May 24, 2006
The Southold Town Police Department announced last week that as a result of an investigation by detectives and a reward offered by the Guardian Angels, three Greenport youths, ages 14 and 15, have been arrested and charged as juveniles with burglary in the third degree.
The arrests followed an April 17 report filed by Greenport Village employees who stated that a burglary had been committed at the Mary H. Smith Recreation Center on First Street, during which cash and computer equipment were stolen and damage was incurred to office equipment.
Southold Town Police Captain Martin Flatley said that as a result of the investigation, "we recovered a lot of their equipment," including a computer monitor.
The arrests were facilitated, said Flatley, by "very accurate" information provided by a resident in response to a $250 reward offered by the Greenport Guardian Angels. "The information definitely helped break this case," said Flatley, who said the three youths confessed their involvement in the crimes and will go through the family court system, since they were charged as juveniles.
"The Greenport Guardian Angels are pleased to have been able to assist the Southold Town Police in solving this crime against the community," said Greenport GA patrol leader Robert Toman, who also thanked area merchants who contributed funds for the reward and reminded that additional rewards are available for information related to other crimes.
Greenport Mayor David Kapell added that he is confident that this is just the beginning of a partnership that will continue to improve public safety in Greenport: "The success of the reward offering proves that there is more than one way to skin a cat."
The mayor also expressed his gratitude to GA volunteers who comprise the patrols and to merchants who support the patrols and reward program.
Flatley said that the investigation remains active and is expanding with active leads into other reported burglaries in the area: "This will probably clear a couple of other cases."
Water and Sewer Rate Hike
After a public hearing, the village board voted to approve a 7% water rate increase and a 5% sewer rate increase.
George Capon, who is a resident of the village six months of the year, protested the rate increase. Kapell said he sympathized but said the problem was that an increasing number of people are not living in the village in the winter, leading to the problem of maintaining affordable rates without a baseline of income. Kapell pledged to look over the problem this winter.
Jobs Well Done
The board approved a number of salary increases for village employees and also passed a resolution accepting the letter of intent to retire from long-time village employee Robert Peterson, highway department foreman, as of June 20. Peterson will be replaced by acting highway department foreman Wendall Mealy, who will help with the transition until a new foreman is found.
A public hearing will be held on June 15 at 7 p.m. in regard to the establishment of a four-way stop at the intersection of First Street and South Street, and to convert two automobile parking spaces located in Texaco Alley to "motorcycle parking" only.