12/08/13 2:30pm
12/08/2013 2:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Professional ice sculptor Rich Daly, of Mastic Beach, uses a chainsaw to carve the image of Santa Claus at Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport Saturday afternoon.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Professional ice sculptor Rich Daly, of Mastic Beach, uses a chainsaw to carve the image of Santa Claus at Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport Saturday afternoon.

Frost shavings were flying outside Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport Saturday afternoon, where Rich Daly took to the winery’s front lawn to carve a giant sculpture of Santa Claus made entirely of ice.

Dozens of spectators, many of them with cameras and wine glasses in hand, braved chilly outdoor conditions to watch Mr. Daly, a professional ice carver from Mastic Beach, transform 1,200 pounds of ice into the image of Old Saint Nick — a feat that took four hours to complete.

See the finished product on northforker.com.

02/05/13 10:00am
Calverton shrimp for drugs caper

SUFFOLK POLICE | Clockwise from top left: Nicole Johnson, Joseph Elardo, James Donnellan and Sharmane Cromer.

Two men and two women who lived together in Calverton were arrested last week for allegedly stealing frozen shrimp from supermarkets, then selling the food to a Mastic Beach Chinese restaurant to support their drug habits, Suffolk County police said.

Investigators discovered a pattern of frozen shrimp thefts that amounted to $2,400 worth of stolen shrimp that went missing from supermarkets in eastern Brookhaven Town. Last Wednesday, Jan. 30, officers pulled over a suspect’s vehicle and found stolen proceeds inside, police said.

James Donnellan, 33, was arrested Jan. 30, with Joseph Elardo, 34, Sharmane Cromer, 34, and Nicole Johnson, 22, all being charged Jan. 31, according to court documents.

Also on Jan. 31, police executed a search warrant at Tai Yu Chinese Restaurant in Mastic Beach and arrested owner Xue Chai Li, 34, of Mastic Beach for criminal possession of stolen property.

Members of the Suffolk County health department assisted with the search and issued the restaurant a sanitary code violation for an unapproved source of authorized food, officials said.

Sgt. Joseph Suarez of the Seventh Precinct Crime Section said police had been investigating a petit larceny case unrelated to the stolen shrimp. From that investigation they identified the suspects now in custody and linked them to open cases involving shrimp, he said. Police confirmed the thefts through video surveillance at a supermarket the suspects were believed to be targeting.

The suspects had a bag of stolen shrimp in the car when police pulled them over, and one suspect had a crack pipe, Sgt. Suarez said. The suspects allegedly had hidden bags of frozen shrimp in their carts and under their clothing, Sgt. Suarez said.

Riverhead Town police had also arrested Ms. Cromer Jan. 23 for allegedly stealing $30 worth of yogurt from a Middle Country Road Gulf gas station, town police said. She was charged and released on $100 bail for that offense.

Together, the four residents of 169 Southfield Road, off Youngs Avenue, face 22 counts of petit larceny and two counts of attempted larceny. Mr. Elardo and Ms. Johnson also face a charge of possession of a hypodermic needle and Ms. Cromer faces one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, Suffolk police said.

All suspects were arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip and are due back Feb. 8, records show.

A lawyer for Ms. Johnson, as indentified in online court documents, was not immediately available for comment.

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10/21/12 7:24pm
10/21/2012 7:24 PM

Matthew Quigley and Pakee Ristine in the photo they both used as their profile picture on Facebook.

A 2010 Riverhead High School graduate was killed in a single-car crash on I-95 in South Carolina Saturday morning after a U-Haul trailer attached to his truck came loose and he lost control of his vehicle, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Matthew Quigley, 20, of Wading River and his girlfriend, Pakee Ristine, 19, of Mastic Beach, were ejected from the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer after the truck hit the median and overturned shortly before noon, officials said.

Ms. Ristine, a 2011 graduate of William Floyd High School, is being treated at a Columbia, S.C. hospital, the hospital confirmed Sunday night. The hospital declined to immediately release her status.

Visiting hours for Mr. Quigley will take place Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River, immediately followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m. Cremation will be private.

Donations may be made to SoundWaters.org., an organization dedicated to educating children and adults about Long Island Sound and its watershed.

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