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Increase In Burglaries


James Salerno

Recently, we have experienced an increase in burglaries in our community. Since October of this year, we have had four burglaries. Two of the burglaries occurred in Port Washington Estates. Two other burglaries occurred on Nov. 20 in the Salem area. Investigation reveals these burglaries have occurred between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and all the homes were dark. The method of entry varies, most often in the rear of the house through a window or sliding door and forced entry is almost always used. In addition, there have been reports of person(s) knocking on doors in the area prior to burglaries, possibly posing as soflicitors. I encourage you to look at the burglary tips below and spend some time evaluating the security of your home. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact Deputy Chief Robert Del Muro, commanding officer of patrol, at 516-883-0500, ext. 315, or Police Officer John Bellini, of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, 516-883-0500, ext. 345.

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Banners Vandalized

Vandal111815ASeveral campaign banners for police commissioner were vandalized recently. The posters were located at Shore Road on Gulfway Marine opposite Stop & Shop’s main entrance, Port Washington Boulevard opposite Campus Drive on the fence, on the south side of Willowdale Avenue just before South Bayles Avenue on a fence and on South Bayles Avenue. [Read more…]

Cardiologist Pleads Not Guilty

District Attorney-elect Madeline Singas announcing the indictment of Anthony Moschetto Monday

District Attorney-elect Madeline Singas held press conference following the arraignment the morning of Nov. 9

A Sands Point cardiologist arrested earlier this year for an alleged murder-for-hire scheme was arraigned at the Nassau County Court in Mineola on Nov. 9. The defendant pleaded not guilty and his bail was continued. [Read more…]

Fire Truck Visits Child’s World

ChildsWorld102815AThis past week, Child’s World Nursery School invited Fire Prevention Officer James Penrose from PWFD to visit for a fire safety presentation. Officer Penrose, Firefighter Jimmy to the kids, talked about what to do in case of a fire. Children practiced “stop, drop and roll” procedures and learned about firefighters gear.

Firefighter Jimmy showed the kids what a firefighter looks like when com­pletely dressed for a fire and to not be afraid, even though they may look scary in all the gear. The children enjoyed sitting on the back of the fire truck and Officer Penrose treated everyone to a firefighter hat.

Registration for Child’s World for 2016-17 opened Nov. 2. Open School visits are Oct. 28 to 30. Call 516-883-4141 for details.

Graffiti At Landmark

Landmarkgala102115BOn Oct. 23, at 10:15 a.m., a complainant at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., called the police to report criminal mischief on the premises. Building manager Lauren Wolf said, “We had some kids that graffitied the roof of the building.” The perpetrators were not caught.

“It is still under investigation,” she said.

The trespassers did not break into the building.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Port Washington Police at 516-883-0500.

Assault At Manorhaven Village Hall

002An assault occurred at Manorhaven Village Hall, 33 Manorhaven Blvd, on Thursday, Oct. 8. According to Police Officer Maureen Roach of the Public Information Office of the Nassau County Police Department, “On Oct. 8, at 7:17 p.m., a male victim, 55 years of age, was involved in a dispute while inside Manorhaven Village Hall. The victim suffered a laceration as a result and was treated at a local hospital. [The defendant] was placed under arrest on Oct. 10 and charged with Assault 3rd degree and released on an appearance ticket to be back in court on Oct. 27 at First District Court in Hempstead.”

Broken Windows At Schreiber

SchreiberTen windows were broken at Schreiber High School on Saturday, Sept. 26. “I can verify that 10 windows were broken at Schreiber High School on Saturday,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “The police were contacted, but I have no additional details at this time regarding what happened. They are investigating.” According to Dr. Mooney, the broken windows were on the south side of Schreiber, on the ground floor of the building.

Chief of Police James Salerno said, “The case in under investigation. I cannot comment on suspects at this time. A custodian discovered the windows broken. The damaged windows were on the south side of the high school. It appears they were damaged sometime on Saturday.”

Dr. Mooney said, “Sites [of the damage] were secured over the weekend, new glass was ordered and we are waiting for shipment.”

PWPD Takes Back Rx Drugs

Chief James Salerno

On Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Port Washington Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Port Washington Police Headquarters, 500 Port Washington Blvd. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. [Read more…]

Sands Point Police Promotions

Lieutenant Thomas Ruehle with newly retired, 31-year member of the Sands Point PD, Chief Mark Mandel and new Chief of Police Richard Lertora

Lieutenant Thomas Ruehle with newly retired, 31-year member of the Sands Point PD, Chief Mark Mandel and new Chief of Police Richard Lertora

The Sands Point Police Department held a promotion ceremony at the Sands Point Village Club mansion on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Lieutenant Richard Lertora was promoted to chief of police. Sergeant Thomas Ruehle was promoted to lieutenant and Officer Christina Howes was promoted to sergeant. [Read more…]

Police Receive New State Funding

The Port Washington Police District has received $10,000 in state funding which will be used to undertake additional investigation and surveillance operations to combat crime and protect the community’s quality of life. “Port Washington’s police officers work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our streets safe. Delivering this new funding will allow the Port Washington police to take additional steps to enhance the entire community’s quality of life,” said State Senator Jack M. Martins.

“On behalf of the Board of Police Commissioners, I thank Senator Martins for securing this funding and his concern for our community. The Port Washington Police District will intensify its efforts in resolving quality-of-life issues and keeping our community safe,” said Port Washington Police Chief James Salerno.