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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking the public's help, Crime Stoppers and Nassau

Seeking the public's help, Crime Stoppers and Nassau County Police released photos on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, of two men they say are suspected of stealing Gucci sunglasses from a store in Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream on March 27. Credit: NCPD/Crime Stoppers

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

We've concluded today's live coverage, but here, you'll find a rundown of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day. For Twitter updates from the Newsday team, scroll down -- or use the link below if you're a mobile reader.


Nassau County Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public's help in identifying two men (pictured above) suspected of stealing six pairs of Gucci sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut in Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. Police say the pair was observed inside the store on March 27 around 6 p.m. taking the sunglasses, which are valued at $2,030, from a display rack, and exiting without paying. They fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.


Long Islanders awoke this morning scratching their heads and scraping ice off their windshields after some snow fell overnight. (Some also took to Twitter to express their thoughts about the spring snow. Scroll down -- or use the link below if using a mobile device -- to read what they had to say.) The area thawed out throughout the day as temperatures reached the high 40s and tonight will be clear with a low around 34 degrees. 


LONG BEACH: The Long Beach City Council meets tonight at 7 to consider beach concession operations and a contract for animal shelter services. The meeting will be on the sixth floor of City Hall, 1 W. Chester St. Read Aisha Al-Muslim's Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim

SOLDIERS GETTING GS COOKIES. Newsday will be in Garden City tomorrow morning for the 9th annual Operation Cookie. Nassau County Girl Scouts, local officials and representatives from DHL Express will be loading one million Girl Scout cookies onto delivery trucks. The cookies will be sent to American soldiers serving in Bahrain and Afghanistan.


BABYLON - Water services will be shut down due to the emergency repair of the water main on Beverly Road. The shutdown will affect about 28 homes.

BRENTWOOD - Water services will be shut down due to the emergency repair of a water main on Lexington Avenue. The shutdown will affect about 18 homes.

This information can be found on the Suffolk County Water Authority's website.


NY 25A. The right westbound lane from Plandome Road to Maple Street is closed until 4 p.m. for road work.

OCEAN PKWY. One lane is closed from Wantagh State Parkway to Oak Beach until 4 p.m.

SOUTHERN STATE. Travel lanes on the Southern State Parkway are to be closed from midnight to 5 a.m. or 6 a.m., in certain areas this week to allow for the removal of scaffolding used during bridge maintenance repair work, the state Department of Transportation said. The following will be closed:

NASSAU. Two eastbound lanes between Exit 22 (Meadowbrook State Parkway) and Exit 27 (Wantagh Parkway) and westbound lanes between Exit 28 (Wantagh Avenue) and Exit 24 (Merrick Road).

SUFFOLK. Two eastbound lanes from Exit 35 (Wellwood Avenue) to Exit 37 (Belmont Avenue) and westbound lanes from Exit 39 (Deer Park Avenue) to Exit 36 (Straight Path).

The DOT advises motorists to expect travel delays and use alternate routes such as Sunrise Highway.

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