Bridgehampton teen arraigned for homicide during Christmas morning robbery


A 19 year old Bridgehampton man pleaded not guilty to murder charges for the December 25 shooting death of a Patchogue man, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Suffolk Homicide Squad detectives arrested Brandon Davis March 7.

Davis, with codefendants Cesar Figueroa, 19, and Tasheem Carter, 19, both of Mastic, are charged with entering an auto body shop, Whitestar MTR on Cedarhurst Avenue in Medford, to commit a robbery. Taliek Bristel, 19, was shot to death during the confrontation.

Bristel, 19, of Patchogue, died at the scene.

Davis is being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or one million dollars bond. He’ll return to court on April 23.

Posted On 18 Mar 2014

Drought Driving Up Food Prices

(NEW YORK) — If you’ve been food shopping lately, you may have noticed that your grocery bill has gotten higher.

It’s not just you — as the Wall Street Journal reports, drought has been driving up the cost of food items like meat, vegetables and coffee.

And the situation may get worse. Some forecasters say the prices could go up as much as 3.5 percent this year. That would be the largest increase in the cost of food since 2011.

The hike is the result of years of drought in places like Texas and California, which is hurting crops and making livestock feed more expensive.

Drought is also affecting coffee production in Brazil.

Posted On 18 Mar 2014

Rolling Stones Postpone Concert After Jagger’s Girlfriend Found Dead

(NEW YORK) — The Rolling Stones have postponed their Wednesday night concert in Perth, Australia, in wake of the news that Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide in her New York City apartment.

In a joint statement issued Tuesday, Frontier Touring and Concerts West said the Rolling Stones concert in Perth “will not be going ahead as scheduled for Wednesday 19 March 2014.”

“No further information is available at this time, ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update is available,” the statement continues.

The band is in Australia for a series of shows that was set to kick off with Wednesday’s concert.

It’s unclear whether the rest of the Down Under tour will be affected.

Scott began dating Jagger in 2001. A spokesperson for the rock legend told ABC News Radio that the singer is “completely shocked and devastated” by the news.

Posted On 18 Mar 2014

Helicopter Crashes Near Seattle Space Needle, Killing Two

(SEATTLE) — Two people were killed and another injured Tuesday morning when a helicopter crashed in Seattle just yards away from the iconic Space Needle.

The helicopter was a news chopper owned by ABC News affiliate KOMO.

The chopper crashed moments after lift-off and quickly became engulfed in flames, killing two and sending a third victim to the hospital in critical condition, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

The crash site is just 50 feet away from the Space Needle, authorities said.

Two cars were also on fire when firefighters arrived to douse the flames.

Plumes of smoke quickly filled the skies near the Space Needle shortly after the crash.031814_KOMOCrash

Posted On 18 Mar 2014

Teen Disabled by Arthritis Gets Hip Replacement at 20

(NEW YORK) — Abdul Moussadda was an active biker, working a summer job as a waiter and getting ready for his first semester of college when he got hit with the flu. Two weeks later, at the age of 19, a sore throat and other horrible symptoms set in.

“My joints in my fingers, and neck and wrists and knees starting literally looking like watermelons or tennis balls,” he told ABC News. “Everything was swollen. I would get high fevers of 104 and every night I was sweating, soaking the bed.”

Moussadda, who is from Cutler Bay, Fla., lost 15 pounds and doctors ran tests but they showed nothing.

“They couldn’t figure it out,” he said. “One night my fever was so bad I went to the hospital.”

When he was finally referred to a rheumatologist, Moussadda was diagnosed with an autoimmune form of arthritis — Still’s disease, a disorder that is similar to systemic-onset variation of juvenile arthritis, but it occurs in adults. The disease can go into remission, but may lead to chronic arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It most commonly affects the knee and wrist, but ankles, shoulders, elbows and finger joints may also be involved.

Two and a half years later, Moussadda was so disabled that he couldn’t attend school or even leave his house.

But in August 2013, he decided to have hip replacement surgery and only in February of 2014, he had the second successful operation. So today, at 22, Moussada said he is “feeling great.”

“I am a little more active each day,” he said. “With my hips, I really couldn’t bike, but last week I started again, which I am very happy about. And I am doing yoga, nothing crazy, to help me keep limber. I am stretching and doing physical therapy and every day I am stronger.”

Though Moussadda’s not yet at 100 percent, he says 60 to 70 percent is “pretty good.”

In the fall, Moussada is ready to start a bachelor’s degree program in English to one day be a television comedy screenwriter.ht_abdul_moussadda_kab_140317_16x9_992

Posted On 18 Mar 2014

Three teens arrested in March 7th assault


Suffolk County Police today arrested three teens that assaulted a 52-year-old female victim in Brentwood earlier this month.

On March 7 at approximately 3 p.m. a woman was walking along MacArthur Avenue when she was assaulted by three teens that punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the ground.  The teens then kicked the victim on her abdomen.  The suspects did not steal anything from the victim and there was no altercation prior to the attack.  The woman was transported to Southside Hospital where she was treated for a concussion and broken ribs.  

An investigation by Third Precinct Crime Section officers revealed the three teens below were responsible for the attack:

Wilfredo Torres, 17, of 186 Sherman St., Brentwood

Wayne Beavers, 16, of 7 20th Ave., Bay Shore

QwaTese Jarvis, 16, of 1593 East Forks Road, Bay Shore

All three were arrested today and charged with Assault 3rd Degree.  They will be held overnight at the Third Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 18.


Election day in dozens of villages



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There will be more than three dozen village elections across Long Island today.

Island Park will elect a new mayor and two trustees.  In Mastic Beach a former mayor who resigned in the middle of his first term is running for trustee.  Northport voters choose a new mayor who will be expected to address the village’s aging roads and sidewalks.

Other village races highlight issues such as infrastructure, budgets, development and taxes.

Court okays Thatched Cottage deal

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A court says that The Thatched Cottage, the popular but bankrupt catering hall in Centerport, can hire a management company run by the owner of Westbury Manor.

The court also says that Westbury Manor’s owner Gino Scotto can loan The Thatched Cottage’s owner Ralph Colamussi money to reopen the restaurant he owns next door which has been undergoing renovations.