Suffolk ready for storms and emergencies

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Suffolk Police got some hearty new tools to help them help the public during big storms and other emergencies.

The department bought six Humvees that were a part of a federal government surplus. Officers will be trained on how to operate the Humvees properly and county officials hope to buy more by the end of 2014.

Allegiant Air takes summer flights off out of Islip

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Allegiant Air says it won’t fly out of MacArthur Airport over the summer.

The low cost airline started flying out of MacArthur in December but will stop flights in late May and resume again in December.  The Islip airport has been struggling in recent years losing 46-percent of its regular flights from 2007 to 2012.

Anyone who bought a ticket for an Allegiant Air flight during the service suspension will get a full refund.

“Ride to Montauk” denied permit


For 49 years, bicyclists rode from Jamaica, Queens to Montauk, many representing charities, on the “Ride to Montauk” bike tour, but this year it’s not going to happen.

Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce denied a permit for the cyclists to pass through Southampton on May 31st.  In a letter to organizers, Pearce wrote that the bike tour was in conflict with Memorial Day weekend and would jeopardize public health and safety.

State Police to crack down on distracted drivers


New York State Police are cracking down on distracted driving with increased enforcement starting today through April 15th. It’s called Operation Hang Up.

State troopers in marked and unmarked cars will be on the lookout for anyone talking on phones or texting while driving.  If drivers get caught using a mobile device, they could be slapped with a summons of between 50- and 150-dollars plus five points on their license.

During the last crackdown over the holiday season last year, state police issued nearly 900 tickets.

Skimmer on ATM machine


Nassau police are looking for the person who attached a credit card skimming device to an ATM at the TD Bank on Old Country Road.

Detective say an ATM repairman found the device while doing routine repairs.  A second device was found on the card entrance outside.  Police say that numerous accounts are compromised so anyone who used the ATM should keep an eye on their accounts.