09/22/13 9:49am
09/22/2013 9:49 AM

There were 289 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Richard Ehlers’ court Sept. 9-11. The following are among those adjudicated.

• Walfre Milian, 22, of Charles Street in Riverhead pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

• Alexander Hands, 20, of Hillcrest Drive in Orient pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was fined $660 and given a 90-day suspension of his license.

• Peter Helinski, 19, of Middle Road in Cutchogue pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from DWI, and was fined $500 and given a 90-day suspension of his license.

• Dwayne Davender, 24, of Phillips Street in Riverhead pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia. He was fined $250.

• Charges including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and acting in a manner injurious to a child against Dayna Barrow, 31, of Flanders Road in Riverside were dismissed in town court as he was indicted in county court.

• A DWI charge against Ismain Velasquez-Hernandez, 29, of Union Avenue in Riverhead was dismissed in town court as he was indicted in county court.

• A DWI charge against Nathaniel Lemons, 41, of West Main Street in Riverhead was dismissed in town court as he was indicted in county court.

09/03/13 5:31pm
09/03/2013 5:31 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Authorities say Octavious Rose, 18, ran from the Riverhead police department after his arraignment Tuesday morning and was tackled into these bushes by a police officer.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Authorities say Octavious Rose, 18, ran from the Riverhead police department after his arraignment Tuesday and was tackled into these bushes by a police officer.

A Riverhead teen who had just been arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court on a felony larceny charge tried to escape the building by running out the front door, and made  it down the front steps before a Riverhead police officer tackled him into a bush, police said.

The 18-year-old, Octavious Rose, was then taken to the Suffolk County jail, where he was being held on a new felony charge for escaping, authorities said.

Mr. Rose was arrested Monday and charged with petit larceny and fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing from WalMart, a police source said. He was held overnight and arraigned in town Justice Court on the larceny charges Tuesday morning.

But as he was being led out of the courtroom, Mr. Rose ran out of building — which also serves as police department headquarters — through the front door, the source said. He managed to run down the first flight of stairs, but was caught in the bushes just outside the door by officer Richard Anderson.

He was brought back into court and re-arraigned on a second-degree escape charge, a class E felony. Bail was set at $5,000 cash: $2,500 for the grand larceny charge and $2,500 for trying to escape, court officials said.

Mr. Rose had been arrested before on larceny charges, including once at the same store, according to previous police reports.

On March 7, Mr. Rose — then 17 years old — was arrested at the Riverhead WalMart for petit larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana after stealing from the store, according to a police report. He had been processed and released on $100 bail for those charges, police said at the time.

That case is still pending. He is currently being held in Suffolk County jail on the felony charges.

psquire@timesreview.com

08/03/13 6:40am
08/03/2013 6:40 AM

There were 379 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith’s court July 22-24. The following are among those adjudicated:

• A third-degree criminal sale of marijuana charge against Joseph Prestano, 22, of Weeks Avenue in Manorville was dismissed in town court as he was indicted in county court.

• Marcos Murillo-Velez, 33, of New Suffolk Avenue in Mattituck pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while intoxicated. He was fined $560 and given a 90-day suspension of his license.

• Valentin Carrizal, 25, of Union Avenue in Riverhead pleaded guilty to DWAI, reduced from DWI, was fined $560 and received a 90-day suspension of his license.

• Jovan Daniels, 25, of East Main Street in Riverhead pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and was fined $350.

• James Moore, 44, of Cypress Avenue in Flanders pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and was fined $250.

• Thomas Sturek, 25, of Randall Road in Wading River pleaded guilty to DWAI and was fined $150.

• Brett Keller, 27, of Tuthills Lane in Riverhead pleaded guilty to not having a commercial horseshoe crab permit and was fined $100.

05/02/13 5:15pm
05/02/2013 5:15 PM
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CARRIE MILLER FILE PHOTOS | James Leggon Jr. and Victoria Reyes being led into Riverhead court in March.

A Riverhead couple arrested in a March drug raid was back in court Thursday afternoon, now facing a second round of drug and child endangerment charges, police said.

James Leggon Jr., 39, and Victoria Reyes, 26, both of Oakland Drive North, were arrested Thursday morning after members of the DA’s East End Drug Task Force and Riverhead Town police again executed a search warrant at their home, authorities said.

Mr. Leggon and Ms. Reyes were arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court about 3 p.m., because Riverhead court proceedings were not being held this week, police said. They were each being charged with felony criminal nuisance and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after police found crack cocaine on the premises, prosecutors said.

The couple allegedly confessed to selling crack cocaine, Justice Barbara Wilson said in court.

“She says it’s his; he says it’s hers,” Justice Wilson said.

The couple is also facing child endangerment charges, as Mr. Leggon’s 13-year-old child was home at the time, prosecutors said in court.

Their Oakland Drive North home, in which the two drug suspects have been living for about eight years, was also raided by East End Task Force members March 7.

Following that raid, the couple lost temporary custody of their children, prosecutors said in court.

Prosecutors said Mr. Leggon has one prior felony conviction and three prior misdemeanor convictions.

Mr. Leggon’s mother has temporary custody of the couple’s three small children, Mr. Leggon said in court.

In March, they were each charged three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, as their 1- and 2-year-old girls and 4-year-old boy were found to be living in unsanitary conditions in the house at the time, prosecutors said in court back in March.

“You’ve already lost your children,” Justice Wilson said to Ms. Reyes in court today. “I couldn’t imagine anything more painful than losing my child.”

Mr. Leggon and Ms. Reyes were also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana in the March raid, according to a report.

Mr. Leggon  is being held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash or credit.

Ms. Reyes is being held on $50,000 bail.

The couple is due back in court Wednesday, May 8.

cmiller@timesreview.com

01/30/13 10:40am
01/30/2013 10:40 AM

A West Islip man was arrested on Shelter Island Tuesday morning on an active bench warrant from Riverhead Town court, police said.

Sean Cronin, 26, was arrested on North Cartwright Road, according to a Shelter Island police report.

Mr. Cronin was wanted on a bench warrant for a petit larceny charge. Mr. Cronin is suspected of stealing from Target on Route 58 last November, court officials said.

He was turned over to Riverhead police and arraigned in Riverhead Justice court. Mr. Cronin posted bail and is due in court in two weeks, according to the courts.

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10/20/11 1:00pm
10/20/2011 1:00 PM

There were 341 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith’s court, Oct. 11-12. The following are among those adjudicated.

• James Ayers, 36, of Doctors Path in Riverhead pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

• Miguel Rodriguez-Flores, 37, of Holly Lane in East Setauket pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was fined $1,000 and sentenced to three years’ probation.

• Mario Santos-Ramirez, 32, of Millstone Road in Water Mill pleaded guilty to DWI and was fined $1,000.

• Patricia Wescott, 42, of Maple Street in Calverton pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from DWI, and was fined $1,000.

• Shea Long, 21, of Halsey Street in Brooklyn pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from third-degree grand larceny, and was fined $250.

• Justin Mercado, 22, of Mastic Boulevard pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from petit larceny, and was fined $250.

10/13/11 12:01am
10/13/2011 12:01 AM

There were 272 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Richard Ehlers’ court, Oct. 3-5. The following are among those adjudicated.

• Amilcar Reyes, 25, of Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 30 days in prison and fined $400.

• A DWI charge against Valentin Chocon, 28, of Sound Avenue in Riverhead was dismissed in town court, as he was indicted in county court.

10/06/11 4:58am
10/06/2011 4:58 AM

There were 273 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Richard Ehlers’ court, Sept. 26-28. The following are among those adjudicated.

• Kenneth Belcher, 43, of Horton Avenue in Riverhead pleaded guilty to petit larceny and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $205.

• Danielle Magee-Cheema, 29, of Madison Street in Mastic pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from petit larceny, and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $125.

• Steven Stubbs, 41, of Pulaski Street in Riverhead pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $205.