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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

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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