News Nearby: Fatal Shooting, Hairspray on Stage

A look at some of the top headlines from fellow Suffolk County Patch sites over the past week.

Half Hollow Hills

A Melville pharmacist has been arrested for his alleged role as a ringleader in a massive scheme to distribute black market prescription HIV drugs and defraud the Medicaid program of $155 million, law enforcement officials said.

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The Drama Club performed three sold out showings last week of the musical comedy Hairspray, presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Medford that took place Wednesday morning. Officers responded to 82 Rose Lane in the Gordon Heights neighborhood following a 5:41 a.m. 911 call of shots fired at the location. Police discovered the body of 32-year-old Ronald Fitzgerald, of Medford, lying on the front porch of the home.

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A car crash on Montauk Highway in Blue Point closed both lanes for four hours early Tuesday and the driver was arrested for DWI, according to Suffolk Police.

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West Islip

A fire early Wednesday morning badly damaged a West Islip home and sent at least two firefighters to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

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Three more Lindenhurst residents join the recent ranks of New York Lottery winners this week: Sylvia Anderson, Peter Roth and David Salegna.

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Babylon Village

The Babylon Memorial Grade School received a letter this month from Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York Shigeyuki Hiroki as a token of appreciation for the students' relief efforts in the aftermath of the Japan tsunami of 2011 that claimed the lives of more than 19,000 people.

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donna April 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I enjoyed this website when it was actually "local". Started out as Bayport-Blue Point. Then hooked up with Sayville. Not a problem. If I feel the need to know about "breaking news" in Babylon, I'll tune in to News 12. C'mon Patch people....go back to local stuff!
Judy Mottl (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 05:10 AM
We are local and run around-the-area stuff on weekends to keep people in the loop on what's happening in neighboring areas.
Matt April 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Ronkonkoma should have its own patch. Population density, industry, MASS transportation( Macarthur and Ronkonkoma train station), Crime ( which has led the suffolk county drug mapping index for heroin since 2008...check the stats scpd website)...schools - Connetquot where i graduated from and parts of Sachem....come on go local ill write it im a senior in college....


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