12/02/14 10:00am
12/02/2014 10:00 AM
The entrance to the Main Road preserve. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The entrance to the Main Road preserve. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

About six weeks after a 14-week-old puppy was discovered shot dead in a garbage bag at Laurel Lake Preserve, no arrests have been made, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed.

“It is still an ongoing investigation and we are still actively investigating,” Roy Gross, chief of the agency said. “We do certainly want to make an arrest in the case, but at this point there is nothing further that I can add.”  (more…)

10/28/14 12:00pm
10/28/2014 12:00 PM

The 14-week-old puppy discovered shot dead in a garbage bag in the Laurel Lake Preserve Oct. 16 matches the description of a dog reported missing by a Laurel teenager days earlier, according to information obtained from the Riverhead Animal Shelter.  (more…)

09/14/14 10:00am
A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The Riverhead and Southold landmarks preservation commissions have nominated the six miles of Main Road running through the hamlets of Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation will open up access to incentives that might help preserve some of the many historic structures along this stretch of rural highway that serves as the gateway to the North Fork.  (more…)

05/11/14 8:00am
05/11/2014 8:00 AM
Five-year-old Claire McKenzie with her mother, Erica, at home in Laurel last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Five-year-old Claire McKenzie with her mother, Erica, at home in Laurel last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When asked to pose for a photo, many small children tense up and present a self-conscious, often goofy version of themselves. They tilt their heads, smile crookedly and hunch their shoulders. They might even stick out their tongues.

Smile nicely, their parents plead.  (more…)

03/28/14 4:50pm
03/28/2014 4:50 PM

Southold police apprehend two Riverhead men on Main Road in Laurel Friday. (Credit: Michael White)

Two Riverhead men, one of whom was armed with a loaded revolver and has a long history of arrests, were apprehended in Laurel Friday morning after residents in Mattituck allegedly saw the men casing a neighborhood and trying to enter a house.

One of the men is facing a felony burglary charge after a woman said the man broke into her house and stole a bag of candy before leaving, according to a police statement.

Southold Town police outside of a Cadillac off Main Road. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Police said they were called to Pacific Street about 10 a.m. when a resident reported a man who had knocked on her door moments before was looking in her neighbor’s windows and trying to open the door.

Cops searched the area, and learned that the man had gotten into one of the homes and was confronted by a woman, according to a police statement. The man — later identified by police as 46-year-old Kenneth Belcher — asked the woman for money, but she refused.

After she told him she couldn’t help him, he took a bag of Snickers candy bars and left the house.

Police located Mr. Belcher and 88-year-old Willie James Blackmon leaving the area on Main Road in Laurel and arrested them during a traffic stop, according to the report.

Police said they found the loaded gun inside the Cadillac sedan they were in.

Mr. Belcher was charged with felony burglary, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

Mr. Blackmon was charged with one count felony criminal possession of a weapon.

Mr. Belcher had been arrested numerous times prior to Friday’s alleged incident on charges ranging from resisting arrest earlier this month to giving a false name to police to avoid getting arrested on an active warrant in 2011, according to previous News-Review articles.

The two men are being held pending arraignment in Southold Town court, according to the report.

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01/16/14 4:30pm
01/16/2014 4:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

Southold Town police say the Jamesport man who was killed after being struck by two cars while out jogging along Main Road in Laurel Thursday morning was lying in the road when he was hit by the vehicles.

James Callaghan, 49, was hit in dense fog before dawn about 250 feet east of Laurel Lane, according to a police statement.

He died at the scene, police said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but police said it appears that Mr. Callaghan was struck by two westbound vehicles — an SUV and a sedan — shortly before 5:45 a.m. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

Investigators are looking into whether Mr. Callaghan was hit by a first vehicle that left him in the road and fled the scene of the crash, according to a police statement. Police also said that Mr. Callaghan may have suffered a medical emergency while jogging that caused him to be lying in the road.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remained closed until about 2 p.m. while Southold police, the county District Attorney’s Vehicular Crime Bureau, crime lab, and county medical examiner’s office investigated the scene.

Police have asked anyone with information about the crash to call police detectives at (631) 765-2600.

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01/16/14 9:28am
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a motor vehicle accident just east of the Riverhead Town line early Thursday morning, police and fire officials confirmed.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene a few hundred feet east of the Laurel Post Office shortly before 5:45 a.m.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Two vehicles were involved in the accident, an SUV and a sedan.

At least one victim had become trapped, fire officials said. Southold Police said the pedestrian was jogging on Main Road. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Southold Police deployed its new command van to the scene of Thursday’s accident. It was the first official use of the van.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remains closed while Southold police investigate.

Police  expect the road to remain closed through the morning. Southold police deployed its brand new command van for its first official use.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is also on scene to help investigate.

Southold Police Department said it would release more details from the accident shortly.

12/07/13 3:43pm
12/07/2013 3:43 PM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A Toyota Prius was damaged after a collision near Herricks Lane in Jamesport, which briefly blocked traffic this afternoon heading westbound.

A woman was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center after a two-car accident on Main Road in Jamesport Saturday afternoon, Riverhead Town police said. The injuries were non life-threatening, police said.

The woman, driving a Honda Accord, was making a left out of Herricks Lane when she collided with a Toyota Prius heading westbound on Main Road about 2:45 p.m., police said. Traffic was briefly blocked going westbound.

Both cars were towed from the scene.