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CENTRAL ISLIP/Pedestrian killed by car

A pedestrian was struck by a car and killed early yesterday in Central Islip, Suffolk County police said.

Rafael Bertrand was walking south on Carleton Avenue, near Ackerman Street, when he was hit by a southbound Ford van about 6:45 a.m., police said. Bertrand, 64, of Brentwood, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The driver, Nubia Portillo, 33, of Brentwood, was not injured. Her van was impounded for a safety check.

Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to call Third Precinct detectives at 631-854-8352.

-- Ellen Yan


Sentencing in harassment

A Hauppauge social worker who posted a suggestive online ad about a 9-year-old girl will have a clean record if she stays out of trouble for a year.

Suffolk First District Court Judge Glenn Murphy in Central Islip sentenced Margery Tannenbaum, 42, for harassment, a violation. After pleading guilty last year, Tannenbaum successfully completed probation and 25 hours of community service, said her lawyer, Tad Scharfenberg of Bohemia.

Tannenbaum put the ad on craigslist.org, naming the girl and giving her phone number, after the girl was in a dispute with Tannenbaum's daughter, also 9.

"She believes her child was being bullied," Scharfenberg said. "She did something foolish, which was inconsistent with her personality."

An order of protection barring Tannenbaum from contacting or going near the girl or her parents remains in effect.

-- Andrew Smith


EAST MEADOW/Pedestrian survives hit

A pedestrian who was struck by a car in a parking lot off Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow did not suffer life-threatening injuries, Nassau County police said yesterday.

The accident at about 7 p.m. in the vicinity of Nassau University Medical Center closed the roadway in both directions for more than half an hour, police said.

There was no criminality and no summonses were issued, a police spokeswoman said.

-- William Murphy

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