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Stop In The Name Of Lies

What to watch for if you get pulled over

Police in Mineola had bullet points for law-abiding citizens to consider after an Elmont teen posed as a police officer on Feb. 25. Andrew Schreier, 19, was involved in a road-rage infused argument on Elmont Road where police said he pulled up next the victim’s car and said, “I’m a cop and I’ll give you tickets” and flashed a gold badge.

Authorities said Schreier pointed a 911 Colt .45 replica BB gun and yelled at the 29 and 47-year-old passengers. The victims called 911, followed Schreier into a dead end on Rockmart Street and led responding officers to him with the help of a neighbor, police said.

Inspector Kenneth Lack said that people should be aware of what to look for if pulled over by a police officer in plain clothes.  Lack suggested driving to a well-lit area at night, such as a gas station or place with a lot of people, and keep the engine running.

“If that officer is legitimate, ask them to get a marked car to come down and if he’s not willing to do that, call 911.”

It would have been tough for the victims to seek out if Schreier was the real deal. According to police, he was carrying a forged Department of Homeland Security photo identification card and two Federation of Postal Police photo IDs as well as police-grade handcuffs.

Lack said the badge Schreier used in the incident belonged to his father, a retired postal service police officer but who still works in law enforcement.

“They were forged by the defendant,” Lack stated. “Those particular identification cards are not that difficult to reproduce. I would certainly think the stuff he was carrying around that he had some interest in law enforcement.”

According to Third Precinct Commanding Officer Sean McCarthy in Williston Park, plain-clothes officers do at times “ride alone” but usually ride in pairs. A visible shield is also prominent from a real officer.

“There’s almost always at least two working together,” McCarthy said. “A car should have a combination or red, white and blue flashing lights.”

Lack called Schreier a “law enforcement buff” and urged anyone who may think they were unlawfully pulled over by Schreier, to contact the Fourth Squad.

“People should not be riding around with these items in their cars, particularly if they’re not in law enforcement,” Lack said.

Officers said they found a small glass bottle in his right shoe containing what police called “a substance believed to be MDMA,” a methamphetamine derivative. He also had a forged New Jersey Drivers License in his possession.

Schreier was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of second-degree forgery, first-degree criminal impersonation, two counts of second-degree menacing and fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.

News

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro gave a local laundromat until Wednesday, Oct. 15 to appear in village court to address property issues, mainly appearance and a lack of signage, or face arrest.

 

A final letter was sent to the tenant, Lofaro said.


Sports

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 

The Sewanhaka Indians relied heavily on its offense in the first two victories and head coach George Kasimatis relies on one player to set the tone for his group; senior, running back Brenton Mighty. 

 

Mighty is versatile as a running back, as he possesses the ability to run hard between the tackles, lower his shoulder and run into the defender, or run to the outside and break one deep. He also has good hands and is utilized by quarterback Elijah Tracey, as a receiver out of the backfield. 

 

“He makes such a difference in the run game,” said Kasimatis. “Teams have to respect that and it opens up the pass and the possibility for a lot of play action passes.”


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