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Crimes Nearby: Man Charged With Injuring Police Officer

A look at recent incidents across the area.

Kings Park

Teen Arrested for Threat to Blow Up Kings Park High School Pleads Not Guilty

• Steven S.Taggart, the Islip teen arrested after making threats to blow up the Kings Park High School gymnasium via the social media network Twitter on Friday, pleaded not guilty in Central Islip District Court on Saturday.

According to Suffolk County police, third and fourth squad detectives investigated the complaint made by officials at Kings Park High School after Taggart  referred to as the "Kingdome." The school officials said they were aware of comments being made on the social media network due to the the rivalry between the school and Islip High School.

Through his lawyer, Taggart entered a plea of not guilty to the felony charge of falsely reporting an incident on school grounds. Taggart is being charged as an adult.

Taggart's attorney, James Polk, of Garden City said he believed the incident "was fairly overblown."

Huntington

Man Charged With Injuring Police Officer

A Nassau County man was arrested Friday in connection with an incident that took place in Melville and left a Suffolk County police officer with minor injuries.

Robert Stein, 54, whose last known address is 1944 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, but who told police he is homeless, is charged with second degree assault of a police officer, first degree reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an incident with injury, two counts of petit larceny and three counts of third degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

According to police, Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) officers John McAleavey and Jean Paul Kergaravat were on patrol at the Park and Ride off exit 49 of the Long Island Expressway and noticed a vehicle that was wanted in connection with prior petit larcenies of gasoline.

Smithtown

• Timothy Stocker, 51, of Lake Grove, was arrested on Jan. 24 in Smithtown on a fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge, a misdemeanor levied because of a prior felony conviction. Reports state Stocker was convicted of a felony in 1986 and was found to be in possession of a rifle and a shotgun in his home, which he surrendered to police.

• Anthony Wilk, 39, of Bay Shore, was arrested on Jan. 23 on a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, a felony. Wilk allegedly used three counterfeit $20 bills at a deli at 9:30 a.m.

• A 17-year old Kings Park boy was arrested on Jan. 21 in Smithtown stemming from an Oct. 28, 2012, incident where he punched someone in the face, resulting in the victim needing medical attention, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury charge, a misdemeanor.

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