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Medford man sentenced in death of a prostitute, New wheels stolen from a Dodge dealership and other news headlines for January 18th, 2012

Man Brandishes Knife at Security, Flees on Foot; Man Sentenced in Death of Prostitute; Long Beach Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Killing Neighbor; New Wheels Stolen at Car Dealership

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Man Brandishes Knife at Security, Flees on Foot

A New Castle resident was arrested Monday morning after fleeing from a Home Depot that he had just robbed. Alan M. Miles threatened security guards at the Syosset store when they attempted to stop Miles, who hidden items in his clothing, from leaving the store at 11:45am. Miles fled on foot and reportedly stole a bicycle from the backyard of Westbury home. Miles was later apprehended nearby Aubrey Road and is charged with robbery, assault, menacing, petit larceny and possession of a dangerous weapon.

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Man Sentenced in Death of Prostitute

Chad Johnson, of Medford, was sentenced of Tuesday in Suffolk County Court after having been convicted in November in the death of 26-year-old prostitute Jennifer Papain. Prosecutors say that Johnson killed Papain in March 2010 after she refused to give him an $80 refund for a sex act he paid for but did not complete. Johnson’s attorney argued that Papain died of a drug overdose and that Johnson’s confession was fabricated by detectivces. Johnson has been sentenced 25 years to life in prison. Prosecutors say that Papain death is unrelated to the serial killer investigation along the Long Island beach parkway.

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Long Beach Man Sentenced to 30 Year for Killing Neighbor

In the afternoon of March 22, 2012 Casey Fitzgerald shot and killed his neighbor, Ernest Cummings Jr., during an argument in front of Fitzgerald’s home in Long Beach. Fitzgerald fired three shots from a revolver, hitting Cummings once in the face between his left eye and nose. He was later pronounced dead at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Fitzgerald was convicted in December of manslaughter in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. He was acquitted of murder is the second degree as he claims he was acting in self-defense. On Tuesday Fitzgerald was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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New Wheels Stolen at Car Dealership

Burglars broke into the Merrick Dodge dealership on Sunrise Highway in Wantagh Monday night, taking with them all four tires and rims off seven new cars parked in the dealership’s lot. An employee at the dealership found the car sitting on top of bricks around 6am. The estimated value of the missing wheels reaches $26,000. Police do not have any description of the suspects but ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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