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Shellard gets prison for fatal hit-and-run, Cops save family during a home invasion, and other related Long Island new stories for January 19th, 2012

Prison Sentence for Fatal Hit-and-Run; Cop Saves Family in Home Invasion; Man Arrested in Huntington Station Hit-and-Run; Investigators Search for Driver in Hit-and0Run

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Prison Sentence for Fatal Hit-and-Run

In 2010, Nicole Shellard struck and killed Kathryn Underdown, a 45 year-old hair stylist from Lake Grove with her vehicle while high on prescription drugs. Underdown had been riding her bicycle when she was hit by Shellard, then 32, who attempted to flee the scene but was stopped when she crashed into another vehicle only a tenth of a mile away. Underdown was pronounced dead at the scene. Shellard pleaded guilty last year and received a reduced sentence of 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in prison. In court Shellard said about Underdown, “You are my angel. I took your life, Kathryn, and you saved mime.” This was in reference to Shellard cleaning up her act and getting sober. Underdown’s family was not impressed.

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Cop Saves Family in Home Invasion

One suspect has been arrest with another dead in the recent home invasion of a North Valley Stream house. A shootout between police and the suspects ensued after a Nassau County police officer kicked in the backdoor of the home around 9pm, saving two adults and four children – some of whom were tied up. Gunman, 37 year-old Timothy Capers of Queens, took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot after the exchange of fire while another suspect, 47 year-old Levy Robinson, also of Queens, was arrest at the scene and is charged with robbery, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon. A number of the responding officers involved in the incident were taken to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries. It was not immediately made clear if investigators were still searching for any other suspects that may have been involved in the case.

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Man Arrested in Huntington Station Hit-and-Run

Huntington resident William Koziatek was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of Cesar Gudiel on January 1. Police say Koziatek struck Gudiel on New York Avenue, just over a mile from Gudiel’s home, before leaving the scene. Koziatek is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash, a felony charge.

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Investigators Search for Driver in Hit-and-Run

A hit-and-run driver struck a 14-year-old-girl in Medford Monday night and authorities are still on the lookout for the identity of said driver. The girl was walking along the eastbound shoulder of Horseblock Road near the corner of Ohio Avenue when she was hit by a vehicle traveling eastbound. The vehicle is described as a dark-colored SUV or pick-up truck which suffered front-end damage to the front passenger side. Suffolk County is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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