02/28/15 8:00am
02/28/2015 8:00 AM
County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county's new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county’s new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A program designed to monitor and reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders has been very successful in the Suffolk County Police Department’s jurisdiction, officials said Friday.

The program, part of the county’s Community Protection Act, uses retired police officers who work for the nonprofit Parents for Megan’s Law to make in-person visits to sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with residency registration laws and other requirements.

To date, however, none of the five East End town police departments is using that portion of the program, which has been offered to them at no cost, said Laura Ahearn, director of the nonprofit, which works to prevent sex offenses and aid victims of sex crimes. (more…)

02/28/15 7:23am

Police arrested a Brooklyn woman on Friday they say had forged traveler’s checks at a children’s store at Tanger Outlet mall.

According to Riverhead Police, an employee at Ralph Lauren Children’s Outlet image013called police around 8:30 p.m. yesterday to a report that a female could possibly have a forged $100 American Express traveler’s check.

Following an investigation, it was determined that 18-year-old Deja Kilpatrick was in possession of a forged traveler’s check as well as other ones.

She was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a felony.

02/27/15 10:18pm
02/27/2015 10:18 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

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.

Click here for more and to watch DA-released video surveillance clips.

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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02/27/15 12:00pm
Sgt. Jill Kubetz was promoted last week to be the department's first female sergeant. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Sgt. Jill Kubetz was promoted last week to be the department’s first female sergeant. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jill Kubetz’s 4-year-old daughter, Rachel, has given her a new nickname: “Sgt. Mommy.”

It’s a moniker she’s proud of, because it proves to her two young daughters that they can be grow up to be whatever they want.

So at last Thursday’s Riverhead Town Board meeting, when it came time for her to become the town’s first female police sergeant, Sgt. Kubetz knew exactly who would be front and center at her promotion.  (more…)

02/27/15 7:31am
The Bayview Inn & Restaurant in S. Jamesport may become apartments. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The former Bayview Inn & Restaurant in S. Jamesport. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposal to convert the former Bayview Inn and Restaurant building in South Jamesport into apartments was shot down by the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night.

The property’s new owner, a group headed by Southampton attorney Richard Mathew, sought a special exception from the ZBA to change the use of the property from one use that didn’t conform with current zoning (the restaurant and hotel) to another (apartments), which is something Riverhead’s town code permits so long as a special exception is obtained from the ZBA. (more…)

02/26/15 10:32pm
02/26/2015 10:32 PM
Megan Finne (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Megan Finne (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

A Ridge woman was arrested on drunken driving charges Thursday after she was caught driving erratically in Riverhead with her 2-month-old child in the car, according to a police press release.

Riverhead police said they received a report at around 2:30 p.m. of a woman driving erratically with an infant in the car at around 2:30 p.m.

Police later located Megan Finne, 20, in a vehicle matching the description in the report, officials said.

She was arrested after police found her to be intoxicated and transported to headquarters for processing, officials said.

Ms. Finne was charged with DWI Leandra’s Law and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, police said.