11/17/13 2:30pm
DUI, Brookhaven National Laboratory, bicyclist, Calverton

WILLIAM SLATTON after the 2012 arrest

The attorney for the man arrested last year for fatally striking a bicyclist along Route 25 in Calverton as he allegedly drove under the influence of drugs with a suspended license and his four young children in the car expects the charges against his client will soon be dropped.

But now William Slatton is once again in trouble with the law. The 31-year-old Farmingville man was arrested Wednesday on a fourth-degree grand larceny charge, a class E felony,  for using a credit card stolen from a Middle Island home, Suffolk County police said. A source familiar with the case said Mr. Slatton stole the card from the home of the mother of his kids, while he was visiting them last weekend.

STEVEN KANE

STEVEN KANE

Mr. Slatton made headlines last year following the Nov. 1 crash which killed avid bicyclist Steven Kane, 57, of Brightwaters, the manager of safety engineering at Brookhaven National Laboratory who was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of several passing motorists to save him.

Mr. Slatton is facing charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child following his arrest last year. His attorney, Joseph Cozzo of Central Islip, said he anticipates charges in that case will be dismissed since Mr. Slatton was under the influence of methadone at the time of the crash, a drug he was using as part of his court-ordered treatment for heroin addiction.

“He was on methadone and he was getting it from a Suffolk County clinic,” Mr. Cozzo said Sunday. “I can’t speak for the District Attorney’s office, but I do anticipate charges being dismissed.”

Mr. Slatton is due back in Riverhead Town Justice Court Dec. 11 in relation to the crash, Mr. Cozzo said.  He has been free on bail since late last November after his bail was reduced from $50,000 to $1,000, which Mr. Cozzo previously told the News-Review was lowered so he could spend the holidays with his family.

Even if the crash charges are dismissed, Mr. Slatton could still face jail time for violating the terms of probation in relation to the 2007 felony attempted drug possession conviction that led to his suspended license. He’s due back in court Dec. 13 on the probation violation, online court records show.

“With this new arrest, he’s going to be in more trouble now,” said Mr. Cozzo, who is not representing Mr. Slatton in connection with his latest arrest.

The District Attorney’s office could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The source who alerted the News-Review to Mr. Slatton’s latest arrest said the father of four recently relapsed in his drug treatment and no longer lives with his children and their mother.

“He has stolen from family more times than I choose to remember and this time he went too far,” the source said.

Mr. Slatton is being held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond, and is due back in district court Tuesday, jail officials said.

gparpan@timesreview.com

01/16/13 2:19pm
01/16/2013 2:19 PM

A Wading River woman previously arrested by Suffolk police for her role in a string of Belle Terre and Farmingville burglaries has now been arrested for a series of daytime residential break-ins in Wading River, Riverhead Town police said.

Alexa Vitacco, 21, of Wading River was arrested Wednesday, along with 26-year-old Michael Quinn of Farmingville, police said.

The pair was involved in three of five reported burglaries in the Wading River area, said Riverhead police Sgt. Joseph Loggia, though other burglaries occurred in Wading River outside Riverhead police jurisdiction, he added.

The burglars took electronics, jewelry and cash from the homes, Sgt. Loggia said.

None of the stolen items were recovered.

“We believe there are other people who have committed [the burglaries],” Sgt. Loggia said, adding the investigation is ongoing.

Ms. Vitacco surrendered herself to police, while Mr. Quinn was already in the custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff for other charges, according to a police report.

Mr. Quinn was charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, police said. Ms. Vitacco faces one second-degree burglary charge.

This is not Ms. Vitacco’s first burglary charge. She was arrested last month in connection as an accomplice in four residential burglaries, county police said. She was the getaway driver in three of the burglaries, and kicked in a door to steal jewelry in the last robbery, police said.

When she was arrested in December, police discovered she was carrying heroin, and she was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Suffolk police spokeswoman said.

Mr. Quinn was arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court and held on $50,000 cash bail, court officials said; Ms. Vitacco was arraigned and released without bail.

psquire@timesreview.com