Clam Warfare Part II
On Saturday, July 26, Chief John Testa and Lieutenant Graziose of the Glen Cove Harbor Patrol arrested John Mirabito while he was clamming in his boat in West Hempstead Harbor. According to Lieutenant Nagle, Mirabito, 60, of Shirley NY, violated a Nassau County First District Order of Protection that two other shellfisherman had against him. The two shellfisherman were the same two that the defendant, John Mirabito, allegedly pointed a rifle at after arguing with them last year in the Harbor (originally reported in the 08/14/13 edition of The Leader). Mirabito allegedly violated the Order of Protection on Saturday, July 19, after he used his boat to approach the victim’s boat while they were in East Hempstead Harbor off of Dosoris Pond. After the alleged violation, Detective Van Allen was assigned the case. Detective Van Allen notified the Nassau County Marine Bureau and alerted the Glen Cove Harbor Patrol and furnished them with information regarding the Mirabito. On July 26, the Nassau Marine Bureau notified the detective that they believed that the Mirabito had launched his boat from Tappan Beach Marina. Glen Cove Harbor Patrol Chief Testa and Lieutenant Graziose located Mirabito in West Hempstead Harbor and arrested him without incident.
Lee Hughes, 40, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years of probation, and prohibition of owning animals for five years, last Thursday for animal cruelty charges. In May his wife, Shawanna Hughes, 37, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 3 year probation, and five years prohibition of owning animals.
The sentencing comes from failing to give a pit bull puppy, named Snowball, proper care and sustenance. After surgeries, Snowball was adopted by private citizens, and is in good condition.
Both are awaiting sentencing for another animal cruelty case involving another pit bull puppy, named Miss Harper. The cruelty to Miss Harper included having her bottom hind leg amputated. Miss Harper has recuperated, after surgeries, and been fitted with a prosthetic leg.