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Breaking News Alert: Arrest of a Suffolk County Police Officer

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According to a press release, Suffolk County District Attorney, Thomas Spota, announced this afternoon at the district attorney’s Hauppauge office, the arrest of a Suffolk County police officer on charges of official misconduct and petty larceny.

“We believe this officer, Sgt. Scott A. Greene, has been targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops,” District Attorney Spota said. “We set up a sting to catch him in the act and that’s exactly what happened last night.”

The sting operation used an undercover cop car with video surveillance to catch the officer in the act.  The video shows the officer searching the vehicle and taking cash from an envelope inside the vehicle.

 According to a Press Release, Greene, of Shirley, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in district court today to charges of petty larceny and official misconduct. Judge Paul Hensley released the defendant on his own recognizance.

The DA said the police officer was arrested in Coram last night by detectives assigned to the SCDA Government Corruption Bureau.

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Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Do you Yahoo?

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Yahoo and federal authorities are working to find out who attacked Yahoo Mail accounts.

Yahoo announced Thursday evening that there was a coordinated effort by hackers who tried to log into email accounts by using stolen usernames and passwords.  Yahoo hasn’t said how many accounts were affected.

Yahoo has reset the passwords for users whose accounts were attacked, and sent them text messages warning of what it called “unusual activity on the network.”

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Deer Cull cut backs

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The Original talk weeks ago was that Federal sharp shooters would kill about 3000 deer on the east end to help with overpopulation. Now the numbers have been cut.  
Newsday is reporting the number could be cut down to about 1000 with fewer municipalities participating.  Officials are saying the cull is still expected to begin in mid February and continue into March, but right now only the town of Southold,  the Village of East Hampton, private farms and some state parks will be taking part.
All other town have decided not to participate, although reports say the town of Brookhaven has still not made a final decision.

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Seeking death penalty in Boston Marathon bombing

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Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the “nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”  The two explosions allegedly set by Dzhokhar and his older brother killed three people and injured more than 250 others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was later killed in a shootout with police.

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Property tax plan not fair

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Governor Cuomo’s tax freeze plan is not sitting well with the Suffolk County Village Officials Association.

The Governors proposal would enact a two-year freeze on property taxes coupled with a two percent property tax cap on local towns, villages and school districts. If local government sticks to the plan, residents get a rebate.  If not, the residents get nothing.

Members of the Suffolk County Village Officials Association say that if the state lawmakers pass the governor’s proposal it will hurt small villages, which are already forced to deal with rising pension and healthcare costs each year, along with other variables.

In a letter to the Cuomo, they wrote sayng it is “not cost savings, but merely cost shifting.”

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Prostitution ring busted

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Authorities are trading high fives after busting a prostitution and drug ring that aimed to attract high end clientèle coming into New York for the Super Bowl.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says 18 people are facing charges in the ring that used residential apartments in the metro area to offer clients “one-stop shopping” for drugs and prostitutes.  Schneiderman estimates the ring brought in millions of dollars in illegal funds, following a nearly year-long undercover investigation.

Some of the people involved are reportedly from Long Island

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

Two bank robbery suspects arrested

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Two men accused of holding up a string of Long Island banks are being held on bail.

Authorities believe 18-year-old Adam Baron and 25-year-old Jaime Ramirez would take turns being the lookout or getaway driver in each of the nine robberies across Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  In each case the robber would flee with money after handing over a demanding note to the teller.

A judge set their bail at more than a million dollars yesterday. The Melville men are due back in court February 3rd.

Posted On 31 Jan 2014

A strike could be on the horizon

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If you thought commuting on the LIRR was bad, it could get worse as the unions for Long Island Railroad workers sas the possibility of a strike is becoming more of a reality.

Union officials say the workers have been working without a contract for four years and there ready to walk off the job if the MTA does not come to the negotiating table soon.  Recommendations made by a board of mediators appointed by President Barack Obama gave workers a 2.5 percent wage increase but rejected the MTA’s demands for a wage freeze and other concessions.

MTA officials say they cannot accept the presidential board’s recommendations because of the financial impact. But according to News 12, yesterday the MTA board approved a seven-year MTA police contract, which calls for annual raises totaling 17 percent.

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast says because of some concessions, the police contract will achieve the same three years of cost freezes the MTA is asking for from the LIRR unions.  The workers can legally walk off the job as early as March 21st.

Posted On 30 Jan 2014

Someone was in it and won it

 

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What would you do if you won a million dollars?  One Long Islander might find an answer to that question.

The New York Lottery’s Missing Millionaires search unit says that a winning ticket was sold at Carry-All Wine & Liquor in Mt Sinai last July.  The winning ticket expires one-year after the drawing date.  Five tickets worth one-million-dollars each remain on the Missing Millionaires list.

Posted On 30 Jan 2014

Rice is in the race

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Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice says she’s running for Congress.

With the retiring Carolyn McCarthy by her side, Rice pledged to follow the retiring congresswoman’s lead by fighting to reduce gun violence, boosting small business, immigration reform and ending human trafficking.

Earlier in the day, fellow Democrat Kevan Abrahams (D – Hempstead), the legislature’s minority leader, said he’s going to explore a run.

McCarthy has been serving the 4th district in Nassau County for 18 years. She has been fighting health problems recently as she has been battling lung cancer

Posted On 30 Jan 2014