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Grant Parpan and Paul Squire

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A 58-year-old woman was severely burned on the Southold High School baseball field Thursday evening, according to police at the scene. Investigators say her injuries could be “self-inflicted” and the incident did not appear to be criminal.  READ

11/10/13 4:30pm
SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Southold Town police announced Sunday afternoon that Paul Tromblee, the 35-year-old Manorville man arrested in connection with nine armed robberies across Suffolk County, will also be charged with last Tuesday’s robbery at GameStop in Mattituck.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Manorville man was arrested Saturday in connection with the armed robbery of the Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue in Calverton and at least eight other incidents, Suffolk County police said.



Paul Tromblee, 35, may still face charges in relation to other armed robberies in the county, police said. Southold Town Police said last week that the suspect in the other area robberies may have been responsible for the armed robbery of the GameStop store in Mattituck last Tuesday, though Mr. Tromblee has not yet been charged in connection with that incident.

Det. Lt. Edward Reilly of the Suffolk County Police Department said Sunday that detectives are working with Southold police, who he said still believe Mr. Tromblee is responsible for the Mattituck robbery.

Currently, Mr. Tromblee stands charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of third-degree robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Sunday, Suffolk police said.

Since Oct. 26, gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were robbed by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to purchase merchandise, police said. Utilizing video surveillance as well as tips, including information received via Crime Stoppers, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect as Mr. Tromblee. He was located by detectives while driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Hess gas station — barely in the jurisdiction of the SCPD – was robbed Oct. 30, after a man pulled a handgun on a store clerk, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m.

Mohammed Kahn, the clerk at the Calverton Hess, told the News-Review on the night of the incident that the robber walked straight up to the register and demanded cash, first giving him the impression that the act was a trick.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn said at the time.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if Mr. Tromblee is responsible for similar incidents that occurred recently. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

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06/24/13 8:05am

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | New Beginnings Brendan House on Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

New Beginnings is seeking donations of materials and services for Brendan House, a long-term independent group home for residents with traumatic brain injuries that is slated to open on Sound Avenue in Riverhead.

Building materials needed include lumber, siding, roofing, decking, paint, molding, appliances, hot water heater, septic system, plumbing and electrical supplies, and alarms. Professional services needed include contracting, roofing, painting, janitorial, cesspool, electrical, plumbing and fi re prevention as well as general assistance.

Contact Allyson or Kate at New Beginnings, (631) 286-6166, if you’d like to help.

The community residence, planned for a vacant Sound Avenue farmhouse, would house four people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and may be considered medically dependent, thus in need of around-the-clock care.

Each resident would have an aide, but the aides would work shifts and would not live in the residence themselves.

Under the plan, a barn building that is already on the property would be converted into an apartment for use by the “house master,” who would oversee the facility and serve as backup for any aides who cannot make their shift, the group said.

Michael Hubbard, a Riverhead teen who suffered brain damage in the aftermath of being badly burned by an exploding gel candle in his backyard in May of 2011 is expected to be one of the residents of Brendan House.

The home, which officials hope to have open in the fall, received ZBA approval in April. It is named in memory of Brendan Aykroyd, a 25-year-old Blue Point man who suffered a brain injury in a 2009 assault.

06/12/13 12:10am
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Southold police are investigating the scene of a crash on Main Road in Cutchogue.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Southold police are investigating the scene of a crash on Main Road in Cutchogue.

A 79-year-old man was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center Tuesday evening after he was struck by a vehicle on Main Road in Cutchogue.

Domenick Manzolillo is in serious condition after the accident, which occurred outside Our Lady of Mercy school shortly after 5 p.m.. He was struck by a silver Subaru Baja pickup truck headed west on Main Road, said Southold Town police Sgt. Ted Beebe.

A police helicopter was initially called to the scene to airlift Mr. Manzolillo to the hospital, but was sent back due to concerns over rain. Instead he was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, fire officials said.

The Subaru was being driven by Mimi M. Christy, 48, of Westhampton Beach, police said. She was not charged in the incident.

Mr. Manzolillo is a resident of St. Augustine, Fla., according to police, though records show he has also lived in Cutchogue.

Fire officials at the scene said Main Road was closed between New Suffolk Road and Case’s Lane while the accident investigation was underway. Depot Lane was also closed between Route 48 and Main Road in Cutchogue. By 6:45 p.m., the scene was cleared and the roads were reopened.

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03/19/13 10:22pm

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Southold police are investigating the second armed robbery of a Chinese food restaurant in town this week.

For the second time this week, employees of a Chinese food restaurant in Southold Town have been robbed by a lone masked gunman, town police said.

Southold Police detectives are investigating a Tuesday night robbery at Cai Hong restaurant on Route 48 in Southold, where a masked man armed with a black handgun entered around 9 p.m., demanding cash from the register. He walked away with about $500, police said.

The suspect was dressed in all black, wearing a hooded sweat shirt, and he took off in an easterly direction, police said.

A detective said that due to a language barrier with employees of the restaurant, an interpreter was needed to aid in the investigation.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday night,  a lone masked gunman robbed New China Restaurant on Front Street in Greenport and took off with $400 cash. Police said they couldn’t yet confirm if the two crimes were connected.

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02/27/13 12:17pm

The search for a Peconic teen missing since Monday went viral this week, as local appeals to find her were shared over social networking sites across the country and beyond.

Ashley Murray, 16, was last seen at 8:30 a.m., the time she normally leaves her home on Spring Lane to catch the school bus.

She never arrived at school.

“You just keep hoping that the game is up and she’ll come walking through the door,” her mother, Charlotte, said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

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Ms. Murray learned of her daughter’s disappearance after receiving a call from school officials who told her social workers got word from students who had received texts from Ashley that said she would kill herself. Her mom later found a note from her daughter, which she called a “suicide note,” saying it made reference to a “watery grave.”

“This was all thought out and planned the night before,” Ms. Murray said.

Southold Police initially employed a marine patrol, its canine unit and a Suffolk County Police helicopter to perform a physical search Monday morning, but later focused their investigation on the possibility that she may have left the area. They then ended the active local search Monday afternoon and began to concentrate on examining phone and computer records, and interviewing close friends and family, police said.

Police did not release an official missing person report until Wednesday morning, more than 50 hours after Ashley’s disappearance. Law enforcement officials said Ashley’s case does not fit criteria for an “Amber Alert,” since she is not believed to have been abducted.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ashley Murray (above) should contact Southold Police at 765-2600.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ashley Murray (above) should contact Southold Police at 765-2600.

That did not stop local residents from conducting their own searches and using social media to reach thousands of concerned web surfers from across the country.

A missing poster created Tuesday night by the Facebook page “Missing,” which has a reach of about 125,000 Facebook users, was already shared by more than 14,000 people the following morning, with an additional 1,200 people “liking” the poster and another 1,000 users commenting.

“Shared in Ottawa, Ontario Canada,” one user wrote.

“I encourage everyone to pray for this young girl,” said another commenter.

Locally, friends of Ashley created a Facebook page called “Ashley Come Home,” which was already followed by more than 1,000 Facebook users just hours after its creation. Users shared their photos of Ashley and the page, where they made desperate pleas for their friend to return safely.

“If anyone knows ANYTHING that could help lead to Ashley’s safe return please tell someone as soon as possible! We need to know as much as we can so we can find this beautiful young lady!” the moderator of the page wrote.

Many of her classmates posted that they were out searching locally for their friend, , who they said was often bullied in school.

Ashley is 5-foot 4-inches and 140 pounds with reddish-brown hair, her mother said. She was last seen wearing red sweatpants “four sizes too big,” black boots and a zip-up sweatshirt with a hood, Charlotte Murray said. Police added that she has a scar on her right wrist and wears hearing aids in both ears.

“She didn’t even leave with a winter coat,” her mom said, and she left behind medication she must take for anemia.

Ashley’s mom also said her daughter has never run away from home before.

“I’d like for her to come home,” Ms. Murray said, adding that she hadn’t slept since her daughter went missing Monday morning.

Ms. Murray said her daughter’s phone is turned off or not working.

Southold Superintendent David Gamberg said the district has been cooperating with the Southold Police Department since the investigation began Monday.

“We have deep, deep concerns about her whereabouts and her safety,” Mr. Gamberg said. “Anything and everything we can do we will do.”

Anyone with information should contact Southold Police at (631) 765-2600. Information will remain confidential.

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