News Nearby: Custody Settled for Son of St. James Murder-Suicide Victim

The top headlines from the week in nearby towns.

Port Jefferson

Play’s Creators Attend Sunday Performance of Treasure Island

The cast of Treasure Island put on a rousing performance on Sunday at Theatre Three to the delight of not only the audience, but to three special attendees. The creators of the show: Sherman Yellen, who wrote the book for the play (and blogged about the Theatre Three performance on Huffington Post), Gary William Friedman, who composed the music and Will Holt, who wrote the lyrics were all in attendance. Although the play was written 30 years ago, it has never been performed at full throttle.

"This was a moment of theatre history for our company," said Executive Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel, who also directed the play. "To have these three legendary Broadway figures attend not just a performance of their work–but a world premiere. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."


Suffolk County police said there's been an upwards tick in the number of stolen tires and burglaries in the Commack area over recent weeks.
A member of the Suffolk County Police Department's COPE unit speaking at the Commack Civic Association Thursday night said there's been a trending increase in the number of tires and rims stolen off high-end vehicles in Commack. Thieves are removing expensive tires and rims overnight, leaving the victim's car on cinder blocks.


Custody Settled for Son of St. James Murder-Suicide Victim

The custody dispute over Tyler Farrell, the orphaned son of the late Katie Farrell, who was killed by East Northport native and ex-boyfriend James Schultz in a murder-suicide, has been settled.

Clare Farrell, mother to the late Katie and grandmother to Tyler, said she could not legally disclose details of the agreement to the press as per a clause in the agreement, but insisted it was put together with Tyler’s best interests in mind.

“There’s no bad details, we ended up with an agreement, not a fight, and it continues that way,” she said. “It continues to be a relationship based in what’s Tyler’s best interest, not our own.”

After roughly three months in court, the custody dispute was settled in June.

Kings Park 

American Flag Commemorating 9/11 at High School Stolen

A large American flag, hung on the front of Kings Park High School, has been stolen.The flag, which was hung to commemorate 9/11, was "taken down without authorization," according to the school website, sometime late Wednesday evening or early on the following morning of Sept. 20.

Three Village

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found in Stony Brook 

Suffolk County police are searching for the person responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti along with other vandalism found at the park on Coed Lane in Stony Brook. A police spokesperson said Wednesday that the graffiti was found on Monday at 6:42 p.m. The incident has been classified as fourth-degree criminal mischief as a hate crime. The police department's hate crimes unit is investigating.


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