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Lohan pleads guilty to DWI charge

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The mother of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is admitting to speeding and driving drunk on Long Island.

Dina Lohan entered a guilty plea in a Nassau County courtroom this morning.  Last September the elder Lohan was pulled over for speeding on the Northern State Parkway and found to have a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.  She faces sentencing June 3rd for aggravated DWI and speeding.

By pleading guilty Lohan avoids jail time but must perform 100 hours of community service, pay fines, and will likely have her license taken away.

Huntington Station man arrested for school break in

 

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Police arrested a Huntington Station man for trespassing at Walt Whitman High School.

Cops say James Rankin was caught using his cell phone to take pictures around 4 a.m. Friday but didn’t commit any other crime or cause damage to the school.  Rankin told “News 12″ that he was feeling nostalgic and just wanted to take a look around.

According to police, Ranking got into the school through an unlocked door and school officials say they will add an extra layer of security.

More LIRR issues Tuesday

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LIRR riders on the Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson and Huntington branches got stuck in some big delays during Tuesday night’s rush hour.

A fire on a utility pole near the LIRR tracks in Westbury suspended service for a while thousands were trying to get home from work and to the second Passover seder.  Fire officials say that electrical wires ignited the pole, which was most likely the result of high winds.

The LIRR expects to have a normal Wednesday morning rush hour.

24 hour markets robbed

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Three 24-hour stores were hit by armed robbers in Nassau County, Tuesday.

Police say the Bolla Market in Freeport was robbed around 2 a.m.  Later that hour armed thieves hit a 7-Eleven in Valley Stream and the 7-Eleven on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow was robbed around 5 a.m.  Cops think all three robberies may be connected.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.

Party bus stopped in the Hamptons

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Police have arrested the driver of a party bus who was found with a bus full of drunken underage students at a rest area on Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays.

Cops nabbed Luis Guevara-Henriquz, a driver for Coachman Luxury Transport of Farmingdale and Woodbury, after they found more than 100 beer cans and several bottles of hard liquor on a bus that was travelling from Garden City to Montauk.

Guevara-Henriquz was issued a desk appearance ticket and is due back in Southampton Town Justice Court on April 23rd.

Life for plot to kill judge

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A Levittown man has been sentenced to two life sentences for plotting to kill a federal judge and federal prosecutor.

Joseph Romano was convicted of soliciting a hit man to kill and behead the judge and prosecutor in 2012 following a conviction on telemarketing charges.  The hit man was actually an undercover officer.

Students suspended for flag incident

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Two seniors at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington are suspended from school for ten days for displaying a Confederate flag during a handball tournament last week.

According to the principal, somebody snapped a photo of one of the students wearing the flag over his shoulders.  The New York Civil Liberties Union is looking into the matter.

State Democratic convention to meet in Huntington

 

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New York Democrats will gather in Melville for their state convention May 21st and 22nd.  It will be held at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington Hotel.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s possible running mate is expected to be a hot topic.  According to “Newsday,” Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association is a contender.  Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is also considered a candidate for the number two spot.

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy told reporters he expected an announcement about his own future on the democratic ticket at the convention.

More common core delays

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State senator Ken LaValle is pushing for a delay on a controversial new teacher exam tied to Common Core.

“The Journal News” reports legislation proposed by LaValle would hold up the state’s new video-based exam for “education teacher performance assessment” for at least a year.  A similar bill was introduced last week by Manhattan Assemblywoman Deborah Glick.

College officials have said they have not had enough time to prepare student teachers.

No foul play in weekend fire

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Police on Long Island do not suspect foul play after a body was found in a burning pickup truck over the weekend.

Southampton officials responded to a call of a vehicle on fire on a beach in Hampton Bays Saturday afternoon. After the blaze was extinguished, police discovered the body of a man inside the truck.

As of Sunday, the victim’s identity still had not been released.