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Grandfather admits shooting grandson

RIVERHEAD (AP) -- A member of "America's first family of fireworks" has admitted he shot and wounded his grandson during a dispute at their Long Island home.

Joseph Grucci pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree assault in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead. He admitted shooting his 20-year-old grandson during an argument last month over noise at their Bellport home.

The grandson, who is recovering at a hospital, has reportedly told prosecutors he doesn't want his grandfather jailed. A judge said Grucci may receive probation when he is sentenced March 15.

The 70-year-old is a cousin of Felix Grucci Jr., a former congressman and executive at Fireworks By Grucci. Joseph Grucci has no role in the company, which is famous worldwide for its pyrotechnics displays.

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Amber Alert leads to finding boy, 3

ELMIRA (AP) -- An Amber Alert has ended for an abducted 3-year-old Elmira boy who was located Wednesday morning at a suburban Rochester motel, police said.

Jacob Ryan Rubin Davila was found unharmed at a motel in the Town of Henrietta, state police and Monroe County sheriff's deputies said.

Quentin M. Singletary, 26, of Rochester, was arrested.

Singletary took the boy during an altercation with the child's mother in Elmira around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Around 10:15 a.m., a citizen who had learned of the Amber Alert spotted a vehicle fitting the description of Singletary's. The citizen contacted 911 and continued to follow Singletary's vehicle, which proceeded to the Henrietta motel, police said. Singletary and several others were taken into custody.

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Village bans smoking on public sidewalks

GREAT NECK (AP) -- A tiny village on Long Island's "gold coast" is banning smoking on public sidewalks.

The Great Neck village board approved the ban at a meeting Tuesday night. It claims to be the first municipality in the state to enact such a restriction.

Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman said the ban was enacted after officials got complaints about smokers standing outside stores in the village. He said the law will also benefit pedestrians who might have been subjected to secondhand smoke.

Kreitzman said violators found smoking on sidewalks in the 1.2-square-mile village could face fines of up to $1,000.

Neighboring New York City is currently considering a smoking ban in parks and pedestrian plazas.

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False reports blamed on being under stress

NEW YORK (AP) -- A TV meteorologist told police she concocted claims of being attacked because she was under personal and professional stress and wanted attention, a court document released Wednesday shows.

Heidi Jones said nothing as she appeared briefly in a Manhattan court Wednesday to answer misdemeanor charges of false reporting. Her lawyer, Paul F. Callan, said she would fight the charges and had been "unfairly characterized and vilified" in some press reports on her case.

Jones, who has been suspended from her job at New York's local ABC station, told police Dec. 1 that she'd been attacked in Central Park in September and then again outside her apartment in November, according to a court complaint prosecutors filed Wednesday.

"I made it up for attention. I have so much stress at work, with my personal life and with my family," she said, according to the document.

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