News Briefs From Around Huntington (Week Of July 8)

Compiled by Andrew Wroblewski

PD: Huntington Station Man Arrested For DWI After Two-Car Crash

Suffolk police said the two vehicles collided in Melville at around 6:15 a.m., Sunday.   (Photos/Melville FD)

Suffolk police said the two vehicles collided in Melville at around 6:15 a.m., Sunday. (Photos/Melville FD)

A Huntington Station man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a two-car crash in Melville Sunday morning injured him and another driver, Suffolk police said.

According to police, 32-year-old Brenten Biber was driving a 2017 Honda Civic westbound on Baylis Road at around 6:15 a.m. when the car ran a red light and struck a 2014 Honda Accord that was traveling southbound on Broadhollow Road.

Biber was brought by Melville Fire Department ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.

He was later charged with driving while intoxicated and will be arraigned on a later date, police said.

The driver of the Accord, 61-year-old Jay Kim, of East Northport, was brought to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Fire officials said Melville firefighters used the “jaws of life” to free one of the drivers who was pinned in the wreckage.

The Melville Fire Department responded with three ambulances, heavy rescue truck, an engine, first responder, paramedic and fire police units that were under the direction of Chief Chris Nolan and First Assistant Chief David Kaplan.

Suffolk police said the investigation is continuing and ask anyone with information on the crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.

PD: Toddler Found Unresponsive In Family’s Pool

A Dix Hills girl was found unresponsive in her family’s pool Monday evening, according to Suffolk police.

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating the incident.

They said police responded to the Kilmer Avenue home at around 7 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that the 2-year-old was found unresponsive in the inground pool.

Fire officials said ex-Chief of the Dix Hills Fire Department Bill Stio and Suffolk police were first on scene and took over CPR from the child’s father.

Dix Hills Fire District Paramedic Rob Cabano, Paramedic Captain Scott DiPino, along with EMTs Maresa Spizzirri, Louis Aquino, and ambulance driver Lieutenant Gerard Rosciano Jr. arrived shortly after and continued lifesaving efforts.

Working while en route to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, the crew revived the child, according to fire officials. The toddler was in serious condition at Good Samaritan as of Monday.

The second Dix Hills Rescue Squad ambulance, staffed by driver, Ex-Chief Steve Kamvakis and EMT’s Christina Noriega and Wesley Wu, brought the toddler’s parents to the hospital.

“My crew did an outstanding job and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Dix Hills Fire Chief Tom Napolitano. “And our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

FD: Home ‘Extensively’ Damaged In Tuesday Night Blaze

A total of 60 firefighters battled the blaze in the East 23rd Street home Tuesday night.   (Photo/Steve Silverman)

A total of 60 firefighters battled the blaze in the East 23rd Street home Tuesday night. (Photo/Steve Silverman)

Sixty firefighters battled a house fire in Huntington Station on Tuesday, fire officials said.

Huntington Manor firefighters were dispatched to the East 23rd Street home at around 9:20 p.m., according to fire officials. When they arrived, they found a heavy fire condition and that the residents had safely evacuated, uninjured.

Firefighters began an aggressive attack on the blaze and were assisted by Greenlawn, Halesite, Huntington and Melville fire departments.

Huntington Community First Aid Squad provided EMS support.

A total of 60 firefighters used 12 trucks to get the blaze under control within a half hour, fire officials said. They were under the direction of First Assistant Chief Jon Hoffmann.

The home was extensively damaged, and the Suffolk Police Arson Squad and Town of Huntington Fire Marshal are investigating, fire officials said.

Over $19K In Tech Stolen From Apple Store: PD



A group of five men stole over $19,000 in electronics from a Huntington Station Apple Store last week, Suffolk police said.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the men, pictured, who are accused of stealing the merchandise at around 8:20 p.m. last Friday.

Police said the men stole 21 iPhone 8s and iPhone Xs from the 180 Walt Whitman Road store. Dressed in hooded sweatshirts, the men grabbed the phones off a display table and ran from the store, police said.

Video of the incident is available via

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this incident 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.