Timothy Bolger

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.

Arrest Made in Fatal Shooting of Uniondale Teen

Jeustin David Maldonado
Jeustin David Maldonado

A teenager was arrested for is role in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in the victim’s hometown of Uniondale last month, Nassau County police said.

Jeustin David Maldonado, 17, also of Uniondale, was charged with second-degree attempted murder, conspiracy and criminal facilitation. He was denied bail following his arraignment Wednesday.

Police said the suspect was involved in the death of Alexon Moya, who was standing on Fenimore Avenue when he was shot in the head at 11:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The victim died three days later at Nassau University Medical Center.

Maldonado was apprehended following his arrest on weapons and menacing charges for a Jan. 7 domestic incident with his brother, police said.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the shooting.

Valley Stream Home Invasion Victims Held at Gunpoint

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Nassau County police are investigating a Valley Stream home invasion in which two masked assailants held a woman and three children at gunpoint on Monday evening, authorities said.

A 41-year-old woman answered a knock at the door of her Henrietta Street home when two men armed with handguns forced their way inside at 6:45 p.m., police said.

The gunmen corralled the woman, two 12-year-old girls and a 3-month-old girl into the living room, stole their cell phones and ransacked the home before the duo forced the victims into a bathroom and fled with jewelry, police said.

The victims, who were not injured, later exited the bathroom and called 911.

The suspects were described as black men wearing ski masks. The first suspect was 5’7” tall, 150 pounds wearing a heavy black jacket, blue jeans, white and black Nike sneakers and sunglasses. The second suspect was 6’2” tall and 185 pounds wearing a brown sleeveless jacket, a brown shirt, blue jeans and dark brown boots.

Fifth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Franklin Square Man Dies After Stabbing

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A 21-year-old Franklin Square man died after he was found suffering from stab wounds on a Southern State Parkway entrance ramp in Valley Stream last week, New York State police said Tuesday.

Sumeet Singh died at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola after he was found at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 suffering from stab wounds at the exit 15 entrance ramp for Corona Avenue on the westbound side of the parkway, police said.

Authorities initially said they were investigating the incident as an attempted murder and had a suspect in custody, but they have not released the name of the suspect. Nassau County police is assisting in the probe, state police said.

State Police ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-756- 3300.  All calls will remain confidential.

North Amityville Home Invasion Victim Shot, Wounded

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A 26-year-old North Amityville man was shot and wounded during a home invasion on Monday evening, Suffolk County police said.

Three men armed with handguns entered a Madison Avenue home and shot a resident in his stomach at 5:05 p.m., police said.

The trio then fled the scene. It’s unclear what they stole. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The incident came a week after three men armed with guns committed a home invasion on East Cherry Street in Central Islip  at 10:23 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 10, police said. The trio in that case fled the scene with money. That victim was not injured.

Detectives are continuing the investigations and ask anyone with information on these cases to call anonymously to Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Ringling Bros. Circus Hosting Its Last Show Ever at Nassau Coliseum

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus elephants in action. (Photo by Laura Bittner)

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will give its final performance ever, ending its 146 years in business, at the renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on May 21.

The company that operates what’s billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth” blamed rising costs of doing business and declining ticket sales for the decision. Fans of the circus were saddened by the news while advocates concerned with the treatment of animals in the show cheered the announcement.

“The circus and its people have continually been a source of inspiration and joy to my family and me, which is why this was such a tough business decision to make,” said Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, in a statement. “The decision was even more difficult because of the amazing fans who have become members of our extended circus family over the years, and we are extremely grateful to the millions of families who have made Ringling Bros. part of their lives for generations.”

Ringling Bros., the nation’s largest circus that travels the nation in the world’s largest private train, isn’t the only group of traveling clowns, acrobats, trained exotic animals and other performers to have struggled to compete with more modern forms of entertainment. The Big Apple Circus filed for bankruptcy last year.

Since it has roots in New York, holding its final performance on Long Island brings Ringling Bros. full circle. Hachaliah Bailey, a Westchester County farmer, founded one of America’s earlier circuses in 1808 when he formed a traveling show around the star, “Old Bet,” the first circus elephant in the US. Bailey’s hometown of Somers is known as “The Cradle of the American Circus.”

Hachaliah Bailey’s nephew, James Anthony Bailey, later partnered with P.T. Barnum, who had a competing traveling show, to form the Barnum and Bailey circus. Their biggest competitor, Wisconsin-based Ringling Bros., bought them out in 1906 and later merged them. Florida-based Feld Entertainment, which also runs such shows as Disney on Ice, Monster Jam and Marvel Universe Live!, bought the circus nearly a half century ago.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), among the circus’ most vocal critics, was happy to hear that Ringling Bros. is coming to an end.

“After 36 years of PETA protests, which have awoken the world to the plight of animals in captivity, PETA heralds the end of what has been the saddest show on earth for wild animals, and asks all other animal circuses to follow suit, as this is a sign of changing times,” the group said in a statement.

Ringling Bros., which was fined $270,000 for federal animal welfare violations in 2011, retired its elephants to an animal sanctuary last year. The rest of its animals will follow suit after the show closes.

The Circus Fans Association of America, a group dedicating to reversing the decline in interest in the traveling shows, was saddened to hear of Ringling Bros.’ demise.

“Although to some of us, the closing is not totally surprising given the retirement of its elephants last year, the passing of an iconic institution and brand is cause for mourning by America,” said Gary Payne, the group’s president, in a statement. “For nearly 150 years, the show survived so much, yet always found a way to seem new and exciting each year.”

Most of the circus’ 500 performers who travel the nation in two troupes will be laid off, according to The Associated Press, which first reported the news. Some will be absorbed into the parent company’s other shows.

“Ringling Bros. will always be part of Feld Entertainment, and its spirit will live on in every production and project we do,” said Feld, the CEO.

Locally, a relic of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus will live on despite the show’s closure. The PT Barnum, one of the ships operated by The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co., travels daily across the Long Island Sound between LI and Connecticut, where the circus founder was also a politician and co-founder of the ferry company.

Second Suspect Charged With Hempstead Murder

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A second suspect was arrested for his role in stabbing and killing a 39-year-old Freeport man in Hempstead last year, Nassau County police said.

Jorge Poshon, 29, of Freeport, was charged with second-degree murder. A judge ordered him held without bail Saturday.

Homicide Squad detectives said Poshon, 34-year-old William Lopez of Hempstead, and a third suspect who has yet to be apprehended stabbed Rolando Cruz following an argument in front of El Nuevo bar on Fulton Avenue at 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Lopez pleaded not guilty in September to second-degree murder and gang assault.

Fiery Wantagh Crash Leaves Trucker Dead

A driver was killed when he flipped his box truck onto several parked cars, causing some of the vehicles to burst into flames in Wantagh on Friday evening, Nassau County police said.

The driver was heading westbound on Sunrise Highway when he lost control of the truck and struck a guard rail, causing it to overturn on top of unoccupied parked vehicles at the Long Island Rail Road commuter parking lot near the corner of Seaford Avenue at 7:40 p.m., police said.

The driver, who was trapped in the truck after it caught fire, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was driving alone at the time. His identity was not immediately available.

Wantagh Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the flames. Sunrise Highway was closed for several hours while investigators were on the scene.

Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Roosevelt Crips Leader Gets 3 Consecutive Life Sentences

Raphael Osborne
Raphael Osborne

The Roosevelt chapter leader of the Crips street gang was sentenced Friday to three consecutive life sentences plus 145 years in federal prison for violent crimes he was convicted of last year.

Raphael “Gusto” Osborne, who led the Rollin’ 60s set of the Crips, was found guilty of racketeering, conspiracy, robbery, attempted murder, witness retaliation, assault and weapons charges following his trial in April 2016 at Central Islip federal court.

Prosecutors said the 31-year-old gang leader financed the gang by selling hundreds of illegal guns in addition to dealing drugs such as crack cocaine, heroin marijuana and a new club drug known as molly. He also enacted an “on sight” rule requiring his members to attack members of the rival Bloods gang whenever and wherever they were spotted with whatever mean available, authorities said. And besides leading the gang at a time when his members committed 15 shootings, three murders, he also ordered a hit on a federal informant in 2012.

Osborne ordered the hit when he became suspicious after the informant tried to buy a gun from the gang leader himself. Osborne’s Crips later lured the victim from his Hempstead home and shot him five times at close range, leaving him paralyzed.

Osborne was among 20 Crips that were busted in 2013. Authorities have said a joint investigation between the FBI, Nassau County police and Nassau prosecutors kicked into high gear after a member of the Rollin’ 60s shot and wounded a Hempstead village police officer. When they announced the bust, authorities noted that the gang flaunted their guns, drugs and money in homemade rap videos posted on YouTube.

Of those arrested in that bust, 18 have been convicted and the remaining two are awaiting trial. Osborne is the eighth to be sentenced in connection with the bust. The other seven are all serving at least 10 years in federal prison each.

Westbury Man Gets 21 Years to Life for Murder

Joel Ayala Deras
Joel Ayala Deras (NCPD)

A Westbury man was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for killing a 37-year-old man in front of the victim’s Uniondale home following a fight over a woman last year.

Joel Arquimides Ayala Deras, 35, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at Nassau County court in November 2016.

“This calculating defendant stalked his victim for several months, waiting for the right opportunity to take his life,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said Deras was seated in his Toyota Corolla when he shot German Ismael Saravia Melendez twice with a shotgun while the victim was victim digging a parking spot for his car in the snow on Irving Place at 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2016.

Deras drove away but returned a shortly later and shot him two more times in the back of the head, authorities said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police arrested the gunman minutes after the shooting. The murder weapon was found in his car. Deras later admitted driving past the victim’s home 30 times over the course of several months, looking for an opportunity to kill the victim, according to investigators.

Brentwood Man Shot, Killed Outside Home

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A 25-year-old man was shot to death outside of his Brentwood home early Friday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Third Precinct officers responded to a 911 report of shots fired on Meadowbrook Drive near East Middle School and upon arrival they found Florentino Hernandez-Zavala suffering from a gunshot wound in the roadway at 5:35 a.m., police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

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