Crimes Nearby: Hate Crimes Unit Investigating Graffiti at Commack Parks

The following arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County and Riverhead Police Departments. It does not indicate a conviction.

Port Jefferson

The parking lot of the located on Route 112 and the American Motel – both in Port Jefferson Station – were singled out by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota on Monday as he provided that he said operated throughout several areas in Brookhaven Town including Coram and Medford. to read more.


An employee at the on Main Street in Port Jefferson reported to police that a "Little Mermaid" painting in a cherry frame was taken from the front of the gallery on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.


Suffolk County Hate Crimes Unit is investigating a rash of graffiti incidents at a handful of parks in the area - including Burr Winkle Park and Cedar Road Park - and while no gang activity is suspected, the offensive nature of some of the markings could lead to felony arrests.

In Cedar Road Park, two incidents in June - one on June 20, and other on June 28 - included swastikas and anti-black graffiti posted on multiple handball courts. At Burr Winkle Park in mid-May, four swastikas were found written on playground equipment with permanent markers, and two more were found etched into the equipment. Sexually explicit comments were written on the grounds as well.

Police are offering a cash reward for any information leading to an arrest related to any of the incidents. Individuals can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

North Fork

Wayne E. Rogers, 55, of Greenport, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana on Aug. 12 at 10:43 p.m., after observed him smoking a pipe outside of therestaurant in Greenport, police said. Upon seeing the officer, Rogers ran into the Rhumb Line's bathroom, police said. When officers made entry into the bathroom, a pipe containing hashish was found smoking in the garbage, police said. Rogers was arrested, transported to police headquarters in Peconic and released on bail for a later court date.


Rona Simmons, 40, of Riverhead, was charged with petit larceny on Aug. 9 at 7:34 p.m., after police responded to a report that Simmons had taken several items from the Mattituck Waldbaum’s grocery store without paying for them, police said. She was arrested, transported to police headquarters in Peconic, processed and released on $250 bail. 


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