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Bank robber busted

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Suffolk County Police have arrested a Rocky Point man for robbing two banks in three days.
 
A man entered Suffolk County National Bank, located at 2801 Route 112 in Medford, at approximately 2 p.m. yesterday and approached a teller with a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the robber’s demands and the man fled the scene with cash.
 
Sixth Precinct police officers, Highway Patrol officers and officers from Canine and Aviation Sections searched for the suspect, who was located a short time later, hiding under a tractor-trailer parked in the parking lot of Island 16 Cinema in Holtsville. 
 
An investigation by Pattern Crime Unit detectives determined the suspect, Robert Edlund, 55, of 41 Elm Road, Rocky Point, was also responsible for the robbery that occurred at Bridgehampton National Bank, located at 75 Route 25A in Rocky Point, on July 19.
 
Edlund was charged with two counts of Robbery 3rd Degree. Edlund was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and will be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

18 month old fighting for life after drowning incident

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Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating an incident during which an 18-month-old girl was found unresponsive in a family’s pool in Sayville.
 
Suffolk County Police responded to Chester Road after a 911 caller reported that a toddler was found unresponsive in the inground pool at approximately 10:30 a.m. Police officers, with assistance from members of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company Inc., performed CPR on the girl.
 
She was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue and then transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was in serious condition. The investigation is continuing.

DWI death on the Northern State

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A passenger was killed early Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash on the Northern State Parkway in Westbury when the intoxicated driver lost control, State Police said. 
Christopher Gallina, 23, of Levittown, was pronounced dead at Winthrop-University Hospital shortly after the 4 a.m. crash near Exit 32, Post Avenue, police said.
The driver, Brian Friedrichs, 22, of Levittown, was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, police said. Arraignment information was not immediately available.
In the crash, the car, a Mazda, flipped over several times on the westbound roadway, ejecting both men, police said.
Gallina may have been struck by another vehicle after he was thrown out of the Mazda, police said.
The crash closed the westbound parkway for about seven hours, including during the morning rush. Lanes reopened about 10:40 a.m., according to the State Transportation Department.

White flags on the Brooklyn bridge

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Two white flags have been removed from the Brooklyn Bridge as authorities continue to investigate how they got there.

The white flags were swapped out some time overnight for the two American flags that normally fly over the famous span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. Security footage of the 24-hour surveillance cameras that monitor the bridge is being reviewed.

“Newsday” reports DOT workers typically replace the American flags that fly atop the bridge if they become tattered or frayed.  There were no reports of suspicious activity overnight.

4 charged with bank fraud

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Four people are facing federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges on Long Island in connection with a scheme to rip off Bank of America. 

A Garden City attorney and his wife along with a couple from Great Neck face a U.S. District Court judge today in Central Islip.  The couples are accused of buying a foreclosure property adjacent to all-girls Catholic school Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead for half-a-million more than the bank had authorized.  

The defendants face up to 30 years in prison. 

Part time more lucrative than full time in Nassau

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Several part-time and seasonal Nassau County employees raked in higher salaries last year than full-time workers, in spite of a wage freeze imposed by the county’s financial control board.

According to “Newsday,” Nassau County shelled out more than 26-million-dollars for more than two-thousand part-time and seasonal workers in 2013.  Several of the workers hold other government positions or have solid political connections.  Around half of the part-time employees held jobs with the parks department. 

Charges increased against Sarah Goode’s accused killer

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Charges have been increased against the man accused of fatally stabbing a young mother from Medford. 

Dante Taylor is now facing first-degree murder charges in the death of 21-year-old Sarah Goode.  The former Marine had been charged with second-degree murder. 

Prosecutors allege that Taylor raped and assaulted Goode before stabbing her and leaving her body in a wooded area in Medford.  Her body was found last month near her abandoned car, days after she was reported missing. 

Chikungunya virus hits Long Island

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State health officials are confirming three cases of the Chikungunya virus on Long Island. 

In each case, the infected person had contracted the virus while in the Caribbean.  The Chikungunya virus is carried by mosquitoes and can cause fever and joint pain that can last for weeks.  More than 350 Americans have reportedly become infected with the virus so far this year. 

In most cases, it was picked up in the Caribbean.  

Manorville man charged with 20 year old murders

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A Manorville man has been charged in the murders of two women that took place more than 20 years ago. 

Suffolk County police say DNA evidence linked the killings to 48-year-old John Bittrolff.  Rita Tangredi was found strangled to death in the woods in East Patchogue on November 2nd, 1993.  The body of Colleen McNamee, who was also strangled, was found on January 30th, 1994 in Shirley. 

Bittrolff, who has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, is set to be arraigned today.

Jet Ski accident in Lindenhurst

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A Huntington Station man is critically injured after he crashed his jet ski into a boat yesterday evening.

“Newsday” reports Roldando Moreno was riding his Yamaha WaveRunner along the Great South Bay in Lindenhurst when he plowed into a Chapparal boat. Suffolk County police say he jumped the wake from the boat. Moreno was rushed to a local hospital.

No one on the boat was injured.