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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: rmian@longislandpress.com. Twitter: rashedmian

Medford Man Shot, Crashes Car Driving to Police Precinct

A Medford man is listed in critical condition after he was shot Friday night in Middle Island and then crashed his car while attempting to drive to a police precinct for help, Suffolk County police said.

The victim, 20-year-old Brett McCoy, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix on Adam Lane in Middle Island around 10:30 p.m., police said, when he was shot in the torso by an unknown shooter. McCoy was dropping off a friend at a house when the incident occurred, police said.

He was able to flee the area in his vehicle and headed west on Middle County Road toward the Sixth Precinct in Coram when he drove off the roadway and slammed into a fence in front of the Coram Fire Department, police said.

McCoy was transported by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition, police said.

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this shooting call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.

Rex Ryan Tattoo of Woman in Mark Sanchez Jersey

New York Daily News snaps photo of Rex Ryan's tattoo of woman in Mark Sanchez jersey.
New York Daily News snaps photo of Rex Ryan’s tattoo of woman in Mark Sanchez jersey.

Nothing that Rex Ryan might do in the future can ever top this.

The boisterous head coach of the New York Jets jetted to the Bahamas shortly after the season ended and was soaking in the sun on Thursday when a New York Daily News reporter caught up with him as a shutterbug photographed a creepy, kinky tattoo on his bare right arm.

The ink features a woman that resembles his wife wearing a generic green jersey with quarterback Mark Sanchez’s No. 6 and wearing nothing else.

When the Daily News reporter approached Ryan, who has yet to meet with the media since general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired, he said “Oh, s—” and left, according to the paper.

Yup. “Oh, s—.”

Jets owner Woody Johnson fired Tannenbaum through a statement but has yet to address reporters. Ryan was also nowhere to be found — until, of course, he was tracked down on the sandy beaches of the Bahamas.

Their refusal to answer for this season’s debacle left Jets players to respond to inquiries from reporters licking their chops following a second straight disappointing season.

The organization has been hit with a wave of criticism for leaving fans and the media in the dark.

And now they have this to deal with it.

Ryan’s tattoo now has fans revisiting the coach’s link to a foot fetish video, which Ryan refused to discuss after it was leaked.

Now Jets fans may finally have an answer as to why Ryan stuck with Sanchez so long despite a turnover-filled season.

Tuesday’s scheduled press conference has quickly evolved into a must-see event now that the organization has another off-the-field matter to deal with.

Four Corners: Long Island Barbers

Four Corners - Long Island barbers

Katie Pope

THE BLESSED BARBER

The voices of SportsCenter mix with the whirring of buzzers at Rockabilly Barbers North in Huntington where, for eight years, Katie Pope, 30, has used children, teens and middle-aged men as her personal canvas, trimming beards, cutting hair and mastering her craft. Sporting a festive fedora and holiday-themed earrings during an interview, Pope (“like the guy with the hat,” she says) got her start after offering a free haircut to a homeless man who sneaked two $1 coins onto her workstation and mysteriously disappeared. The coins, tucked away in a jewelry box, serve as a heartwarming reminder of generosity from a man who didn’t have “a penny to his name,” she says. For her, cutting hair can be cathartic. She takes joy in lifting a person’s spirit with clippers and a razor—baptizing them with powder and rubbing alcohol. “I have a great feeling knowing he left the barber shop feeling better about himself,” she says of the homeless man.

188 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-673-1750. www.rockabillybarbers.com

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Joseph Mazzeo

HIS FATHER’S SON

It’s a few minutes before 8:30 a.m. and Joseph Mazzeo is already in his Sea Cliff barber shop soaking in 19th Century classical music as a cold wind climbs over the hills of the idyllic North Shore village. Mazzeo took over his father’s shop after he passed away in 1980 and transformed the place into an antique barber shop with modest charm. His father’s death instilled in him respect for the fragility and fleeting preciousness of life, so he decided to cut his own work week to four days. “You only have so many heartbeats,” he says. Now 70, Mazzeo works—and lives—at his own pace, collecting items given by customers and friends and proudly hanging them on the wall. Mazzeo treats all his patrons the same, and that includes Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, who wandered in one day in search of a mohawk. He came close to selling his small shop seven years ago, but decided to hold on. “It didn’t work out,” he says of the sale, “and I’m happy.”

272 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff. 516-676-9770.

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James Kiley

THE STYLE ARTIST

It was a simple, yet easily answerable question posed 14 years ago to James Kiley: Would he want to flip burgers at McDonald’s or learn to style hair at a salon? The Wantagh resident considers himself an artist (even though he jokingly says he can’t draw a stick figure), and jumped on the opportunity. Now 29 and a hair stylist at Beautiful People Salon in Merrick, Kiley’s living his dream. For him, styling hair is very much an art—a client will come to him with an idea, he’ll consult, and then stylist and customer will find a happy medium. Kiley cares deeply about his work. “My biggest concern for any client I have is the integrity of the hair and making sure I don’t damage or ‘F’ it up,” he says. Judging by the amount of clients he shapes per day (15 when it’s busy), he’s doing all right. “I grew up in the field,” he says. “At 15 I ended up with a career.”

145 Merrick Avenue North, Merrick. 516-341-0276.

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Zoia Wilhelm

HAIRCUTS FOR HEROES

Zoia Wilhelm admits that her thick Ukrainian accent has hindered her along the way since she landed in New York two decades ago. But that’s okay—the 52-year-old Glen Head resident lets her hands to the talking. For three days a week Wilhelm blissfully occupies the barber shop at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, treating her hero patients from several wars to warm shaves and well-earned haircuts. “Life is so beautiful,” she says. Wilhelm is proud of her work and believes a higher power has played a role in shaping her own life. “I believe in God, and I think it’s maybe my path here to help people,” she says. Despite the misfortunes these brave American soldiers may have weathered, she says they are thankful for all she does. Her job isn’t about the money, she says, her customer’s appreciation is her reward. “I work to make people feel better. I love to do this.”

79 Middleville Rd., Northport. 631-261-4440. www.northport.va.gov.