- Click for Restaurant Directory_____

 

Section: Local & Business Matters


 

  

 

Find us wherever you are!
Subscribe To Smithtown Matters
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
_________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________

 



*******************************************************************


Local Matters

Thursday
Mar232017

Huntington Man Pleads Guilty To Inappropriately Touching Child

Guilty plea to sex abuse crimes committed in library

Christopher ElgutA Huntington man who inappropriately touched an 8-year-old girl at the Huntington Library pleaded guilty today during pretrial hearings in criminal court in Riverhead, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

On January 3, 2016 Christopher Elgut, 29, approached the child as she stood behind her mother at a library counter, moving the victim behind book carts where he inappropriately touched her. 

Elgut fled the building and was arrested approximately 20 minutes later by Second Precinct Patrol officers.  Police also charged the defendant with a violation after finding a bag of marijuana in his pants pocket.  

During hearings before State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen this afternoon, Elgut pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor sex abuse charges, one count of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Justice Cohen set April 24 as Elgut’s sentencing date and conditionally promised the defendant a sentence of three years’ imprisonment and three years post release supervision.  The defendant will also have to register as a sex offender.  

An order of protection was issued on behalf of the juvenile victim. 

 

Thursday
Mar232017

SCPD's New Police Officer Matias Ferreira Is Also A Double Amputee War Veteran

 

Double Amputee To Graduate from SCPD Academy

Bilingual officer lost both legs after stepping on IED in 2011 while deployed in Afghanistan

The Suffolk County Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of double amputee Matias Ferreira from the department’s academy on March 24. Officer Ferreira is believed to be the first fully active duty double amputee police officer in the nation. 

In addition to passing all the rigorous challenges of the SCPD’s 29-week academy training, Ferreira was elected by his peers as his class president. Ferreira will be the class speaker during tomorrow’s graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Field House at the Health, Sports and Education Center at Suffolk County Community College-Grant Campus, located at 502 Wicks Road in Brentwood.           

Ferreira, 28, lost both legs below the knees after stepping on an improvised explosive device during a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the United States Marines in 2011. Ferreira, who was born in Uruguay and moved to the United States when he was six years old, grew up in Atlanta before joining the Marines.

Following the amputation of his legs, Ferreira played on an all-amputee softball team that traveled the country playing against teams comprised of amputee military veterans and law enforcement personnel. It was while he was traveling as part of that team, that he met his wife, Tiffany, in 2012.

The couple lives in Wantagh with their 2-year-old daughter Tianna.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Two Women Arrested In Ronkonkoma Massage Parlor Raid 

 

Suffolk County Police today arrested two women for unauthorized practice of a profession during a massage parlor raid in Ronkonkoma.

 In response to numerous community complaints, Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers, Suffolk County Criminal Intelligence detectives, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers and Town of Brookhaven Code Enforcement officers conducted an investigation into illegal activities at Nichole Spa, located at 321 Portion Road, at approximately 5 p.m.

The following women were arrested and charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a Class E Felony, under the New York State Education Law:

  • Lili Jiang, 48, of Ronkonkoma 
  • Xiu Yun Liu, 53, of Flushing 

An investigation by a Town of Brookhaven Building Inspector, Town of Brookhaven Code Enforcement officers and a Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal revealed numerous occupancy and town code violations resulting in the location being condemned.  The investigation is continuing.

The women are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on March 22.

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

Monday
Mar202017

Teacher Investigated For Inappropriate Touching

 

Suffolk County Police arrested a Wheatley Heights man, who is employed as a teacher, after he inappropriately touched a child at a Huntington Station supermarket.  

A man followed a woman and her three children while inside C-Town Supermarket, located at 1662 New York Ave., using vulgar language before touching the woman’s 9-year-old daughter on her leg and upper thigh on March 13.

Following an investigation by Second Precinct Crime Section officers, Gerry White, 45, was arrested at his home on March 19. He was charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and held overnight for arraignment today at First District Court in Central Islip. 

White teaches math and science at Upper Room Christian School in Dix Hills and owns EZPZ Solutions, a child education business.

Police are asking anyone who believes they may be a victim of White to call 911 or the Second Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8226.

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

Friday
Mar172017

***Silver Alert Anthony Fimiani***

 Anthony Fimiani has been located, unharmed.

Silver Alert 

 

As a reminder, Silver Alert is a program implemented in Suffolk County that allows local law enforcement to share information with media outlets about individuals with special needs who have been reported missing.

Friday
Mar172017

Police Arrest Six Local Teenagers For Burglary in Smithtown

Suffolk County Police responded to a 911 call reporting suspicious people on Oakside Road in Smithtown and ended up arresting six people for burglarizing a home. 

The six people arrested were teenagers (16 and 17 years of age) who live in Smithtown, Nesconset and Hauppauge. According to police, after receiving a 911 call they responded to the the area and determined that the teenagers were connected to a burglary that occurred at 6:25 pm on High Gate Drive. Items stolen from the High Gate home included sports memorabilia and electronic equipment. 

The teens were arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree. They were held overnight and were expected to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Suffolk County Crime Down From Historic Lows Of 2016

Crime in 2016 was at historic lows in Suffolk County. Police Commissioner Timothy Sini held a press conference Wednesday announcing better news, comparing the two years January thru March 11 crime in 2017 is down 7.2 percent from the historic lows of 2016. 

At the press conference Commissioner Sini announced a 24.4 percent decrease in violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault).

An important part of the policing strategy is going after gangs, especially MS-13, of which he said “eradication of the gang in the community was a long-term objective.” Working with law enforcement agencies has resulted in the arrest of 150 MS-13 members. Homicides are down 60 percent which Sini suggested was the result of police focus on gang activity.

Sini emphasized that opiates remain one of the biggest challenges facing police. According to Sini, since the beginning of 2017 police have executed 54 drug-related search warrants 24 more than 2016, during 18 of the searches police seized illegal firearms. 

While Sini emphasized the very real policing challenges that come with the county’s opiod epidemic and gang violence, there are others issues that police address.

A 7.7 percent decrease in motor vehicle crashes and a 10.5 percent decrease in motor vehicle fatalities is the result of a renewed police focus on traffic safety.  Commissioner Sini credits education, enforcement and engineering for the decrease in mv crashes and fatalities. Educating the public about distracted driving is an important part of the three pronged approach to traffic safety as well as enforcing traffic laws and employing engineering to identify and correct structural problems.

What has not improved is the number of motor vehicle thefts which have risen from 178 in 2016 to 193 in 2017.  Commissioner Sini attributes vehicle thefts to people who leave their car running while they run into a store.  Sini’s message “Please don’t leave the car running when you are in 7-11.”

Sini thanked all the men and women police officers who risk their lives every day and he spoke of his commitment to work with local police, NYPD, FBI and Nassau police to protect the public.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Man Robs East Northport Bank Of America

Suffolk County Police Major Case detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred today at an East Northport bank.

A man entered Bank of America, located at 385 Larkfield Road, at approximately 2:44 p.m. and demanded money.  The teller complied with the suspect’s demands and gave him cash from the drawer.  The suspect fled the bank on foot.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s to 30s, between 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build.  He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a white logo on the chest.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this robbery to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

 

Wednesday
Mar152017

Trial For Unlawful Surveillance At Golf Course Begins Tomorrow

Unlawful surveillance trial of ex golf course manager starts tomorrow

The trial for the former manager of an east end golf course who was arrested in 2015 for taking an inappropriate photograph of a young girl starts tomorrow in Riverhead, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. 

Steven Lee’s indictment charges him with unlawful surveillance in the second degree, a felony.

Lee, 47, of Ronkonkoma, allegedly took the photo with his cellphone from behind a one-way window while the victim, described by police as under the age of 17, sat on a bench near the clubhouse of The Poxabogue Golf Center in Sagaponack.

Judge John J. Toomey (third floor of the courthouse) will preside at the trial scheduled to start at 11:15 Thursday (3/16) morning.

Wednesday
Mar152017

Man Caught On Camera Throwing Skate Board Through Window Of Christ The King Church

Wanted for Criminal Mischief

Release Date:  March 14, 2017

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the man who damaged a Commack Church in January.

A man threw a skateboard through the front door of Christ the King Church, located at 2 Indian Head Road, between 6:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. on January 26, 2017.

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

Authority:  Sgt. Keith Serper CC# 17- 72660  Fourth Squad Detectives CW# 17-100/RF