Trial Begins for Man Accused of Stealing $240k from Long Island Bank in 1993

Nassau County Police Department
In March 1993, two masked men with guns entered an a Long Island branch of European American Bank and left with $241,000. An armored car had delivered the cash right before the men arrived. It was the biggest bank robbery in Nassau County history.

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Suffolk County Police Department Must Pay $200,000 For False Arrest of Video Journalist

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A Suffolk County Police Sergeant approaches videographer Philip Datz to prevent him from filming on July 30, 2011.
On July 30, 2011, members of the Suffolk County Police Department were chasing two men, Ramon Rivera, 24, and Camilo Tatis, 33, around the tiny Long Island town of Bohemia. The men were eventually caught by police on Sycamore Street, and arrested on a variety of drug charges. Meanwhile, a press photographer and video journalist named Philip Datz showed up and started filming the aftermath of the chase. What happened next became the subject of a lengthy lawsuit, and, as the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today, a hefty settlement for the cameraman.

Datz worked for Stringer News Service, which sells breaking news footage to other media outlets. He had his press credentials displayed and he was standing on a public sidewalk. And even if Datz hadn't been a reporter, it's still absolutely legal to film or photograph the police in public spaces, provided you're not interfering with police activities.

Datz wasn't. Just moments after he began filming, though, a sergeant with Suffolk County's Fifth Precinct crossed the street towards him, yelling "Go away!"

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Helicopters and Police Dogs Comb Oheka Castle Grounds in Search of Gunman

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Real estate developer Gary Melius was stepping into his Mercedes shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Monday at Oheka Castle, the sprawling Long Island estate Melius turned into a high-end hotel, when a masked gunman approached and opened fire.

According to police, a family member rushed Melius to Syosset Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his forehead. He was later transferred to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset for recovery.

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Googling "Backpack" and "Pressure Cooker" Can Definitely Get You In Trouble With Cops

Categories: Long Island, Media

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Michele Catalano convulsed the entire Interweb yesterday over her admission that Googling "pressure cooker" and "backpack" at different times on her own computer had brought a police agency to her house in a search. The story had numerous holes. But it grew legs because, in a sad, sad way, we all knew a story like this was coming: had the realities of the American surveillance state finally shown themselves?

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Outside Last Night's Presidential Debate, Protest, Police, a Penguin

Tea Partiers making their voices heard outside the presiential debate at Hofstra yesterday.
While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were getting ready to take the stage at Hofstra University last night for the second presidential debate, the streets outside the campus were lined with anarchist banners, tricorn hats, "don't tread on me" flags, and papier-mache Reaper drones.

"We're here to voice displeasure with how this country is going," said Roy Haines, a 54-year-old from Wantagh, who joined the motley debate protests with a group of fellow Tea Partiers. "We need to stop taking from people who are actually earning it and giving people who feel entitled to it."

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How to Handle Penn Station Without Popping a Xanax

How to Survive Penn Station Without Really Tryng
There's an advertisement on the subways that you might have seen. It describes a project in the works - the largest public works extravaganza in the country - known as East Side Access: a portal from Grand Central Terminal that will outsource time and trains from Penn Station. As the sign says, "Commuting will be 40 minutes shorter. For 80,000 commuters. That's a lot of minutes." 

Unfortunately, that architectural endeavor will not be done for some time and, if the 2nd Avenue Subway is any indication (shout-out to the Sandhogs!), that some time could mean years. So we're stuck with Penn Station for the time being.

Crammed in between Madison Square Garden and an underlining subway hub, the intersection of the LIRR, Path, Amtrak and Acela is a transportation nightmare for anyone trying to get somewhere fast, especially around peak hours, when tolls almost double for whatever the reason. Tourists gawk at the food options; commuters stare faceless at the Big Board; and the stampede that follows a train track appearance is something out of Jumanji.

Ever since I jumped ship from Long Island to Manhattan, I have become a master commuter and Penn Station aficionado. Babylon, Hempstead, Port Washington, parts of Jersey, the 1, 2, 3, A, C and E lines - you name it, I've ridden it out of Penn. Nonetheless, my experiences are still filled with fear, anxiety and a pace that would make Jesse Jackson look like your grandma. We all have that friend in Jersey or Long Island that insists we come visit them. With that being said, that means you have to suck it up and deal with it.

But don't be scared. We here at the Voice have compiled a list of tips to get you in and out of Penn Station safe, sound and emotionally stable.
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With DUI's, Long Islanders Have Already Had a Rough Memorial Day Weekend

At the beginning of the month, Runnin' Scared mentioned that Nassau County police officers were getting a grant for the month of May to ramp up the amount of police officers on the lookout for drunk drivers. Looks like it came just in time for the holidays - what perfect timing.

Over the past two nights, at least seventy-one (count 'em, SEVENTY-ONE) people were arrested for drunk or drugged driving across Long Island, according to Newsday

Just look these statistics:

"Twenty-five people were arrested on DWI charges in Nassau County last night between 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday."

And here's a few more, provided by Gothamist

"In Nassau County, 39 people were arrested on DWI charges between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. the next day on Friday-Saturday and Saturday-Sunday. Suffolk County saw 21 arrested for "DWI and driving-while-ability-impaired charges between 4 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday" (the numbers for Saturday-Sunday aren't available yet)."

We know Long Islanders love drugs and booze but come on.
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