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EAST MEADOW/Hand-drawn swastikas found near synagogue, school

Two 12-inch swastikas were found drawn on an East Meadow sidewalk Saturday near a synagogue and a public middle school, Nassau County police said.

Police said the drawings are being treated as a bias incident. The swastikas, believed to have been made between 8 a.m. and 12:56 p.m., were drawn with chalk at Andrea Road and Sherwood Drive.

The East Meadow Jewish Center and Woodland Middle School are nearby.

The incident took place the day before Sunday's Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time of commemoration of Holocaust victims. Events honoring the victims had been scheduled around Long Island.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the incident call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

-- Nicholas Spangler

BELLMORE/Man charged with DWI after crashing car into house

A Bellmore man was charged with drunken driving Saturday night after the car he was driving went through a fence and into a house on St. Marks Avenue, Nassau County police said.

Police said Matthew Knee, 30, and a 51-year-old male passenger were stuck inside a 2000 Lincoln damaged by the collision when officers arrived at the accident scene at 9:50 p.m.

Rescuers from the Bellmore Fire Department and a Nassau County police emergency service unit extricated the two men and took them to a hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the accident.

Knee was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless assault for the injuries to his passenger.

He will be arraigned as soon as practical, police said.

No injuries to the occupants of the house were reported.

-- Nicholas Spangler

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