Crimes and Fires: Fuel Truck Up in Flames, 'Knockout Game' Arrest

A look at recent crime and fire headlines.

A tanker bursts into flames in Bellmore Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Michael Ganci
A tanker bursts into flames in Bellmore Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Michael Ganci
Here are some of the top crime and fire stories from across Long Island over the past week:

Crane Topples at Winthrop Construction Site in Mineola

A multi-story construction crane collapsed in Mineola Wednesday afternoon, injuring its operator and closing off Mineola Boulevard to traffic for much of the day.

UPDATE: Fire Shuts Down Sunrise Highway

A tanker fire broke out on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore late Tuesday night between Auto Zone and the Harley Davidson dealership.

Duo Nabbed in Fake Credit Card Scam

Two Brooklyn men face a battery of larceny charges after using fake credit cards to buy over $60,000 of merchandise, according to Nassau County Police.

Accused Rapist Admits to Valley Stream Attacks

A Queens teenager has pleaded guilty to two Valley Stream sexual assaults. Nashane Peterkin, of Springfield Gardens, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree strangulation, and two counts of second-degree assault, according to the Nassau County District Attorney.

Pharmacy Owner From Port Accused in Prescription Drug Fraud

A pharmacy owner from Port Washington is accused of engaging in a plan to defraud Medicaid and Medicare through the sale of large amounts of illegaly diverted prescription drugs, officials announced last week.

Man Robbed at Gunpoint Outside Syosset McDonald's

A Massapequa man has been arrested after he allegedly held up a teenager outside a McDonald's on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset.

2 Nassau Sheriffs Charged with Perjury

Two members of the Nassau County Sheriff's Department stand accused of providing false testimony before a grand jury and making false statements on sworn documents in a case stemming from a 2011 jail fight with an inmate.

'Knockout Game' Hits Babylon Town, N. Amityville Man Faces Charges in Attacks

A North Amityville man was arraigned on assault charges Wednesday stemming from "knockout-style" attacks in North Amityville and North Babylon, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Police Nab 2 Bayport Men In Dunkin' Donuts Burglaries

Two Bayport men are facing a slew of D and E felony charges for allegedly robbing the Dunkin' Donut locations in Blue Point and Sayville on seven different days between November 8 and December 16, according to Suffolk Police.

Man Threatens to Get a Gun After Failed Car Inspection

An employee at Best Repairs Auto on Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside called 911 to report a harassment on Dec. 11. According to police, a customer got into a dispute at the garage at around 10:30 a.m. because his vehicle was not passing inspection. The customer demanded an inspection sticker be placed on the windshield despite its failing or he was “going home to get a gun.” The employee called police after the irate customer left. The victim wanted the incident documented without any further action at this time. The customer did not return to the garage.

Trash Packed in Garbage Truck Catches on Fire

A Mickey's Carting garbage truck making rounds in Water Mill nearly caught on fire when flames erupted amongst the refuse on Tuesday afternoon.

Cashiers Caught Selling Alcohol to Minors in Undercover Sting

Three Hampton Bays cashiers have been charged after New York State Police said they sold alcohol to undercover officers during a sting. 

Armed Carjacking Reported in North Babylon

Police are investigating an armed carjacking that occurred in North Babylon last week.

Police say two people were sitting in a 2003 Infiniti in the Sunset Plaza shopping center on Deer Park Avenue when someone came up to the vehicle around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday. The robber displayed a gun and demanded the occupants get out of the vehicle. The robber then fled in the Infiniti, police said. 


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