07/17/14 8:00am
After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group 'meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.' (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group ‘meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.’ (Credit: Paul Squire)

A string of violent assaults and robberies in the downtown area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic men — has town leaders responding by reviving a group aimed at bringing the community together.

Dormant almost since its inception in 2007, according to town officials, Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force will soon begin meeting again. (more…)

07/15/14 2:23pm
07/15/2014 2:23 PM
Guillermo Alvarado Ajcuc was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday morning for the murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mansilla. (Credit: James Carbone, Newsday)

Guillermo Alvarado Ajcuc was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday morning for the murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mansilla. (Credit: James Carbone, Newsday)

The sister and mother of Mirian Yohana Garcia Mansilla each went up to the podium in a Suffolk County courtroom and faced the judge.

As they took their turns speaking, each glanced over at the man standing in a white T-shirt and jeans surrounded by court officers, the man who killed their beloved “Yohana.”

They urged the court to make sure that man spends the rest of his life in prison.  (more…)

07/14/14 2:18pm
07/14/2014 2:18 PM
A county police helicopter prepares to airlift a crash victim near Pulaski Street School in Riverhead Sunday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

A county police helicopter prepares to airlift a crash victim near Pulaski Street School in Riverhead Sunday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 9:30 p.m. with additional information from Town Supervisor Sean Walter.

The 23-year-old taxi driver who crashed into a parked car in Riverhead Sunday night, seriously injuring his passenger, is not registered to operate a taxi in Riverhead Town — a requirement under legislation passed in 2011 — according to town license records.

Town Supervisor Sean Walter said the driver — who worked for the Day and Night Taxi Limo Service — had been issued summons for driving while unregistered four times, with the most recent citation resulting in an arrest for an outstanding Suffolk County criminal mischief warrant.

“I’ve asked the town clerk to revoke Day and Night’s permits,” Mr. Walter said Monday night. “This is ridiculous … At this point, they should not be in business in this town.”

Mr. Walter added that he will instruct police officers to ticket Day and Night taxis operating in Riverhead Town once the company’s license is revoked.

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07/13/14 11:00pm
07/13/2014 11:00 PM

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1 a.m. Monday and includes new details released by Riverhead Town police.

A 26-year-old Riverhead man was critically injured Sunday night after the taxi cab he was riding in crashed into an unoccupied vehicle parked on Pulaski Street in Riverhead, according to a Riverhead Town police press release.

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07/13/14 10:57pm

A rescue by a Good Samaritan in the Long Island Sound near Wading River Saturday night led to confusion when the empty boat was recovered by emergency personnel who had no knowledge of the save Sunday morning, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.

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