Crimes Nearby: Teacher Sentenced in Sex Case, Mom Busted for DWAI With Kids

A weekly round-up of the top police stories in communities near Malverne-West Hempstead.

Tara Driscoll, the Queens teacher who  after having sex with a student at the Capri Motor Inn in March 2011, was sentenced to six years probation Friday afternoon.

According to the Nassau County District Attorney's Office, Driscoll, of Bay Shore, has also been required to register as a Level 1 sex offender and has surrendered her teacher's license.

Driscoll, 34, who taught English at Campus Magnet Educational Complex in Queens, pleaded guilty in March to sexual misconduct for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student.

According to Nassau County detectives, on March 19, 2011, Driscoll drove the student to the Capri Motel at 5 Freer St. in Lynbrook. While at the motel Driscoll allegedly engaged in sexual relations with the victim.

It took a jury three hours to convict a Hempstead man of burglarizing a Seaman Avenue home in Rockville Centre last November, but his partner in crime is still on the lam.

Nishon Parson, 36, of Hempstead, faces up to 15 years in prison at his July 27 sentencing.

According to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, on Nov. 29 at around 11 a.m., Parson and another man broke into a Seaman Avenue home. A neighbor saw the men entering the home through a back window and called village police. An RVC police sergeant responded minutes later and saw electronics piled up at the home’s door. When he entered the house, the sergeant confronted Parson and the other thief.

Rice said Parson pretended to comply with the officer’s commands, but both men ran from the cops. After police set up a perimeter, Parson was found several blocks away hiding under a tarp in a shed. His accomplice was never caught.

In addition to the electronics, police at the scene found the homeowner's safe on the floor of a closet after it had been ripped out of a wall panel, and the home's kitchen and den were completely ransacked.

The jury rejected the defense’s claims that Parson had given his friend a ride to the house, and only came into the house after his friend had already broken in and ransacked it.

A Lynbrook woman was arrested in Shirley on the morning of June 11 after allegedly driving under the influence of drugs while her two sons were in the car.

According to Suffolk County Police, around at 8:15 a.m., Jennifer Drozdowicz, 37, was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero in the parking lot of the Coastal Gas Station, located at 461 William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, when her vehicle struck one of the station’s gas pumps, causing minor damage.

Drozdowicz had her two sons, ages 4 and 5, in the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said. The children, who were not injured, were released to family members.

Seventh Squad detectives charged Drozdowicz with driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years old or younger, a felony under Leandra’s Law, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Drozdowicz will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Tuesday.

The arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Garden City detectives arrested a 41-year-old Lynbrook man and a 31-year-old woman from West Hempstead for public lewdness and endangerment of a child last week in Garden City.

According to police, on June 7, in the late afternoon, a school employee observed the two defendants in a parked vehicle in the Stewart School parking field. The two were allegedly committing a lewd act while there was a small child in the rear seat of the vehicle.

The female defendant was also charged with an outstanding traffic warrant from Long Beach.

Garden City Police did not release the name of the two defendants.

For more crime in neighboring communities click on the following links: Lynbrook, Garden City, Rockville Centre and Five Towns.


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