06/01/11 10:04pm

Jeremy K. Librett, 44, of Utah was driving on Manwaring Road shortly after 9 a.m.  on Wednesday, May 25 when he was stopped by police for talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device. He was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and for not wearing a seatbelt.

Mr. Librett was released on station house bail of $100 and instructed to appear in Shelter Island Court at a later date.

Following a police investigation into a domestic incident, Robert M. Marcello, 42, of Shelter Island was arrested on Friday, May 27 at about 9:30 p.m. and charged with harassment in the 2nd degree and criminal contempt in the 2nd degree. He was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Mary-Faith Westervelt presiding, released on $250 bail and ordered to return to court at a later date.

On Monday, May 30 at about 11:30 p.m., Trish Gallagher, 55, of Hastings, New York told police she was driving westbound on Smith Street when she thought she saw a deer and swerved off the roadway, hitting a tree and a LIPA pole. Ms. Gallagher was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. She was arraigned in Justice Court in front of Judge Westervelt, released on $500 bail and ordered to return to court later.


Four motorists were ticketed during the week, one for driving with inadequate plates on North Ferry Road, a second for “disobeying a traffic control device” on New York Avenue, a third for failure to stop at a stop sign on West Neck Road, and a fourth for driving an uninspected vehicle with an unsafe tire, not wearing a seatbelt and failing to cover cargo.

A bay constable issued a ticket to a boat owner on Crescent Beach for having an expired registration.


A boat was found on a Shorewood beach on May 24. The owner’s caretaker was contacted and was advised that the owner should register the boat.

A caller told police on May 24 that gun shots were heard in the Menantic area every day. Police responded but were unable to observe any activity.

A dog at large was reported in West Neck on May 24 and returned to its owner with a warning about the town code on dogs at large. On May 25, a dog was reported loose in Longview; it was gone when police arrived. A Silver Beach property owner reported a dog on the premises on May 29. Police spoke to the dog’s owner who will repair his electric fence.

On May 25 a caller reported a town picnic table was blocking a fire lane in the Center. Police found no problem; the table could be moved easily in case of an emergency.

Also on May 25, a caller reported an incident on North Ferry involving two parked vehicles on deck. No accident report was filed.

A petit larceny at a residence in Longview — items removed from a porch — was reported on May 26.

A document was reported missing in the mail on May 26. Police will file a report and advised the caller to also contact the U.S. Postal Service.

Police responded to an incident of possible harassment on May 26.

A driver notified police on May 26 that she may have hit a cat on Manhanset Road. Police checked the area and found no sign of the cat.

On May 27, a caller reported riding a bike in Longview and being chased and harassed by a dog at large. Police spoke to the owner.

A case of petit larceny was reported in the Center on May 27.

On May 27, a business in the Center requested police assistance with a person who was “verbally aggressive.” The person left the premises.

A Silver Beach caller reported a raccoon in the house on May 27; police chased it out.

Police received a report on May 28 about a boat anchored within 500 feet of the shore in Dering Harbor. The owner will move the boat.

On May 28, a caller reported persons on his property. Police advised the caller to mark his property with a “no trespassing” sign.

A complaint about loud music in the Center was reported at about 3 a.m. on May 29. The owner turned the music off. Another noise complaint was received at about 2:45 a.m. on May 30 — loud noise on the beach in front of a Silver Beach residence. Police located a group of youths, advised them to keep the noise down. They apologized and complied.

On May 29, police advised an individual not to tie his boat up at a complainant’s dock in HiLo Shores.

Also on the 29th, there was a complaint about Sunset Beach patrons gathering on the crosswalk. Police spoke to Sunset Beach security staff.

A case of criminal mischief at the Wades Beach bathhouse was reported on May 30 — interior structural damage and graffiti. The investigation is continuing.

Kayakers off Ram Island flipped over on May 30 but had made it back to shore without incident by the time police arrived.

Fire chiefs responded to a fire alarm at a Shorewood residence on May 28; it had been set off by burned toast.

A burglary alarm was activated in Shorewood on May 26; a worker on the premises said there were no problems.


Shelter Island Red Cross ambulance teams transported four aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital on May 26, 27, 28 and 30.

02/17/11 12:53pm

Following an investigation, John S. Schultheis, 46, of Shelter Island was arrested on Friday, February 11 at about 11:30 a.m. and charged with aggravated sexual abuse in the 3rd degree — a felony. He was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Helen J. Rosenblum presiding, released on cash bail of $750, and directed to return to court at a later date.


Two motorists were issued tickets during the week — one on North Ferry Road for using a cellphone without a hands-free device; a second on Grand Avenue for operating a vehicle with a suspended/revoked registration and for driving without insurance.


On February 8, police conducted an investigation on Shelter Island School grounds involving a juvenile and alcohol.

A Dering Harbor residence engulfed in smoke brought out the Shelter Island Fire Department on February 8. A defective burner in the basement was the cause. No damage was noted in the police report.

Police responded to a caller’s request on February 8 for information about obtaining an order of protection.

A vehicle parked partially over the shoulder line onto the roadway was creating a hazardous condition on February 9; the owner was told to move the vehicle off the road.

On February 9 an anonymous caller, concerned about the cold temperatures, reported a dog locked inside a vehicle parked in a Center lot. Police were unable to locate any animals left in vehicles in the lot.

Police received paperwork on February 10 that was determined to be non-criminal in nature but was filed for information purposes at the caller’s request.

On February 10, a caller, responding to an alarm and attempting to enter a West Neck residence to check, reported hearing some movement inside. Police checked the residence and all appeared to be secure.

An anonymous caller reported on February 11 that someone was cutting wood on a South Ferry Hills property. The person was located and had the property owner’s permission.

On February 12 a caller reported an open door at a West Neck residence. Police notified the owner, who was aware the door was open.

A burglary alarm was activated on February 12 at a Ram Island home. The caretaker reported that there were technical problems with the alarm.


Shelter Island Red Cross ambulance teams transported three aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital on February 9 and 13.

02/10/11 12:53am

A motorist was given three summonses on January 21 near the intersection of North Ferry and West Neck roads: failure to stop at a stop sign, unlicensed operation and speeding — 45 mph in a 35-mph zone.


Two deer-related accidents were reported during the week.

Linda Tetreault of Shelter Island was driving northbound on North Ferry Road on February 1 when she hit a deer. The amount of damage, not indicated at the time of the accident, was estimated to be minor. The deer was not located.

On February 4, Kevin D. Foote of Mattituck was traveling north on North Ferry Road when a deer ran onto the roadway and into the side of his vehicle, causing over $1,000 in damage to the right front passenger door.

Other reports

Police on patrol on February 1 reported hazardous conditions on roads in Menantic, and the Shelter Island Highway Department was notified.

For information purposes, a driver reported damage to a vehicle not related to a motor vehicle accident on February 1.

Police opened an investigation into drugs on February 1. A second drug investigation was initiated on February 7.

The sound of gunshots in Hay Beach was reported on February 2. The area was canvassed with negative results. A second, anonymous, call about gunshots was also investigated on that day with the same results.

Police notified the Town, Heights and Village of Dering Harbor Highway Departments about icy roadways on February 2, and on the same day assisted the Town Highway Department with traffic control while a road drain was cleared in the Center. Also on February 2, the SIHD responded to a police report of a flooded roadway in the Heights, caused by a clogged drain.

Police helped to remove a vehicle stuck in the snow in West Neck on February 2.

Police responded to an aided case at the Shelter Island School on February 2 and subsequently investigated a juvenile incident.

Police opened a criminal investigation involving the Internet on February 2.

A homeowner was advised to move a vehicle from a Center roadway on February 3 due to a snow advisory.

On February 3 police followed up on a report that a vehicle marked “Taxi” but without proper license plates was headed towards the North Ferry. The area was checked but the vehicle was not located.

Police followed up on concerns involving a domestic/juvenile case on February 3.

The driver of a disabled vehicle in Westmoreland was assisted on February 3.

A Harbor View caller reported two dogs at large on her property on February 3. When police arrived, the owner was walking the dogs back home where they had gotten loose.

Police responded to a call on February 4 regarding an Internet issue; the caller was advised that the information provided was not criminal in nature.

On February 4, a caller reported a concern regarding a domestic matter.

A burglary at a West Neck residence was reported on February 4. A separate burglary report in the West Neck area was called in on the same day.

Turkeys were reported blocking a roadway in South Ferry Hills on February 6. They were moved from the roadway.

A caller reported a possible suspicious person in the Center on February 7. According to the police, the report was unfounded.

An injured deer was reported on the side of a Center roadway. It was gone when police arrived.

The Shelter Island Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at a residence in West Neck on February 3. It was set off by a kerosene heater.

Aided cases

Shelter Island Red Cross ambulance teams transported three aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital, on February 2, 3 and 5.

02/02/11 2:16pm

A Shelter Island youth was arrested and charged with harassment in the 2nd degree on Tuesday, January 25 at about 10:45 a.m. The youth was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Mary-Faith Westervelt presiding, and released on $500 cash bail.


Edward T. Ernst of Southold was driving southbound on South Ferry Road on January 26 when he collided with a vehicle driven by Mery R. Moloche of Central Islip. He was unable to stop due to the icy roadway, he told police, and he thought Ms. Moloche appeared to be slipping sideways or was attempting to make a turn in front of him. Ms. Moloche reported that she was traveling slowly, also in the southbound lane, when her car was hit. There were no injuries but over $1,000 in damage to the passenger-side of Ms. Moloche’s vehicle.

On January 30, Linda Tetreault of Shelter Island reported that a deer had run into the side of her vehicle on West Neck Road. There was no damage to the vehicle but Ms. Tetreault was concerned about leaving behind an injured deer. Police checked the area and located a family of deer near the accident. All appeared to be in good condition.

Also on January 30, Katherine V. Franzoni of Shelter Island told police that while her vehicle was parked unattended on North Cartwright Road, it was sideswiped from behind causing over $1,000 in damage to the left rear of  the vehicle. The unknown vehicle that did the damage left the scene of  the accident.


Police notified the Town, Heights and Dering Harbor Highway Departments about icy road conditions on January 26.

A Silver Beach caller reported on January 26 that  the night before an unknown person had run through her backyard into woods behind the residence. The area was canvassed with negative results.

The Shelter Island Fire Department responded to a stove top fire on January 26. The fire had been extinguished when the SIFD arrived.

A vehicle stuck in snow in the Center on January 27 was partially blocking the roadway; the owner was advised to move the vehicle.

A caller on January 28 was concerned that snow was being plowed and deposited in front of the residence. Police noted that the snow was piled on the edge of the roadway which was the town’s property.

An investigation into a case of fraud was opened on January 29.

Gunshots were reported in Hay Beach on January 30. Police heard shots coming from across the bay, which appeared to be from persons duck hunting. The area was patrolled and no hunters were located on the Island side.

A report of property damage as a result of plowing a Center driveway was reported on January 30; it will be repaired when the snow melts.

The sound of a gunshot in Menantic was reported on January 31. Police located a hunter in a large wooded area. There were no violations noted.

On January 31, police were trying to reach the owner of a sailboat and trailer that were being stored on town property on the First Causeway. He will be advised to move them.

A caller reported on January 31 that a tree limb was entangled in utility wires in the Center. LIPA had already been notified; Verizon and Cablevision were also requested to clean up the branches in the wires as well.

On January 31, an anonymous caller reported a large snow bank blocking the view of an intersection in the Center. The Highway Department was notified.

A Silver Beach caller notified police about an unknown person walking outside around the house. The area was searched with negative results.

A carbon monoxide alarm was set off at a home in South Ferry Hills on January 26. The Shelter Island Fire Department responded and replaced the batteries. A second carbon monoxide alarm was activated on January 29 at a Shorewood residence. The SIFD cited a faulty battery as the cause.

Two burglary alarms, both at homes in the Center, were reported on January 26 and 31. No problems were noted.

The SIFD also responded to two fire alarms on January 28 and 29 in Dering Harbor and on Ram Island. Floor sanding set off the first alarm; no reason was given for the second.


Shelter Island Red Cross ambulance teams transported six aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital on January 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31.

01/27/11 12:41am

Following an investigation, police arrested Marcel M. Sarfati, 58, of Shelter Island on Tuesday, January 11 at about 5:45 p.m. on a charge of harassment in the 2nd degree. Mr. Sarfati was arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Mary Faith Westervelt presiding, and released on $500 bail.


One ticket was issued to a motorist for “disobeying a traffic control device.”


Walter M. Richards and David S. Currie, both of Shelter Island, were backing out of opposite driveways onto Primrose Place on January 12 when they collided. There was over $1,000 damage to the driver’s-side rear of Mr. Currie’s vehicle; no damage was reported to Mr. Richards’ vehicle.

On January 16, an unoccupied vehicle registered to Peter Sareyani of Shelter Island was parked on an unplowed, steeply graded driveway off Lake View Drive when it slid backwards into a tree, just after Mr. Sarejani had exited it. There was over $1,000 in damage to the driver’s-side mid-section of the vehicle.


In response to a call on January 11, police found an open window and door at a West Neck residence. There was no sign of a break-in; apparently wind had blown them open. The window and door were secured.

On January 12, an open door was reported at a Center residence. No criminal activity was observed; storm winds may have blown the door open. A similar incident was reported at a home in Hay Beach on January 14. The premises were checked with no indication of any criminal activity.

A number of low-hanging wires were reported on January 12 and 13. LIPA was notified about two problems in the Center; Verizon was informed about two cases in the Center and Village of Dering Harbor.

Police assisted a motorist on January 12 who was driving with limited visibility due to excessive snow accumulation on the vehicle.

A dog at large on North Ferry Road was reported on January 13. The dog was gone when police arrived.

Police responded to a domestic dispute in the Center on January 14.

On January 15, police checked on the welfare of a person reported sleeping in his vehicle in the Heights. The vehicle was gone when police arrived and the area patrolled with negative results.

Also on the 15th, a caller asked the SIPD to notify the Shelter Island Highway Department that the access road to Fresh Pond needed to be plowed. A second caller on that day was concerned that the catch basin in front of his Center residence was clogged with snow and his property could be flooded from road run-off. The Highway Department was advised.

Police advised a caller on January 17 to petition Family Court regarding a domestic matter.

On January 18, highway departments in the town, Heights and Village of Dering Harbor were advised of snow and icy conditions on Island roadways.

Two burglary alarms were activated during the week at residences in West Neck and the Center. The premises appeared to be secure in both cases.


Shelter Island Red Cross ambulance teams transported six aided cases to Eastern Long Island Hospital on January 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. EMTs responded to a seventh case on January 11 but transportation was refused.