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Suffolk County Police arrested three people for allegedly selling vape and tobacco products to a person under the age of 21 during compliance checks in the Fourth Precinct on May 17.

As part of the department’s “Operation Smoke Out,” Suffolk County Police Department Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers and the Suffolk County Department of Health Tobacco Enforcement Unit conducted an investigation into the sale of vape and other tobacco products to underage persons at fifteen businesses. Three businesses were not in compliance. Police arrested and charged the following people:

• Alexander Naupari-Ocana, 27, of Islip, employed at Bp Gas station, located at 240 W. Main Street, Smithtown, charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree

• Hasan Feroz, 37, of Selden, employed at AMPM Mart, located at 204 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree and Public Health Law Sale of Flavored Vape Products

• Amritpal Singh, 38, of Ronkonkoma, employed at Hawkins Convenience and Smoke Shop, located at 422 Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma, charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child 2nd Degree

Several hundred flavored vape products were seized from both AMPM Mart and Hawkins Convenience
and Smoke Shop. Multiple cannabis products were seized from Hawkins Convenience and Smoke
Shop. Suffolk County Department of Health will be issuing numerous citations to the businesses
involved for selling to underage persons and possessing multiple amounts of flavored vape products.

Lenny Bruno Farms invites families to kickstart the farm’s season at the 2024 Country Kick-off event! Taking place on May 18 and May 19, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., this weekend event promises an array of modern and classic country music, line dancing, delicious food, hayrides, activities for kids, teens, and adults.

Admission to the event is $10 per person, granting access to a variety of entertainment and attractions, including live country music performances, a 5 oz. beer tasting, vendor booths, a toddler play area, a meet and greet with farm animals, oversized garden games, unique photo opportunities, and more! Children aged 2 and under enter free of charge.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to indulge in culinary delights from food trucks, explore offerings from artisan vendors, enjoy face painting, partake in various children and teen activity vendors, pony rides, adult activities, such as axe throwing, and embark on hayrides around the farm. Fresh fruits, vegetables, pies, ice cream, and other treats will also be available for purchase from the farm.

The Country Kick-off event marks the beginning of Lenny Bruno Farms’ season, and the first attendees will receive a special seedling packet (while supplies last) with instructions on planting seeds at home. Visitors are encouraged to come to the farm to witness the commencement of operations, discover seed planting techniques, and gain insights into the growth process.

The festivities will be enhanced by live country music performances by The Town and Country Band, line dancing sessions by Dancing with Deanna, and more!

Lenny Bruno Farms is located at 740 Wading River Road, Manorville. For more information, visit www.lennybrunofarms.com/events.

 

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Suffolk County Police arrested two women on May 16 during a raid at a Rocky Point massage parlor.

In response to community complaints, Seventh Precinct Crime Section officers in conjunction with Seventh Squad detectives, Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal, and the Town of Brookhaven Attorney’s Office, conducted an investigation at Lucky 9 Wellness located at 31 Fairway Drive.

Two women were arrested. Fukun Liu, 45, of Flushing, and Ying Lin, 52, of Rocky Point, were charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a felony, and Prostitution, a misdemeanor. The Town of Brookhaven issued several violations. Both women were issued a Desk Appearance Ticket and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on a later date.

On May 15, the Town of Smithtown Department of Public Safety and Town Officials honored department members during the annual ceremony, which is held during National Police Week every year. Awards were presented to nine Public Safety officers for exceptional dedication and commitment to the job. The ceremony was led by Chief Tom Lohmann, Director of Public Safety with support from Deputy Director, Catherine Caillat and division leaders.

“It is with a great sense of pride that I get to present these officers with their recognitions for the selfless work throughout the year.  Having been with this department for over twenty years I have seen day in and day out the dedicated service which all members of the department provide to the residents and visitors of the township.  All of our the officers who were promoted and those who received departmental awards are extremely deserving of their recognitions.” – Chief Tom Lohmann, Director of Public Safety

Harbormaster Thomas Daly and Harbormaster Donny Edwards were presented with the Meritorious Service Awards for a daring Smithtown Bay rescue of two badly burned boaters. The Exceptional Service Award was presented to Fire Marshals Timothy Clark, Matthew Raia, Zakary Griffin, Kyle McCarthy, and James Easton for their actions during a residential structure fire. The Department Recognition Award was presented to Sergeant Scott Roberts for his actions during an overdose incident at Long Beach. The award for Peace Officer of the Year was presented to Fire Marshal Matthew Raia for exemplary qualities and characteristics associated with being a dedicated law enforcement professional.

“It gives me a great sense of pride to commend the Smithtown Department of Public Safety today, along with the honorees, your families, and those Peace Officers receiving a promotion in rank, for their exceptional dedication and commitment to the job. The role of a peace officer is far more complex than it was just a decade ago… requiring a greater level of fortitude, affinity, and steadfast dedication to service. You make us proud every day and it’s truly an honor to acknowledge and properly thank you and your families.” – Councilman Tom Lohmann, Liaison Smithtown Department of Public Safety

Additionally, four officers were recognized for receiving promotions prior to the presentation of awards. Thomas Smith was promoted from Park Ranger Sergeant to Park Ranger Lieutenant. Brendan Dennihy was promoted from Park Ranger Investigator to Park Ranger Sergeant. Brian Cann was promoted from Park Ranger to Park Ranger Sergeant. Christopher Gonzalez was promoted from Park Ranger to Park Ranger Investigator.

“I would like to commend this year’s recipients, and congratulate those receiving much deserved promotions in rank. The Department of Public Safety is a shining example of what it means to protect and serve the people of Smithtown. As we close out National Police Week, it gives me great pride to thank each of you for your service, on behalf of the citizens of Smithtown.”  – Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, Town of Smithtown

Meritorious Service Award – Harbormaster Thomas Daly and Harbormaster Donny Edwards

Harbormasters Daly and Edwards received the Meritorious Service Award for the daring rescue which took place on the evening of August 5, 2023, when they were dispatched to a report of a vessel explosion in the Smithtown Bay. Harbormasters Daly and Edwards arrived on scene (aboard vessel S-312) within three minutes of the initial call to find two separate vessels. One of which was emitting large amounts of smoke with two severely injured individuals on board, holding a lit flare. The Harbormasters could smell excessive amounts of gasoline coming from the smoking vessel and immediately instructed the pair to extinguish the flare in prevention of a secondary explosion. While the vessel was continuing to emit large amounts of smoke, the harbormasters did precariously and cautiously approach the subject’s vessel to perform an emergency evacuation of the injured boaters. Harbormaster Daly skillfully maintained control over both vessels, while Harbormaster Edwards rescued the injured boaters, safely bringing them aboard Public Safety’s vessel. Both individuals were suffering from severe burns. As such, a command decision was made for an immediate transport of the individuals to the Stony Brook Dock for treatment and transport to Stony Brook Hospital. Prior to departure from the location, Stony Brook Fire Department Marine Unit 5A3-26 arrived on scene. The Fire Department vessel arrived with two New York State EMT’s to board Public Safety’s S-312 vessel with additional medical equipment and burn kits to render aid to both victims. The Harbormasters immediately transported the victims and EMT’s to the Stony Brook Fire Department Ambulance which was waiting at the dock. The Stony Brook Fire Department’s vessel remained on scene to monitor the condition of the two remaining occupants of the subject vessel who had been relocated to the good Samaritan vessel. Stony Brook FD extinguished the remaining fire within the engine compartment. Suffolk County Police’s Delta Boat, towed the subject vessel to the Stony Brook Boat Ramp for further investigation.

Exceptional Service Awards were presented to Fire Marshals Timothy Clark, Matthew Raia, Zakary Griffin, Kyle McCarthy, and James Easton for their actions during a residential structure fire.

On the morning of March 8, 2024 the Department of Public Safety was alerted to a residential fire on Maple Avenue, in Smithtown. Fire Marshal’s Clark, Raia, Griffin, McCarthy, and Easton responded to assist the Smithtown Fire Department in any way possible. The active fire involved 250 lbs. Liquid Propane Gas Cylinder to the rear of the property. The fire could have easily spread to structures on the property, making rapid mitigation critical. While the Smithtown Fire Department was able to successfully extinguish the active fire, the escaping liquid propane gas posed a threat. The first arriving Marshals recognized the need to perform a burn off of the remaining gas within the cylinder to safely and efficiently mitigate the danger. Sr. Fire Marshal Clark called for the burn off kit which is part of the specialty equipment maintained by the Fire Prevention Division.  Fire Marshals Timothy Clark, Matthew Raia, Zakary Griffin, Kyle McCarthy, and James Easton utilized their hazardous materials training and incident management skills to successfully, safely mitigate the danger. Their efforts eliminated any real possibility of the fire extending to other areas of the property including the garage and residence itself. Their actions prevented the fire from spreading to other structures, earning them the Exceptional Service Award.

The Department Recognition Award – Sergeant Scott Roberts* 

(This is Sergeant Robert’s Fifth Department Recognition Award)

The Department Recognition award was presented to Sergeant Robert’s for his actions during an overdose incident at Long Beach on May 10, 2023. Harbormasters Shannon, Gifford, and Sergeant Scott Roberts responded to a possible overdose call at Long Beach Marina. After an initial search of the parking lot turned up empty, they expanded their search to the beach area, utilizing their four-wheel drive vehicles. At 2:42 PM Shannon and Gifford found the victim approximately a quarter mile from the nearest roadway. Sergeant Roberts arrived moments later to find a “Good Samaritan,” who was an off-duty New York City Fireman, pulling the victim up the shoreline. The Good Samaritan relayed his observation of the male victim stumbling while he was surfcasting, he observed the victim slowly collapse onto his back at the water’s edge. Based on his observations, there were no indications that this was a water related incident. Sergeant Roberts, Harbormasters Shannon & Gifford as well as the good Samaritan began medical care on the victim who was not breathing and had an insufficient pulse. His eyes were in fixed positions with pinpoint pupils. At approximately 2:43 PM, Harbormaster Shannon administered the first dose of Narcan. As a New York State EMT Sergeant Roberts retrieved oxygen and a BVM resuscitation device from his vehicle. Harbormaster Gifford started chest compressions while Sergeant Roberts performed manual ventilation with the BVM. With little to no effect from the first dose of Narcan, Harbormaster Shannon and Sergeant Roberts administered a second dose of Narcan. After eight minutes working on the victim, (2:51 PM) a strong pulse and spontaneous breathing was observed in the patient. He regained consciousness and was able to assist in his extrication from the beach where a Nissequogue Fire Department Ambulance was waiting. The victim intimated to responding officers that he had recently undergone back surgery and had over administered narcotic painkillers to himself to lessen discomfort. Sergeant Scott Roberts’ life-saving actions earned him the Department Recognition Award.

Peace Officer of the Year- Fire Marshal Matthew Raia

Fire Marshal Matthew Raia has distinguished himself over the course of the year and exemplifies the qualities and characteristics associated with being a dedicated law enforcement professional.

In recognition of his unwavering dedication and exemplary service, Fire Marshal Raia is awarded the Peace Officer of the Year Award. His commitment to duty, positive attitude, and tireless work ethic set a standard for all members to follow. Demonstrating a continuous pursuit of knowledge, Fire Marshal Raia actively seeks out training opportunities and collaborates with fellow department members to enhance his skills. His significant contributions, particularly in joint efforts with the Suffolk County Police to combat illegal massage parlors and vape shops, underscore his invaluable role in ensuring public safety. The unanimous nomination and approval by the command staff speak volumes about Fire Marshal Raia’s exceptional character and contributions. It is with great pride that we honor him with this distinguished award, recognizing his outstanding service and dedication to the community.

 

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Justin Llewellyn Pleaded Guilty in March to Selling Drugs that Led to the Death of Yasmin DeLeon

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on May 16 that Justin Llewellyn, 35, of Wyandanch, was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty in March to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, for selling fentanyl and crack cocaine to Yasmine DeLeon, 25, of Ronkonkoma, that lead to her fatal overdose in November 2022. Llewellyn was one of 21 defendants indicted last April following a long-term narcotics and gun trafficking investigation.

“‘Chelsey’s Law,’ which is currently pending before the New York State legislature, would allow prosecutors to charge drug dealers with manslaughter where there are reasonable grounds to know that the substance that they are selling will cause death,” said District Attorney Tierney. “Unfortunately, under current New York State law, all prosecutors can do is charge and seek penalties for the drug sale itself, with no additional charges or penalties for the death that was caused. This must change. I hope that our legislators do something to help stop the epidemic of opioid overdoses that we are seeing across New York State.”

According to court documents and the defendant’s admissions during his guilty plea allocution, on November 13, 2022, at about 9:00 p.m., Llewellyn sold fentanyl and crack cocaine to the victim and another individual at a hotel in Ronkonkoma. The next morning, DeLeon was unresponsive to attempts to wake her up. A few minutes later, Llewellyn entered the room and administered Narcan to DeLeon, which had no effect.

When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they were unable to resuscitate the victim, and she was subsequently pronounced dead. Llewellyn was arrested at the scene and found in possession of narcotics, including fentanyl.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant of Llewellyn’s vehicle and recovered drug paraphernalia including scales typically used to weigh drugs, and an “overdose kit” containing multiple doses of unused Narcan.

At the time of his arrest on this case, Llewellyn was out of jail and awaiting sentence on a prior drug conviction from 2021.

On March 27, 2024, Llewellyn pleaded guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree before Supreme Court Justice Richard I. Horowitz. Llewellyn admitted to participating in a narcotics distribution network and to having committed 10 separate overt acts in furtherance of the drug conspiracy.

On May 15, 2024, Justice Horowitz sentenced Llewellyn to nine years in prison followed by three years of post-release supervision on the instant case, and two and a half years in prison followed by one year of post-release supervision on the prior case from 2021. Llewellyn was represented by Christopher J. Cassar, Esq.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Raymond Coscia and Kristin Barnes of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau and Jacob Kubetz of the Narcotics Bureau, and the investigation was conducted by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s Fentanyl Task Force, East End Drug Task Force, and Gang Task Force, the Suffolk County Police Department’s Narcotics Section and Telephone Records and Surveillance Section, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The 2021 narcotics arrest was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Danielle Davis of the Narcotics Bureau.

Scenes from the May 4 Pancake Breakfast. Photo courtesy Nicole LaMacchia NYS Senate Regional Director

On Saturday, May 4, several elected officials hosted a pancake breakfast to honor the service of local veterans. The first annual pancake breakfast took place at the VFW Post 3054.

The program began with an opening prayer by Chaplin Michael Russell, who was followed by Chaplin David Mann, singing a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. 

The highlight of the gathering was the moment Sen. Anthony Palumbo (R-New Suffolk), Assemblyman Ed Flood (R,C-Port Jefferson) and Leg. Nick Caracappa (C-Selden) presented staff Sgt. Michael E. Russell with a state proclamation acknowledging his service and dedication to his community.

Michael Russell was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey. He was enlisted in the United Air Force from 1966-1970 and served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. Upon his return to the United States, Russell was employed with the Federal Aviation Administration from 1970-1981 until he left there and spent the remainder of his career as Managing Director and Senior Vice President of merged Wall Street firms. 

For his service, Russell received two bronze stars and a purple heart.

Throughout his life in the private sector, Russell continued to serve his fellow man. He was a member of the NYS small business administration and the MTA Capital Review Board. 

He was commissioner of New York State Cable TV Commission, special assistant to NYS Senate Majority Leader Ralph Marino, a trustee on the SUNY Board of Trustees, the chair of the Committee of SUNY Hospitals and the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. 

Russell also served as a member of the Committee of SUNY Community Colleges, the Committee of Finance and Investments, Committee of Athletics and Four-Year Schools, Committee on Charter Schools, and a member of the Board of Trustees at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital. 

Russell is a founding member of Jefferson’s Ferry Continuous Care Facility and was chair of the Transition Team for Suffolk County District Attorney James M. Catterson and a member of the  Transition Team for Suffolk County Executive Robert Gaffney.

Russell is married to his wife Barbara Russell and they have three children and six grandchildren.

Online donation site is live; community collection drives begin Memorial Day weekend

PSEG Long Island, Island Harvest Food Bank and Stop & Shop are gearing up the fourth annual PSEG Long Island’s Power to Feed Long Island food drive initiative. The first in-person collection event is slated for Friday, May 24, which is also the kickoff to Memorial Day weekend. The online donation site is currently open for donations at psegliny.com/feedLI.

Collection drives will be set up at seven Stop & Shop supermarkets across Long Island, where community members can donate nonperishable food and essential care items. Any customer who makes an in-person donation will receive a free LED light bulb and a reusable shopping bag.

“We are proud to announce the 2024 kick off of PSEG Long Island’s Power to Feed Long Island food collection drive to benefit Island Harvest Food Bank,” said David Lyons, interim president and COO, PSEG Long Island. “PSEG Long Island created these events for people to support their neighbors in need in their own communities, and they have been successful thanks to the generosity of Long Islanders. Their kindness in giving to this cause has generated thousands of dollars in online donations and in person contributions of cash, food, pet food and personal care items to help their neighbors. There is hunger in every ZIP code on Long Island, and PSEG Long Island is energized to partner with Island Harvest and Stop & Shop for the fourth year to help families in our communities who need it.”

Hundreds of thousands of Long Island families struggle with hunger and food insecurity throughout the year. During the summer months, there is a significant reduction in food donations to local food banks, pantries and other programs. Compounding the issue, children are not in school where they can receive free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch. In addition, the pandemic and increased inflation continue to strain local food pantries and emergency feeding programs served by Island Harvest.

“We are grateful to have our longtime partner, PSEG Long Island, stand with us and actively support our efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity on Long Island, and its annual Power to Feed Long Island collection event demonstrates that commitment,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president & CEO, Island Harvest Food Bank. “We continue to see families struggle to put food on the table while trying to meet other essential monthly financial obligations, and the tremendous support of PSEG Long Island and Stop & Shop, coupled with the generosity of their customers who support Power to Feed Long Island, will help provide much-needed and welcome relief to our Long Island neighbors in need.”

“Stop & Shop’s primary charitable effort is to combat hunger in the communities we serve,” said Daniel Wolk, external communications manager, Stop & Shop. “We are proud to host PSEG Long Island and Island Harvest at our stores throughout the summer in support of the Power to Feed Long Island food drive. By working together, we can help Long Islanders fight food insecurity.”

There will be collection bins and drive-up/drop-off options available at each collection site. This year, there are seven collection events:

Friday, May 24 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

702 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa

Saturday, June 8 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

3126 Jericho Tpk., East Northport

Friday, June 21 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

3750 Hempstead Tpk., Levittown

Friday, July 12 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

260 Pond Path, South Setauket

Friday, July 26 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

95 Old Country Rd., Carle Place

Friday, Aug. 16 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

3577 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside

Friday, Sept. 13 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Stop & Shop

365 Route 109, West Babylon

Representatives from PSEG Long Island and Island Harvest Food Bank will be available at all locations to provide information on low-income programs and money-saving energy efficiency options.

Island Harvest has a need for specific items, including:

  • Nonperishable food: Healthy varieties of canned foods, such as low-sodium beans, vegetables, soups, pasta sauces and tomato varieties, tuna and chicken, rice, pasta, nut butters, olive and canola oil, spices and pet food (no glass containers please).
  • Household essentials: Toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent and dish soap.
  • Personal care items: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, feminine care products and shaving products, antibacterial wipes and washcloths.
  • Baby care items: Diapers, wipes, formula, creams, ointments and baby wash.

Additionally, information will be available from PSEG Long Island on electric service payment plans and programs, and ways to save money through energy efficiency options.

For additional information on Power to Feed Long Island, or to make an online monetary donation, visit psegliny.com/feedLI. Island Harvest estimates each dollar donated provides roughly two meals.

 

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Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney. Photo from Tierney's office

Daphna Zekaria is Also Facing an Indictment for Allegedly Stealing from Two Prior Clients

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on May 15 the second indictment of Daphna Zekaria, 54, of Syosset, who is accused of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for allegedly stealing $150,000 from a third client. Zekaria was previously arrested and arraigned on a separate indictment in December 2023, for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 from two other clients.

“Attorneys occupy unique positions of trust within our community,” said District Attorney Tierney. “My office will not tolerate attorneys abusing that trust to unlawfully enrich themselves at the expense of others.”

Daphna Zekaria

According to the second indictment, in August 2021, Zekaria, a partner at the Huntington law firm of Sokolski and Zekaria, P.C., was allegedly hired to represent a woman in her divorce and, later, for the sale of her marital home. Between December 29, 2021, and March 4, 2022, Zekaria allegedly received approximately $150,000, which were the proceeds of the sale of her client’s home. Zekaria was to hold the funds in her escrow account to be dispersed when the client’s divorce was finalized. Instead, Zekaria allegedly used the funds for personal and business expenses.

In the first indictment, in December 2021, Zekaria was hired by a New York State Lottery winner, and allegedly made promises to hold a portion of her client’s money in the firm’s escrow account and invest an additional portion on his behalf. Instead of holding the money or investing it, Zekaria allegedly did neither, instead making large transfers of money to other individuals which she would not have been able to, had her client’s funds not been deposited into her account. Zekaria collected a total of $230,000 from the victim in three separate transactions.

Additionally, in March 2023, Zekaria was retained by an elderly Manhattan woman to assist her in contesting eviction proceedings. Zekaria allegedly took $17,500 from the victim to represent her but performed no legal work on her behalf. After the victim requested her money back 13 days after providing the payment, Zekaria had allegedly spent the victim’s money on LIPA payments and credit card bills.

On May 14, 2024, Zekaria was arraigned on the new indictment before Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro, for one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a Class C felony. Zekaria was released on her own recognizance during the pendency of the case because her charge is considered non-bail eligible under current New York State law, meaning prosecutors cannot ask for bail and judges cannot set bail. She had previously surrendered her passport at her arraignment on the first indictment. Zekaria is due back in court on June 12, 2024, and she is being represented by Brian J. Griffin, Esq.

If you believe you have been victimized by Daphna Zekaria, please call the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office at (631) 853-4626.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katharine D’Aquila of the Public Corruption Bureau.

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Suffolk County Police arrested a man on May 15 for allegedly selling flavored vape products to a person under the age of 21 during a compliance check in Medford.

In response to community complaints, Sixth Precinct Crime Section officers checked eight locations for age compliance related to sales of vape products. One store was not in compliance. Carlos Escobar, an employee of Hookah City-Medford, located at 2717 Route 112, sold flavored vape products to an undercover agent, under the age of 21. A large quantity of flavored vape products was seized.

Escobar, 25, of Patchogue, was charged with allegedUnlawfully Dealing with a Child. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on a later date.

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Suffolk County Police arrested a man on May 15 for allegedly selling flavored vape products and having illegal gambling machines at a Central Islip gas station.

As part of the department’s “Operation Smoke Out,” Third Precinct Crime Section officers conducted an investigation into Ultra Gas, located at 1675 Islip Ave., during which Levent Kara sold flavored vape products to an undercover officer. While at the gas station, police observed four electronic poker machines, which patrons could pay to use and then cash out winnings from the register.

Kara, 61, of 33 Rhoda Ave., North Babylon, was charged with alleged Public Health Law Sale of Flavored Vape Products, Possession of Gambling Devices and Promoting Gambling. He was issued a Field Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to appear at First District Court in Central Islip on June 4.