Suffolk County launches rental assistance and small business grant programs

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink County Executive Steve Bellone (Photos via iStock; Steve Bellone)Suffolk County will distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency rental assistance and grants to residents and business owners facing hardships because of the pandemic.Residents can receive a one-time full-month assistance payment of up to $2,500, County Executive Steve Bellone said, according to Patch. Tenants must verify their income and their landlords must willingly to participate in the program to qualify. Payments would be made directly to landlords.Small businesses with up to 50 employees can receive grants of up to 10,000 based on the number of people they employ. That money will come from Community Development Block Grants. There is enough funding for 150 such grants.  center_img Tagshamptons-weeklylast_img read more

Hampton Bays Man Accused of Raping Ex-girlfriend

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old Hampton Bays man accused of stalking two ex-girlfriends, one of whom he allegedly twice raped last year, was apprehended by federal agents in Pennsylvania, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Justin Suarez pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to a 34-count grand jury indictment that included charges of rape, stalking, strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, coercion, reckless endangerment, menacing, possession of a weapon and torturing animals.Prosecutors said Suarez also threatened with a sledgehammer the ex-girlfriend he allegedly raped August and December. He also allegedly shot a dog to death in her presence.“He told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her too,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We executed a search warrant and recovered the remains of the animal and two bullets.”Southampton Town Police Department issued a warrant for his arrest on Oct. 9. U.S. Marshals apprehended him 10 days later in the Poconos.Judge Barbara Kahn set bail for him at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. He is due back in court Nov. 19.last_img read more

Pregnant FL Woman Overdoses with Two Children in Car

first_imgA newborn is in critical condition in Polk County, Florida, after an emergency C-section had to be performed on the mother, who overdosed on cocaine.The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36-year-old Marsha Forrester on Thursday, after they found her passed out in her car, with her other two children inside.Forrester admitted to detectives that she had been using cocaine for two days before passing out. She also told them that she picked up the two children, who are both under age five, in Lakeland and then stopped at a convenience store in Winter Haven. She entered the store to use cocaine, and left the children in the car. Afterward, she drove to a Publix parking lot, where she passed out.A passerby alerted the Polk County Fire Rescue about the car, which was running but had its air conditioning turned off. Deputies found Forrester slumped over the wheel of the car, while the children were crying and sweating. According to deputies, the temperature was 90 degrees, with a heat index of 99 degrees.Fire rescue officials then pulled Forrester from the car and administered two doses of narcan before delivering the baby. Deputies say the other two children were uninjured.Sheriff Grady Judd says, “I’m both furious and heartbroken about this. Two small children and a baby who was due to be born soon were put into serious danger, all because this woman wanted to get high. She chose cocaine over the safety of these little ones.”Forrester was arrested and charged with two counts of negligent child abuse. She was booked into the Polk County Jail.last_img read more

Sammy’s super six

first_img2 Jan 2013 Sammy’s super six Surrey teenager Samantha Fuller has set a transatlantic record with her sixth consecutive win in the Pars Florida International Junior Championship. The 13-year-old from Roehampton has won her way through the age groups every year since 2006. Her latest victory came at the PGA Club, in Port St Lucie, when she won both the U14 division and the overall girls’ prize. Sammy, a past winner of the English U13 girls’ championship, shot 70-72-77 on the 5,900 yard Par 72 Pete Dye course and won by one shot over Denmark’s Cecile Bofill. Pars organised a special presentation to mark the record breaking achievement and had Hall Of Fame golfer Nancy Quarcelino present Sammy with a crystal jug. Sammy’s younger sister, Annabell Fuller, tied second in the 9-10 group. Eloise Healey from West Lancashire had a great first round of 69 and, despite struggling with the strong winds in the next two rounds, finished third in the 15-18 group and 5th overall. Sammy’s result crowned a successful trip for the teenager, who earlier won her age group in the Honda Junior Classic for the third straight time. She won the 13 and under title by five shots, with scores of 73-72 and the highlight was a hole-in-one on the 120 yard par 3 10th hole of the Palmer course. Annabell won the 10 and under division when she holed a 20-footer for birdie on the 5th hole of a play-off.last_img read more