Theft plagues card games

Here are 2 cards together worth over $500

$300 printed on one card, $150 printed on another, and $200 on another, all this money on one card game and within a flash it could all be stolen.  Theft seems to be a part of the community players of Yugioh.  The game is mainly designed for the enjoyment of children yet it has a very diverse community pool of players that are much older and run into the late 20’s.  Mostly theft occurs due to leaving ones belongings out in the open while some of the more dangerous have assault.  There was one report of a tournament where someone was mugged by hitting someone in the back of the head with a lock and then taking all their cards from them.  Events such as these have made judges and organizers start to bring security into the mix.  Point in case Alex Shvartsman had police officers in the event that took place in Boston on July 5th.  Mike Kohanim a pro player had said that he can remember one time leaving a tournament outside of Neutral Grounds in New York and a few of his friends being jumped by three thugs.  They had there back packs full of cards stolen from them and called the police, although they were not able to get an good description on who these people were.  Many thefts such as these can not be easily solved because many of these theives who steal cards have more than one person operating them,  due to this if one person is blamed for a theft they can pass off the material to someone else and say they never saw anything.  Due to a lack of evidence that says the person stole from someone many of the victims never recover their stolen material and end up quiting the game.  Assaults such as these are sadly common place creating competitve play very dangerous if you do not take the proper prequations.  In many games stores throughout the country where tournaments take place there are cameras that are used to monitor people from performing ilicit activities.  It makes it hard for many people to start card stores due to the high rate of theft in some areas and it leaves many owners up for liability if they are not careful.  This brands of theft can be blamed on the fact that many cards that are made by Upper Deck (the distributing company) value in the hundreds of dollars, this makes any sort of deck you can build value itself up to $2000.  Many who steal these expensive cards end up selling them on ebay when they get them, since its not easy to track there is not much people can do to stop theft of their possesions. The company Upper Deck has an up to date tournament policy about cheating and does ban players who participate in these scams from playing the game in any way possible for any amount of time.
Matt Fischofer


Mechnic asks th public to be more careful when driving

A Service Mechanic at Nick’s Exxon at 85 North Central Avenue witness one crash that starts a trend. At around nine thirty A.M. Andrew Gaudio while serving a customer saw an accident unfold right in front of his face. I asked him, “People are friggin crazy and when they’re on the road they’re out of their minds.” The first accident occurred the first week in June when two cars struggling for the lead crashed into each other. It’s a one lane main road and there was one car was parallel parked on the side of the road and the other car a minivan was driving down the road. He said, “either they didn’t see each other or didn’t care but the minivan passed him as soon as he turned out.” The person driving the minivan was a middle aged white man and the other was a young man in his late twenties. I asked Andrew what happened when both parties got out and had to deal with the accident he said, “They got out and were very civil with each other because both new they had done something wrong.”

The second accident took place only a few days later and this time could’ve been fatal for many. A cement truck and an SUV were stopped at a red light when the light turned green and the cement truck began his right hand turn. The cement truck made a wide right turn and the SUV behind him in a rush, honking decided to speed into the intersection passing the cement truck on the right. What he didn’t notice was that when the angle of the cement trucks turn made him inevitable to get it. The reaction this time was much different. Much more hostile and unpleasant. This time neither party would accept any guilt. The man in the SUV didn’t know that when passing a truck it is only acceptable when passing on the left.

Again at the red light a mail truck was stopped at the same red light and yet another accident that could’ve been avoided. This time the accident was a little more comical but still shows us the dangerous habits of our drivers. A man in a Pontiac Grand Am not even looking forward before stepping on the gas crashes into of all things the mail truck sending around hundreds of letters flying through the wind. I asked him if he thought they should make tougher laws and higher penalties for reckless driving due to the staggering of accidents which cause financial turmoil, high levels of stress and death. He said if you have stricter penalties and then you have a responsible driver who gets into an accident that allows for an opportunity to be taken advantage in court and in a civil suit. He said instead we should, “ just be more responsible behind the wheel.”

This is not a new thing for New York who is faced with the difficult task of aligning resources to make out roads safer. So far high penalties, school zones, signs, traffic gaurds, organizations such as MAD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and all of the preparatory education mandatory to get a license have done little in stopping this problem in the foreseeable future. This will be a lasting issue.

Alleged Stolen Car Chase Leads to Death of a Grandmother


          FREEPORT, New York– Car accident kills one and injures two in an alleged stolen  car chase. On a Saturday evening, a Hispanic female (whose full name cannot be disclosed due to a confidentiality agreement) died on the operating table from severe internal injuries. The accident included daughter, grandson, and son-in-law.

          Around 10:30 pm Saturday evening, Fire medic Lourdes Rosado-Norman and husband Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Joseph Norman were quietly sleeping in their home, as they are woken up by skretching tires and a loud crash. Norman explained “it was a loud crash” followed by a “screaming hysterical people.”

          According to the Patient Care Report, all four passengers lived in Brentwood, New York. Upon arriving at the scene Fire Medics’ immediately saw Espenol, 23 screaming in pain, and took notice of the injuries she sustained including a broken leg. Chitas,23, who was uninjured claims to have been chasing someone who had just stolen his car, and immediately jumped into Espenols’ vehicle to follow the stolen car. According to Chitas,23, they were “chasing” a male Hispanic that had “stolen his car” heading east down Merrick Road, speeding over the 30 mph speed limit, and losing control of the vehicle.

          The collision took place at the corner of Merrick Road and Park Avenue, just down the street from where the Normans’ live. When speaking with Fire Medic Norman, she recalls both her husband and herself “jumping out of bed” and immediately driving to the scene of the accident not realizing it was just down the street. Upon arriving at the scene, they immediately “assessed the situation” to see if any people were injured and to verify that 911 was called. Medics saw the small four door Toyota on the side walk. According to witnesses and statements given by family, the car spun and rolled over as per bystanders after hitting a pole, tree, and taking down a fire hydrant.

          By the time Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Joseph Norman, rushed to help Espenol,23, Nassau County Police Ambulance, Freeport Fire Department, and Freeport Police had arrived at the scene. Fire Medic Norman, noticed Grandmother,44, lying prone (on stomach) screaming that she could not breath and rushed to save her. Fire Medic Norman remembers trying to “calm” the wounded female as she scremed hysterically in pain. Norman said “it was just like she was drowning in her own blood, I felt helpless.” When Fire Medic Norman turned Espenol,44, over she instantly noticed a “massive” bruise on her lower torso and also noticed that Espenol had obvious signs of internal bleeding.

          According to Emergency Medical Technician Joseph Norman, passengers Espenol,44, and grandson Espenol-Chitas,4, were “forcefully ejected” thru the back window of the vehicle. Medics claim that Espenol,44, landed 15 feet from where the car spun many times and hit the pole.

          Espenol, 44, was later pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), due to massive internal bleeding, and a lacerated liver and spleen. According to Medics, Espenol-Chitas,4, had no obvious signs of shock, but was complaining of lower back pain, and has minor cuts and bruises. The child was suspected of being ejected from the back window, along with his grandmother. He was transported to Nassau University Medical Center by members of the Freeport Fire Department Emergency Rescue Company # 9.

          When Asked, How can unfortunate accidents like such be avoided? Fire Medic Lourdes Rosado-Norman and Medical Technician Joseph Norman, along with the Freeport Fire Department give us some tips:
1. ALWAYS use seat belts.
2. Let police handle their own business.

          These tip are not a sure way to prevent a car accident, but restraints have had a profound effect on reducing collision related deaths says Fire Medic Norman.

-Raquel Ortega

18-year old Great Neck resident arrested for DWI, spends night in jail.

An 18-year old was arrested Wednesday, July 9 at approximately 2 A.M. for driving while intoxicated (DWI.)  The young man, who asked to remain unnamed, was dropping a friend off on the way to his own home, when the Nassau Country police cruiser turned its sirens on.   The police ran him through a battery of tests, then arrested him and took him to the police precinct for another test and to stay the night.   The young man’s car was impounded, and his license suspended until his court date on July 30, at which time a Judge will determine the extent of the punishment.  


According to the young man, “I was driving under the speed limit, in a straight line the entire time.   It wasn’t until I pulled over to drop my friend off that the cops pulled me over.”  The Police Officer said that he was being arrested for “speeding and failure to maintain a straight line.”  They then ran the young man through a battery of tests, including walking a straight line, following a flash light, and blowing into a breathalyzer.   “The field sobriety tests were negative, but they asked me to blow into the breathalyzer anyway, which I then blew a .07.”  


“They never read me my rights, and did not give a valid reason for arresting me,” said the young man, who has been speaking to a lawyer.   He hopes to limit the length at which he will be without a driver’s license as well as have the DWI removed from his record.  


This arrest comes after a recent push by Nassau County Police to stop drunk driving during Memorial Day Weekend.   Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi vowed to crackdown on drunk drivers.  “If you are drinking and decide to get behind the wheel of a car, we’re going to arrest you because you have the potential to ruin lives. And we’re going to ruin your life and put you in jail,” said Suozzi.  This comes following an accident in which a Police Officer is in critical condition after his Cruiser was hit by a drunk driver.   Interestingly enough, the Officer had just pulled over a drunk driver.  In 2007, there were 3,360 DWI arrests, and more are expected for 2008 due to increased patrolling.


One part of the crackdown that is in effect today, is the police department’s effort to shame people into not driving drunk.  The police are releasing the photos of those charged with DWI to local newspapers, asking for them to be published.  These photos can be seen online at Newsday’s Wall of Shame.  Luckily for the young man arrested on July 9, Newsday does not publish pictures of those less than 19 years of age.  He had driven home “buzzed” before, but after being caught he admits that it was “not worth it.”  

– Brian Rubinton

Robberies…Crimes Of Opportunity

There have been in excess of twenty-two robberies since January 2008. Police reported in a local meeting that a Caucasian male approximately 25 years old was apprehended as a result of a trail of blood left on a fence in front of a home. This blood specimen was further explored by DNA testing and the perpetrator was later caught. It is still believed that other perpetrators are at large due to the excess of additional robberies.

The police department is warning residents to lock their doors after a sting of residential burglaries between January 2008 to present. Residential burglaries have nearly doubled from December 26, 2007 to present. Burglaries have occurred in the daytime and the evening hours. In some cases, residents have been known to be home. Thieves would enter through an unlocked door, opened windows, and would use a ladder to climb through skylights, attic fans jumping from various parts of roofs of the homes. These thieves have earned the title of “ninja burglars”. These burglars climb, slide, slip, and crawl into tiny spaces such as a dryer vent. It appears that these perpetrators perform the impossible.

Safes, electronics, cash and jewelry have been taken. In some cases, the homeowner was unaware of the missing items until they were needed.

The police force refers to this as a “crime of opportunity”. The police are recommending that all burglar alarms are to be activated at all times, motion detectors placed in master bedroom areas, doors should be locked, lights should be maintained on timers and radios left playing when a homeowner leaves the premises. Hopefully, this would deter an unwanted burglar. Once the “ninja thief” enters the home, the master bedroom is the main focus of the robber’s intent as they are searching through closets, drawers, and lifting mattresses. The burglars are of a professional nature. Crime enforcement personnel are advising the public to change their patterns. For example, leaving the home at different times, mail should not be left in plain sight as this may be considered an invitation to enter a vacant home. Neighborhood watch and local meetings have been instituted so that the area residents will have an awareness of the crime spree.

There have been more presence of undercover and uniform police patrolling. Helicopters have been circling areas of importance due to the tree line streets and the wooded lands.

Auxiliary police have been recently hired to explore suspicious activity such as reckless drivers who may be speeding or tailgating. These types of newly hired officers have been scanning license plates and following leads that may bring the professionals closer to making an arrest. This would make the streets of the 5 towns a safer neighborhood.

Detectives are making the public aware of the criminal patterns and mischief that has caused the five-town area and western Nassau to become more cognizant and knowledgeable about the “ninja thieves”. It appears that these are target areas as a result of how homes are maintained with beautiful landscape, exotic cars in driveways, and acres of land where robbers can easily escape.

-Jared Albaum

West Hempstead Bank Robbed, Suspect On The Run

A bank in West Hempstead was robbed on Friday morning with a suspect still at large.

The robbery occurred at 11:50am in the Bank Of America, located at 60 Hempstead Avenue. There were eight employees and four customers in the bank when the suspect approached a bank teller with a robbery note. Details of bank robbery notes are never released. A weapon was never shown, nor did any of the witnesses claim to see one.

The suspect is described as a six foot tall black male, around forty years old, of average build and around one hundred eighty to one hundred ninety pounds. He was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers, a black baseball cap, and dark sunglasses.

Upon receiving the note, the teller complied with the note and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of currency. The suspect then fled out of the bank through a door in the rear. None of the employees or customers were injured in the robbery.

Friday morning’s robbery marks one more robbery to the growing list this year. By July seventh, the 5th Precinct had marked a sixteen percent increase in commercial robberies in its Year-To-Date comparison to 2007’s crime statistics. This notes a substantial increase in robberies in the summer months, as the precinct’s own statistics show a two-hundred percent increase in commercial robberies for the month of June.

While the twenty-eight day comparison of June, 2008 to June of 2007 shows an increase in overall crime of over twenty percent, the year-to-date comparison notes a decrease of just over one percent.

The Fifth Precinct is not the only district seeing an increase in commercial robbery. According to the Nassau County Police Department’s crime statistics, there has been a 40.78% increase in commercial robberies this year. This marks the second highest increase, second to murder.

The Fifth Precinct along with the rest of the Nassau County Police Department aim to find and apprehend the suspect in Friday’s case. Detectives on the case request that anyone who has information calls crime stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward if information leads to an arrest.

Adam Michaelson

Nassau County Police Department, 5th Precinct.
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Gangster Lifestyle Leads to Shooting

It was about 2 o’clock in the morning when Maria found out that her brother had been shot; she immediately began to hyperventilate. She was on the phone in her room talking to her cousin about plans for the weekend. Suddenly she heard a “pop noise.” She ignored it until she heard a car speeding off. Then she heard: “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot.” As she approached the kitchen she found her mother crying hysterically on the ground in disbelief that her son had been shot. Sadly, she wasn’t completely surprised because she knew the life that Dubson lived and did not approve with any of it. He lived a dangerous lifestyle.
During the police interrogation, Dubson revealed the sequence of the night’s events. Somebody stopped in a white jeep and asked for directions. As Dubson was walking towards the car, the passenger pulled out a gun and said, “Run your pockets.” Dubson began to run the other way, while the assailants began to fire. Two or three shots were fired. One of the bullets pierced Dubson’s left leg, but he was unaware until he was in the clear. Then he screamed, “I got shot, I got shot.” He was unable to give a description of the perpetrators.
“O my God, o my God,” Luce screamed as she ran frantically ran around the house.
Hector and Luce came running into the kitchen when they heard cries and knocking coming from their window. Hector, completely unhappy with the situation, said angrily, “die, just die.”
“Call the ambulance,” Dubson asked apologetically, but his father claimed he wouldn’t call the ambulance, he should just die. Hector had zero understanding for the life that his son had chosen to live.
As this struggle continued between father and son, Maria watched her only brother bleed out on the same tiled floor she watched her nephew take his first steps the day before. Maria took matters into her own hands and ran into her parents rooms and grabbed one of her father ties to wrap the wound, unaware if the bullet was still lodged in his leg.
Hector finally decided to call the police. The yells from his oldest daughter, Maria, and his wife, Luce, assisted in making the phone call. The ambulance arrived shortly after. The paramedics placed Dubson on the gurney and placed him in the ambulance. The police remained in the house questioning everyone. Luce said they asked “Did you hear what happened.” Maria answered, “Yes,” because she did in fact hear screeching noises. The police officers asked Hector if he loved his son because he began to “drop the dime” on his dangerous lifestyle. “Check his wallet!” “Check his room,” he yelled angrily. As the ambulance and police officers left, Maria fell asleep

Paige, Dubson’s other sister, was awaken by the ting of her cell phone. “Dubson got shot, Dubson got shot,” she heard, followed by heavy cries, then dead silence. Paige quickly called her boyfriend to come baby-sit their toddler son. When she arrived on the scene, she saw her brother on the gurney by the ambulance, her father ranting madly, her sister crying hysterically, and her mother standing in the kitchen. Her father repeatedly told her that this was no place for her and that she should not have come. She replied there was no way she wouldn’t want to be by their side during this tragic event.