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Amityville arrest SCPA Riverhead puppies Swaneka Danzler

NORTHCAROLINA.ARRESTS.ORG PHOTO | Swaneka Danzler in 1999, when she was 18.

Update: An Amityville woman is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly dumping two mange-ravaged puppies in Riverhead on Dec. 18, Suffolk County SPCA officials announced Sunday.

One of the puppies later died on Christmas Day.

Swaneka Danzler, 21, admitted to SPCA investigators that she dumped the puppies in a window well of Riverhead Animal Hospital about 1 a.m. on Dec. 18, officials said, crediting SPCA officers with making the arrest.

According to online court records, a woman by the same name and year of birth was arrested by Suffolk County police on Aug. 4, though the exact charges were not listed. She is due back in court Jan. 24, the records show.

She was also arrested in North Carolina in 2009, according to an arrests database in that state.

Local SPCA officials were able to confirm the name and birth date of the woman arrested in N.C., whose photo appears above, as a match.

She was issued a field appearance ticket and will answer to the charges in court, officials said.

Prior Coverage: Christmas wasn’t a magical time for all on the North Fork as one of two pit bull puppies left in a window well at the Riverhead Animal Hospital last week lost the fight for his life after succumbing to infections caused by the severe mange on his body.

“It is with great sadness that we have to report that brave little Nicky passed away Christmas Day,” North Fork Animal Welfare League executive director Gillian Wood Pultz wrote on suffolktimes.com Wednesday morning. “He had been hospitalized since coming under our care, but his poor body was just too ravished by the neglect he had endured.”

The tiny 10-to 12-week-old puppy, who in the overnight hours Dec. 18 was abandoned at the Riverhead vet along with another dog, Noel, was suffering from mange so severe that the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said an examination revealed his skin was peeling off.

“He was just unfortunately allowed to get way too sick before his owner did anything,” Ms. Wood Pultz said. “He was skin and bones; literally raw meat.”

At the time of their hospitalization, Nicky began receiving intravenous fluids because he was took weak to eat or drink, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.

SPCA investigators are now searching for the owner of the dogs.

“This is a blatant act of cruelty and abandonment and we will do everything we can to see that those responsible are apprehended,” SPCA Chief Roy Gross said.

Anyone with information can contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.  All calls will be kept confidential.

The other puppy, who is also believed to be 10-to-12 weeks old is doing “good,” Ms. Wood Pultz said. “Noel’s on the couch in my office right now,” she said this morning.

Donations to help with her care are much appreciated and should be made to the North Fork Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 297, Southold NY, 11971. directed to the Nick and Noel Guardian Angel Fund.

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SPCA COURTESY PHOTO | The two pit bulls abandoned at the Riverhead Animal Hospital Dec. 18.

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COURTESY PHOTO | Ray Ellis, left, was presented with the Boden Memorial Football Award by Robert Boden.

Ray Ellis, a senior lineman on the Bishop McGann-Mercy High School football team, is the school’s 2012 winner of the Boden Memorial Football Award.

He was presented with the award at a recent dinner at the Flanders Men’s Club.

The award has been presented annually for nearly 40 years to a senior football player who is outstanding both on and off the field.

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June 29, 1923-December 21, 2012

Bill Guyton has left for a new journey into eternity and wants to leave each one of you his love and peace.

He spent his life seeking love and peace … and he found it … everywhere.

Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

DeFriest-Grattan, Funeral Directors.

This is a paid notice.

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Anne J. Politi of Southold died Dec. 29, 2012. She was 82 years old.

She was born in Boston, Mass., on April 29, 1930, to Bonaventura and Julia (DeMeglia) Florio.
Anne was a devoted homemaker and was a former resident of Central Islip and Boston.

She was predeceased by her husband, Adolph F. Politi, on Aug. 31, 1999. Surviving are her children, Claudia Garofalo, Deborah Politi, Anthony Politi and Angela Laronga; a sister, Hilda DiFrummolo; four grandchildren, Colette Regina, Vincenzo Laronga, Lisa Cordero and David Toledo; and four great-grandchildren, Gianna Regina, Brielle Regina, Courtney Cordero and Christian Cordero.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. only at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. Prayer services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Interment will take place Monday, Jan. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Calverton National Cemetery. The procession will leave DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m.

This is a paid notice.

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Cecilia E. Trester of Southold died Dec. 18, 2012, at the age of 86.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 31, 1926, to Albert and Louise (Carrino) Musalo. She later married Charles J. Trester and together they made their home in Malverne until moving to Founders Village in 2000.

She was a devoted communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church in Malverne and St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold and active in the Rosary Society. She was also a volunteer at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport.

She is survived by her husband, Charles J. Trester; children, Carol Trester, Charles G. Trester, Cynthia Defede, Claire Trester and Craig Trester; and six grandchildren.

Calling hours were held Dec. 21 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 22 at St. Patrick R.C. Church. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery.

This is a paid notice.

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Jeanette R. Jerome of Southold died at home Dec. 26, 2012. She was 78 years old.

She was born Nov. 14, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Walter and Stella Wozniak.

She worked for General Electric for several years and married the love of her life, Thomas C. Jerome, to whom she was married for 56 ½ years. Then she took on her “biggest” job, raising seven children. She became Mom, nurse, confidante, playmate, friend, caretaker, chef, taxi driver. She did whatever was needed to be done to make everyone happy.

She leaves behind her husband, Thomas C. Jerome; her children, Thomas W. Jerome of Middle Village, N.Y., Anne Marie Moretti (Tony) of East Northport, N.Y., Jeffrey Jerome (Caroline) of Northport, N.Y., John Jerome (Janet) of Mattituck, N.Y., and Daniel Jerome, Laure Kettenbeil (Fred) and Greg Jerome, all of Southold, N.Y. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Joshua Kettenbeil; Christopher, Steven, Matthew and Jessica Jerome; and Elizabeth, Sarah and Heather Jerome; her sister Mary Jackowski; and a brother, Walter Wozniak. She was predeceased by her sister Anne Kempen.

The family received friends at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The funeral mass was held at St. Patrick R.C. Church, also in Southold. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

This is a paid notice.

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Wendell M. Downs Jr. of Galway, N.Y., died suddenly Dec. 10, 2012. He was 82.

The son of Wendell M. and Myrtle H. Downs of Aquebogue, he was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Riverhead.

Wendell was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired electrical engineer for IBM. He was a graduate of Hudson Valley Technical Institute and attended additional classes at MIT.

Upon retirement, he was the assessor for the town of Providence, N.Y., for 14 years. He enjoyed gardening, history, model trains, restoring antique tractors, and his many friends.

Mr. Downs was predeceased by his wife, Anna, and is survived by his children, Wendell G. Downs, Grace Ross and Cynthia Clester; two sisters, Marilyn Aldrich and Susan White; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; an uncle, Walter Haberman; and his dear friend Cheryl Lee.

Interment will be at Aquebogue Cemetery at a later date.

This is a paid notice.

12/31/12 2:54pm

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at a press conference before Hurricane Sandy in October.

There will be an increased in police presence on Suffolk County roads Monday night into Tuesday as officers will be out looking for intoxicated drivers on New Year’s Eve, said County Executive Steve Bellone.

Additional Suffolk County police patrol officers will be joined by members of the Selected Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team and Highway Patrol Bureau, Mr. Bellone said Friday.

New Year’s Day is the single most dangerous day of the year for the motorists, with an average of about 80 drunk-driving related deaths annually, a 178 percent increase above any other day of the year, according to a press release from Mr. Bellone’s office.

In addition from an increase in patrols within the Suffolk County Police District, which covers the five western Suffolk towns, members of District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End DWI Task Force have also been busy as of late.

Task force members arrested 10 people the Friday before Christmas at sobriety checkpoints set up across the East End towns.