01/03/14 9:48am
01/03/2014 9:48 AM
SUFFOLK COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS COURTESY PHOTOS | Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town police say this man and woman stole a Riverhead woman's credit card to shop at a Kohl's in Shirley this fall.

SUFFOLK COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS COURTESY PHOTOS | Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town police say this man and woman stole a Riverhead woman’s credit card to shop at a Kohl’s in Shirley this fall.

Suffolk County and Riverhead Town police are on the hunt for two people they say used a stolen credit card at a store in Shirley this fall.

According to Suffolk County police, a man and a woman bought $600 worth of merchandise at a Kohl’s on Montauk Highway in Shirley Sept. 6 using a credit card stolen from a Riverhead woman. The pair is wanted for grand larceny.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information can make an anonymous cal to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

ryoung@timesreview.com

SUFFOLK COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS COURTESY PHOTOS | Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town police say this man and woman stole a Riverhead woman's credit card to shop at a Kohl's in Shirley this fall.

SUFFOLK COUNTY POLICE COURTESY PHOTOS | Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Riverhead Town police say this man and woman stole a Riverhead woman’s credit card to shop at a Kohl’s in Shirley this fall.

01/01/14 1:38pm
01/01/2014 1:38 PM
TOM LAMBUI PHOTO/LIHOTSHOTS.COM | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive house fire from the roof Wednesday.

T.J. LAMBUI PHOTO/LI HOTSHOTS | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive fire from the roof.

A Riverside Drive home owned by a local artist was gutted by fire Wednesday, sending one man to a hospital with burns to his face and requiring 80 volunteer firefighters from five nearby fire departments.

The fire broke out in the back of the two-story home shortly after 11 a.m., said Riverhead Fire Department spokesman Bill Sanok.

“When we arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back,” Mr. Sanok said. “The whole back of the building is torched.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Riverhead Fire Marshals.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Firefighters douse the remnants of a Riverside Drive fire on Wednesday.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Firefighters douse the remnants of Wednesday’s fire on Riverside Drive.

Riverhead police arrived on scene first, followed by the Riverhead Fire Department and shortly after, the Flanders Fire Department’s rapid intervention team.

Jamesport and Eastport Fire Departments followed suit, and a Wading River Fire Department ambulance reported on scene as well.

The home is owned by artist Rani Carson, whom a neighbor described as retired. Ms. Carson had taught art classes at Suffolk County Community College.

Mr. Sanok said three people were able to escape from the home safely, including the injured man.

The injured man was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of second-degree burns, said Lisa Corwin, assistant chief with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Fire squads had to take to the roof to cut holes in the roof and a second floor wall to allow the fire to ventilate as they fought it, Mr. Sanok said.

The fire was under control in about an hour and volunteers were still on scene as of 1 p.m.

Neighbor A.J. Lacombe, who lives across the street from the damaged home, said he was alerted of the fire by his barking dog and saw quite the surprise upon looking across the street.

“I went out to see the police were here, then came the firefighters,” he said. “I saw the flames over the fence, about six feet tall.

“It was a matter of minutes and it went right up.”

mwhite@timesreview.com

12/30/13 9:07am
12/30/2013 9:07 AM
CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

Riverhead Town and Suffolk County Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say attempted to purchase items using counterfeit money at a Route 58 business back in November, authorities said.

Police have released surveillance images of the suspect dressed in a black jacket and pants, who is seen holding two items on Nov. 22., about 7:45 p.m. at Riverhead Beauty Supply.

Police said the woman attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase the items, and fled the store soon after.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call (800) 220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Crime Stoppers is offering reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

12/17/13 11:15am
12/17/2013 11:15 AM

An ex-con from Calverton was talked down by Riverhead Police and later arrested last week after he reportedly threatened to shoot at them with a .22 caliber rifle following a dispute with a woman.

Police received a call just before 5 p.m. from a Forge Road resident reporting a disturbance, according to a police report. The man said his neighbor, Donnie Dellagatta, 62, was tearing apart his own trailer, according to a report.

The man had been in a dispute with a woman earlier that day and was reportedly having an “episode,” said Riverhead Lt. David Lessard.

The neighbor said Mr. Dellagatta threatened to shoot at police if they came near, according to a report.

“I got him on the phone, and eventually got him to come outside his trailer” said Riverhead police Det. Tim Hubbard.

Det. Hubbard said he spent more than 20 minutes on the phone with Mr. Dellagatta, before being disconnected and calling him back.

Once Mr. Dellagatta was taken into custody, police recovered a .22 caliber rifle from the trailer, Det. Hubbard said.

Mr. Dellagatta was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, due to a prior felony conviction for first-degree sexual abuse.

He was transferred to Peconic Bay Medical Center with lacerations to his hands from punching mirrors inside the trailer, according to a report.

Mr. Dellagatta was arraigned Friday morning when he was released on his own recognizance, court officials said.

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12/11/13 11:56pm
12/11/2013 11:56 PM

Screen shot 2013-12-11 at 11.55.18 PMA Riverhead teenager already arrested on robbery charges three times in the past was arrested once again in relation to a robbery on Wednesday, when police say he – along with another man and woman – robbed a man at gunpoint on Delores Avenue shortly after 4 p.m., sending nearby Riverhead schools into lockdown.

According to police, 18-year-old Julian Williams was arrested on a felony charge of first-degree robbery. Authorities said that an officer in the area was approached by the victim of the robbery soon after it occurred. Police then alerted area patrols and with the help of New York State Police, conducted a search of the area for any suspected to be involved in the incident.

Police said that Mr. Williams was spotted a short time later and arrested. Following questioning, his home on Osborn Avenue was searched by authorities, where they said they found guns that were used in the robbery.

Riverhead schools Superintendent Nancy Carney said the district received a warning from police about 4:30 p.m. to go into lockdown at Riverhead High School, Riverhead Middle School and Pulaski Street school. Though the school day had already ended, some students and faculty were still at the buildings for after-school activities, Ms. Carney said.

Police kept in contact with the schools during the lockdown and at 5 p.m. police chief David Hegermiller called to give the all clear, she said. A police officer was stationed at the school as students were dismissed, she said.

We appreciate the support and communication of the Riverhead Police Department in in this matter,” she wrote in an emailed statement. “I thank Chief Hegemiller for his direct and swift communication with me. I also thank Mr. Henderson and all our staff for their efforts in handling this situation.”

Wednesday’s reported robbery is not Mr. Williams’ first run-in with the law; the teenager was arrested in relation to a downtown robbery in August 2011, and in December of the same year in another incident.

Most recently, online court records show that Williams was charged with second-degree robbery in relation to an incident that occurred on July 9. He had been held on $15,000 cash bail through mid-August, when he was reportedly released on his own recognizance. He was supposed to be due back in court on Wednesday.

Police said additional arrests are expected in the case, which is considered ongoing. Mr. Williams is due to be arraigned in court on Thursday.

12/09/13 1:39pm
12/09/2013 1:39 PM

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Funding from Suffolk County to provide emergency service responses got a boost recently, as county legislators unanimously passed a measure which will give non-county-based response units a percentage share of county revenues in future budget cycles.

Previously negotiated each budget cycle, the amount coming to Riverhead and Southold-based public safety access points (as well as eight others), as the units are called, will now bring in a certain percentage based on the amount of revenue coming in.

“Whenever we can get something in the county charter that guarantees a fair share for the area, that’s a good thing,” said Legislator Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, who sponsored the bill. North Fork Legislator Al Krupski, D-Cutchogue, was one of the bill’s four co-sponsors.

“The way county government is set up, with 16 legislators from up west and only two out east, we don’t want to get into constant budget battles. So this is much better moving forward.”

The legislation comes in the wake of an audit by County Comptroller Joseph Sawicki on the county’s revenue sharing program for non-county PSAPs, which includes four on the South Fork, as well as others in Amityville, Smithtown, Babylon and Northport Village. All non-county PSAPs will receive no less than 20 percent of the revenue tied to funding the services.

PSAPs pick up emergency calls and dispatch to the proper emergency responding unit, whether it’s fire, police or ambulance. Throughout most of the county, the duties are handled by Suffolk County Police Department or Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, though having locally-based units is important in vital situations, Mr. Schneiderman said.

“It’s good, because those people know the area well,” he said. “I’d be nervous about someone in Yaphank picking up a 911 call for someone out of Montauk. So it’s good to have these somewhat decentralized. But it’s expensive to maintain them.”

Previously, Mr. Schneiderman said, funding from the county was tied to making equipment upgrades. The new legislation allows local PSAPs to use the funds for personnel as well moving forward. He said it should provide the non-county stations about $1.6 million in total next year – nearly double its take this year – to be parceled out among the PSAPs as they see fit.

“The idea is to guarantee faster, more accurate response times,” he said. “To give them adequate personnel and equipment to do their duty as best as possible.”

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said the legislation likely wouldn’t add too much to his budget and considering the cost for the high-tech equipment, it wouldn’t add “anything major.”

“All this stuff is so expensive, but it gives us a little more wiggle room,” said Mr. Hegermiller. “But it beats [the amount of money coming from the county] going down.”

jpinciaro@timesreview.com

 

12/07/13 10:00am
12/07/2013 10:00 AM

The Riverhead and Southampton police departments will be getting new video equipment to record interrogations thanks to a state grant announced by the governor’s office last month.

The two departments will share $43,450 with the Suffolk County Police Department to purchase equipment to upgrade existing technology in the departments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Nov. 18.

“With these grants, New York State is giving local law enforcement the resources they need to enhance the integrity, fairness and effectiveness of our criminal justice system,” he said. “The practice of video recording interrogations helps prevent wrongful convictions and at the same time, protects investigators from false allegations.”

The grant will be divvied up by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, officials said. The DA’s office will also have to develop new protocols with the three departments that detail the types of crimes that would require an interview with a suspect to be recorded.

12/02/13 8:33am
12/02/2013 8:33 AM
COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in tooth whitening products from Target early last month and are asking the public’s help in identifying and tracking the suspects down.

According to Suffolk County Police, the men entered the Route 58 box store on Thursday, Nov. 7 and reportedly stole “all the Crest Whitening products on display” between 1 and 1:25 p.m. Authorities estimated the value of the products at $1,869.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.