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NEW YORK CITY/Arrest in theft at ex-flight attendant's home

While former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater was at a Queens criminal courthouse to answer for his antics this summer, his boyfriend's brother burglarized their Belle Harbor home, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said yesterday.

Jonathan Rochelle, 39, also of Belle Harbor, was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, Brown said.

Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Rochelle gained entry to the apartment Slater shares with Ken Rochelle and stole a laptop, printer and microwave, according to the district attorney.

"The defendant is accused basically of a crime of opportunity - brazenly breaking into his brother's apartment in broad daylight when he knew that nobody would be home," Brown said.

Slater was at the criminal court Tuesday to plead guilty to charges of criminal mischief for an Aug. 9 incident in which he swore at a passenger on a JetBlue flight that had landed at Kennedy Airport, then deployed the emergency exit chute and slid down to the tarmac. Calls made to Jonathan Rochelle were not returned, and an agent for Slater declined to comment.

- SOPHIA CHANG


Sayville/Police seek information in fatal hit-run

Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a Sayville man who was walking on Lakeland Avenue in Sayville, Suffolk County police said yesterday.

Daniel Fanuele, 42, was walking on Lakeland Avenue at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday when he was hit by an unidentified vehicle, said Det. Sgt. Alan Feinstein of the Patchogue-based Fifth Squad, which is searching for the hit-and-run driver.

Based on forensic evidence collected at the crime scene, Feinstein's investigators concluded that the suspect's vehicle was a Toyota, he said.

Fanuele was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician's assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, police said.

Anyone who might have information on the incident can call the Fifth Squad, 631-854-8552, or Crime Stoppers, 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

- MATTHEW CHAYES


NORTH MERRICK/Woman accused of driving 100 mph drunk

A Merrick woman stopped yesterday on suspicion of driving 100 mph on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in North Merrick faces charges of driving while intoxicated, state police said.

Danielle Rosenthal, 21, of 31 Edith Place, was speeding in a blue Nissan near the Southern State Parkway exit when she was stopped at about 2 a.m., police said.

New York State troopers noticed an odor of alcohol on her breath, and she failed sobriety tests, according to a police report.

Rosenthal was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and speeding.

- GARY DYMSKI

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