Home burglary attempt in N. Bellport

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Suffolk Police detectives are investigating a burglary in North Bellport yesterday.

Four to five men attempted to enter a residence on Montauk Highway in the vicinity of Doane Avenue at  3:10 p.m. There were four adults in the residence at the time.  Some of the residents attempted to push the door back but the suspects sprayed them with a chemical substance.  As the victims were shutting the door, a family dog raced out of the door.

The suspects shot the dog with a small caliber handgun and fled.  The dog, an 11-year-old three-legged female pit bull named Sarah, died from her wound.

Nothing was taken in the burglary. All of the suspects had their faces partially covered but are believed to be black men.

The investigation is continuing.

Human head found in Hempstead

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More human remains are being found in Hempstead…

News 12 is reporting that police discovered a severed human head.  It was found at 59 Boylston St. in a black plastic bag and was dumped in the bushes on the side of the house.

The homeowner, Jonathan Grier believes the head has been there since at least last week, when he noticed a stench coming from the bushes that he thought was coming from a dead animal.

Police are on the scene to investigate. It is not known if this is related to the dismembered body found in Bay Shore and the severed arms found last week in Hempstead. The head has been taken to the Nassau Medical Examiner’s office for examination.

Bellone wants to consolidate

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Suffolk County leaders are hoping to save taxpayers money by combining the offices of the treasurer and the comptroller. 

County Executive Steve Bellone signed off on legislation yesterday that gives voters a choice in November to merge both offices.  He notes Suffolk is the only county out of 62 in New York State to have both an elected comptroller and a treasurer. 

His office notes if the referendum passes, the consolidation is estimated to save Suffolk County taxpayers more than one-million dollars and make the government more efficient.

Broadway legend passes

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Broadway will dim the lights tonight to mark the passing of stage and screen legend Elaine Stritch. 

The actress and singer died yesterday morning at her Michigan home.  On TV, Stritch was best known for her Emmy winning role as Colleen, the domineering mother of Alec Baldwin’s character Jack Donaghy on NBC’s “30 Rock.”  She was 89. 

The Broadway League says marquees for its theaters will dim for exactly one minute at 7:45 p.m.

Strike averted

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Thousands of Long Island Rail Road riders can look forward to the weekend, now that a tentative agreement has been reached between the MTA and the unions representing LIRR workers. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo helped broker a six-and-a-half year agreement between the MTA and the eight LIRR unions involved.  While there were contingency plans in place, many riders say they were worried about how long it would take them to get to work and dealing with the crowds. 

Some 300-thousand daily riders would have been impacted by a strike that loomed for Sunday morning.