10/24/14 8:00am
10/24/2014 8:00 AM
Third Street park in Greenport, where an altercation that led to last week's shooting incident in Southold occurred. Police say the parties involved are from rival gangs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Third Street park in Greenport, where an altercation that led to last week’s shooting incident in Southold occurred. Police say the parties involved are from rival gangs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Last Tuesday’s shooting in Southold, in which four alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End.

In Riverhead, Riverside and Flanders, gang violence has long been an issue. Town, police and community leaders say they are working together in an attempt to attack the root of the problem.

In Southold Town, gangs are more prevalent than in the past, as changing demographics have brought Latin groups like MS-13 and 18th Street to the East End.  (more…)

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt.

Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Two shootings within two days rattled the North Fork last week, though police said the incidents are rare, especially in Southold Town.

Suspects have been caught in both cases. The four men (one from Aquebogue) who allegedly attacked two other men in Southold last Tuesday have been indicted by a grand jury on felony assault charges. Authorities say a fifth suspect may also have been involved. (more…)

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East End law enforcement officials have identified the five gangs listed below as most active in our area. While most derive their principal income from the sale and/or distribution of various illegal drugs, many are also involved in crimes including human and weapons trafficking, prostitution, homicide and drive-by shootings, assault, carjacking, identity theft, money laundering robbery, and extortion.  (more…)

10/24/14 7:45am
(Credits: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, Riverhead News-Review file photo)

(Credits: Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, Riverhead News-Review file photo)

Riverhead and Suffolk County police are searching for two people who stole merchandise — including 19 sets of headphones — from a Riverhead store earlier this month, according to a news release.

Police say a man and a woman entered the Target on Route 58 and took the headphones along with a body pillow and a cooler without paying. They were seen leaving the area in a red SUV and are wanted for grand larceny, according to the news release.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Police ask anyone with information about the theft to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

All calls will be kept confidential.

psquire@timesreview.com

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. (more…)