04/26/12 8:30am
04/26/2012 8:30 AM

• Steven Wilson, 24, of Sound Beach was arrested and charged with criminal obstruction of breath Monday after he put another man in a choke-hold during an altercation on Old Country Road, police said.

Mr. Wilson allegedly got into an argument with the victim and originally locked him out of a car. He eventually let the victim into the car to talk, but became angry and put the victim in a choke-hold, cutting off his breathing, according to a police report. Mr. Wilson was taken to police headquarters, processed and held for arraignment.

• A Wading River man says an unknown suspect dumped bulk garbage on his property for the second time, according to a Riverhead police report. The man said he has his bulk garbage picked up on Friday and believes whoever is dumping the garbage is “using it to their advantage.” Police have not named a suspect in the incidents.

• Two gold bracelets were reportedly taken Monday from the Riverhead Care Center, according to a police report. The 14-karat bracelets are worth $2,000, according to a police report. Riverhead detectives are still investigating the incident.

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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

04/15/12 2:00pm
04/15/2012 2:00 PM

MANGLAVITI FAMILY PHOTO | Joe Manglaviti graduated from Riverhead High School in 2010.

A 19-year-old motorcyclist has been undergoing treatment at Stony Brook University Medical Center for several broken bones and other injuries after a car turned into his path at a Route 58 intersection Saturday night, police and relatives said.

Joe Manglaviti, 19, of Flanders, was heading east on Route 58 about 7:30 p.m. when a westbound car turned onto Kroemer Avenue heading south and collided with the motorcycle, Riverhead Town police said.

It was the same intersection that claimed the life of a 37-year-old motorcyclist in a strikingly similar crash last May.

Mr. Manglaviti, a 2010 Riverhead High School graduate, was airlifted to Stony Brook where he underwent emergency surgery to repair a broken femur, and has been in “a lot of pain,” said his sister Erica Manglaviti. He also broke bones in his wrist, ankle and suffered pulmonary bruises, she said.

“His left femur was badly broken,” she said. “They had to put a metal rod in to fix it.”

The driver of the car was uninjured and was the sole occupant of the vehicle, Riverhead police said.

“At the end of the day, my family and I are just so thankful that he is here with us today,” Ms. Manglaviti said. “He is one lucky kid.”

The Route 58 and Kroemer Avenue intersection has been the scene of numerous accidents in recent years, including a car versus motorcycle accident last year in which Matthew Carr, 37, was killed. Mr. Carr had recently moved to Riverhead from Rocky Point,

He was headed east on Route 58 shortly after 9 p.m. when he crashed head-on into a westbound 2000 Jeep whose driver was attempting to make a left turn onto Kroemer Avenue, police said after the crash.

Just a day after this Saturday’s crash, a Patchogue biker was killed after a car turned left into his path at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Park Avenue in Huntington.

According to drive-safely.org, a motorist safety website, vehicles turning in front of motorcycles is the top cause of fatal accidents for motorcyclists. State government websites also list the left turn case as the most common of motorcycle accidents with injuries, though data from New York State could not be found.

Between trips to Stony Brook to visit her brother, Ms. Manglaviti cautioned drivers to take it easy on the road — no matter what vehicle they’re operating.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a motorcycle, tractor trailer or bicycle, please everyone just be alert and aware of your surroundings,” she said. “This can happen to anyone.”

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Additional reporting by Tim Gannon

NEWS-REVIEW COURTESY PHOTO | The accident scene Saturday night on Route 58 in Riverhead.

04/14/12 12:47pm
04/14/2012 12:47 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A Toyota Camry crashed into the front of the Steve Madden shoe store after colliding with an SUV first.

A car crashed into the front door of the Steve Madden shoe store in Tanger II following a collision with another car Saturday morning.

The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a tan SUV heading north in the road inside Tanger II in Riverhead collided with a Toyota Camry that was heading west. The Camry then veered off and crashed into the front door of the store, according to Sgt. Tim Palmer of the Riverhead Police Department.

There were four people at in the SUV and three in Camry.

There were treated at the scene by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance personnel but declined to be taken to the hospital.

The SUV had minor damage and the Camry was towed away, with more severe damage.

The front door of the store was damaged but no one inside the store was injured, police said.

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03/21/12 7:00am
03/21/2012 7:00 AM

A Smithtown woman was arrested after he took a baseball bat to a car that Southampton Town Police say had a 1-year-old child in it.

Jasmin Camacho, 23, of Fairview Avenue repeatedly struck the car with a bat on Flanders Road in Flanders about 6:35 p.m. last Wednesday, causing damage to the vehicle’s windshield and hood, according to police, who said another woman and her toddler were in the car at the time. It was unclear from police reports why Ms. Camacho allegedly struck the car.

Ms. Camacho was located about 8 p.m. that same night on Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders by officers, who also found the bat in her car, police said.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, false personation and third-degree criminal mischief, police said.

• State police arrested a Riverhead man on drug charges in Flanders following a traffic stop Sunday.

Oshane Perkins, 18, of Middle Road was initially pulled over for vehicle and traffic law violations on Flanders Boulevard, but was later charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana, state police said.

• An underage Rocky Point woman was arrested for speeding and DWI Tuesday morning in Flanders, officials said.

Brittany Grief, 20, of Rocky Point was pulled over about 3:53 a.m. on Flanders Road near Spinney Road after she was observed swerving out of her lane, and an officer then found that she was intoxicated, police said.

• Kaitlyn Fox, 23, of Orchid Circle in Bellport was charged with DWI Sunday after her car was observed hitting a guardrail on County Road 51 in Riverside, state police said.

• A Riverhead woman was found with marijuana in her car following a traffic stop on Flanders Road and Old Quogue Road in Riverside last Wednesday night, police said.

Kathleen Harrison, 49, of Aldersgate Drive was heading east on Flanders Road and was observed with illegally tinted windows and an unsafe tire and was pulled over, police said. The officer smelled marijuana coming from the car and Ms. Harrison then freely admitted having marijuana in her car and her purse, according to police.

She was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, as well as with traffic violations for having non-transparent side windows, an unsafe tire and a dirty, insecure or obstructed license plate, according to police.

• Someone entered an unlocked car on Laurel Avenue in Flanders last Sunday and removed a wallet and a driver’s license, according to police, who said there had been a rash of similar incidents in the neighborhood recently.

The wallet and driver’s license were later found on the side of the road near the victim’s house, police said.

• An Amazon Kindle electronic book reader was reported stolen from a car parked on Laurel Avenue in Flanders last Sunday, police said.

• Two tires were punctured on a car parked on Pebble Way in Riverside last Sunday and someone keyed the car, causing more than $250 in damage, 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.

03/01/12 8:30am
03/01/2012 8:30 AM

A Riverhead woman was arrested and charged with grand larceny last Tuesday after police said she stole a customer’s wallet at a Riverhead grocery store in December, according to police reports.

Jeanette Crump, 52, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, for allegedly swiping a missing wallet at King Kullen on Dec. 27. The wallet contained three credit cards, $150 in cash, a $50 Sprint gift card, the victim’s driver’s license and other “assorted personal papers,” according to a criminal complaint.

Ms. Crump was arrested, processed, and remanded to Suffolk County jail without bail, police said.

• A John Deere all-terrain vehicle was stolen from a Calverton tree farm last Wednesday, police said. The Gator utility vehicle was taken from a shed on the company’s property. No arrests were reported.

• An unknown suspect stole two televisions and two laptop computers from a home on Main Road in Jamesport on Saturday, town 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.

02/23/12 9:40am
02/23/2012 9:40 AM

A Flanders man was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with stealing jewelry from a Flanders home, Southampton Town Police said.

Richard Borsman, 35, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, after a police investigation revealed he stole jewelry from a residence on Flanders Road, police said. Mr. Borsman was familiar with and had permission to enter the home at the time of the larceny, according to police reports.

He was arrested and held at Southampton police headquarters for arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.

01/19/12 4:10pm
01/19/2012 4:10 PM

A Riverhead man was arrested by Southampton cops Jan. 2 after he was found hiding under a bed in a Hampton Bays home by a police K-9 Unit. The man was attempting to flee officers, who were arresting him on numerous warrants, police said.

Robert Dozier, 28, was wanted for first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, in connection with an incident at a Hampton Bays home on Dec. 20, a Riverhead Police warrant for assault and resisting arrest, and a New York State parole violation warrant, authorities said. He was spotted by police the same home on Canal Street at about 5 p.m. on Jan. 2, police said.

To escape the police, Mr. Dozier fled back into the home, according to a police report. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s K-9 was called to the scene and found Mr. Dozier hiding under the furniture, police said.

Mr. Dozier was held overnight, arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court and was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail.

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01/07/12 6:37pm
01/07/2012 6:37 PM


Suffolk County Police released a composite sketch of a third unidentified victim in the investigation of the remains discovered off Ocean Parkway.

The sketch is of a woman whose remains were found along Ocean Parkway in Nassau County in April 2011. These remains are connected to remains found on Blue Point Beach, Fire Island in April 1996.

The investigation is continuing by Homicide Squad detectives.

Anyone with information on the investigation or the woman’s identity is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at (631) 852-6392 or to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS.  All calls will remain confidential.