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Weird News: Military Chopper Lands in Sod Field; Shrimp Thieves Cooked

Some stories are downright strange. Here's our wrap-up from around Northern Suffolk and the East End.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from before the blizzard hit.

Blackhawk Down

Several days before DeLea Sod Farm on Route 25A in Miller Place was buried under nearly three feet of snow, a military helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing there, a weird occurence for the area to say the least.

The FAA confirmed that it was a National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, and initially said it may have been struck by a bird. However a later report said the problem was cased when a flap on the windshield flew open during the flight, cracking the windshield.

Oh Bubba

In last weird pre-storm story came out of Riverhead, where sticky-fingered shrimp lovers were netted by Suffolk County law enforcement officers.

According to Suffolk County police, four Calverton residents were arrested and charged with stealing frozen shrimp from supermarkets since December.

Police said during a petty larceny investigation, seventh precinct crime section officers discovered a pattern involving the theft of frozen shrimp valued at more than $2,400, which occurred at supermarkets in the fifth and seventh Precincts.

Officers identified and pulled over the suspect’s vehicle with proceeds inside and arrested four people in the car on Jan. 30, police said.

Seventh precinct crime section officers, with the assistance of fifth precinct crime section officers, charged Joseph Elardo, 34, Sharmane Cromer, 34, James Donnellan, 33, and Nicole Johnson, 22, all the same address on Southfield Road in Calverton, with 22 counts of petit larceny, two counts of attempted larceny, two counts of possession of a hypodermic needle and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Upon further investigation, police said it was discovered that the suspects were allegedly selling the frozen shrimp to a local Chinese restaurant to support their alleged drug habits.

Argile February 19, 2013 at 07:48 PM
You brought my name into this conversation because?
Darren Gengarelly Sr. February 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM
I am no Randy supporter so simmer down Hazel. But how do level headed people like your selves back someone who has been exposed by a neutral watchdog group as one of the worst offenders of taking advantage of his position for personal gain of himself and his family? I can see you do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do-hypocrites now if it was Wilky scoring that permit for fireworks. Or imagine the noises you all would make if Jerry DellaFemina had it. You all are just as stubborn and ignorant as preliator could ever be. You just think your above it all do to your moral and intellegence superiorities.(so you think). Sad as the state of our country. So did you all hear about the new tax Cabella's has exposed? Google it and tell me he won't raise taxes on the middle class. Look at all the Sheep..................
Darren Gengarelly Sr. February 19, 2013 at 11:45 PM
No dis intended preliator. I bet they all loved it when the OWS people were just as passionate and in your face as you sometimes are. Numerous rapes and robberies during their rein of violence and all you'll here is Tea Party comments. Not one illegal offense at any Tea Party rally was recorded. Google the offenses for their time protesting. Compare them to the documented violence from OWS and educate yourselves. Do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do.
Henry Powderly February 20, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Seeing as you say your aim here is to annoy people, Preliator, I must warn you that one more violation of our terms of service and your account will be suspended.
Argile February 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM
It's a shame we lost Randy. He earned his money from actually working in the free market and created jobs whereas Tim Bishop makes his money supporting free-loaders and helped kill tens of thousands of LI jobs. It's a real shame people like Randy are leaving LI because he's a contributing taxpayer. Unlike Bishop who's getting his salary from the taxpayers. Stupid sheep. Enjoy your tax increases!

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