10/23/14 2:00pm
10/23/2014 2:00 PM

A Flanders man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over on Old Country Road last Monday, Oct. 13, state police said.

Troopers stopped Juan Palacios, 29, near the intersection of Doctors Path, according to a news release. An investigation revealed that he was drunk, police said, and he was arrested at the scene.

• A Riverhead man was accused of driving drunk after state police allegedly caught him intoxicated on Roanoke Avenue Saturday.

Marvin Setino-Chinchilla, 40, was arrested after being stopped near Pulaski Street, according to a news release. Troopers determined Mr. Setino-Chinchilla was drunk and charged him with misdemeanor DWI. He was processed at the state trooper barracks and released with a date in Riverhead Town court later this month.

• A 23-year-old man was arrested for drunken driving after colliding with a tree in Calverton early Saturday morning, Riverhead police said.

David Fitzgerald was arrested about 5 a.m. after hitting a tree on Edwards Avenue, according to a police blotter report. He was charged with misdemeanor DWI, according to the report. Police did not release additional information about the arrest.

• A 2004 Land Rover that was reported stolen earlier this month was found near Riverhead Free Library about 1 a.m. last Tuesday, Oct. 14, according to a police blotter report. The vehicle was recovered by police. Southold detectives were notified that the vehicle had been found. No other information was made available by Riverhead Town police.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

10/23/14 11:11am
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(Credit: Carrie Miller)

Volunteers from two area fire departments were called to extinguish a fire in a Riverhead Town highway department bulldozer Thursday morning.

Eddie Reeve, a town highway department worker said they returned from a break to find a puddle of oil on the ground beside the vehicle, which was up in flames.

Riverhead Town police received word of the fire about 9:45 a.m. in the town Highway department sand mine, which is located near the town dump on Manor Lane in Jamesport.

Volunteers from Jamesport Fire department and Riverhead Fire departments were called to the scene.

Workers had been using the bulldozer to move sand around earlier that morning.

Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson was not immediately available for comment.

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10/22/14 5:05pm
10/22/2014 5:05 PM
Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport;  Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport; Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A fifth man is currently being sought by police for his alleged role in last Tuesday’s shooting in Southold, a Suffolk prosecutor said Wednesday during the arraignments of three men accused in the attack.

A total of four men so far have been arrested by police. They’ve all been indicted and arraigned on violent felony charges of assault and gang assault.

They are all being held in county jail on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond. (more…)

10/21/14 9:45am
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Fire district headquarters on Roanoke Avenue.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Fire district headquarters on Roanoke Avenue.

Local fire districts are all having public hearings on their proposed 2014 budgets tonight, and all proposed budgets come in under the state mandated two-percent tax levy increase.

Fire districts are the taxing entity that funds the local fire departments, which are mostly run by volunteers but receive taxes for things such as equipment, facilities and some paid employees.

Below is a breakdown of the budget proposals and public hearing times and locations.

• Riverhead

The proposed 2015 budget called for a $4.501 million tax levy, up 1.56 percent over the 2014 levy of $4.432 million. The proposed budget uses $250,000 in fund balance, $29,117 in payments in lieu of taxes and $106,883 in bond reduction reserve money to offset tax increases.

Tax rates, which are determined by the town, were not yet available. The district covers parts of three different towns, Riverhead, Southampton and Brookhaven.

The public hearing on the budget will take place at 7 p.m. at Riverhead fire headquarters on 540 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead.

• Wading River

The proposed 2015 budget calls for $2.107 million in taxes, up 1.8 percent from the 2014 total of $2.07 million. Overall spending is proposed at $2.443 million,  up 5.5 percent over 2014, but the proposed budget uses $55,750 in estimated revenues and $80,000 in appropriated fund balance to reduce the amount to be paid in taxes. The tax levy is split between Brookhaven Town and Riverhead Town, with the portion in Brookhaven to go down from 2014, and the Riverhead portion, which is about 60 percent of the total, proposed to rise by 5.9 percent in Riverhead, according to district figures.

The fire district has no role in the apportionment of the tax levy between towns, according to Riverhead Town Assessor Laverne Tennenburg. That is done by the county and based on each town’s equalization rate, which is a state formula that attempts to determine at what percentage of market value  each town assesses property for taxing purposes. Riverhead’s equalization rate decreased this year, while Brookhaven’s stayed the same, meaning a greater portion of the taxes shifted to the Riverhead side, she said.

The public hearing is at 7 p.m. at the fire headquarters on 1503 North Country Road in Wading River.

• Jamesport

The proposed 2014 budget is $842,810, which is up by 1.5 percent from the 2013 budget of $830,318. Of that amount, $766,833 will be paid through taxes, which is a 1.56 percent increase.

The public hearing is at 7:30 p.m. at the firehouse on 25 Manor Lane in Jamesport.

• Flanders

The proposed 2015 budget calls for $691,500 in spending, up one percent, with estimated revenues of $130,000 bringing the amount to be raised from taxes down to $561,500, which is a 1.3 percent increase.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the firehouse on19 Firehouse Lane in Flanders.

10/20/14 10:59am
10/20/2014 10:59 AM
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Riverhead police are investigating the apparent stabbing of a man on Lewis Street in Riverhead late Sunday.

The victim — a 43-year-old man — went to Peconic Bay Medical Center after he was stabbed in left shoulder while on Lewis Street, police said. Cops were called to the hospital about 11:40 p.m. to investigate. The man was treated for a single stab wound and released, according to a news release.

Police have not released information about the description of the attacker and said the investigation is active. No arrests have been made.

Riverhead detectives have asked anyone with information about the alleged incident to contact the department at (631) 727-4500 ext. 327. All calls will be kept confidential.


10/20/14 8:46am

An Aquebogue gas station was robbed at gunpoint last night, according to Riverhead Police.

Police said a clerk reported that a man — only described as tall — wearing a ski mask and black hooded sweatshirt entered Empire Gas Station on Main Road just after 10 p.m. and forcibly removed cash from him. The clerk said the man cut him across the face with a razor blade during the robbery, and then proceeded to flee on foot.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Riverhead Police at 727-4500, ext. 633.