Ponies safe after early morning escape in Southold

06/22/2010 12:00 AM |

Frank Arnold and Southold Town Police Officer Dave Hunstein
walk two ponies safely back to a property on South Harbor Lane
last Thursday morning.

A caretaker of land on South Harbor Lane in Southold was able to corral two ponies that had escaped from the property Thursday, averting a potential repeat of a crash that saw two horses killed in December.
After noticing the horses were gone, Frank Arnold, 60, called police about 3:30 a.m., athorities said. The officer on the scene located the animals near the corner of Main Bayview and Grange Road and followed them in his patrol car as they wandered for about half a mile east on Route 25, police said.
Two more officers and two civilian motorists were able to surround the horses with vehicles at the intersection of Route 25 and Jasmine Lane until Mr. Arnold came to walk them safely back to South Harbor Road, police said.
Mr. Arnold said he happened to be up early, checking on a chicken coop on the property when he saw the ponies were missing.
“I’ve been having a problem with a weasel getting into the chicken coop,” he said. “So I was up at around 3:30 in the morning to check on the status when I noticed they were gone.”
Mr. Arnold said he then immediately called the police for some help to corral the animals before traffic got too bad. He said that he was afraid of a repeat of the gruesome accident on Sound Avenue in Mattituck last December, when a Mattituck woman struck and killed two thoroughbreds as she was driving to work at 5:30 a.m. Those horses had wandered away from Strawberry Fields, a property about a mile from the accident site. The animals were killed on impact and the woman’s Toyota SUV was totalled.
“There weren’t too many cars on the road that early, fortunately,” Mr. Arnold said, adding that the fencing the horses were able to nudge their way out of has since been secured.
“I learned my lesson,” he said. “I don’t expect this to happen again.”
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  • This is a loss although the SUN didn’t cover N. Brookhaven proclaimed upon the initial issue. They never quite captured the excellence the other “Times” papers did. The Suffolk Times and Times Review should expand into Brookhaven.

    Looks like they absorbed the loss and moved on.

  • Having published hard copy magazines from 1988 to 2007 totaling over 5 million printed magazines – I too am saddened that the business model for printed magazines and newspapers is dwindling faster than even I expected. The truth is: paper + distribution + employee costs equals more than advertisers are willing to pay to cover these line items right now. And after now? I am not sure that it will ever go back to the formula that once made a profit for a newspaper entity to survive and thrive. If you have ever seen and experienced USA today on an IPAD – you may never miss a physical newspaper again…still I will miss the North Shore Sun newspaper greatly!

    I started my love affair with paper at 11 years old delivering the Daily News to 75 customers at 6 am in the morning before going to elementary school – so paper is in my blood.
    I have imprinted messages in my brain covering Ali-Frazier, Watergate, Roe v. Wade, US Troops withdrawing from Vietnam – these are very powerful stories with powerful images that will be with me forever. There is no way these stories would have made that same impact – digitally. I moved to Shoreham in 2001 , then immediately gravitated to the North Shore Sun in 2002. I was well aware the paper was winning awards for their coverage and format. I was extremely proud to live in a community that had such a paper. No matter how cool a web site is – I just don’t see it being the same. In the end I suppose it’s the content that counts..It’s the talent of the writers like Mr Parpan and company that will bring the Sun along to the new frontier in digital journalism. But that begs the question: would a cup of Starbucks coffee taste just as good without that quality cup it’s served in? It’s the same coffee right? The North Shore Sun was a comforting staple in the community – I know I felt warmer and fuzzier with a quality newspaper in my mailbox every Friday. We all just cannot deny that this is true. This is not a reflection of what the North Shore Sun has done to us. It’s more like a good friend leaving town and I will miss that friend. The other queasy feeling I am getting is from the fact that only one physical locally printed newspaper remains in our community. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t like when there is one of anything. Hey, maybe I’ll start a newspaper 🙂

    I truly wish the digital Sun all the best – having published digitally since 1995 and SWRWeekly.com since 2008 – I can tell them there is a whole new set of challenges before them – One of them being the attention span of the average reader is at an all time low. With FACEBOOK, Twitter, AOL’s Patch, and the literally hundreds of blogs and other digital streams out there – people have a huge amount of choice, less time and short attention spans. It all should make for a very interesting time in this next decade of news media upon us.

    I wish the Sun all the best and thank the entire staff for their brilliant coverage in the paper for the last 8 years.

    Kevin Wood,

  • Best wishes to the North Shore Sun as it goes fully airborne. I still feel somewhat uneasy – and a bit sad – seeing more and more print newspapers bite the dust. What’s in print can’t disappear so easily – what has been printed cannot be unprinted. The fact that some people do not have computers – or at least easy access to one – also concerns me. In any case, North Shore Sun – excelsior!

  • I personally think this is a great idea and wish you luck! For me, it is easier to get time to read it while online and I think it gives you the opportunity for stories to be much more updated. I think this paper is one of the best local papers around — I read it all the time & it keeps me informed about what’s happening in my own community.