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News Nearby: Lawrence Aviation Fire Deemed Arson

A look at what's making headlines in nearby Patch towns.

There's plenty of news happening on any given day in the Three Village area, and the same can be said of the towns surrounding us. Here's a look at what's making headlines in nearby Patch tows.

From Port Jefferson Patch: Lawrence Aviation Fire Deemed Arson. An investigation by Brookhaven Town Fire Marshals and Suffolk County Arson Squad has determined that Saturday's fire at the former Lawrence Aviation site was criminal in nature. No other details were immediately made available, as the investigation remains ongoing. "I wouldn't go what into caused the fire," said Sgt. George White. "Only two people know that: us, and the person who lit it."

From Hauppauge Patch: Nesconset Woman Sues County Over Alleged Sexual Abuse At Jail. Suffolk County has been slapped with a new lawsuit involving the Suffolk County Correctional Facility. According to a Newsday report, five women, including one from Nesconset, have filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that they and others were "sexually assaulted, harassed and degraded by a male correction officer" at the facility.

From Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch: Miller Place Board Adopts Budget Under Cap Without Full-Day Kindergarten. The proposal of full-day kindergarten in the 2013-14 school budget in Miller Place has been a hot topic since first proposed by Superintendent Marianne Higuera. On Wednesday the Board of Education made a decision to adopt a budget without the proposal. After including kindergarten in the superintendent's budget, the school board listened to varying community views on the topic for about a month before ultimately deciding against it. "We are all cognizant of the educational merits of doing it, but at this particular time the sustainability issue is just too much for this board to pass," said trustee Michael Unger.

From Smithtown Patch: . Suffolk County Police are looking into an alleged theft that took place in late March at the St. James firehouse on Route 25A. According to police, a call was received on March 27 at 9:30 a.m. stating a wallet was taken from the St. James Fire District firehouse, located at 533 Route 25A, that contained credit cards and personal papers. Police said the credit cards were used after they were taken. Police said the incident could have taken place any time from March 24 to March 27. A police investigation is underway.

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