11/24/14 7:25am
11/24/2014 7:25 AM
(Credit: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers)

(Credit: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers)

Police are looking for a woman who used a fake credit card to buy a laptop in Riverhead last month, and they’ve asked the public for help.

Riverhead detectives and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers say the woman used the forged credit card at the Best Buy on Route 58 on Oct. 24 about 7:10 p.m. She purchased the credit card and left the store before workers realized the card was invalid.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. All calls will be kept confidential.


11/21/14 10:00am
11/21/2014 10:00 AM
(File photo by Jennifer Gustavson)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Police chiefs and other top brass from agencies across the East End met this week to share information with one another on local gang activities during a meeting called by the Suffolk County District Attorney.

The three-hour meeting in Riverside Wednesday follows last month’s gang shooting in a residential area of Southold, after which now five alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete.

That incident, followed by much local and regional media coverage, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End. (more…)

11/19/14 1:30pm
11/19/2014 1:30 PM
Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Update: Albino Dejesus Medina of Bay Shore, a 20-year-old man arrested last week for his alleged involvement in two separate shootings in Southold and Riverhead towns, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Charges against Mr. Medina filed in Southold Town were dropped Friday, court records show.

Mr. Medina was initially charged in Southold with three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in relation to a gang-related shooting on South Harbor Road in Southold Oct. 14, authorities said.

Riverhead Police then charged Mr. Medina, an alleged MS-13 member, in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

The indictment will be unsealed during an arraignment for Mr. Medina in county criminal court.

Mr. Medina is due in Suffolk County Court before Judge William Condon on Tuesday, Nov. 25, records show.

Prior coverage: Riverhead Town police say one of the five men in custody following a gang-related shooting in Southold last month is one of the same men responsible for a shooting in Riverhead that occurred just days before.

Albino Dejesus Medina, 20, of Bay Shore was arrested Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.


11/17/14 11:40am


A Rocky Point woman was caught driving drunk in Flanders last week, New York State troopers said.

Melissa L. Sciara, 35, was stopped on Wednesday when officers observed her driving with a flat tire on Route 104, police said. Troopers allegedly determined Ms. Sciara was driving drunk and had an active warrant out for her arrest for criminal possession of marijuana.

She was issued traffic tickets and turned over to the Suffolk County Police Department on the active arrest warrant.

• A 20-year-old Rocky Point woman was arrested for possessing drugs on Saturday in Riverhead, state troopers said.

Emily A. Sugarman was stopped for speeding on Old County Road and was allegedly found in possession of marijuana.

She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

• A Brentwood man was arrested for driving drunk in Flanders on Sunday, state police said.

Maynor J. Gamoneda Mejia, 30, was stopped for a traffic violation on Flanders Road when he was allegedly found to be intoxicated.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

11/15/14 4:29pm
11/15/2014 4:29 PM
The taxi driver was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with a head injury. (Credit: Michael White)

The taxi driver was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with a head injury. (Credit: Michael White)

A taxi driver was injured after his cab was side-swiped and careened off West Main Street, striking the side of the Greenview Inn motel, Riverhead police said.

The cabbie’s condition was unknown but police at the scene said he suffered a head injury in the 2:50 p.m. crash.

The driver of a second car actually caused the accident by trying to pass the taxi by using the shoulder. (more…)