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Local Matters

Tuesday
Jun252019

Police Rescue Man Hit With Forklift

A Suffolk County Police Third Precinct office rescued a man by applying a tourniquet to his leg after the victim was hit with a forklift in Brentwood Tuesday morning.

Gabriel Leveille was operating a mechanical pallet jack at Broadridge, located at 300 Executive Drive, when he was accidently struck by a forklift at 10:05 a.m.  

Third Precinct Officer Kevin Bell responded and applied a tourniquet to Leveille’s right leg. Leveille, 66, of Westbury, was transported by Brentwood Legion Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment.

Tuesday
Jun252019

Police Arrest Man For Hit-And-Run With Pedestrian Fatality

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Ridge man for leaving the scene following a motor vehicle crash that killed a female pedestrian in Miller Place last night.

A 31-year-old woman was walking northbound on Miller Place Road when she was struck by a northbound 2017 Hyundai Elantra at 9:58 p.m. The driver fled the scene in the Hyundai. The woman, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was transported to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson where she was pronounced dead.

Following an investigation by Major Case Unit detectives, John Lang was arrested at his parent’s residence in Ridge at 1:55 a.m. Lang, 30, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death. He is being held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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

 

Tuesday
Jun252019

Police Looking For Man Possibly Related To Pool Vacuum Theft

Wanted for Questioning 

Release Date: June 25, 2019


Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate a man who is wanted for questioning in connection to an incident during which pool vacuums were stolen from a Smithtown business earlier this year. 

A person or people cut the lock on a storage unit and stole a total of seven Maytronics M500 and S300i pool vacuums from Chemex Pool Supply, located at 400 West Main St., during the overnight hours between May 29 and 30. The stolen vacuums have a combined value of approximately $7,000. 

Police are looking to question a man who was seen canvassing the exterior of the location earlier in the day. The man was described as Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with an average build, dark-colored hair and a beard. When asked by staff why he was at the location, the man, who spoke limited English, said he was looking for a lost bicycle.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or by email at www.tipsubmit.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.  

D/Sgt. Michael Marchan CC# 19-298540.  Fourth Squad Detectives  CW# 19-255/KP

 

Monday
Jun242019

Driver Ejected In MV Crash On LIE

Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a man in Hauppauge this morning.

Hugo A. Chavez was driving a 2007 Honda sedan westbound on the Long Island Expressway when he lost control of the vehicle between exits 55 and 56 at approximately 12:35 a.m. The Honda rolled over repeatedly, ejecting Chavez into right lane of the roadway, then crashed into the woods. Two bystanders pulled Chavez off the roadway. Melqui Misael Chevez Rivas, the front passenger in the Honda, remained in the vehicle until it came to rest.

Chavez, 30, of Huntington Station, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Chevez Rivas, 22, of Huntington Station, was transported by Hauppauge Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452. 

Sunday
Jun232019

***Silver Alert Jorge Xilotl***

Jorge Xilotl has been located, unharmed.

Sunday
Jun232019

Fatal Accident On Wantagh Pkwy Police Seeking Witnesses

The New York State Police are investigating a two-car fatal collision, which occurred on June 23, 2019, at approximately 12:50 am, on the northbound Wantagh State Parkway, south of exit W2, in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County.  Preliminary investigation revealed the collision occurred when a northbound 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, struck the rear of a 2007 Toyota.  The impact caused the Volkswagen to exit the roadway onto the right shoulder where it struck a tree and became engulfed in fire.

The New York State Police is requesting that anyone who may have witnessed this incident contact State Police Farmingdale at (631)756-3300.  All calls will remain confidential. 

Sunday
Jun232019

Fatality In MV Crash In Patchogue

 

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a man in East Patchogue Saturday evening.

Tervell Turner  was stopped on South Country Road facing westbound at the intersection of North Dunton Avenue when his 2012 Infinity Q56 was rear ended by a 2007 Hyundai Elantra traveling westbound at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The driver of the Hyundai, a 62 year-old East Patchogue man, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Turner, 51, of Mastic Beach and two adult female passengers were also transported to Long Island Community Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.  

 

Saturday
Jun222019

FYI - CBS News - Smithtown Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child

BETHPAGE (CBSNewYork) — A Nassau County teacher is facing charges after being accused of sexually abusing a child.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Gallagher, of Smithtown, allegedly had sexual contact with a juvenile female while he was working as a teacher at Bethpage High School. Read More at CBS NY

Saturday
Jun222019

DWI Charges For Woman Driving With Her Three Daughters 

 

Suffolk County Police last night arrested a woman in Medford for Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after she was involved in a crash with her three daughters in the vehicle, including a five-year-old and seven-year-old. 

Victoria Villatoro was driving a 2018 Toyota RAV 4 eastbound on the Long Island Expressway between exits 62 and 63, when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an eastbound 2000 Jeep driven by Marilyn Morse, 47, of Bellport at approximately 12:50 a.m. Villatoro fled the scene in the Toyota, left the LIE at exit 64, and continued northbound on Route 112. Villatoro then turned into the parking lot of S & H Building Material Corporation, located at 3177 Route 112 in Medford, where she was arrested at 1:27 a.m. 

The children were released to the custody of their aunt and grandparents. Villatoro’s 22-year-old daughter, Diana Villatoro of Bay Shore, was also a passenger in the Toyota.

Villatoro, 44, of Bay Shore, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15-Years-Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law), Leaving the Scene of an Accident (property violation), and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The vehicle was impounded.

Villatoro is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on June 22.

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

Friday
Jun212019

***Silver Alert Robert Clinton***

Robert Clinton was located, unharmed.