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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 770 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 850 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 30.7N 80.1W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, southern Westchester and southern Connecticut, and the New York City and New Jersey Metro areas. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeast New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

$2 Million Counterfeiting Operation Brought Down by Nassau County Officials

LongIsland.com

DA Rice’s investigation found that millions of dollars were made by a counterfeiting ring that created fake beauty products.

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A large-scale $2 million counterfeiting operation in Nassau County involving health and beauty products was brought down in five locations. District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Saturday that Pardeep Malik, 59, of Plainview, and Hamat Mullick, 60, of Franklin Square, were arrested after court-ordered search warrants were issued by authorities. The two brothers were at the helm of the operation and charged with three counts of Trademark Counterfeiting in the First Degree and Trademark Counterfeiting in the Second Degree. Bail was set at $100,000 each for the two suspects.
 
“Health and beauty products like lip balms, oils, shampoos and inhalers are highly regulated in order to protect consumers, but these defendants are charged with going around those protections and stealing the brands of major corporations that comply with the law,” DA Rice said.  “These actions can endanger the public and local and federal officials, as well as industry manufacturers, are working hard to protect the public in this case.”
 
The ring was taken down due to a collaborative effort between DA investigators, Nassau County Fire Marshals, the Valley Stream Fire Department, the NCPD DA Squad and ESU, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the manufacturers whose products were bootlegged, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. During the investigation authorities found showrooms in Franklin Square, Oceanside, Freeport, and Valley Stream. More than $2 million worth of merchandise were seized from these warehouses and removed in four tractor-trailer trucks on Friday.
 
The bootlegging operation was first discovered by the Valley Stream Fire Department in January after they followed up on a fire they put out in April 2013. It was during this follow-up that the crew stumbled on to the operation. The fire department then notified Nassau County Fire Marshal officials. While at the location fire marshals verified that the products were not real. It was at this point that DA Rice’s office was brought into the investigation.  
 
The brothers are accused of selling their products to retailers in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Most of their goods were shipped to smaller independently owned stores. They stayed away from bigger chains.
 
Right now the investigation is at a point where they are trying to figure out how much money they made, where the products went, and if they were harmful. Right now they are being tested to determine safety and quality. Authorities are afraid the ingredients could pose health risks because of the possible lack of sanitary conditions the beauty care products were produced in. 
 
The two brothers allegedly created fakes of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Chapstick, Johnson’s Baby Oil, Vicks VapoRub, Vicks Inhaler, Vaseline, and Always sanitary pads. As of now there is no recorded evidence of medicine being illegally made in the operation. Chris Vuturo, spokesman for Procter and Gamble, thanked the Nassau County authorities.
 
“Procter and Gamble applauds the action of Nassau County law enforcement in shutting down this operation, and helping protect people from these counterfeit products.  We’ll continue to work with all federal, state, and local authorities to continue frustrate and eliminate counterfeiting, and help them continue to pursue this investigation.  We encourage consumers to be cautious about buying branded goods that look suspicious, or from outlets that are unfamiliar – buy only from sources that are well known and trusted.”
 
District Attorney Kathleen Rice says on her website that there are five ways to check for counterfeit goods:
 
First look for obvious signs – a strange picture on the package, strange languages for your locale, strange colors, or strange typeface.
If the illegitimate product is more sophisticated, however, it can be hard to tell from looking.  The next best way is to consider the price paid.  If the price was atypically low, without any kind of coupon or special promotion, then it may be illegitimate.
Counterfeit products will not have the same quality or consistency of real products.
Also look at the expiration date, as this can be another indicator of a fake.
Try to shop at established and trusted stores, which are highly likely to be connected to legitimate supply chains.
 
Anyone who spots a fake product is being urged to call DA Rice’s Economic Crimes Bureau at the Criminal Complaint Unit at (516) 571-3505.
 
[Source: District Attorney Kathleen Rice]