10 Worst Crimes of 2012

A look back at the worst crimes committed in Hauppauge from heroin ring busts to fatal DWI.


In 2012, the Hauppauge community has been affected by crimes by drug dealers that had a widespread impact on local residents to individual arrests that neighbors were shocked to hear about.

Here's the 10 worst crimes of 2012:

*: Two Hauppauge residents and seven Nesconset residents were among the 41 Town of Smithtown residents arrested in a long-term heroin bust announced in late January by Queens County District Attorney.

* Nesconset Mom Gets 2 Years for Dealing Oxycodone: Despite pleas that jail time would hurt her family, Nesconset's Joanne Connelly was sentenced to 26 months in prison in March for illegally dealing oxycodone, an opiate.

* : Yvette Torres, a woman on the FBI's most wanted list for allegedly kidnapping her daughter has turned herself into authorities and returned the girl to her father in Hauppauge.

* Police: Arrest Made in Multiple Bomb Threats to Islip Town Hall: Ronald Kellman, 41, of Central Islip,  was arrested Friday for making multiple bombs threats to Islip Town Hall over the past year, Suffolk Couny police said. 

* Nesconset Burglar to Face Grand Jury: Neil A. Parikh, 24,  of Nesconset, who allegedly broke into a female tenant's apartment in hopes of taking sexual advantage of her will be arraigned before grand jury in Riverhead courts in May.

*Four Brokers Arrested in Hauppauge-Based Ponzi Scheme: Four brokers have been arrested in connection to the Hauppauge-based Agape World Ponzi scheme. 

* Three Men Attempt Robbery of Islandia Gas Station: Three men attempted unsuccessfully to rob a Gulf Gas Station in Islandia on Sept. 10.

* Armed Robbers Strike Red Mango: Two armed men robbed Red Mango in the Hauppauge Shopping Center on Feb. 17, according to Suffolk County Police.

* Cops: Drunk Driver Behind Wheel in 7-Eleven Accident: Suffolk County Police have arrested Jose Escobar, 29, of Westbury for reportedly getting behind the wheel while drunk, causing a serious accident that injured his pregnant girlfriend and 10-month-old. The infant died in the days following the accident and charges were upgraded to vehicular homicide.

* Man Charged with DWi in Fatal Crash: Suffolk County Police say a Brentwood man was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the time of Dec. 15 crash that resulted in the death of one of his passengers.

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