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Port Police Officers Recognized

Swear_060614AThe Port Washington Police District designated Lieutenants Robert Del Muro and Jeffery Morris as Deputy Chiefs, and Police Officer Andrew Scobbo was sworn in as Police Sergeant. At the ceremony were (l. to r.) Commissioner Dave Franklin, Commissioner Angela Lawlor-Mullins, Commissioner James Duncan, Acting Chief James Salerno, Morris, Del Muro and Scobbo.

Phone Scams Target Seniors

scamNew York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued a consumer alert on five common telephone scams targeting senior citizens.

These common scams, identified by complaints and other evidence collected by the Attorney General’s Office, typically spike during the summer months.  [Read more...]

Guilty In Manorhaven Sandy Case

gavelA one-time Manorhaven trustee candidate and his accomplice pleaded guilty to possession of a forged instrument in connection with an alleged attempt to defraud the village of SuperStorm Sandy clean-up money.

Michael Mercante, who ran for office in 2004, and Carlos Strangolagalli, also from Manorhaven, allegedly sought $271,914 from the village by acting as though they were employed by the contractor who was doing the clean-up after the storm. The amount was what was owed to the contractor, John Construction. [Read more...]

Ayhan May Appeal Ruling

ayhanAyhan Hassan, owner of Ayhan’s Fish Kebab Restaurant, the Port Washington institution found liable for extreme sexual harassment, is considering appealing the federal court’s decision.

“There were a lot of unfounded things that we have to challenge,” Hassan said. “We run a very good establishment.” Ayhan’s has been serving Mediterranean food to Port residents and visitors since 1980. [Read more...]

Judge: Port Sisters In Sex Abuse Case Entitled To Damages

port newsA judge ruled Tuesday that three sisters who accused Ayhan’s Fish Kebab Restaurant staff of sexual abuse are entitled to damages.

U.S. District Judge William F. Kuntz said in his ruling that a trial wasn’t necessary since the evidence was so blatant and that he was handing over the case to a magistrate who will assess damages.

The lawsuit was filed against the Port restaurant owner Ayhan Hassan and manager Dario Gomez in 2011 by Ashley, Gabrielle and Lauren D’Annunzio, who worked as hostesses at the restaurant between 2005 to 2008 and claimed during this time they were harassed by male employees physically and verbally.

Judge Kuntz said there was no evidence that Hasan knew of the abuse and dismissed this part of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed after an investigation by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) found that in 2008, Lauren was sexually abused by cook Juan Pablo Orellano in the basement of the restaurant. The EEOC report said Orellano  “groped her breasts and genitals outside of her clothing while she shouted unsuccessfully for him to stop.”  [Read more...]

Port Firemen Honored For Service

fireThe Port Washington Fire Department’s Atlantic Hook and Ladder held its 2014 installation ceremony at Chateau Briand. During the ceremony, the department, along with Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, honored Jeff Morris and David Biggers for 25 years of distinguished service and Bernard Dunn for his 26 years in the U.S. military.

Duckling Tragedy Averted

duckIt isn’t every day you hear “peeping” sounds coming from a street drain.

But that’s just what happened to a landscaper from Bromante Landscape and Design when he was on Miro Drive in Mill Pond Acres the other day.

It turned out that five ducklings had fallen through the grating while walking with their parents, who stood by nervously pacing. [Read more...]

Woman Struck, Killed By Truck

port newsA 75-year-old Port Washington woman was struck by a truck while she was crossing at Soundview and Waterview Drives—near King Kullen—May 12 at about 8:15 a.m.

Sandra Samuels was pronounced dead at 12:13 p.m. by a hospital staff physician. A brake safety test was performed on the truck, which was driven by a 30-year-old man. Detectives report no apparent criminality at this time. The investigation is ongoing.





Port Man Allegedly Takes Pics Up Woman’s Skirt

port newsNew York City police arrested a Port Washington man Monday, after they say he was caught taking pictures up a woman’s skirt in Manhattan.

Karl Sholder, 32, allegedly stuck his iPhone under a woman’s skirt and taped her as she walked up the stairs at the Union Square subway station, according to police.

Sholder is now facing felony charges.

Arrest Made In Local Burglary

port newsA second person has been arrested in connection with one of a string of burglaries committed in Thomaston, Great Neck and Sands Point in November and December 2013.

Lovonsa Barnes, 52, of Hempstead was arrested on April 21 for allegedly burglarizing a home on Forest Drive in Sands Point. He is charged with second-degree burglary. [Read more...]