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CENTER MORICHES / 2 kids safe after man's standoff

Suffolk police used a vehicle-mounted ram to enter a home on Stark Drive early Saturday in Center Moriches and took a man into custody who had locked himself inside his house with his two young children after a domestic dispute.

The man's wife told authorities she feared he might harm himself, police said.

The man was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation, police said. No one was injured, police said.

Police said last night that the man likely will be charged with child endangerment once the evaluation is finished.

The children, ages 5 and 8, were put in the custody of their mother.

The incident began about 7:45 p.m. Friday and ended about 4 a.m. Saturday.

Police also sent a robot into the home before a team of officers entered. There were at least three long rifles in the home, police said.

Inwood Road, which leads into Stark Drive at Union Avenue, was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for many hours by yellow and black police tape.

Police said a "domestic dispute" sparked the incident.

During those hours, from more than a block away people in the street could hear periodic, amplified calls by police into the house asking the resident to answer the telephone.

The calls were often followed by a loud shrilling electronic sound over the loud speaker.

Police said they were only able to establish "intermittent communication" with him over the hours, police later said.

No information was immediately available after the incident from police as to whether the man was armed.

-- BILL MASON

CEDARHURST / Cops: Man attacked over phone

A man was knocked unconscious and robbed in Cedarhurst, Nassau police said.

The 48-year-old victim was on Summit Avenue at the corner of Washington Avenue about 2 a.m. Friday when an unknown man approached, asking to borrow a cellphone, police said.

When the victim refused, the suspect hit him over the left eye and nose with an unknown object, knocking him unconscious.

The victim's wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash were stolen. He was treated at a hospital for a broken nose and cuts and bruises, police said.

The suspect is described as 18 to 20 years old, about 5-foot-6, unshaven with short, dirty-blond hair. He has a heavy build, and wore blue jeans, a green shirt and denim jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous.

-- KEITH HERBERT

SUFFOLK COUNTY / 6 charged in underage-alcohol sting

Six people were arrested Friday after Suffolk police conducted separate sting operations that targeted sales of alcohol to underage buyers.

Police used an underage volunteer as an agent to enter businesses intent on purchasing alcohol.

Some of the stores were chosen after police received complaints and others were picked at random, police said.

In the Fourth Precinct, police said the following store representatives were charged with a first-degree count of unlawfully dealing with a child: Matthew Burger, 20, of 7-Eleven, 362 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack; Brian Farrell, 21, of Hess Express, 1173 Jericho Tpke., Commack; Mary Marvin, 36, of Long Island Wine and Spirit Merchants, 1171 Jericho Tpke., Commack; and Jatinder Kumar, 34, of 7-Eleven, 7 Edgewood Ave., Smithtown.

In the Fifth Precinct, police charged Funda Bilgin, 49, of Michael's Liquor Store, 169 N. Main St., Sayville; and Jaqir Singh, 46, of Jetco Petroleum, 698 Montauk Hwy., Bayport.

The defendants were issued an appearance ticket for a future date in First District Court in Central Islip.

Police said four businesses refused alcohol sales to the minor: Coastal, at 824 Montauk Hwy., Bayport; BP Gas, 62 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point; Gasoline Heaven, 2088 Jericho Tpke., Commack; and Shell Station, 170 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack.

-- KEITH HERBERT

RIVERHEAD / Police seek shooting suspect

Riverhead police said Saturday they are searching for the gunman who shot a man in the arm late Friday night in Riverhead.

The shooting occurred about 9:50 p.m. on West Main Street. The shooter fled in an unknown direction, police said. The victim was treated at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

-- KEITH HERBERT

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