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Friday
Apr122019

62 Year Old Man Arrested For Possessing Child Pornography

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Coram man for possessing child pornography.

Following an investigation, Computer Crimes Section detectives arrested David B. Korzeniowski at his home, located at 92B Homestead Drive, at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday for possessing child pornography on his computer.

Korzeniowski, 62, was charged with Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child and Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, both felonies. He is being held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 13. 

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6279 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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

Friday
Apr122019

East Hampton Man Pleads Guilty To Strangling & Stabbing Dog To Death

DA SINI: EAST HAMPTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STRANGLING & STABBING DOG TO DEATH

Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the guilty plea of an East Hampton man to strangling and stabbing a dog, causing its death, in December 2018.

Jose Galvez-Garcia, 22, of East Hampton, pleaded guilty today to Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a class E felony.

“This individual, without any cause or reason, killed an innocent, defenseless animal,” District Attorney Sini said. “This kind of cruelty is inexcusable and will not be tolerated by my office.” 

Between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2018, Galvez-Garcia strangled a four-year-old cockapoo named Simba who belonged to one of his family members. Galvez-Garcia then proceeded to repeatedly stab the dog with an approximately six inch long kitchen knife in its head, neck and torso, causing its death.

Galvez-Garcia was arrested by the East Hampton Town Police Department on Dec. 3, 2018.

Galvez-Garcia faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Court Judge Mark Cohen on May 14.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jacob Kubetz, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.

 

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

Thursday
Apr112019

Man Fleeing From Police Crashes Into Multiple Cars 

Suffolk County Police today arrested a man whose license had been suspended multiple times, after he fled two traffic stops and crashed into multiple cars on Sills Road in Patchogue.

Taieek Smith was driving a 2015 Mercedes Benz northbound on Lincoln Avenue in Holbrook when a Fifth Precinct patrol officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 5:27 p.m.  Smith initially stopped his vehicle but fled when the officer approached. The vehicle was spotted approximately seven minutes later heading northbound on Sills Road by a different Fifth Precinct officer who initiated another traffic stop. After initially stopping, Smith pulled away at a high rate of speed. He crashed into four vehicles approximately a half mile later at approximately 5:35 p.m. Four people in the cars Smith crashed into were transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue with minor injuries.

Smith, 23, of Wyandanch, whose license had been suspended 26 times, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, two counts of Fleeing a Police Officer, Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident, Criminal Possession a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and multiple Vehicle and Traffic violations. 

Smith will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 12. Smith’s vehicle was impounded.

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

Thursday
Apr112019

Shirley Man Arrested For Multiple Church Burglaries

Suffolk County Police arrested a Shirley man for multiple church burglaries that occurred in Shirley and Bellport since February.

As a result of recent church burglaries, Seventh Squad Special Operations Team detectives and a Field Intelligence detective were conducting surveillance in Shirley when they encountered a man who was in possession of heroin. Upon further investigation it was determined that the man, William Stepnowski, committed the following church burglaries:

  • Saint John the Theologian Orthodox Church, located at 158 West End Ave. in Shirley, on February 24 at 1:30 a.m.
  • Assembly of God Church, located at 27 McGraw St. in Shirley, on March 4 at 1:45 a.m.
  • Assembly of God Church, located at 27 McGraw St. in Shirley, on March 7 at 1:45 a.m.
  • Saint John the Theologian Orthodox Church, located at 158 West End Ave. in Shirley, on March 9 at 9 p.m.
  • Christ Episcopal Church, located at 64 South Country Road in Bellport, between March 19 at 6 p.m. and March 20 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saint John the Theologian Orthodox Church, located at 158 West End Ave. in Shirley, on April 7 at 1:45 a.m.

Stepnowski, 40, was charged with six counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and he was charged with an outstanding warrant.  He will be held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on April 12.  

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

Wednesday
Apr102019

Pedestrian Injured In Hit-And-Run In Medford

 

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian in Medford this morning.

Sixth Precinct police officers responded to Norfleet Lane at approximately 5:50 a.m. after a 911 caller reported an injured female lying in the road. It was determined that the woman, Olivia Thornton, was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. The vehicle was described as a dark-colored pickup truck. 

Thornton, 30, who is homeless, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of serious injuries.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Sixth Squad detectives at 631-854-8652 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Wednesday
Apr102019

DA And Northport PD Announce Indictments After Heroin Task Force Investigation

 

DA SINI & NORTHPORT PD: TWO ALLEGED DRUG DEALERS INDICTED FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION BY DA’S HEROIN TASK FORCE

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Northport Police Department today announced the indictment of two individuals in connection with the alleged sale of cocaine and other illicit substances following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Heroin Task Force.

“This investigation did not stop with the arrest of one defendant,” District Attorney Sini said. “Because of the dedication of the Northport Police Department, we were able to identify an accomplice who was allegedly attempting to remove the main target’s drug stash from his home after he was arrested. This indictment was the result of excellent investigative efforts and collaboration between the members of the Heroin Task Force.”

“This case is a fine example of the level of cooperation that exists on a daily basis between the layers of law enforcement in Suffolk County,” Northport Police Chief William Ricca said. “Resources and intelligence are routinely shared and the results are arrests like this one that gets the poison out of our communities.”

Jonathan Goldberg, 48, of Northport, is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a class A-II felony; three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony; and Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Third Degree, a class E felony.

Denise Streeker, 42, of Manorville, is charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony; Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony; and Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Third Degree, a class E felony.

An investigation by the District Attorney’s Heroin Task Force, which includes the Northport Police Department, identified Goldberg as an alleged drug dealer and revealed evidence that he allegedly conducted two drug transactions in the parking lot of Ruvo Restaurant, located at 63 Broadway in Greenlawn, on March 22. Goldberg was arrested by Northport Police officers and was found in possession of more than four ounces of powder cocaine.

On March 25, officers from the Northport Police Department and Suffolk County Police Department’s Emergency Service Section went to execute a search warrant at Goldberg’s residence, located at 111 Scudder Place, when they observed Streeker leaving the house in a vehicle. Streeker was apprehended by police and was found in possession of more than one-half of an ounce of Oxycodone pills, approximately 85 grams of psilocybin (mushrooms), approximately one pound of marijuana, and approximately $26,700 cash.

Goldberg and Streeker were arraigned on the indictment today by Suffolk County Court Judge Philip Goglas. Bail was set for Goldberg at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond. Bail was set for Streeker at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

If convicted of the top count, Goldberg faces a maximum determinate sentence of up to 10 years in prison and Streeker faces a maximum determinate sentence of up to nine years in prison.

Goldberg and Streeker are due back in court on April 19.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Saam Jalayer, of the Narcotics Bureau.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Heroin Task Force comprises eight law enforcement officers from the District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Suffolk County Police Department and Northport Police Department.

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

Tuesday
Apr092019

Smithtown Woman Arrested For DWAI Drugs With 6-Year-Old In Car

 

Suffolk County Police arrested a woman today for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs under Leandra’s Law in Smithtown after responding to a 911 report of an intoxicated driver.

A 911 caller reported seeing an intoxicated woman swerving off the roadway while operating a car with a child in the backseat at Brooksite Drive. Suffolk County Highway Patrol Officer Christopher Weiner stopped the vehicle on West Jericho Turnpike and found Blair Baldwin operating a 2000 Nissan with her 6-year old daughter in the back seat. She was arrested at approximately 12:05 p.m.

Baldwin, 30, of  Smithtown, was charged with Aggravated Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs with a Child Passenger 15-Years-Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The child was released to a family member. There were no injuries.

Baldwin will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April10.          

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

Monday
Apr082019

Police Respond To Community Complaints And Make A Massage Parlor Arrest

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Flushing woman during a raid at a massage parlor in Medford.

In response to community complaints, Suffolk County Police Fifth Precinct Crime Section officers, assisted by the Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal, conducted an investigation into illegal activity at the unnamed massage parlor located at 74 Suite G., Southaven Avenue at approximately 3 p.m. The business, which is located less than 1/10th of a mile from Tremont Elementary School, was soliciting customers online.

Guxia Duan, 47, of Flushing, was arrested and charged with two counts of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession, three counts of Prostitution, and one count of Promoting Prostitution.

The Town of Brookhaven Fire Marshal issued 14 summonses for violations and condemned the building as unsafe.

Duan is being held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at the First District Court in Central Islip on April 9, 2019. 

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

Sunday
Apr072019

Two Motorcycle Gang Members Arrested In Centereach

 

Suffolk County Police have arrested two motorcycle gang members in connection with drugs and weapon charges during a traffic stop in Centereach last night.

A Sixth Precinct police officer pulled over a vehicle, driven by Salvatore Manfredonia III, on Hawkins Road for failing to stop at a stop sign at approximately 8:45 p.m. Manfredonia III was found to be in possession of Oxycodone. His passenger, John Balogh, was found in possession of a 9mm handgun. Manfredonia, a member of the Satans Soldiers Motorcycle Club, and Balogh, a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, had just left the Hells Angels April Bash held on Lynbrook Street in Centereach.

Manfredonia, 35, of West Nyack, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. Balogh, 58, of 1500 Parker St. 5B, Bronx, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Balogh was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today. Manfredonia will be arraigned on a later date.

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

Sunday
Apr072019

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In MV Crash

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in Miller Place today.

Margaret Befanis was driving a 2017 Nissan Sentra eastbound on Route 25A and was turning left into North Country Plaza when a 2017 motorcycle, being operated by Joseph Sinacore, struck the car at 1:40 p.m.

Sinacore, 27, of Miller Place, was airlifted via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries. Befanis, 69, of Port Jefferson Station, was transported to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson with minor injuries.

 

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