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.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.
During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”