Timothy Bolger

Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of 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.

Roosevelt Shooting Leaves Man Wounded

A man was shot and wounded in Roosevelt on Friday night, Nassau County police said.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired on Westerfield Avenue where they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his arm at 11:19 p.m.., police said.

The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for a non life threatening injury.

Special Investigations Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Patchogue Crash Kills 1, Injures 2

A 22-year-old man was killed when he crashed the car he was driving in his hometown of Patchogue, injurimg two women who were his passengers early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Colin Garrett was driving a Chevrolet Malibu westbound on the Sunrise Highway north service road when he lost control of the car, which struck a fence and grass median before it overturned onto the express portion of the roadway just east of Waverly Avenue at 1:32 a.m., police said.

Garrett was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two passengers, 22-year-old Colleen Malia of Oakdale and 20-year-old Nicole Wilk of Bohemia, were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-854-8552.

Chick-fil-A on Long Island?

Combo-MealChick-fil-A, the fast food chain whose chicken sandwiches became synonymous with the same-sex marriage debate last year, is reportedly scouting locations on Long Island.

The Atlanta-based company had more than 1,600 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. as of last year, but their only eatery currently closest to LI is at NYU in Manhattan.

“We’re looking at a lot of locations for them,” John Culmone, executive director of Commercial Retail Associates, told The Wall Street Journal of his firm leading the search for spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, stirred controversy last year when he came out against same sex marriage, sparking boycotts from gay and lesbian rights groups and a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” organized by supporters.

“Our intent is to not support political or social agendas,” the company said in a statement amid lingering questions about donations to anti-gay groups. “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect.”

The news that Chick-fil-A and its cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikin” may be coming to town did not sit well with some local LGBT advocates.

“I think on Long Island we have a separation of religion and taste,” Long Island GLBT Service Network CEO David Kilmnick told Newsday.

Uniondale Home Invasion Gunmen Convicted

Two Queens men were convicted Friday of pistol-whipping a man during a Uniondale home invasion 16 months ago.

A Nassau County jury found Theodore Jerry, 36, and Christopher Robinson, 35, guilty of robbery, burglary, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors said that a man and woman were in a Liberty Street home when the pair, both armed with handguns, broke into a bedroom the victims were in, where Jerry and Robinson demanded money on Dec. 27, 2011.

Robinson hit the male victim in the back of the head with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic .40-caliber handgun, causing a laceration before the duo stole $1,100 in cash and a cell phone.

The gunmen forced the victims on the floor and covered them with a mattress and box spring before they fled the scene.

The male victim’s sister called 911 and officers apprehended Jerry and Robinson after they ran from the house.

They face up to 25 years in prison when they’re sentenced April 3.

Huntington Woman Arrested in Crash That Killed Pedestrian

A Huntington woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license after she fatally struck a pedestrian in Cold Spring Harbor on Thursday evening, Suffolk County police said.

Rita Wallace was driving a Honda Accord eastbound on Main Street when her car hit 78-year-old Jean Carr of Syosset, who was crossing the street shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The 40-year-old driver was treated for minor injuries at the same hospital.

Wallace was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. She released on bail.

Second Squad detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to contact them at 631-854-8252.

Freeport Man Found Guilty of Crime Spree

A Freeport man has been convicted of a two-month burglary spree in which he stole cell phones, wallets, a laptop computer and an emergency vehicle from an East Meadow doctor’s office.

A Nassau County jury found Emania Shepard guilty this week of burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny. He was acquitted of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Prosecutors said the 51-year-old man stole from an apartment and six businesses between December 2011 and January 2012.

He stole a laptop computer from a Jericho gym on Dec. 17, 2011, and a wallet and a set of car keys from a Baldwin music store six days later.

He stole jewelry from a Rockville Centre apartment on Jan. 9, 2012. Two days later, he stole an East Meadow pediatrician’s keys, then used the keys to steal the doctor’s Jeep equipped with lights and sirens. Police recovered the vehicle four days later.

Shepard also stole keys from a Lynbrook brokerage agency and using the keys to steal items from an employee’s car on Jan. 31, 2012 before walking into a nearby clothing store and stealing three hats.

The crime spree ended shortly later when Shepard was caught trying to steal a cell phone from a nearby music store. Lynbrook village police officers brought Shepard to the Nassau County Police Department’s Fifth Precinct, where detective investigating the burglaries recognized him.

Shepard faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced April 17.

Hempstead Home Invasion Victim Tied Up by Gunmen

A Hempstead man was tied up by a pair of gunman during a home invasion Thursday night, Nassau County police said.

The 40-year-old victim was entering his home on Stewart Avenue when two men armed with handguns forced their way inside and tied the victim’s hands at 9:40 p.m., police said.

The attackers stole the victim’s wallet and a computer before they fled the scene in the victim’s Chevrolet.

The victim was not injured. There was no description of the suspects.

The case comes after three men were charged with an attempted home invasion in Elmont last week and as the 12th Suffolk armed home invasion in six weeks was reported Tuesday.

Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

NYC Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of LI Girl

A Queens man was sentenced Thursday to two to six years in prison after admitting he forced a 15-year-old runaway Long Island girl into prostitution for a week last year.

Gary Council pleaded guilty Feb. 14 in Queens court to sex trafficking charges.

Prosecutors said the 22-year-old man forced the victim to have sex with men in exchange for money at a house in Ozone Park he and others were squatting in, then forced her to give him the cash for six days ending Feb. 11, 2012.

“This was a horrific case in which the victim, a young girl, managed to survive a nightmarish ordeal,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “Fortunately…the victim will not have to testify at trial and relive her ordeal.”

Inside the Hidden World of Sex Trafficking on Long Island

When the victim tried to leave or take a shower, Council forced her to stay and prostitute herself through online ads.

“You’re not going anywhere,” Council told the victim, according to prosecutors. “You are going to stay here and make my money.”

The victim fled Feb. 12, 2012, when Council told the victim to go across the street and get him something from the store. She instead ran away and did not return.

Council was the ringleader of a group of men who were rounded up in the case.

Three other men, 24-year-old Junior Goldring, 22-year-old Omari Millington and 23-year-old Renardo Williams, all of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to raping the girl.

Andrea Furlonge, 22, of Queens, also pleaded guilty to sex trafficking in the case. Roy McMillan, 25, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to trespassing.

Goldring, Millington, Williams and Furlonge are scheduled to be sentenced next month. McMillan will be sentenced in April.

Gunman Gets 45 to Life for Killing NYPD Cop from LI

Lamont Pride
Lamont Pride

The North Carolina man who killed a New York City police officer from Long Island during a botched home invasion has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison.

Brooklyn Judge Alan Marrus handed down the sentence Thursday to Lamont Pride, 28, who was convicted two weeks ago of murdering NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, a 47-year-old divorced father of four from West Babylon.

Pride fatally shot Figoski in December 2011 when officers caught him trying to rob a drug dealer. Figoski’s partner apprehended Pride shortly later.

Michael Velez, Pride’s 22-year-old alleged getaway driver, was tried before the same judge but a separate jury acquitted him. He was reportedly sentenced to two years in prison for a parole violation.

Two other suspects, 28-year-old Nelson Morales and 31-year-old Kevin Santos, both of Queens, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

A fifth man involved in the robbery, 23-year-old Ariel Tejada of Queens, had pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others in exchange for a lighter sentence.

LIRR Fare Hike Starts Friday

Long Island Rail Road
Long Island Rail Road
A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).
A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).

Fares are slated to spike this weekend for Long Island Rail Road commuters, subway straphangers and many bus riders along with drivers who’ll pay higher tolls on most major crossings.

The MTA approved the toll and fare increases back in December to fill budget gaps in the nation’s largest transit system with the $450 million added revenue projected to be generated.

LIRR fares will jump between 8 and 9 percent Friday, depending on the distance traveled and ticket type. Riders that bought weekly passes this week can still use their tickets Friday.

New York City bus and subway base fares will rise Saturday from $2.25 to $2.50, meaning monthly MetroCards will cost 8 percent more at $112.

Nassau County’s NICE bus system will keep its cash fares at $2.25, but riders who use MetroCards will pay $2.50 starting Sunday.

The Suffolk County Transit bus lines remain $2 on most routes for now, but public hearings are scheduled for next week to consider a proposal to double fares to $4.

Tolls are going up Sunday at seven bridges and two tunnels run by the MTA. Drivers who pay with cash will see tolls spike $7.50 from $6.50 versus $5.33 from $4.80 for E-ZPass users.

The affected bridges include the Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, RFK, Verrazano-Narrows, Henry Hudson and Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges. Tunnels with toll hikes are the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown tunnels.

For a breakdown of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest toll and fare increases, click their website.