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Tephonte Smith Tephonte Smith The following incidents have been reported by the Amityville Police Department and Suffolk County Police Departments and other fire and law enforcement agencies.


A grand jury determined that Tephone Smith acted in selfe defense and the charges against him have been dropped.

Amityville: An 18-yearold North Amityville youth was arrested and charged for shooting and killing his roommate. The shooting took place at 10 Avon Dr., North Amityville, Aug. 16 at approximately 12:40 p.m.

Arrested and charged was Tephonte Smith. The victim was identified as Rashad Woolridge, 28.

Smith is charged with murder, 2nd degree. He was held overnight at the First Precinct, and was to be arraigned in First District Court, Central Islip.


Copiague: A man walking on Wartburg Avenue Aug. 12, at about 12:45 a.m., was accosted by another man who brandished a gun and stole the victim’s cell phone before fleeing.


Amityville: Someone broke into a Merrick Road store and stole an undisclosed amount of cigarettes.


Amityville: As per a request from Village Hall, Amityville Police responded to Maple Place to address parking issues. They issued 11 sumonnes for illegal overnight parking, no registraton and parking on the sidewalk. That enforcement took place Aug. 17 at 1:40 a.m.


Amityville: Residents of Barberry Court called police Aug. 15 to report that while away on vacation, someone went into their unlocked vehicle and took out some change. The residents were away Aug. 10 until Aug. 15.


Copiague: A 2012 Toyota parked on Maple Court was stolen Aug. 11, sometime before 11 p.m.


Copiague: Police were called at 4:15 a.m. on Aug. 12 when someone smashed a window of room 216 at a Montauk Highway motel.


DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Daniel Nolan, 40, of 21 West 22 St., Deer Park; Michael Moerlins, 53, of 417 Terryville Rd., Port Jefferson Station; Thomas Eberling, 32, of 1515 Straight Path, Lindenhurst; Joseph DiBenedetto, 39, of 17902 Glenatt Dr., Land O’ Lakes, Florida. (For a list of alcohol treatment providers go to: https://;

Grand Larceny: Bernadita Espinal, 46, of 941 MacArthur St., Bohemia; Jeffrey Tasch, 51, of 1 Matthew St., South Farmingdale;

Robbery: Anthony Tinto, 21, of 199 Valentine La., Yonkers;

Petit Larceny: John Tinker, 57, of 886 Alpesma Blvd., Melville; Kerry Tinker, 54, of 886 Alpesma Blvd., Melville (two counts); George Costello, 46, of 124, Hampton Bays.

The charges against those arrested are allegations, and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

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