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.
A Northampton man reported to police last week that someone illegally opened a line of credit in his name and charged more than $500 to it — despite his attempts to alert the company.
The man said he received a letter from a company called Bill Me Later, a service of the PayPal electronic funds transferring service, on Oct. 5, saying he was unable to open a line of credit with them. The man called the company and said he had never attempted to open a line of credit with Bill Me Later and that the attempt to do so was unauthorized, according to police.
Then around Nov. 1, the victim got a call from Bill Me Later’s security department telling him an account had been opened under his name, and that now there was a $298 charge to that account.
The Northampton man again contacted the company to say that this was a fraudulent account and fraudulent charges.
Then on Nov. 12, he got a bill in the mail from Bill Me Later for $586.85, according to police.
He again called Bill Me Later and the account was finally frozen, said police, who added they currently have no leads on who the suspect is, and are continuing to investigate the case as second-degree identity theft.
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Ambulance officials declined to comment on the nature of the victim’s injuries.
A man was airlifted to an area hospital after a one-car accident on Flanders Road Saturday afternoon, officials said.
A green sedan traveling westbound crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into a utility pole near Whitebrook Drive just after 2:30 p.m., said Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department chief Joseph Raynor.
Flanders-Northampton Ambulance officials declined to comment on the nature of the man’s injuries, saying only that he was being airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Southampton Town police diverted eastbound traffic down Whitebrook Drive for about a half hour following the crash.
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | A green sedan crashed into a utility pole on Flanders Road Saturday afternoon.
A homeless man was arrested twice in less than six hours at a Riverside fast food restaurant Friday after he allegedly assaulted a man at the restaurant, was arrested, arraigned and released, before trespassing at the same restaurant to buy some food, according to Southampton Town police reports.
Police say William Gilmore Jr., 47, formerly of Florida, “came after” a Manorville man at the McDonald’s on Flanders Road about 9 a.m., punching the victim in the forehead after Gilmore said the Manorville man took his spot in line.
The victim suffered bruises, a scratch above his right eye and a cut above his left eye that required four stitches to close, according to a police report. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment, while Mr. Gilmore was arrested by police.
Mr. Gilmore was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and was taken to police headquarters. He was later arraigned and released by the court and was warned not to return to the restaurant, police said.
But the man went back to the McDonalds about 3 p.m., police said.
The manager signed a trespassing affidavit stating Mr. Gilmore came back to the restaurant and bought some food. Mr. Gilmore was arrested again by police and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing.
He was arraigned and was held at Suffolk County jail on $2,500 cash bail, police said.
A Middle Island man was arrested on Monday night after police said he found with crack cocaine in the car while driving with a suspended license.
Southampton police said that around 9:10 p.m., 40-year-old Anthony Salvagno was driving down County Road 94 in Riverside when he was pulled over for a traffic infraction.
Mr. Salvagno, police said, was in possession of crack cocaine personally, and also had it in a straw in the car.
Cops said that his license had been suspended, and Mr. Salvagno was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, both misdemeanors.
He was arrested at the scene, transported to headquarters, and held for morning arraignment.
An ex-convict was arrested yesterday morning after Southampton Police said he was driving his car in Riverside without an interlock device following a previous drunk driving conviction.
According to police, 33-year-old Daryl Gregory was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors: circumventing an interlock device and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Gregory was reportedly driving on Flanders Road around 11:15 a.m. when police pulled him over for a traffic violation and found out that his license was suspended and he was operating a vehicle without an interlock device – a requirement stemming from a prior DWI.
Sgt. Howard Kalb said Gregory had a conditional license, allowing him to drive to places such as work and medical appointments, however that was suspended when he failed to meet certain requirements.
According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Gregory has served prison time for convictions of both second-degree attempted robbery as well as criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Gregory served nearly two years for the robbery conviction, before being released in 2000, and spent four years in prison from 2006 to 2010 for the drug conviction.
Gregory was arrested and according to Southampton Justice Court, made $250 cash bail after being arraigned and is due back in court on Friday.
A 26-year-old Riverhead woman was charged with driving while intoxicated Saturday morning, Southampton Town police said.
Lourdes Cardona-Acosta was arrested at 4:12 a.m. on Lynn Avenue in Hampton Bays, police said. She was processed and held for arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.
A New York City man was arrested for drunken driving early Tuesday when he was pulled over for not giving the right of way to cars in the Riverside traffic circle, Southampton Town police said.
Jean Marc Choffel, 41, was seen driving on Flanders Road about 1:25 a.m. and failing to “yield the right of way to other vehicles in the circle,” according to a police statement. Police pulled over Mr. Choffel and found he was intoxicated.
He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and a traffic violation, police said. He was taken to police headquarters and held for morning arraignment.