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The Long-Islander. (Huntington [N.Y.]) 1839-current, December 31, 2015, Image 1

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;:,“~‘‘~'’‘~‘5‘g3 SINCE 1838, NOBODY COVERS HUNTINGTON NEWS BETTER THAN THE LONG-ISLANDER. » \Founded by Walt Whitman LongIslanderNews.corn un. 176. sup; 6 o H 1 j THUSDA, DEEMBR 31. 2015 2 SECTIONS,‘ 40 Melius Calls For Fresh Look Into Sh outing By Peter Sloggatt psl0ggatt@longislandergroupcom fects from the bullet at his head through the window of his Mer- cedes—Benz. ’ With the recent turnover of top police brass at Suffolk County Po- lice Department, the arrest by the feds of its chief, James Burke, on as- sault and conspiracy charges, and a highly publicized update on efforts to solve the Gilgo Beach murders - including a renewed t-relationship with FBI investigators — Gaiy Melius is asking, “What about me?” It’s been nearly two years since the ‘Oheka owner and political .pow—. er broker was shot‘ as he sat in his car outside the castle he calls home. Al'- ‘though he survived the botched as- sassination ‘attempt after the gun jammed, preventing the shooter from getting off any more shots, Melius said he suffers lingering ef- According to reports, _the bullet struck Melius’s temple, but spared him what could have been more crit- ical injuries. Still, vision in his left eye is compromised, and he is grounded by occasional seizures that prevent him from driving. Melius has been healing since the Feb. 24, 2014 shooting. Gone is the halting speech seen in a video re- leased shortly after he was released. from the hospital a month after the incident. Today he walks the rooms of the castle, greeting restaurant cus- tomers and hotel guests, always ready with a joke and a.\ laugh. But he remains haunted by the thought that somebody out there will come (Continued on page A30) ,GaryMelius, pictured in a Feb. 2l)l5 video announcing a reward iund, wants po- lice to take a fresh look at the still unsolved attempt on his life a year earlier. :r£P§‘*U Sourhdown Owners Eye F ormer Waldbaum’s SPQTLIGHI Bob Nelson Bringing By Jano Tantongco jtantongco @ longislandergroup. com Comedy ‘Punch’. , _ , . 1 The owner of Southdown Mar- ketplace, a local chain of grocery stores, is in talks to take over the lease of the recently defunct Waldbaunfs in Greenlawn Plaza. The deal would bring back a much—needed grocery store for nearby residents, including sen- iors at Paumanack Village. The shuttering of Waldbaum‘s last month is one of many cases that have left residents in the dust in the wake of the Great Atlantic & Paci Tea Co.’s chapter 11 bankruptcy this past July. The site of the now-defunct Wa|dbaum’s may soon be replaced by a new grocery store from the owner of the local grocery chain, Southdown Mar- ketplace. (Continued on page A30) 'mhlIII’:-\FI-'n\|'I‘\N-1‘hi‘x|I‘I\I\|'IIl*\-‘Ill-H V. .. . »' ‘.2 < =,“:;‘,‘ '_.,',7f.‘* was _ 9‘-,<_-. »~... I-_X.;‘ ‘ _‘ 1‘. ;_~_'.~;r».:,,,4 L. -. V ‘.__d‘;. ‘.3. fa‘. ‘é ;, 9'.‘ 14.2.... 'r«___ :<;.,_. ‘ _.;~ .. g 1: W, ‘x :5“ ,:-‘&>=.- .‘ «. =‘-‘x ?.:“:~¢ ‘M’ ‘g “ \ * ' 5.4”} ».\:?}5 ‘J2: ‘ V ‘5.7'”“‘ \3. ‘ 13:‘: 54¢ 2%‘: 1 £23.-1:3 \ \.':}.. 96|:€'89Ll|v AN .l.HOdH1}.lON 3I\V '|3l:l L91» AHVEIBTI O|'l .l.HOdH.l80N 9899 0S Zd 91X S fi ”%E“§%§:%§» V00 3:401 LFHVO

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