A Flanders man who was previously charged in an East End Drug Task Force raid and recently released from jail on a separate weapons possession charge has been arrested again — this time on felony drug and weapons charges. READ
A 19-year-old Amityville man who pleaded guilty to killing another Amityville man, dumping the body in Manorville and setting it on fire was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison at a court appearance last week. READ
Police arrested an undisclosed number of people in a Wednesday afternoon search warrant that was executed at a house in Riverhead, authorities said. (more…)
A Wading River man faces up to life in prison after prosecutors charged him with 10 felonies for allegedly videotaping and photographing sexual acts against two “helpless” women multiple times over five years.
A homeless man who admitted to suffocating a homeless woman during sex at the Budget Host Inn in Riverside in 2011 was sentenced to six years in prison Monday, according to online court records.
Douglas Rico, 46, had been arrested on a first-degree manslaughter charge on May 7, 2011 in connection with the death of 53-year-old Henrietta Sholl. He pleaded guilty to that charge in October.
Mr. Rico had told police in a statement following his arrest for the May 4, 2011 incident, “I had sex with Henrietta and put a pillow over her head. I must’ve made her stop breathing. I am sorry.”
He originally pleaded not guilty to the first-degree manslaughter charge, which is a class B felony that carries a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in jail, but reportedly agreed to plead guilty after Judge John Tommey Jr. promised to sentence him to no more than seven years, according to a Newsday report in October. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office was seeking a 10-year sentence for Mr. Rico, DA spokesman Bob Clifford told the News-Review in October.
Ms. Scholl’s lifeless body was discovered on a bed at the hotel by cleaning staff. Mr. Rico told police he had known her for three years. Ms. Scholl had been living at the hotel since her release from jail on April 14, 2011 on a shoplifting charge from the previous November.
A police operation last month involving Suffolk County police detectives, numerous East End town police and U.S. marshals has found that all 19 registered sex offenders living in Riverhead are in compliance with state law regarding reporting of their residences, Riverhead police said.
The undertaking, dubbed “Operation Lighthouse,” checked in on 60 sex offenders across Riverhead, Southampton, Southold, and East Hampton to make sure they were correctly registered to their homes as required by the New York State Registry Act, officials said.
The operation began the morning of July 9, when officers knocked on doors of registered sex offenders’ houses between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to ensure they lived at that location, police said.
“When we knock on the door, you should be there,” said Riverhead Sgt. Joseph Loggia.
The operation lasted until July 13 and spanned across the East End, officials said.
“We all worked together,” Sgt. Loggia said. “We were all in each others jurisdictions checking [sex offenders].”
All of Riverhead Town’s 19 registered sex offenders were found to be in compliance with the law, police said. The sex offender trailers in Riverside are not within Riverhead Town Police’s jurisdiction, Sgt. Loggia said.
Of the 60 sex offenders who were investigated, five were found to be not in compliance, police said. They were located, arrested and face charges from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, according to the statement.
The identity of those sex offenders, as well as their places of residence, was not immediately available.
“We know that the population of the East End can more than double during the summer months and we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep our children safe,” said Charles Dunne, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of New York.
Sgt. Loggia said the Riverhead police department takes part in operations each year to ensure sex offenders follow the law, and that another annual operation is planned for this fall.