02/05/14 4:13pm
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CVS Caremark operates more pharmacy stores than any other company in the United States. Thus, when they lead, the other chains follow — for better or for worse.

In announcing this week that CVS stores nationwide will stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1, the Rhode Island-based company is leading the industry in the right direction.

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10/01/13 12:00pm
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JOE PINCIARO PHOTOS |  Ishawn Jackson, Jhmil Dawson and Lavon Dawson being escorted into town court on Thursday.

JOE PINCIARO PHOTOS | Ishawn Jackson, Jhmil Dawson and Lavon Dawson being escorted into town court on Thursday.

The three men accused of robbing a Riverhead pharmacy at gunpoint last week have been indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury, town court officials said.

Jhmil Dawson, 26 of Coram, his younger brother, Lavon Dawson,17, of Riverhead, and Ishawn Jackson, 16, of Calverton, were indicted by the grand jury on Monday, prosecutors said at the three mens’ town court appearances that afternoon.

Additional information about the charges the men were indicted on or their arraignment dates was not immediately available.

During a court appearance last Thursday, assistant district attorney Tisha Burrows said Lavon Dawson confessed to police that he held a handgun during Wednesday’s armed robbery, pointing it at an employee at the store to force them to the floor in an attempt to steal money and cigarettes.

Mr. Dawson also said he was involved in a January armed robbery at the same store, she said. The trio are now being investigated in connection with several pharmacy robberies throughout Suffolk County, prosecutors said.

Lavon Dawson had been charged with first-degree attempted robbery and first-degree robbery, both felonies. Jhmil Dawson and Ishawn Jackson also faced first-degree attempted robbery charges.

Mr. Dawson was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony.

Lavon Dawson and Mr. Jackson are being held at Suffolk County jail on $100,000 bail each.

Jhmil Dawson is being held without bail due to his prior criminal history, court officials said.

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09/26/13 3:42pm
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JOE PINCIARO PHOTOS |  Ishawn Jackson, Jhmil Dawson and Lavon Dawson being escorted into town court Thursday.

JOE PINCIARO PHOTOS | Ishawn Jackson, Jhmil Dawson and Lavon Dawson being escorted into Town Justice Court on Thursday.

Three men arrested after an attempted robbery at the CVS pharmacy on Route 58 in Riverhead Wednesday are being investigated in connection with several pharmacy robberies throughout Suffolk County, prosecutors said.

During their arraignments Thursday in Riverhead Town Justice Court, county assistant district attorney Tisha Burrows said Jhmil Dawson, 26 of Coram, his younger brother, Lavon Dawson,17, of Riverhead, and Ishawn Jackson, 16, of Calverton, may have been involved in a “pattern of other robberies” that have occurred throughout the county since January.

One of those robberies includes the Jan. 14 robbery of the same Route 58 CVS, Ms. Burrows said.

Ms. Burrows also told the court that Lavon Dawson has confessed to the January robbery, in which he and two other men entered the CVS armed and wearing masks, taking off with over $8,000.

He also confessed to holding the handgun during Wednesday’s armed robbery, pointing it at a CVS employee and forcing the employee to the floor in an attempt to steal money and cigarettes, she said.

Defense attorney Anthony Rutkowski said the handgun recovered by police was a BB gun.

Lavon Dawson, who has no criminal record according to the assistant district attorney, was charged with first-degree attempted robbery as well as first-degree robbery – both felonies – following his confession.

Ms. Burrows requested $200,000 cash bail, however Justice Allen Smith set it at $100,000.

Both Jhmil Dawson and Ishawn Jackson are also facing first-degree attempted robbery charges, with Jhmil Dawson also being charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, also a felony.

Hours after the Wednesday morning incident at CVS, the men were spotted by a farm worker in fields at nearby Anderson Farms and apprehended shortly after, police had said.

Jhmil Dawson is being held without bail, due to a past criminal history, Mr. Smith said during court.

Mr. Dawson has two prior felony convictions, including an attempted robbery conviction for which he served time in jail, Mr. Burrows said.

Ishawn Jackson, 16 and still in the Riverhead school system, is being held on $100,000 bail

Family members for all three men were present in court.

Before her son’s court appearance, Lakisha Jackson said her “heart is broken.

“He is so good with his sisters; he’s just a follower,” Ms. Jackson said. “I love him.”

Jhmil Dawson currently lives with his mother in Coram, his father, Andre Lee, said.

“He just turned the wrong way.” Mr. Dawson said, explaining that his son had recently moved back to Coram from Virginia, where he had graduated high school. “May God bless him.”

A Suffolk County grand jury is taking up the case, and all three suspects are due back in town court Monday.

cmiller@timesreview.com

Correction: Ishawn Jackson is being held on $100,000 bail. We previously reported $200,000.

01/24/13 11:51am
01/24/2013 11:51 AM
Riverhead Police, CVS, Route 58

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Riverhead CVS on Route 58 is open 24 hours.

Police have released photos taken from surveillance footage during the Jan. 14 armed robbery of a Riverhead CVS.

And they’re asking for the public’s help in locating the two masked suspects.

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The two men entered the 24-hour CVS on Route 58 about 3:30 a.m., with one of the suspects displaying a handgun and forcing a CVS employee to open a store safe.

The two men then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Both are described as thin, with one about 6-foot tall and the other 5-foot-9, police said. The taller suspect “was wearing a skull image mask, black hooded sweatshirt and a baseball hat,” police said. The other was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, brown mask and a baseball hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (631) 727-4500, ext. 289.

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