Man Shot in Huntington Station

3 men sought in attack on pair on Lowndes Avenue.

A Huntington Station man was shot Saturday night on Lowndes Avenue.

Suffolk County police said Rahmel Caleb and a friend were walking near Church Street about 9 p.m. when three men got out of a car and two of them fired eight shots at the pair. Caleb was wounded in both legs.

He was taken to where he was admitted for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the assailants were driving a gold four-door sedan and fled west on Tower Street.

Caleb's friend was uninjured.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Jen LaVertu October 11, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Thats not true. Kevin Thornburne was running on the Working Family Party line and all his signatures were challenged by the Democrats. He was then tossed off and no other candidate was put forth. Peter Nichols was running on the Libertarian line and they decided to drop a candidate all together with no further explanation. Shocking because Peter has always been very outspoken. It happened right after they endorsed Vivienne Wong to run with Peter Nichols as a Libertarian, after the Republicans challenged all her signatures to run as a Republican. http://huntington.patch.com/articles/libertarians-no-town-candidates-in-2012 The Republicans also challenged Vivienne Wong and that case ended up in court because they selected Gene Cook who is an independant. http://huntington.patch.com/articles/cook-ousted-from-gop-town-board-ballot Do a short search here on the patch and see what happened to all the other people that WANTED to run in this election and were in some way, shape, or form knocked off the ballot one by one till there were only 2. This was my first year watching the entire process and it really opened my eyes. So no, people that WANT to run cannot run unless the people in charge of the political parties WANT THEM to also run. The elections are run by 2 political parties.
Joseph October 11, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Ms. Lavertu, I understand what you are saying. It is just election law procedure that you are talking about. I have lived in a number of counties and have always followed elections of interest. Parties always challenge signatures which is why people have to always get more than required. If signatures are invalid then a person can't run. Part of running for office is knowing what you have to do to get there. I suppose you are right in that there are people who might run but find the process confusing. I'm not sure how that can be addressed other than maybe making friends with someone you can trust who knows the process or doing research before a person decides to run. I see the information you are providing and I understand your frustration in wanting more people to choose from but this is very standard and nothing at all specific about Huntington. I think this kind of thing happens in almost every election and I'm sure that challenging signatures is routine because I have seen it often. If the signatures are valid then there is no issue for the candidate.
Sue October 13, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I have to disagree Joseph. A candidate can make up any empty campaign promises in literature. Spencer can write all he wants, I expect more proof than words. Like it or not, controversial as it was Liz black took a stand and took the responsibility she had for keeping ALL children safe regarding their educational experience. It would have been so much easier to turn a blind eye & HOPED the town supervisor would step up & fight to protect ALL students attending jack Abrams. She has in fact made it possible for the students to learn without needing 6 police cars stationed outside the front door & surrounding the playground during recess & gym. There has not been 1 lockdown affecting our children. By the way, yes there have been shootings during the school day @ jack Abrams. Lay off Liz, she did her sworn job to protect our students. It's Frank Petrone & his buddies who haven't done theirs!
Andrea October 13, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Yes, and for all the students that live in that area it also reinforced the concept that their area isn't good enough for a school. Years ago, when I was a kid at Southdown, I remember when they started bussing kids all around the school district so it would be fair. I lived around the corner from Southdown and I stayed there - but some new kids at Southdown lived across from Huntington El (or Jack Abrams, or the school formerly known as Jack Abrams) and though I was a kid and it didn't matter to me, I remember wondering why they had such a long bus ride when there was a school right there. And I remember hearing later about parents of kids by me who were upset about their kids being bussed to the station for school... I wonder, going back a few decades - if that had never happened and kids stayed going to the school closest... would anyone have shut down Jack Abrams? I bet not. Who would have argued that you couldn't go to school in your own neighborhood? So yeah, I don't think this decision represents ALL.
Kara October 13, 2011 at 07:03 PM
To Sue: I agree that candidates can make up campaign promises but how do we judge those that are authentic and those that are not? Dr. Spencer has a long history of being a man of integrity. Why assume it's lies? I believe that school didn't actually need the police presence, but concerned parents did. I understand that you support Liz Black's vote, I personally believe it hurt learning more than anything. Many parents seem to be saying the scores are very low in Woodhull from last year. Their kids did poorly on tests. So the decision, if it was to protect kids, seemed to have a negative impact. To your other assertion I think you are right, blame can go around. But wouldn't it be great if people started to focus on what could be done together instead of attacking each other? Let's hope people move in that direction soon.


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