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.


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.

10/15/11 9:07am
10/15/2011 9:07 AM

A Flanders man is facing a slew of drug charges after police allegedly found a cornucopia of drugs on him — including crack and heroin — following a routine traffic stop in Riverside, authorities said.

Natia Yisrael, 36, was a passenger in a car that was pulled over on Flanders Road about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Southampton Town Police said. Inside, officers allegedly found heorin, PCP, crack and powedered cocaine.

Mr. Yisrael was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Police did not provide further details.

10/06/11 6:00am
10/06/2011 6:00 AM

A local teenager was arrested after he and an accomplice allegedly broke into several parked cars on Joshua Court in Wading River Monday and stole cash and electronics, authorities said.

Joshua Odell, 18, of Jamesport was arrested later that day at police headquarters and charged with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The thefts were reported about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Charges against Mr. Odell’s suspected accomplice had not been filed as of Tuesday morning.

• A Riverhead man is facing harassment charges after he grabbed and threw one of his employees to the ground Friday after the worker made a derogatory comment about the boss’ mother, authorities said.

Town police said 45-year-old Melvin Henderson got into a physical altercation with an employee at a Riverhead car wash on Route 58, a 10:30 a.m. incident that left the alleged victim with bruises and scratches.

Mr. Henderson was charged with second-degree harassment.

• Corey Coach, 17, of Riverhead and an unnamed juvenile male are each facing possession of marijuana charges after an incident at the River Pointe apartment complex on East Main Street Friday, town police said. Mr. Coach was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana about 8 p.m., officials said. No further details were available.

• James Ayers, 36, of Riverhead was charged with second-degree criminal contempt Saturday for violating an order of protection, town police said.

• Peter Gevinski, 47, of Riverhead was charged with second-degree harassment last Monday, according to state police. No further details were available.

• A single-car hit and run accident in Calverton stalled traffic for several hours Wednesday morning.

The car, which police officers on the scene said slammed into a utility pole about 5:15 a.m., had been removed from the road by 9:30 a.m., though traffic was still being diverted from Sound Avenue to Route 25 via Fresh Pond Road.

Riverhead Town Police were searching for the driver of the car, who allegedly fled the scene.

• A woman reportedly tried to run down another person in the Home Goods parking lot on Route 58 in Riverhead last Tuesday, according to town police. The incident was reported about 8 a.m. No charges were filed and no further details were available.

10/05/11 3:54pm
10/05/2011 3:54 PM

A Flanders man was arrested Monday in connection with a two-year-old burglary in his hometown, authorities said.

Albert Daniels, 31, was charged in a 2009 robbery where he allegedly stole $2,000 from a woman outside her Flanders home, Southampton Town Police said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Daniels was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Southampton Town Police did not return a call seeking additional details.