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MASTIC/Ex-school official gets probation for tax dodge

A former treasurer for the William Floyd School District in Mastic who pleaded guilty to income tax evasion was sentenced to 3 years' probation in federal court in Central Islip Wednesday, according to the Department of Justice.

James Wright, 61, pleaded guilty in June 2008 to charges that he failed to pay taxes on more than $500,000 he had stolen from the school district, federal officials said.

Wright was one of a number of district officials who were convicted of various financial crimes involving district money.

His lawyer, Eric Naiburg of Central Islip, said Wright still faces sentencing from state courts and that probation was appropriate for his ailing client.

"I think it was a fair sentence. Mr. Wright is having some medical issues and I think incarceration would be a death sentence," he said, adding that federal Judge Sandra Feuerstein "did the right thing."

Department of Justice spokesman Robert Nardoza declined to comment on the sentencing. - SOPHIA CHANG


CONNECTICUT/Last secret warrant in Yale slaying may be unsealed

A judge in New Haven, Conn., will decide within two weeks whether to unseal the final secret warrant in the case of a man accused of slaying Yale student Annie Le, according to a court spokeswoman Wednesday.

Earlier warrants unsealed in the case have graphically described the state's evidence against the man, Yale lab technician Raymond J. Clark III.

Clark, 25, is charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities have provided no direct motive for the killing, but DNA and other circumstantial evidence such as blood, key card swipes and Clark's suspicious behavior have linked him to the killing, according to warrants previously made public.

On Sept. 8, days before Le was to be married to a Huntington man in Syosset, the 24-year-old Placerville, Calif., native disappeared from the lab where she and Clark worked.

On Sept. 13, what would have been her wedding day, Le's body was discovered in the lab building, stuffed in a wall behind a toilet.

A green pen Clark reportedly used to sign into work the day of the killing was found under her body, according to the unsealed warrants.

Clark is jailed on $3 million bond at the high-security MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in South Suffield, Conn.

In unsealing previous warrants, Judge Roland Fasano blacked out some portions to protect the privacy of Le's family and Clark's right to a fair trial, the court has said. - MATTHEW CHAYES


HEMPSTEAD/Teens arrested in BB gun shooting of 2

Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were arrested Wednesday and charged with shooting two other teens with a BB gun, police said.

The incident occurred Monday night on Front Street in Hempstead, Nassau County police said. One victim was shot in the leg and arm, the other in the chest.

Police said both suffered lacerations and contusions, but did not seek medical attention at the scene.

The two defendants fled on foot but were arrested later, police said.

The 16-year-old was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon. - JOHN VALENTI

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