Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and most of northeast New Jersey. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...18 below to 23 below due to temperatures as low as 1 below...and winds northwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. Maloit , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 356 PM EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Friday Feb.12 16,05:24 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Baldwin Man Sentenced for Burning Car in Insurance Fraud Scheme

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28-year-old resident sent to prison for role in torching a Range Rover for insurance money.

Mineola, NY - May 28, 2014 - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the sentencing of a Baldwin man for having a luxury car torched in Queens in 2012 so that the owner could file and pursue a bogus insurance claim.
 
Henry Flores, 28, was sentenced by Nassau District Judge Martin Massell to 1-1/2 to 3 years in prison. Flores pleaded guilty to Insurance Fraud in the 4th Degree (an E felony) in March 2014.
 
“This defendant not only participated in a scam to collect thousands of dollars by torching a vehicle to collect insurance money – he intentionally put the firefighters who came to the scene in harm’s way for his own financial gain,” DA Rice said. “First responders should not have to wonder if the emergencies they are called to are real, or just part of a scheme to make a quick buck. I would like to thank the New York City Fire Department for helping bring this defendant to justice.”
 
DA Rice said that on Sept. 12, 2012, members of the New York City Fire Department were called to the scene in Queens of a burning 2009 Range Rover. An investigation by FDNY Fire Marshalls determined that the fire had been intentionally set, and identified the owner as a resident of Queens.
 
On Sept. 17, 2012, the owner of the 2009 Range Rover filed a fraudulent police report with the Nassau County Police Department, as well as a fraudulent insurance claim with Progressive Insurance Company that stated his vehicle had been stolen from in front of a friend’s house in North Bellmore on the evening of Sept. 16, 2012. As part of the insurance claim, the owner sought to be paid at least $38,000 – the total loss value of the vehicle.
 
A joint investigation by the FDNY and the insurance company revealed that sometime before Sept. 12, 2012, the owner had given the vehicle to Flores and paid him $2,000 to damage and dispose of the vehicle so that the owner could file a bogus insurance claim. As part of that investigation, the FDNY obtained an audio recording of Flores admitting that he had given the vehicle to a third person for the purpose of having it torched in Queens.
 
Flores also coached the owner in how to file and pursue the insurance claim to ensure that the owner would receive money for the vehicle.
 
Flores was arrested on Oct. 26, 2012 by the FDNY Fire Marshalls who referred the case to DA Rice’s office. Shortly thereafter, the owner died of natural causes in a Brooklyn hospital. The third person involved in the scheme was not identified.
 
Assistant District Attorney Edward Bradley of DA Rice’s Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case. Flores is represented by Laurence Rothstein, Esq.

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