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FLANDERS: Woman, 43, killed in SUV accident

An East Quogue woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday night in Flanders, police said.

Southampton Town police said Beth Gruebel, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at about 7 p.m. on County Road 105 between County Road 104 and Flanders Road. She was alone in the vehicle, which overturned. It is believed she was not wearing a seat belt.

Police said excessive speed was a factor, and the vehicle, a 1997 Ford Explorer, had "at least one inadequate tire."

Police said the vehicle was northbound on County Road 105 when it left the road and struck several trees.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at 631-728-5000 or at 631-728- 3454. Or send an e-mail to crimetips@southamptonny. gov. - John Valenti

MASSAPEQUA: Cops say man stole from church donation boxes

A man accused of breaking a glass door to a chapel and robbing three donation boxes has been charged in the thefts, police said.

Mark Spruill, 43, of Amityville, was caught by Bureau of Special Operations officers Tuesday and charged with three counts of third-degree burglary and possession of burglar tools.

He was awaiting arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead. Police said the burglaries at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa were Nov. 18, Dec. 5 and Jan. 31. - John Valenti

NASSAU: Suffolk man charged in 3 more bank robberies

A Huntington Station man who was already in Suffolk jail charged with two December bank robberies, was arrested by Nassau detectives yesterday and charged with three bank robberies in Nassau since November.

Marshall Bertoli, 48, of 32 Lieper St., allegedly robbed a Chase Bank in Woodbury on Nov. 27 and two TD banks, one in Woodbury on Dec. 8 and the other in Hicksville on Dec. 11. He was arraigned yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Bertoli was initially arrested Dec. 18 in Suffolk and was held by authorities on charges for the robbery of a TD Bank in Huntington Station on Dec. 2 and a TD Bank branch in Patchogue on Dec. 14.- BILL MASON

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