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Editor’s Note: The felony robbery charge against Mr. Williams was dropped on June 11, 2014.

A Riverhead teenager already arrested on robbery charges three times in the past was arrested once again in relation to a robbery on Wednesday, when police say he – along with another man and woman – robbed a man at gunpoint on Delores Avenue shortly after 4 p.m., sending nearby Riverhead schools into lockdown.

According to police, 18-year-old Julian Williams was arrested on a felony charge of first-degree robbery. Authorities said that an officer in the area was approached by the victim of the robbery soon after it occurred. Police then alerted area patrols and with the help of New York State Police, conducted a search of the area for any suspected to be involved in the incident.

Police said that Mr. Williams was spotted a short time later and arrested. His home on Osborn Avenue was searched by authorities; the guns allegedly used in the robbery were found nearby, police said.

Riverhead schools Superintendent Nancy Carney said the district received a warning from police about 4:30 p.m. to go into lockdown at Riverhead High School, Riverhead Middle School and Pulaski Street school. Though the school day had already ended, some students and faculty were still at the buildings for after-school activities, Ms. Carney said.

Police kept in contact with the schools during the lockdown and at 5 p.m. police chief David Hegermiller called to give the all clear, she said. A police officer was stationed at the school as students were dismissed, she said.

We appreciate the support and communication of the Riverhead Police Department in in this matter,” she wrote in an emailed statement. “I thank Chief Hegemiller for his direct and swift communication with me. I also thank Mr. Henderson and all our staff for their efforts in handling this situation.”

Wednesday’s reported robbery is not Mr. Williams’ first run-in with the law; the teenager was arrested in relation to a downtown robbery in August 2011, and in December of the same year in another incident.

Most recently, online court records show that Williams was charged with second-degree robbery in relation to an incident that occurred on July 9. He had been held on $15,000 cash bail through mid-August, when he was reportedly released on his own recognizance. He was supposed to be due back in court on Wednesday.

Police said additional arrests are expected in the case, which is considered ongoing. Mr. Williams is due to be arraigned in court on Thursday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story cited police as saying the guns used in the alleged robbery were found in Mr. Williams house. They were found in the “area” near the home, police said.

12/02/13 3:25pm
12/02/2013 3:25 PM
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

Just over a week after a clerk was arrested for selling alcohol to a minor in Riverhead, an underage drinking sting set up by state troopers Friday netted two more arrests in downtown Riverhead, according to police.

Riverhead Supermarket & Deli employee Breny Castillo, 21, of Freeport sold alcohol to a minor, and was charged with unlawful dealing with a child, a misdemeanor, and one count of prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, a violation, state police said.

The underage agent also bought alcohol from the Time To Eat Café on West Main Street, police said. The clerk, Felix Jerez-Estevez, 46, of the Bronx, was arrested on the same charges as Mr. Castillo.

Both Mr. Jerez-Estevez and Mr. Castillo were given tickets with a future date in Riverhead Town court, police said.

A dozen other stores were targeted in the sting and were in compliance with the law: Polish Town Corner Deli, Main St Quick Stop, Lucky Wine & Liquor, Stop N Go Mini Mart, Peconic Wine & Liquor, OK Gas Mini Mart, Village Delicatessen, MG Deli, Mae’s Deli, Village Grocery, Railroad Market & Grocery, and Oscar Deli & Grocery.

The underage alcohol sting was the second conducted by state police in about a week. On Nov. 20, a Mount Sinai teen working at a Route 58 gas station sold alcohol to an undercover agent and was arrested, state police said at the time.

None of the businesses targeted in the sting on Friday were tested during the previous operation.

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12/02/13 1:24pm
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A 20-year-old Riverhead man is facing a felony burglary charge after he was caught at a Riverside business soon after the building’s alarm went off Wednesday, Southampton Town police said.

Police went to Charlie’s Quality Collision on Riverleigh Avenue after the alarm was activated just before 10 p.m., according to a police report. An officer saw signs of forced entry into the building and searched the inside of the business and the surrounding area with the help of state police and a sheriff’s K9 unit, the report states.

A short time later, officers found Brian Flores at the property and arrested him, police said. Police did not say what, if anything, had been taken from the store.

Mr. Flores was arrested and brought back to headquarters to be processed.

He was arraigned in Southampton Town court Thanksgiving morning and was released after posting $1,500 bail that day, county jail officials said.

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11/25/13 4:27pm
11/25/2013 4:27 PM
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

A Mount Sinai teen working at a Route 58 gas station was the only clerk to sell alcohol to an undercover agent during an underage drinking sting conducted in Riverhead last Wednesday, state police said.

The following businesses were found to be in compliance: Gulf gas on Main Street, Gulf Gas on Route 58, Winemart, Roanoke Liquors, Wine Depot, Hess Express, Mobil Gas Bolla Market, both Route 58 7-Eleven locations, Sunoco in Calverton, as well as The Thirsty Cellar, Alpine Liquors, Hess Mart Express, Empire Gas, and Valero Gas in Wading River, according to a report.

Route 58 Mobil employee Hamza Khan, 18, was charged with one count of unlawful dealing with a child and one count of prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage after selling a 6-pack of Budweiser to an undercover officer, according to a report.

10/09/13 5:13pm
10/09/2013 5:13 PM
COURTESY NEW YORK STATE POLICE | Riverhead resident Korey Duff

COURTESY NEW YORK STATE POLICE | Riverhead resident Korey Duff

New York State police said a Riverhead man admitted to having 129 grams of marijuana after a traffic stop on Route 25 Tuesday night in Riverhead.

According to police, a white Hyundai was pulled over for speeding about 9:50 p.m., and an officers said they smelled the drug emanating from the car after interviewing the driver.

The front seat passenger in the car – Korey Duff, 28 – admitted the pot was his, police said, and was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. State police said he’s due in Riverhead Justice Court on the charge at the end of the month.

09/18/13 10:36am
09/18/2013 10:36 AM

barracksNew York State Police arrested a Jamesport pizza parlor employee, as well as a Mattituck shop clerk, in an underage alcohol sting on Tuesday after authorities said they both sold beer illegally to undercover cops.

According to police, one employee at Lenny’s Pizza and Pasta in Jamesport, as well as another at Mattituck’s La Tienda, were both charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, as well as prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, both misdemeanors.

Six other locations in the Mattituck-Laurel area were involved in the sting did not sell alcohol to a minor, police said: 7-Eleven, Murphy’s Spirit Shoppe, J. Shields Fine Wines, Handy Pantry, and BP Gas/Okan Grocery – all in Mattituck – as well as Empire Gas in Laurel.

Police issued appearance tickets to La Tienda employee Liliana Gomez Orellana, 34 of Jamesport, as well as Christine M. Miller, 40, of Jamesport, who was working at Lenny’s.