Nassau County urges residents to pay unpaid tickets, Man's lewd behavior lands arrest and other top new stories on LI for Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teen Breaks Arresting Officers Thumb; More Cars See Vandalism on Long Island; Man Accused of Lewd Behavior at Chuck E. Cheese; Nassau County Urges Red Light Violators to Pay Up;

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Teen Breaks Arresting Officers Thumb

Nassau County police have put an armed teen under arrest after he allegedly broke a police officer’s thumb while resisting arrest Wednesday. 17-year-old Shadrach Ford was found in possession of a handgun in Uniondale. Police attempted to question Ford who fled from the officers. When police caught up with him in order to detain the 17-year-old he allegedly grabbed a hold on an officer’s thumb and broke it. Ford was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, assault and resisting arrest.

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More Cars See Vandalism on Long Island

Last weekend 21 cars in Massapequa had their windows, mirrors and windshields broken in what appears to be random acts of vandalism. The spree began mid-day Saturday and continued for about 24 hours into Sunday afternoon. Now, several cars in Merrick have suffered a similar fate. A 2011 Jeep, 2007 Acura, 2010 Subaru, 1999 Land Rover and 1996 Chevrolet all received damages to their windows. It has Merrick residents feeling concerned, vulnerable and helpless. “I park in front of my house,” says Dwayne, a resident of Merrick, “I just hope nobody comes down my block and does it. There’s really nothing else I can do.”

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Man Accused of Lewd Behavior at Chuck E. Cheese

Reynaldo Flores, a Middle Island resident, was arrested at the Patchogue Chuck E. Cheese on Wednesday. He has been charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child. Flores was in the Chuck E. Cheese with his 7-year-old son at 1:15pm when he was observed to be behaving in a lewd manner within close proximity to children. A witness called 911 and pointed the responding officers to Flores, 46. He is set to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip. Fifth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this incident to call them at 631-854-8552 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Nassau County Urges Red Light Violators to Pay Up

Nassau County residents are being threatened with the booting and towing of their vehicles if they don’t cough up the cash to pay their outstanding traffic tickets. Drivers with three or more unresolved parking summonses and/or red-light camera notices are subject to the immobilization or towing of their vehicles. The removing of a car boot with cost $150 and retrieving a towed vehicle has a cost of $125 plus a storage fee of $20 per day. County officials estimate about 359,000 unpaid tickets worth more than $49 million.

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