04/21/14 5:59pm

 

Chief Sean McCabe (left) shakes hands with Firefighter of the Year award-winner Howard Waldman (Credit: Jamesport Fire Department)

Chief Sean McCabe (left) shakes hands with Firefighter of the Year award-winner Howard Waldman (Credit: Jamesport Fire Department)

Firefighter Howard Waldman, who saved not one, but two lives last year, has been named Jamesport Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year.

Mr. Waldman, a longtime veteran of the department and an ex-chief, was honored at the department’s annual installation and awards dinner at the Vineyard Caterers in Jamesport on April 14, where the department’s top responders were also recognized.

Mr. Waldman saved the life of an 84-year-old woman who had laid incapacitated in her home for a full two days before he showed up at her door delivering flowers. The owner of Main Road’s Jamesport Country Store, Mr. Waldman said he saw the door cracked open and after ringing the bell several times, finally went in to see if anyone was inside. Ann Baillet had thought she was at the hospital when Mr. Waldman found her on the floor after a spill.

In another incident, according to RiverheadLocal.com, Mr. Waldman saved someone who had accidentally backed into the water at Iron Pier Beach instead of pulling forward while taking a boat out of the water. The Jeep was quickly submerged in the water with the driver inside, though Mr. Waldman made his second save of the year.

Daniel Doroski earned the Probationary Firefighter of the Year award for his “outstanding service throughout 2013″ and ex-chief Harold “Duffy” Griffiths III was presented with an Ex-Chiefs Award for his six years of service as chief engineer to the district.

(Credit: Jamesport Fire Department)

1st row: Gustav Hegner, Daniel Doroski, Lewis Tomaszewski, Tom Brady, Gary Faucon, 2nd Row: Jim Fetten, Stanley Zaweski, Ryan Higgins, Stevie Czelatka Jr., Joseph A. Szot (Credit: Jamesport Fire Department)

Awards were also handed out to the top ten most active firefighters, measured in terms of “points” earned for answering calls:

  1. Ryan Higgins — 388 points
  2. Gustav Hegner — 310 points
  3. Joseph A. Szot — 235 points
  4. Gary Faucon — 223 points
  5. James Fetten — 210 points
  6. Thomas Brady — 207 points
  7. Stevie Czelatka, Jr. — 204 points
  8. Lewis Tomaszewski — 194 points
  9. Dan Doroski — 189 points
  10. 10. Stanley Zaweski — 175 points

In addition to the awards, seven other firefighters were recognized for their years of service to the department. Joel Lazarus, Bruce Roehrig and Gary Troyan were honored for their 20 years of service, Larry Kaiser was recognized for 25 years of service and Lee Anthony, John Apicello, and Robert Diem were commended for their 40 years of Service.

(Credit: Jamesport Fire Department)

Probationary Firefighter of the Year Daniel Doroski with Second Assistantt Chief Dave McKillop (Credit: Jamesport Fire Department)

04/21/14 10:46am

An East Quogue man was arrested in Riverhead after an investigation into a stalking incident, state police said Monday.

Joseph Booker, 41, was charged with felony criminal contempt and misdemeanor stalking last week, state police said.

Mr. Booker was arraigned in Riverhead town court and released without bail, a court official said.

He is due back in court on May 21. No other details were immediately available.

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04/18/14 8:00am
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tim McAllister, his partner, Deanna Ziegler, and his 8-year-old daughter, Hollie, at his homecoming at MacArthur Airport Saturday night. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tim McAllister, his partner, Deanna Ziegler, and his 8-year-old daughter, Hollie, at his homecoming at MacArthur Airport Saturday night. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Riverhead police officer Tim McAllister joined the U.S. Navy straight out of college in 1991, armed with a Coast Guard license and a desire to serve. But the Southampton Town resident never expected to serve decades later in an inland country — or being asked to speak at a police academy graduation in a nation torn by war.  (more…)

04/17/14 12:34pm
Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, of Wading River leaving his arraignment Wednesday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, of Wading River is led from his arraignment in town court earlier this month. He now stands charged with 10 felonies in county court. (File photo credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wading River man faces up to life in prison after prosecutors charged him with 10 felonies for allegedly videotaping and photographing sexual acts against two “helpless” women multiple times over five years.

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04/11/14 3:00pm
Cleary mug shot (Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney's Office)

Jacqueline Cleary in a mug shot following her arrest (Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office)

A Riverhead woman who allegedly sold heroin as part of a multi-million dollar, Suffolk-wide drug network has pleaded not guilty to felony conspiracy and drugs charges, court records show.

Jacqueline Cleary, 27, faces five charges for conspiracy, drugs sales and possession. She remains held in Suffolk County jail on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond after her arraignment Thursday, court records show.

Ms. Cleary had been expected to be arraigned last Wednesday, but her case was adjourned, said district attorney spokesman Robert Clifford.

Her attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

Prosecutors said Ms. Cleary picked up “52 sleeves” of heroin — branded as High Octane and sold for $10 a piece — from accused Brooklyn kingpin Miguel Vicente during the 38 days authorities were actively monitoring the operation. She then allegedly sold the drugs in the Hauppauge, Brentwood and Central Islip areas as an individual seller.

(Credit: Suffolk

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She twice sold drugs to undercover officers as part of the High Octane network — once on Feb. 6 and again on March 5, according to a criminal complaint against her.

Ms. Cleary — who was convicted of drug sales once before —  also met with Mr. Vicente and an associate of his on March 1 to settle a “narcotics transaction,” the documents state. Prosecutors said Ms. Clearly only recently moved to the Riverhead area before she was arrested.

The drug network was running for at least a year before it was busted, said District Attorney Thomas Spota. Ms. Cleary is due back in court on May 15.

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04/04/14 4:00pm
Lonnie Hughes (center, back row) stands with some of the EMTs who saved his life at Crazy Sports Night weeks ago. (Credit: Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps)

Lonnie Hughes (center, back row) stands with some of the EMTs who saved his life at Crazy Sports Night weeks ago. (Credit: Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps)

Lonnie Hughes — the Riverhead schoolteacher who collapsed at the Crazy Sports Night event last month and was revived by quick-thinking EMTs — met with some of the volunteers who saved his life Thursday night.

Mr. Hughes went to the monthly meeting at the Riverhead ambulance barn and took photos with the people who rushed to his aid. The responders and performed CPR on him after he went into cardiac arrest.

He was then raced to the hospital for treatment.

Some of the volunteers who rescued him were not available for a photo.

04/02/14 2:31pm
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota holds up a bag of heroin seized during a drug raid that busted an alleged heroin network. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota holds up a bag of heroin seized during a drug raid that busted an alleged heroin network during a press conference Wednesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead woman is one of 14 people accused of dealing heroin in a network of drug rings that pumped about $3.6 million worth of drugs into Suffolk County, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

“This is probably one of the most prolific operations [we] have seen in many, many a year,” Mr. Spota said at a press conference Wednesday morning. (more…)