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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

Residents needed to run

The Garden City East Nominating Committee is seeking residents of the East who are interested in being interviewed for the positions of village mayor, village trustee and school board trustee. These positions are subject to election by all village residents. The village mayoral and trustee terms are for two years beginning on April 6, 2015 and the school board trustee term is for three years beginning on July 1, 2015.

Any resident of the East who is interested in being considered for one of these positions must submit a letter of intent and a resume. This submission should note the position being sought; include their name, contact information, a statement explaining their reason for interest in the position, a summary of their professional background and other qualifications, including, although not required, current or prior involvement in village or school board positions or initiatives.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a Garden City-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after 20 years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as executive director on Monday, Nov. 3.


Sports

High School Jazz Class Added To Dance Conservatory

Dance Conservatory Director Felicia Lovaglio has decided to add a jazz class for students in 9th through 12th grades who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. This 55-minute class will be held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. The cost of this 20-week class will be $200. Preregistration is necessary by visiting the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Adult Dance Performance Group Now Registering

The recreation and parks department offers an adult dance group that works on jazz and contemporary moves and leads up to a performance in a Dance Company Showcase. Whether you are a beginner dance student or someone who danced as a child and would like to try again, this program will help you achieve your goals. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Saturday, Nov. 8. Each class is 55 minutes long and the session will run through May. The cost of this program will be $220.  

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.


Calendar

 Murder, Madness & Poe

Thursday, October 30

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 3

Manhasset Comes To Garden City

Through November 25



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