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Friday, July 04, 2014 - Updated: 9:43 AM

Deliveryman hit, pizza is stolen

WEST HEMPSTEAD (AP) -- Police say a man was punched in the face while three people stole a pizza he was delivering to a Long Island home. Nassau County police say the victim also was shoved to the ground. The attack occurred around 11:20 p.m. Thursday in West Hempstead. Police were looking for the suspects -- two men and a woman.

Lawsuit challenges teacher tenure laws

NEW YORK (AP) -- An education advocacy group has filed a lawsuit arguing that New York's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional because they violate the state Constitution's guarantee of a "sound basic education" by making it difficult to fire bad teachers.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in State Supreme Court on Staten Island against city and state education officials. The plaintiffs are 11 students whose parents belong to the New York City Parents Union.

NY dad leaves tot in car while shopping

HUNTINGTON (AP) -- A Long Island father has been arrested for leaving his 2-year-old daughter in a locked vehicle while he went shopping in Huntington.

Police say a passer-by noticed the girl crying in a parked Nissan Frontier with its windows closed in the parking lot of the Big H Shopping Center on New York Avenue at about 12:40 p.m. Thursday.

The passer-by called 911 and police officers responded to the scene where they broke the vehicle's window and removed the child.

The child's father, Melvin Marroquin, returned to the vehicle about 10 minutes later and was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

Police say the estimated temperature in the car at the time was about 120 degrees.

Police probe death of man at business

PORT JEFFERSON (AP) -- Police on Long Island are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at a commercial building in Port Jefferson Station.

Police say Daniel Dombrowski was discovered at Melting and Filling Equipment on North Bicycle Lane just before 11 a.m. Thursday.

Another employee discovered the body and called 911.

Police say the 37-year-old appeared to be a victim of violence.

Man injured in western NY crash

COLDEN (AP) -- A 49-year-old man is in stable condition at a hospital after losing control of his pickup truck and crashing in Colden.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office says David J. Arcara of Colden was driving on a state road when he lost control of his truck on a curve and went over a 70-foot ravine. He landed in a creek bed. It happened around 4:45 p.m. Thursday.

Arcara has been airlifted to Eric County Medical Center.

The crash is being investigated.

     

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