Dario Ormejuste was not saying, “I didn’t do it” like he said in June in front of cameras and reporters. Last week, he was asking the question “Who am I?”
Ormejuste, 24, of Elmont, was arraigned Aug. 10. on charges of first-degree murder, three counts of second-degree murder, and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the June 21 murders of his mother, father, and brother. Authorities said he was indicted on the charges on July 28.
It was a sight to behold as a sea of people came out for the Lustgarten Foundation’s annual Walk for pancreatic research at Nassau Community College in Garden City. In its 10-year history, the Walk has grown to more than 4,000 participants, and raised more than $6 million for research initiatives. This year, participants as old as 90 to young infants united in memory of lost loved ones and showed support for those suffering from one of the most deadly forms of cancer there is.
Authorities have arrested two 14-year old boys in connection with a fire that broke out at the George Washington Elementary School in West Hempstead on Aug. 9 at 8:35 p.m. The two boys are being charged with fourth-degree arson. They are residents of West Hempstead.
After consultation with the Nassau County Department of Health, the Nassau County Department of Public Works will begin ground spraying in parts of Nassau County to help control mosquitoes, which may be carrying the West Nile virus.
The Fifth Squad is still investigating a burglary that occurred last Friday between 2 and 3 a.m. at Valley Stream South High School. Summer school classes were postponed a day after the incident.
Valley Stream resident Ed Ferrar, died on July 16, 2010 at the age of 90, due to complications from hip surgery.
Ed was best known in the area in the 1960s for transporting his trained lions, leopards, and jaguars around town in the back of his “Wild Cargo” station wagon. These cats were kept in his Valley Stream home and grew up with Ed’s family.
The Water Authority of Western Nassau County (WAWNC) agreed to build two iron removal plants to lessen the burden on local residents and businesses that have been plagued by discolored water. According to the board of directors, the total cost of construction and implementation will be around $7 million.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced recently that a North Carolina youth basketball coach has been charged with raping a 16-year-old autistic girl who played on his team when the team traveled to Nassau County for a tournament in August 2008. Police said that in 2009, the coach pleaded guilty in North Carolina to having sex with the same teen and served about a year in jail for that offense. The coach also served as the Chief Volunteer Officer of the basketball organization, called the Southeastern North Carolina Youth Basketball Association.
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred on July 15 at 10:45 p.m. in West Hempstead.
At that time, according to detectives, the two 18-year-old victims were confronted on Hempstead Gardens Drive by a group of four unknown males, who exited a dark 4-door sedan, asked them for the time and, subsequently, for money. The four subjects then proceeded to assault the victims with their fists, before one of the subjects produced a small silver handgun and pointed it at one of the victims, as another subject went through the same victim’s pockets and removed his cell phone.
Lighthouses are commonly viewed as the marker for seamen to find the coast during storms, add a bit of personality to an island and to serve as a beacon of a beach.
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