08/30/12 4:46pm
08/30/2012 4:46 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A woman was hospitalized after a two-car crash on Route 58 Thursday afternoon

A woman suffered non life-threatening injuries after a minivan carrying her and four children struck an SUV on Route 58 in Riverhead Thursday afternoon.

The woman’s gray Dodge Grand Caravan driven was heading east on Route 58 about 3:45 p.m. when it struck a northbound black Chevy Trailblazer whose driver was trying to make a left turn onto Route 58 at Northville Turnpike, police said.

The four uninjured children in the car were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with the mother because there was no other guardian to take care of them, according to police; the driver of the SUV was unharmed.

Firefighters were called to the scene to redirect traffic; the road completely reopened about 4:15 p.m.

tgannon@timesreview.com

12/17/11 11:00am
12/17/2011 11:00 AM

A Wading River teenager was arrested this week in connection with robbing and assaulting a cab driver in Riverhead, according to police reports.

Tasheria Horsley, 16, was arrested Wednesday at town police headquarters for her alleged involvement in a Nov. 3 incident, during which a Moon Light Taxi driver was dropping a fare off near Delores Avenue about 8:30 p.m. when he was attacked inside the cab by a man and a woman. He called police soon after, but the two passengers had fled on foot before officers could arrive.

The man involved in the incident is still at-large, police said.

Ms. Horsley was charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. It was not clear what led police to believe Ms. Horsley was involved. She was released without bail after an appearance in town justice court.

• Someone stole $4,000 worth of tools from Long Island Truck Parts in Riverhead, according to town police. The theft was reported about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• John Massaroni, no age or hometown given, was charged with criminal mischief after a 3 p.m. incident at the Hess Mart on Route 25A in Wading River Thursday.

• A 15-year-old male was charged at police headquarters with third-degree assault Tuesday. The arrest was made in connection with a Nov. 19 incident, police said. No further details were available.

• Bricks were reportedly thrown through the passenger side windows of two different cars in Riverhead Wednesday evening. The first report, which happened on Northern Parkway, occurred just before 7:30 p.m. and the second incident, which happened on Ackerly Street, occurred after 8:30 p.m.

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.

11/16/11 5:00am
11/16/2011 5:00 AM

A 22-year-old Riverhead man reported being stabbed in the back of the leg in the parking lot at Wildwood Bowling Alley on Lake Avenue in Northampton Saturday night, Southampton Town Police said.

The victim said he was in a fight with several people in the lot about 10 p.m. and one of them stabbed him in the back of his right leg, according to police, who said the victim had a large laceration and had bled heavily.

The victim also told police he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the incident and didn’t recall any of the people he was fighting with, officials said. He went to Southampton Hospital the day after the fight and the hospital reported the stab wound to police.

The victim told police he did not wish to pursue charges and would not follow up with any legal action, police said.

• A Mastic woman hit a stop sign near a Riverside mobile home park while allegedly driving on drugs Friday morning, authorities said.

Southampton Town Police received a report about 8:40 a.m. Friday of a car driving with a flat tire and failing to stay in the travel lane at the intersection of Flanders Road and County Road 105. Police stopped that car, driven by 50-year-old Patricia Gerle of Rutland Road in Mastic, moments later on Riverside Drive in Riverhead. There was damage to her front bumper, which police determined had been caused when she hit a stop sign outside MacLeod’s mobile home park in Riverside, officials said.

Ms. Gerle told an officer that she had taken a muscle relaxer and painkiller, according to police.

She was found with oxycontin pills for which she had no prescription, authorities said.

Ms. Gerle was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.

• Police arrested a 40-year-old Riverhead man on theft charges after receiving a call at about 9 p.m. last Wednesday night that someone might have been attempting to steal items from J&V Auto Salvage in Quiogue, officials said.

An officer responded to the scene and found a man loading items into a 1998 Mazda sedan that was parked next to the fence of the junkyard, according to police. The officer then discovered 25 automotive batteries in the vehicle that had been swiped from the junkyard, according to police, who said they verified with the junkyard’s manager that the batteries were stolen. A section of the fence also had been cut, police said. The batteries had a combined value of $375.

Ihor Maksymchuk, 40, of Riverside Drive was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny last Wednesday night at the lot off Deborah Drive.

• Rebecca Coleman, 19, of Main Road in Riverhead was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays after being stopped by police for having insufficient lights, authorities said. Officers found she had alcohol on her breath and glassy eyes during the 2 a.m. stop, according to police, who also charged her with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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.

10/31/11 4:00pm
10/31/2011 4:00 PM

A burglary was interrupted last week after police busted two Riverhead men trying to steal a juke box and other items from a Flanders garage, authorities said.

Southampton Town Police said Jerome Daniel Trent, 53, and Jonathan Downing, 48, were caught after a neighbor spotted the pair taking metal items from the garage and called police about 2 p.m. Friday. But police said when officers arrived at the Maple Avenue home, the pair said they were just there to “clean up” the property.

Detectives were then calledback  to the scene and found the would-be thieves were in fact stealing the goods with the intention to sell it for scrap metal.

Both men were charged with third-degree burglary.

10/27/11 9:00am
10/27/2011 9:00 AM

Mark Auerbeck, 32, of Riverhead was arrested in connection with a 1:30 p.m. incident on Center Drive in Riverhead Monday involving a male family member, authorities said. Mr. Auerbeck was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest. No additional details were available.

• A contractor overseeing a project at a Kings Drive home in Riverhead reported that someone stole $2,500 worth of copper pipe and $1,500 worth of tools from the job site last Wednesday night, according to police. The items, which included a compressor, skill saw and drill, were taken from the house’s basement. The theft was reported about 9 a.m. Thursday morning. No arrests have been made.

• Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or people who stole a Suzuki ATV from a Riverhead area home in August.
Town police said a 2005 Suzuki LTZ-400 ATV went missing from the bed of a pickup truck parked outside a Sound Avenue house on Aug. 20. The vehicle is valued at more than $2,500.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. All calls will be kept confidential.

• A resident of Robinson Parkway in Riverhead reported that an unknown man was standing inside his house when he arrived home about 5 p.m. last Thursday. The man fled the property on a bicycle.

• Someone took an envelope containing $1,012 in cash from a car parked outside a Wading River Manor Road home sometime last week. The theft was reported about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

• Someone stole 89 Norco pills, a prescription narcotic pain reliever, from a bottle inside a car parked near a house on 15th Street in Wading River Sunday. The theft was reported about 1:30 p.m.

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.

10/24/11 2:00pm
10/24/2011 2:00 PM

SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | A surveillance video published on Newsday.com last month depicts the alleged beating of a drug suspect by a Riverhead police officer.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin next Monday in the civil case involving Riverhead Town Police officer Peter Troyan, who is being accused of beating a handcuffed drug suspect in the front hallway of the police headquarters and Justice Court building in February 2007.

The trial is set to begin Nov. 7 in federal court in Central Islip.

Officer Troyan — who was never criminally charged in the case — is facing a $500,000 federal civil rights lawsuit for allegedly attacking William Robinson after Mr. Robinson was arrested on a drug charge and for driving with a revoked license and arraigned in Justice Court, according to federal court records.

“I hope that the jury sees that Mr. Troyan’s actions on Feb. 7, 2007 against my client was an assault and will give him compensatory and punitive damages for his actions,” Mr. Robinson’s New Jersey-based attorney Brian Dratch told the News-Review Monday.

Mr. Robinson, 42, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for lacerations on his face and lower back, bleeding under the skin and nerve damage to his left arm, according to the complaint.

Mr. Robinson, who is currently serving a six year sentence at Riverview Correctional Facility upstate for criminal sale of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband, will be transferred before Sunday to the Suffolk County jail in Riverside, where he will stay during the trial. He is eligible for release from prison in June 2012.

Mr. Robinson has made a settlement demand, according to a letter filed on his behalf Oct. 4, though that demand has not been answered by the defendant and the amount of the settlement has not been disclosed in public documents.

Scott Middleton of Bohemia, who is representing Mr. Troyan at the town’s expense, has said he expects a favorable outcome for his client.

“At the time of the trial, the jury will hear in detail all of the events that surrounded what was captured by the cameras,” Mr. Middleton said last month, referring to a surveillance video released by Mr. Dratch. “The jury will be provided with all of the facts, just as the grand jury was when they heard the evidence, which resulted in no indictment and my client was cleared of any wrongdoing at that time.”

Town officials have declined to comment on the case.

vchinese@timesreview.com

10/19/11 3:00pm
10/19/2011 3:00 PM

A Mount Sinai man is facing an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge after allegedly driving a wine tour bus with 25 people aboard while his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, authorities said.

Christopher Dopkins, 48, was pulled over on Sound Avenue in Wading River after a witness reported a bus driving erratically in Cutchogue and then tailed it west, according to Riverhead Police Lieutenant Dave Lessard.

The witness said the driver had hit a road sign and was dragging a traffic cone under the bus, which is part of the Rocky Point-based Red Carpet Limousine’s fleet.
Mr. Dopkins was charged with felony DWI and was taken to the Suffolk County jail.

A man who answered the phone at Red Carpet Limousines declined to comment on the charge.

• A Riverhead man reported he was attacked by two unknown men and robbed of $348 while walking down Sigal Avenue early Sunday, town police said.

The victim reported that the men, who were standing by a black vehicle, asked him if he wanted to do business about 4:15 a.m., according to police. The victim, who replied no, was then grabbed from behind and put into a choke hold and dragged down the driveway of a Sigal Avenue home. The two men reached into the victim’s pocket and took his wallet and cellphone. They then threw him to the ground and punched him in the head. The men emptied the wallet and left it and the cellphone on the ground.

The victim was not seriously injured during the ordeal. No charges have been filed.

• A Coram woman was arrested after she stuffed six women’s sweaters into a purse designed to evade security sensors in the Calvin Klein store at Tanger Outlets, town police said.
An employee chased 28-year-old Julie Paola Peralta through the Tanger parking lot and caught her. Ms. Paola Peralta’s male accomplice escaped and was not apprehended by police.

Police did not say exactly how Ms. Paola Peralta’s purse was able to evade store security sensors.

Ms. Paola Peralta was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of an anti-security device.

• Two women were hospitalized following a two-car crash in Wading River Saturday night, authorities said.

The women were traveling on North Country Road near Gully Road about 6:20 p.m. when they crashed into another vehicle, Riverhead Town Police said.

One of the women, who were not identified by police, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center and the other was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. The helicopter landed at Wading River Elementary School.

The driver of the other car refused medical attention at the scene. No charges were filed.

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.

10/16/11 2:39pm
10/16/2011 2:39 PM

Two local men were charged with driving while intoxicated in two separate incidents in the Flanders and Riverside areas early Sunday, authorities said.

Gregorio Vasquez, 50, of Flanders was stopped by Southampton Town Police for driving on the shoulder of Flanders Road just before 3 a.m. and found to be inoxicated, police said. He was charged with DWI. Police did not specify the hamlet where the arrest occurred.

About 30 minutes later, Rewie Kamita, 21, of Riverhead was stopped after he was observed driving on the curb near the traffic circle in Riverside, Southampton police said. He was also charged with DWI.

Both men were held overnight for an appearance in Southampton Town Justice Court.