Timothy Bolger

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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.

Amityville Man Killed in Car Crash

A 76-year-old Amityville man was killed when an SUV crashed into his car in North Lindenhurst on Tuesday afternoon.

Suffolk County police said Glenwood Blalock was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on Albany Avenue when his car was struck on the driver’s side by a northbound Dodge Ram at the corner of New Highway at 12:20 p.m.

The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not injured.

First Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.

Petition Aims to Reverse Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar Liquor License Suspension

Bracco's Clam & Oyster Bar
Bracco's Clam & Oyster Bar, Nautical Mile (Photo by Joe Mabel)

An online petitioner is seeking signatures in an effort to reverse the suspension of a rowdy Nautical Mile bar’s liquor license after a string of complaints and a melee earlier this month.

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The petition nearly achieved its goal Monday of getting 1,000 online signatures that the organizer hopes will help Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar on Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport get its license restored. The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) last week suspended Bracco’s license, meaning the bar cannot serve alcohol, and no booze can be consumed on the premises unless an administrative judge reverses the decision at a hearing.

“Say what you will, but this establishment has always brought the most people to The Mile, is one of the few that stay open in the winter and is consistent with always something for everyone,” the unidentified petitioner wrote in the call to action. “No business is perfect, but to single out Bracco’s just makes no sense. Without them, you’re just hurting the village in the long run.”

The SLA suspended Bracco’s liquor license after Freeport village police reported the bar to the agency after rapper 50 Cent, who was only supposed to be at Bracco’s to promote his Vodka brand, performed for 45 minutes, drawing a rowdy crowd that broke into a brawl and later pelted officers with debris as they made an arrest after the rapper left, officials have said.

Police have responded to nearly 100 calls at Bracco’s since May 1, including 20 noise complaints and six arrests, the SLA said. The agency previously fined Bracco’s $2,500 last year, $4,000 in June and $4,500 in July for excess noise, lack of supervision and other charges. It was also fined $2,500 in 2012 for selling after hours.

Its latest violations include 21 counts, including assaults, disorderly premises, improper conduct for making misrepresentations to the police, permitting live performances in violation of their license and for becoming a focal point for police attention.

Jerry Bracco, the father of the three men who own Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar, told the Press that he was unaware of the petition, but called the events that led to their license suspension “an unfortunate incident.”

“It’s a family business,” he said. “Nobody has brought more people to the Nautical Mile than us.”

Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar has remained open for business with a small staff to serve food, it said on its Facebook page. The owners have until Aug. 31 to enter a plea in response to the violations the SLA charged them with. If they plead not guilty, they can appeal the suspension before an administrative judge.

Freeport, Setauket Armed Home Invasions Probed

Authorities are investigating a pair of armed home invasions three days apart, including one in which a suspect was arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman, officials said.

Thomas W. Cummings
Thomas W. Cummings

Thomas Cummings, 47, of Freeport, knocked on his neighbor’s door and when she answered, he pushed his way inside, stabber her with a fork, then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her with it at 9:45 p.m. Friday, Nassau County police said. Cummings then fled and the victim was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.

First Squad detectives charged Cummings with first-degree burglary, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was ordered held without bail and is due back in court Tuesday.

Three days prior, three men broke down the door of a Gables Boulevard home in Setauket, demanded money from a victim, who believed the trio was armed with a gun, and stole jewelry and other items at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 16, Suffolk County police said.

There were neither any arrests nor description of the suspects in that case. Detectives are continuing the investigation.

Uniondale Shooting Leaves Man Dead

A 32-year-old man was shot and killed in his hometown of Uniondale on Sunday morning, Nassau County police said.

Jude Saint-Clair was standing on the side of Nassau Road when he was shot multiple times by an unknown shooter at 10 a.m., police said.

The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Selden Teen Charged With DWI in Fatal Hit-and-run Crash

A teenager was arrested for allegedly driving drunk, causing a crash that killed a 31-year-old Coram man and fleeing the scene in Port Jefferson Station on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.

Danny Bonilla Zavala
Danny Bonilla Zavala

Danny Bonilla Zavala, 19, of Selden, was driving a Nissan Maxima southbound on Route 112 when he crashed into a Toyota Corolla near Sagamore Hills Drive and ran away at 5:10 p.m., police said.

The other driver, Bob Hidalgo, was pronounced dead at the scene. His 30-year-old wife, Taisha, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

An officer apprehended the suspect shortly later. He was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson for treatment of minor injuries.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. Police said he also gave investigators a false name. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Major Case Unit detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-852-6555.

Valley Stream Crash Leaves Motorcyclist Dead

A 31-year-old Brooklyn woman died when her motorcycle crashed into a car on a Southern State Parkway exit ramp in Valley Stream over the weekend.

New York State police said Antionette Phillips was riding a Kawasaki eastbound when she attempted to pass traffic by entering the exit ramp for Corona Avenue, struck a Honda Odyssey and was ejected from the motorcycle at 7:33 p.m. Saturday.

Phillips was taken to Franklin General Hospital, where she died shortly later.

State Police found no criminality involved but ask anyone that witnessed this crash to call them 631-756-3300. All calls will remain confidential.

Human Skull Found in Ronkonkoma Woods

A bicyclist found a human skull in a wooded area of Ronkonkoma over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.

A man riding on his mountain bike in the woods north of Express Drive North made the discovery and called police at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Investigators believe the human remains have been there for an extended period. They have not been identified.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Man With Lacerations Found Dead in Greenlawn Park

An 18-year-old man “with significant lacerations” was found dead in Greenlawn Park in his hometown of Greenlawn over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.

A visitor walking through the park discovered the body of Estiven Abrego Gomez and flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911 at 7:11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Bellone Aide Among 6 Killed in LIE Crash

A 29-year-old aide to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was among six killed and five wounded in a three-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville on Sunday morning, authorities said.

Carmelo Pinales, 26, of Hicksville, was driving a Subaru Outback eastbound when he lost control of the car. It crossed the median, went airborne and struck two vehicles heading westbound, a BMW and a Honda, near Exit 68 at 9:35 a.m., Suffolk County police said. Pronounced dead at the scene were Pinales, his 27-year-old sister, Patricia, of Westbury, and the driver of the Honda, Scott Martella of Northport, who was a spokesman for Bellone and a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Scott was a dedicated, beloved public servant who worked day in and day out to improve the lives of his fellow New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Long Island is a better place today because of his service and dedication to the community.”

Carmelo’s 10-year-old son, Cristopher Pinales, also from Hicksville, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he later died. Two other passengers in the Subaru, 21-year-old Winnifer Garcia of Hempstead, and Patricia’s 3-year-old daughter, also of Westbury, were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the BMW, 73-year-old Marvin Tenzer, and his passengers, Sandra Tenzer, Helen Adelson and Isidore Adelson, all of Westhampton, were taken to local hospitals. The Tenzers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Isidore Adelson, 81, died of his injures at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. His 71-year-old wife, Helen, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Monday.

Martella’s 29-year-old fiancée, Shelbi Thurau, also of Northport, was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are probing reports that the driver of the Subaru was speeding. The LIE was closed for several hours while investigators were on the scene.

“The hundreds of people Scott has worked with over the years and the thousands of people whose lives he has positively impacted would describe him as nothing short of an amazing person,” Bellone said in a statement. “I asked Scott to join my team because I admired his intelligence, his wisdom, and love of community and people. I will miss Scott’s smile, his advice, his laugh, his sense of humor, his dedication and his drive.”

Seventh Squad detectives impounded all three vehicles. They are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.

Cold Spring Harbor Man Drowned Mother, Cops Say

A man was arrested for intentionally drowning his 63-year-old mother at their Cold Spring Harbor home on Wednesday, Suffolk County police said.

Denis Cullen
Denis Cullen

Denis D. Cullen Jr., 23, was charged with second-degree murder for killing Elizabeth Cullen, police said.

Lloyd Harbor village police officers who were called to check on the victim’s welfare found her in the back yard and contacted Suffolk County police Homicide Squad detectives, authorities said.

Investigators suspect Cullen had been intentionally drowned, police said.

Detectives are continuing the investigation. Cullen will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.

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