Police Officer Arthur Lopez
Nassau County Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 8 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 10/23/2012
Suspect: Shot and wounded
Police Officer Arthur Lopez was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue.
Officer Lopez and another officer witnessed the accident near the border of NassauCounty and New York City. One of the vehicles involved in the accident fled the scene. The officers followed the vehicle into Queens where they conducted a vehicle stop. The subject opened fire on the officers as they approached. Officer Lopez, who was not wearing a vest, was struck in the chest. The subject then fled in his vehicle. He abandoned his vehicle and carjacked a citizen, fatally shooting the driver.
Officer Lopez was transported to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
The subject was arrested several hours later and was suffering two gunshot wounds. He was identified as a former convict who had served prison time after being convicted of second degree murder.
Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Commissioner Thomas Dale
Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue
Phone: (516) 573-8800
Suffolk County police have arrested a Long Island teacher for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Authorities say that an officer on patrol in the West Islip area noticed a gray Honda Accord with two occupants in the parking lot of Westbrook Elementary School around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The officer found the car to be occupied by 28-year-old Daniel Rothbard, of Merrick, and the 15-year-old girl.
Rothbard, a math teacher from Valley Stream, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child
Further investigation by detectives determined that Rothbard and the victim had met online through MySpace and that he had sexually assaulted her. Rothbard was additionally charged with third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree sexual abuse.
Rothbard was freed on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday at his arraignment.
Detectives are continuing the investigation. They are researching the possibility that Rothbard had contact with other juvenile females online. He is known as “D to the J” or “DJ.” Anyone who has had contact with him is asked to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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Biographical InfoAge: 45
Incident DetailsCause of Death: Vehicular assault
New York police officer dies in fiery crash http://www.privateofficer.com
Suffolk County NY Feb 23 2009
A drunken driver who had been busted for DWI just last month broadsided a veteran Long Island cop’s car early Sunday, killing the 45-year-old officer in a fiery crash, cops said.
Suffolk County Officer Glen Ciano was on duty and en route to help his partner when he died – leaving cops and advocates asking how the reckless motorist still had a license.
Jose Borbon of Plainview plowed his 2007 Dodge Magnum into the squad car at Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and Commack Road in Commack about 4:15 a.m., police said.
Borbon, who was not injured, stayed at the scene and was charged with DWI – his second DWI rap in less than two months.
“Somebody with a DWI under their belt clearly doesn’t belong on our streets,” said Wiley Norvell, spokesman for Transportation Alternatives.
“It’s clear that when people drive drunk they give up their privilege to drive, and we should have the guts to enforce it.”
Ciano, a father of two who lived in Bayport, was making a left-hand turn when his car was struck, sending it spinning into a utility pole. The car caught fire and quickly exploded, witnesses and cops said.
Borbon was busted in Nassau County on Jan. 4 on charges of drunken driving, holding more than one license, criminal possession of a gun and various moving violations, court documents show.
He still held a conditional license that allowed him to drive to specific locations set by the state’s drunken driver rehab program.
Borbon’s license had also been suspended in 2007 after he was involved in four crashes in one year, records show. It was reinstated two months later.
Chief Dominic Varrone of the Suffolk County police said Ciano was a highly regarded veteran with 22 years on the force.
A steady stream of mourners and well-wishers brought flowers to the scene of the crash, and flags hung at half-staff at the 2nd Precinct stationhouse in Huntington as officers mourned the loss of one of their own.
Ciano’s neighbors described him as a devoted husband and father who went out of his way to help friends repair cars, fix lawn mowers – and even hang holiday lights.
“He always helped,” said neighbor Ina Scotto, 69. “He was a very good man. He was a very good father.”
Witnesses heard the crash from the McDonald’s across the street.
“There was an explosion, and I saw a lot of fire,” said Daisy Ramirez, 37. “I went outside and saw a mangled wreck of steel and rubber.”
The flames erupted so rapidly there was no chance of rescuing Ciano from the car, cops said.
According to Borbon’s MySpace page, he is a father of twins and has a young wife.
Next-door neighbors on Borbon’s block say he comes from a good family and that he liked to work on his car in the driveway of the home where he lived with his parents. He was often seen on weekends washing and waxing the Dodge Magnum without a shirt, neighbors said.
Borbon’s family was huddled Sunday in their tidy home, but his mother said they would not comment until they had spoken to a lawyer.
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Inmates donate money, paint mural to honor dead correction officer http://www.privateofficer.com
Suffolk County NY Oct 2 2008
Eight, maybe 10, minutes went by as Stacey Reister stood silently, staring into her husband’s soft, laughing eyes. She could not look away from his smile, the arch of his eyebrows or the rosy plumpness of his cheeks.Andrew was there, right there. Big, and wide and colorful.
Just as he’d been in life.”Wow,” Reister would say, over and over again as she gazed at a mural done by inmates at the Suffolk County jail in Riverhead to honor her late husband, Andrew Reister.
“I worked real hard on his smile,” said Roosa, who has served more than one jail stint for convictions that include criminal possession of stolen property. “He was always smiling.”Green didn’t talk much. He let his work speak for him. It was his idea to add an angel to the mural. And the gates of heaven.”He was a good person and we all know that’s where he is,” said Green, whose pencil portrait of Reister hangs from a bulletin board not far from the mural.Nearby, Orlin Flores, 31, was trying to avoid the cameras at the unveiling.
Police investigate murder of 100 yr old woman http://www.privateofficer.com
The Suffolk County police’s search of the North Haven spread where a 100-year-old woman was shot and killed will continue through the night, Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said Monday.Jessie Burke was fatally shot in the head Sunday while sitting in a recliner in her living room, police said.
Burke’s Payne Avenue home, which police said is owned by her daughter, Jean Burke, sits on 2.9 acres and was assessed this year at $1.2 million, according to Southampton Town records.Jean Burke discovered her mother dead in the chair Sunday afternoon after returning from an hour-long shopping trip, Fitzpatrick said.