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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


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Bike Safety Day - September 21


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