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Kings Park teen killed in dirt biking accident, Thousands attend slain ATF agent's funeral and more Long Island news stories for January 7th, 2012

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Kings Park Teen on Dirt Bike Killed in Crash; Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain ATF Agent; Drunk Driver Arrested After Driving Through Central Islip Home; LI Not for Profit Organizations Receive $4.9 Million in Grants

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Kings Park Teen on Dirt Bike Killed in Crash

Around 5 pm last night, seventeen year old Nicholas Hein was riding an off-road dirt bike on Cedar St. in Kings Park, when he was hit by a Volkswagen car, driven by 39 year old Daniel Byrne, also of Kings Park. Hein’s bike is an unregistered off-road vehicle, with no headlights or taillights, and he was not wearing a helmet or protective gear at the time of the crash. Byrne had been on East Northport road, and made a left onto Cedar St. when the accident occurred, and the two vehicles collided. Hein was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he died from his injuries. Both vehicles were impounded by police for safety checks.

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Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain ATF Agent

Thousands of federal agents from all over the country came out to Seaford yesterday to pay their last respects to ATF Agent John Capano, who was killed by friendly fire on New Year’s Eve while trying to stop a robbery at a local pharmacy. The outpouring from the community was phenomenal – local politicians, police officers, federal agents, and civilians alike – everyone had only positive things to say about Capano. He had been picking up a prescription for his sick, elderly father at a local pharmacy and was off duty when he intervened in the robbery at the pharmacy.

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Drunk Driver Arrested After Driving Through Central Islip Home

Around 1 AM this morning, a drunk driver, Juan Carlos, hit a tree in the front yard of a house in Central Islip, then rolled his SUV into the newly renovated garage that is attached to the home, flipping the vehicle. The accident took place on Julie Crescent, and thankfully, the residents of the home had already moved out – the house is currently on the market for sale. Neighbors reported hearing a loud, unidentifiable noise that prompted them to go outside, and see what had happened.

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LI Not For Profit Organizations Receive $4.9 Million in Grants

Two Long Island not-for-profit organizations have received $4.9 million in federal grants to help them build affordable housing for the elderly, and for people with disabilities. The two groups, Options for Community Living and AHRC Nassau will use the grant money to provide more supporting staff members in their group homes for the mentally ill. Staff members assist the residents of each home in their daily lives, as well as help them to find employment opportunities, and be productive members of society. The will provide shelter to many of the young people who are turning 21, and are aging out of the youth residences, but still need assistance.

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