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    A 33-year-old Long Island man admitted he sold fentanyl to a man who fatally overdosed during a virtual Narcotics Anonymous meeting earlier this year. Vito Frabizio, of Deer Park, pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney announced on Thursday, Sept. 22. On March 8, police responded to a report that a West Babylon man died of an overdose, Tierney said. The man was reportedly found dead in his bed by his girlfriend while he was attending a virtual Narcotics Anonymous meeting over Zoom. Officers recovered two bags that contained fentanyl and a fentanyl and heroin mixture, according to the report. Police learned that Frabizio sold the two packages of drugs to the man a day earlier after reviewing the man's cellphone, Tierney said. Frabizio then spoke to an undercover Suffolk County Police officer on March 9 and directed the officer to go to the Sayville Motor Lodge, where he sold the officer fentanyl and cocaine, the DA's Office said. Police arrested...
    A Long Island man was sentenced for distributing the fentanyl-laced heroin that caused the death of a 21-year-old woman in 2020. Donta Riddick, age 35, of West Babylon, was sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in prison on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for possessing and distributing heroin and fentanyl, according to Breon Peace, United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In his guilty plea on Jan. 28, Riddick admitted to distributing the drugs on Sept. 13, 2020, that killed a Massapequa woman. “Today’s sentencing is justice served for the trauma that the defendant directly caused to our district, including the death of his young neighbor,” Peace said. “This Office, together with our federal and local partners, works tirelessly to hold accountable those who deal deadly drugs and contribute to the opioid epidemic’s devastating impact on our communities.” Riddick sold fentanyl-laced heroin to the victim, who died from an overdose at a Massapequa motel on the morning of Sept. 14, 2020, the US Attorney's Office said. On Sept. 15, 2020, Riddick was arrested for possession of street-level quantities of the same drugs...
    Authorities have asked the public for help locating a man who is accused of using a fraudulent check to purchase a utility truck on Long Island. The man bought the 2008 Ford F-350 utility truck, valued at $26,700, from FASTSIGNS in West Babylon on Friday, Aug. 19, Suffolk County Police announced on Tuesday, Sept. 6. FASTSIGNS is located at 46 Kean St., authorities said. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.  Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-220-TIPS.
    A Long Island man was charged after authorities said he left his dog restrained outdoors during a severe heat advisory. The Suffolk County SPCA said 25-year-old Ismaylin Batista was charged with violating the Suffolk County Code after SPCA detectives determined he left his pit bull outdoors in his yard while he was not home. The SPCA reported that Blue was left retrained with a leash that was about two to three feet long during a severe heat advisory. Batista surrendered to SPCA detectives on Friday, July 22, and he is set to appear in court on Thursday, Aug. 11, according to the report. "The Suffolk County SPCA is warning all pet owners to take proper precautions to protect your innocent animals," the SPCA said. "The extreme heat can be hazardous to your pets and can cause severe health issues or tragic results." Authorities asked anyone with witnesses animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County to contact the SPCA at 631-382-7722. 
    A Long Island man has been apprehended after police say he killed his father in their home.  Suffolk County Police say Third Precinct officers responded to 36 Phillips Walk in West Babylon after a woman called 911 at approximately 12:55 p.m. Friday, June 10 and stated her son strangled her husband.  Officers responded and found Robert Taylor, age 64, dead. Homicide Squad detectives arrested his son, James Taylor, age 34, at the scene and charged him with second-degree murder.  He was held overnight at the Third Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday, June 11.
    A family of four lost in a wooded area on Long Island was rescued by police. The incident took place in Manorville around 10:20 p.m., Sunday, May 22. According to Suffolk County Police, the West Babylon family, including a 41-year-old man and his 13-, 10-, and 8-year-old sons, left their vehicle at the entrance of Manorville Hills County Park, located on County Road 111, at approximately 6:30 p.m. and took bicycles onto a trail.  Just before 8 p.m., the family attempted to return to their vehicle using a GPS locator on a cell phone but could not get a connection, police said. At 9:15 p.m., Suffolk County Police Seventh Precinct officers responded after receiving a 911 call from the father stating he was lost, just before the man’s cell phone battery died.  Officers conducted a coordinated search of the park with the assistance of the Suffolk County Police Aviation Section and Suffolk County Park Police. Seventh Precinct Officers Brian Koch and Marisa Bruno, who were searching the trails, located the family at 10:20 p.m. The four were not injured and...
    A Long Island man has claimed a "$1,000 A Week For Life" lottery prize. Suffolk County resident Marc Stenson, of West Babylon, claimed the second prize for matching the first five numbers drawn in the Dec. 25 CASH4LIFE game, the New York Lottery announced on Friday, April 29. He chose to receive his prize as a single, lump-sum payment of $651,000 after required withholdings, the lottery reported.  Stenson told NY Lottery he had a "good feeling" after he claimed his ticket. The ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 675 Sunrise Highway in West Babylon, NY Lottery said.
    Police are searching for a suspect after a knifepoint robbery at a Long Island 7-Eleven. The man armed with a knife entered the store in West Babylon, located at 901 Little East Neck Road, on Wednesday, April 27 at approximately 11:20 p.m., and demanded the employee open the cash register, Suffolk County Police said.  The man fled on a bicycle, northbound, on Little East Neck Road, said police. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-220-TIPS.
    An investigation is underway after a 43-year-old man was struck and killed by a car while riding an electric scooter on Long Island. The crash happened on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon at about 3:20 a.m. on Monday, April 4, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Edward Marcuteanu, of Lindenhurst, was riding a Splach electric scooter in the middle eastbound lane near Exit 40 when a 2016 Honda Accord struck him, SCPD reported. Police said Marcuteanu was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Honda, a 22-year-old from Ozone Park, and a 28-year-old Smithtown man who was a passenger in the car were both hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, authorities reported. The Honda and the scooter were impounded for safety checks, police said. 
    Police have asked the public for help locating a man who set a vehicle on fire on Long Island. A man set a parked vehicle on fire at 730 South Railroad Ave. in West Babylon at about 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.  SCPD said two other vehicles were damaged in the incident.  Police said the man fled the scene, traveling east.  He was wearing a red jacket and gray pants, police said. Watch a video of the incident here. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Tips can be submitted by calling 1-800-220-TIPS.
    Police are investigating after an off-duty NYPD officer shot and injured a man who was attempting to burglarize his Long Island home.  The Suffolk County Police Department reported that the man was breaking into a home on 5th Avenue in West Babylon at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, when the homeowner, an off-duty NYPD detective, shot him. The man was hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call police at 631-852-6392.
    A 48-year-old man on Long Island is facing charges for allegedly chasing down, physically, and verbally assaulting a teen boy who knocked on his door as a prank. A 13-year-old boy was walking in West Babylon with five friends from one of their homes on 14th Avenue shortly before 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Tuesday, March 2 in the direction of the playground at Tooker Elementary School, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. While walking toward the playground, police said that the boy knocked on a random house on Second Street and proceeded to run away as a joke. It is alleged that John Petrillo, who lives at the house, ran after him, and when the boy fled on a bicycle, Petrillo chased after him in a Chrysler sedan, cutting him off at the intersection of 13th Street and Tooker Avenue, police said. According to police, Petrillo proceeded to get out of his car and pulled the boy off the bicycle. He then pushed him against the car, hit his head against the car window, and pulled out pepper...
    A Long Island man was shot and killed while onboard a train allegedly by a person he was traveling with. The Suffolk County Police homicide squad and MTA Police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of Yusef Staine, age 20, of West Babylon, at the Ronkonkoma train station around 1:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16. According to police, Staine was shot by a man he appeared to be traveling with while he was on board a westbound train parked at the Ronkonkoma Station.  The man fled the scene following the shooting, police said. Staine was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooting appears to be an isolated incident and no one else was injured, police added. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this shooting to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
    Meet a brand-new big winner in the New York State Lottery. Suffolk County resident James Von Braunsberg, of North Babylon, has claimed his $1,000,000 second prize from the June 29 Mega Millions drawing, lottery officials announced on Monday, Aug. 30. Earlier report: Long Island Woman Wins $5 Million In NY Lottery Scratch-Off Game The winning ticket was purchased at West Babylon Card & Gift located at 741 Sunrise Highway in West Babylon. The winning Mega Millions numbers from that evening’s drawing were 07 38 50 52 69 Mega Ball 21. Von Braunsberg chose to receive his $1,000,000 as a single lump-sum payment of $651,000 after required withholdings. The New York Lottery contributed $281,462,013 in Lottery Aid to Education to school districts throughout Suffolk County during the fiscal year 2020-2021.
    A Long Island man has been charged with possession of child pornography. After receiving a tip from the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Suffolk County Police Computer Crimes Unit launched an investigation into Brian Anderson, 67, of West Babylon. The search warrant was executed by Computer Crimes Unit detectives, as well as Canine Section and First Precinct officers, at his West Babylon home at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.  He was then was taken into custody after child pornography was found on his desktop computer. Anderson, 67, was charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child, a Class E felony.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The investigation is continuing.  Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6579.
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