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Four residents of Franklin Square were among 10 Colombo organized crime family members and associates charged with committing labor racketeering, extortion, money laundering, loansharking, fraud, drug trafficking and other crimes on behalf of the crime organization in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. more
Bethany French Baptist Church, in Elmont, hosted a vigil on July 10 for the recently assassinated Jovenel Moïse, the president of Haiti, who was shot and killed in his home on July 7, as the … more
Nassau police detailed arrests made on Wednesday in Franklin Square for several counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance at a news conference held at the Nassau County Police Department building in Mineola. 26-year-old Anthony Cinelli of Miller Place, along with a passenger, were arrested after officers uncovered both drugs and unlicensed firearms inside Cinelli’s vehicle, which was parked on Franklin Avenue in Franklin Square. A polymer pistol frame, which Ryder deemed part of a “ghost gun,” or homemade firearm, was also inside Cinelli’s car, police said. more
George Blatti, the former Franklin Square-based physician charged with five counts of second-degree murder in 2019 for overprescribing opioid to five drug-addicted patients who died between 2016 and 2018, was denied bail on Wednesday by a Nassau County judge. Blatti, 75, was remanded in March to Nassau County jail with no possibility of bail by the acting State Supreme Court Justice. At a bail hearing on Wednesday, Blatti’s defense attorney, Nancy Bartling, argued that the former physician is no longer a danger to the public because he is no longer able to prescribe medication. Bartling proposed bail of $250,000 or more, along with home confinement, electronic monitoring and passport surrender. more
Opening arguments were heard on Wednesday in the corruption trial of Former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. more
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