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Bank Robbers Busted

A recent string of robberies had Nassau and Suffolk county police working together to catch the culprits. And now they've succeeded, say authorities.

 

According to detectives, at approximately 5:51 p.m. on Jan. 28, 18-year-old Adam Baron of Melville entered the Chase Bank on Main Street in Farmingdale and handed the teller a demand note. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, Baron fled the bank.

 

Five employees and five customers, none of whom were injured, were present during the time of the robbery and identified the perpetrator. The eyewitnesses informed police that the suspect was  6 foot 2 inches tall, wearing dark clothing, a mask covering his face and gloves. Police could not identify if the assailant was armed, as of press time. 

 

The next day, Nassau County investigators, working in conjunction with the Suffolk County Pattern Crimes Unit, arrested Baron and his alleged accomplice, Jamie Ramirez, in the parking lot of the Avalon Apartments complex, where they live. 

 

Baron has been charged in connection with five other bank robberies that occurred in Westbury, Rockville Centre, Plainview and Merrick. Although Ramirez, 25, was not apprehended in connection with the robberies in Rockville Centre and Farmingdale, he was charged in connection with the robberies in Plainview and Merrick. He was also apprehended for a bank robbery in North Bellmore on Jan. 17. 

 

Both men were arraigned at the first district court in Hempstead on Jan. 30. Baron has been charged with five counts of robbery in the second degree and one count of attempted robbery. Ramirez has been charged with two counts of robbery in the second degree, third degree, and attempted robbery. 

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

 

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647—or 8.8 percent. 

Village officials have teamed up with James Faith Entertainment—founders of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue—to organize Farmingdale’s first ever two-day music festival, this September 13 and 14. 

 

“Farmingdale is another town that is starting to move forward,” festival producer Jim Faith told the Farmingdale Observer, last May. “[The inaugural festival] will be small, but we’ll start growing it... music festival always take a few years to catch on.” 

 

Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival, back in 2007, it too started small, growing little by little each year. For its inaugural year, Faith booked folk musician Richie

Havens to headline the event. Now, more than eight years later, the festival has featured numerous big name musicians, including: the Doobie Brothers, WAR, Billy Squier, Taking Back Sunday, moe., and Blues legend B.B. King, to name a few. 


Sports

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 

After more than a month of group play, on Aug. 16, fourteen teams went head-to-head for a shot at the 2014 Farmingdale Baseball League’s 9/11 Tournament Championship. Here are some highlights from Saturday’s championships. 

 

8U Finals

Long Island Rangers 8 - Farmingdale Greendogs 9


Calendar

McKevitt Mobile Office Hours - August 21

Artisan Market - August 23

Blood Drive - August 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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