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, 29 August 2014 00:00
Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.
Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.
Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.