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Last of the core four to call it quits after 2014 season

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The Yankees have another high-profile retirement party to plan.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, one of the most iconic players in the rich history of both the Yankees and Major League Baseball, announced Wednesday via his Facebook page that he will end his playing career after this season.

“The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” wrote the Yankees captain, who will follow Mariano Rivera into retirement a year after the legendary closer ended his 19-year playing career.

All in all, it will make for a 20-year Major League career that has included five World Series titles, 13 All-Star team selections, five Silver Sluggers and five Gold Gloves and a number of remarkable achievements.

“It was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last,” Jeter wrote. “As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100-percent sure.

“And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart.”

Bayshore man arrested in DWI crash

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Suffolk Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after he was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash in West Babylon last evening.

Stephen Kokser, while traveling on the southbound ramp of Route 109 from westbound Sunrise Highway, lost control of his 2006 Nissan X-Terra. The vehicle overturned and crashed onto the southbound lanes of Route 109 at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Kokser, of Michigan Avenue, Bay Shore, sustained a serious injury to his arm that was pinned under his vehicle during the crash.  He was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital and is listed in stable condition. Kokser’s passenger, Christopher Santiago, 40, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was treated for minor injuries.

Kokser, 49, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.

Babylon residents angry with higher tax assessments

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Superstorm Sandy caused havoc throughout the tri-state region.  But now residents in Babylon are up in arms about higher tax assessments on their homes.

Residents who attended a Babyon Village board meeting Tuesday night were informed by Mayor Ralph Scaldino that homeowners, who stayed within their original home’s footprint and only elevated or added solar panels, should not face higher assessments. But he says some people may have made additions and however small, they will need to pay accordingly.

The only solace that mayor could give residents was to attend grievance day where they can officially make their complaints to the assessor and plead their case.  

Grievance day will be held Feb. 18 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the municipal building at 153 West Main Street in Babylon.

 

Tutor busted

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Suffolk County Police have arrested a Ronkonkoma woman in connection with several incidents in which jewelry was stolen from the homes of people who had hired a home tutor for their special needs children.

Beginning on January 3, 2014, police received several reports of stolen jewelry in the Hauppauge area.  Fourth Squad detectives conducted an investigation into the thefts and on February 11, they arrested Bonni Blier, of 43 Innis St., Ronkonkoma, and charged her with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree, one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th Degree and one count of Petit Larceny.

Blier, 36, is a special education tutor who was providing in-home tutoring for children in the victims’ homes where the jewelry was stolen.

Blier is being held at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip this morning.

 

Nine employees arrested at Medford Multicare Center

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Nine employees of the Medford Multicare Center for Living are facing charges.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says seven of the arrests are in connection with the 2012 death of a 72-year-old resident.  They’re accused of criminally negligent homicide, fraud and providing false statements.  Officials say people tried to cover up the circumstances surrounding the death, which was caused when a center employee allegedly failed to connect the patient to a ventilator at night.

Nine employees of the Medford Multicare Center for Living are facing charges.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says seven of the arrests are in connection with the 2012 death of a 72-year-old resident.  They’re accused of criminally negligent homicide, fraud and providing false statements.  Officials say people tried to cover up the circumstances surrounding the death, which was caused when a center employee allegedly failed to connect the patient to a ventilator at night.

Reports say the alarm sounded every 15 seconds for two hours without anyone checking to see what the issue was.  When someone finally did, Aurelia Rios was already dead.

Bellone wants more red light camera’s

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The Suffolk County Executive wants to use cameras to help catch people who speed through school zones.

Steve Bellone asked state legislators in Albany Tuesday to approve installing cameras near 20 schools, expanding the red light camera program already in use.  Citing national data that shows red light cameras have helped reduce accidents and saved lives, Bellone says that the plan will also bring in two-million dollars per year in revenue.

One problem the plan faces is that some residents feel that the cameras are overly intrusive.