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Valley Stream firefighters fought an intense blaze in a tractor-trailer and a mini-bus parked nearby in the Toys "R" Us parking lot on Sunrise Highway on Friday morning, police and fire officials said, and it is being investigated as a suspicious fire. more
A father and son were indicted on Sept. 28 on 11 felony charges stemming from the alleged theft of more than $1 million in sales tax collected for gasoline sales. more
Patrick “Captain Pat” Anthony Focazio, longtime resident of Valley Stream, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sept. 10 at Medical City Dallas Hospital in Texas. He was 76. more
Nassau County recently rolled out a new alert system for school officials designed to improve communication between the district and the police department in the event of an emergency, and all four Valley Stream school districts have expressed interest in learning more about the program and adding to crisis plans already in place. more
Two men robbed a Verizon Wireless store on East Merrick Road on Sept. 1, according to police. According to the Nassau County Police Department, the men — black, late teens to early 20s, wearing … more
A Merrick family doctor is vowing to fight charges that he illegally distributed the addictive pain medication oxycodone to patients, two of whom died after overdosing on the narcotic, according to federal prosecutors. He pleaded not guilty in federal court on Aug. 30. more
A 29-year-old man was killed on Thursday night after he crashed the car he was driving into an electrical tower on Peninsula Boulevard, police said. more
A medical doctor with offices in Franklin Square pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to conspiring to distribute oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller, officials said. Noel Blackman, 68, of Valley … more
The village’s new rental permit law, which was met with a mixed response from residents, took effect on Aug. 15 — though officials say the process of establishing a rental registry and enforcing new requirements for absentee landlords could take up to a year to complete. more
After a Queens imam and his friend were shot and killed on Aug. 13 while walking home from an afternoon prayer, Muslim parishioners across Long Island detailed the somber week of mourning that followed, and stepped-up security at local mosques. more
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