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Three Village's Top 10 Stories of November

Headlines ranged from Hurricane Sandy to police and fire action to local sports.

From Hurricane Sandy to Stony Brook athletics, here are the stories that caught the most attention in November of 2012.

As the hunt for gas continued for many locals after Hurricane Sandy, tensions reportedly reached a new level Monday morning, as police arrested a Stony Brook teenager after he allegedly threatened to stab gas station employees.

Shadetree Lane Blaze Sends 3 Firefighters to the Hospital. A vicious fire at 7 Shadetree Lane in Stony Brook took on Nov. 25 an hour to extinguish and sent three volunteer firefighters to the hospital. The homeowners were not injured. According to Setauket Fire Department chief Dennis Mirante, crews who arrived at the scene shortly before 6 p.m. found a fully involved garage fire that had spread into the main structure of the home.

Just as they have since January, the Three Village Soccer Club and Stony Brook University are still trying to hammer out a deal over the use of the Three Village Soccer Park at the University's South P Lot. The club's current permit allowing use of the fields – the construction of which was paid for by the club and completed in 1999, and which the club pays to operate and maintain – expires at the end of November.

Setauket Man Charged in Three-Car DWI Crash. According to a police report, a Setauket man was driving eastbound on Route 25A at Nicolls Road when he sideswiped another vehicle as he attempted to pass it. Police said he then headed south on Nicolls Road, drove over a grassy area, crossed over two lanes of southbound traffic and hit a third car. The accident took place at 10:45 p.m. on Nov. 19.

Power Outages Linger in Three Village. Power outages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy dropped from 15,000 to 3,000 between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7.

Three Village Schools Closed for Students. Students in the Three Village Central School District missed six straight school days, though staff members were expected to be in attendance for two conference days. Only two buildings that lost power had it restored as of Nov. 4.

Police Unable to Confirm Attack Rumors During Investigation. Suffolk police neither confirmed nor denied rumors that a violent attack had taken place in Stony Brook, just days before actually making an arrest in that case.

Rising SBU Athletics Program is No Illusion. If it seems like you've been reading more about Stony Brook University athletics in the past few seasons, it's because you probably have been. Recent research from Winthrop Research Services – a data gathering service for athletic directors – shows that the Seawolves, more than any other school in the nation, has risen among its collegiate athletic standings over the past four years. Called the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the standings tally athletic finishes in up to 20 sports (10 men's and 10 women's) each year and after sitting at No. 269 after the 2008-2009 season, SBU has jumped up to No. 68, ahead of names such as Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, and others.

Stony Brook Student Stabbed on Campus. A resident student at Stony Brook University was sent to the University Hospital after reportedly being stabbed in the stomach, according to university police. The suspect was later arrested.

Stony Brook Woman Accused of Check Fraud. A Stony Brook woman was arrested Nov. 16 in Stony Brook and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony that indicates a crime involving a monetary value between $3,000 and $50,000. Police said she wrote four unauthorized checks at a dentist's office in Stony Brook in excess of $4,000 between July and November of 2012.

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