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BREAKING NEWS

Mastic Shirley woman missing

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Suffolk County Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman who was reported missing last week.

A family member of Elizabeth Fridenberger, 25, reported her missing on March 15. The woman, who goes by Beth, is undomiciled and frequents the Mastic/Shirley area which is where she was last seen.

Fridenberger is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 135 pounds.

Anyone with information about Fridenberger is asked to call the Seventh Squad or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Glancing blow of winter weather

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Winter weather is forecast for Long Island today as a nor’easter brushes past the area.

One to four inches of snow is expected, with the heaviest accumulations to the east.  Luckily the weather system is passing far enough to the east to spare Long Island hurricane-type conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard could get six inches or snow, or more, accompanied by gusty winds up to 60 miles per hour.

Home invasion in Medford

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Suffolk County Police are investigating a burglary that took place at a residence in Medford early this morning.

Residents of a house located at 139 West Yaphank Road reported that two males knocked at the front door at 12:30 a.m. When the door was opened, one suspect displayed a pistol and both suspects entered the home and stole cash, car keys and cell phones from four victims on the lower level of the house.

It is believed that the residence was specifically targeted. There were no injuries and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sixth Squad detectives at 631-854-8652 orCrime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Alcohol free beaches in East Hampton

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Officials in East Hampton are considering a summer ban on alcohol at Indian Wells Beach and Atlantic Avenue Beach.

They are concerned about growing complaints about rowdy crowds and alcohol-related incidents.  If approved, the restriction would be in effect while lifeguards are on duty.  Violators would face a penalty of up to fifty dollars and thirty hours of community service.

A public hearing will be scheduled on the alcohol ban.

Heated PSEG Long Island meeting

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Many residents who live near PSEG’s seven-million dollar power line project don’t like it.

Hundreds gave the utility company an earful at a meeting last night.  They say 80 foot poles that are being put up on Port Washington Boulevard are unsightly and potentially dangerous. Many suggested putting the transmission line underground.

PSEG officials say the new poles can withstand winds up to one-hundred-thirty miles an hour.

Suffolk cop pleads not guilty to hate crimes

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A Suffolk County police officer is pleading not guilty to a string of charges including grand larceny, after being accused of targeting and stealing from Latino drivers.

Suffolk County D.A. Thomas Spota says when Sergeant Scott Greene of Shirley was on patrol, he specifically pulled over Hispanic drivers and stole from them. Greene was already facing official misconduct and larceny charges after he was arrested in January. A sting operation caught him on video taking cash from an undercover officer’s car.

Greene has been linked to alleged thefts in Farmingville, Medford and Coram.