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Advisory: Off-Duty Officer Assists with Arrests of Four People for Home Depot Theft

Suffolk County Police have arrested four people for stealing property from Home Depot after an off-duty officer, who took the initial report, observed the suspect’s vehicle on his way home from work.
Three men entered Home Depot, located at 20 Farber Drive in Bellport, and stole assorted power tools on March 18 at approximately 2:30 p.m. The men fled into a waiting Ford Explorer. Fifth Precinct Police Officer Martin Gill responded to the store and took a report on the incident. On his way home, Officer Gill observed an SUV matching the suspects’ vehicle. Officer Gill followed the vehicle and gave updates to a dispatcher until marked units arrived and stopped the vehicle on County Road 99 and Patchogue-Holbrook Road in Holbrook at approximately 4:15 p.m.
The following people were arrested and charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree:
  • Frank Defilipo, 35, of 255 Auburn Ave., Staten Island
  • Ryan Dayton, 31, of 280 Bellmore Ave., East Islip
  • Jonathan Farinella, 26, of 35 Pine Gate, East Patchogue
  • Jeffrey Merritt, 23, of 5644 Seafield Lane, Hope Mills, North Carolina
The Fifth Squad is continuing the investigation and detectives are attempting to determine if these suspects are responsible for additional thefts from other home improvement stores.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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Schumer wants investigation of LIRR safety

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants the Federal Railroad Administration to take a hard look at the Long Island Railroad’s overall safety regime.

Schumer says the push for a formal examination follows last week’s federal report that showed Metro North put on-time performance ahead of rider and worker safety.  The report was prompted by December’s deadly Metro North train derailment in the Bronx.  Schumer says he wants to make sure similar problems don’t exist at the MTA’s other larger commuter railroad, the LIRR.

Manningham back for a second tour

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Mario Manningham is returning to the Big Apple.

The “Daily News” reports the 27-year-old wide receiver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants.  Manningham battled knee injuries the last two years with the 49ers.  He spent his first four NFL seasons with the G-Men.

No improvements at Nassau Health Care Corp

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A follow up audit of the Nassau Health Care Corporation finds many of the same problems identified in an audit done in 2011.

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos says the problems continue to cost the hospital millions of dollars.  The repeat findings include billing errors, non-collectable receivables, questionable procurement practices and vendor payments without adequate supporting documentation.

Maragos says there was little evidence to substantiate management’s claims of improvements.

Former local caught 12 years later

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A man who was captured after a 12-year manhunt, will spend the next 12-years behind bars for a 2001 hit and run accident that killed a woman in Westbury.

Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice announced that former Hicksville local Sebastian Barba “showed callous disregard for life and law when he committed this horrific crime and then evaded prosecution for over a decade.  But justice caught up in the end with his being sentenced to as much time in prison as he spent evading responsibility for his elderly victim’s death.”

Suffolk raises the age to buy tobacco

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Suffolk County lawmakers are voting to raise the age to buy tobacco in the county to 21.

The 10 to 8 vote means that if this bill becomes law, Suffolk County will be the first county in the U.S. to make it illegal for adults under 21 to buy cigarettes.  The bill would take effect January 1st, 2015.

Arrest in Lake Ronkonkoma bank robbery

 

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Suffolk County Police today arrested a man approximately 35 minutes after he robbed a bank in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Daniel Charbonnier entered the TD Bank, located at 474 Portion Road at approximately 2:25 p.m. and demanded cash from a teller while indicating that he had a gun. Charbonnier then fled the bank on foot westbound on Portion Road. Witnesses in the area pointed out Charbonnier to responding officers who subsequently placed him into custody at approximately 3 p.m.

Further investigation by Pattern Crime Unit detectives revealed that Charbonnier was also responsible for robbing the same bank on January 21, 2014.

Charbonnier, 46, of Ronkonkoma was charged with two counts of Robbery 3rd Degree and an outstanding Vehicle and Traffic warrant. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 19.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Formal sentencing Wednesday afternoon for Anthony Oddone, convicted of 2008 manslaughter in Southampton Bar

Anthony Oddone, the 31 year old Farmingville man who pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of an off-duty Suffolk County Corrections Officer in a Southampton bar in 2008, will be formally sentenced tomorrow afternoon (March 19) in criminal court in Riverhead.

Oddone’s conviction following a seven week trial in 2010 was overturned by the Court of Appeals in December. The court ruled Oddone’s attorney should have been allowed to challenge the recollection of a witness testifying how long the defendant held the victim Andrew Reister in a chokehold. Reister, 40, was formally declared brain dead on August 9, 2008, two days after the confrontation.

Oddone will be sentenced to five years and four months (the time the defendant has spent behind bars in an upstate prison) and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 by State Supreme Court Justice C. Randall Hinrichs (fourth floor of the courthouse).

Oddone waived his right to appeal his criminal conviction.

He is free in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

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