Compiled by Rick Murphy

Charged With Sex Felony

Southampton Town police detectives arrested Anthony Raniello, 70, of Hampton Bays on Monday after an investigation revealed that he had sexual contact with a disabled victim.

Raniello, while employed as a direct care professional for the Smile Agency located in Ronkonkoma, allegedly took the 21-year-old victim on his boat in Hampton Bays and sexually abused the victim. Raniello has been charged with criminal sex act second degree, a Class D felony, endangering the welfare of an incompetent person first degree, a Class E felony, and sexual abuse second degree, a Class A misdemeanor. Raniello was processed at Southampton Town Police headquarters and was awaiting arraignment as of press time.

Man Struck By Train

A freight train headed east struck an unidentified man in Riverhead at about 1 PM last Wednesday.

Neither Riverhead Police nor Metropolitan Transit Authority have been able to identify the victim as of press time. What is known is the man is Latino, medium height and build, and that he suffered significant injuries. He is about 30 years old.

The train was a New York and Atlantic Railway, the MTA said through a spokesman.

The victim was transported by emergency personnel to Stony Brook University Hospital.

Deer On Tracks

A severely wounded deer fell directly on the railroad tracks in East Hampton Village just west of the station Sunday. Police dispatchers said police were aware of the problem. Passengers on the 3:36 PM train who saw the deer said it was lying on the tracks but was raising its head. The train was not delayed, they added. It is believed police "dispatched" the injured animal.

Expecting The Worst

East Hampton Village answered a complaint that "some junkie" had stashed his green syringe and tourniquet on Ocean Avenue near the bike rack. Police found a green glass juice box straw and piece of a clear surfboard leash.


New Southampton Town Police officers Erica Moncada and Katie White were sworn in by Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, during a work-session by the Southampton Town Board last Thursday.

Officer Moncada is bi-lingual and Officer White served in the military before entering into the Police Academy. Both officers graduated with honors from the Suffolk County Police Academy this year. Both served as seasonal officers before being hired full-time.

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