05/05/13 10:47pm
05/05/2013 10:47 PM

A Flanders man was involved in a motor vehicle crash that led to the death of a 34-year-old motorcyclist Sunday in Yaphank, Suffolk County police said.

Israel Berger Carrera-Garcia, 38, of Flanders was driving a 2002 Mercury SUV on Expressway Drive North shortly before 3 p.m. when his vehicle collided with a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle that was traveling north on Sills Road in Yaphank, police said.

The driver of the Kawasaki, Michael Luthy, 34, of Medford was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, police said.

Mr.Carrera-Garcia suffered minor injuries related to the vehicle’s air bag deploying, police said. He was examined at the scene by a Yaphank Fire Department EMT.

Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check, police said.

The investigation is continuing and detectives ask that anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call the Sixth Squad at (631) 854-8652 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS.  All calls will remain confidential, police said.

05/12/11 2:06pm
05/12/2011 2:06 PM

The Suffolk County Police Department Canine Section held a training session Wednesday at police headquarters in Yaphank to demonstrate how police dogs assist officers during investigations.

The demonstration follows the Canine Section’s success in cadaver detection during the ongoing Gilgo Beach homicide investigation along Ocean Parkway.

Canine Officer John Mallia and his dog Blue have found five sets of human remains, police officials said, and Canine Officer Diane Day and her dog Knight have located two sets of human remains during a cadaver search of the area.

New Riverhead police dog Rocky is currently training in Yaphank with Officer John Morris.

Rocky, 13 months old, joined the force last week.

All Canine Section dogs are male German Shepherd dogs that are imported from Europe and are trained in detecting narcotics, explosives and human remains, officials said.

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JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Suffolk Police officers train the dogs from the Canine Section at headquarters in Yahank.