Crimes Nearby: Brooklyn Man Sentenced for Murder

A rundown of police stories from neighboring communities.

A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for killing a Valley Stream man and injuring two others, including a West Hempstead resident, in an April 2011 shooting in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in Hempstead, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Wednesday.

Ronnie Duren, 42, was convicted of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and first-degree attempted assault. His sentences of 25 years to life for the murder conviction and 25 years for the attempted murder convictions will run consecutively.

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Rice said that at approximately 11 p.m. on April 16, 2011, Duren met up with Michael Prophet, 35, of Valley Stream, at the McDonald’s restaurant on Peninsula Boulevard in Hempstead and got into Prophet’s blue Ford van to engage in a drug deal. During the deal, Duren produced a handgun and shot and killed Prophet with a single gunshot to the back.

Duren fired three more shots, wounding a passenger in Prophet’s van, Hayden Forrest, 35, of Uniondale, in the right shoulder, as well as Prophet’s friend, Henry Fowler, 28, of West Hempstead, who was seated in the passenger seat of a car parked next to Prophet’s van. Both Forrest and Fowler, who was shot in the left arm, survived the shooting. A fourth man, Agnon McLoud, 23, of Hempstead, was seated in the backseat of the second car and fled the scene on foot when he heard gunshots.

Duren fled the scene but was arrested by detectives with the Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Squad on June 28, 2011. He was convicted by a jury on October 24, 2012.

Cops Arrest 10 for Selling Alcohol to Minor

An employee of the OK Petroleum convenience store in West Hempstead was among 10 people arrested by Nassau County Police Wednesday for selling alcohol to a minor.

Working with Nassau County's Department of Consumer Affairs, Fourth Precinct officers conducted a "Project 21" initiative on Dec. 12, which resulted in the arrest of Mohammed M. Hossain, 44, of Jamaica, and nine other individuals.

Accorinding to police, Hossain, while working at the convenience store connected to the OK Petroleum gas station located at 151 Hempstead Ave., allegedly sold alcohol to an underage agent.

Read about the others who were arrested here.

NYPD Sergeant Found Dead in Baldwin in Apparent Suicide

A New York Police Department who was once photographed at a 9/11 ceremony alongside President Barack Obama died in her home Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, according to published reports.

Stephanie Moses, 40, a 17-year veteran of the police force, was found in her Baldwin home, according to CBS Local.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Moses was often the "face of the NYPD on the national stage, as well as routinely at police ceremonies."

Moses was photographed with President Obama at a ground zero wreath-laying ceremony in May 2011.

Click on these links for the Long Beach and Rockville Centre police reports.


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