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LI Crimes: 42 Drunk Teens Caught on Coach Bus with Booze, Driver Charged

A look at recent crime headlines island-wide.

Luis Guevara-Henriquz, 26, of Hempstead, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. (Photo: NYS Police)
Luis Guevara-Henriquz, 26, of Hempstead, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. (Photo: NYS Police)
Here are some of the top crime stories from across Long Island over the past week:

Cops: 42 Drunk Teens Caught on Coach Bus with Booze, Driver Charged

A coach bus driver faces endangerment charges for driving 42 teens, laden with a large amount of alcohol, from Garden City to Montauk, State Police said. 

Riverside State officers said they received a 911 call at 9:30 p.m. Monday reporting the sound of a woman screaming at a Sunrise Highway rest stop. 

Responding officers found a Coachman limousine bus with 42 teens, ages 16 and 17, in "various stages of intoxication," cops confirmed. Police also discovered more than 100 cans of beer and several empty gallon bottles of whiskey and rum on the bus.

Police: Riverhead Man Drove Stolen Car Wrong Way on Highway While Fleeing Police

A Riverhead man driving a stolen Jeep attempted to flee police by driving the wrong way on Sunrise Highway early Wednesday morning before being caught inside a Bohemia home a short time later, police said. 

According to police, Fifth Precinct officer Jason Keenan observed Robert Noon III, 39, driving a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been reported stolen from Yaphank on April 15 on Main Street in Patchogue just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. 

Cops: Duo Tried to Steal from Walmart, Officers Injured in Struggle

A man and woman face charges after they tried to steal video game controllers and were found with heroin in Massapequa, according to Nassau County Police.

Officers were at the Sunrise Mall Walmart when they saw Gregory Insardi, 26, of North Massapequa, and Melanie Hlipatsos, 23, of South Farmingdale, try to steal six Wii controllers. An officer and store security stopped the duo, who had tried to hide the controllers in a shopping bag and the man's waistband.

Cops Find Man Sleeping in Car with Stolen Goods

A man was found sleeping in his car with lottery tickets he had stolen from a Massapequa deli, reported Nassau County Police.

Officers responded to do a "well check" the Wantagh Avenue area after receiving reports of a man sleeping in a car at 8:05 a.m. Thursday. Frank Lalima, 20, of Levittown, was found sleeping in his car and, after an investigation, was found with lottery scratch-offs, a plastic lottery ticket dispensing case, and marijuana, cops said. The lottery tickets had been stolen from The Culinary Deli on Unqua Road in Massapequa earlier that day, police reported.

Cement Truck Driver Convicted in Fatal Collision

A Mineola man was convicted Wednesday of manslaughter and assault in an incident that left a school bus driver dead and others injured.

Raymond Ragen, 45, was convicted in a jury trial before Nassau County Court Judge William Donnino of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault for crashing his cement truck into an overpass and a school bus in Locust Valley in July 2012, killing the bus driver, seriously injuring an attendant, and injuring four children.

Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI, Speeding

Dina Lohan, 51, of Merrick, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated and speeding.

Lohan is due back in court for sentencing on June 3. She is expected to receive a conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service, driver’s license revocation and installation of an interlock device for a period of one year, participation in a drinking driver program and victims impact panel, a fine of $2,600, and a $483 surcharge.

Police: 3 Arrested at Massive Stony Brook House Party

Three people were arrested after police were called to a "loud party" at a Stony Brook home last Saturday afternoon, police said. 

Sixth Precinct officers responded to 1337 Stony Brook Road at 3:30 p.m. and found about 200 people at the home, police said.  

Police: Man Stole Cancer Donation Box From St. James Gas Station

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate a man who they say stole a donation box from a gas station in St. James last month.

Police said the man entered Citgo, located at 545 North Country Road, on March 9 at approximately 1:45 p.m. and took a cancer donation box from the counter that contained cash. 


Carol H April 21, 2014 at 07:07 PM
The following comments are not meant to be construed as being an advocate for teen /under aged drinking, just a personal observation: 1-When I was in HS in the 70s kids aged 13-18 were drinking in their own homes or in parks while parents were out for the eve or weekend. Nothing has changed much there, IMO. 2- my mid + 20 something kids have told me stories of parties in HS where the parents were not only home, but would buy beer & hard liquor (multiple flavored vodkas) for huge parties for their kids & their friends. They would sometimes party with the under aged teens as well. ( not one of my kids were "allowed" to drink before 21 yrs old. Nor in my home, nor at family functions. I wasn't with them every moment of the day to enforce this.) This is nothing new & if you think it is you are delusional. There are good & bad parenting styles. 3- I was once shown Facebook pictures of a 16 yr old local boy loading a few cases of beer onto a party bus for Jr Prom, using a dolly, so tell me that the bus driver was unaware. Perhaps stiffer penalties are needed for the bus drivers, to include the bus company and check ladies purses for drugs & booze smuggled in. Again, some parents are real a------- when it comes to this but some of us are responsible and teach their kids hoping & praying that they do the right thing despite peer pressure. 4- all of my children use taxi service, designated drivers or the train when they wish to drink legally (mid to upper 20s). They were taught at an early age never to get into a car with anyone they felt may have been impaired and so far have called me on 2 occasions to come get them at 2 or 3 am when this was so. God willing they will stay safe. Parents are the first line of defense, but stiffer laws are needed for bus companies & idiot parents who think it's a right of passage. Talk to your local elected officials!
Joe C. April 21, 2014 at 07:53 PM
Big Party Bus leaving from Massapequa after the Junior Prom Friday Night on its way to NYC Saturday. Joanna P. is the organizer and her fool of a father Tony P. is the signer. Let the lawsuits begin !!!! Good Luck !!!!!
Penquin April 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM
You want the drivers eyes on the road or eyes on the kids. Let the parents pat down the kids before they get on the bus. Leave the driver alone
John T April 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM
This better than them driving and drinking. Let them get a bus and get drunk. They are underaged and drunk and we have no control over that really. The Parents have to do their jobs better.

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