08/09/12 9:00am
08/09/2012 9:00 AM

Two unknown men and an unknown woman reportedly stole seven lawn mowers from a Riverhead store early Friday morning, police said.

The three suspects allegedly used a tan-colored van to take the equipment from The Home Depot store on Route 58, police said.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

• Jacqueline Burck, 23, of Riverhead was arrested July 29 after damaging a vehicle in Center Moriches, Suffolk County police said. Ms. Burck drove a 2006 Suzuki into another vehicle parked in a driveway located on Wading River Road sometime overnight between July 6 to July 7, officials said. She was charged with leaving the scene of property damage, police said.

• Juan Mateo, 40, of Riverhead was arrested on forcible touching, harassment and resisting arrest charges Sunday, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment. No details were available.

• Nicholas Dolce, 19, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped near a 7-Eleven convenience store on Route 58, police said.  He was processed and held for arraignment.

• Four people driving dirt bikes and quads damaged a Riverhead sod farm July 31, police said. The suspects rode their bikes and quads across the Deleo Sod Farm on Tuthills Lane, according to a police report. No arrests were made.

• Nearly $25,000 in jewelry and money was stolen from a Riverhead home Friday, police said. The unknown person entered the Osborne Avenue home through the northwest door and stole jewelry and cash worth $24,700.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

08/06/12 7:00am
08/06/2012 7:00 AM

A man pulled a knife on the attendant at the Shamrock gas station on Flanders Road in Riverside following an argument July 24 in which the attendant refused to sell the man cigarettes without his showing identification, according to police. The suspect then left and threw a metal pipe at the store’s door as he was driving away, breaking the glass, police said.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, police said.

• Anthony Jenkins, 47, of Old Quogue Road in Riverside was riding his bike without lights on that road in Riverside just before midnight Friday when he was spotted for the light violation. An officer tried to pull him over, according to police, but he tried to flee the scene on the bicycle. After a short while, he nearly fell off and was arrested, police said.

A search of Mr. Jenkins subsequently turned up a crack pipe and a small quality of cocaine, according to police. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Failure to signal a turn on Ludlam Avenue in Riverhead was what led officers to pull over Cynthia Massenburg, 47, of Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside Sunday at 1 p.m. After that, she was searched, and several crack pipes, along with hashish and marijuana, were found, according to police. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and the unsafe turn violation, according to police.

• Tammy Cipriano, 44, of Old Quogue Road in Riverside and Carlos Gonzalez-Leverman, 26, of Pulaski Street in Riverhead were charged with prostitution and third-degree patronizing a prostitute, respectively, after a police officer saw them having sex in the bushes off Flanders Road on Saturday night.
Mr. Gonzalez-Leverman told the officer he paid Ms. Cipriano $20 for the sex, according to police. Ms. Cipriano was also charged with public lewdness, police said.

• A Streamlight Rechargeable flashlight valued at $140 and two license plates were reported stolen from a car on Pine Street in Riverside July 24 — and a Mongoose mountain bike that police say was valued at $149 was reported stolen from the yard at that same address and time, according to police.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

07/26/12 8:00am
07/26/2012 8:00 AM

Nine people were arrested by the East End DWI Task Force Saturday evening, authorities said.

According to a police report, the following people were charged with driving while intoxicated: Juan Perez, 50, of Riverhead; Eusebio Plato, 38, of Riverhead; Farrow Sims Jr., 19, of Calverton; Mark Sims, 42, of Riverhead; John Stark, 42, of Southold; and Otto Zeller, 33, of Huntington.

Amilcar Cano, 28, of Greenport was charged with DWI and resisting arrest, police said. Philip Ashley, 72, of Jamesport was charged with driving while ability impaired, and Melissa McMoore, 21, of Greenport was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, according to the report. The task force included officers from the Riverhead, Quogue and Westhampton Beach police departments. Police said more checkpoints will be deployed throughout the East End during the summer and reminded drivers to wear seat belts and not to drink and drive or use cellphones while driving.

• Christopher DeCarlo, 24, of Manorville was arrested Sunday and charged with petit larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic needle after he was allegedly caught stealing a DVD player from Walmart, police said.

Mr. DeCarlo had two hypodermic needles in his front right pants pocket, according to a police report. The needles were removed and stored as evidence, police said. Mr. DeCarlo was processed, given an appearance ticket and turned over to Suffolk County police on an active warrant.

• A money deposit bag containing nearly $4,000 was allegedly stolen from Bed Bath and Beyond in Riverhead last Thursday, town police said. The bag, containing $3,832.30, was reported missing about 8 p.m., according to a police report. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

• Tyrone Trent, 49, of Riverhead was arrested on a second-degree criminal contempt charge after he violated an order of protection, Riverhead police said. Mr. Trent was taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

• John Robinson, 19, of Riverhead was arrested on a harassment charge after he became physically abusive during a dispute at his home, police said. According to a police report, Mr. Robinson arrived at the house drunk and was verbally and physically abusive to a woman there, grabbing her by the arms and shaking her while she held a child. The victim fled into the house and called 911, police said. The two were separated by police and Mr. Robinson was arrested and held for arraignment.

• Paul Pleickhardt, 33, of Shoreham was arrested last Wednesday on drunk driving charges after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, Suffolk County police said. Mr. Pleickhardt was driving a 1993 Honda Civic along Washington Avenue about 7 p.m. when his car crashed into another vehicle, officials said. He was sent to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and treated for undisclosed injuries, police said. Details about the other driver weren’t available. Mr. Pleickhardt was charged with DWI, officials said.

• Enrique David, 26, of Riverhead was arrested early Friday on drunk driving charges in Ridge, Suffolk County police said. He was driving a 1997 Dodge near the intersection of Route 25 and Wading River Hollow Road about 3 p.m., officials said. Mr. David was charged with DWI and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

• Shanay White, 21, of Wading River was arrested Friday on drug charges in Patchogue, according to Suffolk County police. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

• Ryan Delapine, 22, of Shoreham was arrested Saturday on drunk driving charges in Port Jefferson, Suffolk County police said. He was driving a 2003 Jeep along Thompson Street at around 3 a.m. when he failed to stop at a stop sign, officials said. Mr. Delapine was charged with DWI, police said.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

07/25/12 10:00pm
07/25/2012 10:00 PM

Three youths were observed by several witnesses starting a fire in the woods off Suffolk Avenue in Flanders last Tuesday afternoon and, as they were leaving, one of them shouted, “You’re all going to burn,” according to Southampton Town police.

The fire was out by the time town police and town fire marshals arrived at the scene and the suspects were gone, according to police, who said at least four people witnessed them setting the fire.

• A Speonk woman was arrested on drug charges after being found with crack in Riverside, according to Southampton Town Police.

Aubrey Fauvell-Thomas, 32, of Dock Road in Speonk was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation at 3 a.m. Saturday on Flanders Road and Vail Avenue, according to police. The officer who made the stop then noticed that Ms. Fauvell-Thomas appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to police.

The officer asked Ms. Fauvell-Thomas if she had smoked crack that night. She responded that she has been smoking crack for the past week and that she had a crack stem in her purse, according to police.

A search subsequently turned up additional crack, according to police.

Ms. Fauvell-Thomas was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• A Patchogue man was one of 11 people arrested for driving while intoxicated in Southampton Town this week, as the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End DWI Task Force conducted checkpoints throughout the East End.

Alexander Fuentes, 34, of Circle Drive West in East Patchogue was observed heading west on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays with no plate light at 3 a.m. Sunday and was then seen making a wide turn onto Flanders Road and heading west on that road.

Once he was pulled over on the traffic charges, the officer noticed he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and showed signs of being intoxicated, according to police, who said he performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

The DWI task force was created earlier this year and uses officers from multiple police agencies to enforce drunk-driving laws.

• A Riverside man reported that 90 Soma pills valued at $300, 32 Suboxone pills valued at $200, his wallet, credit cards, Social Security card and an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card were all stolen from a home on Maynard Avenue in Riverside last Wednesday.

• A Flanders woman reported that a white pickup truck hit her car at the intersection of Flanders Road and Glider Avenue and then left without stopping, according to police. The truck has a crew cab and should have damage to the front passenger side, according to police.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

07/05/12 9:00am
07/05/2012 9:00 AM

An unknown person purchased nearly $9,000 of auto parts from a local car dealership with a stolen credit card, according to a town police report.

A manager at a Route 58 car dealership said the person ordered thousands of dollars’ worth of parts, totaling $8,918.51, and had them delivered to an unknown location using FedEx, police said.

The dealership did not keep records of where the items were shipped to, but rejected the last suspicious order, police said.

Other dealerships were also targeted, the police report states.

Detectives are still investigating the incident.

• Thomas Fining, 18, was arrested June 27 and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment, according to a Riverhead police report. He was processed and held for arraignment, police said. No details were available.

• Trevor Hardin, 23, was arrested June 27 and charged with obstruction of government administration, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a town police report. Mr. Hardin was taken to police headquarters, processed and arraigned. No details were available.

• Philip Orlando, 45, of Pelham, N.Y., was arrested early Saturday and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly pushed a woman hard into kitchen cabinets, cutting her head and hand, Riverhead police said. Police were called to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where they interviewed the victim, according to a report. Mr. Orlando told investigating officers at his home that he and the woman were “playing around” and said he didn’t mean to hurt the woman. He was taken to headquarters, processed and released.

• A Shoreham woman was arrested June 28 on drunken-driving charges in Ridge, Suffolk police said. Louise Sigismondi, 35, was driving a 2008 Volvo at about 2 a.m. when she failed to drive within a lane while traveling along William Floyd Parkway, officials said. Ms. Sigismondi was charged with DWAI, police said.
Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

06/15/12 7:00am
06/15/2012 7:00 AM

A Flanders man was arrested for allegedly choking a woman who at the time was holding a baby during a dispute in Flanders, Southampton Town police said.

Christopher Troise, 28, of Oak Avenue is accused of choking and pushing a woman who was holding her 4 1/2-month-old child last Thursday night on Oak Avenue, police said.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminally obstructing breathing or blood flow and failure to appear on a bench warrant, authorities said.

• Stephen Seifert, 37, of Maynard Street in Riverside was charged with second-degree harassment Saturday night after he was accused of punching someone in the face two to three times during an argument on Maynard Street, police said.

No other details were available.

• A Flanders man spotted throwing garbage from his car ended up facing more severe charges after he was stopped by cops, officials said.

Desmond Bright, 31, of Longneck Avenue was initially pulled over on the littering charge last Thursday on Peconic Avenue in Riverside, and then he gave the officer a false name, police said.

He was then found to be driving without a valid driver’s license, police said.

Mr. Bright was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation, along with the littering charge.

• Jessica King, 29, of Sound Avenue in Mattituck was charged by New York State Police with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana after being stopped on Flanders Road in Flanders about 5 a.m. last Thursday, according to police.

A passenger, Sarah Harbes, 20, of Hallock Lane in Mattituck, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, officials said.

• Nicole Romano, 25, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on Foster Ave in Hampton Bays early last Saturday morning, state police said. She was issued a ticket to appear in Southampton Town court.

• Carl Nieves, 17, of Oak Avenue in Flanders was charged with trespassing Friday night on Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays after he was found in Southampton Town’s Squiretown Park at 9:35 p.m., after the parked closed at 9 p.m., police said.

• A Riverside woman reported last Thursday that someone stole her cellphone after she had left it on top of her car, where two men took it and ran off, according to Southampton Town police.

The stolen phone was a black Boost Mobile Android valued at $250, according to police.

One suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, weighing about 175 pounds and wearing a gray T-shirt and jeans. The second was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, wearing a black T-shirt and shorts, police said.

The New York State Police K-9 unit canvassed the area looking for the cellphone or the suspects but found nothing, police said.

• Two gas-powered leaf blowers were reported stolen from a home on Oak Avenue in Flanders Sunday, Southampton police said.

The owner of the leaf blowers had lent them to a neighbor, who returned them and put them on top of a mower in the owner’s driveway, according to police. Sometime between 4 and 5:50 p.m., the leaf blowers were stolen, police said.

The stolen leaf blowers were valued at $600 and $550, respectively, according to police.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

06/07/12 8:00am
06/07/2012 8:00 AM

An unknown person is believed to have broken into a Northville house through a doggy door Friday.

The homeowner told police that when she came home Friday night she noticed that a door inside the residence that had been left closed was now open. All entrances and windows in the home were secured except the doggy door.

The homeowner said nothing appeared to be missing and that she believes her pet boxer may have scared the suspect away.

Police said they are investigating the incident.

• Naquan Crawford, 19, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault May 31 for his involvement in a dispute that left a man unconscious earlier last month, according to a police report. The victim of the assault was found unconscious behind the Riverhead Elks Lodge on May 25 with “swelling to [his] face.” He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and treated for his injuries, police said. Mr. Crawford was later identified and arrested.

• William Griffin, 57, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing after he was found sleeping in a recreation room at a Calverton mobile home park May 31, police said.

Mr. Griffin had an outstanding affidavit against him signed by the property manager on May 16, police said. He was found intoxicated and sleeping inside the room at Thurms Estates by a cop who was on a routine patrol, police said. He was taken to police headquarters, processed, and held for morning arraignment.

• Angel Almenas was arrested and charged on an active Riverhead Justice Court warrant, as well as seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Saturday afternoon. Additional information about his arrest was not made available.
• John Braunreuther was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated Monday, according to a police blotter report.

Additional information about his arrest was not made available.

• A laptop and iPad were taken from the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch on Friday, police said. An unknown person entered through an unlocked rear door and allegedly took the electronics, worth $2,500, from the nonprofit home for boys, officials said. Police said they are investigating the incident.

• A man was hospitalized after getting punched in the face during an argument on West Main Street Saturday morning, police said. The victim told police that an unknown man struck him in the face, cutting his lip. The victim would not give a description of the man to police and said he didn’t know the man’s name. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

05/24/12 8:30am
05/24/2012 8:30 AM

About 200 gallons of used cooking oil was stolen from a storage container behind a Wading River restaurant May 13, police said.

The unknown suspect used a white van to load up the oil from a container in the rear parking lot, according to a police report.

A representative of the restaurant said thieves have taken oil from the container in the past. It is unknown how much the oil was worth.

Police said they are still investigating the incident.

• Robert Moats, 27, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with third-degree assault Saturday, police said. Mr. Moats was involved in a dispute, according to a police report. He was processed and held for arraignment. Details were unavailable.

• Candice Hughes, 21, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana while she was in her vehicle on West Main Street May 16, police said. A police officer said he smelled burned marijuana coming from Ms. Hughes’ 1997 Oldsmobile. Police found small amounts of marijuana between the seat and the door jamb, in the center console and in Ms. Hughes’ purse, according to the police report. She was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket.

• Cindy Popo, 24, of Shirley was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny May 16 after she turned herself in at police headquarters, police said. Ms. Popo allegedly stole two bracelets worth $2,000 in total, according to a police report, though it was not clear from where. She was processed and arraigned at Town Justice Court.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.