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School lockdown

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The Central Islip School District was on lockdown YESTERDAY afternoon due to police activity in the area.
District officials told News 12 they locked down schools BASED ON A CONFRONTATION THAT ESCALATED INTO A SHOOTING, A CHASE, A CRASH, AND A POLICE MANHUNT FOR SUSPECTS.  THE INCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR SUFFOLK AVENUE AND ALLYN COURT BETWEEN 4 OCCUPANTS OF 1 VEHICLE, AND A MOTORIST OF ANOTHER.  DETAILS ARE STILL SKETCHY AS WITNESSES ARE CURRENTLY BEING INTERVIEWED BY AUTHORITIES.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION MAY CALL DETECTIVES AT 631-854-8352.
The lockdown was lifted shortly before 3 p.m.

Teenage party bus driver bailed out

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The Long Island bus driver accused of letting teenagers drink alcohol on a rented out bus is out on five-thousand-dollars bail.

Luis Guevara-Henriquz pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Southampton courtroom.  He was arrested last week at a Southampton rest stop off Sunrise Highway after police found a group of 16 and 17-year-olds drunk on his bus.  Guevara-Henriquz claims he did not know the kids had brought alcohol on the bus. 

None of the teens were charged. 

Bus crash in Middle Island

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Four kids and a school bus aide were sent to the hospital following an accident Wednesday. 

The bus smashed into a taxi that had stopped for a flashing yellow light near a firehouse and then the bus was hit by a truck.  Police say none of the drivers were hurt, the students and the aide were taken to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson for observation. 

Volunteers wanted

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Volunteer firefighters make up a large portion of fire departments on Long Island and Nassau County Executive, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and the volunteer fire service will make a big recruiting  push today. 

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will announce the 4th Annual RecruitNY program at a press conference in Uniondale.  Fire Departments across the country have struggled to recruit volunteers recently and disasters like Superstorm Sandy illustrate the need to keep manpower levels up. 

Port Authority passes raise resolution

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The Port Authority passed a resolution mandating airlines pay their workers a higher salary. 

Thousands of security officers, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners have been demanding ten-dollars and ten-cents an hour and better benefits from the contractors that the airlines use.  Hundreds rallied in front of Port Authority offices on Park Avenue Wednesday morning ahead of their monthly meeting.

The Port Authority operates all major New York City airports, along with Newark International and Stewart International Airport in Orange County. 

School bus driver charged with dealing heroin

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A Bay Shore woman learns that dealing heroin and driving a school bus don’t mix. 

Anna Kovarick, a driver for private schools including St. John the Baptist High School and Our Lady of Lourdes pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.  Cops say Kovarick would drive kids to school in the morning and then selling 300-to-500 bags of heroin before driving the kids home every two to three days.

Kovarick is being held on 50-thousand dollar cash bail and 150-thousand dollar bond. She is due back in court next month. 

Knick’s staff dumped

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The head coach of the New York Knicks has been fired, along with the entire coaching staff. 

That’s the word from new Knicks President PhilJackson, who detailed in a release that he has a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his staff, but the time has come for change throughout the franchise.  He notes that the Knicks had an extremely difficult season and it should not be blamed on one individual. Woodson has coached the Knicks for the past two seasons following Mike D’Antoni’s resignation in 2011. 

The Knicks did win a division title in 2012-2013 under Woodson’s leadership, but had a rough start this year and were eliminated from the playoffs last week. 

Bayville man sentenced in underage sex case

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A Bayville man who met a 13-year-old girl on Facebook and then had sex with her in July 2013 was sentenced to one year in jail. 

When Tereso Ruiz-Hernandez gets out of jail he will be registered as a Level 2 sex offender.  Judge Angelo Delligatti also issued a stay-away order of protection in the case.  Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says, “social networks can offer a positive experience but this case illustrates the potential dangers of using them.” 

Sprucing up NY parks including Jones Beach

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Tens of millions of dollars are being set aside to spruce up New York State parks and historic sites, including Jones Beach on Long Island. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is advancing 69 projects to improve and repair 53 state parks and historic sites.  The projects are part of a 90-million-dollar statewide commitment funded in the latest state budget.  Cuomo says this year’s funding will launch a multi-year 65-million-dollar plan to restore the historic and aesthetic grandeur of Jones Beach State Park on the Long Island Coast. 

Money is also going toward revitalizing Niagara Falls State Park and the creation of a nature center at Letchworth State Park to enhance visits to the spectacular gorge known as “the Grand Canyon of the East.” 

Solar powered commute

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Governor Andrew Cuomo used Earth Day to announce new solar technologythat the MTA, Metro North and NYC Transit are testing in informational kiosks.

The kiosks that show MTA Subway Time and MTA Bus Time as well as Metro North train times and connection information are powered 100-percent by sunlight and draw no power from the electrical grid.  The MTA is evaluating the performance of the kiosks to assess whether the solar panels, batteries and screens can withstand New York’s year-round weather.