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West Babylon

The Suffolk County Police Department First Squad detectives are investigating a shooting incident that occurred in West Babylon Monday afternoon. Stephon Washington, 22, of Wheatley Heights, was with three other people outside of a home on Essex Street in West Babylon around noon when a car drove by and an occupant of the car fired shots, poice said. Washington was hit with a piece of shrapnel and suffered a cut on his leg. He was transported by his friends to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip.


Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Green Beret that Newsday reports grew up in Patchogue, is getting a new hearing and a chance to possibly overturn his 1979 conviction of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters.

According to the Associated Press, MacDonald asked a judge to grant a new trial on Monday at a federal courtroom in Wilmington, North Carolina. MacDonald's attorney is reported as saying if jurors could have considered two new types of evidence in the case, that he would have been found not guilty.

MacDonald is currently serving three life sentences for the 1970 murders of his wife, Colette and daughters Kimberly and Kristen.

According to the report, MacDonald's attorney is focusing on hairs that do not match MacDonald or his family's DNA and a statement from Jimmy Britt, a deputy U.S. marshal when the case was tried.

The hearing is expected by lawyers to last up to two weeks.

Long Beach

A 22-year-old man was shot outside of the Long Beach Police Department early Sunday morning. According to Sgt. Eric Cregeen, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Long Beach Police dispatcher heard what he believed to be three to four gunshots. Within a minute of hearing the shots, a 22-year-old male victim entered the Long Beach Police Department and stated he had been shot. The victim was transferred to an area hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for two gunshot wounds, Cregeen said. The victim is listed in critical condition.


A Massapequa man has been charged in a series of knife-point robberies of gas stations dating back to June, police said. Kevin Washington, 43, was arrested Friday and charged with four robberies between June 27 and last week. Washington was also accused of a larceny at a BP station in East Meadow Aug. 1. He was charged with four counts of robbery and four counts of weapons possession as well as petty larceny and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.


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