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BETHPAGE/Driver charged with DWI in hit and run

A drunken hit-and-run driver from Bethpage was arrested close to his home soon after he struck and seriously injured a male bicyclist in Farmingdale early Tuesday, police said.

Nassau County police said the 44-year-old cyclist, whose identity has not been released, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The accident occurred at 5:50 a.m., police said.

Eric A. Tassiello, 25, of 26 Stewart Ave., hit the bicyclist as he drove his 2000 Kia south on Merritt Road, but fled the scene, police said. He was arrested on Boundary Avenue in Bethpage, police said.

Tassiello was charged with aggravated vehicular assault with serious physical injury, second-degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury, aggravated driving while intoxicated and DWI.

He was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police closed Boundary Avenue from Merritt Road to North Broadway after the accident - and reopened the road about 9:40 a.m.

- John Valenti


MEDFORD/Four sought in thefts from Target store

The Sixth Precinct crime section is looking for two men and two women who stole cell phones and electronics from a Target store in Medford at least four times last year, Suffolk County said.

On July 24 and Aug. 15, a man and woman took phones with a total value of more than $500, police said.

Then, on successive Fridays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, the same couple, along with another man and woman, stole electronics from the same store, police said. Again, the total value of the stolen items was more than $500, police said.

Police have released photographs of the suspects taken from video surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

- Gary Dymski


MASSAPEQUA/Fire at vacant house under investigation

Firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a vacant house in Massapequa before dawn Tuesday.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad and the Fire Marshal's Office.

The fire at the house on Camp Road was reported about 4 a.m., police said.

About 80 firefighters from Massapequa, South Farmingdale, Wantagh Amityville and Seaford responded to the scene with a dozen pieces of equipment.

Fire officials said the blaze was under control in about 40 minutes and the scene was cleaned up about 7 a.m.

- John Valenti


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