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Last Updated: January 15, 2019
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MS-13 Stabbing in Huntington
(l-r) Ramon Arevalo Lopez, Nobeli Montes Zuniga, Oscar Canales Molina
Three men have been arrested for a stabbing that broke out in Huntington Station on Wednesday, January 9th, and have been confirmed as MS-13 gang members and students at Huntington High School according to authorities.
Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said a group of Huntington High School teens were in Burger King, located at 837 New York Avenue in Huntingtown Station, when they noticed a group of six males they recognized from school staring at them “in a menacing way” around 3:30 PM. The teens felt “uncomfortable”and decided to leave the restaurant, but were followed by the group.
An altercation broke out outside the restaurant, and a 16-year-old male was stabbed in the back and another 16-year-old male suffered minor injuries. The stabbed teen was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Three men in the group were placed under arrest, Nobeli Montes Zuniga, 20, Ramon Arevalo Lopez, 19, and Oscar Canales Molina, 17.
Police say they had blood on their clothing, hands and vehicle interior. Lopez made admissions that he stabbed the teen while Zuniga and Molina made admissions they were involved in the incident, the DA said. Molina additionally had two knives in his possession; one in each sock, the DA said. One knife had blood on it, the DA said.
The DA says Zuniga, Lopez and Molina, all from Huntington Station, are enrolled at Huntington High School, entered the country illegally and are confirmed members of MS-13.
Police are not certain what the groups were fighting about, and the cause of the fight is currently under investigation.
Police were present at Huntington High School as a precaution on Thursday. There were no incidents at the school, police say.
Lopez previously had been detained by the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2017, but was ordered released from custody by a federal district court judge in June of last year.
Molina was detained by ICE in July of 2017, but was released from custody by a federal judge that November, Suffolk Police said.
Bail for Zuniga, Lopez and Molina was each set at $35,000 cash or $75,000 bond. Their charges carry a maximum sentence of 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison if convicted.
Suozzi and King: Reinstate SALT Deduction
(l-r) Congressmen Tom Suozzi and Pete King. Photo:FB
Congressmen Tom Suozzi and Peter King held a joint press conference on Monday, January 7th, to announce bipartisan legislation that would retroactively reinstate the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The legislation would end a provision of the 2017 tax law, which put a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions, and allow taxpayers to fully deduct their state and local taxes from their federal taxes. The new SALT cap has negatively affected middle class families, particularly those living in high-tax areas like those in our readership area.
Reinstating the SALT deduction will provide these families tax relief; not more tax burdens. King said, “That deduction was here for years, it’s part of the tax code. People brought their homes, moved into neighborhoods and communities based on using that as a deduction, it was part of what they planned.”
Suozzi said, “The tax bill was a punch in the gut for Long Islanders, and all New Yorkers, who already subsidize other states by paying more in taxes than we receive back from the federal government.”
One Oyster Bay resident was happy with the news, “My taxes are more than $20K, this is most welcome.”
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