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2010 News Releases

December  
12-17-2010 Garden City Woman Sentenced to 8-1/3 to 25 Years for Hiring a Hitman to Kill Her Husband - Williams agreed to pay $20K in murder-for-hire plot
12-13-2010 Great Neck Man Charged With Stealing $61K in Sales Tax at Island Park Gas Station - Chen faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted
12-10-2010 Huntington Station Man Gets 16 Years in Prison for Killing Nassau County Deputy Attorney in Cocaine-Fueled Crash - Feder pleaded guilty to three felonies in October
12-09-2010 Slaughter Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for the 1986 Murder of Samuel Quentzel - Jury convicted Slaughter after homicide detective and prosecutor solved 24-year-old cold case
12-06-2010 DA Rice & L.I. Youth Safety Coalition's Internet Safety and Bullying Prevention Conference Draws more Than 350 Educators - Training forum also included keynote speech from John Halligan
12-03-2010 DA Uncovers Elaborate Scheme to Frame Innocent Far Rockaway Woman - Numerous witnesses were paid off by victim's ex-boyfriend to falsely report crimes and lie to police, grand jury, and DA
12-02-2010 Farmingdale Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges After Starving Pet Dog, Not Providing Veterinary Care - Zack, a two-year-old Great Dane, weighed just 82 pounds; Neira faces up to a year in jail if convicted
12-01-2010 Queens Man Gets 2 to 6 Years for Killing Passenger in Cedarhurst DWI Crash - Barrios pleaded guilty to the top count against him for January crash
   
November  
11-30-2010 DA Rice Launches Educational Campaign to Help Senior Citizens Learn How to Protect Themselves From Scams - Reports of scams targeting seniors have doubled since last year
11-24-2010 DA Rice Sets Up Public Health Hotline After North Woodmere Man Returned Expired and Mislabeled Medication to CVS Stores - Anyone who thinks they may have been victimized should contact the DA's Office at (516) 870-2802
11-23-2010 Hicksville Man Gets 50 Years to Life in Prison for Murdering Mother-in-Law, Stabbing Wife - Hira led authorities on month-long manhunt before his capture
11-16-2010 Jury Convicts Upstate Man of 21-Year-Old Cold Case Murder in Hempstead - DNA evidence linked Bethea to 1989 attack
11-15-2010 Garden City Woman Found Guilty of Hiring a Hitman to Kill Her Husband - Williams agreed to pay $20K in murder-for-hire plot
11-08-2010 Rice Announces Appointments to Friedman Case Review Panel - Four independent experts will join prosecutors in review of 1980s child sexual abuse case
11-03-2010 Brooklyn Man Convicted of Robbing Lynbrook Teens at Gunpoint - Starks faces up to 15 years in prison for New Year's Day robbery
11-01-2010 Jury Convicts Roslyn Attorney of Stealing More Than $300K by Promising Non-Existent Babies to Would-Be Adoptive Parents - Cohen faces up to 92 years in prison for his conviction of grand larceny, fraud, and forgery
11-01-2010 Former Nassau Social Services Worker Convicted of Stealing $11K from Immigrant Couple - Baffi promised to use her government position to bring couple's three children to the U.S. from Peru
   
October  
10-29-2010 Huntington Station Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Nassau County Deputy Attorney in Cocaine-Fueled Crash - Feder will receive 16-year prison sentence
10-26-2010 Jury Convicts Suffolk Man of 2004 Island Park Murder After His Previous Conviction Was Overturned - Jeannot gunned down Bobby Calabrese of Long Beach in exchange for $4,000
10-25-2010 Convicted Killer Found Guilty of 24-Year-Old Murder of Woodmere Man - Homicide detective and prosecutor solve cold case of Samuel Quentzel's murder
10-13-2010

DA Rice: Don't Become a Victim of Scammers; Protect Your Assets by Following a Few Tips - Lynbrook woman scammed out of $25K by man claiming to be a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

10-08-2010 Islip Man Scammed Clients by Selling Them Counterfeit Software Through His Website - Perez made thousands of dollars selling unsuspecting customers pirated Microsoft and Adobe software
10-08-2010 Former Teacher Sentenced to 3 to 7 Years for Having Sexually Explicit Online Conversations - Levittown man sent indecent messages to minors
10-07-2010 DA Rice Releases Public Service Announcement Promoting New County Website, HeroinPrevention.com - TV spot filmed at County morgue, aims to warn parents about heroin use
10-07-2010 DA Rice and County Executive Mangano Announce New Heroin Education and Prevention Website for Teens, Parents, and Educators - HeroinPrevention.com features education, treatment options, and harsh realities about heroin use in Nassau County
10-06-2010 Lynbrook Woman Gets 2 to 6 Years in Prison for DWI Crash That Killed East Rockaway Man - Bregel was speeding northbound on Atlantic Avenue when she crashed into man turning into his driveway
10-06-2010 Bethpage Man Convicted of Assault and Burglary After Bellmore Crime Spree - Cotsifas faces up to 50 years to life in prison for severely beating man with a brick after robbing teenage girl
10-04-2010 DA: Hicksville Daycare Center, Owner & Ex-Asst. Manager Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges in Plea Agreement - Agreement imposes safety changes and stringent oversight; School and owner admit that prior conditions endangered toddlers
10-04-2010 East Meadow Man Pleads Guilty to Falsely Accusing 'Enemies' of Child Abuse and Other Crimes - Zafonte wrote numerous letters to government agencies accusing people he felt had wronged him, including school officials
10-01-2010 Franklin Square Couple Faces Charges of Abandoning Dozens of Cats in Rented House with No Food or Water - Couple then accused 84-year-old landlord of poisoning cats
   
September  
09-29-2010 Westbury Man Gets 5 Years for Drug-Fueled 100 M.P.H. Drag Racing Crash That Injured Three Others - Sinclair pleaded guilty to the top count against him for February 2009 crash on Newbridge Road in East Meadow
09-28-2010 Retired Fire Dispatcher Charged With Stealing $196K from Glen Cove Fire Department - Gray faces 105 felony charges; used cash to buy model trains and gourmet cigars
09-27-2010 Valley Stream Man Sentenced To 25 Years To Life For Bludgeoning His Stepmother To Death - Tracey killed his stepmother, then dumped her body in the trash behind a deli
09-15-2010 Merrick Woman Charged With Insurance Fraud; RVC Body Shop She Owns Also Faces Felonies - Autotech Collision charged with possessing DMV form with the forged signature of Pilitz's dead father
09-13-2010 Brooklyn Men Indicted on First Degree-Murder & Kidnapping Charges After Killing Woodmere Man During Fatal Botched Robbery - Victim shot in the back while trying to escape for his life from moving car
09-07-2010 Four Attorneys Bilked Clients Out of More Than $1 Million; All Now Face Multiple Felony Charges - One attorney stole majority of widow's life insurance check after her husband died
09-01-2010 Eight Charged With Stealing More Than $300K in Taxpayer Money by Defrauding Medicaid - Millionaire couple stole more than $125K by lying about income
   
August  
08-31-2010 Grand Jury Indicts Former Nassau Corrections Officer on 80 Counts, Including Rape and Sex Abuse - Barber used position as grievance officer to pressure female inmates into sexual favors; faces 10 to 20 years in prison
08-13-2010 Suffolk Man Faces Five Years in Prison for Violent Home Invasion in Hewlett - Attack on the wrong home left woman injured; Nunez one of five perpetrators convicted
08-12-2010 Two Arrested for Selling Counterfeit DVDs and Pirated CDs in Hempstead - Men sold pirated DVDs of brand-new films like "Salt" and "Inception"
08-12-2010 Gang Member Sentenced to 100 Years to Life for Murder and Other Felonies in 2008 Restaurant Shooting - Gonzales shot four innocent men sitting in a car behind a Westbury nightclub
08-10-2010 Freeport Woman Gets 6 Months in Jail for Cheating Tax Department; Must Pay Back $278K - Stole McDonald's sales tax revenue, worked with NYPD detective and State Tax Dept. employee to cheat system
08-09-2010 DA Funded Soccer Camp Promotes Leadership, Character & Good Citizenship, All While Kicking a Ball - More than 80 kids enjoy free camp where they learn that good citizens don't commit crimes
08-09-2010 Gun-Buyback Program Collects 192 Illegal Weapons - Anonymous program held at Uniondale church; gun owners received $200 for illegal weapons
   
July  
07-28-2010 Uniondale Man Violently Tortured & Abused Girlfriend's Five-Month-Old Kitten; Faces Felony Charges - Ferguson doused kitten with bleach and repeatedly threw it against wall, inflicting injuries; kitten survived and was successfully adopted out
07-22-2010 Former County Legislators, Former North Hempstead Official and Executive Director of the TNH CDA Indicted on Corruption, Larceny, and Bribery Charges for New Cassel Redevelopment Project - Officials stole millions of dollars worth of property and took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes
07-19-2010 DA Rice: Mother's Drunk Driving Crash Leaves 3-Year-Old Daughter Paralyzed - Child was not in safety seat when Alfaro crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into tree
07-19-2010 Florida Woman Promises Baby to Adopting Port Washington Couple; Instead Steals $7K and Keeps Baby - Dreves promised baby to two different couples and took cash for living and medical expenses from both
07-19-2010 Youth Basketball Coach Arrested for 2008 Rape of 16-year-old Autistic Female Player - Wilson, of North Carolina, faces up to four years in prison for having sex with minor when the team traveled to New York
07-16-2010 DA Rice: Bethpage Pediatrician Accused of Videotaping Naked Young Girls Under Guise of 'Medical Exams' - Punn videotaped female patients as young as 11-years-old
07-15-2010 Baldwin PTA Mom Gets 6 Months in Jail After Pleading Guilty to Sexually Abusing 13-Year-Old Boy - Tuckruskye and boy were caught by police in school parking lot
07-14-2010 Brooklyn Man Indicted for Stealing $5.3M from Nassau Lenders in Multistate Mortgage Fraud Schemes - Goldberger stole mortgage proceeds from banks in Jericho and Great Neck; used dead attorney's signature for closing
07-12-2010 Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Pulling Gun on Long Beach Police Officers; Will Serve 6 Years in Prison - DA Rice: Jones led police on chase after accident; LBPD officers wrestled handgun away from him during struggle
07-09-2010

Hempstead Taxi Driver Sentenced To Seven Years For Causing Drug-Fueled Crash That Left Victim With One Leg - Gonzalez admitted using marijuana and cocaine before getting behind the wheel of his taxi

07-09-2010 DA's Labor Unit Secures Guilty Plea from PA Window Installation Company that Failed to Pay Employees OT - Company must pay $74,821 in restitution to employees
07-02-2010 DA Rice: Three Pled Guilty to Stealing More Than $16,000 with Fraudulent Gift Cards That Used Stolen Bank Account Info - Crooks had used ATM 'skimmers' to retrieve personal account and PIN info
07-02-2010 Five Women Stole More Than $440K in Taxpayer Funds By Defrauding County Agency - Defendants filed forged paperwork with Social Services to obtain public assistance benefits they didn't deserve
07-01-2010 DA Rice's Office, County Executive & NCPD Combat Drunk Driving With New Breath Alcohol Testing Vehicle - 'BAT Mobile' - Specialized vehicle will be on the lookout for drunk drivers
07-01-2010 Queens Village Man Gets 80 Years to Life for Shooting at Police Officers During 2009 Robbery Getaway - Led cops on two-mile chase into Queens; bullets hit police car, narrowly missing officers
   
June  
06-29-2010 Assistant Principal Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty After Abandoning Bulldog in Filthy Bathroom Without Food - Hopson, of Freeport, pleaded guilty to top counts against him
06-25-2010 Roosevelt Man Convicted of Murder and Other Felonies in 2008 Restaurant Shooting - Gonzales faces life in prison after shooting four men sitting in a car behind a Westbury nightclub
06-24-2010 Former Teacher Pleads Guilty to Having Sexually Explicit Online Conversations; Levittown Man is Already in Prison on Parole Violation - New charges stem from indecent instant messages to minors discovered on work computer
06-23-2010 William Walsh Gets 18 Years to Life in Prison for Murdering Wife and Dumping Her Body Off the LIE - Bethpage man strangled wife, dumped her body, then publicly pleaded for her safe return
06-22-2010 Six Charged With Stealing More Than $239K of Taxpayer Money Through Workers' Compensation and Insurance Fraud - One defendant stole deceased father's workers' comp checks
06-21-2010 Doctor Found Guilty of Installing Hidden Camera in Manhasset Office's Bathroom - Rice: Pacienza installed air purifier containing hidden camera; video feed went straight to his desk
06-16-2010 Oceanside Man Indicted for His Role in Fatal Drugged Driving Crash That Killed Hempstead Doctor - Steele knew Kayla Gerdes was high on drugs but still allowed her to get behind the wheel
06-16-2010 Jury Convicts Valley Stream Man of Bludgeoning Stepmother to Death - Tracey killed his stepmother, then dumped her body in the garbage behind a deli
06-14-2010 Westbury Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Torturing and Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend to Death - Judge gives Valdez-Cruz maximum sentence
06-14-2010 Elmont Man Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail for Allowing Pit Bulls to Fight & Not Attending to Injuries Suffered - Prohibited dogs from getting veterinary care and threatened officers with dogs
06-11-2010 Hempstead Taxi Driver Pleads Guilty to Drug-Fueled Crash That Left Victim With One Leg; Will Serve 7 Years in Prison - Gonzalez admits using marijuana and cocaine before getting behind the wheel of his taxi
06-11-2010 DA's Labor Unit Secures Guilty Pleas From Two Companies That Underpaid Employees and Denied Benefits - Contractor and food manufacturer must pay employees more than $276K in back wages
06-10-2010 DA Rice, Sen. Foley & Assemb. Lavine Announce Legislation to Level the Field for Honest Contractors Bidding on State Contracts - Law would ban federally debarred contractors from bidding on State contracts
06-08-2010 DA's Office Will Host Training Seminar on State Alcohol Laws for Bar Owners and Restaurateurs - DA's Office to distribute FREE "license readers" to attendees
06-08-2010 Freeport Woman Indicted on 28 Charges After Running Over and Killing a Woman Mowing Her Lawn - Gerdes faces up to 59 years in prison for manslaughter and drug charges for April crash
06-02-2010 East Meadow Woman Charged With Stealing $41K From Levittown Nursery School - Vokoun faces 7 years in prison if convicted; School was run by Levittown church
06-01-2010 Rice Supportive of Gov.'s Call to Expand DNA Collection to Include All Penal Law Crimes
   
May  
05-27-2010 Bethpage School Employees Stole Almost $13K in School Funds to Ship eBay Items - Catalano and Maggio, Jr. each face up to 7 years in prison
05-26-2010 DA Rice Announces Creation of New Child Abuse Unit - Rice: Newly created unit will specialize in prosecution of crimes against children
05-20-2010 Walsh Pleads Guilty to Murdering Wife, Will Serve 18 Years to Life in Prison - Bethpage man strangled wife, dumped her body off the LIE, then publicly pleaded for her safe return
05-18-2010 Long Island Community Groups, Schools, and Law Enforcement to Learn How to Empower Parents Against Dangers of Heroin Use, Underage Drinking, and Cyber-bullying
05-18-2010 Suffolk Man Faces 25 Years in Prison for Violent Home Invasion in Hewlett - Attack on the wrong home left woman injured; all five perpetrators have been convicted
05-17-2010 Queens Village Man Convicted of Attempted Murder for Firing at Police Officers During 2009 Robbery Getaway - Led Nassau Police on a two-mile chase into Queens
05-14-2010 DA Rice to Parents: 'Allowing Underage Kids to Drink Alcohol This Prom/Graduation Season is a Crime' - DA to appear in Social Host PSA to be shown in theaters
05-13-2010 DA Announces Auction of 54 Forfeited Vehicles - Luxury sedans, pickup trucks, and SUVs available for purchase; proceeds fund law enforcement initiatives
05-12-2010 Rice: Four Tax Cheats Pay Back More Than $247K - Jewelry stores, auto parts shop, and tax preparer plead guilty, pay back sales and income tax
05-11-2010 Hempstead Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Manslaughter After Shooting His Girlfriend's Father - Moore went to victim's home after an argument and shot him on the front lawn
05-11-2010 Gun-Buyback Program Offers Cash for Illegal Weapons - Anonymous program will be held at Long Beach church; gun owners will receive $200 for illegal weapons
05-10-2010 DA Rice Calls for Ban on Sale of Synthetic Marijuana Product 'K2' & Spice; Adding Them to Controlled Substances List - Product is marketed as incense but gives users a marijuana-like high when smoked
05-07-2010 DA Rice's 'Wall of Hope' Handball Court and Memorial Unveiled at Hempstead High School - New handball court and memorial were built in honor of slain 15-year-old Mikey Alguera
05-05-2010 Millionaire Great Neck Couple Stole More Than $54K in Medicaid Benefits by Underreporting Income - Kamels hid money in kids' accounts
   
April  
04-30-2010 Jury Convicts Valdez-Cruz of First-Degree Murder - Westbury man faces life in prison for torturing and stabbing ex-girlfriend, Jo'Anna Bird, to death
04-29-2010 DA Rice Urges Emergency Responders to Train Members on Symptoms of Autism - Developmental disorder affects communication; could impede rescue operations
04-26-2010 DA Rice Opens Investigation into Massapequa House Raffle - Owner of $1 million home sold 16,000 raffle tickets; never named winner or refunded money
04-23-2010 Uniondale Man Gets 20 Years to Life for Murdering Romantic Rival in December 2007 - Hampton shot victim three times at point-blank range
04-21-2010 Hempstead Gang Member Faces Up to 7 Years in Prison for Baseball Bat Attack - Guevara, a member of SWP, assaulted man he mistook for a member of a rival gang
04-21-2010 Point Lookout Man Arraigned on Manslaughter, DWI Charges for Fatal October 2009 Hit-and-Run - Gallivan hit and killed pedestrian while driving drunk on East Broadway
04-20-2010 DA Rice to be Honored by Long Island Center for Business & Professional Women - Rice will receive Achiever Award for her fight against drunk driving, drugs, and violent crime in Nassau County
04-19-2010 DA Investigations Lead to Federal Charges for Nine Defendants in Gang Sweep - Seventeen gang members are charged by federal authorities with murder and drug charges
04-19-2010 Delaware Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography to Undercover Nassau County Detective - Peterson thought he was speaking to a 14-year-old boy; currently serving 9 years in federal prison on separate charge
04-16-2010 Rice Urges Everyone to Participate in Census; Opinion Piece Appears in El Diario/La Prensa.
04-16-2010 Jury Convicts Serial Great Neck Burglar in Melbourne Road Burglary - Ray faces 15 years in prison for May 2009 break-in
04-15-2010 DA Rice to Appear on Cablevision's "Meet the Leaders" - Show will air throughout April and May
04-15-2010 Roslyn Man Nabbed for Scamming Local Department Stores Out of More than $70K - Gidanian faces 15 years in prison for thefts
04-14-2010 Oceanside Woman Faces 15 Years in Prison for Shaking Her Baby to Death - Parents originally told police their 2-year-old fell out of his highchair
04-14-2010 Levittown Man Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Prison for Orchestrating Jewelry Store Robbery - Dellaera organized robbery, pretended to be innocent bystander
04-13-2010 DA Rice: Gift Card Scams Becoming Fast-Growing 'Swindle of Choice' by Con Artists - Follow these safety tips, protect your money, and avoid having your merchandise repossessed
04-13-2010 Public Service Annoucement Featuring the Family of Katie Flynn Urges People to Drive Sober
04-12-2010 DA Commends Work of Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
04-09-2010 DA's New Animal Cruelty Unit Nabs Assistant Principal for Abandoning Bulldog - Hopson, of Freeport, left sick French bulldog in filthy bathroom without food
04-09-2010 Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Setting Fire That Killed Four - Lacey gets maximum for February 2009 arson of Lawrence apartment
04-09-2010 'Gym Bandit' Gets 3 to 6 Years in Prison for Purse-Snatching Spree - Gluck pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny charges in January
04-07-2010 'Operation Lude Behavior' - Joint Investigation Between DA, NCPD, and Feds Leads to 22 Arrests in National Quaalude Distribution Ring Bust - Chemist with labs in Brooklyn and California was turning out hundreds of thousands of pills per year for N.Y. dealers and making millions
04-05-2010 DA Rice and EOC Host Hempstead Job Fair - Dozens of potential employers will attend April 8 event; attendees should bring resumes, be prepared to interview
04-04-2010 'Stop the Bullying' - Op-ed piece by DA Kathleen Rice, Albany Times Union
04-02-2010 Farmingdale Dispatcher Held Three Jobs While Collecting More Than $8,000 in Unemployment Benefits - Ryan also paid back loan to co-worker by 'swiping' into job using lender's time card
04-02-2010 DA's Animal Cruelty Unit Kept Watchful Eye on Elephants While Circus was in Town - Rice says Animal Cruelty Unit investigators coordinated and supervised a series of surprise inspections
   
March  
03-31-2010 DA Rice Announces Investigation Into Long Beach Civil Service Irregularities - State Commission's scathing report spurred criminal investigation
03-30-2010 Hicksville Man Sentenced to 3 to 7 Years in Prison for Running Gift Card Ponzi Scheme; Must Pay Nearly $2.4 Million in Restitution - Ginsberg duped friends and family members in scam
03-26-2010 Roosevelt Man Convicted in Freeport Mugging; Faces up to 15 Years in Prison for Attack - Jury convicts Baxter of robbery and assault charges after police find him hiding under a parked car
03-25-2010 DA Investigator Cracks Cold Case; Tracks Down Convicted Rapist Wanted on Warrant for 30 Years - Nassau County Police detective and NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force join to apprehend Rudy Carter
03-24-2010 Justin Bieber's Manager Arrested for his Role in Last Year's Roosevelt Field Mall Melee - Rice: Braun's refusal to send out Twitter message endangered thousands; saw publicity for his client instead
03-23-2010 Woodbury Man Dupes Mother-in-Law, Steals $600K in Real Estate Scam - Tuozzo had mother-in-law sign documents for near-million-dollar mortgage and multiple lines of credit
03-19-2010 Woodmere Dentist Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges; Surrenders License - Rice: Barber wrote and filled prescriptions for painkillers in the names of friends and former patients
03-17-2010 DA Rice: Don't Become a Victim of Scammers; Protect Your Assets by Following a Few Tips - 'Bloated Check' scam especially targets senior citizens
03-11-2010 Roosevelt Man Convicted of Stabbing Girlfriend in the Head - Victim nearly died from blood loss; Legette faces up to 25 years in prison
03-10-2010 Convicted Killer Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Sister-in-Law - Hira, convicted of killing mother-in-law and stabbing wife, admits to trying to orchestrate key witness's murder from jail
03-09-2010 Rice Honors Local Middle School Winners of Anti-Violence Poster Contest - Students from five middle schools participated as part of DA's Peacemakers program
03-08-2010 Rockville Centre Man Charged With Stealing $429K From Company Where He Was CFO - Cortese used cash on girlfriends, trips, car payments
03-08-2010 Rice Calls on GOP to Include Democrats in Task Force - Rice testifies at Medicaid Task Force hearing, calls on GOP to include Democratic members on the panel
03-05-2010 Seven Charged With Stealing $252K in Medicaid Benefits by Lying About Income, Property & Assets - Roslyn couple had more than $2.3 million in their bank account
03-04-2010 Garden City Woman Charged With Trying to Hire Hit Man to Kill Her Husband - Williams agreed to pay $20K in murder-for-hire plot
03-04-2010 Man Charged With Attempting to Bribe a Government Worker; Another with 'Thanking' a Building Inspector with Gift Cards - Rice: Honesty of government employees led to arrests in separate incidents
   
February  
02-26-2010 Two Former Nassau County Housing Employees Charged in Low-Income Housing Fraud Scheme - Diaz and Reyes took bribes, resulting in $147K being stolen from County taxpayers
02-26-2010 Three Arrested in Statewide Tax Cheat Sweep - Rice: Defendants collectively owe state more than $103K
02-19-2010 Volunteer Firefighter Convicted of Murder and Arson in Fire That Killed Four - Caleb Lacey, of Lawrence, faces 25 years to life in prison
02-19-2010 Hicksville Man Convicted of Murdering Mother-in-Law, Stabbing Wife; Faces 50 Years to Life in Prison - Hira led authorities on month-long manhunt before his capture
02-08-2010 DA Rice Announces Creation of New Animal Cruelty Unit and Tip Hotline - Rice: Newly created unit will combat animal abuse and endangerment
02-02-2010 Four Fraudsters Nabbed in Statewide Tax Cheat Sweep - Rice: Defendants collectively owe state more than $179K
02-02-2010 Hicksville Woman Indicted in Violent Glen Cove DWI Crash - Marino faces up to 25 years in prison; BAC was more than twice the legal limit
02-01-2010 Rockville Centre Gun Buyback Yields 173 Illegal Weapons - DA-PD event uses criminals' money to get guns off the street
   
January  
01-28-2010 Michigan Firm Pleads Guilty to Denying Workers Legal Wage; Will Pay Back More Than $371K - Painting company pleaded guilty to felony count
01-27-2010 Wantagh Jewelry Store Pleads Guilty to Tax Felony, Repays Taxpayers More Than $260K - Genesis Jewelers did not collect sales tax for five years
01-26-2010 Gun-Buyback Program Offers Cash for Illegal Weapons - Anonymous program will be held at Rockville Centre church; gun owners will receive $200 for illegal weapons
01-21-2010 DA Rice, Sen. Johnson, and Assemb. Weisenberg Announce Legislation to Target Heroin Dealers - Law would allow manslaughter charges against dealers whose product leads to overdose death
01-20-2010 Queens Man Gets 12 Years for Robbing Two Westbury Starbucks at Gunpoint; Pleaded Guilty to Top Count - Walker and accomplice used BB guns to rob coffee shops in March 2009
01-20-2010 Rice: 'Gym Bandit' Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges, Faces 3 to 6 Years in Prison - Gluck pleads guilty to burglary and grand larceny charges after third purse-snatching crime spree in as many years
01-19-2010 Rice: Statewide Sweep Nabs Five Nassau Tax Schemers - Defendants collectively owe state more than $365K
01-14-2010 Rice: Follow These Tips to Avoid Haitian Relief Scams - Safeguard your donation by researching charities, protecting your personal information
01-14-2010 Levittown Man Guilty of Orchestrating Jewelry Store Robbery - Dellaera organized robbery, pretended to be innocent bystander
01-13-2010 Old Westbury Millionaires Charged With Stealing Medicaid Benefits, Lying About Income - Married couple stole more than $33K in taxpayer money
01-05-2010 Elmont Teen Gets Nearly 7 Years After Shooting Four Guests at a High School Graduation Party - Samuel tried to crash party, fired into crowd when denied entry