12/22/13 2:30pm
12/22/2013 2:30 PM

A Fresh Pond Avenue resident reported about $1,800 worth of Christmas gifts had been stolen from her overnight, police said.

Sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and 6:15 a.m. Monday, an unknown person forced open a front door to the home and removed a number of items being kept in the living room, according to a report. The items included an iPad, iPhone, Ugg boots and a number of gift cards, among other things, according to a report.

A bag of cigarettes being kept in the freezer was also stolen, police said. Police are investigating.

• A 78-year-old retired rabbi reported that two men attempted to rob him of his wallet as he left the Route 58 Walgreens last week, police said.

After leaving the store about 4 p.m. last Wednesday, the victim returned to his car and drove around to exit the lot via Harrison Avenue, according to a report.

The victim said two vehicles pulled up, boxing him in at the front and the rear of his car, police said. Two men, one from each car, approached his car saying it was a “hold up” and demanded he hand over his wallet, police said.

After telling the men he did not have a wallet on him, the suspects cursed at the man, then got back in their cars and drove away, according to a report.

Detectives are investigating.

• A 34-year-old Florida resident was arrested on a drunken driving charge after first failing to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle on County Road 105 late Friday, police said. Alfonso Rivas Aleman was stopped by police about 11:40 p.m. and arrested on DWI charge, according to a report.

• Jose Umana Espana, 21, of Riverhead was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Ostrander Avenue early Sunday after he was stopped by police for swerving and for making an improper right turn just after midnight, police said. He was held for morning arraignment.

• Cornelio Mendoza, 44, of Calverton was arrested for DWI after being stopped on Route 58 last Thursday, state police said.

• Noel Alvardo, 21, of Riverhead was arrested for third-degree assault after getting into an altercation on Kirk Avenue Sunday, state 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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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12/11/13 7:00am
12/11/2013 7:00 AM

A 44-year-old Riverhead woman was arrested on felony grand larceny charges last Tuesday after stealing jewelry from her ex-boyfriend’s house sometime this past year and pawning it at area jewelry stores, police said.

Sometime between May and August more than $6,000 worth of Tiffany and other fine jewelry was stolen from a Riverside Drive home, police said. Some of the jewelry was later located at two different area pawnshops in Riverhead, police said.

Raquel Mahon, who police said is an ex-girlfriend of the homeowner, was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, according to a report.

Ms. Mahon was also arrested in late November for failing to appear in court to face charges stemming from a previous DWI arrest, according to prior newspaper coverage.

• A resident of JT Boulevard reported early Saturday morning that their car had been broken into and about $1,100 worth of electronics stolen from inside, police said.

The resident approached the car about 7:40 a.m. to find the front passenger side window had been broken and a Samsung Galaxy Tab and cellphone had been stolen from the vehicle, according to the report.

The resident had parked and left the car about 1 a.m., police said. Detectives are investigating.

• A Doctor’s Path resident reported that two living room windows were shot at by a BB gun early Sunday, according to a report.

The resident reported hearing a loud noise from the living room about 1 a.m., police said. Two of the resident’s front bay windows, valued at about $250 each, had been damaged by what appeared to be BB gun holes, police said.

• Police are investigating a possible rape reported in the Nadel Drive area, according to a report. Additional information was not immediately available.

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.

Riverhead police cops

12/06/13 2:30pm
12/06/2013 2:30 PM

A Riverhead man reported being robbed and assaulted after taking cash out of an ATM at the Riverhead Centre shopping center on Route 58 last week, police said.

After removing $400 from the Chase ATM in the Waldbaum’s shopping center about 5 p.m. last Tuesday, the man started walking towards his home, located on Middle Road, when an unknown man approached him from the woods, according to a report.

The stranger punched the victim in the face, and forced the victim to the ground with the help of another unknown man, police said. One of the men reached into the victim’s jacket pocket removing the $400 before fleeing on foot, authorities said. Detectives are investigating.

• A 29-year-old Riverhead man was arrested after his parole officer found four hypodermic needles and a number of glassine envelopes in the man’s jacket pocket last week, police said.

Brant Ovsianik was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument on Hallett Street about 5:45 a.m. last Tuesday, according to a report.

In Oct. 2011, Mr. Ovsianik was arrested on multiple felony charges after he and another man broke into a gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue, and13 vehicles parked near the station, stealing contents within, according to a prior News-Review story.

Mr. Ovsianik was held for morning arraignment.

• Copper piping was reported stolen from several Baiting Hollow cottages last week, police said.

A Woodcliff Park resident reported about $250 worth of copper had been stolen from underneath the home about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to a report.

About two hours later, another resident reported copper piping had been cut out and stolen from two other cottages on Neptune Place, which is located within the park, police said.

On Friday, another Neptune Place resident reported copper had been stolen shortly after noon, police said.

Detectives are investigating.

• About $5,000 worth of blue foam and a blue tarp were reported stolen from the Riverhead Yacht Club early Saturday, police said.

The items were reported stolen about 9:30 a.m., according to a report. Additional information was not immediately available.

• A Thanksgiving-eve East End DWI Task Force operation led to four arrests in Riverhead Town between the hours of 7 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday, police said.

The following four drivers were charged with DWI as a result of the operation: Rogelio Romero, 45, of Riverhead, David Dougherty, 35, of Kings Park, Carlos Franco-Oliva, 23, of Flanders, and Dawn Philips, 51, of Riverside.

• A 27-year-old Riverhead woman was arrested after crashing into a vehicle on Sunrise Highway and leaving the scene Sunday, county police said.

Amanda Harris was arrested about 11:45 a.m. in Patchogue after the Jeep she was operating collided with a Nissan on Sunrise Highway in Bohemia, according to a report.

Ms. Harris was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, according to a report. She is due in court late January.

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.

Riverhead Police

11/30/13 12:00pm
11/30/2013 12:00 PM

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A 20-year-old homeless man was arrested for trespassing after he was found sleeping in a school bus parked in the Riverhead School District’s bus garage early Tuesday, police said.

Monwell Wright was arrested at the Osborn Avenue bus barn about 3:50 a.m, authorities said. He was charged with criminal trespassing and held for morning arraignment.

• Tools and equipment worth over $13,500 were reported stolen from a Burman Boulevard business on Tuesday, police said.

Sometime between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14 a number of lawn mowers, portable heaters, compressors and an assortment of other tools were stolen from a secured holding container at the Calverton business, according to a report.

Tire patterns from an unknown vehicle could be seen leading up to the doors of the container, authorities said.

Detectives are investigating.

• A 24-year-old Riverhead man was arrested on a DUI charge after police stopped a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Taco Bell early last Tuesday, according to a town police report.

Lionel Trent was arrested about 1:15 a.m. for driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

• A backpack containing more than $5,500 worth of computer equipment and jewelry was reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the Walmart parking lot last week, police said.

The items, which were kept inside a red Swiss Army backpack, were removed sometime on Nov. 16.

• An unknown male confronted a Pulaski Street Elementary School student Friday, offering the student a toy, police said.

The student was making his or her way to the school’s entrance when approached by the man, according to a report. Additional information was not immediately available.

• Three vehicles in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven by the Route 58 traffic circle were vandalized with permanent marker early Wednesday, according to reports. The damage was reported about 1 a.m., 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.

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11/23/13 9:00am
11/23/2013 9:00 AM

A 39-year-old Coram man was arrested on felony charges after the stolen Mercedes-Benz he was driving in died on Route 25A in Wading River last Wednesday, police said.

Police stopped to help a disabled vehicle, which had been driven by Charmaine Williams, about 5:30 p.m., according to a report. While searching the vehicle’s information to schedule a tow, authorities found the vehicle had previously been reported stolen out of New York City, police said.

Mr. Williams was arrested and held for morning arraignment and the owner of the vehicle was notified, police said.

• A 20-year-old unlicensed Riverhead man was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated after getting into an accident with another vehicle Sunday morning, according to a report.

Police responding to the scene of an accident on Route 58 found one of the drivers, Emmanuel Alavaz Torres, unsteady on his feet and smelling of alcohol about 9:45 a.m., authorities said.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Alavaz Torres was found to be hiding the vehicle’s license plate inside of his jacket, according to a report. He was held for arraignment, police said.

• A 40-year-old Riverhead man was charged with aggravated DWI after an off-duty police officer notified authorities of an erratic driver on Main Road last Tuesday, police said.

Police located and arrested Luis Muralles on Roanoke Avenue about 7:10 p.m., according to a report.

• A 21-year-old Peconic man was arrested for drunken driving early Saturday, police said.

Rudy De Jesus Perez was stopped on Roanoke Avenue after making an improper turn about 2:50 a.m., according to a report.

Mr. Perez was arrested and held for arraignment, police said.

• About $5,000 worth of fine jewelry was reported stolen from a Wading River home on Friday, police said.

A 16th Street resident found various jewelry items that had been kept in a bedroom dresser were missing early Friday, according to a report. The items, which include a gold diamond ring, gold bracelet and a gold watch, are valued at $5,000, police said. Detectives are investigating.

• A Baiting Hollow resident reports at least $1,600 worth of items, including flat-screen televisions and brake rotors, were stolen from a home last week, police said.

Sometime between last Sunday and last Wednesday, an unknown person entered a Beach Hill Drive home through a basement side window and removed three large televisions, and four new brake rotors still in their boxes, together estimated at $1,600, according to a report. Police said a computer was also reported stolen.

A number of other items, including high-end car rims and a framed hockey jersey were left in a pile in the basement, police said. Detectives are investigating.

• Six Baiting Hollow residents reported incidents of stolen copper piping in the past week, according to reports.

Sometime between last Sunday and Monday over 100 feet of copper wire was removed from underneath a Beach Hill Drive cottage, police said. The resident reported the wire stolen about 9:50 a.m. last Monday, according to a report. It is valued at $400, authorities said.

Police also received reports of stolen copper piping from another Beach Hill Drive home and a Woodcliff Trail home last Wednesday, from residents of both Neptune Place and Surf Way on Sunday, and from another Beach Hill Drive resident on Monday, according to reports. Police are conducting extra patrols in the area, authorities said.

• A 20-year-old homeless man was arrested for trespassing after he was found sleeping in a school bus that was parked in a bus garage early Tuesday, police said.

Monwell Wright was arrested at the Riverhead Bus Garage about 3:50 a.m, authorities said.
Mr. Wright was charged with criminal trespassing and held for morning arraignment, according to a report.

• Over $13,500 worth of tools and equipment was reported stolen from a Burman Boulevard business on Tuesday, police said.

Sometime between Oct. 8., and Oct 14., a number of lawnmowers, portable heaters, compressors along with an assortment of other tools were stolen from a secured holding container at the Calverton business, according to a report.

Tire pattens from an unknown vehicle could be seen leading up the the doors of the container, authorities said. Detectives are investigating.

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.

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08/23/12 8:00am
08/23/2012 8:00 AM

Shawanna James, 39, of Riverhead was arrested Saturday after she was found with stolen credit cards while being arrested on an outstanding bench warrant, police said.

Ms. James was arrested on a Riverhead Justice Court bench warrant about 8 a.m. and was taken to police headquarters for processing. While searching Ms. James, police said they found seven credit and debit cards that had been reported stolen Aug. 6 when a man’s wallet was taken from a vehicle. She was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, arraigned and held at Suffolk County jail.

• An unknown person removed thousands of dollars worth of assorted power tools from a work vehicle in Manorville on Aug. 14, Riverhead police said. The power tools were valued at $3,900. Detectives are investigating the incident.

• Jovan Coffey, 30, of Calverton was arrested last Wednesday and charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after an investigation by the East End Drug Task Force, police said. Mr. Coffey was processed, arraigned and held at Suffolk County jail, according to a police report.

• An unknown person took three bikes from a Jamesport property Friday, according to police. The bicycles, which were removed from a property on Sixth Street, are worth about $1,300 in total, police said.

• A 1995 Acura Legend was stolen from West Main Street sometime Friday, police said. The gold-colored vehicle was reported missing Saturday, according to a police blotter report.

• Four victims told Riverhead police that a man stole a total of over $4,500 from them by saying he was taking a down payment on a car, police said. In separate incidents, the suspect took $750, $3,400, $400 and $242 from four different people as down payments for a car at Riverhead Bay Motors. The victims alerted police to the scam Monday, according to police reports. Detectives are investigating the incidents.

• Efrain Trejo, 24, of Riverhead was arrested last Sunday on drunk driving charges after nearly causing a head-on collision in Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County police said.

Mr. Trejo was eastbound on Sound Avenue about 2:15 p.m. and drove over the center line into oncoming traffic, officials said. Mr. Trejo was charged with DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, police said.

• William King, 44, of Riverhead was arrested last Sunday on drunk driving charges after lying to police about who he was, according to Suffolk County police. Mr. King was driving along William Floyd Parkway shortly before 2:20 a.m. and failed to maintain a lane, police said. After police pulled him over, he lied about who he was, officials said.

Mr. King was charged with false personation, DWI and other traffic violations, police said.

• A Manorville teen was arrested last Thursday after crashing his vehicle during a police chase, Suffolk County police said. James Leach, 16, was driving a 2001 Dodge west along Head of the Neck Road in Manorville when police attempted to pull him over, officials said.

After he fled police, Mr. Leach lost control of his car and crashed into a tree, police said. Mr. Leach then fled on foot and was apprehended by police, officials said. No injuries were reported. Mr. Leach was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, officials said.

• Joseph Baker, 22, of Flanders was arrested Friday and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, state police said. Mr. Baker was stopped on Old Quogue Road about 9:30 p.m., according to a police report. He was held for arraignment in Southampton Town court.

• Gerald Trent, 31, of Flanders was arrested Saturday on drunk driving charges, state police said. Mr. Trent was arrested after a traffic stop in Flanders about 4 a.m., police said. He was charged with DWI and released on an appearance ticket.

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.

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• More than three dozen mailboxes were damaged across Aquebogue, Jamesport and Northville some time Friday night or Saturday morning, according to a police blotter report.

Town police received 38 complaints from residents on Trout Brook Lane, Shade Tree Lane, Linda Avenue, Herricks Lane and Sound Shore Road stating their mailboxes had been damaged by unknown people, according to the reports. Police could not say if all the damage was the work of the same vandals.

• Ronald Hansen, 61, was arrested July 24 and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. He was processed and released without bail.

• Brian Anderson, 47, of Eastport was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny after he allegedly took wedding or engagement rings worth $1,500, police said. He was arrested after surrendering to police, who located him after an investigation, according to a police report. He was processed and released without bail.

• Warren Keane, 49, of Shoreham was arrested July 25 after damaging a tree in his neighborhood with his vehicle, according to Suffolk County police. Mr. Keane was driving a van along Highland Down in Shoreham July 23 at around 4:40 p.m. when he “drove over a tree,” police said. No injuries were reported. Mr. Keane was charged with criminal mischief, officials 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.

07/19/12 8:00am
07/19/2012 8:00 AM

A Riverhead man faces a first-degree rape charge after turning himself in to Riverhead police last Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Daniel McCloud, 31, was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, a felony, according to a police blotter report. Mr. McCloud allegedly had forced a woman to have sexual intercourse at his West Main Street apartment in Riverhead the night before, according to a criminal complaint filed against him.

He was processed and held for arraignment the next morning.

• Kyle Stoddard, 21, was charged with burglary and criminal mischief charges for his alleged involvement in a break-in at Riverhead Middle School last October, Riverhead police said. On Oct. 29, a fire extinguisher and an electronic device — later determined to be Windows XP software — were taken from the school and found next to a nearby bagel shop.

The stolen items appeared to be smeared with blood, according to a previous report. Mr. Stoddard was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment.

Mr. Stoddard was charged with driving while intoxicated in March after riding an all-terrain vehicle with no lights.

• A lifeguard stand that went missing from Reeves Beach earlier this month was discovered Monday about nine miles east, on a stretch of Northville beach, police said. The stand, worth $1,500 according to previous reports, was removed June 7. The stand turned up three miles east of Iron Pier Beach nine days later, after a 911 caller notified police. The town’s buildings and grounds department was notified to pick up the stand, police said.

• A Riverhead man facing drug charges was arrested for trespassing after he was found on the porch of a Lincoln Street house less than two hours after police told him to leave a previous location.

Shaun Pritchard, 23, of Riverhead was told to leave the Fairfield apartment complex on July 12, police said, and he complied. But about two hours later, he was allegedly found on the porch of a house where he had been previously warned not to trespass, according to a police report. He was arrested on a civilian complaint, processed and taken to be held at Suffolk County jail, police said. In March, Mr. Pritchard was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. That case is still ongoing.

• A Riverhead man was arrested Friday on drunk driving charges in Medford, Suffolk County police said.

Juan Depaz, 21, was driving near the intersection of Route 112 and Granny Road about 1:10 a.m. and was speeding and crossing over the shoulder, according to police and court records. Mr. Depaz was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, speeding and refusal to take a breath test, authorities said.

• A Riverhead man was arrested July 8 in Mastic on drunk driving charges, county police said.

Walter White, 41, was driving a 1994 Cadillac about 9:10 p.m. near the intersection of Aletta Place and Montauk Highway when he drove up on the curb, police said. Mr. White was charged with DWI, 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.