1 arrest but dogs and deer dominate

Sam D. Curko, 69, of Shelter Island was arrested on Tuesday, October 6 for harassment in the 2nd degree — allegedly threatening another person verbally. He was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Helen J. Rosenblum presiding, and released on $500 bail. Mr. Curko was issued an appearance ticket to return to court at a later date.


Manuel Lopez of Greenport was traveling southbound on North Menantic Road on October 11 when his vehicle was hit by a deer on the passenger side. Damage was estimated at over $1,000 to the front quarter panel, both side doors, the side-view mirror and windshield. The deer was killed on impact.

Mr. Lopez, 26, was issued a summons for driving without a license.

On October 12, Gerry Braley of Waterville, Maine was making a right hand turn off North Midway Road onto Bowditch Road when his trailer sideswiped a telephone pole. There was no damage to the trailer; Verizon was contacted about repairing the pole.

Patricia C. Delaney of Hauppauge told police on October 12 that she was driving southbound on Brander Parkway when she hit a deer, causing minor damage to the front hood.


Police and the Shelter Island Fire Department responded to a call about an electrical smell at a residence in the Center on October 5. No problems were noted; the TV may have been the cause.

An anonymous caller reported barking dogs in the Center on October 6. The dogs were quiet when police arrived. They were on property enclosed with an electric invisible fence.

Police responded to a call about a property dispute in Cartwright on October 6; the caller was advised that the case was civil in nature.

Police received a report of money fraud on October 7.

On October 7 another complaint was received about a neighbor’s dog barking; the caller was advised to call police at the time the dog was barking.

A pool alarm was activated in Menantic on October 7, probably set off by the wind.

A caller reported an illegal hunting stand on Center property on October 7. Police were advised that the stand had been installed 20 years ago for the property owner.

A downed limb and wires were reported in the Center on October 7 and LIPA was notified. A downed limb blocked the southbound lane of a Center roadway on October 8; police directed traffic while the Highway Department removed the limb.

Police received a report on October 7 of “black smoke” in the area of South Ferry Hills. A resident had burned a small amount of trash in a burn barrel. The SIFD responded and the owner was advised to obtain a burn permit.

A caller complained on October 7 about a neighbor’s dogs at large on his property. The dog owner was advised.

On October 8, a tree stand was reported within 500 feet of homes in the West Neck area. The stand was removed and the owner advised that he would need the written consent of all homeowners within 500 feet in order to put it back.

The dog warden returned two dogs at large in the Center to their owner on October 9.

A caller complained about her neighbor’s dog barking in the Center on October 9; Police spoke to the owner.

Bulldogs were reported at large in the Center on October 9 and were returned to their own property by police.

Fireworks in the Center were reported on October 9; the area was canvassed with negative results.

A boat was reported riding low in the water in West Neck on October 10; the owner was contacted.

Barking dogs were reported in Montclair on October 11; the owner was notified.

A caller told police there was a loud party in Silver Beach. Police advised the group to move inside and turn down the music, which they did.

A petit larceny was reported in the Center on October 11; an extra patrol was also requested.

On October 11, two kayakers were reported in distress off Shell Beach. Police transported the two men to the Island Boatyard. No medical problems were reported.

On October 11 in the mid-afternoon, loud music was reported at Goat Hill. Police were delayed in responding due to earlier incidents on the police blotter. A live band was playing amplified music for a Democratic Party fundraiser, ending at 6 p.m. The caller was concerned about parking violations as well as noise and also spoke to Supervisor James Dougherty who was at the scene. The music was terminated and the illegally parked vehicles moved. 

Also on October 11, police investigated a case involving the use of a bicycle taken from a parking area in the Heights.

Three burglary alarms were set off during the week in Silver Beach and the Center. High winds may have set off two of them; the third was activated by mistake.


Shelter Island Red Cross ambulance teams transported three aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital on October 7, 10 and 11.

In last week’s Reporter, it was reported that Miguel Salinas, 40, of Amagansett had received summonses for driving with a suspended registration and for aggravated unlicensed operation. He was also arrested on those charges and released on station house bail of $100.