06/03/13 10:03am
06/03/2013 10:03 AM
Great job Riverhead police

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | State troopers at a crime scene in Polish Town last month.

Online registration forms are now available for an upcoming state police officer examination, a job in which troopers are paid more than $70,000 after one year, officials announced Monday.

Exams are scheduled for Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 and are being offered at several locations in New York State.

“The strength of the New York State Police comes from our diversity, said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “ We are actively seeking qualified, committed and motivated candidates from all walks of life to take the trooper exam this fall.”

“To this end, I have dispatched recruiters from across the state to find those individuals.”

Starting annual salary for state troopers is $50,374 during academy training with a bump to $66,905 upon graduation.

Troopers earn $71, 261 annually after the first year on the job, with location compensation bumps for downstate officers, including those in Nassau and Suffolk counties, officials said.

Those interested in becoming a Trooper can apply on-line at www.NYTROOPER.com.

Examination results will establish an eligibility list that may remain in effect for a maximum of four years, officials said.

Read below for eligibility requirements and more information from New York State police officials.


Troopers Exam

05/23/13 8:00am
05/23/2013 8:00 AM
Great job Riverhead police

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Town police and state troopers teamed up to capture a shooting suspect Monday night on Osborn Avenue in Riverhead’s Polish Town

Alarm bells rang out through Polish Town Monday night as ambulances and town and state police cars — their lights and sirens blaring — descended on several crime scenes within minutes, and just a few blocks, of one another.

It was no terror scare, but it was no drill either. Police arrested a shooter accused of injuring a woman on Raynor Avenue with a shotgun blast and, in a separate case, a would-be armed robber on Osborn Avenue.

Monday night’s incidents, culminating with police officers storming an Osborn Avenue house and dragging out a suspected gunman, served as a reminder of the dangers our police and emergency workers face every night, often when the rest of us are tucked safely in our beds.

We also saw on full display the fine work of two police agencies that coordinated with each other and mobilized quickly to secure three crime scenes and make quick work of violent acts in our communities. While such incidents in town are, of course, cause for concern — and downright frightening for many — Riverheaders can take comfort in the quality of the men and women sworn to protect us.

03/01/13 6:53pm
03/01/2013 6:53 PM
VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue.

VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue.

State police troopers arrested one clerk during an undercover sting operation Thursday to test whether store employees would sell alcohol to a minor in Southold Town, authorities said.

But 12 other stores passed the test, state police said.

Mohammad Ayub, 51, of Flanders was the one person nabbed in the sting, police said.

Mr. Ayub, a clerk at Valero Food Mart on Main Road in Cutchogue, was charged with unlawful dealing with a child, a misdemeanor, and a state alcohol sales violation, police said.

No other details were available.

10/14/12 7:58pm
10/14/2012 7:58 PM

The same two passengers were victims in a pair of unrelated DWI crashes hours apart at the same Riverhead intersection late Saturday and early Sunday, state police said.

Two men were arrested on drunk driving charges in the incidents, which involved the same two victims in two different cars, officials said.

In the first incident, Byron Juares, 21, rear-ended a vehicle near the intersection of East Main Street and Phillips Avenue about 11:20 p.m., Riverhead police said. The drivers of the vehicle that was struck left the scene to be treated for minor injuries at Peconic Bay Medical Center, while Mr. Juares remained on the scene and was arrested.

The car that was struck was not immediately located by Riverhead police, but a few hours later a different vehicle carrying the same two passengers, who had returned to the scene, was struck head-on by another alleged drunk driver, state police said.

Cornelio Lopez, 31, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after he struck the vehicle in the second incident. He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, state police said.

The victims were also taken to the hospital for minor injuries, police said.

Mr.  Juares was charged with driving while intoxicated in the first incident, and held for arraignment. Mr. Juares’ place of residence was unavailable, police said.


09/28/12 1:21pm
09/28/2012 1:21 PM

Several 911 reports of a wrong-way driver on Sunrise Highway led to the arrest of a Riverhead woman on DWI charges early Friday in Westhampton, state police said.

Lianne Alcon, 34, was allegedly driving westbound in the eastbound lanes between exits 64 and 65 about 12:30 a.m., causing several other motorists to alert the authorities, police said.

Responding troopers stopped Ms. Alcon’s 2012 KIA a short time later, officials said.

Ms. Alcon “produced a positive breath sample of .15% BAC,” police said in a release. That figure is almost twice the legal limit of .08%.

She was held for arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.


09/24/12 12:00pm
09/24/2012 12:00 PM
Belkis Serrano-Tejeda/Mariluz Fonseca/Milady Leclerc-Roman

Belkis Serrano-Tejeda / Mariluz Fonseca / Milady Leclerc-Roman

New York State police on Sunday arrested three women at an alleged brothel that’s been operating out of a Flanders home, state officials said.

The arrests came exactly one week after Riverhead Town police busted up an alleged prostitution operation at a Maple Avenue property in Riverhead.

The Homeland Security Investigations unit, which is part of Immigrations and Custom Enforcement, as well as Southampton Town police helped in investigated the goings-on at 424 Flanders Road, officials said.

Mariluz Fonseca, 62, of Flanders, was charged with third-degree promoting prostitution, a D felony, state police said. Milady Leclerc-Roman, 59, of The Bronx and Belkis Serrano-Tejeda, 40 of Flanders were each charged with prostitution, a misdemeanor.

A state police spokesman said the promoting prostitution charge “typically goes to the one who’s running the show,” and that only the two women charged with the misdemeanor prostitution are accused of participating in sexual activity.

The investigation began months back after law enforcement got tips about “activities occurring at that residence,” state police said in a release.

ICE agents assisted in the work to see if there were any victims of human trafficking, which there were none, said ICE spokesman Lou Martinez.

“This is something we do routinely to help our law enforcement agencies,” he said.

When asked if human trafficking is a big problem on eastern Long Island, Mr. Martinez said, “It’s a problem all over the country, all over the world. But yes, it’s something we investigate in New York and Long Island.”

The women arrested Sunday were processed at the Riverside Barracks and held for arraignment.

The announcement came on the heels of last Sunday’s arrest in Riverhead of Adrian Figueroa, 43, of 320 Maple Avenue, who was charged with third-degree promoting prostitution for allegedly running a brother out of that address.

Several other people fled the house when police arrived. Officers found Mr. Figueroa in a vehicle nearby and took him into custody based on a witness report that he was the operator of the prostitution business, Riverhead police said in a release.


02/14/11 4:05pm
02/14/2011 4:05 PM
Mark Goode of Northampton

Mark Goode

A 38-year-old Northampton man was arrested on assault charges early Saturday after State Troopers broke up a fight at a gas station near the Route 24 traffic circle in Riverside, authorities said.

State Police were made aware of the brawl by a woman who walked into the Riverside barracks and alerted them of a fight at the Shell Gas Station on nearby Lake Avenue, officials said.

Responding troopers broke up the altercation and soon discovered the two men had been drinking at a local bar together before ending up at the Shell, police said.

During the argument, Mark Goode of Wildwood Trail, repeatedly punched the other man, breaking bones in the victim’s face, police said.

Mr. Goode was arrested and is facing a second-degree assault charge, a felony.

He is being held at the Suffolk County jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond, officials said.