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Missing - 12-Year-Old Port Jefferson Girl

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a 12-year-old Port Jefferson girl who was reported missing.

Victoria Masone left her home, located at 102 Oakes St., after getting into a fight with her parents on June 23. Masone, who has run away in the past, could possibly be headed to stay with family in Brooklyn.

Masone is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, 95 pounds with an olive complexion. She was wearing jeans, black sneakers and a red, white and blue windbreaker at the time she left her home. She was carrying a black and white checkered backpack.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on Masone’s location to call 911 or the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.



Boy Scouts Receive Mickey Marcus JWV Post #336 Scholarship Awards

Boy Scouts Presented with the 2nd Annual Mickey Marcus JWV Post #336 Scholarship Awards

On May 6,2018 Barry Kopeloff of the Boy Scout Scholarship Committee reported that the Mickey Marcus JWV Post #336 of Port Jefferson’s Executive Committee and then the general membership of the Post had approved two Scholarships of $250 each for Suffolk County Jewish Boy Scouts. Working in conjunction with the Jewish Committee on Scouting of Suffolk County Council (BSA) for 2019, this information was shared with the Boy Scout troops and Explorer Posts in the Suffolk County Council (BSA). 

The second annual presentation of the Mickey Marcus Post# 336 Jewish War Vets Jewish Scout Scholarship for 2019 recipient Life Scout/Eagle Scout Candidate Jack Puttre of Troop 8 (East Northport) with his parents Troop 8’s Scoutmaster David Puttre and Troop 8’s Advancement Chair Mimi Puttre.The JWV Post of Port Jefferson Station created the two scholarships, both of which require an essay detailing the importance of the Jew in the American military – from the Revolutionary War to the current military crisis overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan (or at any time in between). The first scholarship has the criteria that the Boy Scout (who lives in Suffolk County) had earned his Jewish Scout religious emblem as a Cub Scout (Maccabee or Aleph emblem) or Boy Scout (the Ner Tamid and/or Etz Chaim emblem), is currently a Star or Life Scout rank, and is in his senior year of high school and who will be attending college in the fall. The second scholarship was open to any Eagle Scout in Suffolk County of the Jewish faith who had earned his Jewish Boy Scout religious emblem (the Ner Tamid and/or the Etz Chaim) and submitted an essay.

The second annual presentation of the Mickey Marcus Post# 336 Jewish War Vets Jewish Scout Scholarship for an Eagle Scout, in conjunction with the Jewish Committee on Scouting of Suffolk County Council (BSA), was presented a check for $250 and an award The 2019 presentation of then annual Mickey Marcus Post# 336 Jewish War Vets Jewish Scout Scholarship recipient Eagle Scout Samuel Morris of Troop 403 (Commack) with his parents Troop 403 (Commack)’s Scoutmaster Alan Morris and Lisa Morris. certificate to Eagle Scout Samuel Morris of Troop 403 (Commack) for his winning essay, which dealt with Commodore Uriah P. Levy of the US Navy. Eagle Scout Samuel Morris was recognized during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies on May 31, 2019, held at the Sawmill Intermediate School Commack, by JCOS Scholarship Selections Committee Chair Phyllis Stein and JCOS Chairman Emeritus Bruce Streger.  Eagle Scout Morris will be attending the United States Naval Academy in the fall, where he will major in Aerospace Engineering.  

The first annual presentation of the Mickey Marcus Post# 336 Jewish War Vets Jewish Scout Scholarship for a Star Scout or Life Scout, in conjunction with the Jewish Committee on Scouting of Suffolk County Council (BSA),  presented a check for $250 to Life Scout/Eagle Scout Candidate Jack Puttre of Troop 8 (East Northport) for his winning essay, which remembered Dr. Abraham Edelstein, a general medical physician who was trained to be a psychiatrist while serving in World War II, and later working for the Veteran’s Hospital.  Dr. Edelstein was Jack’s great-grandfather. Boy Scout Jack Puttre was recognized during Troop 8’s Court of Honor ceremony on June 18, held at the Bellerose Avenue School, East Northport, by JCOS Scholarship Selections Committee Chair Phyllis Stein.  Life Scout/Eagle Scout Candidate Puttre will be attending the University of Buffalo in the fall, where he plans to double major in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.  






Man Intentionally Strikes Police Officers During Traffic Stop


Suffolk County Police have arrested a man after he intentionally struck two police officers during a traffic stop in Ridge.

Robert McDowell was driving a 2002 Ford van southbound on Smith Road when Seventh Precinct Gang Unit Officers Sgt. Patrick Kelly and Police Officer Brian Klammer initiated a traffic stop near Strathmore Ridge Drive at 6:25 p.m. The officers were in plain clothes in an unmarked vehicle. 

During the traffic stop, the officers discovered McDowell was driving with a suspended license. When McDowell was asked to step out of the vehicle, he refused. He put the van in drive and accelerated while Officer Klammer was on the driver’s side and Sgt. Kelly was on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, causing injuries to Officer Klammer’s hand, knee, and lower leg. Sgt. Kelly suffered injuries to his hand, wrist, and knee.

Despite their injuries, both officers pursued the fleeing vehicle and observed him throwing suspected contraband out the window during the pursuit. The van continued southbound on William Floyd Parkway and was stopped south of Yaphank Commons Drive with the assistance of several other units. McDowell remained combative and had to be removed from the vehicle, subdued, and arrested. Canine Section officers recovered contraband on the side of the road.

Sgt. Kelly and Officer Klammer were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via police vehicle. They were treated for their injuries and released. McDowell was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue where he was treated for minor abrasions and contusions and released for processing. 

McDowell, 31, of Bohemia, was charged with two counts of Assault 2nd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence (a felony), Criminal Impersonation (a misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without an Interlock Device. He also had three outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

McDowell was held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on June 21.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


The Nissequogue River State Park In Kings Park To Get A Master Plan

On Wednesday, June 19th, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that state legislation he sponsored (s2854b.pdf ) requiring NYS Office of Parks to prepare a master plan for the Nissequogue River State Park has passed both the Senate and the Assembly.  Senator Flanagan ensured the master plan under the legislation would include 365-acres of property formerly known as Kings Park Psychiatric Center, which was subsequently transferred to NYS Parks in 2006. 

According to Senator Flanagan’s statement State Parks would develop, adopt and implement a master plan for the full 520-acres in cooperation with Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, other interested parties and critical input from the general public.  The plan would present a series of preferred alternatives for the future development and use of the Nissequogue River State Park, but only after conducting public meetings to gather useful information and input, and also considering important factors, such as the historic, natural and recreational resources of the park.

The Nissequogue River State Park Foundation(NRSPF) was established in March 2008. Its mission is to help enhance and beautify the park. For over a decade the NRSPF board has advocated for a master plan. 

“We are very excited about the legislation that was sponsored by Senator Flanagan and passed the Senate yesterday.   This legislation accomplishes two major goals;  First, it clarifies that both segments of the property that was designated as parkland (the original 155 acres and the subsequent addition of 365 acres) to be part of Nisseqougue River State Park.   Historically there have been concerns in some quarters that the designation of the 365 acres was at risk of being developed.  Although the Foundation has always supported the law indicating that parcel was designated as part of the original park, it is now codified by this legislation.

Secondly, the bill requires the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to establish a “master plan” for the entire park that takes into consideration the historic natural and recreational resources of the park as well as the protection of the resources of the park facilities and principles of sustainability.  It will include short and long-term agendas to guide future development of park facilities.  This plan will be done with community input as part of the OPRHP master planning process.  A related and welcome feature of the bill names both the Town of Smithtown and the NRSP Foundation as “interested parties” and states that the plan will be developed in cooperation with these parties.  

These are important and welcome developments and we look forward to working closely with the OPRHP in developing a comprehensive plan that meets the needs of the entire community. ” John McQuaid, President NRSP Foundation

This is not the first time Senator Flanagan has intervened on behalf of the park; in 2006 Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that he had secured $25 million in state funding for the environmental cleanup of the Kings Park Psychiatric Center site. Most of that money was spent removing buildings from the site. 

The foundation hosts numerous fundraisers benefiting the park including an annual Turkey Trot and most recently a Sunset Run held in May. The NRSP Foundation Youth Board is hosting its annual Regatta on July 13th.

The legislation is  awaiting Governor Cuomo’s signature.

The Nissequogue River State Park is located at 799 Saint Johnland Road, Kings Park, NY, 11754. To learn more about the NRSP Foundation and the work it does to support the park click here.



Girl Scouts Receive Prestigious Gold Award 

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Recognizes Local Girl Scouts at

Pictured at the Gold Award Ceremony are Caitlin Beirne of St. James, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta and Elizabeth Esser of Smithtown. The other scouts from the 13 Legislative District who received the Gold Award and are not in the photo are: Ashleigh Basel, Emily DiPrima, Catherine Gallo, Jessica Schimek and Julianne Starzee.Gold Award Ceremony Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta attended the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s Gold Award Ceremony, where several scouts from his district were recognized for achieving the Gold Award. This is the highest honor one can achieve in the Girl Scouts. By identifying a need in the community and completing a project that fulfills it, a scout obtains the Gold Award. Projects ranged from designing and building bat houses to install at a town park to help eliminate the number of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus to making drawstring bags and filling them with personal hygiene items to donate to theChildren of Boy’s Town. “These young women who received this award exemplify the principles of leadership, character and public service that are inherent in scouting and life and I congratulate them, their parents and scout leaders. This is a tremendousaccomplishment and I applaud each one of them,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.