A 10-acre property along Main Road in Jamesport that’s been the subject of several controversial development proposals over the years could end up being purchased as open space by Suffolk County under a bill proposed last week by North Fork Legislator Al Krupski. Krupski (D-Cutchogue) also has proposed a bill that would purchase the development rights from the 34 acres immediately north of that property, which is unused farmland that contains an ancient Native American burial site. I’m sensitive to communities and sensitive to the environment.”The proposed preservation efforts would have to compete with other proposals for land preservation countywide, Mr. Di Noto and local civic leaders last Tuesday, before filing the bill. Klein at one time also proposed a 160-unit retirement community on the 34-acre property immediately north of the 10 -acre parcel.The bills call for the county to start by seeking appraisals of both sites and then make an offer to the owner, a group headed by Woodbury-based developer Robert Di Noto, who acquired both properties in a bankruptcy proceeding for about $5 million, according to county records.“My position is that if the property can be preserved and the money works out in terms of what my company would be able to get out of it, so be it,” Mr. “It has to work for us [financially], and as long as it does, and we can make everyone happy, I have no problem doing it.”“As far as 10 acres in the front goes, we were more than happy to develop that and we didn’t think it was possible financially give up the opportunity to development that property,” Mr. Krupski said, since preservation dollars are limited. The site’s previous owner, Julius Klein, had proposed a 42,000-square-foot retail development, and had received special permit approvals from the Riverhead Town Board to include two bistros and professional offices in the complex. But that land was rezoned by Riverhead Town as part of its 2004 master plan update, and only about 15 homes would now be permitted there. Di Noto said at the time that if he can build the assisted living center, which would require zoning amendments from the town, he would not develop the 34 acres to the north and would consider selling its development rights, which would mean it could only be used for farming, which was its prior use.
American Indians are fed up with thieves rooting around in their ancestors' graves, and authorities liken the acts to looting the National Archives.
"You look at what these people do, and it just makes you sick," said Assistant U. Attorney Wayne Dance, who has won more felony convictions in ARPA cases than anyone.
"I view this crime to be highly important to society, because of the irreplaceable nature of the loss." Diggers roam rugged areas of the Southwest in search of prehistoric baskets, pots and even bones to sell.
After a crime lab extracted DNA from the filter tip, Mauldin and Fitzgerald got their man -- perhaps the most notorious archaeological thief in American history. Shumway was a watershed for the little- known Archaeological Resources Protection Act, a federal law enacted in 1979.
His case was the first in which DNA evidence led to a conviction for antiquities theft.
And it resulted in the longest sentence ever for such a crime: five years.More ARPA crimes are prosecuted in Utah than anywhere else in the nation.That morning, he and his partner, fellow Bureau of Land Management special agent Bart Fitzgerald, had turned the case over and over with another investigator. They knew that priceless artifacts had been looted from a remote Indian grave site.They knew that a burial blanket had been stripped off the remains of an infant and the skull tossed on a trash heap. Then they remembered the backfill, the pile of dirt left by the digger.They sped back to the crime scene at Horse Rock Ruin.As sunlight began to retreat from the remote canyon, they found their tiny but mighty evidence: a cigarette butt.