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

Another rough ride home for commuters

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It was a miserable trip home for LIRR commuters after a smoke problem and a loss of power on the third rail got a train stuck in the East River tunnel yesterday.

All westbound service was suspended and there were eastbound delays and cancellations.  The situation was made worse because more people than normal were using the LIRR to get to the hockey game at Yankee Stadium and the first day of Super Bowl Boulevard in Midtown.

The LIRR is back on schedule for the morning commute.

Posted On 30 Jan 2014

Suspect to be arraigned

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A 22-year-old East Moriches man charged in a fatal shooting during an Eastport home invasion in December  is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow (1/30/2014) on a grand jury indictment, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
 
The indictment of Paul Batterson, Jr. will be unsealed by Judge Richard Ambro in Riverhead.  The court calendar will be called at 9:30 am.
 
Batterson was arrested ten days ago and charged with murder in the second degree. 
 
He and another person still being sought entered the house around 3:30 in the morning on December 8 and announced a robbery.  Batterson allegedly shot Francisco Pirir, 45, in the face, killing him.

Posted On 30 Jan 2014

Legislator Sarah Anker Disappointed with Macy’s

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Sarah Anker, Suffolk County’s Legislator in the 6th district, recently publicly expressed her disappointment with Macy’s department store in Lake Grove, New York regarding their choice to showcase clothing displaying a defaced American Flag.

sarah anker“I value our American right to free speech. I understand that our access to the free market is bountiful. However, our American flag is a sacred symbol of our military commitment, and it is our patriotic duty to protect and uphold the image that represents our commitment to freedom and sacrifice for all men and women in this country.”  Anker wrote in a letter to Macy’s Management.

Defacing a flag, and improper display of a flag violates Title 4 of the United States code of federal laws.

Anker continued in the letter — “I find it offensive when the symbol of our nation is purposely decimated for consumerism.”

Anker, a daughter of a disabled Navy veteran, asked Macy’s Management to reconsider displaying clothing with defaced US flag images.

 

Posted On 29 Jan 2014

Got Milk?

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Here’s something to swallow.  New York State is now the one of the top three milk producers in the country.

Data from the Department of Agriculture shows New York’s milk production jumped by more than two-percent last year, and outpaced Idaho by 57-million pounds.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says it’s mainly due to the state’s booming yogurt industry, coupled with higher milk production per cow.

Posted On 29 Jan 2014

Bieber deported?

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A large number of Americans want to see Justin Bieber deported back to Canada.

A petition at WhiteHouse.gov has now crossed the 100-thousand signature mark, which means it will get a required official response from the Obama administration.  The petition reads in part “we would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug-abusing Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.”

The troubled pop star has had a string of recent brushes with the law.  The 19-year-old singer was arrested in Miami Beach last week on suspicion of DUI.

Posted On 29 Jan 2014

Reward being offered

 

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Police are searching for suspects behind a string of anti-Semitic graffiti in one Long Island community. 

In the past year, the LIRR station in Five Towns has fallen victim to nearly a dozen incidents.  Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano today announced a five-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Local lawmakers note Five Towns is home to one of the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish communities.

Posted On 29 Jan 2014