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ISLIP/No foul play in fatal fire

A preliminary investigation into the fire that killed an Islip woman Sunday has determined the cause was "noncriminal," Suffolk County police said.

Police Monday identified the victim as Dori Costa, 46, who was found just inside a garage town officials said they suspect was illegally converted into living quarters.

Police said Costa was found near a side door inside the converted garage on Wilson Boulevard by Third Precinct officers and members of the Islip Fire Department who responded to the fire Sunday morning.

Costa was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators said the fire began in the kitchen of the garage. About 60 firefighters responded to the 8:51 a.m. call, extinguishing the blaze in 15 minutes, Stenger said Sunday. No one in the main house was injured.

Fire officials continue to investigate.

-- Candice Ferrette and Will Van Sant

STEWART MANOR / Bagel store burglarized

A South Floral Park man let go from his job at a Stewart Manor bagel store returned to burglarize the store three times, partly in retaliation and partly to fuel his drug habit, Nassau County police said Monday.

John Parris, 42, broke into My Three Sons Bagels on March 15 and again Thursday through a basement window, and then through a rear door Friday, police said.

He was tracked down by detectives from the Third Squad after the store surveillance system recorded the final burglary, according to Det. Lt. Raymond Cote. Parris stole cash each time, police said.

"He felt slighted after he was let go. This was partly to exact revenge and partly to fuel a crack binge," Cote said.

Parris was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, police said. He was scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

-- Bill Murphy and John Valenti

NEW HYDE PARK/ Police hunt for assailant

Nassau County police are seeking a man wanted for assaulting a woman and stealing her wallet last week at a New Hyde Park supermarket.

Photos taken from video surveillance at a Pathmark supermarket at 2335 New Hyde Park Rd., show the suspect who Nassau County police said took a wallet from a pocketbook in an unattended shopping cart at about 6:40 p.m. on March 24.

When the woman tried to confront the man, he threw her into a display rack and she fell to the floor, police said. The woman declined medical attention at the scene.

The suspect is about 50 years old, 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, weighs about 200 pounds with a thin mustache, wearing black clothing and glasses.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

-- Gary Dymski


LIRR train kills man

An unidentified 19-year-old man was struck and killed by a westbound, non-passenger LIRR train at the Bellmore train station about 4:45 p.m. Monday, railroad officials said.

Aaron Donovan, an MTA spokesman, said the teen's name had not yet been released by investigating MTA police last night

He said investigators are looking at the death as a possible suicide.

Westbound train service was suspended until 7 p.m. and eastbound service had delays of up to 40 minutes.

-- Bill Mason

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