07/25/13 8:00am

Those named in arrest reports or receiving police summonses have not been convicted of a crime. In court, the charges against them may be reduced or withdrawn or the defendants may be found not guilty.

The District Attorney’s East End DWI Task Force was back on Shelter Island this weekend, July 20/July 21, conducting traffic safety check points and random patrol checks between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. As a result, the following two individuals were arrested and held overnight for arraignment in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Mary-Faith Westervelt presiding.

Alison M. Sneed, 54, of Sag Harbor was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on $250 bail.

Vincent G. Flauto Jr., 47, of Greenport was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was released on $500 bail.

On Saturday, July 20 at about 5 p.m., Kathryn A. O’Hagan, 44, of Shelter Island was arrested on a charge of harassment in the 2nd degree. She was arraigned in Justice Court, Judge Helen J. Rosenblum presiding, and released on her own recognizance.

Gianpietro Pecora, 26, of Bayside was driving on West Thomas Street at about 9:25 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 when he was stopped for speeding — 50 mph in a 40-mph zone — failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to keep to the right and for stopping on a highway. He was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI. Mr. Pecora was arraigned in Justice Court in front of Judge Mary-Faith Westervelt, and released on $100 bail.

Alyssa Maria Bliss, 50, of New York City was given a summons on Smith Street on July 20 for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle.

Also on July 20, Cody S. Saunders, 22, of Hampton Bays was ticketed on North Ferry Road for operating a vehicle while using a portable electronic device.

Carlos Alberto Dominguez, 40, of Miami, Florida and Marc Antony LaGuerra, 44, of New York City were given summonses on July 21 for failure to stop at a stop sign on West Neck Road.

Bilal Tai, 19, of Great Neck was ticketed on July 21 on Shore Road for making an unsafe start and then on West Neck Road for failure to signal a turn.

On July 21 Devon P. Annabel, 24, of Cutchoque was given a summons for operating a jet ski without a safety certificate.

Edoardo Romani, 64, of Greenport was given a ticket at North Ferry Road and Town Hall on July 22 for “failure to turn as required.”

On July 19 at Hubbard’s Repair Shop, John Capon of Shelter Island backed into a vehicle that was being repaired and belonged to Thomas Curcio of Shelter Island. There was no damage to Mr. Capon’s vehicle and under $1,000 to the driver’s-side doors of Mr. Curcio’s.

Phillip Mannino of Bridgehampton reported that he was parked in the North Ferry line on July 19 when a vehicle driven by Eileen Livine of Elmont  backed into his vehicle, causing minor damage (under $1,000) to the rear bumper of Ms. Livine’s vehicle.

On July 19 at the Recycling Center, Elisa Tebbens of Sagaponack was backing up, temporarily blinded by the glare of the sun, and did not see Miguel A. Natal’s vehicle, which was parked. Damage to the driver’s-side door of Mr. Natal’s vehicle and the rear passenger-side of Ms. Tebbens’ vehicle was estimated at over $1,000.

On July 16, a caller told police that two waterskiing boats were too close to his vessel, anchored in Smith’s Cove. Police did not observe any violation of the 100-foot distance rule.

On July 17, police advised an individual that he was no longer welcome at a Heights business.

Police returned a dog to its Center owner on July 17. Another dog at large in the Center was returned to its owner on the same day. On the 18th, a dog reported loose on a Center property was retrieved by its owner at police headquarters. Police on patrol in Silver Beach returned a dog at large to its owner’s residence on July 19.

Police put a person on notice on July 17 not to be in contact with another individual via Facebook.

A submerged mooring stake was reported on July 17 as a possible navigational hazard. A marine unit marked the spot and the Waterways Management Advisory Council notified.

Police investigated a missing persons report on July 17.

On July 17, a Center caller told police that a possible explosion had caused a large amount of smoke in the area of his residence. A vehicle burnout was the cause of the smoke; police spoke to the owner.

A downed tree blocked a Shorewood roadway on July 18. The Highway Department was notified.

A loud party and fireworks were reported at a home in the Center on July 18. The resident was informed that fireworks are illegal in New York State and advised to keep the noise down.

Police opened an investigation into an alleged sex crime on July 19; it was subsequently determined to be unfounded.

Police received a report of skeet shooting on Ram Island on July 19. The area was patrolled but the shooters were gone when police arrived.
On July 19, a Center resident found property that was turned over to police for further investigation.

A caller told police there was someone asleep on the shoulder of a road in West Neck on July 20. Police woke him up “and sent him on his way.”

A possibly illegal post and pulley mooring in the Crab Creek area was reported on July 20.

Police were told on July 20 that a boat attempting to anchor in West Neck was very close to other boats. Police administered a field sobriety test and the results were negative.

An anonymous caller reported a possibly intoxicated driver in a Center parking lot on July 20. Police patrolled the area with negative results.

On July 21, a dog at large was reported at the Recycling Center; the dog was returned to its owner. Two other dogs were reported on a Center property on July 21; the dogs’ owner said a gate had been left open by mistake. A pit bull at large was seen on July 21 in Cartwright; the area was patrolled with negative results. On July 22, a Center caller told police a dog was at large on the deck; it was returned to the owner with a warning. Police located the owner of another dog at large in the Center on the 22nd.

Gun shots were reported in the South Ferry area on July 21. No houses were within 500 feet of the shooting.

A Ram Island caller reported a vehicle on the beach on July 21; police issued a warning to the driver for not having a town beach driving permit.

On July 21, police investigated the broken passenger window of a vehicle in the Cartwright area. It was possibly the result of a person shooting a BB gun in the neighboring woods. The investigation was continued.

Illegal dumping was reported in Silver Beach on July 22; police were unable to find any dumped brush in the area.

On July 22, police gave a warning to the owner of a vehicle on Reel Point, who did not have a town beach driving permit.

An automatic fire alarm was set off at the Perlman Music Program on July 16. It had been activated by steam from clothes in a dryer.

Shelter Island Emergency Medical Service teams transported seven individuals to Eastern Long Island Hospital on July 16, 18, 19, 20 and 22.

02/02/13 10:00am

Police will be stepping up drunk driving patrols on the East End Super Bowl Sunday, but they’re not saying where.

Officers from the East End DWI Task Force will be out and about somewhere on the East End, mirroring the efforts of the Suffolk County PD, Suffolk’s Parks Police and the County Sheriff’s Office in the five western townships.

The East End DWI Task Force, which is headed by Riverhead Police Captain Richard Smith, will have the Sheriff’s Blood Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile unit to help process alcohol and drug-related arrests, according to a release from the Suffolk County Stop DWI Program. The BAT unit will be part of patrols on major roads and highways.

The stepped-up patrols are funded through a grant from the governor’s traffic safety committee.

The release quotes a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which found that 40 percent of fatal crashes on Super Bowl Sunday involved drunk driving.


09/14/12 4:00pm

BETH YOUNG PHOTO |  Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota speaks at a press conference Friday at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Hampton Bays.

The Suffolk County East End DWI Task Force plans to expand its mission to cover Boating While Intoxicated crimes next summer, after a successful inaugural summer of DWI checkpoints on the East End.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced the effort at a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Hampton Bays Friday afternoon.

“We just the other day decided the time had come when we had to do this,” said Mr. Spota, who said he had just recently been involved in the indictment of a man who killed a father of two when he was in a waterway channel going the wrong way at an excessive rate of speed. “I will deputize all the officers so they can cross local boundaries.”

Mr. Spota said the Coast Guard will also play a major role in the effort.

“All agencies will participate, even those that don’t have a boat,” he said. “We have to be as aggressive as we are on the land.”

Mr. Spota said the D.A.’s office will use the proceeds from assets seized from criminals to fund overtime expenses for local departments, as well as state grant money and fees that Suffolk County receives from people who are convicted of DWI.

“The residents of the East End will not be paying a nickel for this effort,” he said.

Mr. Spota added that the DWI Task Force checkpoints, which began Memorial Day Weekend throughout the East End and have netted numerous arrests each weekend, will continue on designated weekends through the end of this year.

Mr. Spota said he had personally spent 11 years as a homicide prosecutor consoling families who couldn’t understand how a drunk driver had ruined their family’s life.

He also thanked representatives from the East End police departments who participated in the effort, many of whom were at the press conference.

“The very worst part of policing is bearing the burden of knocking on that door to bear that terrible news,” he said.

“They say success has many fathers but failure is an orphan,” he said. “We have a lot of proud fathers here. As district attorney, I’m deeply grateful for their enthusiasm and cooperation.”

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