Crimes Nearby: Mother Charged with Murder in Daughter's Death

Patch reports on crime in the Long Island community.

The following was taken from the Nassau and Suffolk Police Department blotters. An arrest does not indicate a conviction as all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


A Nassau County grand jury has indicted a Plainview mother on murder charges, alleging she intentionally fed her 8-year-old daughter food she was allergic to on the day she was to serve as a flower girl, authorities said

, 31, was indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of her daughter, Julie. Cirella appeared before Judge David Sullivan in Mineola on the charges and was ordered held without bail.

Cirella is due back in court on May 3, the district attorney's office said.

Kings Park

A 53-year-old Ronkonkoma man turned himself into county officials on Wednesday, and offered a plea of not guilty, in relation to leaving the scene of the fatal accident which left a Kings Park man dead.

According to Robert Clifford of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Craig Perkins, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in to the district attorney's office, where he was questioned by police and prosecutors and admitted his involvement in the


Melville Pharmacist Nabbed In Black Market Prescription Drug Ring

A Melville pharmacist has been arrested for his alleged role as a ringleader in a massive scheme to distribute black market prescription HIV drugs and defraud the Medicaid program of $155 million, law enforcement officials said.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced this week that an investigation shut down the illegal operation that was distributing HIV prescription drugs obtained on the black market through MOMS pharmacy, a high-volume pharmacy located in Melville.

According to the indictment and forfeiture complaint, beginning in September 2008, Glenn Schabel, of Melville, the supervising pharmacist and compliance officer for MOMS pharmacy, allegedly accepted bribes to purchase in excess of $274 million worth of black market HIV medications from a web of shell companies, controlled by Stephen Manuel Costa, a 27-year-old Florida resident.


Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Medford that occurred Wednesday morning. Officers responded to 82 Rose Lane in the Gordon Heights neighborhood following a 5:41 a.m. 911 call of shots fired at the location. Police discovered the body of 32-year-old Ronald Fitzgerald, of Medford, lying on the front porch of the home.


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