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Sunday
Apr072019

Pedestrian Critically Injured In MV Crash In Huntington Station

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that critically injured a pedestrian in Huntington Station last night.

A man was crossing New York Avenue, just north of West 11th Street, when he was struck by a 1999 Honda CRV traveling southbound on New York Avenue at approximately 9 p.m.

The victim was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center with critical injuries. His identity is being withheld pending notification of kin. The driver of the Honda, Jose Rodriguez, 52, of Brooklyn, New York, was not injured. 

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.

Sunday
Apr072019

Woman Arrested After MV Crash In Lake Ronkonkoma

Suffolk County Police early this morning arrested a woman for aggravated DWI, driving with 35 license suspensions, and an interlock violation following a crash in Lake Ronkonkoma.

Maritza Lavergne was driving a 2010 Ford Focus westbound on Portion Road, near Hans Boulevard, when the vehicle hit a traffic sign and a tree. When Fourth Precinct officers arrived at the scene, they observed indicators of intoxication and arrested Lavergne for driving while intoxicated. Subsequent investigation noted her license had been revoked with 35 suspensions, and she did not have a court-ordered alcohol interlock system.

Lavergne, 30, of Central Islip, was charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without an Interlock Device. Her vehicle was impounded. 

Lavergne is being held at the Fourth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 7.

 

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

Friday
Apr052019

Man Arrested Following Search Warrant, Drugs and Weapon Seized

Suffolk County Police today arrested a man and seized drugs and a weapon following the execution of a search warrant at a Farmingville residence early this morning.

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired in Farmingville. Two men kicked in the front door of 43 Horizon View Drive, displayed a gun, and demanded drugs and money from the homeowner at approximately 2:10 a.m. The homeowner, Sukhman Janjua, fired a shotgun at the robbers, who fired their gun as they fled, striking the houses at 43 and 45 Horizon View Drive with a single bullet each. Detectives recovered drugs at the scene. No one was injured.

After the shooting, police executed a search warrant at the residence and detectives seized cash, and quantities of heroin, marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, Oxycodone pills and crack/cocaine. The shotgun that was used in the incident this morning was also recovered. 

Janjua, was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, and  Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.

Janjua, 21, will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 6.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8635 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
Apr052019

Wallet Stolen From Locker At Centereach L.A. Fitness

Wanted for Grand Larceny  - Release Date: April 5, 2019

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the people who stole a wallet from a Centereach Gym in March.

A wallet containing a debit card was stolen from an unlocked locker at L.A. Fitness located at 1934 Middle Country Road on March 2, at approximately 5 p.m. A man later used the debit card at Game Stop located at 1973 Middle Country Rd in Centereach.  

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 Flanagan CC# 19-134258.    Sixth Squad Detectives  CW# 19-138/EB

Friday
Apr052019

Man Indicted For Murdering His Grandmother In December 2017

DA SINI: MAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY MURDERING HIS GRANDMOTHER IN DECEMBER 2017

Defendant and Victim Were Out Looking at Christmas Decorations in Neighborhood Before Alleged Murder

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of a man for murdering his grandmother in December of 2017.

Kevin Sanchez, 23, of Brentwood, is charged with Murder in the Second Degree, an A felony.

“This is a shocking and tragic case, but it is also unfortunately one of many instances of family violence that occur each year around the holiday season,” District Attorney Sini said. “This indictment was the result of the dedication and intensive investigative efforts of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Homicide Squad and my office, and we will prosecute the defendant to the fullest extent of the law to hold him accountable for this unthinkable murder.”

Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2017, Sanchez and his grandmother, Paula Chavez Quintanilla, 65, who was visiting from El Salvador, left their family’s home in Brentwood in a white Jeep SUV to look at Christmas lights and decorations on houses in the neighborhood.

Sanchez returned home shortly after midnight on Dec. 23, 2017, without Quintanilla and claimed to family members that she was still in the car. When it was discovered that Quintanilla was not in the car, the family contacted police and conducted a search for her throughout the night and into the next morning.

Quintanilla’s body was discovered at approximately 9 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2017, by a woman in the rear parking lot of the office building located at 150 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. She appeared to be the victim of a stabbing.

According to the Suffolk County Office of the Medical Examiner, Quintanilla had sustained approximately 60 sharp force injuries.

An investigation into the alleged murder revealed evidence linking Sanchez to the crime scene, including DNA evidence from a gray sweatshirt recovered at the scene that Sanchez was wearing when he and Quintanilla were last seen together.

When interviewed by detectives, Sanchez allegedly gave conflicting accounts of his and his grandmother’s whereabouts on the night of the murder that were inconsistent with other evidence, including video surveillance of locations in which he claimed to have been.

Sanchez was arraigned on the indictment today by Suffolk County Court Judge Philip Goglas and he was remanded without bail.

If convicted of the top count, Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Sanchez is due back in court on April 17.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kearon, of the Homicide Bureau.

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

Friday
Apr052019

Suffolk County Correction Officer Arrested Faces Multiple Charges 

DA SINI & SOUTHAMPTON TOWN PD ANNOUNCE ARREST OF SUFFOLK COUNTY CORRECTION OFFICER FOR ALLEGED CHILD SEX ABUSE, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS & OTHER OFFENSES

(SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini and the Southampton Town Police Department today announced the arrest of a Suffolk County correction officer for allegedly sexually abusing a child, illegal possession of weapons, and charges related to illegally possessing items stolen from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Weis, 55, of Hampton Bays, is charged with Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree, a B violent felony; three counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm, an E felony; Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, an E felony; and Official Misconduct, an A misdemeanor. Weis has been employed as a Suffolk County correction officer since 1995.

“This is an individual who routinely abused his position of power, in both his official capacity as a correction officer and as an adult who was an authority figure for children,” District Attorney Sini said. “He violated the trust placed in him by those close to him, both professionally and personally. At this time, we are investigating other possible instances of abuse by this defendant and believe there could be more victims.”

“There are still parts of this investigation that need to be examined, such as his motive in stockpiling a large amount of armament, but most concerning to us is the possibility of other victims,” Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said. “Because of his history, including other allegations of sexual abuse, and the fact that he had access to so many vulnerable people, it certainly gives rise to concern that this victim might not be his only victim.”

District Attorney Sini and Chief Skrynecki urged anyone who was victimized by this defendant or has information regarding the alleged abuse by this defendant to contact the Southampton Town Police Department’s Detective Division at 631-702-2230.

An investigation by the Southampton Town Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office began in March 2019, when the alleged victim reported to police that the defendant had sexually abused him from when he was seven years old to approximately 16 years old. The victim is currently an adult.

Weis is the adoptive parent of five males and has been a foster parent for approximately 15 years.

Weis was arrested in South Carolina in 2016 for allegedly sexually abusing a minor. Those charges are currently pending. Pursuant to the investigation, the defendant was arrested by Southampton Town Police officers on April 4 and a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of three handguns, which the defendant possessed illegally, as well as 32 rifles and more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition. Police also recovered stolen property belonging to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, including bulletproof vests and EMT equipment. Following his arrest in 2016, Weis was placed on modified duty working as a quartermaster for the Sheriff’s Office and had access to the Office’s uniforms, gear and other official property.

The investigation is ongoing. Weis was arraigned on the charges today in Southampton Town Justice Court. Bail was set at $1 million cash or $3 million bond.

If convicted of the top count, Weis faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

Weis is due back in court on April 9.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Laurie Moroff, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau, and Kevin Ward, of the Public Integrity Bureau, with assistance from Assistant District Attorneys Christina Pinnola and Dana Castaldo, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau.

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

Friday
Apr052019

Police arrest a woman for driving with 18 license suspensions.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a woman for driving with 18 license suspensions.

Wanda Carter was driving a rented 2017 Nissan Sentra, northbound on Route 110, after exiting the Americana Motel when she failed to signal and made an unsafe turn into oncoming traffic causing other vehicles to swerve out of the way at approximately 10:15 p.m. She also stopped at a green light causing a traffic hazard. First Precinct Patrol officers initiated a traffic stop. An investigation revealed that Carter’s driver’s license had been suspended 18 times.

Carter, 48 of Rocky Point, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree, a Class E Felony, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without an Interlock Device. The vehicle was impounded.

Carter will be held overnight at the First Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on April 5.

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

Thursday
Apr042019

Registration Extended For 2019 Police Exam

SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE, POLICE COMMISSIONER HART ANNOUNCE REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR 2019 POLICE EXAM

Applicants Can Register Online at www.JoinSCPD.com or Call SCPD Recruitment Office at 1-800-SCP-EXAM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart today announced that registration to sign up for the upcoming Suffolk County Police Department entrance exam that will be held on June 15, 2019 has been extended for two weeks. The new deadline to register for the highly competitive exam is April 17, 2019.  Registration for the 2019 Suffolk County Police Department and the Police Spanish Speaking exam can be found at www.JoinSCPD.com.

“Over the last few months, the Suffolk County Police Department has been working tirelessly to recruit the best and brightest to become a part of one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the nation,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “It is not too late, with this two week extension there is still time to register to take the entrance exam and I encourage anyone who is interested to visit JoinSCPD.com today.”

“The police exam is a tremendous opportunity that is offered only once every four years and is the first step for the next generation of leaders to serve and protect the residents of Suffolk County.” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. “I encourage anyone who has considered a career in law enforcement to register and start the process to become part of one of the finest police departments in the country.” 

The exam is offered every four years and lures thousands of applicants who are interested in a career in law enforcement.  Registrants must be between the ages of 19 – 34 with a six-month exception for applicants with active military duty experience.  They must also have graduated from a standard high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma recognized by the New York State Department of Education Registration. Possession of a valid New York State drivers’ license is also required. 

Candidates who pass the written test will be called for the following qualifying tests and evaluations as needed.

Comprehensive Medical Evaluation

Candidates will be required to meet the medical standards for Police Officer and/or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) prescribed by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council and by Suffolk County.

Psychological/Personality Evaluation

This evaluation will consist of written tests and an interview designed to assess the suitability of the candidate’s personality for the position of Police Officer and/or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking).

Physical Fitness Screening Test

Candidates will be required to meet the qualifying fitness screening test standards for Police Officer and/or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking) as prescribed by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council.

For more information on the application process, please visit www.joinscpd.com or call the Suffolk County Police Department’s recruitment office at 1-800-SCP-EXAM.

Thursday
Apr042019

Four Police Cars Damaged As Police Chased Wrong Way Intoxicated Driver

Suffolk County Police arrested an Astoria man for driving while intoxicated after he fled police and drove the wrong way on a highway in Setauket early this morning.

A Sixth Precinct police officer observed a 2005 Kia Sorrento being operated without headlights on Route 112, near the intersection of Route 347, in Port Jefferson Station and attempted to pull over  the vehicle at approximately 2:20 a.m. The driver of the Kia, David Bonilla, fled police and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of Nesconset Highway in Setauket and Lake Grove.

Fourth Precinct officers observed the Kia and stopped the vehicle on southbound Sunken Meadow Parkway in Commack at approximately 3:10 a.m.

Four police cars were damaged during the incident. Two Fourth Precinct police officers were treated for minor injuries and released from Stony Brook University Hospital.  Bonilla was treated and released from Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.

Bonilla, 21, of Astoria, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Fleeing of a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated and Resisting Arrest. He was also issued numerous summonses for vehicle and traffic violations. Bonilla is being held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on April 4.

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

Wednesday
Apr032019

47 Minute Police Chase Starts In Pt Jeff Station Ends In Commack

Suffolk County Police Sixth Precinct officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a vehicle on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station at approximately 2:23 a.m. The driver fled from officers in his vehicle. The vehicle was stopped by Fourth Precinct officers on southbound Sunken Meadow Parkway in Commack at approximately 3:10 a.m. The suspect was transported to St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center in Smithtown for evaluation. Two Fourth Precinct officers were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

The suspect, David Bonilla, 21, of Astoria, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated and Resisting Arrest.  

 

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