Prescription scammers arrested, Fire destroys Ridge condos, Hempstead shootings under investigation and other new headlines for January 30th, 2012

Four Charged in Prescription Scams, Fire Destroys Condos in Ridge, Homocide Charges Against DUI Driver, Police Investigating Hempstead Shooting

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Four Charged in Prescription Scams

Irene Cicolello, a 33-year-old from Copiague, was arrested on Friday after calling several different CVS pharmacies pretending to be a physician or nurse calling in prescriptions for oxycodone. Three men from Hempstead are accused of a similar crime. Police say the men stole a prescription pad and three fake orders for drugs. 19-year-old Kwame Lake was arrested for trying to fill a forged prescription of Promethazine with Codeine to a CVS pharmacy in Valley Stream. Kason Parker, 21, and Marlon Douglas, 21, were found by police in the car used by Lake.

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Fire Destroys Condos in Ridge

A fire raged in the Valley Forge Court apartment complex in Ridge early Friday. The fire erupted in one apartment of the complex just after 3:30am and quickly spread to three other apartments. All of the residents were able to escape the fire without injury but several of the condos were destroyed by the flames. The investigation is ongoing as police are unsure how the fire began.

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Homicide Charges Against DUI Driver

Steven Kinalis, 30, the driver who admitted to taking a mixture of prescription drugs before rear-ending a pickup truck on Sunrise Highway in Shirley last month, will be arraigned Tuesday on homicide charges. Kinalis hit the truck so hard that it sent the vehicle off the road and into a tree, claiming the life of 5-year-old John Gaffney who was in the pickup truck at the time of the accident. Kinalis was originally charged with the misdemeanor of driving while ability impaired by drugs but the new charges, which will be announced by Suffolk County DA Thomas Spota on Monday, will include charges of aggravated vehicular manslaughter – a class B felony. It is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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Police Investigating Hempstead Shooting

A fight broke out between two groups on men Sunday afternoon at the corner of Linden Avenue and Evans Avenue. The fight escalated into an exchange of gunfire around 2:09pm. Though there were no reported injuries a vehicle that was parked nearby and a vinyl fence were struck by bullets. Third Squad detectives ask that anyone with information regarding this crime contact Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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