02/25/15 4:56pm
02/25/2015 4:56 PM
Michael Didwell mug shot (Credit: Southampton Town police)

Michael Didwell mug shot (Credit: Southampton Town police)

A Calverton man accused of extorting thousands of dollars from a woman by threatening to kill her ex-fiancé, her friend, and her three young children last June pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny in a Central Islip courtroom Tuesday.

Michael Didwell will be sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation as a result of his plea deal, according to county court Judge Fernando Camacho.

Mr. Didwell’s plea to the felony charge covers 24 other counts — including 16 counts of felony grand larceny — he had originally been charged with, according to online court records.

He was arrested by Southampton Town police detectives on Aug. 5, 2014 after an investigation into the threats, authorities said. Prosecutors said Mr. Didwell made phone calls and met his victim in person to carry out the extortion plot.

Prosecutors had alleged that Mr. Didwell threatened to kill a woman’s ex-fiancé and her best friend, and later expanded his threats to the woman’s children.

Prosecutors also say Mr. Didwell gave a full confession in writing following his arrest. Five orders of protection were issued against him.

Mr. Didwell’s attorney, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Mr. Didwell is due to be formally sentenced in April.

psquire@timesreview.com

02/25/15 4:00pm
Diane O'Neill of Farmingville is led into Riverhead Town Court last month following a fatal accident in Jamesport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Diane O’Neill of Farmingville is led into Riverhead Town Court last month following a fatal accident in Jamesport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The attorney for a former Southold High School math teacher who was arrested on a drunken driving charge in January after fatally striking a pedestrian in Jamesport has asked a Riverhead Town judge to return her client’s driver’s license. (more…)

02/24/15 9:58pm
02/24/2015 9:58 PM
Emergency volunteers and police at the scene of a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in Calverton Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Emergency volunteers and police at the scene of a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in Calverton Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A man suffered carbon monoxide poisoning inside a Calverton home Tuesday night, Riverhead fire officials said.

The victim also suffered a head injury and was found passed out when rescue workers arrived at the Baiting Hollow Lane home shortly after 9 p.m., officials said.

He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment and no other people were injured in the incident, authorities said.

Heavy smoke was coming from the house when Riverhead and Flanders Ambulance officials arrived at the scene, which firefighters said was caused by a wood-burning stove in the home.

The Riverhead Fire Marshal is investigating the incident.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com