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RIVERHEAD / Man, 63, dies after blaze at mobile home

A fire at a mobile home in Riverhead has killed a 63-year-old man, police said.

The man's name wasn't released, pending notification of his family.

Riverhead police said they responded to R&R Mobile Home Park, at 235 Old Country Rd., at 11:40 p.m. Friday.

The victim was found by two other occupants of the home on Red Bird Place, inside the mobile home park, police said.

He suffered severe burns to his body and died at Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was taken by Suffolk County police helicopter, police said.

Members of the Riverhead Fire Department contained the flames to the victim's bedding and doused the flames, authorities said.

The Suffolk County Police Arson Squad detectives are assisting with the fire investigation, police said.

No cause had been determined and the investigation is continuing, police said.

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported the victim to the police helicopter.


HEWLETT / Queens man arrested on drugstore robbery charge

A Queens man has been arrested on robbery charges after he went behind a counter and attacked a CVS Pharmacy worker in Hewlett, Nassau County police said.

Police said Sydney Abraham, 22, of St. Albans, Queens, gave the clerk several forged credit and gift cards for payment at the pharmacy at 1220 Peninsula Blvd. about 6 p.m. Friday.

The 22-year-old female employee became suspicious when the cards were rejected and notified police, authorities said. That's when Abraham went behind the counter and attacked her, causing her to suffer a back injury, police said.

Two others employees who restrained Abraham were also injured, authorities said.

Police responded and arrested Abraham, and the employees were taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries.

Police charged Abraham with second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of identity theft.

Abraham was awaiting arraignment Saturday.


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