Garcia pleads not guilty

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The Long Island murder suspect who surrendered to the FBI in Nicaragua last week is being held without bail after pleading not guilty during his arraignment in Suffolk County.

Juan Garcia gave himself up just one day after making the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. He’s charged in the 2010 execution-style murders of a former girlfriend Vanessa Argueta and her two-year-old son Diego Torres. They were found shot to death in Central Islip.

Garcia is the first MS-13 gang member ever named to the FBI list and faces life in prison if convicted of the murder, conspiracy and firearms charges.

Budget approved


New York State has a new budget.  The Senate and Assembly passed the 140-billion-dollar spending plan about 45 minutes before the midnight deadline.

This is the legislature’s fourth straight on-time budget.  It includes tax breaks for businesses and rebates for homeowners outside of New York City.  It also increases aid to schools and provides 300-million dollars to fund Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K program in New York City.

The new budget approved by New York State lawmakers gives Long Island schools an increase of more than five percent in state funding.  The nearly one-hundred-twenty-six million dollars is the biggest boost since the financial crash of 2008.  It’s double the hike proposed by Governor Cuomo in January.

Warehouse fire in Seaford

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The Island Recreation  Pool Supply store in Seaford is a burned rubble after a massive fire Monday afternoon.

Fire and Hazmat crews rushed to the scene on Hicksville Road, concerned about pool chemicals being released into the atmosphere.  Students were held inside a nearby school after dismissal time while the health department tested the air. Several other stores in the same strip mall were damaged by the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

Candidates kids opt out

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A Republican candidate for Governor says his kids are among those opting out of today’s Common Core testing.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says his three young children will attend school, but are among thousands asserting their right to decline the controversial standardized exam. In a video released on his website today, Astorino rails against what he calls Governor Cuomo’s Common Core, saying it’s a “disaster in the making.”

The GOP candidate says he and his wife, a Special Education teacher, made the decision after much consideration.

Facebook puts man behind bars


Suffolk County Police today arrested a registered Level 2 sex offender for failing to report his internet identifier to the NY State Sex Offender Registry.

Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Computer Crimes Section, in cooperation with the Section Special Victims Section and the Suffolk County Probation Department, conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of Michael Iannello after he failed to register his Facebook account as required by law.

Further investigation by Computer Crimes detectives revealed that Iannello had planned a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in June of 2014.

Iannello, 30, of 103 Dorchester Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, was charged with Sex Offender Failure to Report a Change in violation of NY State Corrections Law. He is being held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment tomorrow at First District Court in Central Islip.