02/15/15 10:00am
02/15/2015 10:00 AM
Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday's event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday’s event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Joseph Latini knows the odds aren’t in his dad’s favor.

Diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma late last summer, his 63-year-old father, also Joseph Latini, underwent two rounds of chemotherapy — only to then find out there were no matches for him among the 18 million potential bone marrow donors on the national registry.

Without a donor, the elder Mr. Latini’s chances of survival are low.

The Latini family set out to better the odds, however narrowly, with a series of donor drives throughout Long Island.

“My father and I are both in the same business; we’re in the banking industry,” the younger Mr. Latini said. “We understand the math. If he didn’t match 18 million, what am I going to swab a few thousand?

“But I have to try. So here we are.” (more…)

02/12/15 7:25pm
02/12/2015 7:25 PM
Nicholas Sokol mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Nicholas Sokol mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

A Riverhead man stabbed his ex-girlfriend Thursday and later fled from police officers when they located him at an apartment complex, Riverhead Town police said.

Nicholas Sokol, 21, was arrested and charged with felony assault, according to a police news release.

Police were notified at 12:51 p.m. that a “domestic dispute” between Mr. Sokol and an ex-girlfriend had occurred earlier in the day. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

The victim gave cops a description of Mr. Sokol; police found him exiting a taxi at the apartment complex on Doctors Path, according to the news release. Police said as they approached him, Mr. Sokol ran. He was caught after a “short foot pursuit,” according to the news release.

Mr. Sokol was later arraigned in Riverhead Town court and held at Suffolk County jail on $50,000 cash bail, police said.

02/12/15 4:19pm
Rolando Perez in his hospital bed at the burn unit at Stony Brook University Hospital. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Rolando Perez in his hospital bed at the burn unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Sitting in the burn unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center about 24 hours after escaping from a house explosion in Water Mill, 40-year-old Riverhead resident Rolando Perez couldn’t remember much. (more…)

02/12/15 2:02pm
Assorted chocolates at North Fork Chocolate Company. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Assorted chocolates at North Fork Chocolate Company. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

While nobody has been able to grow cocoa beans on the East End — at least yet — North Fork Chocolate Company makes products that will surely pass the test for even the strictest locavores.

The honey in their fleur de lis-shaped treats came from Southampton, the peanut butter in their truffles came from organic peanuts grown at Mar-Gene Farms in Mattituck and the strawberries used to make the heart-shaped “Amores” comes from Sep’s Farm in East Marion.

Read more and see more photos on northforker.com.

02/12/15 12:18pm
Rescue workers aid one of the victims in the explosion in Water Mill yesterday. (Credit: The Southampton Press/Dana Shaw)

Rescue workers aid one of the victims in the explosion in Water Mill yesterday. (Credit: The Southampton Press/Dana Shaw)

Federal safety officials and National Grid are investigating the scene of a Water Mill home that “burst into flames” yesterday and sent two Riverhead men to a hospital.

Meanwhile the conditions of the two victims, according to a Stony Brook University Hospital spokeswoman, are different than what media outlets, including the News-Review, had initially reported by Southampton Town police last night. (more…)

02/10/15 11:04pm
02/10/2015 11:04 PM

A Riverhead man was arrested Tuesday after he was caught driving in Southold with a revoked license, Southold Town police said.

Pilar Milton, 26, was pulled over near the intersection of Route 48 and Lipco Road at around 5:15 p.m. after police caught him speeding, officials said.

Mr. Milton was also required to have an interlock device in his car, but police said he did not at the time of his arrest.

He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and circumventing an interlock device, officials said.

Mr. Milton was released on an appearance ticket to return to Southold Town Justice Court at a later date, police said.