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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.

Brookhaven,NY: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Suffolk County Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle crash with a police vehicle that injured an officer in Brookhaven, New York, early this morning.

Dennis Knapp was driving a 1996 Jeep eastbound on Montauk Highway, near Old South Country Road, when his vehicle struck a police vehicle on a traffic post for a road closure due to down wires at approximately 3:30 a.m.

The Fifth Precinct officer in the vehicle was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Knapp, 28, of 28 Rockledge Drive, Shirley, New York, was transported to Long Island Medical Center in East Patchogue for non-life-threatening injuries.

Knapp was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on March 11.

Ridge,NY: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at approximately 11:20 a.m.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a man after he initiated a crash driving a stolen vehicle that killed five people in Ridge.

Jamel Turner, 23, of Bellport, was driving a stolen 2018 Camaro eastbound on Route 25, west of Woodlot Road when he crashed into a 2012 Mazda, also traveling eastbound at approximately 11:20 a.m. The Camaro then struck an oil truck traveling westbound and the Mazda struck a 1999 Infiniti traveling eastbound.

Lonidell Skinner, 19, of Bellport, was a passenger in the Camaro and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Turner was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All four people in the Mazda were pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The driver of the oil truck was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Infiniti was not injured.

Major Case Unit detectives charged Turner with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree and False Personation. Turner also was charged with an outstanding warrant. Additional charges are anticipated.

The names of the four people who died in the crash are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.

The investigation is continuing.

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