Crimes Nearby: RVC Students Arrested for Gang Assault, Hot Dog Stripper

A rundown of last week's top police and fire stories from neighboring Patch sites.

Just three days after a group of Rockville Centre teens allegedly  a 44-year-old village resident so badly they broke his ribs and put him in the hospital, police have arrested two  seniors and charged them with gang assault.

William Moore, 18, was arrested on June 20 and Matthew Diperna, 18, was arrested on June 21. Each was charged with second-degree gang assault — a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

According to a spokesman from First District Court, Moore was released on bail and DiPerna was released on his own recognizance.

Police gave this account of what happened:

The wife of the assault victim was walking her dog on Nottingham Road when she was verbally accosted by five to eight young men. She ran home and told her husband of the incident, and the two drove around the neighborhood looking for the men to demand an apology.

They found the group on Roxen Road, which is where the assault took place, police said. Neighbors who heard the disturbance called police at 11:55 p.m. The men fled before police arrived and Nassau County detectives were called in to join the investigation.

The man was transported by Rockville Centre police to  where he was treated for broken ribs, multiple contusions and injuries to the face and jaw.

Abdul Bird, the eighth-grade Long Beach Middle School student who was hospitalized and listed in critical condition after he was  last Tuesday morning, may be improving, according to Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore-LIJ and his wrestling coach.

Michelle Pinto, a spokesperson for the hospital where Bird was transferred after the accident, told Patch late Thursday that the 14-year-old boy is now in critical but stable condition. And Miguel Rodriguez, Bird’s wrestling coach at the middle school, said he visited him at hospital on Wednesday and that he showed signs of improvement.

Bird was riding his skateboard headed to school to rehearse for a graduation ceremony that he was to take part in the next day when a motorist in a Mercedes-Benz SUV driving westbound on Lido Boulevard hit the boy, who was travelling in the opposite direction, at Greenway Road at 7:55 a.m., according to Nassau County Police Department.

A Queens woman was arrested after she allegedly stole more than $12,000 from two local group homes for the developmentally disabled in Lynbrook and East Rockaway where she worked as the resident manager, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Thursday.

Rice said that since 2001, Denessa Yearwood, 36, of Springfield Gardens, who worked as the resident manager for a group home in Lynbrook and in East Rockaway, stole more than $12,000 by altering or re-using existing receipts for resident expenses in the homes' ledgers.

The theft was discovered during a routine audit of the Lynbrook home's books in May 2011 by a compliance analyst with Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc., a non-profit that provides services to more 3,000 developmentally disabled children and adults in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Rice said. Yearwood was terminated in June 2011.

A Lynbrook man and woman were arrested early Tuesday morning in Lynbrook after allegedly beating a man with a handgun and stealing his gold chain.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 12:44 a.m., Shaquan Lewis, 29, and Arnetha Humphrey, 30, got into physical altercation with a 43-year-old male victim at their Atlantic Avenue residence.

The defendants repeatedly struck the victim about the body with a handgun, police said. After removing a gold chain from around the victim's neck, the defendants fled the scene in a white Hyundai.

The defendants were taken into custody without incident. A loaded 9-millimeter handgun was recovered from their vehicle. The victim's gold chain was also recovered.

The victim, who had been removed to a local hospital, was treated and released.

Catherina Scalia, the East Rockaway woman who was  in early May after soliciting an undercover police officer, was sentenced to a week in jail last Monday.

Scalia had pleaded guilty to the prostitution charge back in May.

According to Newsday [paid link], Nassau County Jail must determine how many days Scalia has already severed, and that will be subtracted from the week she was sentenced to on Monday.

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