News Nearby: Local Olympian's House, Car Burned in Lightning Strike

In other news, drunk driver smashes car into 7-eleven, hurts pregnant woman and infant.


A Miller Place man was killed Wednesday night, according to police, after he crashed into a telephone pole while driving alone in Port Jefferson Station shortly after 8 p.m.
Gerard Daguanno, 49, was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile westbound on Route 347, police said, when his vehicle veered off the road and struck the pole near Woodhull Avenue.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by an assistant with the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office.

Last year the to secure the historic red brick building on the corner of Main Street and East Main Street in Port Jefferson. Once the First National Bank, the building housed the Brookhaven Town Tax Receiver's office but remained vacant for years before the deal was done.
Now, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame is embarking on a capital campaign to raise the roughly $2.5 million it needs to transform the space into a state-of-the-art exhibit center focusing on Long Island music history.
After a on July 1, guests were brought to the building to see plans for the new museum.


Since his death in November, the name Joseph DiBernardo Jr. – "Joey D" – is one that lives in the minds and hearts of his family and friends in the Setauket and Miller Place communities. Now, it's a name that will also be memorialized on the FDNY's "Wall of Honor," a place of honor for New York City firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
The FDNY announced Monday that Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano made the decision to add DiBernardo's name to the Wall of Honor based on an in-depth review of DiBernardo's medical history.
Joey D, a Setauket Fire Department volunteer who joined the FDNY in 1995, sustained critical injuries from the Black Sunday fire in January of 2005, a fire which killed two firefighters and critically injured him and three more.

Firefighters responded to a Nesconset house and car fire Wednesday evening after lightning struck the home, sending power lines into the vehicles at the home of Olympian Maria Michta.

According to Assistant Chief Doug Sneider, the initial call for the fire at 7 4th Street came in at roughly 5:30 p.m. Sneider said lightning struck the outside of the home on Lillian Road while a mother and two children were inside. No damage was done to the interior of the home and no one in the home was injured.

A car careened off of the Long Island Expressway North Service Road Thursday night, smashing into a Brentwood 7-Eleven and injuring three people, including a pregnant woman and an infant, police said.


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