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At its meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Riverhead Town Board agreed to authorize a contract with Captain John Capuano to dock a charter fishing boat at the downtown docks for $7,000 per season, which would normally run from May 1 to Nov. 1.

This year, the season will run from Aug. 15 to Oct. 15, with the rate pro-rated, which officials said comes to about $2,300.

Mr. Capuano owns the Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays and would be purchasing a second boat to dock in downtown Riverhead.

• The Town Board also agreed to waive the building and fire prevention construction permit fees for 30 days for two downtown restaurants, Athens Grill and Cliff’s Rendezvous after both eateries were damaged in fires last week.

Councilman James Wooten opposed that resolution, calling it “a slippery slope,” and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio abstained, saying she thinks the property owners’ insurance carriers would cover the fees — and that she needed more information.

• Also, board members now say they support preserving developer Ed Broidy’s 15-acre parcel on Sound Avenue and Park Road as farmland, rather than open space.

As farmland, the development rights would be purchased and the land could only be farmed, whereas under an open space the property would be purchased outright and the town would have to maintain it as a park.

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said she spoke with Mr. Broidy Tuesday morning and learned he has filed his application with Suffolk

County to preserve the land as farmland. Previously, the county had proposed buying the land as open space, but Ms. Giglio and Councilman George Gabrielsen opposed that measure, and later submitted a farmland proposal.

Mr. Wooten and Councilman John Dunleavy, who supported the open space purchase, said Tuesday that they both support preserving the land as farmland.

Supervisor Sean Walter, a lawyer who once represented Mr. Broidy, has recused himself from the discussion.

• The board also approved a special permit allowing the BP gas station on Osborn Avenue and Route 58 to build a 1,025-square-foot convenience store with a Dunkin’ Donuts counter, along with new gas pumps.

To read what else happened at Tuesday’s meeting, which was over in 47 minutes, click on the blog box below:

 

July 2, 2013 – Agenda by rnews_review

 

 

July 2, 2013 – Packet by rnews_review

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HOWARD FEREBEE

HOWARD FEREBEE

The Riverhead cabbie police say was the getaway driver in a recent home invasion served six years in state prison for shooting up a Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot in town, injuring one man in 2005, records show.

He was released in 2010 but was returned to prison for a parole violation last year, before his final release last July, officials said.

In the recent arrest, Howard Ferebee Jr., 28, was charged with burglary, robbery and criminal facilitation after his 4 a.m. Sunday arrest, Riverhead police said.

He’s accused of driving an accomplice, 20-year-old Tremel Kelly, to a Horton Avenue mobile home and standing by while Mr. Kelly broke into the home, ripped a TV from the wall and fought with a resident, police said.

He and Ms. Kelly were later caught on Flanders Road.

Mr. Ferebee was living in Northampton when he shot a 29-year-old Calverton man twice in a Riverhead Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot on June 11, 2005, according to News-Review newspaper archives.

The then 20-year-old Mr. Ferebee showed up at the parking lot about 12:15 p.m. that Saturday with a loaded gun looking for a man he had previously gotten into a fight with, police said at the time.

Mr. Ferebee fired the weapon numerous times in the parking lot, hitting the victim in the right hand and left forearm, according to the report.

Two other cars in the parking lot were peppered with bullets as well, police had said.

The shooting victim was taken to what was then called Central Suffolk Hospital for treatment and later released.

Mr. Ferebee was arrested several hours later at his Pine Court house after several people targeted in the shooting identified him as the shooter.

He was eventually convicted of second-degree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal mischief, all felonies, according to online state prison records.

Mr. Ferebee’s lawyer, Brian Hughes of Southold, was unable to be reached for comment Tuesday.

State records show he served nearly four years in Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, N.Y. before his initial February 2010 release.

He’s now being held at Suffolk County jail on $10,000 cash bail after his most recent arrest and is due back in Riverhead Justice Court on Friday, court officials said.

psquire@timesreview.com