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  • Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:50:43 GMT
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
  • Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

    Toddler found 'unresponsive' in swimming pool on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:25 GMT
    A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said.
    A toddler was listed in serious condition after being found in a pool, Suffolk County Police said Tuesday.Cops and medics responded to a home in Sayville at shortly after 10:30 a.m., when the 18-month-old girl was found in the in-ground pool, police said. Officers and medics performed CPR on the girl, police said.
  • Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Long Island doctor gets 10 years in painkillers probe

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:23:37 GMT
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
    A New York physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. Leonard Stambler of Baldwin Harbor was convicted in October 2013 of conspiracy and distribution of oxycodone. Authorities have been cracking down on the powerful painkiller following a fatal shooting during a Long Island pharmacy robbery.
  • Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

    Long Island youth charged with assaulting mother

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:02:37 GMT
    An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead.
    An 18-year-old Long Island man has been charged with assaulting his mother in a home where his brother was found dead.
  • Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 18, 2014

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-07-19 02:27:23 GMT

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: Angie Martinez, Red Bull Global Rallycross, Baruch Shemtov, and James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst of The Couples Kitchen.

  • Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

    Pilot lands plane on Sunrise Highway -- again

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-18 23:07:26 GMT
    For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
    For the second time this month, a pilot has had to land his troubled single-engine plane on the same highway in Suffolk County, police said. Frank Fierro took off from Lufker/Spadaro Airport in East Moriches Friday afternoon but very quickly had to make an emergency landing on Sunrise Highway at about 12:50 p.m. because of engine trouble, police said.
  • Police seek link between severed head, dismembered body

    Police seek link between severed head, dismembered body

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:25:05 GMT
    An unidentified human head was found in the same Long Island neighborhood where severed arms were found just a week ago.
    An unidentified human head was found in the same Long Island neighborhood where severed arms were found just a week ago.
  • Tentative agreement reached to avoid LIRR strike

    Tentative agreement reached to avoid LIRR strike

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:42 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:42:27 GMT

    Long Island Rail Road workers were breathing a sigh of relief on Friday as a strike by LIRR workers was averted. Union negotiators and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reached a tentative contract agreement a day earlier. As many 300,000 commuters would have needed to find alternate transportation had a strike occurred.

    Long Island Rail Road workers were breathing a sigh of relief on Friday as a strike by LIRR workers was averted. Union negotiators and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reached a tentative contract agreement a day earlier. As many 300,000 commuters would have needed to find alternate transportation had a strike occurred.

  • TWA flight 800 anniversary

    TWA flight 800 anniversary

    Friday, July 18 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-07-18 05:31:10 GMT
    18 years ago, TWA flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. An official investigation blamed it on an explosion in a fuel tank



    18 years ago, TWA flight 800 crashed off Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. An official investigation blamed it on an explosion in a fuel tank



  • Suffolk County beaches bathing advisory

    Suffolk County beaches bathing advisory

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:50:02 GMT
    The Suffolk County Health Department has issued a bathing advisory at 66 beaches in the county because of water runoff from heavy rainfall. Storm water runoff can cause bacterial spikes at beaches. A few rounds of tidal flushing usually cleans out these beaches.
    The Suffolk County Health Department has issued a bathing advisory at 66 beaches in the county because of water runoff from heavy rainfall. Storm water runoff can cause bacterial spikes at beaches. A few rounds of tidal flushing usually cleans out these beaches.
  • Powerful storm hit tristate region

    Powerful storm hit tristate region

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:50:17 GMT
    Powerful thunderstorms prompted the National Weather Service to issue several weather alerts for the New York City metropolitan area in effect through Wednesday morning. Many counties are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 a.m. July 16. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms moved across the area ahead of a cold front.
    Powerful thunderstorms prompted the National Weather Service to issue several weather alerts for the New York City metropolitan area in effect through Wednesday morning. Many counties are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 a.m. July 16. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms moved across the area ahead of a cold front.
  • De Blasio headed to Italy despite LIRR strike threat

    De Blasio headed to Italy despite LIRR strike threat

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-15 13:15:40 GMT
    The unions representing workers for the Long Island Rail Road are set to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and children will head to Italy on a 10-day vacation. While the time off had been in the works for the First Family of New York City for some time, it was not clear until Monday that the LIRR would essentially be shut down due to striking workers. De Blasio says he's going overseas anyway.
    The unions representing workers for the Long Island Rail Road are set to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and children will head to Italy on a 10-day vacation. While the time off had been in the works for the First Family of New York City for some time, it was not clear until Monday that the LIRR would essentially be shut down due to striking workers. De Blasio says he's going overseas anyway.
  • Thunderstorms hit New York, New Jersey

    Thunderstorms hit New York, New Jersey

    Friday, July 4 2014 5:58 AM EDT2014-07-04 09:58:34 GMT
    The National Weather Service issued several weather alerts -- including Flood Watches and Warnings and Severe Thunderstorms Warnings -- for a second day in a row for the New York and New Jersey area because of powerful storms.  The Flash Flood Watch remained in effect for certain counties until Friday, July 4, at noon.
    The National Weather Service issued several weather alerts -- including Flood Watches and Warnings and Severe Thunderstorms Warnings -- for a second day in a row for the New York and New Jersey area because of powerful storms.  The Flash Flood Watch remained in effect for certain counties until Friday, July 4, at noon.

  • The Big Idea

    Can you fight a hurricane?

    Can you fight a hurricane?

    Monday, June 23 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-24 02:24:11 GMT
    Superstorm Sandy turned this region upside down, destroying homes, obliterating businesses, ruining coastlines, and uprooting lives. Like so many, I watched as Sandy reduced our beach-side towns to rubble. In the two years that have passed, the focus has been on rebuilding getting people back on their feet. But what if you could fight Mother Nature?Hurricanes are fueled by the heat and energy in warm ocean water.
    Superstorm Sandy turned this region upside down, destroying homes, obliterating businesses, ruining coastlines, and uprooting lives. Like so many, I watched as Sandy reduced our beach-side towns to rubble. In the two years that have passed, the focus has been on rebuilding getting people back on their feet. But what if you could fight Mother Nature?Hurricanes are fueled by the heat and energy in warm ocean water.
  • Special Olympics: Athlete Daniel Fletcher

    Special Olympics: Athlete Daniel Fletcher

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:13:11 GMT
    Long Island's own Daniel Fletcher is competing this year in powerlifting at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games New Jersey in June. His parents, Warren and Edna Fletcher, will be there every step of the way as both mom and dad and as coaches. They help coach Daniel and the entire East End Powerlifters.
    Long Island's own Daniel Fletcher is competing this year in powerlifting at the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games New Jersey in June. His parents, Warren and Edna Fletcher, will be there every step of the way as both mom and dad and as coaches. They help coach Daniel and the entire East End Powerlifters.
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