02/28/15 9:34am
02/28/2015 9:34 AM
Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Update, (3 p.m.): James Szymanski and Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River both closed out their careers with the Wildcats as all-state wrestlers. Szymanski finished fourth at 132 pounds and Taddeo was fifth at 145.

Szymanski lost in the consolation finals 8-0 against Da`mani Burns of Newburgh.

Taddeo closed out the tournament with a win. He defeated Danny Murphy of Roy C Ketcham in the fifth/sixth consolation final, 7-4.

Both wrestlers will continue training for the upcoming nationals.

Update (2:15 p.m.): Riverhead senior Ed Matyka’s season came to an end with a 3-2 loss in the consolation finals against Gerard Daly of Minisink Valley. Matyka finished the tournament in fourth place at 120 pounds.

Matyka trailed 3-0 in the second period before scoring on an escape. Late in the third period, he escaped again to close within 3-2. He nearly scored a takedown a few seconds later, but they went out of bounds before he could secure the move.

Matyka closes out his career with 99 victories. He went 4-2 in the state tournament.

Update (1:30 p.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski grinded out a hard-earned overtime victory in the consolation semifinals at 132 pounds. Szymanski and Evan Barczak of Monroe-Woodbury were tied at one up until the final ultimate tie-breaker period.

Szymanski was on top and needed to ride out the period in order to win. He did just that and was awarded a 2-1 win in a rematch of the first round.

Neither wrestle could gain any advantage on each other. They each scored on an escape before overtime for the only points. But those escapes were hard to come by in overtime. Neither wrestler would let the other free, leading to the final sudden-death period.

Szymanski will wrestle for third place now.

His teammate, Jack Taddeo, lost his 145-pound consolation final, 3-0 against Jake Einbinder of Bethpage, the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Taddeo will wrestle for fifth place now.

Update (1 p.m.): Ed Matyka of Riverhead rallied back from a three-point hole to defeat Vincent Vespa of Monroe-Woodbury in the 120-pound consolation semifinals, 6-4. Matyka will wrestle in the consolation finals for third place now and also for his 100th career win.

Matyka scored a reversal with about 1:15 left in the third period to tie the match at 4 and then scored two more late in the period to win.

Matyka dominated the third period to earn his 99th career win and fourth straight at the state tournament after falling in the first round.

Update (11:35 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior Jack Taddeo joined his teammate on the podium. Taddeo won a 5-3 decision in his first wrestleback Saturday against Mike Laloggia of Webster Schroeder to secure himself an all-state finish.

Taddeo, wrestling at 145, controlled the match throughout. He scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Laloggia evened the score with an escape in the first and another point in the second. Taddeo started on bottom for the third period and escaped immediately for a 3-2 lead. He added two more points to go ahead 5-2 and then held on as Laloggia got one more escape point in the final seconds.

Taddeo will wrestle twice more today.

Update (11:00 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski earned his first all-state honors with a victory Saturday morning. Szymanski, wrestling 132 pounds, defeated Matt Seitz of Monsignor Farrell 5-2 in a wrestleback match. (more…)

02/28/15 8:00am
County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county's new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county’s new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A program designed to monitor and reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders has been very successful in the Suffolk County Police Department’s jurisdiction, officials said Friday.

The program, part of the county’s Community Protection Act, uses retired police officers who work for the nonprofit Parents for Megan’s Law to make in-person visits to sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with residency registration laws and other requirements.

To date, however, none of the five East End town police departments is using that portion of the program, which has been offered to them at no cost, said Laura Ahearn, director of the nonprofit, which works to prevent sex offenses and aid victims of sex crimes. (more…)

02/28/15 7:23am

Police arrested a Brooklyn woman on Friday they say had forged traveler’s checks at a children’s store at Tanger Outlet mall.

According to Riverhead Police, an employee at Ralph Lauren Children’s Outlet image013called police around 8:30 p.m. yesterday to a report that a female could possibly have a forged $100 American Express traveler’s check.

Following an investigation, it was determined that 18-year-old Deja Kilpatrick was in possession of a forged traveler’s check as well as other ones.

She was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a felony.

02/27/15 10:18pm
02/27/2015 10:18 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

Two men were arrested on a slew of drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a house in Riverhead Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The 2 p.m. raid at 17 Wilson Avenue in the Millbrook Gables neighborhood off East Main Street came as part of an East End Drug Task Force investigation into alleged drug sales at the residence, Riverhead Town police said.

Darius Mims

Darius Mims

Police arrested Robert Mahoney, 26, and Darius Mims, 24, who live at the house, and recovered unspecified quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, the painkiller suboxone and cash, police said.

Task force members were assisted by town police, county police and sheriff’s deputies, including two K-9 units.

Mr. Mahoney was also arrested as part of a task force investigation in 2012.

Friday’s raid comes just weeks after another East End Drug Task Force search warrant was executed at an Oakland Drive North house in Riverhead.

The arrest of Darius Strong, 35, at that house was the latest in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that stretched back to May 2013 and netted over a dozen arrests thus far — with more expected.

Click here for more and to watch DA-released video surveillance clips.

Mr. Mahoney was charged Friday with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Mims was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Robert Mahoney

Robert Mahoney

The district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force is made up of DA investigators and police personnel from the East End town and villages police departments, as well as state police, members of the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Probation, Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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02/27/15 8:33pm
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka wrestles Peter Pappas of Plainview in the first round Friday of the state championship. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka wrestles Peter Pappas of Plainview in the first round Friday of the state championship. (Credit: Paul Wager)

There will be no state champion for Shoreham-Wading River this season. But the Wildcats still have a chance for a memorable finish.

All three Shoreham wrestlers advanced to the second day of the New York State Wrestling Championships Friday at Times Union Center in Albany. Riverhead senior Ed Matyka won a pair of matches as well to advance. (more…)

02/27/15 1:50pm
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Dallas Wiese walks up Route 58 about once a week to meet his mother after her shift at Stop & Shop ends. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Many Riverhead taxpayers have made clear from time to time — whether it’s at public meetings, through correspondence or conversations with newspaper staff or even in our online comments section — that they think lots of big businesses in town have it too easy.

Whether the reason is the tax breaks given by the Industrial Development Agency, the terms of a final site plan approval by the Planning Board or — most recently and quite obviously — lax code enforcement over shoveling sidewalks on Route 58, the public’s perception sometimes is that the town overlooks average taxpayers in favor of of business owners.

Related: Riverhead issues $10K in tickets for uncleared Route 58 sidewalks

Those perceptions could be argued: The town’s code enforcement resources are limited and businesses do generate jobs and tax dollars. If they don’t get some kind of breaks here, they will just get them elsewhere.

But for a family earning the town’s median household income of $62,144 — or the 43 percent of families bringing in less than $50,000 — those arguments can understandably fall on deaf ears. And frequently the people walking up and down Route 58 in need of sidewalks are earning on the lower end of the income scale and rely on public transit to get from place to place.

It should go without saying that enforcing the town’s code is the right thing to do. Unfortunately it took nearly until March for tickets to be issued — far too long for those forced to walk along a busy thoroughfare in below-freezing weather, not to mention the drivers who nearly hit defenseless pedestrians.

The fine for failing to clear sidewalks — $250 — is rather paltry in relation to the size of the town’s budget, but the rules are the rules. Hopefully, the town will keep up with enforcement and will press the issue harder next winter should similar circumstances arise.

If businesses continue to choose not to comply, perhaps the fine should be increased.

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02/27/15 12:00pm
Sgt. Jill Kubetz was promoted last week to be the department's first female sergeant. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Sgt. Jill Kubetz was promoted last week to be the department’s first female sergeant. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jill Kubetz’s 4-year-old daughter, Rachel, has given her a new nickname: “Sgt. Mommy.”

It’s a moniker she’s proud of, because it proves to her two young daughters that they can be grow up to be whatever they want.

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02/27/15 10:00am
A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The issue of antiquated or failing septic systems compromising the quality of the East End’s ground and surface waters is once again taking center stage as the region presses for help from Albany to deal with polluted waters.  (more…)