01/01/15 8:56am
01/01/2015 8:56 AM

Five people were arrested on drunken driving and drug charges and another on a traffic offense during a New Year’s Eve sobriety checkpoint that was set up in Riverhead Town, police said.

Members of the district attorney’s East End DWI Task Force took part in the operation, which included officers from the Riverhead and Southold town departments, state police and the Suffolk County Police Department.

The exact location of the checkpoint was not disclosed to the media.

Arrested were:

• Alicia Hansen, 28, of Calverton, for driving while intoxicated.

• Charles Cumella, 63, of Calverton, for driving while ability impaired.

• Kenneth Sarcona, 59, of East Quogue, for driving while intoxicated.

• Lenny Ancona, 52, of Centereach, for driving while ability impaired by drugs.

• Donald Franco Hernandez, 41, of Flanders, for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A sixth person, Forrest Cowell, 26, of Riverhead, for arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

01/01/15 8:50am

Four people were arrested — including one man from Flanders — and 15 summonses were issued during a New Year’s Eve sobriety checkpoint in Hampton Bays, Southampton Town police said.

In all, 72 vehicles were stopped during the operation on Montauk Highway, where Southampton Town police were helped out by other members of the district attorney’s East End DWI Task Force.

Officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Westhampton Beach Village, Quogue Village, Easthampton Village and Easthampton Town police departments participated in the checkpoint, officials said.

The Flanders man, Jose Mendez-Amaya, 19, was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

06/17/14 4:00pm
06/17/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead Police Chief David Hergemiller (left) joined SCDA Thomas Spota at Tuesday's press conference to unveil a plan to combact drunken drivers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller (left) joined SCDA Thomas Spota at Tuesday’s press conference to unveil a plan to combat drunken drivers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

East End law enforcement agencies joined Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota Tuesday afternoon to unveil a plan to bolster sobriety checkpoints on land and at sea this summer.

The East End DWI Task Force will conduct additional checkpoints aimed at cracking down on drunken an drug impaired drivers and boaters, Mr. Spota announced during a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Hampton Bays.


11/28/13 7:51am
11/28/2013 7:51 AM

Riverhead Police

A Thanksgiving-eve East End DWI  Task Force operation led to four arrests in Riverhead Town, police said.

The expanded enforcement initiative was in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 4 a.m. Thursday and included officers from the Riverhead Town, Suffolk County and Westhampton Beach police departments.

The following four drivers were charged with DWI as a result of the operation:

Rogelio Romero, 45, of Riverhead

David Dougherty, 35, of Kings Park

Carlos Franco-Oliva, 23, of Flanders

Dawn Philips, 51, of Riverside

05/26/13 9:16am
05/26/2013 9:16 AM


Riverhead Police sent out a warning on Friday that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s “DWI task Force” would be setting up checkpoints in town over the Memorial Day weekend, but seven people were still arrested at those checkpoints Saturday night.

Arrested Saturday night at checkpoints in Riverhead Town were the following: Francisco Sabin, 36, of Sound Avenue in Riverhead, for DWI; Pedro Garcia, 30, of Front Street in Greenport, for DWI; Peter Helsinki, 18, of Middle Road in Cutchogue, for driving under the influence of drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana; Matthew Larson, 35, of Town Harbor Lane in Southold, for DWI; Shane Hands, 20, of Hillcrest Drive in Orient, for driving under the influence of drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana; James Hinch, 37, of Sweetbury Hill in Center Moriches, for DWI; and Alisa Raspanjini, 30, of Quaker Hill Path in Huntington, for driving while ability impaired.

Police say additional enforcement actions of this type can be expected in the future.

The Task Force was established by District Attorney Tom Spota last year and consists of officers from departments in the Riverhead Town, Southold Town, Shelter Island Town, Suffolk County, and New York State police departments.

02/02/13 8:00am
02/02/2013 8:00 AM

Police will be stepping up drunk driving patrols on the East End Super Bowl Sunday, but they’re not saying where.

Officers from the East End DWI Task Force will be out and about somewhere on the East End, mirroring the efforts of the Suffolk County PD, Suffolk’s Parks Police and the County Sheriff’s Office in the five western townships.

The East End DWI Task Force, which is headed by Riverhead Police Captain Richard Smith, will have the Sheriff’s Blood Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile unit to help process alcohol and drug-related arrests, according to a release from the Suffolk County Stop DWI Program. The BAT unit will be part of patrols on major roads and highways.

The stepped-up patrols are funded through a grant from the governor’s traffic safety committee.

The release quotes a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which found that 40 percent of fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday involved drunk driving.

Riverhead Police Car

12/22/12 11:12am
12/22/2012 11:12 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The North Fork Liquor store as it appeared in September.

A 38-year-old Aquebogue man was arrested early Saturday for breaking into a Jamesport liquor store, stealing booze and then driving off, Riverhead Town police said.

Bradford Reeve of Main Road in Aquebogue is accused of breaking into North Fork Liquor on Main Road in Jamesport just after midnight by breaking a front window and making off with several bottles of liquor, police said.

He was arrested after an investigation and charged with burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property, and DWI, officials said in a press release.

Mr. Reeve was also listed as being one of 10 people arrested in a DWI check point set up by the East End DWI Task Force Friday night.

It was not immediately clear if he got snared in the check point net after fleeing the alleged burglary.