09/06/12 8:00am
09/06/2012 8:00 AM

Several Southold Town police officers were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after rescuing a man from his Greenport home after a fallen lamp ignited a mattress early Sunday morning, police said.

The man, unable to leave the second-floor bedroom on Wiggins Street, was carried by officers as the Greenport Fire Department extinguished the smoldering mattress. He was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital as the Southold Fire Department Rescue and East Marion Fire Department Rescue treated the officers for smoke inhalation. Several officers were then transported to ELIH as well, police said.

07/27/12 4:00pm
07/27/2012 4:00 PM

Southold police arrested a 25 year-old Greenport man Thursday morning in connection with the November theft of copper piping beneath several Greenport homes.

Branden Sutherland was charged with six counts of misdemeanor petit larceny and released on bail for an August court date police said.

Police said the piping was taken from homes on Sandy Beach Road.

In December one of the cottage owners said he discovered the piping was gone when he saw water gushing beneath the sink after turning on the faucet Nov. 25. Police discovered copper piping was removed from five neighboring properties.

07/18/12 12:30pm
07/18/2012 12:30 PM

Donald Lechtrecker’s police mug shot.

The Orient man arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with firing multiple rifle shots toward a work crew told the men he was going to blow their brains out, a construction worker present at the incident told The Suffolk Times.

The worker, who asked to remain anonymous, said the crew was preparing to leave for the day when at about 4 p.m. they heard a loud crack coming from the property adjacent to the Stevenson Road job site. Minutes later, they saw neighbor Donald Lechtrecker leave his porch, headed in their direction.

“One of the other guys said, ‘He’s got a gun,’ ” the construction worker told a reporter Wednesday.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | The trucks that were allegedly fired upon yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Lechtrecker, 65, fired multiple shots into the air and later in the direction of the workers using a Winchester 30/30 lever action rifle, Southold Town police said. Two construction vehicles were struck by bullets, but no one was injured, according to police.

“He told us he was going to blow our brains out,” the worker said. “I saw the muzzle drop and point in our direction, I just dropped and took cover behind the house.”

Police reported finding Mr. Lechtrecker lying in a grassy area approximately 100 feet from the job site. He was charged with felony reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon and could face additional charges based on a review of the case by the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

The workers are building a pool and pool house between Mr. Lechtrecker’s home and Long Island Sound, the construction worker said. He said he’d never seen Mr. Lechtrecker before Tuesday.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | The home of Donald Lechtrecker on Stevenson Road in Orient. A construction worker said Mr. Lechtrecker shot at his crew, which was building a pool house on an adjacent area, from the grassy spot at the edge of the property.

Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said Mr. Lechtrecker gave investigators “no clear indication” of why he fired the shots. Chief Flatley said Mr. Lechtrecker was incoherent and rambling when he spoke with police.

A neighbor said he has lived near Mr. Lechtrecker for nearly two decades.

“He’s always been a nice guy,” the neighbor said. “I guess this is just one of those things.”

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04/14/12 3:55pm
04/14/2012 3:55 PM

A Greenport man was charged with DWI after crashing into a speed limit sign and knocking down two utility poles on Main Street in Greenport early Saturday morning, according to Southold Town Police.

Michael Butts, 53, was transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital where he is being held while awaiting arraignment, police said.

The accident occurred just after 2 a.m. Saturday.

03/02/12 1:00pm
03/02/2012 1:00 PM

Four Riverhead teenagers were arrested early Friday in connection with a series of burglaries in Mattituck, police said.

John Purpura, 18, of Jamesport, Brandon Coscia, 18, of Jamesport, Daniel J. Trimper, 18, of Riverhead, and Maria Schafer, 18, of Riverhead are facing felony burglary charges after they were pulled over for a routine traffic stop about 12:45 a.m., according to a Southold Town Police report.

Police said an officer stopped the car and then noticed what appeared to be stolen property in the vehicle An investigation revealed two summer homes in the Park Avenue Extension area of Mattituck had recently been burglarized, officials said. Burglaries had been attempted at three other residences as well, police said.

The four teenagers were each charged with third-degree burglary and possession of burglar’s tools.

They were held overnight and face arraignment Friday in Southold Town Justice Court, according to a police report.

01/07/12 6:38pm
01/07/2012 6:38 PM


Suffolk County Police released a composite sketch of a third unidentified victim in the investigation of the remains discovered off Ocean Parkway.

The sketch is of a woman whose remains were found along Ocean Parkway in Nassau County in April 2011. These remains are connected to remains found on Blue Point Beach, Fire Island in April 1996.

The investigation is continuing by Homicide Squad detectives.

Anyone with information on the investigation or the woman’s identity is asked to contact the Homicide Squad at (631) 852-6392 or to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.