10/09/14 6:00am
10/09/2014 6:00 AM

To the editor: 

Last week’s page 3 article “Neighbors wary a car lot could replace retail shop,” I am one of those neighbors. We are not wary, we are angry! It started over four years ago, when a “stop work order” was issued to Garsten Realty LLC for no permit to bring truckload after truckload of grading material that was started on a Sunday at the Apple Automotive Discount Center at 785 Raynor Ave. (more…)

09/30/14 1:06pm
Apple Honda Automotive Discount Center on Raynor Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Apple Honda Automotive Discount Center on Raynor Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Editor’s note: This story was edited for clarify and updated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Some residents of Raynor Avenue in Riverhead are concerned that an existing auto parts store across the street from their homes is on its way to becoming a de facto car dealership.  (more…)

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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Nathan Streit, 17, who police say is homeless, was found hiding inside an Osborn Avenue house about 11:30 p.m. Monday several hours after shots were fired.

The 17-year-old homeless man allegedly involved in Monday night’s shooting on Raynor Avenue in Polish Town was held on $250,000 bail after answering to a felony charge in Riverhead Town Justice Court this morning.

Nathan Streit was charged with felony second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree reckless endangerment for firing several rounds at Jon Gallo, 26, and Shane Sypher, 25, both of Riverhead, following a confrontation on Raynor Avenue, police said.

Neither man was struck by any of the bullets. Pellets from one round did cause minor injuries to Mr. Gallo’s mother, Sharon, 52, police said.

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In court, prosecutors said Mr. Streit fired four rounds Monday night.

He was found hiding about three hours after the shooting inside a nearby Osborn Avenue house, where he apprehended without resistance, police said.

Mr. Streit has no prior arrests or convictions, but has two pending warrants. One in connection with a felony third-degree robbery, which occurred in upstate New York, prosecutors said in court.

Justice Richard Ehlers also granted an order of protection for witnesses involved in the incident.

Mr. Streit is being held on $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.

He is due back in court tomorrow.

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05/20/13 8:59pm

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Police approach a house on Osborn Avenue, where a K9 search led to an arrest late Monday night.

Update, 11:45 p.m.: Police brought a man into custody shortly before 11:30 p.m. He was removed from a house on Osborn Avenue, following a K9 search performed by police officers from Riverhead and New York State.

Police had been at the scene on Osborn for more than two hours, frequently shining a flashlight at an open window in a dark second story bedroom.

Officers would not immediately comment on the arrest, though an officer told a man at the scene they were there because there had been a shooting in the area.

Update, 10:45 p.m.: Police have re-opened Raynor Avenue in Riverhead after being called there about 8:20 p.m. for reports of an “assault with a shotgun” and finding a woman with minor injuries, authorities said.

Meanwhile, several town police and state troopers had surrounded an Osborn Avenue house near Mercy Avenue in what appeared to be a related investigation.

The shooting suspect was still at large as of 10:45 p.m., cops said.

A robbery call before 9 p.m. at International Connection, a store that’s also on Osborn Avenue, was not related to the shooting, police said Monday night.

According to police, a man entered International Connection attempting to rob workers at gunpoint when a fight broke out inside, police said.

The man was apprehended by police and transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center with head injuries, police said.

A worker at the store, who did not give a name, said, “I’m just happy everyone is safe and we could all go home with our lives tonight.”

Monday, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Riverhead police have closed off a section of Raynor Avenue and were investigating other nearby scenes after reports of a shooting Monday night in Riverhead.

shooting in Polish Town

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Just a small section of the road was closed off at 9 p.m.

One woman was found injured before 8:30 p.m. on Raynor Avenue, just north of Parkway Street, and taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor injuries, police said.

Police and ambulance workers were also called to nearby 435 Osborn Avenue, where an ambulance was present but left about 9:25 p.m. with no lights or sirens on.

Detectives at the second scene were investigating the inside of a store called International Connection, though it appeared the incidents were unrelated. Police left that scene about 10:15 p.m.

Riverhead police and state troopers were also on hand at a third scene, where they appeared to be investigating a house and property on Osborn Avenue near Marcy Avenue.

No arrests had been reported.

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This is a developing story; check back for additional information.

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