Search to continue for missing kayaker

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Authorities will conduct “sporadic” searches for the body of a missing kayaker in the waters of Lake Ronkonkoma until resources run out. “Newsday” reports police searched for about an hour yesterday with no luck. 

According to witnesses, 40-year-old Kevin Conley was wearing a life vest when he tumbled into the water Thursday afternoon but that the vest popped off and it was clear he was in trouble.  Good Samaritans tried to help, paddling toward the man in floating tubes, but they quickly lost sight of him as he disappeared into the lake. 

Marine and aviation units, as well as divers, have been involved in the search. 

Charges dropped against East Hampton Town Trustee

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The Suffolk County district attorney’s office has dropped a charge against an East Hampton Town elected official accused of choking a town employee during an argument.
Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Nathaniel Miller, an East Hampton Town trustee, during an appearance Thursday before Justice Lisa Rana in East Hampton Justice Court, a defense attorney said.
Miller’s attorney, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton, said prosecutors learned they “were not going to have a willing complainant in this case, and therefore they had no basis to proceed on.”

Man arrested for string of car break-ins

Keith Keene

Suffolk County Police today arrested a man that broke into numerous vehicles in Medford, North Bellport, and East Patchogue in July and August.

On August 13 a vehicle was broken into on Patrician Lane in Medford.  The suspect was captured on surveillance video breaking into the car.  Today at approximately 1:40 p.m., the victim saw the suspect on Station Road in Bayport and recognized him from the surveillance video.  She called out for help and several residents helped detain the suspect until police arrived.

Keith Keene, 36, who is undomiciled, was arrested on a parole warrant.  Further investigations by Fifth Squad detectives revealed that Keene was responsible for dozens of car break-ins in which he would ride around on his bicycle looking for unlocked vehicles.  In July and August, Keene stole cash, wallets, pocketbooks, jewelry, gift cards and electronics left in the vehicles at the following locations:


Matsunaye Drive in Medford

Patrician Lane in Medford

Meyer Lane in Medford

Travis Road in East Patchogue

Orchard Road in North Bellport

Rustic Avenue in North Bellport

South Village Drive in North Bellport

Tarpon Avenue in North Bellport

The investigation is continuing. Detectives believe he may be responsible for numerous additional larcenies.

Keene was charged with 2 counts of Grand Larceny and 5 counts of Petit Larceny.  He will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 18.

Press Conference to cover last weeks record rainfall in Islip

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Islip Town Councilman Steven J. Flotteron will join Building Department and other town officials in a press conference on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11 a.m. to discuss public safety issues involving almost 400 homes affected by last week’s record rainfall. Many homeowners have not yet recovered from electrical and other issues. Officials warn that floodwater contaminants can create serious fire hazards if electrical wiring and equipment have been submerged in water.
Last week’s devastating record rainfall flooded highways and streets stranding countless motorists. They also downed trees, caused power outages, and opened enormous, unfillable depressions and severely flooded homes throughout the town.
When: Monday August 18, 2014 at 11 noon
Where: 120 Montauk Highway, Islip N.Y.
(Outside the White Cap Fish Market)