Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
According to the indictment obtained by Anton Newspapers, Fuller was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, killing Officer Arthur Lopez after he responded to an accident where Fuller was present in Queens, which led to the defendant fleeing the scene to the Belmont Racetrack exit on the Cross Island Parkway. Police said Fuller shot Lopez after he approached the vehicle and then Raymond Facey, 58, a man Fuller carjacked after fleeing the scene.
Police said Facey was on his cell phone with his daughter at the time of the shooting.
The indictment read that Fuller was also charged with two counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The robbery charge, police said, stems from Fuller stealing Facey’s car, which he abandoned in Queens shortly after both incidents.
Fuller was on parole at the time he was arrested, according to police. Legal counsel representatives for the prosecution and defense could not be reached for comment regarding this story.
Lopez’s killing was the fourth death of a Nassau police officer in the last two years. It came just one day after a funeral was held for Joseph Olivieri, a Nassau highway officer struck by an SUV while responding to an accident scene on the Long Island Expressway.
Lopez began as a patrol officer in the First Precinct in January 2004 and was promoted to ESU in January 2010, according to Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale. He was also a volunteer firefighter with the Dix Hills Fire Department. Lopez is survived by his sister, father and mother. Police said Lopez was decorated with six meritorious police service awards, received the Excellent Police Duty Award and several command recognitions.
Fuller was charged for the fatal shootings on Thursday, Oct. 25, according to the indictment.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.
As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.
More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.