Cops: Man Nabbed for Snatching Pocketbook from Woman, 66, in Northport

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York William Wahl was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a pocket book from a 66-year-old woman in Northport. (SCPD)Suffolk County police arrested a Levittown man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly stole a pocketbook from a 66-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Northport supermarket.The alleged thief, 25-year-old William Wahl, approached the woman in the Stop and Shop parking lot on Fort Salonga Road just before 12:30 p.m. and grabbed her pocketbook, police said. The woman’s screams were heard by bystanders, who began to chase Wahl as he made his way through a residential area, police said.Wahl was allegedly running through backyards when he eventually ended up on the property of an off-duty Nassau County police officer, police said. A struggle ensued, but Wahl was able to break free.Police called in the K-9 unit and Aviation to assist with the search.At around 1:05 p.m., a Second Precinct officer spotted Wahl walking down Laurel Road near Laurel Court and placed him under arrest, police said. The off-duty officer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries to his hands.Wahl, who was treated at Huntington Hospital, was charged with grand larceny, assault, and criminal mischief. He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Discovery reforms need to be backed by state funds

first_imgThe only way for them to keep up will be to hire additional staff, the cost of which will have to be borne by local taxpayers, at least initially.In addition to the cost of having to prepare and turn over the information, additional costs could come when cases that would normally be plea-bargained are taken to trial, resulting in greater expenses for prosecution and defense. And to speed up the transfer of huge files of evidence, some prosecutors have proposed purchasing better technology to assist them in sharing the documents with police.As with the objections to bail reform, supporters of discovery reform say the complaints from law enforcement are being overblown in order to frighten the public into demanding changes and reversing the progress that’s been made.But one can’t argue with the proven additional staff and financial burdens the law has already placed on law enforcement, just as one can’t argue that dangerous criminal suspects, including homicide suspects, who previously would have been held on bail have been released without bail.Perhaps perception of the problem is a matter of degree, but problems still exist and they must be addressed.The state has to provide some kind of direct financial support to localities to pay for these so-far unfunded mandates.It’s unfair to burden local taxpayers with solving a problem that the state initiated and didn’t plan to pay for. Categories: Editorial, OpinionBack in November, before new bail and discovery reforms took effect, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocked Albany County District Attorney David Soares for expressing concerns about the costs and implementation of those reforms.“Another day, another excuse. … His math and his convictions are both questionable,” the spokesman told the Times Union.Now that both reforms have been implemented and now that reality has replaced aspiration, the only thing that seems questionable is why the warnings of prosecutors and other law enforcement officials weren’t heeded when the legislation was being prepared. And these days the only excuses seem to be coming from reformers who can’t quite seem to figure out how things could have gone awry so quickly.We’ve detailed the problems with the bail reform proposals in the past and suggested potential solutions.Now we turn to discovery reform — designed to speed up and increase the amount of information made available to criminal defendants, and to expedite disposition of their cases.Like the reforms to the cash bail system, discovery reform was long overdue because it was depriving defendants, many of them minorities and the indigent, of the ability to properly defend themselves. The result of not having timely information about their cases resulted in suspects being compelled to take plea bargains when perhaps the evidence would have supported either acquittal or a lesser sentence. It also resulted in them unduly serving time in jail awaiting disposition of their cases.The law was an attempt to restore equality to an unfair system of justice. And we agree it is needed.But like with the bail reforms, the Legislature didn’t put enough thought into the impact on the judicial system of expedited discovery before enacting the law, which requires that discovery materials be turned over to the defendant within 15 days of arraignment.In an article in Wednesday’s Gazette, prosecutors and police from around the region articulated the special challenges they’re facing of having to comply with the new law — all of which were anticipated well before it went into effect.Prosecutors have complained about the vast new workload that has resulted in adding hundreds of cases to their existing job in just the past few weeks. That’s placed an undue burden on staffs, forcing them to work weekends and nights just to keep up.The new speed at which documents such as witness lists and police reports have to be turned over has also stressed out police and crime labs.center_img Counties and cities shouldn’t have to wait for anticipated savings from fewer incarcerations and emptier jails to pay for the new initiatives — savings that many in law enforcement are doubtful will ever fully materialize.If those savings do come to bear as a result of these reforms, then the state can scale back on the financial support it provides and use those savings to offset the cost of the reforms.But until then, the local governments that are bearing the cost of these reforms shouldn’t have to front the money in order to implement them.Further, the state should look at whether the reforms themselves are creating more problems than they solve and actually hurting law enforcement’s effort to bring criminals to justice. And they should consider whether the new timetable for turning over documents is reasonable, or whether it can be modified to relieve the pressure on law enforcement while still guaranteeing defendants a speedy trial.Complaining about a legitimate problem is not the same thing as making excuses.And disregarding the seriousness of a problem is not the same as solving it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

EPL: Gunners face Wolves tough test

first_imgWolves vs. Arsenal Venue: Molineux Kick off: 5:30PMArsenal begin a run of challenging fixtures with a trip to Molineux as they prepare to take on fellow European hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers in today’s Premier League showdown. The two clubs both enjoyed victories and clean sheets in their most recent fixtures, with Wolves overcoming Aston Villa 1-0 last weekend while Arsenal inflicted a 4-0 thrashing on Norwich City in midweek.Even though Wolves have had relatively friendly fixtures to contend with in the past few weeks, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have shown no signs of complacency as they maintained their 100 per cent record since the restart over Villa last time out.The European hopefuls were certainly made to work for their victory against Dean Smith’s side, but a second-half Leander Dendoncker winner was enough to take their total points tally to 52 for the season – keeping their aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League well and truly alive.Nuno’s men have now enjoyed three victories and three clean sheets over West Ham United, Bournemouth and Villa following the resumption of the Premier League, and Wolves are now only two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea following their dramatic defeat to West Ham on Wednesday.Of course, fifth may be enough to guarantee a Champions League spot amid Manchester City’s financial fair play troubles, and Wolves are now only behind Manchester United on goal difference with six games left to play. The visit of Arsenal represents the most challenging task that Santo’s men have faced since the English top flight was given the green light to return, although the Wolves faithful will have fond memories of their 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Molineux last season.Man United and Chelsea are aiming to record straightforward victories over Bournemouth and Watford respectively this weekend, but should the English giants both slip up, Wolves could enter the final five games of the season in the top four with a win over Arsenal.Meanwhile, Arsenal have finally started to string a set of wins together as they recorded their third victory on the bounce in all competitions against bottom-of-the-table Norwich at the Emirates.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now neck-and-neck with Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot as the Gunners captain took his tally to 19 for the season against the Canaries, with strikes from Granit Xhaka and debutant Cedric Soares capping off a morale-boosting win for Mikel Arteta’s men.Things looked bleak for the Gunners following defeats against Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion in their first games back, but Arteta’s men are firmly in the argument for a European berth with 46 points from 32 matches this term. However, the trip to the West Midlands is followed up by crunch matches against Leicester City, Spurs and Liverpool in July – meaning Arsenal can ill-afford to drop too many points if they want to secure a spot in international competition for next season.The North London outfit can also go down the route of an FA Cup triumph for European football following their quarter-final victory over Sheffield United – but Arteta must now contend with another reunion with Pep Guardiola as Arsenal face Man City at Wembley in the last four.While Arteta’s side are not renowned for their away form, the Gunners have only suffered defeat twice in their last 15 games in all competitions on the road, but they have not beaten Wolves in three attempts since Santo’s side made their return to the big time.Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Coady, Boly, Saiss, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Jota, Jimenez. Arsenal possible XI: Martinez, Luiz, Mustafi, Holding, Cedric, Xhaka, Ceballos, Saka, Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang.RelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise —Tags: Arsenal FCAston VillaPremier LeagueWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more