11/13/14 10:55am
11/13/2014 10:55 AM

A Riverhead man led police on a chase along the Peconic riverfront early Thursday after he allegedly carjacked a woman’s vehicle at a nearby gas station and then tried to push the car into the river, state police said.

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Michael Booker mug shot (Credit: New York State police)

A woman ran to the state police barracks in Riverside about 1:45 a.m. to report that her vehicle, a 2008 Nissan, was just stolen by force at the Valero Gas Station in the Riverside traffic circle, according to a police news release. Troopers searched the area and found a man — later identified as 29-year-old Michael Booker — trying to push the stolen vehicle into the Peconic River from the rear parking lot of the McDonalds on Flanders Road, police said.

Mr. Booker tried to run away on foot, and was “quickly apprehended,” according to the news release.

He was arrested and charged with felony robbery, felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor reckless endangerment and harassment, a violation. He was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and held in Suffolk County jail without bail, police said.

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11/11/14 3:50pm
11/11/2014 3:50 PM
McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in the Monarchs' Week 8 loss at Glenn. (Credit: Bill Landon)

McGann-Mercy quarterback KJ Santacroce lets go a pass as running back Reggie Archer blocks in the Monarchs’ Week 8 loss at Glenn. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Having to face Elwood/John Glenn once on the football field is tough enough. Bishop McGann-Mercy had to do it twice in as many weeks.

McGann-Mercy coach Mike Buck took a philosophical approach toward his team’s Suffolk County Division IV qualifying-round game at Glenn this past Saturday. “You got to go through them anyway,” he said. “That’s how I look at it.” (more…)

11/11/14 2:48pm
The Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Combined Veterans Committee hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning at the First World War Memorial on West Main Street, honoring those who have served and are currently serving in the United States’ armed forces.

Comprised of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, the committee welcomed Councilman John Dunleavy — himself a Vietnam veteran — to speak at the ceremony.

Below is an excerpt from his speech. Click through for more photos from the ceremony.

“Today is truly an American holiday. It’s the day we recognize the men and women who have fought and worked to ensure our freedom as citizens of this great country. These veterans have played crucial roles in over 20 major military conflicts throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Future veterans are currently engaged in action throughout the world. These men and women wake up each day with one mission — to protect the interests of the United State of America and to ensure the freedoms we enjoy daily to remain protected now and in the future.”

11/08/14 5:39pm
Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves' playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore picks up a first down in the Blue Waves’ playoff win against Deer Park Saturday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Behind a suffocating defense that forced two turnovers and bottled up Deer Park’s star running back, the Riverhead Blue Waves advanced to the semifinals of the Division II playoffs with a 23-6 win Saturday afternoon over the Falcons.  (more…)

11/08/14 11:33am
More than 50 people rallied at Riverhead Town Hall Saturday to support bring Verizon FiOS to Riverhead. (Cyndi Murray photo)

More than 50 people rallied at Riverhead Town Hall Saturday to support bring Verizon FiOS to Riverhead. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Although Verizon officials have already said they won’t be bringing their FiOS service to Riverhead, more than 50 people rallied at Town Hall Saturday morning in hopes of getting the company to change its mind. (more…)

11/07/14 5:19pm
11/07/2014 5:19 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

A pair of East End Drug Task Force raids carried out across Riverhead just one minute apart this morning netted six arrests for felony drugs offenses, Riverhead court officials and town police confirmed.

All six defendants — five of whom were arrested in the same apartment — were held on bail, authorities said.

At 6:17 a.m., authorities with the East End Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 641 Doctors Path, Riverhead police said. Five people, including two locals, were arrested:

• Ebony Booker, 24, of Riverhead;

• Eric Ross, 22, of Flanders;

• Kotara Jackson, 32, of Mastic;

• Tashara Horsely, 19, of Mastic Beach;

• Marquis Miles, 21, who gave a North Carolina address.

All five people were charged with felonies for criminal possession of cocaine and arraigned in court Friday, a Riverhead Town court clerk said. Additionally, Mr. Ross was charged with misdemeanor drugs possession.

Ms. Jackson was remanded to jail without bail, according to the court. Bail for Ms. Horsely, Mr. Ross and Mr. Miles was set at $25,000. Ms. Booker was held on $5,000 bail.

One minute after the initial raid, at 6:18 a.m., police conducted a second search warrant sting at 415 Union Avenue, where Tywan Jones, 35, of Riverhead was arrested. He was charged with felony cocaine and weapons possession, a court clerk said.

He was held on $5,000 bail, the clerk said. All six defendants are due back in court on Monday.

Friday morning’s raid came two days after state and local police swarmed a house on Lewis Street, arresting three people, including one Riverhead man.

A Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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11/07/14 5:00pm
Riverhead's Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead’s Raheem Brown rushes up the middle for a first down in last week’s win over Bellport. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead coach Leif Shay didn’t need to watch hours of film to get a handle on Deer Park’s offensive approach.

“They run Thompson and then they run Thompson and then after that they’ll run Thompson,” Shay said before practice Friday.  (more…)