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Crimes Nearby: Stabbed Man Sets House Afire, Burger King Murder Attempt

A rundown of the past week's top crime stories in neighboring communities.

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder at Burger King

An Elmont man was arrested Sunday for allegedly stabbing a man during a fight that broke out inside a Valley Stream Burger King.

According to detectives with Nassau County Police's Fifth Precinct, officers responded to the Burger King located at 181 W. Merrick Rd. for a fight. They located a 26-year-old male victim in the vicinity of this location with stab wounds to his neck, hands and leg. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.  No further injuries were reported. 

Charles J. Miller Jr., 24, of Elmont, was located and placed under arrest, after struggling with officers. Miller is charged with second degree Attempted Murder, fourth degree Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting Arrest. He will be arraigned on Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Police Arrest Man for BWI, Look for Missing Boater

A homeless man who was arrested on Thursday for allegedly operating a boat while intoxicated told officers that the owner of the vessel had fallen overboard somewhere in the Rockaway Inlet, according to police.

At about 4 p.m., Janusz Sowa, 54, was seen operating a 1990 26-foot Bayliner in the vicinity of the Crow’s Nest Marina in Oceanside, police said. Sowa reported that he and the owner of the vessel, Stanislaw Nawrocki, of Queens, went out on the vessel earlier in the day and that Nawrocki had fallen overboard somewhere in vicinity of Rockaway Inlet.

The Nassau County Marine Bureau, Town of Hempstead Bay Constables, N.Y.P.D. Harbor Unit, U.S. Coast Guard Station Jones Beach and the Nassau County Aviation Unit have been assisting in the search for the missing boater.

Sowa is charged with operation of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol.

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A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg Tuesday afternoon on North Centre Avenue in Rockville Centre, and the suspect in the shooting is still on the run, officials said.

According to Village Spokesman Jeff Kluewer, the man was shot on the west side of North Centre Avenue midway between Old Mill Court and Maine Avenue around 2:15 p.m.

Kluewer said the victim was transported to South Nassau Communities Hospital and was in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.

The Nassau County Police Department canine unit and helicopter services canvassed the area, but the suspect was not caught.

Police: Stabbed Oceanside Man Sets Attacker's House on Fire

An Oceanside man who had been stabbed with a kitchen knife set the house where he and his attacker live on fire, police said.

After an altercation, Howard Brigham, 57, allegedly stabbed Suave Pereira, 18, numerous times, police said. Pereira transported himself to a local hospital, where he was treated for lacerations to his face, arm, hip and hand.

At about 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Pereira allegedly purchased a cigarette lighter and gasoline, poured the gas onto the rear of the home where he and Brigham live, and ignited it. Several residents extinguished the fire.

After an investigation, Pereira was located and arrested at 6:15 am in Franklin Square, police said. He is being charged with second-degree arson. 

Brigham is charged with second-degree assault and possession of a dangerous weapon in the fourth degree.

The manager of Grimaldi's pizzeria in Garden City was killed early Sunday morning in an incident county police are describing as a hit and run. He was 41.

Mr. 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. He was pronounced deceased by a Nassau County Ambulance Advanced Medical Technician at 4:20 a.m.

This is the second tragedy in less than a year the Grimaldi's business community has had to endure. The popular pizzeria's owner, Russell Ciolli, died unexpectedly in November 2011. He was 39.

Nassau County Homicide squad detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

For more local crime, click the following links: Garden City, Rockville Centre, Five Towns, Long Beach and Malverne-West Hempstead-Lynbrook.

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