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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.


Amityville: Suffolk County Police arrested a Dix Hills man Fri., June 29 in North Amityville, charging him with for driving with more than 40 license suspensions this afternoon.

Police gave this account: A First Precinct police officer observed a man driving a 2010 Dodge caravan westbound on Francine Avenue that failed to yield at the intersection of County Line Road at 1:43 p.m. The officer initiated a traffic stop and upon further investigation it was determined that the driver, Ralph Knowles, was driving with a license that had been suspended 49 times on 11 different dates.

Knowles, 56, of Dix Hills, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st Degree. He was held overnight at the First Precinct and arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip on June 30.


Amityville: A motorcyclist riding his bike westbound on Merrick Road near the Bulldog at 292 Merrick Road, sustained minor injuries after he said a vehicle cut him off causing his bike to turn over. The victim, John Livoti of Wantagh sustained an injury to his left leg and both arms. He refused medical treatment at the scene. The incident occurred July 5.


Copiague: Assorted tools were stolen sometime before 3 p.m. on June 27 from a home on Surf Road.


North Amityville: Someone stole a 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle that was parked on West Smith Street. The theft took place sometime before 9 p.m., June 24


Amityville: A resident of Unqua Place reported to police that someone had rifled through is vehicle while it was parked on the driveway at his home between 7 p.m., the night before and 9 a.m., July 4. Nothing was reported missing.

•A resident of LeBrun Avenue told police that someone rifled through is 2015 Jeep while it was parked in front of his home on July 3.

Copiague: All four tires on a 1995 Mercedes were slashed June 24 at around midnight. The car was on Kerrigan Road at the time of the incident.


DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Franklyn Tavera, 59, of 49 Jerome Ave., Hicksville; Jose Argueta, 35, of 353 Washington Ave., Brentwood; Drew Stauder, 58, of 205 Bedell St., West Babylon;

Robbery: Kareem Williams, 28, of 290 Broadway, Amityville; Petit Larceny: Shaun Ruland, 36 of 73 Carmen’s Rd, Farmingdale.

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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