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MASSAPEQUA PARK/Fire may have killed large number of caged birds

A large number of birds may have perished in a fire at a Massapequa Park home, Massapequa Fire Department Chief Peter Anglim said.

About 75 firefighters from the Massapequa, South Farmingdale and North Massapequa departments responded to the 10:59 p.m. Saturday fire at the split-level home on Second Avenue, Anglim said. They battled the blaze for about 45 minutes.

"The cages were in the room where the fire was," he said.

The home's occupant, a woman whom fire officials identified only as being in her 50s, was taken to a hospital, Anglim said.

The Nassau County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire, he said. The fire marshal could not be immediately reached yesterday.

-- Nicholas Spangler

ELMONT/Suspects arrested in armed robbery of men in car

Nassau County police said a man suspected in a robbery in Elmont stuck a gun in his victim's mouth, then pistol-whipped him with it.

Three suspects -- Oshinsky Labossiere, 18, and Terrence Philips, 19, both of Elmont, and another man still at large -- approached a parked car at Oakley Avenue and E Street at 12:15 a.m. Saturday and told the two men sitting inside to hand over everything they had, according to police.

The men complied but Labossiere, police said, pressed a gun against the face of one man and then put it in his mouth, and hit him in the eye with the barrel of the gun before the trio drove off.

When police located their vehicle later at Philips' Oakley Avenue home, about one-tenth of a mile away from where the alleged robbery occurred, Labossiere and Philips were still in it. Labossiere was arrested; Philips ran into his home and refused to come out, police reported. He was brought out and arrested by officers from the Bureau of Special Operations.

The third man was no longer in the vehicle and police are still looking for him.

Police said the man with eye injuries was treated at a hospital; they did not say which one.

The two were arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead, on charges of robbery and attempted robbery.

-- Nicholas Spangler

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