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New Charges Added in Bay Shore ‘DWI’ Crash That Killed 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver has been arrested for allegedly racing a suspected drunken driver who authorities said caused the fiery crash that killed a father and his two children in Bay Shore last month.Sheon Richards, 23, of St. Albans, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding and failure to maintain lane.Oniel Sharpe Jr. , the 24-year-old Springfield Gardens man accused of crashing into the family’s car, and Demetri Stewart, the 23-year-old Cambria Heights man who allegedly helped him fleethe scene, were also indicted on new, upgraded charges.“Richards is going 90, 95 mph and he told investigators that at that speed, his friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., is catching up to him ,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Witnesses who saw Sharpe’s car weaving from lane to lane estimate his speed to be between 120, 130 mph.”Prosecutors said Sharpe and Richards were both racing BMWs on the Southern State Parkway when when Sharpe allegedly rear-ended a car near exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, manslughter, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and traffic violations.Stewart, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of leaving the scene of an accident, criminal facilitation, making a false statement and marijuana possession.Instead of trying to help the victims, Spota said that Sharpe and Stewart “shamelessly sought to cover up their involvement in the crash by discarding evidence, leaving the scene and intentionally misleading and lying to investigators.”The district attorney added that investigators have a video showing Sharpe retrieving a bottle from the backseat of his car and heaving it away from his vehicle—but authorities found a bottle of Patron Tequila from the brush near the crash scene.In addition to the crash-related charges, Spota said Sharpe’s 24-year-old cousin, Courtney Sharpe of Springfield Gardens, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted identity theft after authorities found 23 counterfeit cards hidden in the steering column of the BMW X-5 Sharpe was driving, according to investigators.Courtney Sharpe also pleaded not guilty. Her bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Her cousin’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. Bail for Stewart was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond and Richards was released without bail.last_img read more

Bidders hot for demolition-approved property close to CBD

first_imgA crowd of about 80 turned out for the auction at 12 Kerr St, Toowong. Pic MARK CALLEJATHE auction of a Toowong property on three lots ended in a two-horse race between keen bidders before selling under the hammer. The classic Queenslander on a 1215sq m block at 12 Kerr St sold for $1.86 million on March 4.Heading into the auction, the property was divided into six self-contained bedsits and had demolition approval in place. Place Paddington marketing agent and auctioneer, Andrew Degn said the home had been in the vendor’s family for some time and the vendor opted to go to auction to get the best price.The Saturday afternoon auction attracted at least 16 registered bidders and a crowd of about 80 people. An opening bid of $1.4 million kicked off proceedings with four buyers actively bidding. Auctioneer Andrew Degn starts the auction of 12 Kerr St, Toowong. Photo: MARK CALLEJAMr Degn declared the property on the market at $1.56 million and the last two bidders standing pushed the price up to $1.86 million. “It was very competitive bidding and a very good result — higher than reserve,” Mr Degn said.“I thought it would sell for a little less but the auction process got underway and we got a bit of competition.“The final two bidders definitely wanted it.” Mr Degn said the new owners planned to keep the property as an investment for the time being. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“They have long term plans but nothing much will happen here for a while,” he said. The auction of an award-winning home in Grange attracted a similar crowd to Kerr St, and sold under the hammer for $1.46 million.The original character home at 9 Jean St was renovated and extended to include six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a covered entertaining area with in-ground pool. The home at 9 Jean St, Grange sold at auction for $1.46 million.Ray White Ascot marketing agent, Damon Warat said seven bidders registered for the auction on Saturday, March 4. Bidding kicked off at $1 million and progressed through to $1.46 million with four buyers taking a punt. “It was smooth and spirited bidding,” Mr Warat said. “The only instruction we need was approval to announce it on the market.” center_img The auction of 9 Jean St, Grange attracted a crowd for more than 60 people.The successful bidders were a local couple with three children.The couple, who asked not be named, said they were looking forward to moving in to their new home. Mr Warat said being a nice home on a big block of land, the property attracted strong interest.“It had what a lot of people are looking, which is that kitchen that flows out to an entertaining area,” he said. “We had around 100 people come through the property and we had multiple offers.”last_img read more