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Police Blotter

Women Busted in Carle Place Motel 

Two Rhode Island women were recently arrested for prostitution in a Carle Place motel. 


The arrest occurred April 20 when Janina Mendez, 21, and Gina Miranda, 21, offered to perform a sexual act on an undercover detective for an agreed upon amount of money. During a search after the arrest, Mendez was also found in possession of cocaine. Both women are being charged with prostitution and Mendez is additionally being charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned Sunday April 21 in First District Court, Hempstead. 

Four Men Arrested for March Attack 

Four Westbury men have been arrested for attempted murder and assault, for an attack on three male victims in March. 


According to detectives, 911 received a call on March 31 at 2:30 a.m. about a man bleeding on the street in front of La Casa Del Marisco restaurant at 815 Old Country Rd., New Cassel. Police found three male victims, ages 35, 34 and 23 bleeding severely from the face, neck and hands from what appeared to be a machete attack. Two men, Miguel D. Flores, 22, and Jose F. Hernandez, 25, were arrested for the crime a few hours later. Three weeks later, brothers David A. Hernandez, 17, and Geovany Hernandez, 20, were placed under arrest. 


Flores and Jose Hernandez were charged with first-degree gang assault and three counts of first-degree assault. David and Geovany Hernandez are charged with attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault. David has an additional charge of fourth degree possession of a dangerous weapon and Geovany has two charges of third degree criminal possession of a weapon. The two brothers were arraigned April 21 at First District Court in Hempstead. 

Burglary On Merillon Avenue

Two men have been arrested for a burglary that occurred at an apartment on Merillon Avenue. According to third squad detectives, two victims, a male and female, returned to their apartment on Merillon Avenue to discover their acquaintance, Kristopher Kaufman, 33, in their rear yard and Andrew Sciascia, 24, inside their apartment. Both defendants fled on foot without any proceeds. The victims called Kaufman and asked him to return to their apartment, and upon returning, he was placed under arrest. Sciascia was found a short time later at his home where he was placed under arrest without incident. 

Kaufman is from Westbury and Sciascia is from Hicksville. Both are charged with second-degree burglary and were arraigned April 23 at First District Court in Hempstead. 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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