Crimes Nearby: Man Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A look at recent crime in the region.

A memorial for a man struck and killed in Huntington Station in August. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
A memorial for a man struck and killed in Huntington Station in August. Photo Credit: Pam Robinson
The following information was supplied by the Suffolk County police department. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


A Huntington Station man was arrested Wednesday in the Aug. 4 fatal hit-and-run accident on New York Avenue.

Suffolk County police charged Richard Wright, 27, with leaving the scene of an accident in the crash that killed Reinaldo Velasquez-Yanes, 25. 

Kings Park

Smithtown Public Safety officers arrested a Kings Park man on Wednesday night for helping tend a marijuana plant farm inside a Commack water recharge basin.

Mark Kern, 44, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, a felony charge, after undercover town officers found him tending to more than 100 marijuana plants off Vanderbuilt Motor Parkway and Redleaf Lane in Commack at 10:22 p.m., according to Public Safety's Deputy Chief Kevin McPadden.


A woman was arrested Sept. 7 after allegedly taking 65 cans of baby formula from Target in Commack. In addition to the baby formula, police said Terry Bodden, 28, whose address was not listed, also stole women’s sleepwear from the store. Police said she took more than $1,000 worth of goods in total. She was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony.


A 39-year-old man from Hauppauge was arrested Sept. 1 in Hauppauge and charged with resisting arrest and second-degree harassment, both misdemeanors. Police said he was asked to leave the Wall Street nightclub, but he did not leave, and punched another person. Police said he then struggled with three bouncers and resisted being handcuffed when police arrested him at 2:20 a.m.


A hankering for candy and chips landed a group of local teenagers with felony charges Friday after they broke into Saint James building and smashed a vending machine.

According to police, five teens, from Smithtown, Saint James and Commack, ages 18 and 19, broke into a building at 1 Flowerfield Sept. 6 at 12:25 a.m. The boys then took a fire extinguisher and smashed a vending machine with it, taking candy and chips.

The teens were charged with burglary in the third degree, a felony.
Old Fisherman September 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM
May the stupid kids bellies in the story above also ache with the candies and chips they lifted. To create a felony for a couple of candies and chips is utterly ridiculous.


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