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Grant Parpan, Cyndi Murray and Michael White

12/09/14 2:44pm
(Credit: AJ Ryan, Stringer News Service)

(Credit: AJ Ryan, Stringer News Service)

It could take about a week for results to be returned from the blood test to measure John Costello’s blood alcohol level during Saturday’s fatal crash in Greenport, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said Tuesday.


03/27/14 6:00pm

Update: Christine Stulsky, a longtime Southold Town employee who recently resigned amid a DA investigation into the theft of money from the town justice court will be surrendering to authorities Friday, said a DA spokesman.

Ms. Stulsky will be arraigned about 11 a.m. Friday before Judge James Hudson in the Suffolk County Criminal Court building at the County Center in Riverside.

The exact charges she’s facing were not immediately known.

She is suspected of stealing “a substantial amount of money” while serving as the senior justice court clerk, sources have said.

District attorney Thomas Spota issued a statement early Friday saying analysis of paper and electronic records of the management of money continues.

“We are fortunate to have in the office meticulous professionals with investigative skills who are trained in forensic accounting and they have found evidence of asset misappropriation in this ongoing investigation,” Mr. Spota said.

Original story: The senior justice court clerk for the Town of Southold is responsible for the management of all court accounts. Handling receivables, bails and fines are among the many responsibilities of the job.

And while the elected justices are the public faces who essentially run the courts, the senior clerk holds a key position, overseeing the administrative functions of the office where four other clerks also work and which handles about $200,000 in revenue each year.

On Tuesday, the Southold Town Board accepted the resignation of senior justice court clerk Christine Stulsky, a town employee for more than 30 years, who is now the subject of a probe by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, according to sources familiar with the investigation.  (more…)