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GLEN COVE / Two pictures painted of slain ex-cop

A retired Glen Cove City police officer shot to death upstate allegedly by his special-needs son was a doting father who was "incredibly supportive" of his son, a former colleague recalled Friday.

Upstate police say that the shooting victim, Salvatore Taranto, 58, was shot "multiple times" in the chest and torso Tuesday in their home northwest of Ithaca, at the hands of his son, Matthew, 28.

"The father was always in that child's corner," said the colleague, Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton, who said he knows the family well and worked with the elder Taranto almost his entire career.

The son was arrested by police in Trumansburg, in rural Tompkins County. He pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at arraignment Wednesday and was remanded without bail to the county jail. His next appearance is scheduled for Monday.

His attorney, Scott Miller of Ithaca, said the son, who has Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, feared the father because of prior incidents of abuse. Tuesday, the father pointed a handgun at him and "told him he could kill him any time he wanted," Miller said Friday.


DIX HILLS / School trying to track reposted fight video

Officials at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills are trying to identify the individual who reposted a cell phone video of a schoolyard fight on YouTube after the clip had been taken down by the video-sharing website.

The individual who reposted the video of two students fighting is not the same person who initially uploaded it to YouTube, said Chris Geed, a district spokeswoman.

Five students have been suspended for standing by Monday and watching the fight. Four other kids -- the fight participants, the person who took the video and the person who initially posted it -- have been disciplined.


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