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A federal grand jury last week charged Luca DiMatteo, 70, of Merrick, with extortion, loan-sharking and racketeering conspiracy. The indictment accuses DiMatteo of serving as an acting captain in the Colombo crime family, one of New York’s five Mafia families. more
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara added more charges to the indictment against Senator Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, late in the day on Tuesday, July 21. Skelos, 67, and his son Adam, 32, were already charged with six counts stemming from what Bharara said was a scheme in which Skelos was trading favors with businesses in exchange for payments made to his son. more
A Merrick motorist did not stop after hitting and killing a pedestrian on the night of July 4 on Sunrise Highway in Freeport, the Nassau County Police Department reported. more
A Merrick auto repair store, R&U Auto Body, and its owner, Suffolk County resident Ronald Ustica Jr., are under indictment for allegedly pocketing $571,000 in sales taxes on vehicle repair work between 2007 and 2011. more
The teenager, a student at Calhoun High School, had a “severe case of alcohol poisoning,” said Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings in an email to parents on June 12. He drank at a “large gathering” of Calhoun seniors in the woods between Brookside School and the Meadowbrook State Parkway, Hollings wrote. more
A federal judge last Friday sentenced Dave Denenberg, the former Nassau County legislator who pleaded guilty to cheating a law client out of $2.3 million and resigned from office earlier this year, to three months in jail and three months of house arrest. more
Someone cashed four forged checks, which appeared to be drawn on a Merrick resident’s bank account, between Jan. 24 and 26 at a New York Community Bank in Ridgewood, Queens, according to Nassau County police officials. The Merokean lost more than $3,700, authorities said. more
Two individuals stole a pocketbook at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 inside the Home Goods store at 1644 Merrick Road, according to the Nassau County Police Department. more
A repair worker last week discovered three “skimming” devices attached to gas pumps at the Gulf station at Merrick Avenue and Sunrise Highway, according to the Nassau County Police Department. more
Nassau County Police recently charged Zafar Furhad, 44, of Bellmore, with depositing three fraudulent checks into his Capital One Bank account and later withdrawing $26,000 that was not his, according to officials. more
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