East Meadow Armed Robbery ‘Likely’ Related to Crime Spree, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An armed robbery in East Meadow early Wednesday morning is “likely” related to a string of similar crimes that have occurred in Nassau County over the last two months, including one case in which a clerk was murdered, Nassau County police said.Dep. Insp. Kenneth Lack, the police department’s chief spokesman, said detectives are investigating the robbery at a Sunoco gas station on Hempstead Turnpike at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, which he said is likely related to nine similar incidents since Dec. 20. The same suspect is believed to be responsible for the slaying of a 58-year-old gas station attendant in Jericho on Jan. 28.In the latest incident, police said a male entered the gas station at 2475 Hempstead Turnpike and approached two employees, demanding cash while threatening the pair with a black handgun. The suspect fled on foot after obtaining an unknown amount of cash, police said. No customers were inside the gas station at the time of the robbery, police said.A description of the suspect was not provided. But the suspect in the string of armed robberies has been described as a black man between 5-feet, 11-inches and 6-feet tall, with a thin build, wearing all black Nike clothing, a black mask, black gloves, black Nike sneakers with red laces and armed with either a black or a silver revolver.“This subject has demonstrated that he is very violent, or can be very violent,” acting police commissioner Thomas Krumpter said during a press conference last week. The investigation, he added, “is one of the highest priorities of this department at this time.”Two days prior to the press conference, the same suspect robbed a Shell gas station in Jericho on Feb. 8.Police have yet to say if anything was taken during the homicide in Jericho.Aside from cash, the assailant has also robbed several businesses for cigarettes. All but two of armed robberies believed to be linked occurred at gas stations. The suspect twice robbed a Hicksville 7-Eleven store in the span of five days.The string of crimes has sparked a massive manhunt. Krumpter said last week that both the robbery and homicide squads, plus the Major Case Bureau and Bureau of Special Operations are investigating the incidents.last_img read more

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Wieghorst takes up Swans role

first_img The 41-year-old moves to the Liberty Stadium on a contract that will run through to the summer of 2014. Erik Larsen has been working as Laudrup’s right-hand man so far this season, but he will now take on a greater responsibility for international scouting while Alan Curtis will remain as a first-team coach. Wieghorst has been in charge of the Denmark Under-21 side, and will be given permission to take charge of their two fixtures in March. During his time in Glasgow, Wieghorst helped Celtic end Rangers’ run of nine-straight SPL titles, before being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2000 and making a remarkable return to resume his playing career. Wieghorst, who played alongside Laudrup for Denmark, left the Hoops in 2002 to become one of his former team-mate’s first signings at Brondby, before enjoying back-to-back Danish Cup triumphs after moving into management with Nordsjaelland. Wieghorst has been cited as a possible successor to Morten Olsen, when the coach of the senior Denmark side stands down next year, and Laudrup is delighted to have got his man. He said: “Morten had a good playing career with Dundee and Celtic and the last years of his career he played under me at Brondby and won the league. He went to Nordsjaelland, who have been in the Champions League this season, first as an assistant and then as a manager, winning two cup titles which is huge for a smaller club. “He has been with the Under-21 national team for the last year and a half. I know Morten, I played with him, I coached him as a player and watched him as a manager. I had some inside information as my son Andreas has played for him. “I wanted an assistant who had experience of being in charge as a manager, and he has experience of British football.” Swansea have confirmed the appointment of former Denmark and Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst as Michael Laudrup’s assistant.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Inmates attempt to set fire to Lusignan Prison

first_imgJailbreak…protest inhumane conditions… 6 remain on the run, over 60 reported sightings – PoliceThe continued housing of over 500 Georgetown prison inmates at a temporaryA photo posted on Facebook by a prisoner shows how they are sleeping on the grass in the holding areaholding facility next door to the Lusignan Prison, on the East Coast of Demerara, is quickly becoming a violation of their human rights, since they are in an open area exposed to heavy rain and the blazing sun. To protest this, the prisoners early Friday morning attempted to set fire to the wooden Lusignan Prison.The facility where the prisoners are housed is a grassy area surrounded by a high wall and the prisoners are sleeping under tents provided by the Civil Defence Commission and use portable toilets.Owing to heavy rainfall over the past few days, the holding area has become swampy. On Friday morning at about 02:00h, prisoners filled soda bottles with pieces of clothing and materials from the tents to make lamps, which they hurled at the Lusignan Prison wooden building.They accessed fuel from a generator which provided lighting for the area. The generator was unsupervised in the compound. Chief Fire Officer, Marlon Gentle,More photos from insideconfirmed the attempted arson at the facility, saying tragedy was averted since there were firefighters outside of the Lusignan Prison.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, said the attempt was not successful due to the presence of the Police and firemen. When asked about the conditions in which the inmates are being kept, Samuels said that the photos circulating on social media are not showing the complete picture.“Just the centre of the ground is under water, the four corners are high and the prisoners have over 200 pallets to protect them from whatever. There is a lot of water and it is even too much for us,” he lamented.“The new area we are building the rain created some setbacks because we can’t weld and the laying of the asphalt cannot be laid but we are working to have themThe swampy area which is a mosquito breeding haven in the holding areamove to suitable conditions in the shortest possible time,” Samuels added.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had earlier said they are working around the clock to have a tarmacked area prepared and equipped with sheds to house the prisoners. He noted that they would be conforming to all the human rights conventions they have signed onto.Six still on the runThe public is now being advised to be on the lookout for six prisoners after Police were able to account for two prisoners.Explaining the mix up, Ramjattan said there was “massive confusion” in the aftermath of the prison break. In addition, the Minister noted the destruction of records also created complications. Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud alsoSome of the garbage dumped at the side of the roadstated that two went to visit their mothers but were now back in custody.“There was massive confusion in relation to the prison, the inmates, the fire, so many things, transportation, the hustling of getting a place to put those persons and managing to do that in a ground that was walled at Lusignan, the burning of the records created problems too, with numbers and names, creating difficulties and challenges and so we did come up with some figures as to how many people were indeed the escapees,” Ramjattan elucidated.Police have issued wanted bulletins for Mark Royden Durant, Uree Varswyck,‘Making a hustle’ – this woman set up a stall at the barricaded area selling every essential for the prisonersStafrei Hopkinson Alexander, Cobena Stephens, Cornelius Thomas and Desmond James.Durant, also known as “Royden Williams” and “Smallie”, was charged along with several others for the 2008 mass killings at Bartica. The other escapees were also imprisoned for murder.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud reiterated the State’s commitment to capturing the prisoners, as well as protecting the remaining prisons and prisoners. He noted that a manhunt is underway for the escapees. The Commissioner was also asked about a general location for the prisoners.“We know that four are together and the other two, we have reason to believe that they are separate and they may be in Georgetown,” Persaud said.Police sources have also said that to date, there have been over 60 calls informing of escapees sightings. Thus far, all information has borne no fruit.Barricaded areaBecause of relatives of the inmates flocking the Lusignan Prison, the authorities brought forward their barricade to Track A – the village where the Lusignan massacre occurred in January of 2008 – to ease the flow of persons to the prisons.However, this move has inconvenienced persons living within the barricaded area. They are subjected to questioning and searches every time they have to go beyond the barricaded area.When this publication visited the area on Friday, the authorities were observed collecting food items from relative who were dumping plastic bottles, bags and containers at the side of the road. Some of the plastic bags are being carried away by the wind and contributing to an unsightly area.last_img read more

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