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23-Year-Old Lindenhurst Woman Missing 

Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to locate a Lindenhurst woman who has not been heard from in more than two months.

Briar Latanville, 23, of 480 North Clinton Ave., last spoke to her parents, who live in Canada, on December 15 and her family reported her missing on February 20.

Latanville is white with short blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet 1 inch tall and approximately 100 pounds. She has also gone by the names Lacey Esposito and Briar Esposito.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or 911. 


Man In Serious Condition After Multi-Vehicle Crash On LI Expressway

Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that seriously injured a man in Islandia yesterday.

Douglas Rodger was driving a 2013 Hyundai approximately 1000 feet west of Exit 57 on the Long Island Expressway westbound, when his vehicle struck a 1998 Plymouth that was stopped in traffic in the left lane at approximately 5:40 p.m. The crash set off a chain reaction with the Plymouth striking a 2000 Toyota, which struck a 2016 Mitsubishi, which struck a 2014 Chevy.

Rodger, 55, of Long Beach was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious condition. He suffered partial paralysis. The driver of the Plymouth, Christian Dominguez, 35, of Brentwood, and Darlene Rosales, 16, of Bay Shore, a passenger in the Mitsubishi, were transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore with non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicles with the injured victims were impounded for safety checks. Westbound traffic was closed until 10:15 p.m.

The investigation is continuing.


Pedestrian Injured Crossing Rte 25 In Selden

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a pedestrian in Selden last night.

Joshua Ganci was a driving a Jeep Wrangler eastbound on Route 25 when his vehicle struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street 15 feet east of College Road at approximately 8:35 p.m.

The pedestrian, Quincy Grant, 32, of Farmingville, was transported by Selden Fire Department to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries. Ganci was not injured.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Sixth Squad detectives at 631-854-8652. 


Police Seek Help Finding Missing Brentwood Teen


Sophia Diaz-Aguilar, the 16-year-old who was reported missing, returned home, unharmed.


Deal Drugs In Suffolk County And The SCPD Is Coming For You

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Holtsville man on multiple drug charges after the execution of a search warrant revealed a sophisticated marijuana grow operation.

Rolando Gomes PortalFollowing an investigation, detectives from the Narcotics Section, Sixth Precinct Narcotics Enforcement Special Operations Team, Criminal Intelligence Section and officers from the Emergency Service Section and the Sixth Precinct executed a search warrant today at approximately 6:45 a.m. at 73 Frances Blvd. and arrested a resident, Rolando Gomes Portal.

Investigators seized approximately four pounds of dried marijuana, more than 80 marijuana plants, 20 grams of heroin, more than 500 Oxycodone pills, more than 1,000 Xanax, a loaded shotgun, a 2011 BMW, scales and $8,000. They also seized an air filtering system, a lighting system and water filtration system that were used as part of a hydroponic marijuana growing system.

Portal, 45, was charged with four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, two counts of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia, three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree.

“This is a significant blow. It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, if you are dealing drugs in this County, the Suffolk County Police Department is coming for you,” Suffolk County Police Department Timothy D. Sini said.

Portal will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on February 18.

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


Engeman Theater Donates $35,000 To Northport SD After Patti LuPone Concert

(Northport, NY, February 2017) – On Thursday, February 16, Kevin J. O’Neill, owner of the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, presented a check for $35,000 to Mr. Robert Banzer, Superintendent of the Northport-East Northort School District, and the Board of Education. The $35,000 check included an $8,000 donation from the educational foundation, FRIENNDS of Northport.

The check presentation was the result of the January 23rd and 24th performances of Patti LuPone’s concert Don’t Monkey with Broadway at the John W. Engeman Theater, benefitting the Performing Arts Department at Ms. LuPone’s alma mater, Northport High School. 

At the concert on Tuesday, January 24th, Dr. Izzet Mergen, Director of Fine and Performing Arts for Northport High School, announced that these funds will be used to purchase instruments and allow students with limited financial means to participate in extracurricular music and arts programming. 

In its 10 years of operation, the Engeman has raised funds for a wide variety of causes, including the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, the First Presbyterian Church of Northport, the Ecumenical Lay Council Food Pantry of Northport and the Huntington Light House Preservation Society. With the funds raised for the Northport High School Performing Arts Department, the Engeman’s lifetime charitable giving has now surpassed $1.1 million.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.   For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com 


Police Seeking Help Identifying Body Found In Wooded Area


Seeking Identification  

Release Date:  February 17, 2017

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify a man whose body was found in December 2016.

The body of a man was found in a wooded area just north of the Southern State Parkway and west of Route 110 in North Amityville on December 30 at approximately 11:45 a.m. The man is described as Hispanic, between 25 and 40 years old, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall with black hair. He was wearing three-quarter length denim shorts and white Nike sneakers.

Detectives do not believe the man was the victim of foul play.

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. John Kempf  CC# 16-764889

 Homicide Squad  CW# 17-073/KP


Massage Parlor Raid In Lake Ronkonkoma Two Arrests Made

Lina MaHuan LiuSuffolk County Police have arrested two Flushing women for unauthorized practice of a profession during a massage parlor raid in Lake Ronkonkoma.

In response to numerous community complaints, Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers, Suffolk County Police Fourth Squad detectives, Suffolk County Police Criminal Intelligence Section detectives, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers and Town of Brookhaven Code Enforcement officers conducted an investigation into illegal activities at Luna Spa, located at 723 Hawkins Ave., on February 15 at approximately 3 p.m.

Lina Ma, 30, and Huan Liu, 27, were arrested and charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, a Class E Felony under the New York State Education Law. They were scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.

An investigation by the 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. The investigation is continuing.

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



Three Men Arrested After Threatening 7-Eleven Clerk


Suffolk County Police today arrested three men in Melville after one man threated to kill a clerk. Two illegal loaded guns were seized.

Hector GonzalezOscar MadridTimothy FlytheHector Gonzalez entered the 7-Eleven, located at 837 Walt Whitman Road, and asked to purchase cigarettes at approximately 11:05 a.m. The clerk denied the request because Gonzalez did not have proper identification. Gonzalez went into his car and returned, accompanied by two other males, with what appeared to be a gun in his waistband. Gonzalez then threatened to kill the clerk. The clerk wrote down the license plate of the vehicle the men arrived in, and one of the males, Oscar Madrid, pulled the note out of the victim’s hand. Gonzalez, Madrid and the third man, Timothy Flythe, fled in a vehicle that Gonzalez’ mother was driving.

After the men fled, the victim called 911. A Melville Fire Department paramedic who was listening to the police scanner observed the suspects’ vehicle and notified police of their location. The vehicle was pulled over by First Precinct officers near Route 110 and Route 109 in Farmingdale at approximately 11:19 a.m.

Further investigation revealed two illegal loaded handguns in the vehicle belonged to Flythe.

Gonzalez, 26, of Huntington Station, was charged with Menacing 2nd Degree and a bench warrant. Flythe, 18, of Huntington Station, was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree. Oscar Madrid, 18,  Huntington Station, was charged with Grand Larceny 4th Degree.

All three men are being held at the Second Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on February 15.


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


No Injuries In School Bus Fire 

Jeff Bressler - Smithtown Fire Department (photo Joe Sperber)

The Smithtown Fire Department responded to a Bus Fire on Tuesday morning, February 14 at 8:31 am. The location of the bus fire was Plymouth Boulevard and Parnell Drive.

The bus driver, with one student aboard, was in the process of making school pick-ups when he observed smoke coming from under the dashboard of his vehicle.

Both the driver and the student were able to safely evacuate the bus before it caught fire and became totally engulfed in flames. more info at Smithtown FD

Smithtown Fire Department firefighters quickly worked to bring the blaze under control.

No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department.