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Illegal dumping investigation leads to three more arrests, Sini says

Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini talks about new arrests in an investigation into alleged illegal dumping.   Three more people were arrested in one of the largest busts of alleged illegal dumping in the state’s history, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy...

Illegal dumping scheme put debris in parks, backyards, officials say

Illegally dumped dirt mounds adjacent to Brentwood State Park discussed at a news conference about Operation Pay Dirt, the undercover investigation on Long Island and in New York City that the state's top environmental official described as the "largest-ever bust of...

Brooklyn man sentenced in Center Moriches home invasion

A state Supreme Court justice sentenced a Brooklyn man to 25 years in prison Wednesday in a 2016 armed burglary of a Center Moriches home, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said. Alexander Vaughn, 30, and two co-conspirators used duct tape to restrain three...

Central Islip man sentenced to 50 years to life for cop stabbing.

Mark Caraway, left, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison on Wednesday for the 2016 stabbing of Suffolk Police Officer Michael Cummings, who attended the hearing. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan   A schizophrenic Central Islip man who nearly sliced off a police...

DA Sini seizes 27 vehicles in illegal dumping bust.

  Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini talked on Thursday, July 19, about how two days earlier officials seized 27 vehicles from Operation Pay Dirt, the undercover investigation on Long Island and in New York City that the state’s top environmental official...

East Setauket man swindled senior citizens in Ponzi scheme, DA says

An East Setauket financial adviser accused of swindling at least a dozen senior citizens out of millions of dollars was arrested and charged with grand larceny, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Wednesday. Steven Pagartanis, 58, pleaded not guilty...

Illegal dumping investigation leads to three more arrests

Illegal dumping investigation leads to three more arrests, Sini says. Three more people were arrested in one of the largest busts of alleged illegal dumping in the state’s history, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Thursday. With the new arrests made...

16 arrested in Montauk drug ring bust

August 16, 2018 DA: 16 arrested, including bar employees, in Montauk drug ring bust A months long investigation that struck at the "heart" of Montauk's drug scene resulted in 16 arrests, authorities said on Thursday, as well as the seizure of cash and drugs after...

Suffolk’s New Plan To Help Drug Users

I am proud to announce that yesterday my office, in partnership with substance use experts, launched a new program to further incentivize drug treatment for those addicted to drugs and who are arrested for low-level non-violent crimes. This program is a seismic shift...

DA: 5 with alleged gang ties indicted in sex trafficking ring

Defendants plied women with narcotics and forced them into prostitution to pay for the drugs, Suffolk district attorney says. Five suspected members and associates of the Bloods gang face multiple sex trafficking and other charges after their victims were “physically...

Suffolk program teaches teens the risks of drunken, drugged driving

Skits and stories are used to inform young motorists of dangers as the prom, graduation and summer party season approach. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini unveiled a program Monday aimed at educating high school students and their parents on the dangers...

DA: Largest opioids seizure in Suffolk County history

William Velasquez, 38, of Wyandanch, was arrested and charged with operating as a major drug trafficker, prosecutors said. Federal agents seized more than 90 pounds of fentanyl and heroin with a $10 million street value — the largest opioid bust in Suffolk history —...

Suffolk DA: Gang recruiter convicted of attempted coercion

An “enforcer” in the MS-13 gang last year tried to recruit new members by threatening to kill those who refused, days after the bodies of four gang victims were discovered in Central Islip, authorities said Monday in announcing a conviction. Juan Lopez, 32, of...

Suffolk DA travels to El Salvador for MS-13 battle plan

The three-day trip sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already paid dividends, Sini said. Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini traveled with state and local law-enforcement officials from New York and Maryland this week to El Salvador, where he met...

Suffolk announces big decrease in first-quarter crime statistics

Crime in Suffolk County dropped dramatically in the first quarter of 2018, with shootings down by nearly half and other violent crime declining by almost a fifth, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. And Suffolk police also appear to be gaining ground in the...

DA: Holtsville man extorted women into providing explicit images

Joseph Iorio, 21, attempted to extort more than 30 women, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said. Suffolk’s district attorney is ramping up efforts to fight “sextortion” and so-called “revenge porn,” starting Friday with the guilty plea of a Holtsville man...