01/10/14 11:20am

Update: The Riverhead Highway Department reported that sanding trucks have been dispatched to help deal with the icy roads, although even the trucks are sliding on the roads in some spots. No roads have been officially closed as of 1 p.m., although a section of Sound Avenue was closed between Edwards Avenue and Fresh Pond Avenue due to a down pole.

Original Story: The Suffolk County Police Department is advising motorists to use extreme caution when driving on roadways due to icy conditions.

The advisory was issued shortly after 11 a.m. Friday morning, stating “the roadways are icy and considered hazardous.”

The U.S. National Weather Service reported an hour earlier that rain is moving across Long Island and is “creating some slick and hazardous conditions where temps are currently below freezing.”

“While temperatures will be slowly rising above freezing over the next few hours, give yourself plenty of extra time while traveling and go slow,” the weather report states.

In Riverhead Town, police say they have received a number of reports of cars skidding on the ice Friday morning, although there were no serious accidents as of midday.

Riverhead Town employees also have been applying salt to the parking lot around Town Hall and the police station, which have become icy in spots.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said the town will be issuing a similar advisory.

“We want to advise people to be careful walking on sideways because they may be icy, and to please adjust your speed accordingly if you are driving,” Mr. Walter said.

The supervisor said he had just driven on Long Island Expressway, which was icy.

Southampton Town Police also issued an advisory at about noon Friday, saying “There remains hazardous road conditions due to freezing rain throughout the township. Please stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary and use extreme caution in such cases.”

jennifer@timesreview.com

01/07/14 9:33am
01/07/2014 9:33 AM

JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO | One of the two vehicles involved in a Tuesday morning crash on Route 24 in Calverton that sent two people to a hospital.

Two people were transported to a hospital Tuesday morning after two cars collided near the intersection of Route 24 and Long Island Expressway in Calverton.

According to Suffolk County police, one driver was attempting to turn onto the southbound LIE ramp, while the other driver was headed southbound on Route 24. The two cars crashed shortly after 8 a.m., police said.

Sgt. Dave Kopycinski said he was unsure which car was attempting to turn onto the LIE. Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“It’s just people not paying attention,” Sgt. Kopycinski said.

Suffolk County police, Riverhead fire department, Wading River fire department, Riverhead volunteer ambulance corps and Manorville volunteer ambulance all responded to the scene.

Route 24 was briefly closed following the crash.

jpinciaro@timesreview.com

12/30/13 9:07am
12/30/2013 9:07 AM
CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

Riverhead Town and Suffolk County Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say attempted to purchase items using counterfeit money at a Route 58 business back in November, authorities said.

Police have released surveillance images of the suspect dressed in a black jacket and pants, who is seen holding two items on Nov. 22., about 7:45 p.m. at Riverhead Beauty Supply.

Police said the woman attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase the items, and fled the store soon after.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call (800) 220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Crime Stoppers is offering reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to an arrest.

CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

CRIME STOPPERS PHOTO | Information is wanted on a woman police say used counterfeit money.

12/02/13 8:33am
12/02/2013 8:33 AM
COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in tooth whitening products from Target early last month and are asking the public’s help in identifying and tracking the suspects down.

According to Suffolk County Police, the men entered the Route 58 box store on Thursday, Nov. 7 and reportedly stole “all the Crest Whitening products on display” between 1 and 1:25 p.m. Authorities estimated the value of the products at $1,869.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

COURTESY SCPD | Police said three men stole nearly $1,900 in merchandise from Target in November.

11/17/13 2:30pm
DUI, Brookhaven National Laboratory, bicyclist, Calverton

WILLIAM SLATTON after the 2012 arrest

The attorney for the man arrested last year for fatally striking a bicyclist along Route 25 in Calverton as he allegedly drove under the influence of drugs with a suspended license and his four young children in the car expects the charges against his client will soon be dropped.

But now William Slatton is once again in trouble with the law. The 31-year-old Farmingville man was arrested Wednesday on a fourth-degree grand larceny charge, a class E felony,  for using a credit card stolen from a Middle Island home, Suffolk County police said. A source familiar with the case said Mr. Slatton stole the card from the home of the mother of his kids, while he was visiting them last weekend.

STEVEN KANE

STEVEN KANE

Mr. Slatton made headlines last year following the Nov. 1 crash which killed avid bicyclist Steven Kane, 57, of Brightwaters, the manager of safety engineering at Brookhaven National Laboratory who was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of several passing motorists to save him.

Mr. Slatton is facing charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child following his arrest last year. His attorney, Joseph Cozzo of Central Islip, said he anticipates charges in that case will be dismissed since Mr. Slatton was under the influence of methadone at the time of the crash, a drug he was using as part of his court-ordered treatment for heroin addiction.

“He was on methadone and he was getting it from a Suffolk County clinic,” Mr. Cozzo said Sunday. “I can’t speak for the District Attorney’s office, but I do anticipate charges being dismissed.”

Mr. Slatton is due back in Riverhead Town Justice Court Dec. 11 in relation to the crash, Mr. Cozzo said.  He has been free on bail since late last November after his bail was reduced from $50,000 to $1,000, which Mr. Cozzo previously told the News-Review was lowered so he could spend the holidays with his family.

Even if the crash charges are dismissed, Mr. Slatton could still face jail time for violating the terms of probation in relation to the 2007 felony attempted drug possession conviction that led to his suspended license. He’s due back in court Dec. 13 on the probation violation, online court records show.

“With this new arrest, he’s going to be in more trouble now,” said Mr. Cozzo, who is not representing Mr. Slatton in connection with his latest arrest.

The District Attorney’s office could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The source who alerted the News-Review to Mr. Slatton’s latest arrest said the father of four recently relapsed in his drug treatment and no longer lives with his children and their mother.

“He has stolen from family more times than I choose to remember and this time he went too far,” the source said.

Mr. Slatton is being held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond, and is due back in district court Tuesday, jail officials said.

gparpan@timesreview.com

11/05/13 1:52pm
11/05/2013 1:52 PM
COURTESY SCPD | Police say this man robbed a Calverton gas station.

COURTESY SCPD | Police say this man robbed a Calverton gas station.

Suffolk County Police said on Tuesday that they are investigating a recent gas station robbery in Calverton as one which was carried out as part of a larger pattern, and are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the man they say is responsible for all of them.

The Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue – barely in the jurisdiction of the SCPD – was robbed last Wednesday night, after a clerk said that a man pulled a handgun on him, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m.

Police said that over the past two weeks, similar robberies have occurred at seven different establishments, at gas stations in Eastport, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills and Bohemia, as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook. No one was injured during any of the robberies.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2 with a tall to medium build. Police said he usually wears a dark-colored or gray hooded sweatshirt.

According to police, the man has frequently approached the clerk to purchase an item and when the cash register opened, pulled a gun and demanded cash.

Mohammed Kahn, the clerk at the Calverton Hess, told the News-Review last week that the robber walked straight up to the register and demanded cash, first giving him the impression that the act was a trick.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn said at the time.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Any information that leads to an arrest could result in a reward of up to $5,000.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | This Hess station on Edwards Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, authorities said. The robber remains at large.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Hess station on Edwards Avenue that was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, police said. The robber remains at large.

10/31/13 1:18am
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | This Hess station on Edwards Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, authorities said. The robber remains at large.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Hess station on Edwards Avenue that was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night, police said. The robber remains at large.

It had been a quiet night for Hess gas station clerk Mohammed Kahn.

Unlike during the busy summer months, there were no customers inside the station’s market on Edwards Avenue near the Long Island Expressway on-ramp Wednesday.

About 7:45 p.m., Mr. Kahn said a customer — a man in his 30s wearing a black hat and black clothing — walked in through the doors and up to the counter. The man told Mr. Kahn to give him money from the register.

The cashier, the only employee working at the time, thought it was a prank.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn told the News-Review.

That’s when the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the clerk, demanding the cash.

Mr. Kahn quickly realized the man wasn’t kidding. Mr. Kahn said he gave the robber cash from the register and the man ran away from the station.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Riverhead Town police responded to Mr. Kahn’s call to 911 moments later, and searched the scene for the robber.

“They came right away,” Mr. Kahn said. “They’re very fast.”

Suffolk County police reached the gas station soon after Riverhead cops and took over the investigation. The Hess station sits about a quarter-mile into the Suffolk County police’s jurisdiction.

Town police described the suspect as a white male standing about 6-feet-tall and wearing dark clothing. He was last seen running north along Edwards Avenue and remains at large.

Suffolk County Police Department detectives are actively investigating the robbery, county police said.

Mr. Kahn said Suffolk County sheriffs often stop by the mart by while patrolling the area, but no police were nearby when the robbery occurred.

“[The robber] was lucky,” he said.

Still, he’s confident the robber will be caught; the suspect was caught on surveillance footage, Mr. Kahn said.

Mr. Kahn, better known to his customers as Assad, has been working at the Hess station for 12 years and said he had never been robbed before.

But in recent years, he said, the neighborhood around the station has been changed by more drugs on the street.

“I see girls and boys come by, they look like they came from good homes,” Mr. Kahn said. “There’s a lot of drugs.”

psquire@timesreview.com