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Michael White & Joe Werkmeister

02/09/13 9:52am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Father Peter Narkeiewicz was out again this morning at 7:30 am shoveling the steps of St. Isidore’s Church. He said the snow blowers were snowed in the garage. All he had for breakfast was Tylenol for his sore back.

The worst may be behind us, but now comes the hard part: cleaning up.

A nor’easter that dumped as much as two feet of snow in some areas is expected to clear the area by late morning, with a few snow showers lingering through 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A northwest wind is expected to be sustained around 24-28 mph. Gusts can be as high as 39 mph.

Roads remained mostly impassable throughout the East End Saturday morning.

The highest snow total so far reported by the National Weather Service was 30.9 inches in Upton.

In Riverhead, Highway Superintendent George Woodson said the early focus is on main roads with side roads being addressed later in the afternoon.

“It’s so much snow and it’s so heavy to push that the trucks are having an issue,” Mr. Woodson said. “It’s going to take a little bit longer.”

Riverhead Town issued a statement at 9 a.m. that said travel in Riverhead is still prohibited.

Mr. Woodson said north-south roads were worst, as far as main roads go. A big problem so far has been private plowers that are clearing parking lots and private developments.

“They’re pushing stuff right back into the roads,” Mr. Woodson said. “We should be giving tickets. That’s a big time problem as far as I see.”

In Riverhead there were more than 300 people without power as of around 9:30 a.m., according to the LIPA outage map.

02/05/13 10:00am
Calverton shrimp for drugs caper

SUFFOLK POLICE | Clockwise from top left: Nicole Johnson, Joseph Elardo, James Donnellan and Sharmane Cromer.

Two men and two women who lived together in Calverton were arrested last week for allegedly stealing frozen shrimp from supermarkets, then selling the food to a Mastic Beach Chinese restaurant to support their drug habits, Suffolk County police said.

Investigators discovered a pattern of frozen shrimp thefts that amounted to $2,400 worth of stolen shrimp that went missing from supermarkets in eastern Brookhaven Town. Last Wednesday, Jan. 30, officers pulled over a suspect’s vehicle and found stolen proceeds inside, police said.

James Donnellan, 33, was arrested Jan. 30, with Joseph Elardo, 34, Sharmane Cromer, 34, and Nicole Johnson, 22, all being charged Jan. 31, according to court documents.

Also on Jan. 31, police executed a search warrant at Tai Yu Chinese Restaurant in Mastic Beach and arrested owner Xue Chai Li, 34, of Mastic Beach for criminal possession of stolen property.

Members of the Suffolk County health department assisted with the search and issued the restaurant a sanitary code violation for an unapproved source of authorized food, officials said.

Sgt. Joseph Suarez of the Seventh Precinct Crime Section said police had been investigating a petit larceny case unrelated to the stolen shrimp. From that investigation they identified the suspects now in custody and linked them to open cases involving shrimp, he said. Police confirmed the thefts through video surveillance at a supermarket the suspects were believed to be targeting.

The suspects had a bag of stolen shrimp in the car when police pulled them over, and one suspect had a crack pipe, Sgt. Suarez said. The suspects allegedly had hidden bags of frozen shrimp in their carts and under their clothing, Sgt. Suarez said.

Riverhead Town police had also arrested Ms. Cromer Jan. 23 for allegedly stealing $30 worth of yogurt from a Middle Country Road Gulf gas station, town police said. She was charged and released on $100 bail for that offense.

Together, the four residents of 169 Southfield Road, off Youngs Avenue, face 22 counts of petit larceny and two counts of attempted larceny. Mr. Elardo and Ms. Johnson also face a charge of possession of a hypodermic needle and Ms. Cromer faces one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, Suffolk police said.

All suspects were arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip and are due back Feb. 8, records show.

A lawyer for Ms. Johnson, as indentified in online court documents, was not immediately available for comment.

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11/02/12 11:55am

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Patty Sullivan waited and knitted in her Dodge Durango Friday morning for gas along with Judy Torrieri, who was informing people on line that there was no gas at the Hess station.

Patty Sullivan sat in her Dodge Durango Friday morning in one of more than 40 cars stranded on a line to nowhere outside a Hess Gas Station on Edwards Avenue in Calverton.

There was no gas to be pumped. Only a hopeful delivery that may come later in the afternoon.

So she waited.

To pass the time, she knitted.

“I’m waiting because I need it,” she said.

A nurse, Ms. Sullivan said she has to work this weekend, which includes traveling to Medford to care for a patient who’s on a ventilator.

“If I wasn’t working over the weekend I could just stay home,” she said.

As the gas shortage becomes more dire in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, residents running low on fuel have taken to staking out gas stations and hoping for a delivery.

At the Hess Station, Judy Torrieri, who lives nearby in Calverton, said her husband received a tip Thursday night that the Hess station would be receiving a gas shipment at 11 a.m. the next day. That didn’t happen. But she was hopeful it would arrive in the afternoon.

An attendant at the station, Qamara, spoke by phone to a New Jersey transfer company — in the presence of a reporter — and was told he may get a delivery around 2 p.m.

“But I don’t know,” he said, cautioning that the delivery may not come as expected.

Ms. Torrieri was parked at the front of the line Friday with her husband. She was walking up and down the line informing drivers that the station had no gas, and that they were simply waiting and hoping for some to be delivered.

“You can drive around and waste your gas or you can get a tip and just wait,” Ms. Torrieri said.

She also warned people to put a lock on their gas caps, if possible.

“People don’t know how to adapt without the luxuries they’re used to,” she said. “They’re willing to go out and get what they need and siphon out your gas. Any means necessary.”

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