Crimes Nearby: Arrest For Fatal Hit-and-Run, Attempted Murder and More

A rundown of this past week's crime stories from neighboring communities.

The following information was supplied by the Nassau County Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

A suspect has been arrested in the  that took the life of long-time  manager Dean LaLima early Sunday morning in Williston Park.

Raymond F. Kalenka, 45, of Williston Park, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the accident, police said. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death. Kalenka will be arraigned on Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

According to Nassau County police, LaLima, of Albertson, was found lying in the street at about 4:10 a.m. at the intersection of Syracuse Street and Broad Street in Williston Park after being struck by an unknown vehicle traveling northbound on Broad Street.

LaLima, 41, was pronounced deceased by a Nassau County Ambulance Advanced Medical Technician at 4:20 a.m., police said.

Since his passing, the community has shown a  for Grimaldi's and LaLima's family, praising him as not just an amazing worker with a "welcoming smile," but a "great friend."

The tragedy is the second to hit Grimaldi's in less than a year. The establishment's owner , a best friend of LaLima's, died suddenly in November 2011. He was 39.

Valley Stream Clerk Robbed at Gunpoint

An armed man robbed an employee of a Valley Stream gold exchange on Wednesday, police said.

At about 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 15, the 48-year-old female victim was working at the Best Gold Exchange, located at 49 North Central Ave., when a black man — described as having a thin build and wearing a blue shirt and black pants — came into the store and pointed a small black handgun at her, according to police. He demanded the victim’s money, and she handed over her pocketbook, which contained jewelry, an undetermined amount of money, sunglasses and two debit cards.

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The subject fled north on Central Avenue on foot. There were no injuries reported.

Detectives request that anyone with information about this crime should contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Elmont Man Arrested for Attempted Murder in Valley Stream

An Elmont man was arrested last Sunday for attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed another man in the neck, hands and leg at a Valley Stream Burger King, police said.

Charles J. Miller Jr., 24, is charged with second-degree attempted murder, possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree and resisting arrest.

Fifth Precinct officers responded to the Burger King, located at 181 West Merrick R., for a fight, according to police. They found a 26-year-old man in the vicinity of the eatery with stab wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was listed in stable condition. No further injuries were reported. 

Officers then found Miller, who police say was combative, and placed him under arrest. 

The Massapequa man  was arrested for the second time in less than 24 hours early Thursday morning in Long Beach, Nassau County police said.

Raymond Roth allegedly violated the  against him by his wife Evana.

He had been released on $100,000 bail on Wednesday after being charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy and making a false report after he turned up alive a few days after  at Jones Beach. Prosecutors say Roth and his son were trying to cash in on life insurance.

But Roth allegedly called his wife in violation of the order and she notified police. He did not make threats to his wife, during the call, cops said.

Police responded to a home in Long Beach, where Roth had been staying, and arrested him at 12:50 a.m.

Four people were arrested in Rockville Centre in the past week for assalt. On Aug. 8 at 10:20 p.m., Freddy A. Rodriguez, 27, of Rockville Centre, was arrested and charged with five counts of second-degree assault after police units responded to a disturbance caused by the defendant on the street in front of his home earlier in the evening at about 6 p.m.; the assault charges were the result of injuries to police officers caused by the defendant.

On Aug. 8 at 10:20 p.m., Marvin Rosales, 36, of Rockville Centre, was arrested and charged with third-degree menacing following an altercation.

On Aug. 11 at 1:50 a.m., Andres S. Collado, 25, of Lakeview, was arrested for third-degree assault following an investigation by police personnel in the vicinity of 324 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.

On Aug. 11 at 1:50 a.m., Geronimo A. Ramirez, 31, of Rockville Centre, was arrested for third-degree assault following an investigation by police personnel in the vicinity of 324 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre.


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