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SUFFOLK POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR PETTY LARCENY

A Suffolk County police officer has been arrested on charges of petty larceny and official misconduct, according to Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota. Prosecutors say they believe Sgt. Scott A. Greene "has been targeting Hispanic motorists and stealing cash from them during traffic stops,” Spota said in a statement. Greene, of Shirley, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday in District Court following his arrest Thursday night in Coram, according to prosecutors. -- Ellen Yan

*A full article with more on this to follow later today.


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SILVER ALERT. 
Suffolk police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing Huntington Bay woman who suffers from diabetes. Marilyn Labate, 68, is 5 feet 1 inches tall with gray shoulder-length hair and weighs 160 pounds.
Suffolk police have issued a Silver Alert for Marilyn Labate, 68, of Huntington Bay. 
She was last seen at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn on Tuesday when she signed herself out. She may be heading to her home in Huntington Bay. Anyone with information can call 631-854-8252.

WANTED FOR PETTY LARCENY
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate this man who stole seven bags of frozen shrimp from a Stop & Shop at 3126 Jericho Turnpike in East Northport on Dec. 2 at 8:20 a.m. Described as 25 to 30 years old, he was wearing a yellow shirt, black pants and Timberland boots. He was driving a red Toyota Corolla with out-of-state license plates. Call 631-852-6308 with any information.

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RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY BROOKHAVEN FIRE. Firefighters from six departments and crews from South Country Ambulance responded to an early morning blaze that displaced more than a half-dozen apartment residents in Brookhaven on Friday. Story by John Valenti.

LI FIRM TO MOVE FACTORY FROM CHINA TO HAUPPAUGE. A local supplier of nutritional supplements plans to move its factory from China to Hauppauge, executives said Thursday. Story by James T. Madore, @JamesTMadore

ROOMATES CHARGES IN 9 RECENT BANK ROBBERIES. Two roommates motivated by drug addiction have been nabbed for their roles in nine recent bank robberies in Nassau and Suffolk that netted at least $29,000. Story by Nicole Fuller, @Nicolefuller and Darran Simon, @Darransimon.

JURY AQUITS MAN OF ASSAULT IN FATAL BAR FIGHT. The mother of a Levittown volunteer firefighter who died after a bar fight said justice wasn't served Thursday when a jury acquitted a man of assaulting her late son. Story @ByBridgetMurphy

EXCLUSIVE: INTERNAL CHARGES FOR COP WHO SHOT CABBIE. Nassau County Police filed departmental charges against Officer Anthony DiLeonardo almost three years after he shot an unarmed cabdriver in Huntington Station after a night of drinking off-duty. Department officials could ultimately fire DiLeonardo after a hearing scheduled for Feb. 10. Story by Adam Playford, @AdamPlayford


EAST END DEER KILL REDUCED TO 1,000 ANIMALS. A federal sharpshooter program to reduce the East End deer population has shaved the number of animals it plans to kill to about 1,000 from the original 2,000 to 3,000 because fewer municipalities are participating. Story by Mark Harrington, @MharringtonNews

DAD, DAUGHTER HANDCUFFED IN HOME INVASION. A man and his daughter were threatened with handguns and left handcuffed to a basement oil tank but were otherwise uninjured in a home invasion robbery Thursday afternoon in Valley Stream, police said. Story by John Valenti.

PSEG CUSTOMERS FACING RISING ELECTRIC BILLS. PSEG Long Island customers dealing with January's electric-bill sticker shock face another jump in February, and likely another in March, the company said, as the power supply charge rises to its highest level since at least 2005.

HEMPSTEAD TRUSTEES REPLACE DEVELOPMENT BOARD. The Village of Hempstead board temporarily appointed all of the village trustees as members of the cash-strapped Hempstead Community Development Agency. Story by Aisha Al-Muslim, @AishaAlMuslim

NASSAU SPCA SEEKING HOME, FUNDS FOR 'BUTCHERED' PUP. Miss Harper, a 7-month-old pit bull found missing its ears and right hind leg, is looking for a home. Story by Tara Conry, @TaraKConry.

Miss Harper, a 7-month-old pit bull found missing its ears and right hind leg, needs a home. 

BOARD PRESIDENT UNDER FIRE. Central Islip's School Board president is facing a petition seeking his removal for failure to protect students after a teacher allegedly assaulted a pupil and made a terroristic threat, according to a petition filed with the state. Story by Sarah Armaghan, @ArmaghanS


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Weekend Fun

Looking to have some family-fun this weekend? Well, look no further. The ExploreLI team has some suggestions. For a complete list visit our Long Island Parent Talk blog.

Sweetbriar Groundhog at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown). On Sunday from 1-3 p.m., families can go on a scavenger hunt to discover the whereabouts of Sweetbriar's groundhog Sam, then create a groundhog craft. Price: $6. 

Ovations Dance Repertory Company: Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E. Main St., Patchogue). Set in a magical underwater kingdom, this children's production follow Ariel, a beautiful young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home behind and live in the world above on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Price: $14-$20.

Primitive Pursuits: Weekend Winter Wilderness Explorers at Manor Plains Nature Park (93 Manor Rd., Huntington). On Sunday, from noon-3 p.m., children ages 7-11 will build shelters, play games, create a craft with natural materials, make fire from friction, search for animal tracks. Price: $30. Registration is required.

Time Capsule


From Newsday's archives.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR SUES 3 PATRONS FOR 94 OVERDUE MOVIES. (Orig. published Jan. 31, 2002) The DVD pickings are slim at North Babylon Public Library these days. The depleted selection has library director Marc Horowitz shaking his head in disbelief. Ninety-four of the library's DVDs were systematically checked out by three patrons in September and October, never to be returned, Horowitz said. Two of the patrons owe more than $1,300 each in replacements fees and fines; a third owes about $422.

Marc. D. Horowitz at Small Claims Court where he brought suit against 3 delinquent patrons Jan. 30, 2002. (Credit: Dick Kraus) 

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