11/26/14 3:39pm
Police Chief David Hegermiller says he would hope this part of the country is 'ahead of the curve' on race relations between police and minority communities. (Credit: file)

Chief David Hegermiller says he hopes this part of the country is ahead on race relations between police and minority communities. (Credit: file)

In the wake of riots that erupted in Ferguson, Mo. this week after a grand jury declined to indict the police officer who shot and killed a black teenager, Michael Brown, local police chiefs offered their take on the case — and longstanding racial tensions nationwide between police departments and minority communities.

Peaceful protests were also being held at cities across the U.S., though none in this area. (more…)

11/21/14 10:00am
11/21/2014 10:00 AM
(File photo by Jennifer Gustavson)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Police chiefs and other top brass from agencies across the East End met this week to share information with one another on local gang activities during a meeting called by the Suffolk County District Attorney.

The three-hour meeting in Riverside Wednesday follows last month’s gang shooting in a residential area of Southold, after which now five alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete.

That incident, followed by much local and regional media coverage, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End. (more…)

11/07/14 5:19pm
11/07/2014 5:19 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

A pair of East End Drug Task Force raids carried out across Riverhead just one minute apart this morning netted six arrests for felony drugs offenses, Riverhead court officials and town police confirmed.

All six defendants — five of whom were arrested in the same apartment — were held on bail, authorities said.

At 6:17 a.m., authorities with the East End Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 641 Doctors Path, Riverhead police said. Five people, including two locals, were arrested:

• Ebony Booker, 24, of Riverhead;

• Eric Ross, 22, of Flanders;

• Kotara Jackson, 32, of Mastic;

• Tashara Horsely, 19, of Mastic Beach;

• Marquis Miles, 21, who gave a North Carolina address.

All five people were charged with felonies for criminal possession of cocaine and arraigned in court Friday, a Riverhead Town court clerk said. Additionally, Mr. Ross was charged with misdemeanor drugs possession.

Ms. Jackson was remanded to jail without bail, according to the court. Bail for Ms. Horsely, Mr. Ross and Mr. Miles was set at $25,000. Ms. Booker was held on $5,000 bail.

One minute after the initial raid, at 6:18 a.m., police conducted a second search warrant sting at 415 Union Avenue, where Tywan Jones, 35, of Riverhead was arrested. He was charged with felony cocaine and weapons possession, a court clerk said.

He was held on $5,000 bail, the clerk said. All six defendants are due back in court on Monday.

Friday morning’s raid came two days after state and local police swarmed a house on Lewis Street, arresting three people, including one Riverhead man.

A Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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10/24/14 8:00am
10/24/2014 8:00 AM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt.

Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Two shootings within two days rattled the North Fork last week, though police said the incidents are rare, especially in Southold Town.

Suspects have been caught in both cases. The four men (one from Aquebogue) who allegedly attacked two other men in Southold last Tuesday have been indicted by a grand jury on felony assault charges. Authorities say a fifth suspect may also have been involved. (more…)

03/07/14 4:14pm
03/07/2014 4:14 PM
Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

The 20-year-old homeless man arrested for beating someone with a rock during an armed robbery attempt in Polish Town in January has pleaded guilty to the three felony charges against him and is expected to be sentenced to six months in jail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Monwell Wright admitted to two counts of attempted armed robbery and one count of assault related to the incident on Jan. 24 in Judge William Condon’s court Thursday morning, according to online court records. A misdemeanor assault charge was covered as part of Mr. Wright’s plea, the records show.

Judge Condon will likely sentence Mr. Wright to six months in Suffolk County jail with an additional five years probation, said DA spokesman Robert Clifford. The DA’s office will recommended a higher sentence of two years imprisonment plus two more years of post release supervision, he said.

Mr. Wright remains held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

During Mr. Wright’s arraignment last month, Assistant District Attorney Michelle Chiuchiolo said Mr. Wright and a girlfriend attacked the victim while the man was walking on Sweezy Avenue on his way to take the train to work about 6:15 a.m.

After knocking in his victim to the ground with a rock, Mr. Wright continued to beat the victim, demanding cash, until a vehicle drove by. Police said Mr. Wright and the woman fled without any of the victim’s money.

Prosecutors said the victim needed several stitches to close up a wound on his face and identified Mr. Wright as his attacker. The 20-year-old was arrested by police one day after the attempted robbery.

While prosecutors at his arraignment said Mr. Wright may have played a role in a second robbery about the same time, he has not been charged with any additional crimes.

Police have not reported arrests of either Mr. Wright’s alleged girlfriend or the robbers in the second assault.

Mr. Wright is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11, according to online records.

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