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HEMPSTEAD: Man pleads not guilty in beating death of mother

A man who police say bludgeoned his mother to death at their Hempstead home in May pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder.

Police say Michael Parks, 38, beat his mother Priscilla Parks, 62, to death May 26.

She was found by John Parks - her husband and the defendant's father - that night when he arrived home from work in Manhattan.

Police have not said whether Parks had a motive, but have said he has a history of mental illness. Parks was held in a psychiatric ward for several days after the killing.

Police have said forensic evidence led them to Michael Parks as his mother's killer, but would not elaborate.

Park's lawyer could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He is due back in court Aug. 31.

- ANN GIVENS


LINDENHURST: Police charge man in string of burglaries

Suffolk County police said a Lindenhurst man has been charged in a string of burglaries in Lindenhurst and West Babylon during the past two weeks.

Police said Keith Doherty, 39, of North Clinton Avenue in Lindenhurst, was fleeing the scene on a bicycle when police arrested him early Tuesday.

Police said Doherty was charged with 10 counts of third-degree burglary for the break-ins, which mostly involved service stations.

The businesses Doherty is accused of burglarizing are: Midas in Lindenhurst on July 26 and July 27; Bedrock Landscaping, Al & Al Service Center and Express Lube, all in West Babylon, on Aug. 2; Pro Lube, Lakewood Used Auto Parts and Seven Brothers Service Station, all in West Babylon, on Aug. 4; and Lou's Tires and Midas in Lindenhurst on Tuesday. Police categorized all of the incidents as "smash-and-grab" burglaries.

Police said Doherty had just committed the last two burglaries when First Precinct Sgt. James Rafferty and officers Vincent Famularo, Brian Raleigh, Michael Lavella and Sean Murtha saw him fleeing on a bicycle on Green Avenue.

- JOHN VALENTI

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