Top Police Stories in Commack 2011

See what police news hit Commack Patch's headlines in 2011.

If the sirens sound in Commack, we do our best to be on the beat to get the story for our readers not long after. Below is a look at some of the top police stories of the past year. Want to give us a tip in 2012? Email editor Kaitlyn Piccoli at: kaitlyn.piccoli@patch.com

Commack junior , 16, was struck and killed on the Northern State Parkway in April. According to police, Cavaliere had attended a party at a friend's house near the scene prior to the accident. The driver involved was not charged in the accident.

: Following Cavaliere's death, a 7-Eleven employee and two Dix Hills residents were charged with violating alcohol laws related to the fatal accident, police said.

: Susan Torns, 58, of Melanie Way, allegedly struck a car carrying four people head-on, injuring herself and the passengers in the other vehicle on Veterans Memorial Highway in March.

: Roseann Zarra, 67, died from head injuries sustained during a collision with another vehicle on Veterans Memorial Highway on Dec. 22, police said.

A Commack businessman was one of three defendants convicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in February for their roles in the $70 million "Metro Dream Homes" Ponzi scheme.

  A 20-year-old Brentwood man was arrested in February and charged with during a large fight at the motel in November 2010, according to police.

: A teen driver was killed in April when his car collided head-on with a freight truck on Crooked Hill Road near the Commack-Brentwood border.

: Brian Dorak, 30, was struck by a Mazda RX8 travelling westbound on Vets Highway near Apple Lane in Commack in June and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No arrests were made in the accident.

: Commack resident Anthony Verlucci was arrested two times in five days, and charged with DWI Drugs while travelling on the Long island Expressway in June, according to police.

: An 86-year old Commack man was killed in July as he attempted to pull out onto Jericho Turnpike from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

: The convenience store located at was robbed by an armed man in early June.

: One month later, two armed men robbed another 7-Eleven in Commack in early september. The suspects mde off with an unspecified amount of cash, police said.

: A North Patchogue man was arrested and charged with three counts of third degree robbery after he allegedly robbed TCBY in Commack on Sept. 11 as well as three nearby banks, police said.




mario mario January 01, 2012 at 12:23 PM
This article is tasteless and if the editor has any respect for the general public they'll take it down. Whose idea was it to objectively rank tragic & sensitive stories and bring them back into the spotlight? Alot of these stories touch very close to the heart for many people who visit this site, and therefore should be treated as such. Or maybe it's because the editor didn't personally know any of those who've passed? I'm sure if they did, then an article like this wouldn't be how to end off the year.
CommackMom January 02, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Mario Mario I agree. Each time I opened the Patch website and saw that wreck of a car in front of Northgate, I felt a pang in my gut for the family of the driver. How difficult, I thought, to have to look at that picture and re-live the nightmare of that day. But I suppose it's newsworthy. There's a saying in the news-biz...'if it bleeds, it leads.'
marie January 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If anyone was at the interesction of commack road and jericho tpke last nite (1/4) around 5:30 and has any info on the idiot that smashed into a 2010 silver sentra and then took off westbound, please call the SCPD crime unit at 854-8430


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