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East Patchogue,NY: Friday, April 20, 2018 at approximately 04:20 a.m.

Suffolk County Police arrested a woman for driving while intoxicated following a crash during which two officers rescued her from a burning vehicle in East Patchogue this morning.


Mercedes Ramos was driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue eastbound on Sunrise Highway near Exit 53 when the vehicle crashed into the rear of a 2000 MACK Roll-Off Container Truck, driven by a man, at approximately 4:20 a.m. The front end of the Rogue became stuck under the rear of the truck. The truck dragged the Rogue for approximately one-quarter mile before the driver realized what had happened and brought the truck to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway. The Rogue caught fire with the woman trapped inside. Two passing motorists, a 37-year-old man from Coplay, Pennsylvania and a 41-year-old man from Ridge, New York stopped to try and free Ramos from the Rogue.


When Highway Patrol Officers Richard Gandolfo and John McCrory arrived at the scene, they joined the two men and extricated the Ramos from the burning vehicle. North Patchogue Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.


Ramos was transported to Long Island Medical Center in East Patchogue with non-life-threatening injuries. The two officers and the Pennsylvania man were transported to the same hospital where they were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation and released. The Ridge man and the truck driver were not injured.


Ramos, 19, of Medford was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. She was issued a Field Appearance Ticket and will be arraigned at a later date.

Coram,NY:  Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:37 a.m.

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a single-car crash that killed a Mount Sinai man this morning.

Mark Farabaugh was driving a 2001 Hyundai southbound on North Ocean Avenue, just north of Pine Road, in Coram when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree at 10:37 a.m.

Farabaugh, 54, of 531 Canal Road, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.


Location: Central Islip and Hauppauge, New York

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

Suffolk County Police arrested three volunteer firefighters for setting fires in Central Islip and Hauppauge during a four-month span.

Following an investigation by Arson Section detectives, with the assistance of the Central Islip Fire Department, Austin Lehman, Stephen Hernandez and Shawn Key were arrested in connection with fires intentionally set at abandoned houses between October and January. All three are members of the Central Islip Fire Department. No one was injured in any of the fires.

The three were charged in connection with fires at:

  • 82 Gates Ave. in Central Islip on October 21 at approximately 6 a.m.
  • 104 Vanderbilt Ave. in Central Islip on October 24 at approximately 5:20 a.m.
  • 173 Gibbs Road in Central Islip on November 7 at approximately 5:50 a.m.
  • 43 Oakdale Ave. in Central Islip on November 22 at approximately 2:20 a.m.
  • 475 Bridge Road in Hauppauge on January 14 at approximately 3:40 a.m.

Hernandez, 25, of 62A Ridgewood Ave., Central Islip, and Lehman, 19, of 74 Vanderbilt Ave., Central Islip, were charged with five counts of Arson 3rd Degree for their involvement in all five fires. Key, 27, of 10 Chuck Blvd., North Babylon, was charged with Arson 3rd Degree for the fire on November 22.

The three were scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 13.



West Babylon,NY: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Suffolk County Police arrested a man after he stole a vehicle and crashed into a police car, seriously injuring an officer in West Babylon, NY, this morning.

Louis Mancini Jr. stole a 2013 GMC Yukon from Frank’s Delicatessen, located at 1018 Little East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY, at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Approximately thirty minutes later, Mancini Jr. was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Straight Path in West Babylon, NY, when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed head on into a police car traveling southbound on Straight Path.

The officer had to be extricated from the vehicle and transported by the North Babylon Fire Department to Nassau University Medical Center. He suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Mancini Jr. was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Major Case Unit detectives charged Mancini Jr., 30, of West Babylon, NY, with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, and Grand Larceny 3rd Degree.

Mancini Jr. was at First District Court in Central Islip, NY, on March 14, 2018.

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