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Pair charged in thefts

Suffolk police have arrested a man and a woman in a string of pocketbook thefts

from health club and gym parking lots in Nassau and Suffolk.

Police said Kelly Power, 34, of Port Jefferson, and Steven Reiderer, 34, of

Holbrook, stole numerous handbags from parked cars over three months. Power

was arrested Tuesday and charged with six counts of criminal possession of

stolen property, three of grand larceny and one count of criminal possession of

a controlled substance.

Reiderer was arrested yesterday and charged with five counts of criminal

possession of a stolen property and three counts of grand larceny.

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They are scheduled to be arraigned today in First District Court, Central





Three police officers

deliver baby at home

Police officer Michael Umbarila ran into a Central Islip home on Ferndale

Boulevard last night, prepared to rush an expectant mother to the hospital. But

he determined quickly that he didn't have time.

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"She was actively having contractions," Umbarila said. "I started timing

them. They were a minute-ten apart. She wanted to go to the hospital, but I

told her, 'You're going to have this baby really soon!'" said the officer.

While Rhea Williams lay on the bedroom floor, with her husband holding her

hand, Umbarila, and two other officers that arrived right after him, William

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Berhalter and Philip Miscione, delivered an apparently healthy baby boy about

6:40 p.m. The parents named him Isaiah.

Mother and child were transported by Central Islip / Hauppauge Volunteer

Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where they were both reported

doing fine, police said.



Heavy rains close

dozens of beaches

In response to heavy rainfall Wednesday night, Nassau and Suffolk health

departments warned that dozens of beaches are affected, and some closed heading

into the weekend.

In Nassau, 23 beaches, including all of those on the North Shore, were

closed yesterday. On the South Shore, the following were closed: Biltmore Beach

Club Beach; Hewlett Point Beach; Island Park Beach; Merrick Estates Civic

Association Beach; and Phillip Healey Beach.

The Nassau Department of Health said "storm water runoff can have a

negative impact by elevating bacteria levels that are used to assess bathing

water quality."

It was not immediately clear when the beaches would reopen. Call

516-571-3680 for more information.

In Suffolk, the county Department of Health issued an advisory yesterday

against bathing or water contact at 47 beaches. Citing the same bacterial

concerns, the department said beaches should be avoided until "the waters have

flushed by two successive tidal cycles," which are 24-hour periods after the

end of rainfall.

Some beaches off Long Island Sound as well as beaches along the Atlantic

Ocean, such as the Peconic Estuary, do not fall under the warning. Valley Grove

Beach in Eatons Neck remains closed, the department said.

Advisories are based on water samples collected by the department's office

of ecology. For more information, call 631-852-5760 or 631-852-5822. - WIL CRUZ


Petition signatures for supervisor tallied

Suffolk Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), the Republican organization's

candidate for Islip supervisor, failed yesterday to match the number of

petition signatures filed earlier in the week by his primary challenger,

Councilwoman Pamela Greene.

Islip Republicans submitted petitions to the Suffolk Board of Elections in

Yaphank with 3,692 signatures, according to Barraga. That is 645 fewer than the

4,337 filed Tuesday by Greene. Democratic supervisor candidate Philip Nolan

has filed petitions with 3,288 signatures. Supervisor candidates need a minimum

of 2,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Barraga played down the significance of the numbers. "What it means is that

we have far in excess of the 2,000 signatures required, no more, no less,"

said the GOP lawmaker, "Everybody did their job and it wasn't a heavy lift."

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