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North Babylon,NY: Thursday July 5, 2018 at approximately 2:15pm

Suffolk County Police First Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a man in North Babylon this afternoon.

The driver of a 1998 Saturn sedan was traveling on westbound Sunrise Highway, near exit 39, when a tire struck his vehicle at approximately 2:15 p.m. The tire then struck a 2000 Chevrolet SUV driven by Mary DiFranco, 61, of Lindenhurst.

The driver of the Saturn, whose identification is being withheld pending notification to next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

DiFranco and her passenger, Irene Sciane, 61, of Lindenhurst, were not injured.

The vehicles were impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.

Yaphank,NY: Monday July 2, 2018

Sheriff Toulon invited Robert Misseri, co-founder of the non-profit organization Paws of War, to present at the last Sheriff’s Veterans Re-entry Task Force meeting held in April. Paws of War trains and places shelter dogs with U.S. military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war. The Sheriff was so impressed with the group’s track-record that he asked him to coordinate a program for veterans inside the Suffolk County Jail. The organization then began searching for the right dog to train as a service animal — and found Rocky at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Staff from the Suffolk County Jail also had to identify an incarcerated veteran willing to take on the task of training Rocky twice a week with Paws of War program staff, and found a willing participant. Jermaine, a veteran who also suffers from PTSD, will be working with Rocky – and upon completion will earn a training certificate and possibly an opportunity to work for the organization when he is released next year. After 8 weeks, Harry Stolberg, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will decide if Rocky is the right service dog to welcome into his family home.

Rocky, Jermaine and Harry’s journeys will be documented over the course of the next 8 weeks and shared for the public to see on the Instagram TV platform, and the Sheriff’s Office’s social media accounts, which are accessible on the Office’s website: SuffolkSheriff.com. The first broadcast will be up on July 4th.

About “Rocky”:

Rocky is a friendly 2-year old black Labrador from the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. He has had a rocky road — he was rescued from another shelter down south before being brought to Southampton. There were several adoption applications pending for Rocky, but each time, they fell through. He was picked up on June 25th by Paws of War to begin his new life as a service dog.

About The Veteran on the “Inside”:

Jermaine spent 10 years in the Army, rising to the level of Sergeant. After two tours in active combat, he returned to Suffolk County, Long Island. He believes that PTSD symptoms related to his combat experience led him down his current path. Jermaine has been participating in the Veterans Program Pod in the Yaphank Jail since January 2018 and is always eager to help his fellow Veterans. He is spending his days participating in rehabilitative programs and reflecting on his life. He loves dogs and can’t wait to help train Rocky. Most of all, he expressed how grateful he is to have the opportunity to help a fellow combat veteran and give back to the community.

About The Veteran on the “Outside”:

Harry Stolberg joined the United States Marine Corps in 1994 at the age of 17. He served as a 0341 Mortarman with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Heavy Weapons Company based out of Camp Lejune, NC and also as a Marine Security Guard with MCSFCO Bangor Washington. Harry was part of a rapid response team that responded to incidents in helping the government of Haiti and Africa. He then suffered a serious injury to his right knee, which led to the end of his military career. After the military, he studied to become a paramedic and spent the last 20 years working in NYC and Long Island. He is a single dad, and is being treated for PTSD at the VA hospital in Northport. Harry has fostered other veterans’ service dogs when they were in need. He also gives back to veterans who suffer from PTSD by organizing fishing trips, BBQ’s, outings and offers himself as a peer supporter.

About Paws of War, Inc.:

Paws of War is a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to helping both animals and veterans. The stated mission of the non-profit organization Paws of War is to train and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our U.S. military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war. In turn, each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring.

Learn more at www.pawsofwar.org.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation:

A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless animals throughout Eastern Long Island. SASF promotes and nourishes the bond between people and animals through adoption, education and community outreach.

To learn more, please visit their website: www.southamptonanimalshelter.com.

Port Jefferson,NY: Sunday July 1 2018 at approximately 12:50pm

An off-duty Suffolk County Police Sergeant helped rescue four passengers from a burning boat in Port Jefferson Harbor today.

Sergeant Michael Guerrisi, who was off-duty and onboard his personal boat, observed a 33-foot Sea Ray Sundancer on fire in Port Jefferson Harbor at approximately 12:50 p.m. Four passengers had abandoned the burning boat and were in the water. Sergeant Guerrisi helped pull the victims from the water and aboard his personal boat.

The owner of the boat that caught fire, Charles Schwartz, 59, of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Ainsley Lothrop, 30, of Norwalk, Connecticut were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation. David Lamontagne, 47, of Norwalk, Connecticut and Robert Corbi, 31, of Greenwich, Connecticut, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Arson Squad detectives.


Bellport,NY: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Fifth Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a motorcyclist in Bellport today.

Tyler Joseph LeBron was riding a 2004 Suzuki eastbound on Montauk Highway when he lost control of his motorcycle, crossed over the highway and struck a utility pole at approximately 5:40 p.m.

LeBron, 23, of Mastic, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

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