Ann Cornell said “I am so appreciative to Above All Masonry for helping us to get our life back. It has been a long hard journey of recovery for our family and through their kindness we are able to enjoy a little happiness through all our struggles.”

For more information, visit Above All Masonry’s website http://aboveallmasonry.com/press/

Arrest In Massapequa

The seventh squad reports the arrest of a Central Islip man at 12:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 for a crime that occurred in Massapequa.

According to Detectives, defendant William B. Neal, 30, of 15 Springfield Circle Central Islip on June 18, 2015 at approximately 10:45am did enter Xsport Fitness located at 1 Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.  The defendant had been previously notified by Xsport management that he was no longer allowed on Xsport properties. Defendant Neal entered the property using a false name, entered a tanning booth room and hid behind the equipment.

When the female victim, 52, entered the room and tanning bed, the defendant came out of hiding and attempted to remove the victim’s personal property.  When the victim confronted the defendant, he pushed her down and she sustained a large contusion and substantial pain to her right upper arm; the defendant fled the building in an unknown direction.  On Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at 12:45 a.m. Detectives responded to Planet Fitness located at 1040 South Broadway in Hicksville and placed the defendant under arrest without incident.

Defendant William B. Neal is charged with assault, burglary, petit larceny and criminal trespass. He will be arraigned on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead.

Five Alarm Flavor At Firehouse Subs

When a chain restaurant arrives in a community, it often does so with little regard to local history or aesthetic—relying instead on market researchers to mFirehouseSubs_092315Aake what works in one location, work in all locations.

Firehouse Subs opened its first Long Island outpost in Levittown in 2014. Founded in Florida by former firefighting brothers, the chain restaurant’s firehouse decor across all of its locations is inspired by the family’s decades of fire and police service. And the Levittown location is decorated wall-to-wall with memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department and other aspects of the community. There’s bunker gear, hoses, axes, photos and a custom, hand-painted mural paying tribute to past and present heroes of the Levittown department. [Read more…]

Arrest In Massapequa

According to detectives, between June 2015 and October 2015, George Katsihtis, 33, while employed as a bartender at Smuggler Jack’s Bar, 157 Forest Avenue, Massapequa, stole in excess of $15,000 cash.  On Monday, Oct. 11, Katsihtis was located on Merrick Road in Seaford and was placed under arrest without incident.

Katsihtis is charged with third-degree grand larceny. He was arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at First District Court in Hempstead.

Locals Arrested For Staging Car Accident, Insurance Scam


Michael Lopez of Massapequa

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently announced the arrest of three people connected to an insurance scam in which they allegedly staged an accident in Levittown in September 2013.

The defendants Tiffany Dertinger, 22, of Massapequa, Michael Lopez, 25, of Massapequa and Erin Clyne, 29, of Rockville Center, were arraigned on Sept. 30, by Nassau County District Court Judge Paul Meli. Clyne and Dertinger were released on their own recognizance. Lopez was conditionally released to the Department of Probation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Heid of Singas’ Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau. The defendants returned to court on Oct. 2. [Read more…]

Sexual Contact With Two Minors

Suffolk County Police have arrested a Massapequa man for having sexual contact with two minors. Following an investigation by the Special Victims SectKelly, Kevinion, detectives arrested Kevin Kelly on criminal sex act charges on Plant Avenue in Hauppauge on Oct. 1, at approximately 5:30 p.m. The incidents involved a 14-year-old in 2007 and a 15-year-old in 2008. Kelly met the victims when he was a stage manager for Broadhollow Theater Company.

Kelly was charged with second and third degree criminal sex act. He was arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on Oct. 2.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may be a victim or has information to contact the Special Victims Section at 631-852-6272. All calls will be kept confidential.


North Massapequa Woman Arrested

The First Squad reports the arrest of a North Massapequa woman on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for Grand Larceny that occurred in Bellmore.Maureen Adamo

According to detectives, a female victim, 73 years of age, had asked her friend Maureen Adamo, 52, to assist her with making sure her bills were paid while she recovered from a medical procedure. Beginning in January of 2015 Adamo began to forge checks from the victim’s account and deposit them into her own account totaling a loss in excess of $50,000 dollars. Detectives located Adamo on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Bethpage and placed her under arrest.

Adamo is charged with Grand Larceny in the second degree and four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree. She was arraigned on Sept. 23 at First District Court in Hempstead.


Scouts Honor Victims Of 9/11

Massapequa’s Boy Scouts Troop 660 joined Massapequa’s Cub Scout Pack 696 to honor 9/11 victims by planting flags on the lawn at Mas660 Village Hall Flags 20156sapequa Village Hall in Massapequa Park earlier this week. [Read more…]

Auto Accident

Homicide Squad detectives report the details of a fatal auto accident involving a pedestrian, which occurred on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.

According to detectives, a 2007 Toyota Highlander, operated by a male driver, 22, was traveling westbound on Sunrise Highway/Louden St., when he struck, Elzire Presume, 48, of Hempstead, who was attempting to cross from south to north on Sunrise Highway.  The deceased was pronounced at the scene by Massapequa Fire Department AMT at 8:14 P.M.

Detectives report no apparent criminality.  The driver submitted to a Preliminary Breath Test at the scene, with negative results.  Brake and safety inspections performed on the vehicle at the scene yielded adequate results.