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02/01/13 10:22am
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River High School was under lockdown this morning. The school day resumed at 8 a.m.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River High School was under lockdown this morning. The school day resumed at 8 a.m.

Shoreham-Wading River High School was under lockdown this morning after a student posted a school-shooting threat on Facebook, according to school officials and students.

Superintendent Steven Cohen said the lockdown lasted for about 45 minutes and some students were kept on buses after they arrived at school this morning as administrators and Suffolk County police officers “investigated the nature of the threat” shortly after 7 a.m. and identified the student.

Dr. Cohen couldn’t confirm if the student was in police custody as of 9:30 a.m., but said the suspect wasn’t in school. Suffolk County police officials confirmed they were at the school this morning and found no threat. They declined further comment because an investigation is underway.

[Students, parents react to lockdown on social media]

No other details about the incident were immediately available.

Although the school has been deemed safe, parent Lisa Hughes picked up her son, Tyler, at around 10 a.m. this morning.

“He’s been texting me all morning long and is not comfortable staying here,” Ms. Hughes said as she exited the school with her ninth-grade son.

“They just said over the loud speaker that it was a lockdown, it was not a drill and to go into the nearest classroom,” Tyler said.

Dr. Cohen said he’s pleased how the situation was handled and said the school day was back to normal at 8 a.m.

“All the schools are safe,” he said. “I think the high school administration and police officers did a great job. They took very prudent action by keeping the kids on the bus.”

Check back for more details as they become available.

Additional reporting by Carrie Miller.

12/31/12 2:54pm
12/31/2012 2:54 PM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a press conference before Hurricane Sandy in October.

There will be an increased in police presence on Suffolk County roads Monday night into Tuesday as officers will be out looking for intoxicated drivers on New Year’s Eve, said County Executive Steve Bellone.

Additional Suffolk County police patrol officers will be joined by members of the Selected Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team and Highway Patrol Bureau, Mr. Bellone said Friday.

New Year’s Day is the single most dangerous day of the year for the motorists, with an average of about 80 drunk-driving related deaths annually, a 178 percent increase above any other day of the year, according to a press release from Mr. Bellone’s office.

In addition from an increase in patrols within the Suffolk County Police District, which covers the five western Suffolk towns, members of District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End DWI Task Force have also been busy as of late.

Task force members arrested 10 people the Friday before Christmas at sobriety checkpoints set up across the East End towns.

09/05/12 11:00am
09/05/2012 11:00 AM

A convicted felon from Riverside was arrested Friday morning on gun and drug charges while driving high in a stolen car with a Riverhead woman in West Babylon, Suffolk County police said.

Muhammad Fulani, 45, and his passenger, Kari Reid, 31, were spotted speeding in a stolen 2010 Chevy Avalanche near the intersection of Belmont and Amsterdam avenues about 8 a.m., officials said.

Police stopped the car and Mr. Fulani, who has previously been convicted on a weapon possession charge, was found to have a loaded .25-caliber handgun and a pipe with crack residue, police said.

Ms. Reid was also found with a glass pipe containing crack residue in her possession, officials said.

Mr. Fulani was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a loaded firearm, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for having a previous weapon possession charge conviction, first-degree operation of a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and various traffic violations, police said.

Ms. Reid was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

Both suspects were charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property for riding in the stolen car, police said.

Mr. Fulani and Ms. Reid weren’t arrested for stealing the car, which officials said was reported stolen to Southampton Town police.

Southampton Town police said no arrests have been made in connection with the stolen car and the investigation is continuing.

09/05/12 8:40am

SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE | Surveillance footage shows the suspect police say took a woman’s purse and used her debit card to make purchases at various stores in March.

Suffolk County and Riverhead Town police have offered a reward for information on a suspect who allegedly stole a woman’s purse and used the victim’s debit card to go on a shopping spree in March.

On March 12, a woman shopping in the K-Mart on Route 58 reported her pocketbook was missing, police said. Though the purse was later found, $164 in cash and the woman’s debit card were missing, according to a police statement.

On the same day, an unknown woman used the victim’s debit card to buy merchandise at several stores in Riverhead and Hampton Bays, police said.

Police described the suspect as a “heavy-set” white woman with blonde hair. She wore sunglasses and a black sweatshirt, according to surveillance footage. She was last seen driving away in a green minivan, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $5,000 dollars has been offered for information leading to the woman’s arrest. All calls will be kept confidential.

02/04/11 10:50am
02/04/2011 10:50 AM

The Little Flower suspect in a Pennsylvania bank.

Police are investigating a check fraud that cost the Little Flower school in Wading River $11,000.

Investigators released a photo of a suspect Friday who they say altered an $11,000 check that was mailed Aug. 19 to New York City from an employee at Little Flower Children and Family Services to cover union dues.

At some point the suspect acquired the check and altered the name of the payee. She cashed the check Sept. 1 at a Sovereign Bank in Wyokissing, Penn., from which investigators acquired a surveillance photos.

Detectives are hoping members of the public will recognize the woman will contact Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 cash reward for any information leading to an arrest. Calls will be kept confidential.