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Six Motorists Nabbed for DWI in Targeted Enforcement

LBPD stepped up patrols during St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The following information was supplied by the Long Beach Police Department/Nassau County Police Department. A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

Six motorists were charged with driving while intoxicated as part of a joint effort to step up DWI enforcement in Long Beach during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to a Long Beach Police Department press release.

The release states that the LBPD, in connection with the Nassau County Safety Board Stop DWI Program, increased DWI enforcement along with directed patrols segregated in certain areas within the city during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. While Lt. Philip Ragona, commanding officer of the LBPD’s traffic division, reports the following six arrests:

  • Brian Harris, 25, of Mineola was arrested and charged with driving while impaired by drugs on March 16.
  • Adam Kiera, 26, of East Meadow was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (while talking on a cell phone) and unlawful possession of marijuana on March 16.
  • Diana Dilorenzo, 31, of Long Beach was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on March 17.
  • Casey Heyman, 28 from Long Beach was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on March 17.
  • Stephen Miller, 26, of Mount Vernon, was charged with driving while intoxicated on March 17.
  • Thomas Tomasello, 26, of Lynbrook was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and refusal to take a breath test on March 17.

Ragona stated that the police department will continue to execute DWI laws by conducting roadblocks and unmarked and directed patrol enforcement during the spring and summer. A LBPD public information officer said that the department does not release information on the location of the roadblocks. 

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The real bear March 21, 2012 at 05:52 PM
So people would move away because they can't drink after 1 am? Okay then.
IRISH 4 March 21, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Brendan you hit the nail right on the head , And i will bet that most of the people complaining about the drinking are the very ones who came down here 30 years ago and rented a house with 15 peoplel and went out drinking untl the wee hours of the morning.Now they are all holier than thou and forget where they came from and I have a suprise for you -it is probably your kids &/or grandkids that are out partying now .as long as it is legal they are entitled to a life -most commute ,work long hours and spend money in our community .go back to worrying about the boogie man and parking .
IRISH 4 March 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
You make is sound as if people are walking around vomiting and urinating all teh time that is not true i have been down her 30 years and have been know to come home in the wee hours and i swear i have never ever seen people urinating in the strees . Maybe i have seen someone get sick but few and far between .I did hear people use bad words ... does that count as a reason to close bars at 12am.;. You people get something and use it to death ,
Brendan March 21, 2012 at 06:09 PM
They're taking issue with the drinking because they've already tried getting what they really want - enforcement of quality of life issues - and gotten told to screw themselves. So now they want to ruin EVERYONE'S good time because half don't know how to demand accountability from their elected officials and the other half are actively petitioning to pay less for services, which probably hampers the ability of those providing services to provide better or additional services. They make themselves look like crazy old people by behaving like crazy old people.
IRISH 4 March 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM
no but maybe if you moved you wouldnt have anything to complain about ..
Lloyd March 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Hey! I think there should be MORE Irish Day Festivals. i PERSONALLY LOVE THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT. It appears pretty harmless to me. Didn't see any more puking than at a Jets home game. It's just a bunch of young people dressed in green, marching, singing, and having a good time. I go for the vendors selling clothes and Irish stuff, the ethnic food, and for a nice walk among happy people. It's a lot more fun than last St. Patrick's Day when we got ripped off at Biddy Muligan's. Never go there again. The corned beef sandwiches sold at the food stands on W Beech were a lot bigger, better and less expensive. Plus there was good music and bands on the street. No live music at Biddy's.
IRISH 4 March 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
LLoyd i heard that from more than one customer of Biddy's .At the parade it is all fresh and cooked that day. It is my favorite day !! even if i wasnt IRISH!! first off all these people claim they lock their doors or go away that weekend so how do they see everything they claim to see NOT.
Lloyd March 22, 2012 at 01:36 PM
The way I see it, Irish Day is a whole lot more fun than Islamic Fundamentalist Day. That alcohol free festival would make some people happy here. No drunks rolling down Beech St. Only a few heads. I know this post will get flagged by 3 politically correct humorless Patch people.
IRISH 4 March 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
you are right they wil never get the humor of it all .... 'IT IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT"but bashing the Irish is .
Bill Carls March 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Brendan and Irish 4, I wouldn't even waste my time responding to these people and their delusions. I've seen them throw around the word "consensus" a few times here which is laughable. Out of the many people who post on Patch, it's maybe 2 or 3 that want to destroy the atmosphere in the west end and I never hear anyone talking about it in real life. That's hardly a "consensus" or "groundswell of support". It's just a few spinsters, cat ladies and middle aged men probably living in their sisters' basements.
IRISH 4 March 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Bill i really dont let them ruin my day .I came from the city-I love Long Beach and the people that are here .on our block everyone parks their cars for the weekend . we go local and i have never ever seen what theyv'e seen so either they need a life or they like the life of peeking through their windows to catch someone 'CURSING ,URINATING OR WORSE VOMITTING .LIKE I SAID I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS BEHAVIOR NOT EVEN ON IRISH DAY. not to say it hasnt happened but it is not the norm ..wake up and start enjoying life what ever it maybe volunteer whatever .but stop being so negative about everything .
Misty March 22, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Also, Lloyd, one cannot plea down a cell phone ticket. There is no wiggle room when it comes to that.
Lloyd March 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I sorta want it both ways. I love the Irish Day celebration on W Beech, but I also think the bars there should close much earlier. Nothing good ever happens at 3 A M.
Lloyd March 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Misty... Im not sure if you are correct on that, but it would be a dangerous and irresponsible policy to let DWI cases get pled down lower than DWTOTCP tickets.
Brendan March 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
This is America Lloyd. If you don't want to stay out until 3, don't. But some people happen to think that what goes on at 3AM is pretty darn fun and the bar owners seem to want to stay open for them. It is a choice and I don't think anyone should be making it for someone else.
IRISH 4 March 22, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Brendan i am a senior and i think it is fun .. sometimes I even stay out til 4am .. it beats the nursing home !!
IRISH 4 March 22, 2012 at 05:51 PM
mY MOTHER USE TO SAY I WILL BE A LONG TIME DEAD ,NO USE RUSHING IT ....
Misty March 22, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Lloyd, I am correct about the cell phone ticket. Spend one hour in traffic court and you will know that.
Lloyd March 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Ok. Irish 4. Go have your fun. Whatever keeps ya going. My idea of fun is different than yours. I cant see the need to drink til 4 AM, so I side with those who complain about all the problems that causes. They have their rights to safe and quiet streets too. And I really did have 3 of my recent posts flagged and deleted. And NONE of them were nadty or inappropriate. One was a critical review I posted of a popular West End restauant. It wasnt half as bad as the stuff Limbaugh, Stern, or Maher say on their shows.
Lloyd March 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Misty...I do spend time in court for business and personal reasons. I have seen DWI pled down with a sharp lawyer and the ADA reduced own my DWTOTCP ticket just recently in Hempstead. But I'm more persistent and annoying than most people and never get stuck paying "face value" for any traffic tickets. Even got a Lido Blvd speeding ticket knocked down to a resaonable ,no points fine. And without a sharp lawyer. And I used to work with DWI impounded car cases in Mineola for the County. We lost more cases, with young inexperienced attorneys, to sharp, sleazy defense lawyers, than we won. Most owners who had their cars seized got them back. So theyre back on the streets DWI'ing again with little or no risk.
Brendan March 22, 2012 at 08:17 PM
One thing I agree with is that if there are problems being caused by people who don't know how to behave or follow the law, those things should be addressed. That happens at all hours of every day but are perhaps more annoying or noticeable when they occur in the wee hours. But I would have to think they are in the minority and a few law-breakers cannot and should not impede the many law-abiders.
mosco March 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Wow you need a life. Find a senior center and go play bingo. You go to Long Beach court for entertainment when all that goes on there is boring traffic infractions. And than you go home afterwards and comment on patch all day and night.
Lloyd March 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Mosco. I'm at that in between age. Too old AND sensible to hang out in bars til 4 AM and too young to hang out in senior centers I've never been to Long Beach Court. Too busy working. I do go to Nassau County Supreme Court and District Court for business and once in a while to traffic court for forgetting to wear my seat belt or driving the same speed limit as the other speeding cars on Lido Blvd.. So you got all that wrong, Mr. Mosco. Commenting on Patch, day and night, you have right. I do that while sitting ion a chair lift or gondola at Stratton Mtn. or while attending a Giants game at MetLife Stadium. Very good at multi-tasking., Thank you. And should I make comments about YOUR life, Mr. Mosco?
Anne June 10, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I need to speak to you about crooked Long Beach New York cop Gary Murphy who was fired from a Florida towns police force for pulling a gun during a routine traffic stop. He has caused me many problems and I need to expose him. How can I get in touch with you.
Anne June 10, 2012 at 04:15 AM
How is it that many Long Beach police officers have been fired or rejected from other police departments and we the citizens of Long Beach have such people working as police officers in our town. Here is the website about crooked police officer Gary Murphy. Copy and past it to view it, and then ask yourself why this person is working as a police offficer in Long Beach. http://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/761/761.F2d.622.83-3743.83-3273.html
Anne June 10, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Go to page 6 of this link, to see how police officer Gary Murphy was fired in Florida for police misconduct. Now he works for the Long Beach police Department. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=OWslULmvb_UC&dat=19790307&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
Anne June 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Long Beach Police Officer Gary Murphy lives at 225 West Olive Street and you can always see a police vehicle parked outside of his house. Why is the police car owned by the City of Long Beach police Dept. always parked outside of his house. Is this the unauthorized use of a police vehicle at the Long Beach taxpayers expense.
Jim H June 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Except the people that have lived here a lot longer than you Brendan. Wait till you have kids and the idea of raising them in Drunktown wont be so funny. I lived here all 52 years of my life. Face it, the west end is over run by drunks every weekend and you think thats "fun"? One day you'll understand where the home owning taxpayers of the west end are coming from. And before you start that "if you don't like the bars don't live in the west end" crap, Wrong. I was here a lot longer than you day tripping ass holes and it aint me who's moving.
Brendan June 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Jim, your kids will be going to those bars, when they're 21 of course, before you get anywhere with your pipedream of West End Prohibition.
IRISH 4 June 12, 2012 at 08:00 PM
jIM You live here for 52 years and it just dawned on you that the west end has bars and people drink ? Wasn't it a drunktown when you were young and coming home drunk ? There were a lot more bars then and the taxes were a lot less .There aren't to many businesses that make it in the West End to give us taxes except bars and if you notice less bars higher taxes ...

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