Pedestrian killed crossing road, LI gas prices on the rise, 4 injured in East Northport fire and other must-read LI headlines for January 6th, 2012

Retired Cop "Devastated" by ATF Agent's Death; Pedestrian in Central Islip Killed Crossing Road; Long Island Sees Rise in Gas Prices; 4 Injured in East Northport Fire; Suffolk & Nassu Both Get New Police Commissioners

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Retired Cop “Devastated” by ATF Agent’s Death

Retired Nassau County Police Lt. Christopher Geraghty had a statement released by his lawyer yesterday, saying he was completely devastated by the death of ATF Agent John Capano. Lt. Geraghty was the one who killed the federal agent, when he shot him mistakenly as Capano tried to intervene in a robbery in progress at a Seaford pharmacy. Lt. Geraghty has sent his condolences to the family of Agent Capano, and hopes one day he can meet with them in person. After Capano was shot, an off-duty NYPD officer who was at a nearby deli perused the robbery suspect on foot – and shot and killed him. The suspect, 43 year old James McGoey, has an extensive record of pharmacy holdups.

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Pedestrian in Central Islip Killed Crossing Road

A pedestrian in Central Islip was killed yesterday evening when crossing the road at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Motor Parkway. The man, 62 year old John Parlapiano, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 69 year old Carlos Gonzalez was driving a 2008 Hyundai, which has been impounded for a safety check Suffolk County Police continue their investigation. Gonzalez was not injured during the crash. Detectives are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the crash call 1-800-220-TIPS with any information they have – all calls are confidential.

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Long Island Sees Rise in Gas Prices

This week, gas prices have started to rise again, after weeks of minor decreases in price and stagnation. The average price on Long Island is about $3.52 – which is 22.3 cents higher than the same time last year – an added cost motorists will have to deal with in 2012. Since 2008, gas prices have steadily rose into each New Year, painting a picture that Long Island motorists aren’t too happy about in a harsh economy.

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4 Injured in East Northport Fire

A fire broke out at a home on Townline Road in East Northport early Wednesday morning injured four – including one volunteer firefighter. The firefighter had minor burns on his back and neck, and was treated and released. Two of the residents of the home escaped with minor injuries, while one had to be airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital for 2nd degree burns. The house was heavily damaged, and is going to need extensive repairs. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and there has been no comment at this time from the home owner. Fire Chief Michael Tarantino said eight people were in the house at the time of the fire, and 7 had escaped before fire fighters arrived on the scene. The fire was so massive, that additional response came from Commack, Kings Park, Centerport, and Greenlawn.

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Suffolk & Nassau Both Get New Police Commissioners

Both Nassau and Suffolk Counties are on their way to having permanent Police Commissioners, something that has been in limbo for months. In Suffolk, Acting Commissioner Edward Webber is hoping to make his position permanent – he has been acting commissioner since County Executive Steve Bellone made replacing former Police Commissioner Richard Dormer a top priority for Suffolk. In Nassau, Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale is waiting for confirmation from the county legislature to solidify him as permanent in his position. These changes were announced less than a week after the 2nd fatal pharmacy shooting occurred on Long Island in a six month span.

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