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Silver Alert

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The Suffolk County Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Bay Shore man who may be suicidal.

Kevin Jones, 56, was last seen leaving his house, located at 1448 Baldwin Blvd, this morning at 7:30 a.m. He was driving a red 2014 Ford Explorer with New York license plates EUL9307. He could be travelling to Pennsylvania.

He is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 275 pounds with straight blonde hair and a mustache. He has blue eyes and wears glasses.

 

Anyone with information about his location is requested to contact Third Squad detectives at 631-854-8352.

Busted again

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A Central Islip man who was sentenced to an 11 month sentence last year for a road rage incident on the LIE, was arrested at a sobriety checkpoint in Deer Park.

Police are reporting that 25 yr old Jason Parker pled not guilty to aggravated operations of a motor vehicle, plus driving while impaired by drugs and possession of marijuana.

Officials say the road rage incident had Parker bashing in the window of another car, then punching the driver of the car in the face before taking off.

 

 

Lawmakers trying to protect sexual assault victims

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Long Island lawmakers are sponsoring a bill that prevents sex offenders from being placed in group sessions that include sexual-assault victims.
“A commonsense proposal like this, you wouldn’t think needs a law,” Sen. Phil Boyle , one of the bill’s sponsors.
A Deer Park counselor said she has “witnessed firsthand” the situation lawmakers are trying to address.  Robin Roberts, a licensed social worker, said that although the evidence is anecdotal, it’s not an uncommon occurrence as more sex offenders are directed into treatment programs.
Roberts that sometimes the situation occurs because victims and offenders are both attending substance-abuse counseling.
“We don’t put sexual predators next to schools. We don’t put them next to day-care centers,” said Assemb. Andrew Raia (R-East Northport). “So why on Earth would we put them in a setting where [victims] are trying to recover and heal?”
Boyle said he knows of no opposition to the measure, but said the issue hadn’t been addressed yet because it has “flown below the radar.” He said the measure could force some mental-health programs to offer more group-therapy sessions but the cost should be minimal.

 

Help for Long Beach Medical Center?

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Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to allow South Nassau Communities Hospital to get up to $100 million in Sandy relief on behalf of Long Beach Medical Center.  

The financially strapped Long Beach hospital, which has been closed since October 2012, has been in negotiations with South Nassau in Oceanside since June about a takeover. There are no plans to reopen the hospital as a full service facility.

The calm before another storm

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PSEG Long Island is preparing for the latest round of wintry weather expected to bring a mix of snow, sleet and ice to the area through Wednesday.

The utility company had all available personnel on hand Monday to deal with any weather-related outages due to the heavy snowfall and is taking similar precautions today when another storm may threaten to disrupt service.  PSEG Long Island will be regularly checking equipment, fuel and other supplies, hiring contractors when necessary and coordinating with emergency personnel to ensure they are ready to handle any power issues.

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect late Tuesday into Wednesday.  According to the National Weather Service, four to eight inches of snow are expected for Long Island.