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DA: Gang member gets 15 years in shooting inside Lake Ronkonkoma IHOP

DA: Gang member gets 15 years in shooting inside Lake Ronkonkoma IHOP

Suffolk County police investigate the scene of a shooting at an IHOP restaurant on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma in March. A Bloods gang member was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting five rounds, and wounding one man, inside an IHOP restaurant in Lake...

LI IHOP Shooting: Bloods Gang Member Admits Attempted Murder

LI IHOP Shooting: Bloods Gang Member Admits Attempted Murder

            Deontrae Green, 20, of Islandia, a member of the Bloods gang, pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he shot inside a Lake                                Ronkonkoma IHOP in March, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney.   ...

LI IHOP SHOOTING: BLOODS GANG MEMBER ADMITS ATTEMPTED MURDER

LI IHOP SHOOTING: BLOODS GANG MEMBER ADMITS ATTEMPTED MURDER

          Deontrae Green, 20, of Islandia, a member of the Bloods gang, pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he shot inside a Lake                                Ronkonkoma IHOP in March, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney.    A Bloods gang...

DA says: 96 MS-13 gang members, associates charged in LI investigation

DA says: 96 MS-13 gang members, associates charged in LI investigation

Nearly 100 MS-13 members and associates, including the leaders of nine local cliques, have been charged in the largest state takedown of the dangerous street gang that terrorized parts of Long Island for years, Suffolk officials announced Friday. The 23-month...

Suffolk DA discusses grand jury recommendations on illegal dumping

Suffolk DA discusses grand jury recommendations on illegal dumping

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini discussed the grand jury's recommendations on illegal dumping, including felony charges for those accused of dumping contaminated materials on the properties of unwitting victims who think they're getting clean fill....

Suffolk officials unveil new tool in opioids war

Suffolk County officials showed off their newest tool in the battle against opioids Tuesday, a $400,000 device to help authorities in prosecutions by analyzing and identifying previously undetectable deadly substances. “With the unveiling of this new technology, we...

Suffolk DA to use federal grants to probe claims of innocence

Suffolk DA to use federal grants to probe claims of innocence

Keith Bush at his home in Bridgeport, CT on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Bush served 32 years in prison for the murder of Sharese Watson, a crime he says he did not commit. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr. Reacting to the exoneration of Keith Bush, wrongly convicted...

Riverhead man sentenced to 4-6 years in prison in fatal overdose case

A Riverhead man was sentenced to 4 to 6 years in prison on Thursday for selling a potent mix of heroin and fentanyl that authorities said led to the fatal overdose of a local man. John Brophy, 50, was sentenced for his manslaughter conviction at a Suffolk County Court...

Long Island lawmakers to propose tougher anti-dumping rules

Long Island state lawmakers introduced sweeping legislation Wednesday they said would make it easier to prosecute and punish individuals suspected of illegally dumping toxic materials and better protect the region's sole-source aquifer. The bipartisan legislation...

Smithtown man sentenced to 2-4 years in massive contaminated fill scheme

Smithtown man sentenced to 2-4 years in massive contaminated fill scheme

Anthony "Rock" Grazio, 54, of Smithtown, was sentenced Monday to 2 to 4 years in prison for being the ringleader of an illegal scheme to supply construction sites with contaminated fill. Credit: James Carbone A “dirt broker” who Suffolk prosecutors said led a massive...

Garbage carter, driver get conditional release in corruption case

Garbage carter, driver get conditional release in corruption case

  Two Smithtown garbage carters were sentenced to three years conditional release Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, after pleading guilty in May to a scheme to defraud the town of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mario and Robert Garofalo pleaded guilty to attempted...

Ex-Sachem football coach convicted of stealing money from district

A former Sachem High School North football coach has been convicted of stealing funds from the district. Prosecutors say David Falco filed eight false claim forms totaling more than $5,700 for work he did not do. It happened between December of 2017 and June of 2018....

Flanders man sold drugs to fatal-overdose victim, authorities say

A Flanders man was indicted as the dealer who sold heroin and fentanyl to a woman who died of an overdose last year, Suffolk County prosecutors said. Justin Adamo, 34, was tracked down after Southampton Town police got a call about a fatal overdose in East Quogue on...

After 33 years in prison new findings may clear his name

After 33 years in prison new findings may clear his name

An innocent man. For the past 44 years, Keith Bush has made that claim to anyone who’d listen — ever since he was accused and convicted of a 1975 Suffolk County sex-related murder. At every step in his long journey through New York’s criminal justice system, Bush...

Sini: Oxy dealer resold pills from people with legitimate prescriptions

Complaints from his Shirley neighbors in March led to the indictment this week of an accused oxycodone dealer with an arsenal of assault rifles, Suffolk police and prosecutors said Tuesday. Suffolk police targeted Daniel Hassler, 39, after neighbors alerted officers...

Suffolk man used drugs to force women into prostitution, officials say

Suffolk man used drugs to force women into prostitution, officials say

A Sound Beach man used the addictive lure of heroin and crack cocaine to force nearly two dozen women into a prostitution ring he operated out of the basement of his parents’ home, Suffolk County prosecutors said Thursday. Raymond Rodio III, 47, pleaded not guilty at...

2 MS-13 gang members killed Greenlawn teen, Suffolk prosecutors say

Two MS-13 gang members have been charged with killing a Greenlawn teen whose mutilated body was found next to a concession stand at a Little League baseball complex in the community, Suffolk prosecutors said Friday. Elmer Gilberto Santos Contreras, 23, of Roosevelt...

DA: Tax preparers, business owners charged with ‘gaming the system’

Five Suffolk business owners and three tax preparers have been charged with “gaming the system” by failing to report and pay thousands in personal income taxes, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Wednesday. The arrests, part of a joint investigation...