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.


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

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
10/08/2013 1:30 PM
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.”

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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
09/06/2013 2:30 PM

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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.

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06/24/13 12:50pm
06/24/2013 12:50 PM

Two people are facing felony charges after allegedly robbing a 20-year old man at knifepoint in Riverhead Sunday night, police said.

Police were called to 445 West Main Street just before 10 p.m. Sunday for reports of a robbery and found a 20-year-old man had been robbed of $400 at knifepoint, with two suspects fleeing the area.

“Within minutes,” and with the help of a canine unit, police located David Moore, 40, and Renee McKinney, 49, on the corner of Parkway Street, officials said.

The two were arrested and each charged with first-degree robbery, a class-B felony, and arraigned Monday morning in Town Justice Court, police said.

Mr. Moore is being held at Suffolk County Correction Facility on $100,000 bail.

Ms. McKinney is being held without bail because of prior felony convictions, police said.

Details of those convictions were not immediately available.

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05/16/13 8:33pm
05/16/2013 8:33 PM
WITNESS COURTESY PHOTO | Police storm a work van during Tuesday's drug bust outside Laundry Palace near Route 58 in Riverhead.

COURTESY PHOTO | Police storm a work van during Tuesday’s drug bust outside Laundry Palace on Harrison Avenue near Route 58 in Riverhead.

East End Drug Task Force officers arrested two men on heroin and cocaine charges during a drug bust at a Riverhead laundromat Tuesday evening, police said.

Michael Bale, 47, of Aquebogue, and James Liggon, 56, of Shirley, were pulled from a van and arrested about 6:45 p.m. outside Laundry Palace on Harrison Avenue near Route 58, according to police and witness reports.

A witness to the bust, who asked that he not be identified, described the drama that occurred in the laundromat parking lot.

“I was loading my laundry into the car and an undercover officer came up to the van [the suspects were in] and knocked on the door,” the witness said. “Four cop cars came in and surrounded [the driver] from both sides of the parking lot,”

“They got the guy out of the van asked him, ‘Where the are drugs?’” he continued. “And nothing was said, that I heard.”

Mr. Liggon is being charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling heroin, town police said.

He is also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after being found with more than 500 milligrams of cocaine; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having heroin, police said.

Mr. Bale is being charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after being found with both heroin and cocaine, according to a report. He was also charged with third-degree burglary in connection with a prior incident for breaking into a barn, forcing a door open and removing tools in March, police said.

The two men were arraigned Wednesday morning and are being held without bail, police said.

Both men are due back in court Monday, police said.

The witness reported it was a Mastercraft Painting and Power Washing van that police targeted. The van is also visible in a short video the witnesses provided to the newspaper that was not published.

Representatives for the company were not available for comment.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force comprises police from across East End police departments and the DA’s office.

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01/29/13 11:32am
01/29/2013 11:32 AM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters made quick work of a fryer fire Tuesday morning.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters made quick work of a fryer fire Tuesday morning.

Riverhead firefighters doused a fryer fire at a Tanger Outlet fast food restaurant Tuesday morning, fire officials said.

The fire started about 10:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s in the Tanger 2 food court. Riverhead police got the call about an “active fire” at the restaurant and alerted the Riverhead Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and quickly put out the fire burning in one of the restaurant’s deep fryers, said second assistant chief Kevin Brooks.

While other fire units returned to headquarters, Riverhead Fire Chief Anthony White and the Riverhead Fire Marshals remained on the scene to investigate what caused the fire.

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