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The Biggest Stories of 2013

A look back at the year's top Long Island headlines.

February's blizzard crippled the region; the roof of the AMF Smithtown Lanes bowling alley collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.
February's blizzard crippled the region; the roof of the AMF Smithtown Lanes bowling alley collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.
As the new year begins, let's take one last look back at some of the biggest stories of 2013 from across Long Island Patch sites. Click the links to read the full stories. 

Instagram Photo Leads to Hefty Fines For Local Men Caught Capturing Young Deer

An Instagram photo led to hot water for four young men in November who are facing hefty fines after they were caught capturing two deer fawns and posting pics of their caper.

Holbrook Man Punches Woman at Jets Game

A Holbrook man was caught on video in October punching a woman in the face following a Jets game at MetLife Stadium. 

Seneca Employees Save Lives of Children, 1 and 3

Two children in Holbrook are alive today quite possibly because of the heroic acts and instinctive training of a group of Seneca Middle School employees.

Billy Joel, Guv Clean Up Oyster Bay

Billy Joel gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo a lift to Oyster Bay's annual beach cleanup in September, motoring to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in the Piano Man's boat.

One Dead in East Garden City Shooting 

Two people were shot, one fatally, inside an East Garden City office in September. The shooter, Sang Ho Kim, was found dead along the shore of the Hudson River following a four-day manhunt. 

Deer Crashes Through Patchogue Restaurant's Window 

A security camera captured the chaos when a deer crashed through the window of a Patchogue restaurant in October. 

Cops: Islandia Walmart Employee Sexually Abused 5-Year-Old in Store Bathroom

An Islandia Walmart employee sexually abused a 5-year-old boy in a store bathroom in October, according to Suffolk Police. 

Lindy Flashmob Wedding Proposal Goes Viral

A Lindenhurst couple will tie the knot soon, but only after an absolutely epic flashmob wedding proposal by the groom-to-be shocked his wife-to-be outside of their Jefferson Avenue home in August.

Birthday Party Brawl at Commack Chuck E. Cheese's

A children's birthday party turned violent in July at Chuck E. Cheese's in Commack, and it was all caught on a cell phone video.

Snow Collapses Roof at AMF Smithtown Lanes

The roof of the AMF Smithtown Lanes bowling alley collapsed in February under the weight of heavy snow. 

Police: Husband Finds Wife Murdered in Their Medford Home

A Medford woman was found dead in her home by her husband in December in what Suffolk Police are classifying as a murder. 

Parents Blast Hauppauge School Supe Over Placement of Homeless Students

After a shelter for homeless families opened over summer within the borders of the Hauppauge school district, a decision by the school superintendent to place all of the shelter’s elementary-age students into one school had local parents on edge.

Man Stabbed in Wantagh After Beer Pong Argument

A Wantagh man was arrested after a beer pong confrontation led to a man being stabbed in June. 

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