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06-14-2019 | 9:45 AM | PATCHOGUE,NY — Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating a fatal fire that killed a resident at a Patchogue home this morning.  

Fifth Precinct officers responded to 72 Ohls St., at approximately 9:45 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a fire at the location. Elisa Doughty, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Kristle Doughty, 34, Elisa’s daughter, also a resident of the home, was transported by North Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital with burns to her arm.

Fire officials say the victim was found in the basement apartment of the home. Officials are investigating whether the basement apartment was an illegal addition.

North Patchogue Fire Department Chief Thomas Wassmer said “The stairwell becomes like a chimney and all the heat shoots up there. When she turned around, that’s when I’m figuring she got the burns, when the fire started picking up a little bit and forced her back up the stairs.”

Chief Wassmer said the elderly victim was found in the kitchen/living room area of the apartment.

North Patchogue, Hagerman, Blue Point, Patchogue and Medford Fire Departments responded to extinguish the fire.

Following a preliminary investigation, detectives believe the fire to be non-criminal in nature.

06-11-2019 | 6:15 PM | DIX HILLS,NY — Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the murder of a Dix Hills man who was found dead in his residence last night.

Armindo Reis lived alone in the residence located at 22 Penn Drive. When neighbors could not get in contact with him yesterday, they called his son. When Reis’s son arrived at the residence at approximately 6:15 p.m., he found his father unconscious and called 911.  When Second Precinct officers arrived at the scene, they found Reis had sustained a gunshot wound.

Reis, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

05-23-2019 | 3:40 pM | WEST BABYLON,NY Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are investigating a shooting that injured a man in West Babylon this afternoon.

A man was sitting in a car at the corner of Commander Avenue and Straight Path when he was shot at approximately 3:40 p.m. The man, 24, of Lindenhurst, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  

05-04-2019 | 08:50 PM | MASTIC,NY — Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Mastic last night. 

A man was crossing Herkimer Street, at the intersection of Carlton Street, when he was struck by a southbound 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe at approximately 8:50 p.m. The driver of the Tahoe, Joseph Virga, 55, of Mastic, stopped the vehicle and called 911. A second vehicle, also travelling southbound on Herkimer Street, then struck the victim and fled the scene.

The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives believe the second vehicle that struck the victim is a dark colored, four-door sedan that fled the scene southbound on Mastic Road.

Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call Major Case Unit detectives at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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