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…)
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…)
(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.
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…)
(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.
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…)
• A Flanders man reported being punched in the face by a stranger over a cigarette in Flanders Friday night, police said.
Police say the suspect approached the man outside a Flanders Road home about 10 p.m., asking him for a cigarette. (more…)
A 40-year-old Flanders man and a 30-year-old Sag Harbor woman were arrested in Flanders after police saw the two having sex in public last Thursday, Southampton Town police said. (more…)