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Friday
Jul212017

Travel Advisory- Overnight Closure LIE July 24 Oyster Bay

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TRAVEL ADVISORY:
Overnight Closure Expected on I-495/Long Island Expressway beginning on Monday, July 24 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County

Motorists should expect a full overnight closure on Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway westbound between exits 48 and 46 weekdays starting on Monday evening, July 24 between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The completion time has been changed to 5 a.m. in contrast to the normal conclusion of 6 a.m. in anticipation of additional traffic due to ongoing Amtrak repairs at Penn Station that have altered Long Island Railroad schedules. There will be no daytime closures in connection with this phase of the project.

This is a part of a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) project to perform crack sealing and joint overlay repairs at various locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The cost for these improvements among all of the locations is $1.2 million and is being performed by Constar, Inc. of Central Islip, Long Island.

Motorists should take note of the portable variable message signs that have been placed along the roadway with alerts in advance of the work and detour information.

Motorists are reminded to drive carefully through the work zone, obey any speed restrictions that may be in place, and the instructions of the flag persons for their safety and the safety of the highway work crew. As with most road and bridge projects, work may be cancelled, postponed, or prolonged due to inclement weather.

For real-time travel information motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org, New York State’s official traffic and travel information source.

NYSDOT appreciates the patience and cooperation of motorists and the local community while the roadwork is undertaken to help assure the continued protection of all motorists.

Follow New York State DOT on Twitter at @nysdotli. Find us on Facebook at Facecebook.com/NYSDOT

Friday
Jul212017

Road Rage Incident Causes Motorist To Crash Vehicle

 

Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for a road rage incident which caused another motorist to crash and suffer injuries last week in Ridge, New York.

A man was recklessly operating a 2015 Dodge Challenger northbound on William Floyd Parkway near Upton Road on July 13, at approximately 5:15 p.m. when he caused a motorist driving a 2006 Nissan Altima northbound to leave the road and crash into a wooded area. The suspect left the scene. 

The 23-year-old driver of the Nissan suffered a broken femur, which required surgery, and a hand injury. He was released from Stony Brook University Hospital July 20.

Robert FerraraAfter an investigation, police arrested Robert Ferrara Jr. on July 20 at the Seventh Precinct at approximately 10:50 p.m. Ferrara Jr., 19, of Ridge, was charged with Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, and Assault 3rd Degree. All three charges are misdemeanors. Ferrara Jr. was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on September 22. 

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

 

Thursday
Jul202017

Central Pine Barrens Unveils New Website

New Presence Online Designed to Facilitate Access to Information And Showcase the Beauty of the Ecologically-Significant Region

The Central Pine Barrens Commission today unveiled its brand new website, a site that facilitates public access to important information, highlights upcoming Commission-sponsored events and showcases the pristine beauty and recreational opportunities available in the 105,000-acre ecological treasure covering parts of the Towns of Brookhaven, Southampton and Riverhead.

The new site can be viewed at: https://pb.state.ny.us/

“Our goal was to create a site worthy of everything the Central Pine Barrens region offers, and I believe we’ve done that,” said Commission Executive Director John Pavacic. “The public will now have easier access to information about our various educational programs, wildfire management, land use, ecological threats, how to obtain pine barrens credits and so much more.”

The new site will also feature active social media accounts to highlight various Commission programs and notify the public of the important upcoming events. Follow the Commission on Twitter at @CPB_Commission, on Facebook at @CentralPineBarrensCommission and on Instagram at CentralPineBarrensCommission.

The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission was established by the New York State Legislature to protect and preserve drinking water and other natural resources in the Central Pine Barrens region.  In addition to its regional land use planning, land preservation and regulatory functions, the Commission supports relevant scientific research and oversees the work of three committees which aid the Commission, the Protected Lands Council, Law Enforcement Council and Wildfire Task Force, and also manages a Compliance and Enforcement Division, an Education and Outreach Division, and the Pine Barrens Credit Transfer of Development Rights Program. 

Thursday
Jul202017

Fatality In MV Crash On Montauk Highway

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a crash that killed a man in Brookhaven, New York, early this morning.

Gregory Goodley was driving a 2015 Ford Mustang eastbound on Montauk Highway when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes and struck a 2009 Ford Focus at approximately 2:15 a.m.

Goodley, 45, of Shirley, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Bellport Fire Department Heavy Rescue, Brookhaven Fire Department Heavy Rescue and Suffolk County Police Emergency Services assisted in extricating the driver of the Focus, Rebecca Davis, 22, of  Bellport, New York, from the vehicle. South Country Ambulance provided medical assistance to the victim before she was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks. The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call theFifth Squad at 631-854-8552.

Wednesday
Jul192017

Good Samaritans Help Rescue Man From Burning Car In Hauppauge

 

Suffolk County Police responded to an incident in which two Good Samaritans helped rescue a man from a burning car after he crashed in Hauppauge today.

Paul Gross suffered an apparent medical incident and crashed into a tree in front of 837 Townline Road at approximately 4:53 p.m. The car started to catch fire. Volunteer Fireman Stephen Matteo heard the crash from his residence and rushed to the scene. Matteo flagged down a passing motorist, Edmund Quinones to help pull the unconscious man out of his vehicle.

Matteo and other Good Samaritans provided medical care on the scene and helped revive Gross. Briana Stettner, 19, of Hauppauge, heard the crash and went in the intersection of Townline Road and Hoffman Lane and stopped traffic, so emergency vehicles could get to the scene. 

Gross, 53, of Mount Sinai, New York, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by Smithtown Fire Department with several non-life-threatening injuries. Matteo, 31, of Hauppauge, and Quinones, 57, of Ronkonkoma, New York, did not suffer injuries. The heat was so severe Matteo’s watch burned. 

The investigation is continuing. 

 

Wednesday
Jul192017

Leandra's Law Arrest After MV Crash In Centereach

 

Suffolk County Police arrested a woman for driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle after she was involved in a motor vehicle crash in Centereach last night.

Melinda Duncan was driving a 2014 Ford Focus southbound on South Coleman Road near Hettys Path when she struck a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that was parked on the shoulder.  Duncan and her 11 year old grandson, who was in the backseat, were not injured. 

Sixth Precinct Patrol officers arrested and charged Duncan, 56, of Coram, New York, with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years or Younger (Leandra’s Law), Driving While Intoxicated and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Duncan will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on July 19.  

Tuesday
Jul182017

12-Year-Old Boy Dies In Boating Accident At Centerport Yacht Club

Second Precinct detectives are investigating a boating accident that killed a 12-year-old boy in Centerport, New York today.

Three children, all wearing life vests, were taking part in a sailing lesson when their boat was capsized as a controlled part of the lesson, at the Centerport Yacht Club, located at 33 Beach Plum Drive at approximately 2:55 p.m.

A 12-year-old boy was receiving sailing instructions when he fell into the water.  An 18-year old instructor who was operating a small Zodiac inflatable boat was able to pull the child from the water and onto the Zodiac.  The child was seated on the side of the Zodiac when the instructor started to move forward. The boy again fell into the water and became entangled in the propeller of the Zodiac.  The instructor immediately entered the water to render aid.  He and another instructor were able to pull the child onto another boat and began CPR.  On shore other EMT’s assisted until a paramedic from the Centerport Fire Department responded.  The child was transported to Huntington Hospital where he died from his injuries. A instructor was also admitted to Huntington Hospital for shock. The other children did not receive medical aid.

The Second Squad is continuing the investigation.  

 

Sunday
Jul162017

Motorcyclist Arrested Clocked At 110 MPH On Robert Moses Causeway

   Felix O. RiveraOn Sunday, July 16, 2017, the New York State Police, Troop L, conducted an aggressive driving enforcement operation on the Ocean Parkway and Robert Moses Causeway, in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County.  This enforcement operation was to address the on-going issue of speeding vehicles and aggressive drivers operating on these roadways. 

At approximately 9:35 am, a trooper observed a 2005 Honda VTX motorcycle, on the southbound Robert Moses Causeway, driving in between traffic on the broken lane lines, south of the main span bridge. When the trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle for this violation, the operator began to speed away at speeds up to 110 MPH, in an attempt to flee from the trooper. The trooper continued to pursue the motorcycle, which exited the causeway, changed directions, and began traveling northbound. Through a coordinated effort of multiple enforcement tactics, troopers were able to stop the motorcycle. The operator, who was identified as Felix O. Rivera, age 34, of Bay Shore, NY, was quickly apprehended and arrested by the troopers. Major David Candelaria, Troop L Commander, stated, “The New York State Police will continue to target aggressive driving, with an emphasis on motorcycle enforcement. We have zero tolerance for aggressive drivers who endanger other motorists by their reckless actions.”
 
Mr. Rivera was charged with Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer 3rd (A Misd.), Reckless Endangerment 2nd (A Misd.), Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (Violation), and multiple traffic violations. Mr. Rivera will appear in the Suffolk County First District Court on July 26, 2017 at 9:00 am.

Saturday
Jul152017

Police Arrest Ronkonkoma Man For Nesconset Gas Station Robbery

Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for robbing a gas station in Nesconset, New York, earlier this week.

Joseph GalloJoseph Gallo entered BP, a gas station located at 294 Smithtown Blvd., on July 10 at 9:28 p.m., displayed a machete and demanded money from an employee. The employee complied and the suspect fled with cash eastbound on Smithtown Boulevard.

Fourth Squad detectives obtained video and distributed a description of the suspect. A Fourth Precinct officer recognized Gallo at the corner of Smithtown Boulevard and Metzner Road in Ronkonkoma, New York, on July 14 at approximately 5:50 p.m. and arrested him. 

Fourth Squad detectives charged Gallo, 50, of Ronkonkoma, New York, with Robbery 1st Degree. He will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on July 16.

Thursday
Jul132017

Police Looking For Person Who Stole Tools From Hayrick Lane Home

 

Wanted for Burglary 

Release Date:  July 13, 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 stole tools from a vacant residence in Commack earlier this year. 

A man stole tools between March 31 and April 3 from a Hayrick Lane residence that was under construction. The tools had an approximate value of $1200. The suspect was driving a black pickup truck with tinted windows.

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:  D/Sgt. Michael Marchan CC# 17-196221

                    Fourth Squad Detectives CW# 17-245/RD