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LI Crimes: Teacher Charged With Heroin Possession, Man in Wheelchair Attacked

A look at recent crime headlines island-wide.

Kerri Creegan, 33, was found to be in possession of heroin following a traffic stop, police say. (NCPD photo)
Kerri Creegan, 33, was found to be in possession of heroin following a traffic stop, police say. (NCPD photo)
Here are some of the top crime stories from across Long Island over the past week (click the links to read the full articles):

Cops: Massapequa Teacher Found with Heroin During Traffic Stop

A Massapequa teacher from Rockville Centre faces drug possession charges after she was found with heroin during a traffic stop, police said. 

Kerri Creegan, 33, was pulled over in Freeport at 3 p.m. Wednesday for having a defective tail light, cops said. During the stop, police said they found her to be in possession of "glassine bag of heroin." 

Strippers Accused of Drugging Wealthy Men, Running Up Credit Cards

Wealthy men were drugged, in some cases on Long Island, and then driven to New York City strip clubs, where their credit cards were charged for thousands of dollars, authorities said Wednesday. 

The alleged scheme was run by a group of New York City strippers, who met the men in the city or on Long Island at upscale bars and then drugged the mens' drinks with Molly, a form of ecstasy, ketamine or cocaine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division.

Police Ask For Help to Find Gary Melius Shooter

As Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius continues to recover from beingshot in the head by a masked man at the Huntington castle in February, Suffolk police on Thursday released photos of a Jeep they say the shooter used the flee the scene. 

Melius was shot while walking to his car on Feb. 24 at about 12:30 p.m. The shooter fled the scene in an older model, light-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. 

Police: Serial Bank Robber Caught

Suffolk police say the serial bank robber who has eluded them for the past two weeks is now behind bars. 

Brian Blackford, 40, of Kings Park, was arrested Monday afternoon after robbing a Capital One bank in Nesconset, police said. 

It was the seventh bank Blackford had robbed in just over a two-week period, police said. 

Police: Ronkonkoma Man Drove Minivan Into House, Fled Scene

A Ronkonkoma man was arrested on felony charges Thursday, a day after he drove a minivan into a Central Islip home and then fled the scene, police said. 

According to police, Michael Ferruzzo, 49, drove his 1996 Dodge minivan into a detached garage, and then through the exterior wall of a bedroom at a house located on East Walnut Street around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Police: Man in Wheelchair Leaving Church is Robbed, Beaten in Riverhead

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify and locate four men who assaulted and robbed a man in a wheelchair last week in Riverhead. 

According to Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and the Riverhead Police Department, the man in a wheelchair left United Methodist Church, traveling north on Maple Avenue in Riverhead, from 2nd Street on June 1 at about 10:30 p.m. 

As the man approached the Long Island Rail Road tracks on Maple Avenue, he was attacked from behind by at least four people, police said. 

Cops: Fake Delivery Man Tasers, Robs Victim

A man posing as a florist deliverer rang the bell of a Great Neck Plaza apartment, and then tasered the person who opened the door, tied him up and robbed him at gunpoint, authorities said.

Nassau police say the incident occurred on Tuesday at 1:52 p.m. That’s when the Great Neck Plaza victim opened his door of his Clent Road apartment to what he thought was a florist delivery man.

East Meadow Man Gets 25 to Life for Hempstead Murder

An East Meadow man will serve 25 years to life in prison for the 2012 murder of a Hempstead man, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.

Herber Guzman, 42, of East Meadow, was sentenced Friday to spend at least 25 years behind bars by Nassau County Court Judge William Donnino, the DA said. 

LB Highway Workers Charged with Stealing $14K of Equipment

A Long Beach highway supervisor and his former employee face larceny charges after they stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment, according to the Nassau County District Attorney's office.

Charles Porcaro, 48, of Oceanside, and Jeorking Welker, 34, of Long Beach, were charged with felony grand larceny and could face prison time if convicted.

Police: Merrick Bank Robbed

A man robbed a Merrick bank Monday morning, police said.

According to police, the man entered the Chase Bank located at 2122 Merrick Avenue at 10:20 a.m. and approached a female teller and handed her a note demanding cash.

Police: Mineola Bank Robbed

A Mineola bank was robbed Monday afternoon, police said. 

According to police, a man entered the Capital One bank located at 210 Mineola Boulevard at 12:20 p.m and approached two tellers and verbally demanded cash.  


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