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, 07 March 2014 00:00
In 2012, Howard Kroplick was named town historian for the Town of North Hempstead. Now, two years later, he has published a pictorial history of the town, including several historical accounts of Floral Park, simply titled North Hempstead, a volume brought out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its extensive Images of America series.
“As town historian, it was the logical thing to write such a book,” Kroplick said. “This is the first published book on the town.” The volume, he added, is “long overdue” and also a publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the town’s discovery by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:32
On Tuesday, March 18, Floral Park will hold village elections from noon to 9 p.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. Village trustee and member of the Floral Park Citizens’ Party James E. Rhatigan is seeking re-election. The following was submitted by the Citizens’ Party:
James E. Rhatigan is seeking re-election to a two-year term as Floral Park trustee, running on the Citizen’s Party ticket. He currently serves as Floral Park trustee, representing the south side section of the village.