11/13/14 3:33pm

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Update, 4:10 p.m.: A mother and her adult daughter escaped from their burning condo unharmed, according to Riverhead Police.

The fire is believed to have started in the chimney shortly before 3 p.m.

Just about an hour later, most of the flames had been extinguished by fire volunteers that had responded to the scene. (more…)

11/12/14 9:17am
11/12/2014 9:17 AM
(Credit: Google Maps)

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Two men are being held on bail after their arraignment Wednesday on a slew of charges — including felony robbery and assault — related to a Tuesday night hold-up at a Hampton Bays home, according to Southampton Town court documents.

The two men, 22-year-old Jairo Arteaga of Riverside and 21-year-old Jimi Valdez-Banegas of Hampton Bays, are accused of physically attacking a man in the home Mr. Valdez-Banegas lives in, according to the court filings.

About 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Arteaga attacked the 29-year-old victim — whose identity is being withheld — inside the home on Penny Lane, striking him in the shoulder with a baseball bat and causing “substantial pain” and a “large” bruise, the court filings show.

At the same time, Mr. Valdez-Banegas held a knife up to the throat and head of the victim while threatening to kill him, according to the court documents. The two men stole the victim’s wallet, keys, and $600 in “assorted U.S. currency,” according to the report.

The victim ran from the house and flagged down someone who then called police, said Southampton Sgt. John Boden. Officers on patrol got to the house soon after and caught the two men, he said.

Sgt. Boden declined to comment on why the victim was targeted inside the house, or if he had any relationship with the attackers.

Both men were charged with felony robbery, assault and unlawful imprisonment, as well as misdemeanors for weapons possession and menacing.

Mr. Arteaga and Mr. Valdez-Banegas were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and held on $755,000 and $505,000 bail, respectively, a court clerk said.

Both men are due back in court on Monday.

Editors note: Police originally said Mr. Arteaga lived in Riverhead in a news release. Court paperwork attached to the charges filed against him lists Mr. Arteaga’s address as being in Riverside. The story has been altered to clarify his place of residence.

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11/11/14 7:25am
11/11/2014 7:25 AM

A Middle Island man was arrested on a drug charge early this morning after police said he was pulled over while driving on Flanders Road in Riverside.

According to Southampton Police, 33-year-old Sean Harney was driving around 2:45 a.m. when police pulled him over for a traffic infraction. Police reportedly found that he was in possession of heroin soon after.

He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and processed and released on bail for a future appearance date.

11/10/14 1:11pm
11/10/2014 1:11 PM
Cops executed a search warrant at this Pine Court property in Northampton on Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Cops executed a search warrant at this Pine Court property in Northampton on Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A third East End Drug Task Force raid Friday netted two arrests on felony drug sales and possession charges in Northampton, according to a Southampton Town police report.

The search warrant was executed at a property on Pine Court at 6:20 a.m., only a few minutes after authorities searched two other properties in Riverhead on Doctors Path and Union Avenue and arrested six people.

The three search warrants came two day after another property in Riverhead was also searched by members of several police agencies working with the task force.Authorities have not yet said whether the four all raids were related, though a police report out of Southampton Town states the Northampton arrests came as the result of a “long term investigation.”

Southampton Town police declined to provide further details about the investigations, referring all questions to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

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The DA’s spokesperson could not be reached for comment. (more…)

11/09/14 7:55am

A Hampton Bays woman was arrested Sunday on drug charges in Riverside, Southampton Town police said.

Tamara Thomas, 35, was in possession of crack cocaine and heroin during a traffic stop at 1:15 a.m. on Lake Avenue, police said.

Ms. Thomas was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

She will be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court, police said.

11/09/14 6:00am

There were 310 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Richard Ehlers’ court, Oct. 27-29. The following are among those adjudicated.

• Matthew Ogorman, 19, of Holly Berry Court in Wading River pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while intoxicated, and was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $660.

• Veronica Cea, 39, of Shore Road in Stony Brook pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while intoxicated, and was fined $660 and given a 90-day suspension of her license.

• Danielle Lewis, 33, of Priscilla Avenue in Flanders pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument and was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $410.

• Alvaro Sandoval, 25, of North Howell Avenue in Riverhead pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was fined $1,300.

• Maximino Miranda-Muniz, 27, of Old Country Road in Eastport pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while intoxicated, and was fined $875.

• Kevin McCormack, 40, of Railroad Avenue in Holbrook pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while intoxicated, and was fined $660 and given a 90-day suspension of his license.

• Manuel DeLeon-Cuellar, 23, of Sound Avenue in Riverhead pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and was fined $300 and issued an order of protection to stay away from the victim.

• James Furey, 60, of South River Road in Calverton pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from second-degree criminal contempt, and was fined $250.

• Charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated against Hugo Carranza, 36, of Maple Avenue in Flanders were dismissed in town court, as he was indicted in county court.