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Crimes Nearby: Guilty Plea in Underage Rape, Burglars Nabbed

A rundown of last week's top police and fire stories from neighboring communities.

New Hyde Park Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of Underage PA Girl

A New Hyde Park man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Pennsylvania girl after giving her and other teenagers alcohol at a party during summer 2011. 

Frank Richard Neglia, 46, was arrested in July by Nassau County Police before being extradited to Wayne County. He allegedly gave alcohol to several teens at a party before committing the sexual assault.

According to the Wayne County district attorney's office, Neglia pled guilty Thursday to counts of aggravated indecent assault and statutory sexual assault as well as four counts of selling or furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverage to minors.

The Scranton Times-Tribune is reporting that Neglia’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

2 Nabbed in West Hempstead T-Mobile Robbery

Two men who allegedly held up a Radio Shack in Rockville Centre Thursday have been connected to Wednesday's attempted robbery of a T-Mobile store in West Hempstead, according to police.

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According to Nassau County detectives, just before noon on June 20, two black male suspects, one armed with a long barrel revolver, entered the T-Mobile store located at 590 Hempstead Turnpike. The employees were able to lock themselves in the office and there were no customers in the store at the time.

The suspects spent about one minute in the store before getting in a red or maroon Mitsubishi, where a third suspect was waiting for them, police said. No proceeds were taken from the store and no injuries were reported.

According to detectives, three black men matching the description entered the Radio Shack at 264 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre around 2:15 p.m the next day and made off with a slew of high-priced electronics.  At least one of them brandished a long-barreled revolver and announced the robbery.

Police said employees were forced to the rear of the store while the three men bagged high-priced electronics i and then fled with the merchandise out the front door and into a light-colored, older model SUV with Florida plates.

Police were notified by a witness who tried to chase the robbers.  The two subjects in the Camaro, Jamar Parker, 28, of Hempstead and KaJuan Crawley, 25, of Brooklyn, were eventually stopped by responding First Precinct officers on Fulton and North Franklin avenues in Hempstead and arrested without further incident.

After a subsequent investigation by Robbery Squad detectives, Parker and Crawley were linked to the attempted robbery that occurred at the T-Mobile store in West Hempstead. They are charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree attempted robbery and were arraigned at First District Court.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Monday that a Brentwood man has pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing two men in an April 2011 crash on the Wantagh State Parkway in East Meadow.

Oscar Ramirez, 30, pleaded guilty last Friday to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of manslaughter in the second degree and driving while intoxicated. A judge agreed to sentence Ramirez to five to 15 years in prison in exchange for his plea.

Rice said that at approximately 4:50 a.m. on April 30, 2011, Ramirez was driving a Ford Windstar minivan northbound on the Wantagh State Parkway when he side-swiped a Kia sedan just south of Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.

The Kia, containing driver Larry Scuteri, 49, of West Islip, and passenger Daniel Gambardella, 46, of North Babylon, was pushed onto the east shoulder of the parkway and across the grass. The Kia then became airborne and struck a tree, killing Scuteri and Gambardella instantly, Rice said.

Ramirez, who is in the country illegally and has no driver's license, admitted that he drank nine beers that night and had a blood-alcohol content of .10 percent more than two hours after the crash, according to Rice.

Scuteri and Gambardella were on their way to Manhattan where both men worked as members of the Carpenter's Union.

"This is a devastating tragedy that could have easily been prevented if this defendant had chosen to put down his keys and call a cab," Rice said. "Unfortunately, Oscar Ramirez made a different choice, and he must now face the repercussions of that decision."

Ramirez is due back in court July 26.

Illegal Driver Pleads Guilty After Killing Two Men in Crash

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced last Monday that a Brentwood man has pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing two men in an April 2011 crash on the Wantagh State Parkway in East Meadow.

Oscar Ramirez, 30, pleaded guilty last Friday to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of manslaughter in the second degree and driving while intoxicated. A judge agreed to sentence Ramirez to five to 15 years in prison in exchange for his plea.

Rice said that at approximately 4:50 a.m. on April 30, 2011, Ramirez was driving a Ford Windstar minivan northbound on the Wantagh State Parkway when he side-swiped a Kia sedan just south of Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.

The Kia, containing driver Larry Scuteri, 49, of West Islip, and passenger Daniel Gambardella, 46, of North Babylon, was pushed onto the east shoulder of the parkway and across the grass. The Kia then became airborne and struck a tree, killing Scuteri and Gambardella instantly, Rice said.

Ramirez, who is in the country illegally and has no driver's license, admitted that he drank nine beers that night and had a blood-alcohol content of .10 percent more than two hours after the crash, according to Rice.

Scuteri and Gambardella were on their way to Manhattan where both men worked as members of the Carpenter's Union.

"This is a devastating tragedy that could have easily been prevented if this defendant had chosen to put down his keys and call a cab," Rice said. "Unfortunately, Oscar Ramirez made a different choice, and he must now face the repercussions of that decision."

Ramirez is due back in court July 26.

2 Arrested After Fight Outside Mineola Nightclub

 

Garden City Police arrested two men who were allegedly involved in a large fight outside the Kemistry nightclub and lounge in Mineola on June 12.

According to the Garden City Police Department, at about 2:30 a.m. on June 12, an officer was on routine patrol on Old Country Road when he observed about 50 people involved in a fight in front of the establishment on the Mineola side of the street.

The officer called for assistance and several other units from both the Garden City and Nassau County Police Departments arrived on the scene to help disperse the crowd.

The two men – aged 22 and 18 from Garden City – were ordered to stop by officers and refused and were subsequently arrested. While they were being arrested marijuana was found in their possession. The two men are being charged with disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

For more crime in neighboring communities click on the following linksMineolaNew Hyde ParkEast Meadow and Malverne-West Hempstead.

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