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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.


North Amityville: On August 28 at about 1:50 p.m., a woman armed with a folding knife accosted a man on Benjoe Drive and stole money and a cell phone before fleeing.


Amityville: APO Kyle Miller observed a driver operating his vehicle east on Dixon Avenue at Albany Avenue in excess of the speed limit and stopped the driver. The officer discovered that the operator Nerkowski Piotr of Palm St., Lindenhurst had a suspended license and switched plates on the car. He was issued seven tickets.


Amityville: A caller reported to Amityville police that there was a fire at 399 County Line Road. Amityville Fire Department was notified and responded finding only burnt out ballast. That incident occurred Aug. 31 at 2:27 a.m.


Amityville: On Aug. 25, at approximately 8:05 p.m., a caller reported what appeared to be a water main break coming from a home on Central Avenue. Amityville Fire Department and Suffolk County Water Authority officials were notified by police and responded. The situation was resolved.


Amityville: A representative of Broadway Glass, 474 Broadway, Amityville called police at 8:22 a.m., Aug. 22 to report that someone had apparently broken into the building there. Nothing was immediately determined to be missing.

Amityville: Police reported that on August 26 at about 12:25 a.m. someone damaged an entryway door at Sunrise Auto Outlet on Sunrise Highway in what may have been an attempt to gain entry. It appears nothing was taken.

Boat operator charged with BWI

Great South Bay: Suffolk County Police arrested a man for boating while intoxicated after rescuing five people in Great South Bay from their 24-foot speedboat Sun., Sept. 2. Police gave this account:

Marine Bureau officers responded to a 911 call at 10:58 p.m. reporting a 1995 Superboat was taking on water two miles south of Heckscher State Park with five people aboard as it was heading to Bay Shore from Ocean Bay Park. The boat overturned. All five were in the water, holding onto the overturned vessel when rescue arrived. Only two were wearing life jackets.

Several boats were dispatched to locate the overturned vessel. Marine Kilo was first on the scene, and three people were taken aboard. Islip Marine Patrol arrived on the scene and took the remaining two people aboard. All five were brought back to Timber Point and offered medical assistance, which they declined.

The operator of the boat Frank M. Ciccolella, 35, of 584 Maitland Street, East Meadow was arrested and charged with BWI. He was held overnight at the Third Precinct and was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip the following day.

Man arrested for sex trafficking

Suffolk County Police arrested a Deer Park man for sex trafficking. Police said the arrest followed a three-month investigation by the Human Trafficking Unit. Detectives determined that Abiodum Adeleke forced and kept women in prostitution by violence, threat of violence, damage to personal property, and providing narcotics drugs in and around Suffolk County. He utilized local motels and hotels. He is a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang.

Adeleke, 32, of 85 Tiber Ave., Deer Park, was arrested at the Holiday Inn, located at 215 Sunnyside Blvd. in Plainview and charged with four counts of Sex Trafficking, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, and three active warrants for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree. Adeleke is being held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment this morning at First District Court in Central Islip.

The investigation is continuing. The Human Trafficking Investigations Unit is requesting any additional victims or witnesses who wish to cooperate to contact them at 1-800-220-TIPS.


Amityville: Between midnight and 4 a.m., Aug. 21, someone broke into an unlocked vehicle on Sterling Place, rifled through the vehicle and stole a drill, a driver’s license and cash.


Amityville: Amityville Village Police were called Aug. 19 by a resident of County Line Road who complained that there was a loose chicken on her lawn. Police responded, found the owner of the chicken, and resolved the issue.


Copiague: Welding equipment was taken August 24 from a work site at the intersection of West Riviera Drive and West Lido Promenade. The theft occurred sometime before 5 p.m.


DWI: The following persons have been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired: Stephen Heffernan, 53, of 160 Jervis Ave., Copiague; Joseph Pearl, 36, of 32 East 7th St., Deer Park; Nicholas Pennington, 36, of S. Coolidge Ave., Amity Harbor; Katrina L. Podolsky, 36, of E. Clearwater Rd., Lindenhurst; Matthew A. Maughan, 27, of Abbey St., Massapequa Park; Josue S. Ulloa Franco, 22, of Stone Pl., Huntington; Christopher M. Pepitone, 34, of Meadow La., Amityville; Rene Rivera, 28, of Wilson Ave., Copiague; Paul Marchionne Jr., 33, of Coolidge Ave., Amity Harbor;

Petit Larceny: James Ferretti, 47 of Lake Grove (two Counts); Anthony Correale, 28 of 88 Jenkins St., North Merrick; Steven Rocco, 36, of 9th St., Huntington; Quentin Bussie, 46, of Richardson Pl., Hempstead; Emilia Rivera, 48 of Dry Gultch Path, Amityville; Angelo Toney, 45 of Croyden Rd., Amityville; Tynetta D. King, 48, of Hale St., Brentwood;

Endangering the welfare of a child and harassment: Jose Feliciano Pneda Arevalo 36, of Burch Ave., Amityville.

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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