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A look at crimes in the towns surrounding Mineola.

The following arrest information was supplied by several local police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate convictions.

East Williston

A box truck collided with an overpass on the eastbound side of the Northern State Parkway near Hillside Avenue on September 26 at 11:51 a.m. No injuries were reported and debris was scattered all over the road.

New Hyde Park

All westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway with the exception of the HOV lane were closed at exit 34 due to a vehicle fire on September 26 at 3:47 a.m. The lanes were reopened at 4:38 a.m.

The body of Northwestern University student Harsha Maddula was recovered from waters near Lake Michigan on September 27 after he had being reported missing for close to a week.


A motor vehicle accident occurred on Northern Boulevard and Mineola Boulevard on September 26 at 1:32 p.m. A total of 6 persons were aided from Port Washington and East Norwich companies.


A 44 year old female was stabbed in the neck in the parking lot of a restaurant at 144 Plandome Road on September 27 at 9:41 p.m. The victim was transported to North Shore Manhasset with superficial stab wounds to the hand and cheek and severe bleeding for biting her tongue but in stable condition. Two off-duty NYPD officers took a possible subject into custody at Plandome Road and George Street at 9:27 p.m. 


A Westbury man was arrested in Brookville with another individual for criminal possession of a controlled substance on September 25 at 10 p.m. Frank Catalano, 20, of Brooklyn and Ryan Sloane, 20, of Westbury were observed to possess and sell a quantity of MDMA (Ecstasy) at the Long Island University Post campus and were arrested by Nassau County Police. Catalano and Sloane are students at the university and are being charged with second and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second degree criminal possession of marihuana and fifth degree criminal sale of controlled substance. They were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on September 26.

A truck fire occurred in the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 34 (Brush Hollow Road) on September 26. The fire was placed under control at 7:45 a.m.

Live wires were reported ripped down at Grand Street and Drexel Avenue by the top of an occupied school bus on September 28 at 8:19 a.m.

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on September 28 at 3 a.m. According to detectives, a 46 year old male victim was riding his bicycle in the parking lot of 1246 Old Country Road when he was approached by an unknown black male subject who knocked him to the ground. While holding his hand inside his sweatshirt as if he were holding a firearm, the subject removed the victim’s wallet from his rear pocket and a cell phone from the victim’s backpack. The subject then fled on foot northbound and was seen getting on a black mountain bicycle continuing northbound on Carle Road. The victim suffered lower back pain but refused medical assistance at the scene. The subject is described as 19-20 years old, 5’02” tall, 150lbs., short hair, wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers. Detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


A motor vehicle accident with an entrapment occurred on North Newbridge Road and Old Country Road on September 24 at 2:35 p.m. The victim was removed from the wreck and transported to a nearby hospital.

A tractor-trailer accident occurred on September 25 at 7:20 a.m., blocking all southbound lanes on North Broadway in front of Sears and causing delays.

A natural gas leak was reported at 51 Eighth St. on September 26 at 12:02 p.m. The leak emanated from the street. National Grid was requested to the scene to secure the leak.


A car overturned on the Northern State Parkway at Manetto Hill Road on September 26 at 6:21 p.m. One person with a minor injury was aided at the scene.

The westbound HOV and left lane as well as the eastbound HOV lane of the Long Island Expressway were closed east of exit 44 (Route 135) on September 27 at 9:54 a.m. due to an auto accident. The lanes were reopened at 1:22 p.m. 

Franklin Square

Dogwood Avenue between Morton Avenue and Forte Boulevard was closed due to police activity on September 25 from 11:09 a.m. to 12:27 p.m.

Police arrested David Traversa, 19, homeless and George Armstrong, 20, of Rockville Centre, in connection with a robbery that occurred in Franklin Square on June 6, 2012 at 10:37 a.m. According to detectives, an unknown white white subject entered the Ridgewood Savings Bank at 1010 Hempstead Turnpike and presented a demand note to a teller. After obtaining an undetermined amount of U.S. currency the subject fled the scene on foot northbound on Pacific Street. There were 10 employees and 3 customers present during the robbery. No injuries were reported. Both defendants are charged with third degree robbery and third degree grand larceny. Armstrong was additionally charged with 6 other unrelated warrant charges. Both defendants were arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead on an earlier date.

Garden City

A car fire occurred on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and Perimeter Road at Nassau Community College behind building C on September 24 at 4:48 p.m.

A motor vehicle accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Meadowbrook Parkway near Old Country Road taking out the left lane on September 25 at 5:48 p.m.

A 53-year-old Medford man was arrested for the theft from two lockers at the NY Sports Club on September 17. A remote removed from one of the lockers was used to steal a vehicle parked behind the club. Garden City detectives determined that there were other similar thefts at other NY Sports Clubs in Nassau County. Upon further investigation by Nassau County and Garden City detectives, the identity of the subject was determined and all of the clubs were notified. When the subject appeared at the Hicksville Club, workers recognized the subject and immediately called the Second Precinct. Officers responded to the club and arrested the subject.

The Garden City Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle property damage auto accident on County Seat Drive on September 20 where one of the operators left the area without exchanging information with the other operator.


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