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Long Island woman arrested for leaving ‘racist’ message on church phone

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A woman is being arraigned today in Long Island, after leaving racist phone messages on a local churches answering machine.

A woman is being arraigned today in Long Island, after leaving racist phone messages on a local churches answering machine. Photo: Suffolk Police)

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. – Suffolk County police arrested a woman Thursday night for allegedly leaving racist and alarming phone messages directed at Amityville church.

Police say the pastor of the New Hope Institutional Baptist Church notified authorities Wednesday to report that someone had left a racist message on the churches phone. The police then notified the Hate Crimes Unit who initiated an investigation.

The voice on the message belonged to 66-year-old Elisa Pellino who was arrested by detectives at her home in Farmingdale. She was arrested and charged with 2nd degree Aggravated Harassment as a Hate Crime.

She was held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Friday.