Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that convicted murderer Harpal Hira has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire a hitman from his Nassau County jail cell to murder his sister-in-law before she could provide key testimony as a witness at his trial last month.
Hira, of Hicksville, pleaded guilty to two counts of Criminal Solicitation in the Second Degree. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Hira is currently awaiting sentencing after his conviction by a jury on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Aggravated Criminal Contempt, two counts of Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Menacing in the Third Degree. He faces up to 50 years in prison on that case. He will be sentenced on both cases March 31.
Michael Heller has delved into the nearly 200-year history of New York’s firematic drill teams through his new book, Chariots of Firefighters – The History and Practice of Firematic Competition in New York State. The self-published work is the first of its kind to pay tribute to what Heller calls a “long-standing sport and pasttime.”
Chariots of Firefighters, which took two and a half years from start to finish, chronicles the birth and rise of these contests – from foot races and fistfights between neighboring fire companies in New York City to the formation of the New York State Volunteer Firemen’s Parade and Drill Team Captain’s Association and the over 350 teams from over 260 fire districts that make up its 200-year history. According to Heller, the 325-page book is geared toward anyone with any interest in history, the fire service or sports in general.
Richard “Dick” Evers passed away Feb. 25, 2010 while a resident in White Oaks Nursing Home. The 87-year-old pillar of the Hicksville community died surrounded by family.
Carousel Day School’s owner and director Eugene Formica, 65, and assistant director Kathryn Cordaro, 52, both of Hicksville, were indicted this week on charges related to the March 2009 choking death of 2-year-old Olivia Raspanti.
Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, who in January had proposed pay raises that were approved for the three top leaders of the Nassau County Legislature, including himself, earlier this month expressed his desire to have those raises rescinded. On Monday, Feb. 22, the legislature voted unanimously on that request.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a jury has convicted Hicksville resident Harpal Hira of murdering his mother-in-law and stabbing his wife multiple times before leading authorities on a month-long manhunt that stretched from New York to Florida.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined Feb. 17 by Timothy Jaccard, president of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation/Baby Safe Haven Program, to announce that Nassau County will be the first county in the nation to implement a new program identifying ambulances as official “baby safe haven” drop-off sites. The ambulance signage program is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the program, which allows for mothers to legally and safely relinquish their babies at certain locations.
The last words from a 20-year-old resident came from a text message sent to his dealer. It read, “i’m diggin’ this — my dude, best I had in a while. 4 real. Save my number, peace.” That was sent before he was found by his mother dead in the bathtub.
A special election was held in the 15th New York State Assembly District (A.D.) Feb. 9. Over 5,400 residents turned out to vote with Republican Michael Montesano of Glen Head defeating Democrat Matt Meng of East Norwich. Montesano, who also ran on the Conservative and Independence Party lines, received 3,868 votes; Meng received 1,539 votes.
Construction of the new Hicksville Parking Facility began Jan. 18 and, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, the project should be complete by March 2011.
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