11/15/14 10:43am
11/15/2014 10:43 AM
Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

Two accidents were reported on County Road 51 early Saturday morning. (Credit: Google Maps)

A Cutchogue woman crashed into an unoccupied Southampton Town police car early Saturday morning on a closed roadway in Manorville as police and firefighters were responding to a single-car accident that seriously injured a Manorville man, Southampton Town police said. (more…)

09/24/14 12:20pm
09/24/2014 12:20 PM
Paul Tromblee mug shot (Credit: Suffolk County police)

Paul Tromblee mug shot (Credit: Suffolk County police)

A Manorville man who pleaded guilty to armed robbery in connection with a string of robberies across Suffolk County — including one in Calverton and Mattituck — was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.  (more…)

02/19/14 8:00am
02/19/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead Town is considering bringing a Manorville man to court who is alleged to be illegally operating a puppy breeding operation out of his home. Pictured, a man delivers a dog to breeder John Kowal's home on River Road. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead Town is considering bringing a Manorville man to court who is alleged to be illegally operating a puppy breeding operation out of his home. Pictured, a man delivers a dog to breeder John Kowal’s home on River Road. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead Town officials are considering legal action against a Manorville man they say has been illegally breeding and selling dogs from his home.

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11/10/13 12:44pm
11/10/2013 12:44 PM
SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

A Manorville man was arrested Saturday in connection with the armed robbery of the Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue in Calverton and at least eight other incidents, Suffolk County police said.

PAUL TROMBLEE

PAUL TROMBLEE

Paul Tromblee, 35, may still face charges in relation to other armed robberies in the county, police said. Southold Town Police said last week that the suspect in the other area robberies may have been responsible for the armed robbery of the GameStop store in Mattituck last Tuesday, though Mr. Tromblee has not yet been charged in connection with that incident.

Det. Lt. Edward Reilly of the Suffolk County Police Department said Sunday that detectives are working with Southold police, who he said still believe Mr. Tromblee is responsible for the Mattituck robbery.

Currently, Mr. Tromblee stands charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of third-degree robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Sunday, Suffolk police said.

Since Oct. 26, gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were robbed by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to purchase merchandise, police said. Utilizing video surveillance as well as tips, including information received via Crime Stoppers, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect as Mr. Tromblee. He was located by detectives while driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Hess gas station — barely in the jurisdiction of the SCPD – was robbed Oct. 30, after a man pulled a handgun on a store clerk, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m.

Mohammed Kahn, the clerk at the Calverton Hess, told the News-Review on the night of the incident that the robber walked straight up to the register and demanded cash, first giving him the impression that the act was a trick.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn said at the time.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if Mr. Tromblee is responsible for similar incidents that occurred recently. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

gparpan@timesreview.com

09/12/13 7:00pm
09/12/2013 7:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | PBMC Health board of directors president Sherry Patterson (center) and donors Jeffrey Feil (representing the Louis and Gertrude Feil Charitable Trust) and John Kanas cutting the ribbon Thursday afternoon.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | PBMC Health board of directors president Sherry Patterson (center) and donors Jeffrey Feil (representing the Louis and Gertrude Feil Charitable Trust) and John Kanas cutting the ribbon Thursday afternoon in Manorville.

PBMC Health’s Manorville ambulatory campus is officially open to patients.

The opening was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony led by hospital officials on Thursday.

Manorville area residents have long lacked access to nearby medical care, having had to travel to Riverhead or Stony Brook in the case of an emergency, PBMC Health officials said.

The much-anticipated center currently offers patients urgent care, primary care, urology, internal medicine and orthopedic care in one building, but the campus will ultimately grow and become a four-building comprehensive healthcare center.

“We want the community to know we are here and ready to care for them,” said Jacqueline Selva, executive director of the Riverhead Management Company.

The urgent care center is designed to handle health issues such as sprains, stitches, sore throats and broken bones, said Ms. Selva said.

It is fitted with 13 exam rooms, a radiology room with a full body x-ray machine, and two procedure rooms.

It is currently open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and once it becomes more established, officials intend to keep the urgent care center open 24 hours, she said.

The campus has been designed for “one-stop medical shop,” Ms. Selva said.

Patients can come not only for urgent care, but can have primary care physicians assume their care moving on. Should patients need a referral to a specialist, the hope is that, once the campus is finished, the patient will just have to walk a few steps away for the specialized care.

“We wanted it to be convenient,” she said. “Where patients are going to want to establish their care.”

Caregivers have already seen the model’s convenience in action, Ms. Selva said, pointing to a recent example in which an urgent care patient who came in complaining of a swelling hand.

“The person had came in with a swollen hand, we sent them down the hall for an x-ray and it turned out to be a broken hand,” Ms. Selva said. “After that the patient was referred to our orthopedist who was also down the hall.”

Many primary care and urgent care facilities are not equipped with radiology and X-ray equipment, she said.

The next building is slated to open about eight months from now, and will house a center for digestive disorders and space for general surgery.

Plans for the other buildings are currently being developed, hospital officials said.

“ [The campus] provides us with an opportunity to offer services well beyond just hospital care,” said Andrew Mitchell, president and CEO of PBMC Health and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, which falls under the PBMC Health umbrella.

 

“These four buildings will be dedicated to the care of this community,” Mr. Mitchell said.

The completion of the campus was made possible by a $5 million donation from The Louis Feil Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. The center has been named The Gertrude & Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, in appreciation of the Feil family’s donation.

The Trust has given philanthropic gifts to other health institutions, including South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.

The new medical center also brings new job opportunities to the area. The center has hired five new employees to fill reception and medical assistant positions. As the patient population grows, they anticipate several other positions opening as well, Ms. Selva said.

Helene Davison, a new employee working both reception and as a medical assistant, said she has 10 years of experience in private practice, and has never worked at such a “high spirited” place.

cmiller@timesreview.com

06/17/13 1:27pm
06/17/2013 1:27 PM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | DEC officers hunting for the alligator Friday.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | DEC officers hunting for the alligator Friday.

The alligator that’s been living in the Peconic River and eluded capture for more than a week was located and euthanized Sunday in Calverton.

The gator was killed about 25 yards down river from the state Department of Environmental Conservation kayak and canoe launch site off Connecticut Avenue.

The gator was killed by a single shot fired by a DEC conservation officer, a DEC spokesman said.

“Dart guns do not work on cold-blooded creatures,” said the spokesman, Bill Fonda.

Officers had been spotting and trying to capture the 3-foot long alligator alive for about a week near the boat ramp, Mr. Fonda said.

“As an option of last resort, the alligator was euthanized on Sunday in the interest of public safety,” he said. “Tranquilizing the alligator was not an option as the animal could still have evaded capture and returned to the water, continuing to pose a public safety threat. DEC has re-opened the canoe site.”

The boat ramp had been closed to the public during the search.

A DEC officer at the scene Friday said they hoped to catch the gator alive, if possible, but that proved too dangerous, Mr. Fonda said.

“DEC officers and staff used baited hooks, nets and catch poles in an attempt to capture the animal,” Mr. Fonda said.. “All these attempts proved futile.

Officials have said the gator was probably a pet that someone turned loose, and they have stressed owning an alligator is illegal in New York State.

The DEC in April found four other small alligators in the same area of the Peconic River boat ramp, and capture them alive.

tgannon@timesreview.com

DEC COURTESY PHOTO | These four gators were captured in the Peconic River Friday morning. A Manorville residents spotted the reptiles and contacted the DEC.

DEC COURTESY PHOTO | These four gators were captured in the Peconic River in April.