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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.