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The following incidents have been reported by the Amityville Police Department and Suffolk County Police Departments and other fire and law enforcement


Massapequa: Massapequa: A 26-year-old Copiague man, who works for Educational Bus Transportation, has been arrested and charged by Nassau County Police Department’s Major Case Bureau detectives for selling heroin. The incident occurred in North Massapequa yesterday, and police are continuing their investigation.

Police said the subject, Maldane Cockett, 26, of 44 Bethpage Rd., Copiague, sold an undisclosed amount of heroin to another individual on North Broadway at the intersection of North Beech Street, Massapequa at approximately 8 p.m. He was not working at the time.

Nassau/Suffolk Heroin Task Force detectives, along with Bureau of Special Operations police officers, placed Cockett under arrest at the scene.

EBT officials pointed out that the incident did not involve any of the children on the bus he drives. They issued a statement saying they have removed the driver from service pending the outcome of the charges.

“At Educational Bus Transportation, we act immediately if we suspect a driver is involved in illegal activity,” the statement reads. “Additionally, our drivers undergo a rigorous hiring process and are randomly tested for drugs and alcohol for the duration of their employment. We are cooperating fully with the authorities in this matter.”

Cockett is being charged with Criminal Sale Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and was arraigned in First District Court, Hempstead Tues., April 19.


Copiague: A man armed with a knife went into a Dunkin Donuts store on Montauk Highway April 12 at about 9:20 p.m., demanded money, which he was given. The thief then fled.


Copiague: Someone forced open a door at an Overland Avenue home April 14, sometime before 7:30 a.m., entered the house and made off with a television and an undisclosed amount of cash.


Copiague: A West Lido Promenade resident reported to police April 13 that on April he rented an apartment from an unidentified man who did not own the home. Police are investigating.

•On April 4, someone called a 30th Street resident claiming the resident had won a lottery and requested the resident send an undisclosed amount of money to secure the purported winnings. Police are running an investigation into the incident and others like it.


Copiague: An unknown person made graffiti on an Amerigo Vespucci Avenue house April 14. The graffiti was reported at 1 a.m.


DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Samantha Nyhan, 28, of 1624 Jane St., Wantagh;

Jacqueline Payton, 59, of 1295 South Strong Ave., Copiague; Ishmeil Thomas, 38, of 60 Jamaica Ave., Wyandanch; Corbett Robinson, 57, of 500 Peconic St., Ronkonkoma; Vincentia Scandole, 38 of Eastgate Rd., Massapequa; Jack M. Frissina, 56, of Little East Neck Rd., West Babylon (also charged with leaving the scene of an auto accident with property damage); Kimberly A. Kerr, 38,of Salt Box Path, Amityville; Gabriel A. Rodriguez-Pena, 25, of Seaman Ave., Baldwin; Jose Ariel Argueta-Canales, 23, of Ferrari St., Copiague; Cesar Ventura, 34, of 43 St. Lindenhurst and Andrew Manfredo, 27, of Beach Ave., Copiague;

Grand Larceny: Matthew Vicchiarelli, 34, of 343 East 3rd St., Deer Park and John Quinn, 35, of 240 Riviera Pkwy., Lindenhurst (three counts, plus two counts of Intent to Defraud);

Criminal Possession of a controlled Substance: Tory T. Walker, 42, of Summer La., Amityville (also charged with intent to damage property and resisting arrest;

Circumventing Interlock Court Order: Hinmar A. Rosales, 22, of Chestnut Rd., Amityville, (also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle);

Unlicensed Driver: Norma I. Mercado, 45, of Waldo St., Copiague (also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and operating vehicle without a court-ordered interlock device, and no insurance).

Burglary: Marlon Bulgar, 1246 Little East Neck Rd., Wyandanch;

Petit Larceny: Warren Darrisaw, 55, of 39 Cumberbach St., Wyandanch (two counts); Nadine Greene, 52, of 71 Park Ave., Babylon (five counts) and Syasia Napper, 24, of 61 Lake Dr., Wyandanch.

The charges against those arrested are allegations, and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

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