08/20/13 10:00am
08/20/2013 10:00 AM

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.


Southampton, Hampton Bays Police station

08/06/13 11:43pm
08/06/2013 11:43 PM

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A 27-year-old Riverhead man was arrested for driving drunk in Hampton Bays early Sunday, Southampton Town police said.

Adelso De Paz was pulled over for a traffic violation about 3:20 a.m., according to a police statement. An officer found he was drunk and arrested him at the scene.

Mr. De Paz was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and held at police headquarters for a morning arraignment.


07/13/13 12:45pm
07/13/2013 12:45 PM

A Speonk woman with a history of arrests faces a felony driving while intoxicated charge after she was found to be impaired after a Friday morning car accident in Flanders, Southampton Town Police said.

Police charged Dorothy Guthrie, 42, with driving while ability impaired by drugs and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony. Police said Ms. Guthrie had a prior DWI in the last 10 years, accounting for the felony DWI charge.

The accident occurred at 8:47 a.m. on Cypress Avenue. Police did not give further details on the extent of the accident.

In May 2012, the Suffolk Times reported Ms. Guthrie was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. In November 2011, Ms. Guthrie crashed her vehicle in Mattituck while driving under the influence of drugs, according to an earlier report.

Ms. Guthrie was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail on $10,000 bail.


07/02/13 4:23pm
07/02/2013 4:23 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man died Monday afternoon after he tried to retrieve a boat that had drifted away from him in Flanders Bay, police said.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man died Monday afternoon after he tried to retrieve a boat that had drifted away from him in this area of Flanders Bay, police said.

A man found unconscious and not breathing in Flanders Bay Monday afternoon who was pulled aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel had died and was unable to be revived by medical personnel, Southampton Town police said Tuesday.

The man — whose identity has not been released by police — was clamming with a family member near the mouth of Birch Creek when the wind and tides caused their aluminum boat to come off its anchor and drift away, police said. The victim swam after the boat while his family member “kept an eye on him,” but the family member lost sight of the swimmer, according to a police statement.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The unconscious man was brought to the boat ramp on Point Road, but could not be revived.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The unconscious man was brought to the boat ramp on Point Road, but could not be revived.

The family member began to yell and signal for help and a boat from the Long Island Aquarium found the swimmer unconcious in Flanders Bay, police and Coast Guard officials said.

The Long Island Aquarium boat was unable to pull the man aboard, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Fusco. A Coast Guard boat from the Shinnecock station arrived on scene 11 minutes later and pulled the man from the water.

The Coast Guard performed CPR on the man, but the man didn’t regain consciousness, authorities said.

The Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps took the man from the Point Road boat ramp to Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said. Despite “vigorous and continued efforts” to resuscitate the man, he couldn’t be revived.

The family member was located about 20 minutes later in Flanders Bay by Southampton Bay constables and was pulled to safety, Mr. Fusco said.

Police said the man’s cause of death is still under investigation with the help of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.


06/04/13 7:52am
06/04/2013 7:52 AM

A Central Islip man called 911 to report an argument in Flanders early Friday, but ended up being arrested and held at police headquarters after responding officers found the caller had an active parole violation warrant, Southampton Town police said.

Terrence Tuffini, 28, got into an argument with another man at a Flanders Road residence about 6 a.m., police said. Mr. Tuffini called 911 and left the house; police later located him down the block and questioned him about the dispute.

While speaking with him, police found he had an active arrest warrant for failing to report for parole, according to a police report.

He was charged with a parole violation and held for parole officers.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The criminal court building at the County Center.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The criminal court building next to the county jail.

05/21/13 6:19pm
05/21/2013 6:19 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Suffolk County Sheriffs survey the scene where a man allegedly shot an air rifle near the county center Tuesday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Suffolk County Sheriffs survey the scene Tuesday afternoon where a man allegedly shot an air rifle near the county center.

One man’s boredom led to his arrest Tuesday afternoon, after he pumped up an air rifle, pointed it from his parked SUV and fired it for fun a few hundred feet from the Suffolk County Center in Riverside, county sheriffs said.

The man, who was not identified by police, was sitting in a tan Honda CR-V in the south parking lot about 4:30 p.m. when he began pumping the unloaded air rifle and then pointed it at a passing car, said deputy sheriff Sgt. Salvatore Petrone.

The man fired the air rifle, scaring the woman driving the other vehicle. The woman then called police and reported she was shot at.

Sheriff’s deputies and Southampton Town police officers rushed to the scene and located the man in the parking lot, where he told police he was bored at the time and didn’t intend to harm anyone.

“He just did something really stupid,” Sgt. Petrone said.

The man was arrested for reckless endangerment, Sgt. Petrone said, adding that he may also be charged with criminal weapons possession after he was found with two air rifles in his car.

Additional information about the arrest was not immediately available.


05/21/13 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | An undated photo of Aaron Hartmann, who was seriously injured Sunday morning.

COURTESY PHOTO | An undated photo of Aaron Hartmann, who was seriously injured on May 12.

Detectives are still “actively investigating” the early morning crash that seriously injured a 23-year-old Riverhead man on May 12, authorities said this week.

The Southampton Town Police Department is looking into the possibility that others may have gotten involved in the incident after the crash itself, although no additional charges have yet been made

The probe will continue “to right any other wrongs,” Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa told the News-Review.

Meanwhile, Aaron Hartmann, the man injured in the crash on County Road 105, is continuing his recovery at Stony Brook Medical Center, relatives said.

Mr. Hartmann’s uncle, Bobby, said his nephew is in stable condition. He’s speaking a bit, though quietly, and breathing without the assistance of a respirator. Doctors are monitoring his brain for any swelling and conducted a skin graph on his leg last week.

Although police arrested Jacqueline Celentano, 21, of Calverton, last Tuesday for leaving the scene of the crash on County Road 105 in Flanders, Bobby Hartmann said he still wants answers as to why no crime scene and accident investigation happened immediately after police were called to the scene.

Police Chief Robert Pearse had told the News-Review officers didn’t fully recognize the seriousness of the injuries, and some confusion involving second-hand information also led to the delay.

Bobby Hartmann said he just wants to be sure no such serious crimes are mishandled in the future.

“What type of safeguards are they going to implement to make sure this happens again?” Bobby Hartmann. “We want to make lemonade out of lemons, and find out what can be learned from all of this.”

He also said that if Ms. Celentano was aided in attempting to allude police after the hit-and-run crash, then those people should step up and faces charges, to “pay their pound of flesh,” for any possible wrongdoing.

Ms. Celentano, a 2009 Riverhead High School graduate, was arraigned last Wednesday in Southampton Justice Court and later posted $30,000 bail. Two Riverhead Stop & Shop employees, who declined to give a name, said Ms. Celentano has been working at the Riverhead supermarket on Route 58 for about a year.

Detectives are looking into whether Ms. Celentano had been working late the night of the accident, Sgt. Costa said.

Bobby Hartmann asked that residents continue to pray for his nephew and Ms. Celentano.

“It’s OK to be mad at the situation,” he said, asking people to temper any feelings of ill-will toward her. “But she’s in the justice system now. She deserves to have her soul saved just as Aaron does or anybody else.”


with Michael White

05/20/13 2:00pm
05/20/2013 2:00 PM

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The sign that went missing in Northampton earlier this month.

A sign welcoming people to Northampton on the west side of Lake Avenue has been stolen.

The sign theft was reported on Sunday, May 12 , and is believed to have taken place sometime between May 9 and May 12, Southampton Town police said.

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It was reported to police by Brad Bender, who, at the time, was the president of the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association, which purchased the sign, along with other hamlet signs in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton.

Mr. Bender briefly mentioned the theft at FRNCA’s meeting on May 13, when he stepped down as president and Vince Taldone was elected to replace him.

FRNCA paid about $2,500 for this particular sign, and the organization received county grant money to pay for this sign and another one on County Road 51 to the south, as well as signs in neighboring Flanders and Riverside, Mr. Bender said.

Northampton was founded in 1951 and has a population of 458, according to the now-missing sign.

While there are no formal boundaries for the hamlet, which has a Riverhead zip code and is in the Riverhead school district and fire district, the name Northampton is generally used to describe the area located in the vicinity of Wildwood Lake.