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Former Students Face Burglary Rap

Two Hicksville men were arrested last week, charged with stealing cell phones from the Hicksville High School boys locker room after school hours.  

According to Second Squad detectives, police received a call on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:20 p.m. from one of the assistant principals at the high school to investigate two men who were in the locker room going through bags. Upon arrival, Karn Chauhan, 19, was identified as one of the men who had taken two cell phones from separate bags. Authorities said Chauhan had been informed in the past that he was not allowed on school property. He was arrested at the scene without incident. An investigation determined that Joseph Ferguson, 18, was the second suspect involved in the incident. He was located on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:38 p.m. at his home and placed under arrest without incident. The cell phones were returned to the victims.

Both men were formerly students at Hicksville High School. They were both charged with Burglary 3rd degree and arraigned last week.

Superintendent Maureen Bright said that “the school district has numerous security procedures and personnel in place during school and school activities and events to ensure the safety of students.”

“District personnel is diligent in following these procedures so that members of the public who attempt to obtain access to areas that are not for public use can be apprehended,” Bright said. “The district does not hesitate to contact the police to ensure that individuals are held accountable for their actions.”

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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November 24

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