Video Recap: Week of Aug. 4, 2014
Are you up-to-date on last week's news? Here's a video recap of the top stories from Aug. 4, 2014.
Town denies Wal-Mart plan in East Patchogue
The Brookhaven Town Planning Board denied Walmart's application to build a 98,000-square-foot store in East Patchogue on Aug. 4, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Jessica Rotkiewicz)
Cops: Drunken woman crashed into firehouse, had snake around neck
An upstate woman -- who was driving with a stolen python wrapped around her neck -- faces drunken driving and drug possession charges after she crashed her 2010 Toyota Prius through the front garage door of the New Hyde Park Fire Department station house on Jericho Turnpike on Aug. 4, 2014. Sarah Espinosa, 22, of Albany, who hit two fire trucks parked inside the firehouse, was arrested after surprised firefighters removed the snake from around her neck. (Credit: Jim Staubitser)
Retired NYPD officer pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run
Michael Elardo, 48, of Syosset, a retired NYPD officer charged in the hit-and-run death of Bryanna Soplin, a 13-year-old special-needs girl from Levittown, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court on Aug. 6, 2014, in connection with the case. In July, Elardo initially pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of the fatal June 15 crash on Hempstead Turnpike. (Credit: Newsday / Chuck Fadely)
One dead after explosion and house fire in Port Washington
One person died, five firefighters were injured, and a woman and child narrowly escaped after an explosion and fast-moving fire tore through a Port Washington home Tuesday night, authorities said early Wednesday. (Credit: News 12 Chopper)
Jones Beach offers free Wi-Fi
Jones Beach in Wantagh began offering free Wi-Fi to visitors on Aug. 6, 2014, becoming one of the first New York State parks to provide free connectivity. The service, called Oh, Ranger! Wi-Fi, is part of a pilot program launched through a public-private partnership between State Parks, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and American Park Network. (Credit: Ed Betz)
Randy White files civil rights lawsuit
Randy White, whose arrest led to the resignation of former Nassau County police commissioner Thomas Dale, filed a federal lawsuit, on Aug. 8, 2014, in Hempstead, claiming county and police officials, including Dale, violated his civil rights. Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius also was named in the suit. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)
Man of many hats robs many banks
Police said a man wore different wacky hats as he committed eight bank robberies over the course of two and a half months. Aug. 9, 2014.