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Suspects arrested in Amityville drive-by shooting, Elderly man dies after crashing car into canal and other news headlines for January 5th, 2012

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Two Arrested in Amityville Drive-By Shooting; Broken Rail in Huntington Causes Delays for LIRR; Plainview Residents Encouraged to Install Curbside Mailboxes; Elderly Man Dies After Car Plunges into Shinnecock Canal; Distraction Burglaries Continue in Nassau ...

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Two Arrested in Amityville Drive-By Shooting

Two young men have been arrested for a drive-by shooting incident that occurred December 31st in North Amityville. Nnamdi Ukasoanya, 19, of Amityville, and Rodney Wood, also 19, of North Amityville, drove by a house party in North Amityville on New Year’s Eve and released five or six bullets into a group of people standing outside the a home on Ronald Drive East just after midnight. A 16-year-old women from Huntington Station was struck by a bullet and transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. She is in serious but stable condition. Another teen at the party, an 18-year-old man from Copiage, was hit in the calf and was self-transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was treated and released. Ukasoanya and Wood are charged with first degree and second degree assault and first degree criminal use of a firearm.

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Broken Rail in Huntington Causes Delays for LIRR

The frigid weather that has recently struck Long Island may be to blame for a broken rail on the Huntington line of the Long Island Rail Road, says a spokesperson for the LIRR. The broken rail was reported at approximately 7am Wednesday morning at Pulaski Road, which is just east of the Huntington station. Crews are working on the fixing the broken rail which responsible for the cancelation of at least one train this morning and 10 to 15 minute delays on the Huntington Branch. They expect the rail to be repaired in time for the evening commute.

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Plainview Residents Encouraged to Install Curbside Mailboxes

“It’s been going on for at least six months,” Postmaster Emily Clark explain Tuesday, “Whenever someone new moves into a neighborhood, the carrier lets them know they need to put in a curbside mailbox.” While residents are not required to convert from mail delivery at their door, postal workers hope that they will follow suit as it is economically efficient. And with Plainview’s approximate 20,000 delivery points on 15 city routes, curbside mailboxes are an obvious time saver in that they allow postal workers to stay inside their vehicles instead of walking door-to-door.

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Elderly Man Dies After Car Plunges into Shinnecock Canal

An ongoing investigation is underway as police question what caused Simon R. Flaherty, 80, of Hampton Bays, to lose control of his vehicle around 2:30pm Tuesday afternoon and plunge into the Shinnecock Bay. Flaherty was rescued from the icy waters near Meschutt Beach County Park by local emergency personnel, including Town Police Dive Team, Bay Constables, firefighters, police, the U.S. Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police helicopters after being in the water for approximately 45 minutes. He was transported to the Southampton Hospital where he was pronounced dead after 4pm. Flaherty was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

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Distraction Burglaries Continue in Nassau County

Nassau County residents are on high alert as another home was stolen from by suspects using distraction as a means of gaining access into the home. Around noon on Wednesday a suspect lured the 89-year-old victim into her yard, posing as a fence company representative, while an accomplice entered the home through the front store, taking with them cash and jewelry. The incident follows a string of similar crimes that have been committed across Nassau County in recent weeks. Police describe one of the suspects as in her 40s, approximately 5’3”, short black hair, glasses and an accent. The pair of thieves is said to communicate through two-way radios and it is suggest that residents be on guard and do not open your door to anyone who is not familiar. Anyone with information is urged to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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