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Woman Dies In Hauppauge MV Crash 

Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a woman in Hauppauge early this morning.

 A woman was driving a 2003 Nissan Murano southbound on Wheeler Road when the vehicle veered off the roadway in front of 428 Wheeler Road and struck a utility pole. The woman, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Fourth Squad detectives at 631-854-8452.  


Wanted For Stealing Cell Phones In Hauppauge

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate two people who stole cell phones from a Hauppauge store in December. 

Two men stole two iPhones from Verizon, located at 534 Route 111, on December 17 at approximately 2:55 p.m. The total value of the phones was approximately $2,100.

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# 18-729837. Fourth Squad Detectives CW# 19-052/RD


Husband Dies Wife Hospitalized Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating an incident during which a man died and his wife was hospitalized due to apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in Melville this morning.

Second Precinct police officers responded to a 911 call of a couple feeling ill, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning, at 31 Scott Drive at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Stephen Yancofsk, 55, a resident of the home, was transported by the Melville Fire Department to Plainview Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Yancofsk’s wife, Kyriaki Bouziotas, 59, was transported to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. 

It is suspected that carbon monoxide was emitting from a detached fitting on a heating exhaust vent inside the residence.  


Bellport Man Dies In MV Crash On Montauk Highway


Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a man in Shirley last night.

Angel Espiet was driving a 1992 Mazda westbound on Montauk Highway, near Smith Road, when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and struck a 2017 Subaru traveling eastbound at approximately 7:10 p.m.

Espiet, 26, of Bellport, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The driver of the Subaru, Dylan O’Brien, 24, and O’Brien’s passenger, Marissa Joynt, 23, of Shirley, were transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue with non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Seventh Squad detectives at 631-852-8752.  



Christopher Storm Harrison Pleads Guilty To Murdering Mother


Christopher Storm Harrison(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini announced that a Center Moriches man pleaded guilty to murder charges yesterday for fatally stabbing his mother in 2017.

“Taking the life of your own mother is a heinous, cold-blooded crime,” District Attorney Sini said. “With this plea, the defendant admitted his guilt and accepted responsibility for this brutal murder.”

Christopher Storm Harrison, 27, pleaded guilty yesterday to Murder in the Second Degree, an A-1 felony.

Nov. 17, 2017, Harrison stabbed his mother, Joyce Skarka, 53, of Center Moriches, to death in the kitchen of their house, located at 31 Union Ave.

Harrison dragged his mother’s body from the kitchen to the bathroom and placed her in the bathtub with her arms folded over her chest before dousing her in gasoline. He also cleaned up the scene of the murder and moved his mother’s car from the driveway of the residence to a nearby parking lot to give the appearance that no one was home.

Harrison then went to a Suffolk County Police Department substation, where he told police that his mother had attacked him and that she was dead. Police found Skarka in the home and she was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Harrison faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. He is expected to be sentenced on March 25 in front of Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Timothy Mazzei.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Francis X. Schroeder, of the Homicide Bureau.



Police Arrest Selden Man For Robbing Capital One Bank

Nicholas MarinoFollowing an investigation Suffolk County Police have arrested a Selden man for robbing a Bohemia bank last month.

Major Case Unit detectives arrested Nicholas Marino on February 18. Marino, 28, of Selden, was charged with Robbery 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and False Personation. He is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Marino is the man police believe to have entered Capital One, located at 4110 Veterans Memorial Highway, at 9:43 a.m., approached a teller and presented a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the man’s demands and gave him cash from the drawer. The man fled on foot eastbound on Veterans Memorial Highway and then southbound on Corporate Drive.

The man was described as white, between 25 and 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build, dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, sneakers, a black Nuggets hat and was carrying a backpack.

The investigation is continuing. 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. All calls will be kept confidential.



Police Arrest 33 Year-Old After MV Crash Charged With DWAI Drugs


Suffolk County Police today arrested a Holbrook woman for driving while ability impaired by drugs after her vehicle struck a tree in Islip Terrace early this morning.

Michelle Quarles was driving a 2003 Subaru Forester westbound on Sunrise Highway North Service Road at Heckscher State Parkway when she failed to negotiate a turn and her vehicle left the road and struck a tree at approximately 5:10 a.m.

Quarles, 33,  was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. She was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of serious injuries and will be arraigned at a later date.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.

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


DWI Charges For Driver Involved In Four-Car Crash On Southern State Pkwy

On Sunday morning February 17th, 2019 at approximately 2:12 AM there was a four-car crash on the Southern State Parkway westbound at exit 18, in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County NY.  A Ford Econoline was stopped in the right lane disabled with a Nissan Pathfinder behind it.  A Honda Accord was traveling in the right lane and struck the Nissan from behind which then struck the Ford.  The Honda then lost control and hit a fourth car, a Toyota Sienna.  Two people were injured in the Ford, eight people were injured in the Nissan, the driver was injured in the Honda and neither of the two occupants of the Toyota were injured.   Everyone who was injured were taken to local hospitals.  The most serious injured was the driver of the Honda, with a facial trauma and a pelvic injury.  The driver of the Honda, Tyler Jackson, 31 of Rosedale, NY, has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  The roadway was shut down for several hours and has been re-opened. 
This is an ongoing investigation and the State Police ask any witnesses to contact the State Police Long Island Headquarters at (631) 756-3300.


Pedestrian Seriously Injured Driver Ticketed For Unlicensed Operation Of MV


Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a pedestrian in Bay Shore this evening.

A 58-year-old man was crossing Union Boulevard from south to north, near 1st Avenue, when he was struck by a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Impala at approximately 6:10 p.m. The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was transported by Bay Shore Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore with serious injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 16-year-old male, of Bay Shore, and his two 15-year-old male passengers were not injured. The driver was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

The Chevrolet was impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352.


Pedestrian Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Ronkonkoma

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Ronkonkoma.

Christopher Grassia was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on Rosevale Ave., south of Richmond Blvd., and a passerby discovered the victim and called 911 at approximately 12:20 a.m. Police believe the vehicle was a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck with front end damage as a result of the crash and that the incident may have occurred between 7:20 p.m. on February 14 and 12:20 a.m. today.

Grassia, 46, of Ronkonkoma, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The investigation is continuing. 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.