07/24/14 11:40am
07/24/2014 11:40 AM
Celentano in hit and run

Jacqueline Celentano of Calverton is led out of Southampton Police Department headquarters in Hampton Bays for an arraignment following her arrest last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller file)

More than a year after he was hit by a car and left badly injured on the side of the road in Flanders, 25-year-old Aaron Hartmann still has memory problems, his mother, Linda, said. He stumbles over his words sometimes and has lost the peripheral vision in both his eyes.

When Mr. Hartmann gets tired, he limps on the leg that was broken in the crash, she said, making it difficult for him to get a job to support his young child.

“My son’s life is destroyed,” Ms. Hartmann said. (more…)

07/21/14 10:11am
07/21/2014 10:11 AM

PDHQRiverhead Police arrested a Flanders man shortly after midnight today after they said he broke into a Roanoke Avenue home and harassed a couple living there.

Police said they received a call around 12:20 a.m. that a man had broken into the home and physically harassed a man living there. Authorities located the burglar within minutes of the call, who was operating a vehicle just a short distance from the home.

The man was ID’d by the victim as 38-year-old Alfredo Chitay-Concoba. A woman living at the home had an order of protection against Mr. Chitay-Concoba, police said.

He was charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal contempt, both felonies. He was also charged with second-degree harassment, a violation. Mr. Chitay-Concoba was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

07/21/14 7:03am
Police say this man bought $1,000 worth of sneakers with a stolen credit card.

Police say this man bought $1,000 worth of sneakers with a stolen credit card.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a man police say paid for $1,000 worth of sneakers from a downtown store with a stolen credit card.

According to police, a man bought five different pairs of shoes from the Sneaker Aquarium at 41 E. Main St. with the stolen card on May 23.

Police described the man as black and about 6 feet, 3 inches tall with a heavy build. He was clean shaven, police said, and at the time of the incident was wearing dark blue pants and a light blue hospital scrub shirt, also wearing a stethoscope around his neck at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information about the arrest is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS, or Riverhead Police at 727-4500 ext 327. All calls will be kept confidential. Information that leads to an arrest offers a cash reward of up to $5,000.

07/10/14 4:54pm
07/10/2014 4:54 PM
Kenneth Belcher's mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Kenneth Belcher’s mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Following a news report earlier Thursday, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller confirmed Friday that a 46-year-old Riverhead man accused of beating and robbing a man early Monday is a “possible suspect” in a string of other assaults and robberies in the area. (more…)

07/09/14 10:12am
07/09/2014 10:12 AM
A Suffolk County police helicopter searches for the missing boy Tuesday afternoon above Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. (Credit: Bill Landon)

A Suffolk County police helicopter searches for the missing boy Tuesday afternoon above Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Police from multiple agencies scoured the Calverton and Wading River area late Tuesday afternoon after a mentally disabled teenage boy wandered away from a motel, Riverhead police said. He was located safely about an hour later, police said. (more…)

07/08/14 8:00am
07/08/2014 8:00 AM

RiverheadPD HQ - Summer - 500

Update: Police have arrested the second suspect in an alleged robbery that happened outside the Riverhead DMV early Monday.

Bobby Riddick, 46, turned himself into police after learning he was a wanted man, authorities said.

He was charged with second-degree robbery and held for arraignment.

Original story: A Riverhead man who recently pleaded guilty after he was caught stealing candy from a Mattituck home with a weapon was arrested again early Monday — this time, according to police, for mugging a man near the DMV and taking $300 from him.

(more…)

06/18/14 1:00pm
06/18/2014 1:00 PM
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)

Police officers in three local departments are among the newest officers to be equipped with naloxone, a lifesaving heroin overdose drug.

The Riverhead, Southold and Southampton police departments have been approved for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program, which supplies funding to equip officers with naloxone, an antidote that can instantly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

The program is funded through the state Attorney General’s Office, which has approved funding to equip almost half of the state’s police with the drug.

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Each kit consists of a pouch containing two prefilled syringes of naloxone and two atomizers to administer it through the nose, as well as gloves and an instruction booklet. Each kit costs about $60 and has a shelf life of approximately two years, according to a press release.

Long Island has received the second largest number of naloxone kit reimbursements in the state, trailing only New York City.

“By providing police officers with naloxone, we are making this life-saving overdose antidote available in every town, village and hamlet on Long Island,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Prior to the program, ambulance personnel were the only responders equipped with the drug.

cmiller@timesreview.com

06/17/14 4:00pm
06/17/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead Police Chief David Hergemiller (left) joined SCDA Thomas Spota at Tuesday's press conference to unveil a plan to combact drunken drivers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller (left) joined SCDA Thomas Spota at Tuesday’s press conference to unveil a plan to combat drunken drivers. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

East End law enforcement agencies joined Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota Tuesday afternoon to unveil a plan to bolster sobriety checkpoints on land and at sea this summer.

The East End DWI Task Force will conduct additional checkpoints aimed at cracking down on drunken an drug impaired drivers and boaters, Mr. Spota announced during a press conference at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Hampton Bays.

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