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David Reich-Hale

David Reich-Hale is an online community news editor. He was previously an associate editorial director at Patch.com, where he oversaw the editorial and business operation of the company's New York sites. Prior to that, he was the editor of Long Island Business News, and before that he held positions with American Banker/Thomson Financial and National Underwriter. Reich-Hale has been an adjunct professor at Hofstra and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a journalism degree. He is from Trumbull, Connecticut.

Cops: Suspect in Westbury bank robbery sought

A male suspect is being sought by police

A male suspect is being sought by police in connection with a Sept. 15 robbery at the Capital One Bank in Westbury. (Credit: NCPD)

A male suspect is being sought in connection with a robbery at the Capital One Bank in Westbury two weeks ago, Nassau County police said.

The suspect in the Sept. 15 robbery — which occurred at the bank branch at 2350 Stewart Ave. at 1:40 p.m. — is described by police as 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds and in his mid-30s. On the day of the crime, he was unshaven, wore a dark-colored baseball cap and a dark-colored jacket with white stripes on his sleeves, police said.

The man entered the bank, approached a teller, passed a robbery demand note, and verbally demanded money, police said. He fled the bank after receiving an unknown amount of money, police said.


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Police said anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential.

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Long Island's history, in relics

The book cover from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The

A piece of wood from the Long Beach boardwalk.

A cannon from 1812.

The cover from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

A lunar module toy.

Those four items are among the 19 relics we've selected to start telling the story of Long Island's history.

The list will continue to grow, and we would like your input.

If you'd like to recommend an artifact, let us...

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Smoke condition leads to evacuation of some NUMC patients

Ground-floor patients at Nassau University Medical Center were

Ground-floor patients at Nassau University Medical Center were evacuated Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after welders working on the new primary care center created a smoke condition, according to a NUMC statement. NUMC is pictured here on Nov. 20, 2013. (Credit: Barry Sloan)

Ground-floor patients at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow were evacuated after welding work Monday on the new primary care center led to a smoke condition, according to a NUMC statement.

The East Meadow Fire Department was on the scene and the area is being vented, NUMC said.

The hospital has returned to normal operating conditions.

No one was hurt, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

 

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Study: Chance of hitting deer in New York rises slightly

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co. Pictured is a deer on Fire Island on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co.

The odds that a driver in the Empire State will strike a deer in the next year is 1 out of 154, slightly above the nationwide average of 1 in 169.

Last year, New York drivers had a 1-in-157 chance.


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New York ranked 26th in the nation for most deer collisions.

State Farm based its stats on its claim data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

West Virginia topped the chart with a 1-in-39 chance of hitting a deer.

The five states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer are:

1. West Virginia:  1 in 39

2. Pennsylvania: 1 in 71

3. Montana: 1 in 75

4. Iowa: 1 in 77

5. South Dakota: 1 in 82

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Roundup: Bluegrass festival in Copiague, boating seminar in Wantagh

COPIAGUE

LI bluegrass festival set for Saturday

The 12th annual Long Island Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday in Copiague.

Working with the Bluegrass Club of Long Island, the nonprofit Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts (BACCA) and Babylon Town are sponsoring the event, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. in Tanner Park. There will be two stages with music throughout...

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