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Science Whiz earns scholarship, Shots fired in bookstore robbery, Off-duty officers revive dying man and other LI new stories for January 20th, 2012

Shots Fired During Bookstore Burglary; UPDATE: Science Whiz Garvey Receives Scholarship; Off-Duty Cops Revive Dying Man; Obese Man Saved Through Second Story Wall

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Shots Fired During Bookstore Burglary

A single shot was fired in Coram’s East Harlem Books and Apparel Wednesday night. Two men wearing masks entered the bookstore, located on 25A, and demanded cash just before 8pm. After acquiring $400 in cash, assorted electronics and a wallet, on suspect fired just one shot into the floor inside the store before the men fled the scene on foot. No injuries were sustained during the incident. Sixth Squad Detectives ask that anyone with information contact them at (631) 854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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UPDATE: Science Whiz Garvey Receives Scholarship

Samantha Garvey, a homeless Brentwood High School Student and semifinalist in a prestigious nation science competition, has earned an invitation to the State of the Union address, a home for her family and a $50,000 scholarship from AT&T. Garvey spent much of her childhood moving between homeless shelters with her family but recently gained attention when she landed herself in the running for the $100,000 Intel Science Talent Search prize for her research on mussels. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) offered Garvey a ticket to the State of the Union address because he wants her to “be an example of to leave her job as a nurse, her father, as cab driver, was unable to pay the bills, forcing the family of five to move into a local homeless shelter. Suffolk County officials intervened upon hearing her story and helped the family secure a three-bedroom, rent-subsidized home. Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also got involved by granting Garvey a $50,000 scholarship, courtesy of AT&T, to the college of her choice. She’ll find out in just a few weeks if she has been selected as the winner of the Intel Science Talent Search contest.

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Off-Duty Cops Revive Dying Man

Suffolk County Police officers James Garside, Angela Ferrara and Joseph D’Alessandro were walking out of a restaurant in Brentwood Thursday night when they noticed what appeared to be smoke coming from inside a car parked in the parking lot. When they went to investigate they found a 23-year-old man unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel, barely breathing. The officers immediately called 911 and begun efforts to resuscitate the victim using a defibrillator and after about five minutes that man began breathing on his own and was hospitalized for observation. The trio of officers has just finished a recertification training course in advanced cardiac life support.

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Obese Man Saved Through Second Story Wall

An obese Center Moriches man has to be rescued by authorities through a second-floor window on his home. Suffolk County police received a call around 9:30am that the man had fallen in upstairs bedroom. Upon arriving at the scene, rescue workers reported that the home was cluttered and overrun with debris, so much so that they couldn’t reach the man through traditional means. The rescuers only option was to cut a window from a second floor wall, even after clearing out many of the items blocking their path to the man, who had to be lowered from second-story on a stretcher. The condition of the man is unknown though he was said to conscious throughout the entire rescue mission.