05/22/15 1:00pm
05/22/2015 1:00 PM
Riverhead senior Nick Herzog, pictured alongside his parents Debbie and Scott, will play baseball at the University of Massachusetts-Boston next year. High School principal Charles Regan (left), varsity coach Rob Maccone and athletic director Bill Groth joined them for a signing ceremony. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead senior Nick Herzog, pictured alongside his parents Debbie and Scott, will play baseball at the University of Massachusetts-Boston next year. High School principal Charles Regan (left), varsity coach Rob Maccone and athletic director Bill Groth joined them for a signing ceremony. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

After posting a 6-1 record this season on the mound for Riverhead, senior Nick Herzog plans to continue his baseball career next year at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Herzog, a left-handed pitcher who had a 2.61 ERA this past season, is one of five players from this year’s team pursuing baseball in college.  (more…)

05/22/15 6:01am
Officer Montalnano walks his beat on East Main Street last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Officer Anthony Montalbano walks his beat on East Main Street last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last year, a string of violent robberies targeting Hispanic and homeless residents in downtown Riverhead catapulted the town’s relationship with its Spanish-speaking communities back onto the front pages.

But despite the high-profile incidents that had some questioning the safety of Riverhead, year-round data compiled by the Riverhead Police Department tells a bit of a different story.

According to a monthly report recently released by the department, the total number of reported criminal incidents — especially drunken driving and drug possession — dropped in 2014 compared to the previous year. The report states that 3,447 incidents were documented by police last year, down from 3,502 in 2013.

That decrease continues an overall trend of fewer reported criminal incidents in the past decade, despite a growing population in Riverhead Town.

“The police department is doing a fabulous job,” said Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, who also serves as the town’s police commissioner. “Obviously, these past two weeks downtown we had some painful events. Hopefully that’s an anomaly.”

National trends show that fewer serious crimes have been reported nationwide during the same period.

Among the larger drops in reported incidents in Riverhead Town were driving under the influence arrests, down to 174 in 2014 from 209 in 2013. Incidents of drug possession and sales were also reportedly down from 101 in 2013 to 83 last year.

Car theft, burglaries and robberies were also down, according to the data.

The only criminal incidents to increase were larcenies, up slightly; two more rapes in 2014 and one more prostitution arrest than in 2013. More motor vehicle accidents were also reported in 2014 — a total of 2,169 — though there were slightly fewer fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Mr. Walter said the drop in criminal incidents is thanks to some “tremendous enforcement” by the department.

“From the police chief through the captain to the rank-and-file patrol officers in the sector cars, this is a testament to the work they do for this town,” Mr. Walter said.

psquire@timesreview.com

05/22/15 5:59am
The Riverside traffic circle is expected to be reconfigured, though it's not sure when. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The Riverside traffic circle is expected to be reconfigured, though it’s not sure when. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Funding that had been slated to reconfigure the Riverside traffic circle is now in danger of being diverted next year. But a movement is afoot to keep that money in place.

The infrastructure project is one that some say is critical to the hamlet’s future, particularly at a time when other efforts are in the works to improve quality of life in the economically distressed area of Southampton Town. (more…)

05/21/15 9:05pm
05/21/2015 9:05 PM
McGann-Mercy senior shortstop Micaela Zebroski fields a ground ball in Thursday's playoff game at Center Moriches. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

McGann-Mercy senior shortstop Micaela Zebroski fields a ground ball in Thursday’s playoff game at Center Moriches. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

The challenge for the McGann-Mercy softball team Thursday was to accomplish something no team could do this season: defeat Center Moriches.

The Red Devils, 20-0 and the No. 1 seed in Class B, moved one step closer to a county crown with a 12-3 victory over the Monarchs.  (more…)

05/21/15 8:42pm
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday's loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday’s loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS B SEMIFINALS  |  GOLDEN FLASHES 12, WILDCATS 11 (OT)

There was an undeniable feeling from the early moments of the season, beginning with a dominant opener against Harborfields, to a win over Miller Place and a string of blowout victories toward the end, that Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse was back.

The up-and-down season a year ago gave way to stability under new coach Mike Taylor. And the focus was squared back where it belonged: on playing lacrosse. (more…)

05/02/15 2:00pm
05/02/2015 2:00 PM
Suffolk County Planning Commission, Mill Road, Riverhead

The Concordia project had originally been planned for this Mill Road property. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The people behind Concordia Senior Communities have not given up on developing an assisted living facility in Riverhead and may soon return to with a slightly scaled down version of their original proposal.  (more…)

05/02/15 10:30am
Jaqulynn Vaughn (Credit: Riverhead Police)

Jaqulynn Vaughn (Credit: Riverhead Police)

Update: A woman with multiple prostitution arrests, Jaqulynn Vaughn was held on $25,000 bail at an arraignment in Riverhead Town Justice Court Saturday morning before Judge Allen Smith following an assault Friday.

The 26-year-old did not make bail and was being held at the Suffolk County Jail. She’s due back in court in Monday.  (more…)

04/29/15 7:30pm
04/29/2015 7:30 PM
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell threw his third career no-hitter Wednesday in a win over Amityville. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell threw his third career no-hitter Wednesday in a win over Amityville. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 10, WARRIORS 0

The 2015 season may not have started the way Brian Morrell envisioned. The Shoreham-Wading River sophomore carried an 0-3 record into Wednesday’s game against Amityville, one year after he threw no-hitters in his first two varsity starts.

Some of it was hard luck. He pitched a gem in a non-league game against St. John the Baptist April 21, losing 1-0 on a seventh-inning home run.  (more…)