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Police: Details Emerged From East Meadow Assault

Victim assaulted for urinating near defendant’s car

Nassau County Police Department’s Third Squad has reported an arrest for an assault that occurred in the parking lot at 2571 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow on Nov. 9.

According to the initial police report, John Applewhite, a 34-year-old utility worker who was on assignment from Florida, said he was approached by an unknown subject, who punched him in the face and then fled in a dark colored BMW.

After further investigation and information, Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said that Applewhite was urinating in the parking lot of Texas Roadhouse in East Meadow, in the vicinity of defendant Thomas Libretto’s vehicle when the altercation began. Lack said the public urination sparked a verbal altercation, which then led to Applewhite kicking gravel toward Libretto’s vehicle, causing no damage.

Lack said it was then that Libretto punched Applewhite, who sustained a broken nose, and swelling and bruising of his left eye. He was transported to Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) where he was treated and released.

Lack dispelled rumors that the assault was an attack on Applewhite for being a utility worker. Lack said Libretto did not file cross charges, or report initially that he was assaulted. “If he [Libretto] would have stayed at the scene, helped us with the investigating, it would have been easier for us to determine whether this was a cross complaint.” Police said that Applewhite was not re-interviewed since the initial complaint on Nov. 9; he has since returned to Florida.

Libretto, 34, of Levittown, was arrested on Nov. 13 at his home, following an investigation. He is charged with third degree assault, and is scheduled to appear at First District Court in Hempstead on Nov. 27.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”

Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



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