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Happening today: 

Iraq war veteran, soap opera star, New York Times bestselling author and "Dancing with the Stars" champ J.R. Martinez spoke to students at the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson earlier today. 

Check out the Twitter updates from Newsday's community journalist Tara Conry below. 


Newsday's Alfonso Castillo has you covered at the MTA Board meeting.

Crime Alert: Wanted for attempted robbery

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a man who attempted to rob a BP gas station, at 975 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island. 

The man pictured below entered the gas station on Feb. 17, at about 3:20 a.m., displayed a knife and demanded cash. The suspect, who left without any money, fled on foot east on Middle Country Road.

The suspect is described as between 35 and 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build.  He was wearing a brown cowboy hat, black-and-white plaid shirt, dark jeans and brown shoes.

To report any information, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Today's top stories

TOP COP AT FAULT IN 3-CAR CRASH THAT INJURED WOMAN Nassau's acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter rear-ended a vehicle in East Northport last week, causing a three-car, chain-reaction accident that injured a woman, police said Tuesday.

COPS: SUFFOLK TEACHER SEXUALLY ABUSED FEMALE STUDENTA Ward Melville High School science teacher has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused a female student, Suffolk police said Tuesday.

OFFICIALS: LI COUPLE FALSIFIED $200G IN INVOICESA Long Island contractor couple and a Queens businessman were charged Tuesday with stealing from the state by submitting more than $200,000 in false invoices, state officials said.

REPAIR BACKLOG KEEPS 20% OF SCPD CARS OUT OF SERVICETwenty percent of the Suffolk County Police Department's car fleet is out of service due to a repair backlog, at times forcing officers to double up in cruisers and patrol larger areas, police and county officials say.

HISTORIAN: SAVE FIRE-DAMAGED HISTORIC HOMEOyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto promised Tuesday to confer with preservationists before deciding whether the historic Mill Pond House could be saved after a suspicious fire Saturday night.

OFFICIALS: ABANDONED PLANT STILL POLLUTEDBrookhaven Town officials said Tuesday that the owner of an abandoned airplane-parts manufacturing plant failed to remove asbestos and other pollutants from the Port Jefferson Station property.

AIR NOISE STUDIES TO TAKE YEARS, COST UP TO $6MThree years and as much as $6 million will be needed to study aircraft noise and its impact on communities under the flight paths for Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, including much of Nassau County, officials said.

Photos: You know you're from Suffolk when...

Check out a photo gallery of 39 signs you're from Suffolk County. The following examples were culled from our social media followers and staff. Send your suggestions to

You've witnessed one of the best sunsets on Long Island over dinner and drinks at Montauket, a restaurant in Montauk that overlooks Fort Pond Bay. (Credit: Daniel Brennan) 

Puppy of the day: Hope

Hope is a friendly American Staffordshire Terrier with a great temperament and loves hugs. Call the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter at 631-643-9270 for more information. Learn more about Hope by watching a video by Newsday's Jessica Rotkiewicz.

Hope is a friendly American Staffordshire Terrier with a great temperament and loves hugs. (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz) 

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