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Electrical fire destroys laundromat, Long Islanders see gas prices continue to rise & other LI news headlines for February 14 2012

Islip Blaze Destroys Laundromat, Long Island Gas Prices Refuse to Quit, DWI Suspect Clocked at Over 100MPH, Second Man Arrested in N. Valley Stream Home Invasion

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Islip Blaze Destroys Laundromat

An electrical fire that began in Islip Laundry took at least 60 firefights to squelch the blaze. Authorities say that the fire started in a fluorescent fixture and then spread to a pile of clothing around 8:15pm Monday when the fixture melted and hot embers dropped onto the clothing below. According to Fire Chief Bill Stenger the Laundromat was “pretty well destroyed.”

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Long Island Gas Prices Refuse to Quit

The local gas price average for Long Island rose by 6 cents from the same time last week, continuing their upward trend. Long Island gas stations averaged $3.84 per gallon on Monday morning, a 6.6 cent gallon raise, double the amount the rest of the nation saw in the same time period - the national average being $3.47 with a 3.3 cents raise. Patrick DeHaan,’s senior petroleum analyst says, “Retail gasoline prices have continued to slowly rise across the majority of the United States…all starts are seeing their gasoline prices average over $3 per gallon again, with some of the largest cities, like New York City and Los Angeles, closing in on $4 per gallon.” GasBuddy’s gas price forecast predicts rising gas prices through to Memorial Day, reaching costs of up to $4.50 per gallon.

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DWI Suspect Clocked at Over 100MPH

23-year-old Ray Robinson was clocked driving in his BMW at speeds of up to 106mph early Sunday morning on the Southern State Parkway in North Amityville. Troopers stopped Robinson near exit 31, Bethpage Parkway, at 4:41am. The Deer Park resident failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. Robinson was charged with driving while intoxicated and traffic violations.

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Second Man Arrested in N. Valley Stream Home Invasion

A second arrest has been made in the case of a North Valley Stream home invasion that took place mid-January. Officers responded to a burglary in progress on the night of January 16 and upon arrival found that armed suspects had taken hostages, two adults and four children, inside the home. The officers broke through the home’s backdoor and rescue the victims. When an officer went back inside the home to apprehend the suspects a bout of gunfire was exchanged. Assisting officers witnessed an undetermined amount of suspects flee the house. One suspect, Timothy Capers, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene having taken his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot during the shootout. Another suspect, Levy Robinson, 47, was arrested at the scene and charged with first degree robbery, two counts of first degree burglary and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Nassau County police are charging Varinder Singh, 23, the second suspect to be arrested, with first degree burglary and two counts of second degree robbery.

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