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LI Serial Killer Case Gets 'Biggest Revelation in Years'

Torso, body parts belong to mother of slain toddler

(Newser) - A new DNA analysis in the investigation into the Long Island serial killer has resulted in what the Long Island Press calls "the biggest revelation in the case in years." Records show the torso of an unidentified black woman found in a plastic bin in Rockville Centre, NY,... More »

35 Gang Members Arrested in Long Island Slayings

4 teens from same high school killed

(Newser) - Thirty-five suspected members of a Long Island gang have been arrested amid a string of brutal killings, including the discovery of a teenager's skeletal remains. Jose Pena-Hernandez, 18, was believed to be a member of the MS-13 gang with links to El Salvador and Los Angeles, police in Suffolk... More »

Town Reels as 4 Teens Found Murdered in 2 Weeks

Gang MS-13 is making trouble for the small town of Brentwood, New York

(Newser) - September was an awful month for the town of Brentwood, New York. On Sept. 13, two teenage girls were found murdered, their bodies dumped near an elementary school. A week later, authorities discovered the skeletal remains of two male teenagers who had been missing for months. In both cases, authorities... More »

Cops: Son, 23, Drowns Own Mom in Backyard Pool

They fought over his medication: prosecutor

(Newser) - In what authorities describe as a "chilling" case, New York police say a 23-year-old put his mother in a headlock and drowned her in the family's pool on Long Island on Wednesday. Assistant DA Robert Biancavilla says 63-year-old Elizabeth Cullen initially argued with her son, Denis Cullen, in... More »

Couple Claim Their House Is Being Mimicked a Mile Away

Construction temporarily postponed in the interest of 'professional courtesy'

(Newser) - In 2005, Long Island couple Seth and Rivka Fortgang built their dream home in the village of Lawrence and copyrighted the architectural plans to ensure that it remained truly one-of-a-kind. Now Rivka, an interior and exterior designer who envisioned the whole project, says her business and reputation are suffering because... More »

Alleged Bank Robbery Attempt Fails Spectacularly

And not just because the suspect crashed into a police car

(Newser) - Police say a would-be bank robber tried to pull a heist in Long Island, but pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Authorities say a man with a shotgun entered a Bank of America in Hempstead about noon Saturday and demanded cash, reports NBC New York . His... More »

Pair's Mysterious Drowning Investigated 35 Years Later

Michelle, William Becker last seen at a dinner the night before their bodies were found

(Newser) - It's been exactly 35 years since the mysterious March 10, 1981, drowning of a Long Island couple, but their family and community are still calling on somebody—anybody—to come forward with information so they can finally piece together what happened, reports NBC News . The Department of Environmental Conservation... More »

Rare Sharks Are Flocking to Long Island

Sand tiger sharks frequenting a nursery ground in Great South Bay

(Newser) - Mean-looking sharks are visiting waters off Long Island for what Fox News calls "summer camp for baby Jaws." Fear not, it's actually a good thing. Scientists at New York Aquarium have discovered a nursery ground for sand tiger sharks, which are actually docile, in Great South Bay.... More »

Nazi-Era Rule Keeps US Community White: Lawsuit

Couple says residents are required to be 'of German extraction'

(Newser) - "You feel like a caged animal here." That's how Philip Kneer describes living in Yaphank, a hamlet on Long Island that has a dark history. As the New York Times reports, the community sprung up around a Nazi summer camp in the 1930s. Nearby streets were named... More »

Survivor of Limo Crash That Killed 4 Friends Sues

Olga Lipets' jaw remains wired shut after July 18 crash

(Newser) - One of the survivors of a crash on Long Island that killed four women when their limousine collided with a pickup truck has sued both drivers and the companies involved. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by an attorney for 24-year-old Olga Lipets. The Brooklyn woman is seeking unspecified damages for... More »

Bachelorette Party Horror: 4 Killed in Crash in Wine Country

Driver fled scene after T-boning limo, now charged with DWI

(Newser) - Four women at a bachelorette party in New York wine country were killed yesterday and two others were seriously injured after a limousine was hit by a pickup truck in eastern Long Island, law enforcement officials said. The limousine was leaving a winery and making a U-turn at a blinking... More »

Billy Joel Marries in a Surprise July 4 Wedding

Weds longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick on Long Island estate

(Newser) - Billy Joel wed longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick yesterday, turning the couple's annual Fourth of July party at the Piano Man's Long Island estate into a surprise wedding, reports People . The couple, 66 and 33 and together since 2009, are expecting a baby daughter this summer. Joel's 29-year-old... More »

For Sale: House Where Fitzgerald Wrote Gatsby

$3.8M could nab you Long Island home where author wrote seminal work

(Newser) - A piece of literary history is on the block, but it's not exactly the domain of a starving artist: As the BBC reports, the Long Island mansion where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby could be yours for somewhere just north of $3.8 million, per a rep... More »

Mom, Daughter Who Vanished in NYC Are Found

Iona and Emily Costello were just visiting for a couple of days

(Newser) - A mother and daughter from Long Island who vanished after taking a trip to New York City late last month that was supposed to last just a couple of days have been found, Southhold Local reports. The details are still fuzzy: Iona Costello, 51, and her 14-year-old daughter Emily left... More »

Guy With License Yanked 41 Times Busted Again

Jason Brown is not confidence-inspiring behind the wheel

(Newser) - The state of New York has suspended Jason Brown's driver's license an impressive 41 times in his 36 years, and it might not be done yet: Cops on Long Island pulled Brown over yesterday afternoon, reports Newsday , after observing him drive erratically; they say they found pot in... More »

Mom Files $30M Suit Against Police for Not Arresting Son

Kathi Fedden says son Peter should've gotten a DWI earlier the night he died

(Newser) - Peter Fedden was picked up by police the night of July 30, 2013, after drunkenly plowing his car through a fence, across a couple of lawns, and into the side of a house in Commack, NY. It's at this point that Fedden's mom, Kathi Fedden, thinks police should... More »

NY Cops Investigate Grisly Beheading, Suicide by Train

Police think man cut off mom's head, jumped in front of LIRR car

(Newser) - Authorities on Long Island are sifting through a pair of deaths so grisly that multiple witnesses describe the scene as something they thought "was a Halloween prank." A woman in her 60s was apparently decapitated at her Farmingdale apartment shortly before 8pm last night, reports Newsday . "We... More »

Guy Finds $2.9M Lottery Ticket in His Truck

Jerry Ritieni already has plans for 'life-easier money'

(Newser) - The owner of a Long Island body shop made a nifty discovery in his truck last month worth about, oh, $3 million. Jerry Ritieni bought a bunch of lottery tickets in July and stuffed them in the truck's center console rather than his pocket "for some odd reason,... More »

Teenager Dies Taking Lamborghini for Test Drive

Samuel Shepard was taking a family friend's car for a spin

(Newser) - An 18-year-old died yesterday on Long Island, New York, when he took a Lamborghini for a spin and crashed it into a guardrail, Fox News reports. The car belonged to a family friend who'd let Samuel Shepard take it for a spontaneous "test drive." "I think... More »

Long Island Gets Summer's Worth of Rain in a Day

Some locales saw 13 inches

(Newser) - A storm dumped an entire summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island, stranding drivers in roads flooded with door-handle-high water today. The staggering total, over 13 inches, was recorded from last evening until this morning at an airport in the hamlet of Ronkonkoma in Islip. That was... More »

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