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An August rainstorm set state records and also was one of the most memorable stories of the summer of 2014 on Long Island.

Long Island's top stories of summer 2014

With the summer of 2014 drawing to an unofficial close, Newsday takes a look back at some of the memorable -- and most-read -- stories of this summer. Revisit what stories made news on Long Island the past three months.

LI student named Doodle 4 Google winner

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Audrey Zhang, of Island Trees Memorial Middle School, who won the N.Y. State Doodle 4 Google contest in April and the national competition in May, had her doodle featured on Google on June 9. Read More | See Video | Other NY Google Doodles

Teacher charged with rape, criminal sexual act

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Joy Morsi, of Massapequa, a physical education teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, was charged on June 3 with raping one student multiple times on school property, and then rearrested and charged by the Queens district attorney's office the next day with sexually abusing another student. Read More

Cops: Woman with stolen python around neck crashes into firehouse

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On Aug. 4, arguably Long Island's most bizarre car accident of the summer took place, as an upstate woman driving a Prius with a stolen python around her neck crashed into a New Hyde Park firehouse while intoxicated, according to police. Read More | See Video



Plane crash in East Patchogue kills one

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A single-engine plane that took off from Republic Airport crashed into the backyard of a East Patchogue home on June 17, killing the pilot, Hanan Shoshani of Queens. Read More | Witness Saw Plane Circle Low | See Video

Ex-NYPD officer charged in fatal hit-and-run

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On June 15, 13-year-old Bryanna Soplin was struck and killed on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. Two days later, retired NYPD officer Michael Elardo was charged with leaving the scene of the crime and he pleaded guilty to the charge in August. Read More | See Video

'Once in a 200-year' flood hits Long Island

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A powerful rainstorm hit Long Island on Aug. 13, dumping more than 13 inches of rain on MacArthur Airport -- which broke the New York State record for rainfall in a 24-hour period -- flooding roads and disrupting travel. Read More | Watch Video

Dismembered body found in Bay Shore

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A partially dismembered body was found in a vacant lot in Bay Shore on July 8. Police identified the victim as Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a Brooklyn mother of four. A Suffolk prosecutor later that month charged her downstairs neighbor, Leah Cuevas, with stabbing her 40 times and cutting her body into pieces. Read More | Watch Video

Judge: Sisters entitled to money due to abuse suffered at restaurant

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On June 11, a federal judge ruled three sisters from Port Washington were entitled to monetary damages for "the appalling sexual abuse they were forced to endure" at the local restaurant where they worked. Read More



Body of Medford single mother found, police arrest suspect in Florida

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The body of Sarah P. Goode, 21, was found on June 12 in the woods in Medford. Nearly a month later, Dante Taylor, a 19-year-old from Mastic, was arrested in Florida on murder charges. Read More | Watch Video

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