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Crimes Nearby: Man Dies In Collision With Garbage Truck

A look at incidents reported by Suffolk County police from across the region.

Suffolk County Police are continuing their investigation into a two-vehicle crash that took the life of a Hauppauge man on Wednesday in St. James.

According to police, Jaime Rodriguez was driving a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Route 25 at Huber Place when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes and collided into a 2004 Mack garbage truck owned by Progressive Waste Systems of Long Island Inc. The incident took place around 2 a.m.

The driver of the garbage truck, Joseph Mundy, 50, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Rodriguez, 25, of Hauppauge, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about this crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8444. 

• AEDs Stolen At Suffolk Community College

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Sixth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating an unknown male subject who broke into a classroom at Suffolk County Community College in Selden and stole two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Police said a white male entered the Riverhead Building on the Ammerman Campus on Wednesday December 12, at approximately 5:45 a.m. He gained access to one of the classrooms and removed the two AEDs, which are valued at approximately $8,000 each.

Police said the man was wearing blue denim shorts and a bright green hooded sweatshirt with pictures of two large skulls on the front and back of the sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

• Arrests in Fast Food Restaurant Robbery

Suffolk County Police arrested two men in connection with the robbery at a restaurant in Huntington Station.

According to police, Nick Marothiere, 22, of Huntington Station, is charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm 1st Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. In addition, James Patron III, 21, of Huntington Station was charged with Robbery 1st Degree.

Police said the two men entered Kennedy Fried Chicken, at 182 Depot Road, Huntington Station, at approximately 10:30 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 12, and approached an employee behind the counter. As one of the subjects displayed a gun and demanded money, the other grabbed the victim and pushed him to the floor him. The suspects removed an undetermined amount of cash from the pants pocket of the victim and fled.

Responding police officers Wayne Kelly and Matthew Angelo located both subjects a short time later in front of 45 Caldwell St. in Huntington Station. Police Officer John Mallia from the Canine Unit and his partner, Blue, searched the area and recovered the handgun used in the robbery, police said.

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