Riverside, Flanders and Northampton residents had a rough stretch at the end of 2015.
Car after car was vandalized across the area — over 60 break-ins ended up being reported. An armed robbery occurred at a home. Someone was even shot and killed on the street in Riverside. An informal night watch was formed as frightened residents appealed to the town for help. READ
An 18-year-old Eastport man was seriously injured when he lost control of his car on icy roads and crashed into a utility pole in Northampton Friday morning. But while the teen remains in critical condition at a nearby hospital, his friends, family, church and community are rallying behind him.
Family, co-workers and friends the local high school alumni killed in a head-on car crash in Northampton last week, have started a trio of online fundraisers to help support the families. READ
UPDATE Saturday 10:20 a.m.: The driver charged in Friday afternoon’s fatal crash in Northampton succumbed to his injuries Saturday morning, Southampton Town police said. READ
Frustration continues to grow in Southampton’s northwestern neighborhoods over what some perceive as indifference from town officials to a wave of crime in recent months, including two more car break-ins since last Wednesday. (more…)
In his first one-on-one interview with the media since his arrest and guilty plea in federal court Tuesday, former Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender told the News-Review he became addicted to pain pills he was overprescribed following back surgery.
Mr. Bender said he eventually started sharing his prescription with another person, who then sold the pills to others. READ
Residents of the Flanders-Riverside area had planned for days to speak before the Southampton Town Board about the need for greater policing on their streets in the face of a recent crime wave.
Southampton Town Board member Brad Bender pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to conspiracy to illegally distribute oxycodone as part of a $1.8 million scheme involving a Riverhead physician assistant who had previously been arrested by federal agents. READ