07/31/12 9:46pm
07/31/2012 9:46 PM

A 23-year-old Greenport woman apparently drowned in a Southold pool late Tuesday afternoon, Southold Town Police said.

Heather Domino was found unconscious in the pool at 3950 Old North Road shortly before 6 p.m. Southold Fire Department rescue personnel and police officers pulled Ms. Domino from the water and attempted to resuscitate her before she was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Police said the pool is behind a home next door to her parents’ house. Ms. Domino’s father, Mike, is a Southold Town Trustee.

07/31/12 8:38pm

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | The North Fork Ospreys look on the from the dugout Tuesday afternoon as their season came to an end against Southampton.

The way left-hander Patrick Peterson mowed through the North Fork lineup early in Tuesday’s game for the Southampton Breakers, any lead seemed nearly insurmountable.

But one needed to look back only a night earlier to realize anything can happen. In the opening game of the first-round playoff series Monday, the Ospreys hit a pair of home runs in the ninth inning to nearly come back from a 5-0 hole. They lost 5-4, but carried the momentum into Game 2 of the doubleheader when they jumped ahead 5-0.

This time, the Breakers fought back with five of their own to send the game into extra innings. The Ospreys finally prevailed when Anthony Aceto hit a walk-off home run.

It all set the stage for Tuesday’s elimination Game 3 at Southampton, which looked like it might be headed for more late-inning drama.

The Ospreys trailed 3-0 going into the eighth inning before scratching together two runs and getting the tying run into scoring position with no outs.

But the afternoon belonged to Peterson. He buckled down to retire the next three batters in the eighth — the last threat for the Ospreys as their season ended with a 3-2 loss.

The No. 3 seed Southampton advances to face No. 4 Riverhead for the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball championship in a best-of-three series. Riverhead swept Shelter Island Monday.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO  |  North Fork second baseman Vinny Citro blows a bubble as he makes a catch in the fourth inning.

North Fork coach Bill Ianniciello said the team this season was a tight-knit group.

“A lot of other teams have had guys leaving during the course of the week,” he said. “Our guys were all here. I give them credit. They wanted to be here and they played to the end. It’s just unfortunate we lost a close game.”

It was a pitcher’s duel from the start. Peterson and North Fork starter Justin Hepner were both on top of their game. The only difference for most of the game was one pitch Hepner threw to Southampton cleanup hitter Rob Fonseca in the third inning. Fonseca blasted a two-run homer to left field with two out and a runner on second to give the Breakers a 2-0 lead. Brenton Allen reached with a one-out walk and stole second on the pitch before the home run.

Allen actually started toward second before Hepner began his windup. But he threw the ball to home and Allen easily scampered into second. The next pitch Fonseca put over the fence.

“He pitched a strong game,” Ianniciello said. “He pitches a game like that, he should win the game.”

Peterson, who pitches for Temple University, got the better of him. Through seven innings he allowed only one hit. He finished the game with a three-hitter. He struck out 12 by pounding the strike zone with fastballs early in the count and mixing in a good curveball.

“I was keeping my fastball down and throwing my curveball for strikes the entire game,” Peterson said. “I was consistent.”

After Ryan Burns singled in the second at-bat of the game for North Fork, Peterson retired 20 of the next 21 batters — issuing only a fifth-inning walk.

The Ospreys finally broke through when Alex Perez led off the eighth inning with a double to left-center. A pair of errors on the next two at-bats helped the Ospreys get on the board and put themselves in position for a big inning. Vinny Citro lofted a ball into shallow left to make it 3-2, but the Ospreys couldn’t get any closer.

Peterson got the next batter to fly out to center. And he got the next two hitters to ground out to the infield.

“He’s a quality pitcher,” Ianniciello said. “He’s a competitor. He mixes his pitches well and knows how to go after it. He threw an effective game.”

Peterson said after throwing against North Fork several times already this season, he was familiar with their lineup.

“I think it helped me today,” he said. “I used a little more of the curveball this time than before.”

The Breakers added a run in the seventh inning to make it a 3-0 game, a run that proved to be the difference in the game after the Ospreys got two in the eighth.

Southamptons’ run was set up by a two-out error. Allen hit an RBI single after Vinny Zarrillo reached on an infield error and advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw.

Mike Zaccardo pitched the eighth inning for North Fork and escaped a bases-loaded jam to keep the Ospreys within a run going into the ninth inning.

The Ospreys finished out the year 23-19. Ianniciello, after his first season with the Ospreys, said it was a great experience.

“I would love to work with any of these kids again,” he said. “Hopefully they go back to school a little further than where they were when they came here.”

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07/31/12 7:35pm

Southold Town holds its bi-weekly Town Board meeting Tuesday, with a work session at 9 a.m. and the regular board meeting at 7:30 p.m.

On the agenda for the morning work session is a continued discussion of the restrictions regarding dogs on public property.

A potential handicapped accessible playground at Tasker Park in Peconic is also up for discussion, as well as a proposal first floated last year to allow limited retailing in light industrial zones throughout town.

Signage on Mill Lane, hurricane preparedness and the town’s modeling of its storm sewer system are also slated to be discussed.

There are no public hearings scheduled for the evening meeting.

Follow along live from the meetings belowbeginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

07/31/12 4:32pm

GARRET MEADE FILE PHOTO | North Fork’s Eric Romano, connecting on a pitch from Center Moriches’ Jason Schilling earlier this season.

The North Fork Ospreys saw their season come to an end Tuesday, when they dropped Game 3 of their opening round playoff series with the Southampton Breakers.

The final score was Southampton 3, North Fork 2.

Check back tonight for the complete game story.

Read a recap from the league by clicking here.

07/31/12 4:29pm

On July 30, 2012, Paul Viane Murphy peacefully passed after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita Attanasi, and their four children, Rita Jurgielewicz (Joe), Patti Young (Billy), Paul (Kathleen Mitchell) and Jimmy (Christine Mullen) and 12 grandchildren, all of whom brought great joy to his life.

Paul Viane Murphy

Paul, the son of Paul and Loretta (Viane) Murphy, was their oldest child. He was predeceased by his brother Frank and his sister, Joan Cerratto, and is survived by his brother Tommy.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Paul had summered in Mattituck since he was a very young child. He returned after completing college and serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as well as the Korean Conflict.

There were few if any charities to which Paul did not contribute. He was a 47-year member of the Mattituck Lions Club, receiving the Lifetime Membership award as well as the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honor the Lions Club presents. Paul was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sacred Heart Parish, where he served on the pastoral council and as a Eucharistic Minister, and was a long-serving member of the Knights of Columbus and a dedicated volunteer at both Sacred Heart Elementary School and Mercy High School. He was also a stalwart member of the Conservative Party.

The world is a better place because of his generosity as well as his kindness and great sense of humor. He will be missed.

Visiting hours are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cutchogue.

Memorial donations may be made to Maureen’s Haven or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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07/31/12 4:00pm

Alfred Young

In memory of Al Young, his family welcomes his friends to a gathering on Sunday, Aug. 5, at his former place of business, from 1 to 3 p.m. A longtime resident of Southold, Al was known to many and considered a good and generous friend.

A veteran of World War II, he served in Burma, China and India, receiving the Bronze Star. A talented musician, enthusiastic boater and devoted father, Al is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Young of Southold, Priscilla Stamboulus of Charleston; and four grandchildren.

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07/31/12 1:56pm

Randy Altschuler, left, and Tim Bishop

In an email to campaign supporters Tuesday, congressional hopeful Randy Altschuler said new polling numbers show Congressman Tim Bishop is in “BIG trouble.”

But Bishop’s camp likened Mr. Altschuler’s poll to little more than a BIG joke.

The poll, which was conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, shows Altschuler leading by four points, with 47 percent of likely voters in support of the Republican businessman from St. James and 43 percent in favor of the Southampton Democrat. Ten percent are undecided, the poll shows.

“We just came out of the field with my first poll of the general election and the results confirm what we are all feeling on the ground,” Mr. Altschuler said in his email. “Career politician Tim Bishop is in BIG trouble.”

Bobby Pierce, Communications Director for Bishop for Congress, called the poll a do-it-yourself operation, and he pointed to a New York Times blog post that labeled Pulse Opinon Research polls as “bias and inaccurate.”

Mr. Pierce urged Altschuler’s camp to release polls he said were conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, an international polling and research firm. Campaign finances show that Mr. Altschuler’s campaign has spent more than $50,000 to McLaughlin & Associates since July 2011, including nearly $17,000 in April.

“We haven’t seen them release any poll from them,” Mr. Pierce said. “That’s a real polling company.”

Mr. Pierce said the most recent third-party poll conducted in the race, which many media outlets have pegged as one of the key races around the country this year, shows Mr. Bishop ahead 24 points.

“Randy saw that poll and figured he better buy his own poll,” he said. “You’d think he would buy a little more than a four-point lead.”

Altschuler spokesman Chris Russell said that poll was conducted by the House Majority PAC. “That is effectively an arm of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,” he said.

Mr. Pierce said the Bishop campaign hasn’t done its own poll since March, but that survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group, had the Congressman ahead by 17 points.

This is not Mr. Altschuler’s first attempt to unseat Mr. Bishop. He lost to an incumbent Mr. Bishop by just 593 votes two years ago, in a vote count that stretched out over several days.

In his email to supporters Tuesday, Mr. Altschuler said he believes the majority of the voting public is on his side this time around.

“After nearly ten years of voting for trillions in higher taxes, more spending and irresponsible debt that has helped to drive more than 30,000 jobs off of Long Island, the people of Suffolk County are tiring of Tim Bishop,” he wrote.

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07/31/12 12:43pm

William Leo Sledzieski passed away peacefully at home in Oxford, Conn., on July 29, 2012 at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer.

William Leo Sledieski

He was predeceased by his parents, Leo and Mary Sledzieski of Mattituck, N.Y. Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary (Pelc) Sledzieski, and his two children and their spouses, Kathy (Sledzieski) Iannazzo and her husband, Steve, of Norwalk, Conn., and Ron Sledzieski and his wife, Nana, of Southbury, Conn. Bill is also survived by his brother, Robert Sledzieski, and his wife, Patricia, of Riverhead, N.Y. He was blessed with five grandchildren, Nicholas and Melissa Iannazzo and Samuel, Sydney and Summer Sledzieski.

Bill was born in Greenport, N.Y., on June 9, 1940, where as a child he helped out on the family farm. He attended Mattituck High School and the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a degree in food chemistry. He married Mary Pelc in 1963. Bill eventually began working for Standard Brands in Stamford, Conn., where he was issued several patents. His foundational co-invention of low-fat, butter-flavored spread became Fleischmann’s margarine and has been referenced by 17 subsequent patents, two as recent as 2008. Bill continued his career with Nabisco and eventually retired from the Joseph E. Seagram company.

Bill enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards with his friends and visiting The Villages in Florida. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends for his optimism, faith, and the loving care of his family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 733 Oxford Road, in Oxford, Conn., at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends may call Thursday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Munson-Lovetere Funeral home, 235 Main Street North, Southbury, Conn. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Connecticut Hospice (hospice.com). Online condolences may be made through munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.

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07/31/12 12:02pm

Thomas “Tom” Francis Daly III, 82, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., husband of Joyce Mary Fox Daly, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were handled by J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Thomas Francis Daly III

Tom was born on June 12, 1930, in Manhattan, N.Y., son of the late Thomas Francis Daly Jr. and the late Genevieve Tynan Daly. He was an attorney and publisher. He was a member of Christ Our King Catholic Church, an honorary member of Southold Rotary Club and an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus in New York.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joyce Mary Daly of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; daughter Margaret Joyce Daly of Charleston, S.C.; son Thomas Francis Daly IV and his wife, Jennifer, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; daughter Ann Lea Dimitriadis of Charleston, S.C.; daughter Kimberly Ann Daly of Atlanta, Ga.; son Michael James Daly of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Genevieve D. McGrath of Southold, N.Y., and brother, David Daly and his wife, Marilyn, of Southold, N.Y.

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Karen, Alana, and Sharon with Roper-St. Francis Home Care Service.

Memorials may be made to Roper-St. Francis Home Care Service, 1483 Tobias Gadsden Blvd., Suite 208A, Charleston, SC 29407-4796; American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, SC 29406; March of Dimes Foundation, 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 314, Charleston, SC 29407; or Post-Polio International, 4207 Lindell Blvd. #110, St. Louis, MO 63108-2930.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com.

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07/31/12 11:59am

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A collection of the drugs, cash, and tools seized by the East End Drug Task Force during a seven-month investigation.

A “multi-million dollar” cocaine-distribution ring, which allegedly ferried about four kilos of cocaine a week using hidden compartments in vehicles traveling from New York City to Riverhead, has been busted by the East End Drug Task Force, said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

The investigation, which began last November and lasted until June, revealed Robert Love, 58, of Riverhead and Miguel Matos, 45, of the Bronx were the “ringleaders” of the operation, one of the largest in East End history, officials said.

Mr. Matos’ son-in-law, Radames “Ray” Melendez, 22, also of the Bronx, allegedly served as the courier in the ring and ferried drugs from New York to Mr. Love in Riverhead before returning to New York City to be paid, according to authorities.

Mr. Melendez or Mr. Matos would meet Mr. Love in Riverhead or in western Suffolk County to transfer the drugs.

Mr. Love received about a kilo of cocaine, each worth about  $37,000, every other day, officials said; he would then break the kilos into gram-sized chunks and sell them in Greenport, Riverhead, Flanders, and Southampton for $50 and $60 a gram.

“That amount of cocaine flowing into the East End of Suffolk County… is a tremendous amount,” Mr. Spota said, adding that he believes hundreds receives cocaine through the ring’s distribution.

Mr. Matos was a “major player” in the drug trafficking world, Mr. Spota said. When police executed the search warrant on Mr. Matos’ apartment, they found a sophisticated operation featuring security cameras – some disguised as smoke alarms – watching the packaging areas and hallways to ensure Mr. Matos’ accomplices didn’t steal drugs, officials said.

Detectives retrieved thousands in cash, drugs, and tools used to compress the cocaine into kilos for sale, Mr. Spota added.

East End Drugs Task Force detectives seized 13 cars and discovered hidden traps used to hide powdered cocaine in three of the vehicles, officials said.

The electronic traps were opened by pressing buttons in the cars, such as hazard light, air conditioning, or windshield wiper buttons in a specific sequence, Mr. Spota said.

The men were arrested on June 13 by Riverhead Town Police and held in custody awaiting a Grand Jury indictment, which was handed up on July 26, according to court records.

Mr. Love was arrested at his home in Riverhead, where he allegedly tried to flee police and threw a kilo of cocaine over a fence during the arrest.

In 2003, the Riverhead man was arrested for the sale and possession of cocaine, officials said. He was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, and was released in December 2009.

“He convinced the parole board that he had seen the light, that he was rehabilitated, and that light, as you can see … has quickly faded.”

Mr. Spota said Mr. Matos had no prior arrests, adding that a “significant amount” of money was being transferred to the Dominican Republic as part of the cocaine ring. The District Attorney said he was unsure specifically where Mr. Matos had gotten his drugs from.

Mr. Love and Mr. Matos are being charged under the state’s three-year-old “kingpin statute,” which carry heavier sentences for major distributors of illegal drugs.

The two men face charges of operating as a major trafficker as a profiteer from sale, operating as a major trafficker as a profiteer from possession, first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all class A1 felonies which carry top sentences of life imprisonment, and second-degree conspiracy, a class B felony.

Mr. Matos was additionally charged with operating as a major trafficker as director of a controlled substance operation, a class A1 felony.

Mr. Melendez is facing charges of first-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree conspiracy.

The three men were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, but the date was postponed when one of the defendants requested a new lawyer.

The East End Drug Task Force was formed in 1988 and uses undercover officers from surrounding town and village police departments, along with officers from the state, county, and sheriff departments, to investigate narcotics on the East End.

Mr. Spota thanked the local police departments, like Riverhead, Southampton and Southold, for lending officers to assist in the investigation.

“I’m very, very proud of the work this task force has done,” he said. “They have done an admirable job …. and I am very, very thankful to all of the departments who contribute manpower to the East End Drug Task Force.”

Mr. Spota added that he expects about “a dozen or more” arrests to be made in relation to the ring.

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