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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Chill Advisory...which is in effect from 4 PM Saturday to noon EST Sunday. * Locations...Metro New York City and New Jersey and Long Island. * Hazard types...potentially dangerous windchills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...as low as 20 to 25 below due to temperatures of 5 above to 5 degrees below zero...and northwest winds 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. , "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. 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 16,01:00 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Old Westbury Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Millions from Clients

Local News, Crime, Business & Finance

The Old Westbury resident stole millions from clients and his own wife.

An Old Westbury man pleaded guilty to the top count against him after being charged with stealing millions million from five clients he represented in real estate deals. James Kalpakis, 52, even stole from his wife. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that the disbarred attorney pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the First Degree, and Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Judge Philip Grella committed to a prison sentence of three and a half to ten years despite DA Rice’s recommendation that he get five to fifteen years.
 
“This defendant spun lie after lie in order to steal millions from innocent people whose only crime was placing their trust in the wrong man,” DA Rice said. “Mr. Kalpakis proved himself to be nothing more than a con man, and he now faces a lengthy prison sentence for his actions.”
 
Kalpakis was suspended from practicing law in 2005 and disbarred in 2009 after resigning under his own volition. His shady dealings took place between September 2008 and January 2011. One of his first moves was illegally obtaining a 30-year, $1.1. million mortgage loan from a bank to refinance a mortgage on a home owned by his wife. Kalpakis forged a power of attorney in her name giving him the authority to sign the mortgage without her being present. He received a $405,152 check to pay off the rest of the mortgage. His wife had no idea her husband was doing this.
 
Kalpakis stole more than $1.3 million from a client he sold two homes to. During the deal he forged deeds from banks that were not the actual owners of the property between October 2009 and December 2009. He stole another $290,000 when the deal fell through and he never returned the client’s escrow deposit.
 
Another client fell victim to three separate Kalpakis scams. In 2010 he stole $33,000 from the victim after the purchase of a home fell through. He stole another $35,000 from the woman when he promised another client in a civil case would sign over $42,000.  She was promised a $7,000 profit in this deal. Sadly for the victim, there was no lawsuit or client. 
 
Kalpakis again scammed this client promising the same deal as the last. He stole $12,000 from her and promised she would receive a $3,000 payment. Just like the scam before, there was no lawsuit and Kalpakis pocketed her money. 
 
Kalpakis is scheduled to be sentenced December 3 for scamming a total of $4 million from clients and his own wife. Assistant District Attorney Peter J. Mancuso of the DA’s Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case.
 
This is the third Old Westbury resident arrested for scamming clients in less than two months.  Brian Callahan, 43, an investment fund manager and Adam Manson, 41, a real estate developer, were arrested at their homes by FBI agents and charged with conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in August. Their Ponzi scheme channelled more than $96 million.
 

 

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