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.

Brentwood Teen Accused of Hate Crimes Against Elderly

A Brentwood teenager has been indicted on hate crimes charges of stealing from three elderly Queens men that he allegedly targeted because of their age last summer.

Justin Frank was charged with burglary as a hate crime and robbery as a hate crime, among other charges in the 18-count indictment. The 18-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Queens court.

“In just one day, the defendant is alleged to have participated in three burglaries in which the victims were targeted because of their ages,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who previously charged two Long Island men with conning elderly New York City residents as a hate crime.

Prosecutors said Frank and several other suspects who have yet to be apprehended tricked a 91-year-old man into letting them into his Flushing home, then threatened to kill him and forced him into his basement before stealing his cash, cell phone and eyeglasses on Aug. 28, 2012.

Two hours later, Frank and the others allegedly told a 92-year-old Woodside man that they were from the water company and needed to check a broken pipe and then forced their way into the victim’s living room, pushed him onto the floor and stole money, authorities said.

Minutes after that, the suspects allegedly knocked on the door of a 77-year-old man’s home, asked for a glass of water and stole money from the victim’s wallet, which had been left on a table, according to prosecutors.

Queens Judge Joseph Zayas ordered Frank held on $250,000 bail. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted and is due back in court April 17.

Central Islip Man Charged With DWI in Crash With Cop

Salvatore Distefano
Salvatore Distefano

A Suffolk County police officer helping investigate a fatal car crash was injured when an alleged drunken driver rear-ended his patrol car in Patchogue on Sunday evening, authorities said.

The highway patrolman was at the scene of a crash that killed a 22-year-old driver on Sunrise Highway earlier the same day when Salvatore Distefano crashed his Chrysler into the cop car at 7:12 p.m., police said.

Police Officer Brian Smales had parked his car, with emergency lights activated, on the right shoulder of the express portion of the road in an attempt to make the scene safe for the search, police said.

Smales was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for head, neck, back and leg injuries.

Distefano was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was treated for facial lacerations.

The 29-year-old Central Islip man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, assault and violating New York State’s “Move Over Law” that requires drivers slow down and change lanes to safely pass an emergency vehicle stopped on the side of the road.

He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Smales was at the scene of the crash that claimed the life of Colin Garrett of Patchogue and injured two of his passengers at 1:32 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Vehicular Crimes Unit detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crash involving Distefano to call them at 631-852-6295.

Roosevelt Home Invasion Under Investigation

Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Roosevelt that left two victims wounded on Sunday night.

Three masked men armed with a handgun and shotgun broke into a Rose Avenue home through an unlocked front door and confronted three residents inside at 9 p.m., police said.

One gunman pushed a man in the house into a wall, forced him onto the floor—chipping his tooth—and stole cash from his pocket.

A woman ran from the house and tried to get into a passing taxi cab, which did not stop for her.  A second gunman then struck the woman on the back of the head with the shotgun, causing a contusion.

Another man in the house was not injured.  The victims refused medical attention.

The trio fled in a silver or champagne-colored Humvee southbound on Rose Avenue.

The case comes three days after a man was tied up in a Hempstead home invasion and as the 12th Suffolk armed home invasion in a six-week span was reported last week.

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

West Babylon Fire Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Wounded

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a West Babylon apartment fire on Sunday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.

Officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting the blaze on Little East Neck Road, where the victim’s body was found inside an apartment at 4:35 p.m., police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police did not immediately release her identity.

A second victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital and a third was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Both were treated and released.

Firefighters from local fire departments extinguished the flames that damaged a total of four apartments.

Homicide Squad and Arson Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

Long Island St. Patrick’s Day 2013 Events

cloversSt. Patrick’s Day may be two weeks away, but Irish eyes will be smiling all month long during parades and other events before and after the March 17 holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Here are the latest in the ever-growing list of Paddy’s Day festivities across Long Island this month.


March 3

1 p.m., The Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk, & Queens – 63rd Annual Saint Patrick’s Parade. http://irishamericansoc.com/site/

March 9

12 p.m., Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013. Main Street. www.whbstpats.com/

12 p.m., 5th Annual Am O’ Gansett St. Particks Day Parade. www.amagansettchamber.org/upcoming-events/

2 p.m., The Annual Bay Shore/Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Saxon Avenue and travels west on Main Street to St. Patrick’s Church. www.stpatricksparadebsbw.com/

March 10

11:30 a.m., The 21st Annual Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Snedecor Avenue in Bayport, and runs along Montauk Highway, ending at Blue Point

Avenue in Blue Point.

2 p.m., The 79th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts at the Huntington Train Station along New York Avenue, to west Main Street, and ending at

Saint Patrick’s Church. http://huntingtonhibernian.com/St.php

March 16

1 p.m., St. James St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Lake Avenue from Woodlawn to Railroad Avenue.

March 17

11:30 a.m., Montauk’s 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Edgemere Road and ends on Main Street

12 p.m., The 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Harrison Avenue in Miller Place and ending at Broadway in Rocky


12:30 p.m., The 18th Annual Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Starts on Route 112 Main Street and ends on West Avenue.

1 p.m., The 25th Annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

March 23

12 p.m., Rockville Centre 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


March 6

7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Celtic Celebration Concert. Montauk Library 742 Montauk Highway, Montauk.

March 8

6:30 p.m., Irish Rock concert at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. www.muls.com/wantagh/?events=st-patricks-week

7:30 p.m., Irish History through Music. Huntington Library, 338 Main St. Huntington. http://thehuntingtonlibrary.org/

8 p.m., The Saw Doctors. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. www.paramountny.com/shows/

March 9

12-5 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage.

8 p.m., BLACK 47. Boulton Center, 37 West Main St. Bay Shore. http://boultoncenter.org/CalendarItem.aspx?eventId=705

March 10

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Irish Experience Festival, Physical Education Building Hofstra University, Hempstead.

March 12:

4:30 p.m., Decorate A House For St. Patrick’s Day Children’s Workshop. 100 Jericho Turnpike Westbury.

March 16

6 p.m., St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, Polish Hall 214 Marcy Avenue Riverhead.

8 p.m., Celtic Nights. Staller Center, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook. http://stallercenter.com/1213/season.html#celtic-nights

8 p.m., St. Patty’s Weekend Irish Comedy Showcase, The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. www.paramountny.com/shows/

March 16 & 17: St. Paddy’s Shenanigans. McFadden’s, 210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre www.mcfaddensrvc.com/events-details.php?id=2189

St Patrick’s Day Celebration. Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 15 East Main Street, Smithtown. www.nappertandysirishpub.com/smithtown/smithtown.html

March 17

12:30 p.m., Lepre-Con 2013. The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main Street, Farmingdale and 60 E. Main St. Bay Shore, www.leprecon.com/

4 p.m. The Celtic Tenors, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach,

March 23

3 p.m. & 8 p.m., Celtic Woman. The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville. www.tillescenter.org/event.cfm?id=830

Hempstead Stabbing Victim Found Dead

A man was found stabbed to death behind a Laundromat in Hempstead on Saturday, Nassau County police said.

The victim, whose identity is currently unknown, was found dead of multiple stab wounds behind Laundry Palace on Clinton Street.

The man was only described as Hispanic and in his late 20s.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Coram Man Charged With Animal Cruelty

A 26-year-old man has been accused of nearly starving his dog to death after Suffolk County SPCA investigators found the canine emaciated in his Coram home.

Michael Faulkner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for not taking care of the family pet “Queenie,” an adult Cane Corso, at his Country Club Drive home.

Suffolk County SPCA investigators took the dog to the Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville, where a veterinarian diagnosed the dog as being “severely emaciated” and described her as “basically a skeleton.”

Arraignment information for Faulkner was not available.

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.