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News Nearby: Woman Struck and Killed, House Fire

A look at the area's recent top stories.

Huntington

A 78-year-old woman from Syosset died Thursday night after being struck by a car on Route 25A, cops said Friday. The driver of the car was arrested.

Suffolk County Police have identified the victim as Jean Carr, of Syosset. She was walking on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor when a car traveling east struck her, said police. Police identified the driver as Rita Wallace of Huntington.

Northport

Wednesday Morning Fire

The home at 8 Wheeler Place belonging to the Breidenbach family, owners of the Northport Harbor Deli, was unoccupied when a fire broke out at approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, said East Northport Fire Department officials.

A bedroom and living room spanning two floors of the home caught fire and was brought under control in about an hour. The cause is unknown at this time. The Town Fire Marshall and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad responded to the fire for procedural reasons.

Hauppauge

High Speed DUI Chase in Hauppauge Ends in Crash

A high speed chase that crossed county lines started in Hauppauge and ended in a crash at a Syosset construction site, cops said.

According to Suffolk County Police, highway patrol officers chased a David Thompson is 32, of Far Rockaway, who was allegedly driving at more than 100 miles per hour from Hauppauge before the driver finally crashed in Syosset. Cops said the driver was drunk.

Smithtown

St. James Parents Ask District for the Right to Choose Middle School

Parents from southeast St. James spoke Tuesday during the Board of Education meeting urging the Smithtown Central School District to allow their kids to follow a transition pattern that would let them attend Nesaquake Middle School.

With the closing of Nesconset Elementary prior to the 2012-13 school year, the transition pattern to the middle schools changed, and now some students that graduate from Mills Pond Elementary will be sent to Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset, not Nesaquake Middle School.

Some St. James parents feel this is unfair and want their kids to attend Nesaquake, a school within their own community.

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