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Fatal Crash on LIE Service Rd

The Nassau County Police Department Third Squad reports the details of a fatal vehicular accident which occurred on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Lake Success involving a Great Neck teenager.

According to detectives, a woman, 19 years of age, identified as Adana Taranis (a graduate of Great Neck South High school in 2014), was traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway South Service Road, in the vicinity of Community Drive, when her vehicle lost control and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene by a Nassau County AMT at 7:50 p.m. There were no passengers in the vehicle. No criminality is suspected at this time.

Great Neck Cardiologist Arrested

The Nassau County District Attorney’s office reports a drug and assault arrest weapon scheme reportedly involving a Great Neck cardiologist. Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County Police Department Acting Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the “joint take-down” of a murder-for-hire scheme allegedly plotted by a Nassau County cardiologist who is also accused of selling assault weapons and prescriptions to controlled substances.

The DA’s office report that three defendants (Dr. Anthony Moschetto, 54, of Sands Point whose office is in Great Neck on Northern Boulevard; James Chmela, 44, of Selden; and James Kalamaras, 41, of Suffolk County) were arrested by Nassau police and federal officials last week, on Wednesday, April 15, and were expected to be arraigned that afternoon in First District Court in Hempstead. Arraignment was to be on various charge,s including conspiracy, criminal solicitation, arson and the criminal possession and sale of weapons and drugs.

Police Warn on Scams

police carWith police reports from the last several months all pointing to a “quieter” crime scene in Great Neck, the local, growing senior citizen population remains a real target for “scammers.” [Read more…]

Lake Success Fatal Hit & Run

police carNassau County Police Department detectives reported a fatal
automobile accident last Thursday, March 26, in the Village of Lake Success. Detectives told the Great Neck Record that a female victim was found at 10:45 a.m. on the east sidewalk of Lakeville Road, in the vicinity of Farm Lane in Lake Success. The woman, as yet unidentified by police, was reported as 74 years old. [Read more…]

Police Shoot suspect in Lake Success

policeThe Nassau County Police Department’s (NCPD) Major Case Bureau reports a shooting in Lake Success [Read more…]

Great Neck Crime Rate Down

Good news for Great Neck! For the past six months the crime rate for the Great Neck peninsula has been way down. Home burglaries and car thefts show relatively low numbers, especially compared to last year. Nassau County Police Department’s Third Precinct Deputy Inspector Thomas Corona told the Great Neck Record that the past six months have shown “a very, very different pattern.” [Read more…]

Patroling Great Neck Plaza

Rain, sleet, snow, ice, hot weather and cold weather are tough things to deal with when you’re out on the streets of Great Neck Plaza but dealing with an angry motorist who you’ve just given a ticket to might be the hardest thing of all, according to Christopher Backmon, the Plaza’s Code Enforcement Supervisor since 2012.

“I have to keep a calm demeanor,” said Backmon, who came to the Plaza as a Code Enforcement Officer in 2005, and now supervises three full time officers and a fourth part timer.  “On some very rare occasions someone’s really out of control, and for the most part, our officers are out there by themselves. Sometimes, though, you have to call for back up.”

“One thing about our job is that no one likes to receive a ticket,” he continued. “We’re automatically the object of hatred so when we go out there we have to figure out how to give people courtesy and respect as much as we can. I understand that they don’t hate us personally. So we try to be as nice as possible. We try to be polite as we can.” [Read more…]

Great Neck Plaza Burglary Arrest

An arrest has been made in connection with the burglary of a Great Neck residence in June.

Daniel Ratliff, 36, of Bay Shore, was arrested on August 14 and is being charged with three counts of Robbery 1st Degree, two counts of Burglary 1st Degree, Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, and three counts of Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd Degree.

Great Neck Residence Burglarized

police carPolice are investigating a burglary that occurred in Great Neck Plaza on June 10.

At 1:52 p.m., police say an unknown man subject rang the 34-year-old male victim’s doorbell at his Clent Road apartment and pretended to be a florist delivery man. When the victim opened his door, the man tasered him with a stun gun and then struck him in the head using a glass vase causing him to fall to the ground, according to police.

After a violent struggle, during which the victim saw the man displaying a black handgun, the man bound the victim’s his hands and feet, demanded money, broke open a locked safe that was in a hallway closet and fled on foot. [Read more…]

New Kensington Police Officer

poKensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin swears in police recruit Peter Bongo to the Kensington Police Department. Recruit Bongo was selected from the Nassau County Police List, established by Nassau County Civil Service, to fill a position that had become available upon the retirement of another officer last year. The village had interviewed and selected him to fill this position in the fall of last year, however his hiring was delayed while awaiting the start of a police academy class by the Nassau County Police Department. He will rejoin the Kensington Police Department upon his graduation from the academy later this year.