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NORTH LINDENHURST/Suspect arrested in bank robbery

A North Lindenhurst man was arrested yesterday and charged with robbing a bank in his hometown Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Mark Brown, 35, of 921 N. Ontario Ave., is to be arraigned today in First District Court in Central Islip on a charge of robbery in the third degree, police said.

Brown allegedly entered the Citibank branch at 120 Sunrise Hwy. in North Lindenhurst about 10 a.m. Monday and handed a threatening note to a teller. The employee gave the robber cash from a drawer and he fled on foot, police said.

In a news release yesterday, police did not provide the circumstances of Brown's arrest.


YAPHANK/Man 'unarrested' in stolen car case

A Mastic man arrested early yesterday and charged with criminal possession of a stolen vehicle after a police pursuit has been released because he was "not involved," Suffolk County police said.

Police initially said Lavonne Berryhill, 26, of 5 Abby Lane in Mastic, was driving the 2004 Acura MDX during a pursuit that began on Route 112 in Coram and ended on the Long Island Expressway service road in Yaphank. They said he was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

But about 1 p.m. yesterday police announced that Berryhill had been "unarrested" and the charges dropped. A police statement said: "Pending further investigation to identify the driver, Berryhill was unarrested. He was not involved."

Police would not immediately say what had led officers to arrest Berryhill. They also could not say if Berryhill had been in the stolen vehicle or if he was arrested in a case of mistaken identity.

Nassau County police said the Acura was reported stolen in Valley Stream about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday and they alerted officers in both counties to be on the lookout. Suffolk police said officers spotted the SUV at 12:30 a.m. as it headed north on Route 112 in Coram.


MEDFORD/Dozen injured in bus-SUV crash

Twelve people were taken to hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries yesterday after a collision in Medford between an SUV and a transit bus, police said. A 1996 Chevy Suburban traveling north on Route 112 made a left turn toward a driveway, Suffolk police said, when it collided with the Suffolk County Transit Bus. Nine of the 16 people on the bus were taken to a hospital, police said.

The driver of the SUV and two of her passengers also were taken to a hospital, police said.


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