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Woman admits posting ad about 9-year-old girl

CENTRAL ISLIP (AP) -- A Long Island woman has admitted she posted a suggestive Craigslist ad about a 9-year-old girl.

Margery Tannenbaum, 41, of Hauppauge pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment Friday.

Tannenbaum was accused in February 2009 of posting the Craigslist ad and giving callers the girl's phone number.

Police said the posting was an act of revenge stemming from a dispute between the girl and Tannenbaum's daughter.

As a result of her guilty plea, Tannenbaum will serve one year of probation. She must also perform 35 hours of community service and undergo psychological counseling.


Man, woman accused in drive-by purse thefts

HICKSVILLE (AP) -- A man and woman have been arrested in a string of drive-by purse-snatchings on Long Island.

In one of the crimes, the victim was walking to her car in a shopping center parking lot when a car approached her.

A woman reached out from the passenger seat and grabbed the victim's shoulder bag. Police said the victim was dragged by the car until her purse broke free and the thieves fled.

Nassau County police say similar robberies were reported at several locations on Long Island over the past week.

Police on Sunday said they had arrested Veronica Sarabella, 30, and Alfonso Zitoli, 29, on charges of robbery, attempted robbery and grand larceny.


Bill would ease parking for pregnant drivers

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City councilman is introducing a bill that would grant special parking rights to women who are having a difficult pregnancy.

Councilman David Greenfield of Brooklyn says that if his bill passes, pregnant women could ask their doctors to sign a note saying they have physical or mobility challenges.

If their doctors sign off, the women would get placards entitling them to park in no-parking zones.

The proposal is similar to laws on the books in Georgia and Oklahoma.

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