07/22/14 10:52am
07/22/2014 10:52 AM
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A fire gutted a home on Dogwood Drive in Wading River Tuesday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wading River woman and her family’s two dogs were rescued from a structure fire that “significantly” damaged a Dogwood Drive home this morning.

About 60 fire personnel from seven different departments responded to the two-story home shortly after 8:20 a.m., Wading River fire officials and Riverhead Town police said at the scene.   (more…)

07/21/14 4:30pm
07/21/2014 4:30 PM
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A Riverhead man accused of swearing at police, exposing his genitals and resisting arrest at a local campsite this weekend is being held on $10,000 bail, according to town court documents.

Brian Bishop, 29, is also accused of keeping a loaded shotgun in his tent while drunk and taking care of a 3-year-old child, according to charges filed against him.  (more…)

07/21/14 10:11am

PDHQRiverhead Police arrested a Flanders man shortly after midnight today after they said he broke into a Roanoke Avenue home and harassed a couple living there.

Police said they received a call around 12:20 a.m. that a man had broken into the home and physically harassed a man living there. Authorities located the burglar within minutes of the call, who was operating a vehicle just a short distance from the home.

The man was ID’d by the victim as 38-year-old Alfredo Chitay-Concoba. A woman living at the home had an order of protection against Mr. Chitay-Concoba, police said.

He was charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal contempt, both felonies. He was also charged with second-degree harassment, a violation. Mr. Chitay-Concoba was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

07/21/14 7:03am
Police say this man bought $1,000 worth of sneakers with a stolen credit card.

Police say this man bought $1,000 worth of sneakers with a stolen credit card.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a man police say paid for $1,000 worth of sneakers from a downtown store with a stolen credit card.

According to police, a man bought five different pairs of shoes from the Sneaker Aquarium at 41 E. Main St. with the stolen card on May 23.

Police described the man as black and about 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a heavy build. He was clean shaven, police said, and at the time of the incident was wearing dark blue pants and a light blue hospital scrub shirt, also wearing a stethoscope around his neck at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information about the arrest is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, or Riverhead Police at 727-4500 ext 327. All calls will be kept confidential. Information that leads to an arrest offers a cash reward of up to $5,000.

07/19/14 5:58pm
07/19/2014 5:58 PM
Members of Riverhead's Ironmen squad pull up in the Class B motorized competition on Saturday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Members of Riverhead’s Ironmen squad pull up in the Class B motorized competition on Saturday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Fighting a fire, naturally, is a race against the fire: get it out as fast as possible by minimizing injuries in the process.

Firematics — or fire drills — is a race against the clock. No fire involved here, though the skills required in each drill are still ones that could someday come in useful on the scene of a fire.

And the teams take it about as seriously as a real fire.

“Being in the department itself is like a part-time job. And then being on the drill team is like another part-time job,” said co-captain Ryan McArdle on Saturday, as the Riverhead Fire Department’s drill team — The Ironmen — hosted its 28th annual tournament.

Nineteen different drill teams from across Suffolk  County participated in Saturday’s competition, which took place at the department’s training grounds next to the Route 58 armory.

Mr. McArdle said the team meets two days a week to practice, each one about three to four hours long. And with eight different events the squad participates in during the summer months, that doesn’t include getting ready for the competitions on Friday nights and cleaning up after the events on Sundays.

The contests consist of eight different events — five of them involving vehicles, and three others “old fashioned.”

Firematics is largely unique to New York State, though for those involved in the sport, it’s not unique at all. The teams have devout followings, with live video and audio covering more than one drill on any given summer weekend for those unable to make the events.

Winners and losers are often decided by just a split second — though for those in the middle of a competition, that difference can feel like an eternity.

“These can come down to tenths of a second,” said Mr. McArdle. “But when you’re out there, it feels like 30 seconds.”

The Ironmen finished eighth in the 19-team competition, grabbing five points — two points for finishing fourth in the motor pump competition, and three points for third in the B hose competition. 

Members of the Ironmen's Motor Pump team before the race Saturday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Members of the Ironmen’s Motor Pump team before the race Saturday. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)



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07/19/14 2:01pm


UPDATE: Suffolk County Police arrested Rocky Point resident Robert Edlund on Tuesday in relation to Saturday’s bank robbery in Rocky Point, as well as another that occurred Monday in Medford. Police said Mr. Edlund robbed a Suffolk County National Bank in Medford around 2 p.m. and was found shortly after hiding underneath a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Island 16 cinema in Holbrook.

He was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery.

ORIGINAL STORY: Suffolk County Police are searching for someone who robbed a Bridgehampton National Bank in Rocky Point this morning.

According to police, a man entered the bank — located at 75 Route 25A, near the intersection of Westchester Drive — and handed the teller a note demanding cash at about 9:45.

The teller complied, according to Suffolk P.D., and the man fled on foot heading eastbound after the incident.

Police described the man as white and about 6 feet tall. Police said he is thin and about 45 to 50 years old, and was wearing a beige sweatshirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap.

Sufolk Police Pattern Crime Unit is investigating the robbery. Authorities ask that anyone with information about the incident call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept anonymous.