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A Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer displays the drug Narcan, which is used to treat opiate overdoses. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer displays the drug Narcan, which is used to treat opiate overdoses. (Credit: Paul Squire)

East End law enforcement officers — often the first to arrive at the scene of a heroin overdose — will now be equipped with Narcan, a life saving drug. (more…)

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Diana Censoprano and Spencer Stewart (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

A Selden man and woman were ordered held in county jail on felony charges for grand larceny, stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child after they allegedly stole from a Riverhead junk yard Monday night  —  and had the woman’s 8-year-old daughter help them in the robbery, Riverhead Town police said.  (more…)

12/17/13 3:30pm
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A 52-year-old Riverhead woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving an unregistered snowmobile while intoxicated and then resisting arrest Saturday night, police said.

Sharon Bekiesz-Gallo was stopped on a black Arctic Cat snowmobile on Osborn Avenue about 8:35 p.m., according to a report.

Ms. Bekiesz-Gallo was charged with operating a snowmobile on a street while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a violation. She was also ticketed for operating an unregistered snowmobile and was arrested for resisting arrest, according to a report.

Additional information was not immediately available.

She was held for arraignment Sunday morning, police said.

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12/12/13 5:40pm
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | One person was airlifted to an area hospital following an accident on Edwards Avenue, fire officials said.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | One person was airlifted to an area hospital following an accident on Edwards Avenue, fire officials said.

One person was airlifted to an area hospital following after striking a telephone pole on Edwards Avenue just before 5 p.m. Thursday, fire officials said.

The accident happened in the vicinity of Village Green South, said Riverhead Fire department second assistant chief Kevin Brooks.

Traffic was shut down at the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Riley Avenue for a short time following the crash.

Chief Brooks said it appeared to be a one-car accident, which sustained “substantial damage,” but could not comment on the make and model. Police said the victim suffered a head injury in the crash, however the severity of the injuries were not immediately clear.

The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, officials said.

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10/24/13 9:00am
10/24/2013 9:00 AM

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Law enforcement agencies nationwide have scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, so unwanted or expired medications can be disposed of safely – keeping them out of the wrong hands, and the island’s groundwater.

The Riverhead Police Department and Peconic Bay Medical Center will be accepting medications on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It is very important to legitimately get rid of these prescriptions because some can be very addictive and are gateway drugs to other more dangerous narcotics,” said Riverhead Police chief David Hegermiller. “Keep track of quantities; missing pills could be a warning sign. When finished with a prescription, make sure you dispose of it properly.”

“Properly disposing of medications not only protects the drinking water from contamination of pharmaceutical residues, but it also ensures that children, young adults and others will not have ready access to controlled substances,” said supervisor Sean Walter.

Soon, East End residents will not have to wait for drug disposal events to turn in their unwanted medications.

The Group for the East End, with the help of Suffolk County’s Soil and Water Conservation District, has established the East End Medication Disposal Program, giving residents year-round access to drop boxes at local police departments, including Riverhead and Southold departments, to dispose of unused medications.

10/08/13 1:30pm
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COURTESY PHOTO | Robert Boden during a presentation of McGann-Mercy High School's Boden Memorial Football Award last year.

COURTESY PHOTO | Robert Boden during a presentation of McGann-Mercy High School’s Boden Memorial Football Award last year.

Update: Funeral arrangements have been made for Riverhead police detective Robert Boden, who died Monday, funeral home officials said.

Visitation will be held at the Reginald H Tuthill funeral home from 2 to  4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Funeral services for Mr. Boden will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead. A burial will take place later that day at St. John’s cemetery.

Mr. Boden’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Boden Memorial Football Scholarship Fund, c/o McGann-Mercy High School, 1225 Ostrander Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 or Suffolk County National Bank.

Original story: Robert Boden — a beloved father of four, a Riverhead Police Department detective and a 32-year veteran of the force — died Monday afternoon, sending shockwaves through the close-knit department and community. He was 54 years old.

Mr. Boden suffered a blood clot in his lung while at home last week and was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center, said Riverhead police Chief David Hegermiller. He died at Stony Brook University Hospital, funeral home officials said.

“He’s a great person,” Chief Hegermiller said. “Bobby knew everyone and I think everyone knew Bob.”

Mr. Boden, a life-long Riverhead resident, joined the force on Nov. 16, 1981, and became well-liked for his sense of humor, Chief Hegermiller said.

“He told it like it was and he was always good for a laugh,” Chief Hegermiller said. “He had a heart of gold, and he really did care about his job and Riverhead. And, of course, his family.”

Mr. Boden is survived by his wife, Denise, and four children.

He was also a graduate of McGann-Mercy High School and was an active member of the Mercy community, said the school’s director of institutional advancement Debbie Kneidl.

“They were really big supporters of the athletic program at Mercy,” she said. “Bobby and Denise would be at any and all games possible, whether their kids were playing or not.” Mr. Boden was also very involved in giving the Boden Memorial Football Award, a yearly award that was started by his father.

The school’s football team is paying tribute to Mr. Boden by wearing his initials and his son’s number — #56 — on their helmets during this week’s game, school officials said.

“It is a shock to the Mercy family and we’re all trying to process it,” Ms. Kneidl said.

Chief Hegermiller said Mr. Boden’s co-workers in the department — including his brother, Lt. Rick Boden — have also been hit hard by his sudden death.

“When you have someone there for 32 years, it’s like a family,” he said. “It hurts everybody.”

Tributes to Mr. Boden poured in on social media Monday as news of his death spread.

“A great friend and colleague who left us before his time,” wrote Riverhead police officer Rich Freeborn on Facebook. “Rest easy fella, we’ll take it from here. ”

Several users on the site changed their profile pictures to a blacked-out Riverhead police badge to honor Mr. Boden.

“Riverhead lost a great guy and someone who was a role model to so many community kids,” added Riverhead resident Liz Stokes.

“We lost a brother in blue today, one of the best, one of Riverhead’s finest,” Joey Szot wrote. “My thoughts, prayers, and love is being sent over to the Boden family right now.”

psquire@timesreview.com

10/03/13 8:00am
10/03/2013 8:00 AM

Riverhead PoliceFrom Riverhead to Mastic, Wading River and South Jamesport, it seemed as if town police were everywhere at once this past week.

A steady stream of high-profile crimes began last Wednesday morning with an alleged burglary at an East Main Street gas mart and an attempted armed robbery at CVS on Route 58. In the CVS case, the suspects fled on foot before cops could arrive. But it didn’t take police long to track the suspects to a farm field and take them into custody. Three men were charged and the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case believes they may have been involved in other pharmacy robberies in Suffolk. We’ll learn more when a grand jury indictment is unsealed.

In the gas station burglary, responding officers used the help of a K-9 cop to corner a suspect who was still inside the building when they arrived, according to police. He was arrested on the spot.

Cops again called for a police dog when tracking a suspect accused of burglarizing a South Jamesport home Thursday and crashing a getaway van before fleeing on foot.

Then on Sunday, police tracked a man accused of stabbing his girlfriend at Tanger Outlets  Saturday night to Mastic, where he was apprehended the next day.

In between we saw a burglary bust in Wading River that also ended in Mastic and a handful of DWI arrests, among others that didn’t make the paper.

Congratulating police could be seen as celebrating a glass half full. A conversation could instead focus on why so many people now find themselves desperate enough to commit such crimes in town — and what can be done to identify and address contributing problems within our communities.

But that’s not the job of the police department. The police are paid to enforce the law. And they’re doing a fine job of it.

09/06/13 2:30pm
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A Riverhead man came home Monday afternoon to find his life savings had been stolen from his bedroom, police said.

The West Main Street resident said someone entered his bedroom sometime between 8 a.m. and noon, and removed $8,600 in $100 bills that he had kept in a padlocked cabinet beneath his bed, according to a report.

There were no signs of forced entry to the home or bedroom, but the padlock had been broken off the locked cabinet, police said.

The burglary happened about a week after a Flanders man saw his life savings stolen when he was mugged while walking home from a Flanders restaurant late last Saturday, according to a Southampton Town police report.

cmiller@timesreview.com