Following a string of residential burglaries and an increased police presence in the Westbury/Carle Place area, the Third Squad is investigating a burglary on Jan. 10 where three elderly women were held at gunpoint for their jewelry, police said.
Nassau County detectives said the burglary occurred around 2 p.m. when a white male, approximately 50 years old, entered an unlocked side door at a residence on 5th Avenue. Police said the suspect followed an 83-year-old female visitor into the home and confronted her, along with a 90-year-old woman and an 86-year-old female, who were already inside the home. The suspect displayed a handgun, took jewelry from a jewelry box and fled the scene in a gray, four-door Honda, said police.
The Village of Westbury Board of Trustees held its first regular meeting for the year on Jan. 5 and centered on two public hearings to discuss and evaluate new local laws, which were briefly introduced at last month’s meeting.
One public hearing resulted in the passage of a local law authorizing the village, if necessary, to impose a property tax levy in excess of the state-legislated two percent cap.
Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.
With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.
Carle Place’s John Heslin has been regularly called the “unofficial mayor” of the hamlet, but perhaps now the title is a bit more official.
On Dec. 6, Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross presented Heslin, a retired New York City policeman, with the distinguished title at the Westbury Manor on Jericho Turnpike.
Nicole Iadevaia, an 18-year-old W.T. Clarke grad from Westbury, has been writing poetry since she was in third-grade and it was her greatest wish to have her poems published in book form.
Iadevaia didn’t allow lupus, juvenile arthritis or writer’s block to stand in her way as the poet spent two years editing and compiling her poetry, ultimately deciding to name her poetry collection Laughter in Chaos.
Nassau County Police Department 3rd Precinct Commanding Officer Kevin Canavan recently offered updates on crime statistics and arrest reports throughout Carle Place and Westbury.
Canavan said crimes are generally down since 2009 but residents must continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity this holiday season.
A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the robbery of an East Meadow gas station in May 2010 that resulted in the theft of $194,000, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Dec. 15.
A jury convicted Troy Motayne, 35, last June of Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and False Personation, said the DA.
Levittown resident and former Carle Place store employee Wilson Lopez, 24, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 15 at his home at 12:30 a.m. for unlawful surveillance, according to Nassau County Detective Lieutenant Raymond Cote.
Cote said an employee at Elements Lighting, located at 227 Glen Cove Road, discovered a small USB video camera in the bathroom and brought the device to the attention of the store manager. Once the manager plugged the device into a computer, video revealed Lopez’s face operating the camera.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Dec. 13 that a jury convicted Pedro Santos of murder for the stabbing death of a Westbury teenager.
It took a jury less than an hour to convict Santos, 18, of Hempstead, of Murder in the Second Degree and misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison at his Jan. 18 sentencing, the DA added.
The Village of Westbury, in association with the Village Recreation Department and the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, held its annual holiday festivities celebration Dec. 3 at the recreation center.
Residents came out in droves for the annual community event, which featured musical performances from the American Concert Band as well as orchestra, band and chorus selections from several of the Westbury Public Schools.
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