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


Copiague: An armed unidentified man entered a Sunrise Highway Gulf Station Aug. 23 at about 8:20 p.m. brandishing a gun. He fled after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from an attendant on duty

A man walking on Garibaldi Avenue Aug. 24 at about 4 a.m. was approached by three men who proceeded to punch and kick the victim before running off with an unspecified amount of money.

North Amityville: Police reported that a man walking in an alley off Darerka Street was grabbed from behind in a choke hold by another man, who then stole an undetermined amount of cash and a cell phone. The incident occurred Aug. 24 just after 10 p.m.


Amityville: Matthew Tighe, a campaign worker for N.C. Leg. Dave Denenberg who is running for a local Senate seat, was bitten in the thigh by a dog when he knocked on the door at a home on Moreland Court. That incident occurred Aug. 27 at approximately 6 p.m. The dog was one of two that pushed through the door to get to Tighe. The owner of the home apologized to Tighe and showed him a “beware of dog” sign. The dog did not break the skin and Tighe refused medical attention.


North Amityville: On Aug. 22 sometime before 11:30 p.m. a man damaged a bicycle belonging to a Cherokee Court resident.


Amityville: Someone stole approximately $25 in coins from an unlocked vehicle in the Village on Aug. 27. In a similar incident that same day, a resident of Gaylore Drive reported that an old Tom Tom GPS was stolen from a 2007 Toyota while it was parked unlocked in his driveway.

•A representative of Amity Bay Auto, 76 Merrick Road called police Aug. 25 to report that someone had broken in and stolen a floor jack and gasoline can during the overnight hours between Aug. 22 and 25.



The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: William Arvelo, 23, of 11 McWhorter (Sic) St, Brentwood; Kevin Hession, 48, of 40 Weeks Rd, Wheatley Heights; Joseph Conticelli, 56, of 89 Sterling Pl, Amityville; Dean Connors, 43, of 614 West 136th St, NYC; Lisa Rafter, 34, of 25 South Bay Dr., Babylon; Thomas Navarro, 18, of 644 Grand Ave, Lindenhurst; Matthew C. James, 45, of South Bay Ave., Amityville (also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana); Anthony S. Campbell, 31, of St. Ann’s Ave., Copiague; Steven M. Dedeus, 25, of Hamlet Rd., Levittown; Thomas D. Scully-Powers, 27, of Dixon Ave., Amityville (drugs); Daniel Beyer, 21 of Ferndale Ct., Copiague; Eric Zambrano, Jose Sanchez, 33, of Walton St., Westbury; Manuel Machucaperez, 49, of 44 St., Copiague; Tilak Ramoodit, 40, of 9th Ave., Ozone Park (also charged with endangering the welfare of a child); Andrez Solano, 27, of Lindenhurst;

Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle: Paul A. Rhoades, 33, of Salt Box Path, Amityville (also charged with speeding and refusing chemical test); Latoya S. Cammock, 26, Chaffey Ct., Dix Hills;

Grand Larceny: Maria Torthado, 41, of 129-09 101st Ave, Queens; Shirin Matiwala, 69, 210 St. Bayside;

Criminal Contempt: Ralph Ferro, 44, of Sterling Pl., Amityville (also charged with harassment and disobedience of a lawful command);

Burglary: Jaquan Campbell, 21, of 70 South 25th St, Wyandanch (charged with two counts and three counts of grand larceny); Annie Catalano, 19, of 35 George St, Port Jefferson; Patrick Mahoney, 23, of 43 Landing Ave, Smithtown; Petit Larceny: Freeman Payton Jr., 56, of 110 Benburb St, Amityville; Kelly Rodman, 42, of 516 Caladonia Rd, Dix Hills; Michael Burden, 36, of 1215 Bay Ave, Bay Shore; Cheryl Neal, 50, of 21 Van Buren St, South Farmingdale; Jonathan Scott, 26, of 70 Brightside Ave, Central Islip; Salvatore Saccente, 38, of 515 Pinto St, North Babylon; Tyler G. O’Connor, 21, of Towne St., Amityville; Kelvin Johnson, 57, of Devine Pl., Amityville;

Assault: Huseyin Dursun, 47, of Terrace Ave., West Babylon; Stylianos D. Haralambidis, 51, Grand Ave., Lindenhurst.

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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