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

A Mattituck man wanted on two active bench warrants fled into an attic to hide from police when Southold Town officers attempted to arrest him last week, according to a report.

Police found Christopher Giardiello, 24, at a home on Central Avenue in Greenport. Police said he ran and hid before officers quickly located him in the attic.

Mr. Giardiello was wanted on two active bench warrants in Riverhead and Southampton, according to a report. It was not clear specifically what the warrants were for. Mr. Giardiello, who has had several run-ins with police in the past, was taken to police headquarters where he was turned over to Riverhead Police.

In 2009, Mr. Giardiello was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a previously published report. He was also arrested in 2011 on drug charges and driving with a suspended license after being stopped by Southold Police for a traffic violation, according to a previously published report.

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04/17/13 10:15pm
04/17/2013 10:15 PM

A 22-year-old Riverhead man who was getting a ride home from police after an altercation in Southold Wednesday afternoon found himself under arrest after he was spotted damaging a patrol car partition, Southold Town police said.

Police responded to 55750 Main Road, a mixed-use retail and apartment building, before 4 p.m. for a dispute, after which an officer was driving Luke Shea home just after 4 p.m. when Mr. Shea was observed “breaking off a three inch by four inch piece of plastic that made up part of the prisoner partition wall ” in the back of the squad car, a police report reads.

Mr. Shea was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and released on bail after a court appearance, officials said.


04/08/13 11:10am
04/08/2013 11:10 AM


A Riverhead man is facing a felony weapons charge after he showed up at the scene of a custody dispute with a handgun in Mattituck Sunday evening, Southold town police said.

Police got a report from a woman about a disturbance at a home on Ole Jule Lane about 6 p.m., police said.

The woman told police that 28-year-old Walter Mason IV had come to the house with his children’s mother to take custody of an 8-month-old boy, police said. The woman, who was watching the children as per an agreement with the family, refused to hand over the boy after the child’s mother told her Mr. Mason was “acting irrationally,” police said.

Before Mr. Mason left, he told the woman he would come back and “shoot up the place,” police said.

Mr. Mason later returned to the house, and when the woman again refused to hand over the boy, he allegedly came out of his vehicle armed with a weapon. It did not appear that Mr. Mason threatened the woman with the gun, said police.

Police found Mr. Mason driving with another child in his car when they arrived on the scene.

After stopping Mr. Mason, police found a loaded .40 caliber handgun and marijuana in his vehicle, according to a report. He was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

Mr. Mason had been previously arrested by Riverhead police in March 2010 for second-degree harassment and second-degree menacing, according to a news article.

Mr. Mason was taken to police headquarters Sunday night and held for arraignment.

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03/25/13 11:38am
03/25/2013 11:38 AM

Southold police arrested a Calverton man for drunk driving early Monday morning, according to a report.

Police said Ryan Osborne, 26, failed to keep in his lane while driving along Main Road near Aldrich Lane in Laurel.

Mr. Osborne, who was stopped shortly after 5 a.m., was held for arraignment, said police.

03/08/13 5:05pm
03/08/2013 5:05 PM

Ashley Murray, the Peconic teen who went missing Feb. 25, touching off a massive search that lit up the social media world and involved agencies including the FBI, is on her way to a hospital for an evaluation after appearing with an unidentified adult friend at Southold police headquarters at 3:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

The teen was interviewed by police for about an hour and 15 minutes before being taken to a “regional hospital,” said Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley.

She said little about where she was during her absence, he added.

“She didn’t give a lot of information,” said the chief. “She was reluctant to say where she was.”

He added that police believe she was a runway, not abducted, and remained on the East End.

[Related: Relief and joy on social media for Ashley’s safe return]

Reached at her family’s home, her brother Jamie Cradehl, said he hasn’t had time to process the news of his sister’s return.

“I’m waiting for everything to sink in,” he said.

He added that when the family asked Ashley if they should join her at the hospital, she said no, that she needed time by herself.

Ms. Murray was reported missing after failing to turn up at school that Monday morning. The ensuing search was unprecedented for the North Fork with police seeking assistance from other public departments, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Chief Flatley said that while the search is over, the investigation is continuing.

On the question of charges being filed, he said. “There’s always that chance. That’s what we have to look for.”

But he sees no reason to charge Ashley.

“We have look to see if there’s anyone else who should be looked at or might fit into a criminal charge, perhaps others who assisted her in remaining out of view,” he said.

Asked if the police interviews answered the questions on why she left and where she went, the chief said, “Not in their entirety, no.”

Southold Junior-Senior High School principal William Galati said he received a call about Ashley’s return about 4 p.m.

“We’re very excited, and I’m glad to hear that she is safe,” Mr. Galati said, adding that others in the school and the surrounding community will feel the same way.

“We have a caring, compassionate, educated community,” he said. “They express such great love and great care for these kids.”

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02/27/13 12:24pm

Southold Police issued a Missing Person poster Wednesday with details on 16-year-old Ashley Murray of Peconic.

The search for a Peconic teen missing since Monday went viral this week, as local appeals to find her were shared over social networking sites across the country and beyond.

Ashley Murray, 16, was last seen at 8:30 a.m., the time she normally leaves her home on Spring Lane to catch the school bus.

She never arrived at school.

“You just keep hoping that the game is up and she’ll come walking through the door,” her mother, Charlotte, said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

[Previous Coverage: Missing teen left suicide note, mom says]

Ms. Murray learned of her daughter’s disappearance after receiving a call from school officials who told her social workers got word from students who had received texts from Ashley that said she would kill herself. Her mom later found a note from her daughter, which she called a “suicide note,” saying it made reference to a “watery grave.”

“This was all thought out and planned the night before,” Ms. Murray said.

Southold Police initially employed a marine patrol, its canine unit and a Suffolk County Police helicopter to perform a physical search Monday morning, but later focused their investigation on the possibility that she may have left the area. They then ended the active local search Monday afternoon and began to concentrate on examining phone and computer records, and interviewing close friends and family, police said.

Police did not release an official missing person report until Wednesday morning, more than 50 hours after Ashley’s disappearance. Law enforcement officials said Ashley’s case does not fit criteria for an “Amber Alert,” since she is not believed to have been abducted.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ashley Murray (above) should contact Southold Police at 765-2600.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ashley Murray (above) should contact Southold Police at 765-2600.

That did not stop local residents from conducting their own searches and using social media to reach thousands of concerned web surfers from across the country.

A missing poster created Tuesday night by the Facebook page “Missing,” which has a reach of about 125,000 Facebook users, was already shared by more than 14,000 people the following morning, with an additional 1,200 people “liking” the poster and another 1,000 users commenting.

“Shared in Ottawa, Ontario Canada,” one user wrote.

“I encourage everyone to pray for this young girl,” said another commenter.

Locally, friends of Ashley created a Facebook page called “Ashley Come Home,” which was already followed by more than 1,000 Facebook users just hours after its creation. Users shared their photos of Ashley and the page, where they made desperate pleas for their friend to return safely.

“If anyone knows ANYTHING that could help lead to Ashley’s safe return please tell someone as soon as possible! We need to know as much as we can so we can find this beautiful young lady!” the moderator of the page wrote.

Many of her classmates posted that they were out searching locally for their friend, who they said was often bullied in school.

Ashley is 5-foot 4-inches and 140 pounds with reddish-brown hair, her mother said. She was last seen wearing red sweatpants “four sizes too big,” black boots and a zip-up sweatshirt with a hood, Charlotte Murray said. Police added that she has a scar on her right wrist and wears hearing aids in both ears.

“She didn’t even leave with a winter coat,” her mom said, and she left behind medication she must take for anemia.

Ashley’s mom also said her daughter has never run away from home before.

“I’d like for her to come home,” Ms. Murray said, adding that she hadn’t slept since her daughter went missing Monday morning.

Ms. Murray said her daughter’s phone is turned off or not working.

Southold Superintendent David Gamberg said the district has been cooperating with the Southold Police Department since the investigation began Monday.

“We have deep, deep concerns about her whereabouts and her safety,” Mr. Gamberg said. “Anything and everything we can do we will do.”

Anyone with information should contact Southold Police at (631) 765-2600. Information will remain confidential.

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01/03/13 10:49am
01/03/2013 10:49 AM

Southold Police arrested an Aquebogue woman on Wednesday morning for multiple vehicle and traffic violations, police reported.

Kerryann Brown, 39, was stopped at 11:08 a.m. on Route 48 in Cutchogue for having an expired inspection sticker when an officer discovered she was also driving with a suspended license, according to police.

She was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving with an expired inspection and held for arraignment, police said.

12/07/12 3:06pm
12/07/2012 3:06 PM

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Mattituck rescue personel work to free a woman from a Volkswagen Passat Friday afternoon on Route 25 in Laurel.

The driver of one of three-vehicles involved in a crash on Main Road in Laurel Friday afternoon was treated for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Main Road was closed in both directions for about an hour as police and the Mattituck Fire Department rescue squad responded to the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. The road has since reopened.

Witnesses said a Mercury Mountaineer heading west on Route 25 attempted to make a left turn into a driveway when it was rear-ended by a late-model Ford Taurus.

The impact apparently pushed the SUV into the eastbound lane, where it collided with a Volkswagen Passat.

The Passat’s driver, a young woman, appeared conscious and alert when she was being tended to by Mattituck firefighters, though it was not immediately known if she was hospitalized.

Jorge Perez, 20, who lives at the address where the SUV was headed, said his sister was driving the Mountaineer and was not hurt..

“This happened last year to my cousin. She was OK too. And my father was hit, same thing — rear ended, at the Laurel Post Office.

“People just don’t look where they’re going.”

The Ford’s driver, a man, also appeared to be uninjured after the crash.

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