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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - 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. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - 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. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - 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. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

Nassau DA: Baldwin Man Charged with Murder for Fatal Gas Station Hit-and-Run

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Joshua E. Roston of Baldwin, 33, allegedly ran over and killed worker Cemal Dagdeviren of Levittown, 59, after refusing to pay for gas, officials say.

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Joshua E. Roston, 33.

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Mineola, NY - Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Baldwin man was arraigned today on a grand jury indictment for allegedly running over and killing a gas station attendant while trying to steal $22 worth of gas.
 
Joshua Roston, 33, was arraigned before Judge Meryl Berkowitz and charged with:
 
  • Three counts of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony)
  • Two counts of Robbery in the First Degree (a B violent felony)
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First degree (a C felony)
  • Robbery in the Third Degree (a D felony)
  • Leaving the Scene of an Incident without Reporting (a D felony)
  • Three counts of Petit Larceny (an A misdemeanor)
Bail was set at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash and the defendant is due back in court on May 9. If convicted of the top count, he faces 25 years to life in prison.
 
“An innocent 59-year-old man lost his life because this defendant allegedly chose to run him over rather than pay for $22 worth of gas,” DA Singas said. “This senseless murder shocks the conscience, and our prosecutors will aggressively seek justice for Mr. Dagdeviren and his family.”
 
DA Singas said that on January 14 at approximately 7:24 am, the defendant allegedly pulled up to the middle pump of the Pit Stop gas station located on Grand Avenue in North Baldwin and asked an attendant to fill up his Black GMC Suburban.
 
After Roston allegedly displayed a forged $50 bill, the attendant filled the tank with $22 worth of gas. However, the defendant then allegedly told the attendant that he was going to pay with a credit card inside the store instead of the cash, but then stated he needed to go to an ATM to get cash. During the course of the incident, 59-year-old Cemal Dagdeviren arrived for work and took over for the attendant.
 
Dagdeviren exited the store with Roston, who instead of going to the ATM, allegedly entered his SUV and started to drive away. To stop the defendant from leaving, Dagdeviren walked around the front of the vehicle, knocked on the driver’s side window and grabbed the windshield wiper of the car, but the defendant allegedly accelerated the vehicle and ran over Dagdeviren, dragging his body for several feet, killing him.
 
The defendant fled the scene and eventually turned himself in to police in Philadelphia on January 18, 2019.
 
The District Attorney thanked the Nassau County Police Department, the Philadelphia Police, Pennsylvania State Police Department and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for their work and extradition assistance.
 
Senior Assistant District Attorney Katie Zizza and Assistant District Attorney Alexander DePalo of DA Singas’ Vehicular Crimes Bureau are prosecuting this case. Joe LoPiccolo, Esq. represents the defendant.
 
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.