03/02/15 1:42pm

The medical condition of a 49-year-old Shirley man who was badly injured Sunday morning in a paragliding crash in Calverton has been upgraded from serious to fair, a Stony Brook University Medical Center spokesman said Monday.

The man, Marcelo Ibarra, crashed in a field shortly after taking off from the south runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton property about 8:20 a.m., Riverhead Town police said.

He suffered a possible fracture of both femurs.

Mr. Ibarra was airlifted to Stony Brook for treatment of his injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to assist Riverhead police in the investigation of the accident.

Police said the man was using a motorized paraglider in the crash.

02/27/15 10:18pm
(Credit: Google Maps)

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Two men were arrested on a slew of drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a house in Riverhead Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The 2 p.m. raid at 17 Wilson Avenue in the Millbrook Gables neighborhood off East Main Street came as part of an East End Drug Task Force investigation into alleged drug sales at the residence, Riverhead Town police said.

Darius Mims

Darius Mims

Police arrested Robert Mahoney, 26, and Darius Mims, 24, who live at the house, and recovered unspecified quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, the painkiller suboxone and cash, police said.

Task force members were assisted by town police, county police and sheriff’s deputies, including two K-9 units.

Mr. Mahoney was also arrested as part of a task force investigation in 2012.

Friday’s raid comes just weeks after another East End Drug Task Force search warrant was executed at an Oakland Drive North house in Riverhead.

The arrest of Darius Strong, 35, at that house was the latest in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that stretched back to May 2013 and netted over a dozen arrests thus far — with more expected.

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Mr. Mahoney was charged Friday with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Mims was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Robert Mahoney

Robert Mahoney

The district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force is made up of DA investigators and police personnel from the East End town and villages police departments, as well as state police, members of the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Probation, Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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02/23/15 10:00am
Sean Walter and Angela DeVito on the Suffolk Theater stage during a debate in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Sean Walter and Angela DeVito on the Suffolk Theater stage during a debate in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

There will be no rematch for Riverhead Town supervisor in 2015.

Longtime civic leader and former school board member Angela DeVito of Jamesport said she won’t be seeking the Democratic nomination to run again this fall.

Instead, she’s going to focus her time on establishing a grassroots community group akin to the Organizing for America concept that followed the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. (more…)

02/20/15 12:00pm
The building at 1491 Main Road used to house a North Fork Bank branch.  (Credit: Michael White)

The building at 1491 Main Road used to house a North Fork Bank branch. (Credit: Michael White)

Citing ever-ongoing efforts to operate “as efficiently as possible while continuing to provide quality service and products,” a Capital One Bank spokeswoman confirmed this week the company will be closing down its Jamesport branch.

It’s one of five branches and one drive-up bank closing in Suffolk County, said the spokeswoman, Julie Rakes.

They will be closing April 24 and April 25, she said.
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02/20/15 8:00am
Brad Bocksel and his father, Robert, preparing artifacts for accession to Fraunces Tavern Museum. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Brad Bocksel and his father, Robert, preparing artifacts for accession to Fraunces Tavern Museum. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Brad Bocksel is a treasure hunter, but he’s not in it for the cash. He started digging up lost artifacts — ranging from silver coins to bullets used in the Civil War — when he was in middle school, and more than two decades later he’s never sold a single one.

He’s no hoarder of history either.

To prove it — though it’s not as if anyone dared him — Mr. Bocksel turned over some of his most prized possessions last Wednesday to the Fraunces Tavern Museum, a building that dates to Colonial times at 54 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan and is owned and operated by the Sons of the Revolution preservation group.

All 20 donated items originated from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods.

Mr. Bocksel found them on his family’s Main Road farm in Aquebogue and other places on the North Fork.

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02/15/15 10:00am
Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday's event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday’s event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Joseph Latini knows the odds aren’t in his dad’s favor.

Diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma late last summer, his 63-year-old father, also Joseph Latini, underwent two rounds of chemotherapy — only to then find out there were no matches for him among the 18 million potential bone marrow donors on the national registry.

Without a donor, the elder Mr. Latini’s chances of survival are low.

The Latini family set out to better the odds, however narrowly, with a series of donor drives throughout Long Island.

“My father and I are both in the same business; we’re in the banking industry,” the younger Mr. Latini said. “We understand the math. If he didn’t match 18 million, what am I going to swab a few thousand?

“But I have to try. So here we are.” (more…)

02/12/15 8:00am
Police raid 29 Lewis Street in the Millbrook Gables section of Riverhead Nov. 13. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Police raid 29 Lewis Street in the Millbrook Gables section of Riverhead Nov. 5. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Four children were living in the Oakland Drive North home when a team of police, including K-9 units, came looking for Darius Strong last Wednesday and hauled the 35-year-old off in handcuffs.

The police, working with the East End Drug Task Force, also found heroin, cocaine, oxycodone pills, ammunition and a loaded 9 mm pistol in the raid. The ammo was found in a child’s room, not too far from the unsecured handgun, said Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

“I don’t know what could have happened if one of those kids got that gun,” he said.

“The ammunition was in one of the boys’ bedrooms,” further explained a high-ranking officer in the task force, who asked that his name not be printed due to the sensitivity of his investigative work. “The gun was outside the bedroom, in a closet crawl space.”

Mr. Strong, an ex-con who had just gotten off parole, is now facing a slew of drugs, weapons and child endangerment charges. His lawyer declined to comment for this story.

His arrest is the latest in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that stretches back to May 2013 and has netted over a dozen arrests thus far — with more expected.  (more…)