07/09/15 12:00pm
07/09/2015 12:00 PM

A Flanders man was arrested Sunday on drunken-driving charges after his vehicle hit a utility pole in Riverhead, police said.

Roman Romanyuk, 54, was driving on Flanders Road around 9 p.m. when a Suffolk County park ranger observed him attempting to flee the scene of the accident, officials said.

After he was stopped on Royal Avenue, Southampton Town police responded and found Mr. Romanyuk had an odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot glassy eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet, officials said.

He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated, police said

• A 51-year-old man was arrested Friday on a drunken-driving charge in Flanders, police said.

Peter Ernst of Flanders was driving on Red Creek Road around 10:20 p.m. when police stopped him for speeding and tailgating, officials said.

He was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and numerous traffic violations, officials said.

• A 31-year-old man was arrested Saturday on a drunken-driving charge in Riverhead, officials said.

Jose Martinez-Paz of Riverhead was pulled over at around 2 a.m. on Vail Avenue for driving without headlights, police said. Upon investigation, Mr. Martinez-Paz smelled of alcohol and his eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot, officials said. He was asked to perform a field sobriety test with the assistance of an interpreter and was found to be intoxicated, police said.

He was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without a license and having substandard lights, both violations, police said.

• A Flanders man was arrested Saturday on drunken-driving charges in Hampton Bays, police said.

Dylan Reeve, 30, was pulled over on Bess Lane at around 2 a.m. after police received a 911 call about an erratic driver, officials said. He appeared to have glassy eyes, slurred speech and his breath smelled of alcohol, police said.

Mr. Reeve was charged with ADWI, DWI and a traffic violation, police said.

• A 27-year-old man was arrested Sunday on a drunken-driving charge in Flanders, police said.

Wilber Garrido of Flanders was pulled over at around 7 p.m. on Moon Avenue and was found to be intoxicated, officials said.

He was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a misdemeanor, police said.

• A Mattituck man was arrested last Wednesday in Riverside and charged with driving with a suspended license, police said.

Samet Ilgin, 31, was stopped at around 7 p.m. on Flanders Road for having an expired inspection, officials said. Police also found his driver’s license had been suspended three times, officials said.

Mr. Ilgin was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, driving without a license, a violation, and other numerous traffic violations, officials said.

• A cellphone was stolen from North East Beverage in Riverside last Thursday after the complainant left it on a ledge in the rear of the building, according to a police report.

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.

02/05/15 12:00pm
02/05/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead police officer Chris Burns is congratulated by Supervisor Sean Walter. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead police officer Chris Burns is sworn in by Supervisor Sean Walter in 2012. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Riverhead Police Officer Christopher Burns already had his department’s “officer of the year” award in the bag by Dec. 29, according to Police Chief David Hegermiller, who makes the choice.

But on the night of Dec. 29, Mr. Burns added the icing to the cake when he helped rescue a man who had fallen into the icy waters of the Peconic River.  (more…)

02/03/15 10:00am
02/03/2015 10:00 AM

CopsA Southampton man reported last week that he had received counterfeit bills from the USA gas station on Flanders Road in Flanders on two occasions, according to police.

The man told police last Monday that he received a counterfeit $5 dollar bill that same day and had received a counterfeit $10 bill over the summer.

He said the bills were passed to him after buying gasoline and receiving change, and that he didn’t know they were counterfeit until he tried to make a purchase and was told they were fakes.

The town detective division and the U.S. Secret Service were notified and the counterfeit bill was taken by police, according to a report.

• A Riverhead man told Southampton Town police that a car crossed into oncoming traffic last Monday afternoon on Flanders Road in Flanders and collided with his vehicle before leaving the scene.

The incident took place around 4:40 p.m., according to police, who said the Riverhead man suffered a wrist injury in the accident and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment. The suspect in the other took car fled in an unknown direction and wasn’t caught, police said.

• A Flanders man was arrested after he hit another person at his Flanders home Sunday afternoon, police said.

Charles Roach stuck someone multiple times in the head and face, “causing pain and physical injury,” according to police, who did not identify the victim. The victim did not require hospitalization, police said. Mr. Roach was charged with third-degree assault.

• An unidentified person broke a front picture window as well as a second-floor window on a bank-owned home on Oak Avenue in Flanders last Thursday, police said.

There were footprints detected in the snow leading to a back door, which was ajar, according to police, who indicated they did not find any squatters living in the house.

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.

01/26/15 12:25pm
01/26/2015 12:25 PM

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Felony charges including attempted rape and criminal possession of a weapon against a 30-year-old Wading River man are set to be dismissed, following an “extensive” follow-up investigation into the incident, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Southampton Town police arrested Richard Rause, 30, for allegedly attacking a 30-year-old woman near a lake at the Wildwood Town Park located at on Lake Ave in Northampton about 2:15 p.m. Jan. 14.

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01/21/15 8:00am
01/21/2015 8:00 AM

Two Flanders men, one described by police as a gang member, were arrested at their Cypress Avenue home last Thursday following an investigation into cocaine sales in the area, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, which made the arrests in conjunction with the Southampton Town Police Emergency Services Unit and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.

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