Long Beach Man Arrested on Weapon, Drug Charges

Jerome Harkless allegedly had a loaded handgun in his waistband.

A Long Beach man was arrested Saturday night after allegedly being found with drugs and a handgun during a routine traffic stop in Island Park.

According to Nassau County detectives, around 10:09 p.m., Fourth Precinct police officers witnessed Jesus Nunez, 25, of Island Park operating a 2002 Ford without a seat belt. Police said the vehicle's stereo was also extremely loud and several items were hanging from his rearview mirror. Seated in the front passenger seat was Jerome Harkless, 21, of Long Beach.

The vehicle was stopped on Railroad Place and as officers approached they observed Nunez in possession of a brown cigarette containing a substance believed to be marijuana, police said. It was also determined that he was operating the vehicle without a valid driver's license.

When Harkless was questioned, police stated that he produced a bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana from his pant's pocket. Both defendants were then removed from the vehicle.

During a search of Harkless a loaded .45 caliber handgun was recovered from his waistband, police said. Both defendants were placed into custody without incident. No injuries were reported.

Nunez was charged with unsafe backing on a roadway, driver operation of a motor vehicle without seatbelt, loud amplification system, obstructed driver’s view, unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of marijuana. He will appear at First District Court in Hempstead on Aug. 15.

Harkless was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, unlawful possession of marijuana and a Long Beach warrant for riding a bicycle on sidewalk. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday.

Beachguy July 30, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Whats rampid? New word?
anonymous July 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Vanessa...sadly, if you happen to be white, you can't say or do ANYTHING to help the black community without being racist. Unless of course you plan on pandering in which case you are hailed as a hero. The only people who can help the community are the community. Stop the single parent births, place a value on education and place a value on hard work (ANY hard work and not just hip-hop music and basketball). These are the values that were taught to me (I had plenty of "low paying" jobs that taught me quite a bit) and they seemd to have worked out pretty well.
Candygram for Mongo July 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM
"Pants on the ground" is a popular fashion style adopted by today's youth. I am told by people who were allegedly there that in this case, that style enabled for the gun to be spotted and secure much more easily than had the other style been worn (i.e. "pants around the waste")
LB TAXPAYA July 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
whats wrong with hip hop, music, and basketball? these are artists !
anonymous July 31, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Hip hop, rap and all athletic endeavors are not the ONLY things you should aspire to. Sadly there are too many obituaries of young black males who were aspriring, rappers, ballers, etc.
DBlonde July 31, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Be grateful this gun is off the street as well as the savage that was carrying it.
Leonard Bauman July 31, 2012 at 01:44 AM
A face only a prisoner could love.
Beachguy July 31, 2012 at 02:19 AM
What about his mother? On a serious note, the plight of this community is harmful to itself as well as society in general. Where are the responsible spokespersons condemning this seemingly endless cycle of dependency, poverty and violence primarily perpetrated on their own community? When we surf through theTV all we see are "gangstas " jumping around grabbing their crotches and flashing gang signs. Where was Rev. Al when the 4 year old was shot in the Bronx last week? He only responds when there's a honkey involved. But then maybe nobody would watch these programs if someone got up and condemned this nonsense.
LBlocal01010 July 31, 2012 at 04:14 AM
It doesn't really take a village Vanessa... It takes good parenting to raise a child. When parents raise their children to value education, hard honest work, and to abide by laws you raise a child to value many of those as well.... When good values and morals are not instilled, this is what happens.
Happy Daze July 31, 2012 at 01:35 PM
mmmmm. has never texted, answered his/her cell phone while driving or drove over the speed limit. We have found the one and only person in LB how's never done these things. mmmmm deserves to be honored at the next city council meeting for being so wonderful.
Happy Daze July 31, 2012 at 01:40 PM
You're right vanessa, he is a product of his village....the Village of North Park.
Brendan July 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Either way you slice it, in this case, the pants were around the waste.
Candygram for Mongo July 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
i heard otherwise, but cannot verify
Noah Webster July 31, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Vanessa, it doesn't take a village, it takes parents. Two parents. Not a "baby momma," and "baby daddy."
Brendan July 31, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I think you're missing the joke here Ham Hands...
Noah Webster July 31, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Since I write dictionaries, I'll include this new word in my latest edition: Ram-pid (adjective) 1- marked by an extreme ignorance, laziness, or absence of reason <rampid bloggers> 2- having to do with bastardy, illegitimacy, or depravity <rampid hoodrats>
Beachguy July 31, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I think rampid is a new word that has something to do with running. She said runs rampid. Maybe they were just on their way to a field to go jogging.Or maybe they were going to jog on the boardwalk and they had the.45 for protection.
Beachguy July 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Marjorie-- is it unfortunate that he was wrong or that he got caught? Could you clarify your comment please.? Also, reading your blog has finally convinced me. After all I have some enemies so now I'm going to run out and get me a gun. Do you know where I can get one cheap? I'll sleep better tonight knowing that he wasn't going to hurt anybody. Before I read your comments I had all the wrong thoughts about someone riding around with a bag of weed in his pocket and a gun in his waste band. Thanks for removing all these misapprehensions from my mind. BTW ,what is "it" that you want me to suck?
long live x July 31, 2012 at 11:10 PM
rude rude rude. I dont know what happened in your lives that you are so concerned with talking over the computer. How about we all go do something better with our lives rather then sit on long beach patch.
Candygram for Mongo July 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Oh snap, you just invoked the dilznik!
LBLover July 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM
The sad thing is this boy could have been a doctor, plumber, investment banker, electrician, police officer, etc but instead like many youth in the African American community turn to drugs and guns. Why? I don't understand it. You can't blame white America since many whites aren't living in African American neighborhoods. Majorie if you are walking around with a gun and haven't been trained how to use it there is a good chance you will hurt someone on purpose or by mistake
Beachguy August 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Marjorie : yes , now I understand. Thank you oh so much. I too am thankful that he didn't get "arrested for killing someone". Can you imagine how lonely we would all be if he got arrested for that? Why he would be away a lot longer and we wouldn't" be seeing him for a while". I'm touched by all of this. Oh yeah, you didn't mention how the people who knew the person he killed would have felt. His children, parents, spouse, friends. You just seem to be focused on your feelings. Nothing about a wasted life, how his parents and family feel, just how youre upset because YOU , yes YOU won't be seeing him. And you're correct , I don't know his life story. I dont know yours either. And I don't know if you're white , yellow, pink, green, black or anything else and frankly I don't care. I do know that everyone has the equal opportunity to get an education, regardless of what color they are and to stay out of situations where they are carrying bags of illegal drugs and firearms. Do you know my race, my life story, or anything else about me? Yet you have lowered yourself to impugning my motives and calling me vulgar names and a racist and in the process you have diminished anything and everything you have said.
Candygram for Mongo August 01, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Seems as if - must not have been a good one
Candygram for Mongo August 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I think the dilznik might be coming back out after that
Lady LaLa August 01, 2012 at 05:28 PM
OMG! Some posts are hilarious! This was a good lunchtime read...I can't believe some of the replies...OY!
Brendan August 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I don't know, you seem pretty interested in making jokes about people and their abuse of the English language. In this case, the joke revolved around the use/misuse of the word "waste", a homophone for the word "waist". Comedy!
Brendan August 01, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Hurting someone on purpose with a gun sounds like what you would be trained to do with it, no?
Happy Daze August 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
He also had a bag of weed on him. They were smoking a blunt in the car. So was the gun for "protection" or maybe he was a drug dealer? Since you're his friend marjorie, what does he do for a living?
SJW August 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
This is my daily entertainment.
Beachguy August 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Marjotys blog was zapped apparently but I would be interested in what his employment history is. Marjory?


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something