FREEPORTPolice say burglar left DNA behind

A Freeport man was arraigned yesterday on charges in three area burglaries after he left DNA evidence in one home -- a cigarette butt and an alcohol bottle, Nassau police said.

Keith Shippey, 24, of 131 Branch Ave., was held pending a $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail after being arraigned on three counts of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property -- the latter charge after police said they recovered a stolen Coach pocketbook and wallet inside his 2002 Dodge.

He broke into a Davison Avenue home on April 29, and when the residents returned, they found an alcohol bottle in the kitchen -- they don't drink -- and officers recovered a cigarette -- the residents don't smoke, police said.

Shippey was arrested after First Precinct officers spotted him late Tuesday near the intersection of South Bayview and Atlantic avenues, police said.

The evidence recovered from the Davison Avenue home tied Shippey to an April 19 burglary at a Noon Place home and one on Westend Avenue on Tuesday, police said.LAURELMan accused of growing marijuana

A search of a Laurel man's property led authorities to confiscate 57 marijuana plants, Riverhead Town police said yesterday.

Anton Van Der Wetering, 43, of 550 Eagles Nest, is charged with growing marijuana without a license after the plants were found Tuesday at a Sound Avenue property in Riverhead.

Riverhead police and the East End Drug Task Force conducted the warrant and discovered the plants, police said.

Police said a box truck used to transport plants was impounded.

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Additional charges are likely, the release said, pending analysis by the Suffolk County Crime Lab.

Arraignment information for Van Der Wetering was not immediately available.MIDDLE ISLANDResponders save choking man

Middle Island firefighters and a Suffolk police officer may have saved a choking man's life yesterday, the police said.

The 45-year old man, a resident of Middle Island Intermediate Care Facility group home for the developmentally and emotionally challenged, was choking on food when Officer Michael Meehan responded to a 6:52 p.m. 911 call.

Workers there had attempted the Heimlich maneuver. Meehan took over and dislodged a piece of the food, letting the man breathe. He was still struggling, though, when Middle Island firefighters arrived to remove the rest of the food and administer oxygen, police said.

He was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was in critical condition last night, police said.