DA: Suspect bought drugs just before deadly Smithtown hit-run

Dec 10, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Newsday

A Stony Brook woman bought heroin moments before striking and killing an 11-year-old girl crossing a Smithtown street, prosecutors said Thursday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead.

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just me

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Dec 10, 2009
 
got them from the boyfriend perhaps?
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Dec 10, 2009
 
shocking....another brat using heroin and killing innocent kids who are going somewhere in their lives...Courtney Sipes was a kid with a hobby, leaving her music lesson, and she gets mauled by this animal.
Lock her up and throw away the key.
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Dec 11, 2009
 
If the Suffolk County Police cant stop the problem alone, It is time that the residents of smithtown step up and make it impossible for the problem to continue. Make the dealers life as miserable as they are making ours. It's time to take out the trash! Anyone have any ideas on how to help the situation? If so reply to this posting, depending on the response an email will be started to discuss this!
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Dec 11, 2009
 
fed up smithtown resident wrote:
If the Suffolk County Police cant stop the problem alone, It is time that the residents of smithtown step up and make it impossible for the problem to continue. Make the dealers life as miserable as they are making ours. It's time to take out the trash! Anyone have any ideas on how to help the situation? If so reply to this posting, depending on the response an email will be started to discuss this!
Police are doing as much as they possibly can. It's an epidemic. You have so many dealers that they have to pick and choose the big ones before they get to the middle man. There are only so many police to investigate. It takes a lot of time and manpower. Ask Levy to stop cutting the police funds and hire more officers to take our neighborhoods back
fed up smithtown resident

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Dec 11, 2009
 
We are not saying the police are doing a bad job. In fact we think they are doing a good job at bringing awareness to the situation. Bringing dogs in to schools was the best thing that could have happened. Everyone needs to come together, and help with a solution. What I propose is that we do our part to aid in the effort to rid Long Island, more specifically, Smithtown, of its drug dealers. We have become a popular hotspot for dealers and if we can find a way to make it impossible or even difficult for them to make deals (without getting in the way of police efforts) than we have a chance of extinguishing the problem.

Heroin shouldn't be something that we have to accept and live with. Everyone at this point knows someone who is directly affected if not they themself are. It is unfortunate that I am one of those people and have done what I can by trying to involve the police, but was mentioned they are fighting a huge battle that shouldn't be soley their responsibility. We are all responsible for keeping our families and our town safe. If everyone said lets let someone else (ie. the police) handle it then we may be in for a very long and traumatic ride. Clearly there is no one solution to this problem. What I am looking for (having dealt with this particular problem for too many years) is solutions. Ideas from others that we may be able to combine efforts to find the best, most effective way to help. An example...I read an article about a man on the west coast that was offering a reward to people that gave the police information that lead to the affest of a dealer. I don't have that kind of funds as I'm sure many don't, but something like that could be an option. Please help! If anyone has any thoughts, speak up. Don't be ostrich with your head in the sand. The last thing our town needs is more empathetic attitudes.

Sincerely,

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Dec 11, 2009
 
absolutely! this is an epidemic in huge proportions. It's in every neighborhood. I live in 3 village and it's in my neighborhood, within a few houses. the kids are slick, they pass the stuff in clubs, at movies and in parks. Police have only so much manpower. Myself and my neighbors have been in touch with SCPD and the DEA and the DA's office. They are doing everything they can. The best defense is educating your children! One hit is all it takes to become an addict. heroin is cheap and easily accessible. Parents TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN They don't need a friend but someone to tell them what is right and wrong!
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Dec 11, 2009
 
You may think that the police are doing their job, but I can tell you a story that is a little scary...We went to the big meeting that was held at the middle school, gave the police information concerning a high profile heroin dealer... and guess what happened... the police showed up at his "motel" beat the crap out of him and stole his drugs and money
Fed up Mom

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Dec 12, 2009
 
Parents, be aware, heroin should not be your only focus. Too many parents take very lightly the fact that their underage children are drinking and getting high. I am sickened by the parents that think its ok for these kids to be drinking (at least they are in their own home). Lets face it, teeneagers are creative, we do not need to assist them in poor judgement. These addicts did not go right to heroine. It starts with beer, pot and pills from mommy and daddy's medicine cabinet. Opiate addiction often starts right from the bottle of oxy's in your own house. Then it escalates to snorting heroin. These kids never pictured themselves becoming heroin shooting addicts. Many come from good solid homes, but they made a decision to try these opiates without the proper education. Once they are addicted to heroin, they become unrecognizable creatures, they live to get high, and will do ANYTHING to get their heroin. Educate your kids, punish your kids for bad behavior, watch them and know who they are with. Let them know you will not tolerate underage drinking and getting high. Let your neighbors know it is NOT ok for your child to drink at their house. Take a firm stand to protect your children and make it difficult for the dealers to have a market in our neighborhoods. This crisis is fueled by supply and demand. If our kids are educated and don't take the first bag of heroin, or the first opiate in any form, the dealers will go away. They are only here because it is a very lucrative market right now. We can change that, by simply being aware of this crisis, and educating everyone you speak to about this. We need to fight the fight!!
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Dec 14, 2009
 
drugs are indeed a problem. however, alcohol is an even bigger problem. this girl killed someone as a result of driving while on heroin but the majority of fatal car accidents are caused because of drinking. its time for people to realize that you cant act like its ok to drink but not ok to do drugs. ALCOHOL is a DRUG! ALCOHOL causes MORE PROBLEMS! ALCOHOL should not be considered "better" than drugs. they are all bad!! Smithtown is known for its bars on Main Street and has been the scene of many alcohol related crimes, fights, car accidents, etc. I am sick of the alcohol problem being overlooked just because alcohol is legal. Would you have more sympathy for this woman if she had been drinking instead of using heroin? Would you be outraged and calling for community action if she had been drunk? Would you be as eager to put a stop to underage drinking & drinking and driving with the same amount of vigor as you are to eliminating heroin? If the answer is no..then you are a hypocrite. I think its time for everyone to wake up and realize that ALCOHOL is a TERRIBLE DRUG that RUINS LIVES. Alcoholics end up in the street the same way drug addicts do. Alcoholics cause MORE car accidents! Alcoholics cause CRIMES! Alcoholics engage in PROMISCUOUS behavior! Alcohol causes MORE FIGHTS!

and last but not least...ALCOHOL is a GATEWAY drug!!! I bet this Lambert girl tried ALCOHOL before she tried heroin!

I would like to lead a crusade to get rid of ALCOHOL! I do not want ALCOHOL to be a part of MY NEIGHBORHOOD! I do not want my kids to walk by bars on MAIN STREET and think it is OK TO DRINK!
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Dec 15, 2009
 
j hughes wrote:
I would like to lead a crusade to get rid of ALCOHOL! I do not want ALCOHOL to be a part of MY NEIGHBORHOOD! I do not want my kids to walk by bars on MAIN STREET and think it is OK TO DRINK!
You're a little late for the crusade, by about 90 years. If you don't want alcohol to be a part of your neighborhood then I suggest you look into moving to a dry county. There are several in NY and some states, such as Mississippi, have half the state being dry. Prohibition failed for a reason and I don't think it's ever going to make a comeback. And it is OK to drink, provided you're capable of doing it responsibly. There is no responsible way to do heroin and there never will be.
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Dec 15, 2009
 
To answer J hughes; No, a person like that does not get any sympothy. It does not matter, drugs or alcohol. She took another persons life. I understand that there are a lot of people that drink and drive. It is no better than driving under the influence of drugs, it's equally wrong. If you choose to, you can be responsible while drinking, although many dont make the right decision. You dont' have that choice after doing heroine as well as many other drugs.
I lost so many due to alcohol and drugs, but I can tell you in the past two years I have lost more to drugs. If you know nothing of what it feels like to live with such a problem you are lucky. I, on the other hand see it destroy the people I care about everyday. The reason why the drugs are being made such a being deal is because it's gotten that bad. We are all being hurt by this, because it is our family members and our close friends that are struggling with this. We can't make the problem go away, but we cant make it any worse by coming together and helping eachother. If nobody will talk, and give their thoughts about the problems they will never get better.
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Dec 15, 2009
 
Education is the key. Children and parents need to be educated about the dangers of heroin. This is a huge problem in Suffolk County. And, yes, alcohol is a gateway drug, but it is legal to those over 21. Once again, parents need to realize, that illegal use of legal substances, is a huge problem. When parents condone bad behavior, it does not give us much leverage as parents. These kids that get hooked on heroin, started with beer and pot and pills. Kids are starting earlier and earlier experimenting, and have less and less education about the dangers. Its time to get real with kids and get tough on this issue.
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Dec 16, 2009
 
Educating is key! So let's educate everyone. People will look at the webiste and all of our postings and learn.

KING KULLEN PARKING LOT
SMOKE-SHOP ON LAKE AVENUE
711 ON BOIL ROAD
TRAIN STATIONS; SMITHTOWN & SAINT JAMES

All places where we all go. Also, all places where drug deals are being made everday. I am sure there are many more places that could be added. These are the ones people see it happen at, people including myself. This is the best way to start, by making these spots known to everyone. If you see it call it in!
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Dec 17, 2009
 
NPTer wrote:
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You're a little late for the crusade, by about 90 years. If you don't want alcohol to be a part of your neighborhood then I suggest you look into moving to a dry county. There are several in NY and some states, such as Mississippi, have half the state being dry. Prohibition failed for a reason and I don't think it's ever going to make a comeback. And it is OK to drink, provided you're capable of doing it responsibly. There is no responsible way to do heroin and there never will be.
Yet another person who thinks alcohol is fine and dandy just because it is legal. I've seen way more damage done by alcohol than any other drug. Nearly everyone who is homeless at the place I volunteer at has an alcohol problem. As for your logic about noone being able to do heroin in a responsible way..I've got news for you...not everyone who has done heroin dies or kills. Your grandparents probably did heroin themselves being that it was legal and sold over the counter in the early 20th century. Not that I think it is ok to do heroin. However, if it was legal I bet there would be a handful of people who would use it responsibly just like there are a handful of people who manage to drink responsibly. However, the majority do not. Why is it that the parking lots to the bars are completely full yet everyone in the bar seems to be drinking? Are there really parking lots full of designated drivers? Dont think so. I have a problem with people rushing to judgment about other illegal substances but overlooking the huge elephant in the room..ALCOHOL.
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Dec 17, 2009
 
and no..i dont really think Prohibition will ever make a comeback. I just like to point out that people who are hugely anti-drug and would like to lock everyone up who has ever touched a drug and throw away the key are huge hypocrites. The prohibition failed because everyone became "criminals" and drank anyway..that is why the gangsters made a fortune. Alcohol was responsible for the same social ills as all other substances. By your logic..marijuana should also be ok because plenty of people can smoke responsibly.
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Dec 17, 2009
 
There needs to be another solution to the drug problem other than jail. Reporting these kids and having them thrown in jail for a few months will not help. They will get out of jail and not be able to get a job or student loans for college. they will never be able to better themselves. they will then continue to turn to drugs and crime to numb the misery and deal with the scarlet letter permanently branded on their forehead. These kids need to be given a chance. sure they made a dumb mistake by getting involved with drugs but that doesnt mean they dont deserve a second chance. once they go to jail the chances are much higher that a life of crime is all they will ever know from that point on. They will then come back to live with their parents back in your town and be back on your streets worse off than before. The only way to avoid that would then be to throw them in jail for life without the possibility of parole. Imagine how high our taxes would be if we locked up every single kid who has ever done a drug! There needs to be more options for treatment. My friend has a daughter who battled a drug problem because she got hooked on marijuana when she was 17. Her and her husband wanted to put her in rehab but their insurance wouldn't cover the bulk of it. They decided to sell their house so they could use the money to pay for one of those 90 day treatment centers (it was SEVERAL thousands of dollars). Unfortunately she was arrested before they got a chance to help her and now she is 19 and finding it difficult to get work because of her misdemeanor marijuana conviction. It is a shame because she really is a nice girl..I have known her since she was a baby. She has cleaned up her act and wants to go to school but needs a job to help pay the tuition (her parents cut her off financially after the arrest). it is sad to see this young girls life practically ruined because of a dumb teenage mistake.

please note..i am not excusing this Lambert girls behavior. There is a difference between being a non-violent offender and driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crime.
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Dec 17, 2009
 
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Yet another person who thinks alcohol is fine and dandy just because it is legal. I've seen way more damage done by alcohol than any other drug. Nearly everyone who is homeless at the place I volunteer at has an alcohol problem. As for your logic about noone being able to do heroin in a responsible way..I've got news for you...not everyone who has done heroin dies or kills. Your grandparents probably did heroin themselves being that it was legal and sold over the counter in the early 20th century. Not that I think it is ok to do heroin. However, if it was legal I bet there would be a handful of people who would use it responsibly just like there are a handful of people who manage to drink responsibly. However, the majority do not. Why is it that the parking lots to the bars are completely full yet everyone in the bar seems to be drinking? Are there really parking lots full of designated drivers? Dont think so. I have a problem with people rushing to judgment about other illegal substances but overlooking the huge elephant in the room..ALCOHOL.
How many people have you known who are or have been addicted to heroin? I have had personal experience with dealing with an addict, and while they may not die or kill someone I can guarantee they are hurting people in some way. They can't keep a job because they end up stealing from their employer, when they don't have a job they turn to stealing from family or other random places. I'm not condoning drinking and driving in any way, but I've never known a drunk who steals whatever isn't nailed down to get their next fix. Your argument about heroin being legal at one point in time is irrelevant, every drug was legal at one point in time, LSD, cocaine, all legal... until they figured out how bad these things were for you. Hell, coca-cola actually had cocaine in it originally. Back on topic, heroin is an epidemic that is sweeping across long island, it has to be gotten under control. I'm glad to see they are making progress with the recent busts in queens and brooklyn.
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Dec 18, 2009
 
Our postings are not supposed to be about who is right or wrong. Drugs are alcohol are both bad, we know this. We are not talking about the alcohol problem, we are talking about the drug problem. If enough people look at this, they will understand how bad it is. Like I said before if we all come together we can help make a change in this.
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Dec 21, 2009
 
Boy, talk about missing the point!

This Maureen Lambert woman was driving with a suspended license!!!

She is a lawbreaker foremost, and THAT is the elephant in the room that nobody is talking about.

Heroin? Besides the point.

Alcohol? Besides the point.

Daddy Dearest <???> gave her the keys - tell me he didn't know her license was suspended?!!

She should have never been allowed the keys to *anyone's* vehicle. Whomever loaned her the Avalanche has as much culpability in this tragedy as the illegal driver. And don't get me started with the passenger (fellow junkie?)! Failure to insist that the driver stop and render aid. Instead, just another low-life, hanging out with same, trying to dodge the law.... can't let the cops find the smack.

Oy! White trash run amok in Long Island.
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Dec 24, 2009
 
and she works for daddy and all the do is drink all day

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