• Steven S. Taggart, the Islip teen arrested after making threats to blow up the Kings Park High School gymnasium via the social media network Twitter on Friday, pleaded not guilty in Central Islip District Court on Saturday.
According to Suffolk County police, third and fourth squad detectives investigated the complaint made by officials at Kings Park High School after Taggart posted on Twitter indicating he had a bomb and was going to blow up the Kings Park High School gym, referred to as the "Kingdome." The school officials said they were aware of comments being made on the social media network due to the the rivalry between the school and Islip High School.
Through his lawyer, Taggart entered a plea of not guilty to the felony charge of falsely reporting an incident on school grounds. Taggart is being charged as an adult.
Taggart's attorney, James Polk, of Garden City said he believed the incident "was fairly overblown."
• Timothy Stocker, 51, of Lake Grove, was arrested on Jan. 24 in Smithtown on a fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge, a misdemeanor levied because of a prior felony conviction. Reports state Stocker was convicted of a felony in 1986 and was found to be in possession of a rifle and a shotgun in his home, which he surrendered to police.
• Anthony Wilk, 39, of Bay Shore, was arrested on Jan. 23 on a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, a felony. Wilk allegedly used three counterfeit $20 bills at a deli at 9:30 a.m.
• A 17-year old Kings Park boy was arrested on Jan. 21 in Smithtown stemming from an Oct. 28, 2012, incident where he punched someone in the face, resulting in the victim needing medical attention, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault with intent to cause physical injury charge, a misdemeanor.
Miller Place-Rocky Point
• Brian McManus, 30, of Miller Place, was arrested Jan. 21 in Miller Place and charged with first-degree burglary, a felony, after police said he displayed what appeared to be a pistol and stole money from a victim at 125 Broadway in Rocky Point. He allegedly said he was police in order to gain entry through the front door. He was also charged with an additional felony for allegedly impersonating an officer to commit a felony.
• Steven Korth, 23, of Rocky Point, was arrested Jan. 22 in South Setauket and charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. Korth was arrested at Home Depot on Pond Path after allegedly taking a box containing a drill and walking past the cash register.
• A 21-year old Flanders man died after he was shot in the chest on Sunday morning.
Demitri Hampton, was reportedly shot in the chest by two armed men who entered his home at 200 Priscilla Ave., according to Suffolk County police, who were alerted after they received a 911 call at about 3:15 a.m. Hampton was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where he was pronounced dead.
Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating. As of Wednesday evening, no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
• Several Dumpster fires were reported in Riverhead between Saturday and Tuesday.
According to Riverhead police, a call was received on Tuesday at 6:34 a.m. about two fires, located in Dumpsters at the east and north sides of the Eastern Harley Davidson buiding on Route 58. The fires were extinguished by the Riverhead Fire Department, police said.
Tuesday's Dumpster fires follow five in Riverhead since Saturday, including a fire in a trash compactor behind T.J. Maxx on Route 58 on Saturday. Police and the Riverhead Town Fire Marshal's office are investigating the incidents.
Similar Dumpster fires have also been reported in Westhampton Beach and Hampton Bays.