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Police: Home Invasion Heists Halted

Multi-jurisdictional task force apprehends alleged felon

On Nov. 8 at approximately 8 p.m., Garden City police officers responded to a report of burglary at a Chelsea Road residence in Garden City. An investigation at the scene revealed that the resident returned home and observed a subject in his kitchen. The resident retreated into his driveway and the subject fled the scene.

Later that evening at approximately 12:25 a.m., Garden City police officers responded to a report of an occupied burglary at a 3rd Street residence in Garden City. Police said an investigation at the scene revealed that an occupied home invasion had occurred and that the subject had discharged two shots from a firearm, prior to forcing the occupants into a basement boiler room. The subject removed property from the victims, including a set of car keys and then left the scene in the homeowner’s vehicle, according to police.

The Garden City Police Department reported that two additional unoccupied burglaries had taken place at 3rd Street residences in Garden City. During the investigation it was discovered that similar crimes had occurred in the Village of Hempstead on Bedell Avenue on Nov. 7. Police stated that during the home invasion on Bedell Avenue, the subject tied up the four male occupants while holding them at gunpoint. During this home invasion the subject also fired a shot, police added.

At this time Garden City Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson, Hempstead Police Chief Michael McGowan and Nassau County Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki met and formed a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of police officers and detectives. An investigation was started by this task force consisting of members of each department. As a result of this investigation, the identity of the alleged subject, Artie R. Jackson, was developed. The members of all three departments then began a manhunt for the subject. On Nov.11 at approximately 10 p.m., officers from the Nassau County Police Department responded to a call at a residence in East Garden City within the confines of the Nassau County 3rd precinct. Upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a violent home invasion had occurred in which the female homeowner was assaulted. It was also discovered that the homeowner’s vehicle was stolen during the home invasion. Further investigation revealed that several other burglaries had been committed on the same street.

Upon notification of the stolen vehicle, the members of the multi-jurisdictional task force responded to several locations where they believed the subject might be. This information was developed by the task force during their investigation. The alleged subject, Artie R. Jackson, was observed operating the victim’s vehicle by a task force member at one of these locations in Hempstead. Officials reported that the subject refused to stop when officers attempted to stop him and ultimately crashed and fled the vehicle. After a foot pursuit, the subject was located in the rear yard of a Lincoln Avenue residence in Hempstead and arrested. The subject was charged with the home invasion at the residence in East Garden City, the home invasion on 3rd Street in Garden City and the home invasion on Bedell Avenue in Hempstead. The investigation is ongoing and police said additional charges are expected regarding the additional unoccupied burglaries in Garden City, East Garden City, and Hempstead.

Jackson was arraigned on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, second degree murder, first degree assault, first degree rape, three counts of first degree burglary, four counts of first degree robbery, second degree strangulation, first degree sexual abuse, two counts of second degree murder and two counts of second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

News

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

Country Life Press

106 spaces

88 permit-only

3 handicapped

15 2-hour only


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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