News Briefs From Around Huntington (Week Of April 8)

Compiled by Andrew Wroblewski

FD: Four Injured After Four Cars Collide In Melville

Two of the four cars involved in a crash in Melville on Friday.   (Photo/Steve Silverman)

Two of the four cars involved in a crash in Melville on Friday. (Photo/Steve Silverman)

Four people were injured in a four-car crash in Melville on Saturday, fire officials said.

Melville firefighters responded to the scene at the intersection of Bagatelle Road and the South Service Road at around 4:40 p.m.

Four people involved in the crash suffered non-life threatening injuries and were brought to either Huntington Hospital or Plainview Hospital by Melville Rescue Squad ambulances for treatment.

Twenty-five firefighters and emergency medical personnel were

dispatched to the scene with three ambulances, an engine, heavy

rescue truck, paramedic unit and

fire police. Units were under the command of chiefs Chris Nolan, Dave Kaplan, Bill Schmitt and Jason Bernfeld.

Two-Car Crash Injures Two In Centerport: FD

The crash scene on Route 25A, east of Harbor Circle, in Centerport on Friday.   (Photo/Centerport FD)

The crash scene on Route 25A, east of Harbor Circle, in Centerport on Friday. (Photo/Centerport FD)

Two people were hurt in a two-car crash in Centerport on Friday, fire officials said.

The Centerport Fire Department responded to the crash scene on Route 25A, east of Harbor Circle, at around 1:30 p.m.

Officials said the crash involved a sedan and an SUV.

Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to remove the driver from the SUV. The person was treated by a Centerport Fire EMS crew and then airlifted by Suffolk Police Medivac helicopter from a landing zone at the Chalet Motor Inn to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The driver of the car was brought to Stony Brook Hospital via Northport Fire Department ambulance.

Centerport Fire Department units were on the scene with an ambulance, heavy rescue truck, paramedic responder, fire police and an engine to secure the helicopter landing area. Units were under the direction of assistant chiefs Rich Miltner and Andy Heglund, and Deputy Chief Medical Dr. Jack Geffken.

Huntington Man Charged With DWAI After Striking, Killing Man With Car: PD

David R. Thompson   (Photo/SCPD)

David R. Thompson (Photo/SCPD)

A Huntington man was arrested Saturday night in South Huntington for driving while ability impaired and fatally striking a Huntington Station man with his car, Suffolk police said.

Police said David R. Thompson was driving the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on Jericho Turnpike at around 9:30 p.m. when the car Anthony J. Santiago, who was crossing Jericho Turnpike at Oakwood Road.

Santiago, 54, was brought by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Thompson, 75, was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired. He was held at the Second Precinct in Huntington and arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Thompson, who is being represented by a legal aid, is scheduled to appear in court again on May 14, according to court documents.

Police said the vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.

Detectives ask anyone with information on the crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.

PD: $2.5K Puppy Stolen From Huntington Station Pet Store, Man Wanted



Suffolk police are trying to identify and locate a man they say stole a $2,500 puppy from a Huntington Station pet store Monday morning.

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives said the man, pictured left, entered Selmer’s Pet Land at 125 East Jericho Turnpike and stole the 3-month-old Maltipoo, pictured right, at around 10:50 a.m.

Police said the dog is valued at around $2,500.

The man fled on foot westbound on Jericho Turnpike and then headed north on Poplar Avenue, according to police.

Police said the man was described as black, in his mid to late 20s, around 5 feet, 9 inches tall and as having a mustache or goatee. He was seen wearing gray camouflage pants, a green hooded sweatshirt and a knit cap.

Police said the investigation is continuing and ask anyone with information on the incident to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Man Stole $500+ In Clothing From Commack Kohl’s: PD



Suffolk police are trying to identify and locate a man they say stole hundreds in clothing from a Commack department store earlier this year.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct Crime Section said the man, pictured, stole assorted clothing valued at more than $500 from the Kohl’s at 45 Crooked Hill Road on Jan. 24 at around 12:15 p.m.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, texting “SCPD” and a message to “CRIMES” (274637) or emailing via All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential.