05/13/14 3:00pm
05/13/2014 3:00 PM


UPDATE (3 p.m.): A Baiting Hollow man accused of breaking into the clubhouse of a mobile home park in Calverton Monday morning before clogging a toilet with food is being held on $25,000 bail after prosecutors revealed the man’s history of arrests and failures to appear in court.

Nicholas Williams, 33, was charged with felony burglary. At his arraignment Tuesday morning, prosecutors said Mr. Williams has a 23-page history of run-ins with the courts and has failed to appear four times.

Mr. Williams was issued a grand jury notice, indicating he may be brought up on county charges soon.

Original Story: Police said a Baiting Hollow man rummaged through the clubhouse of a mobile home park in Calverton yesterday morning before clogging a toilet with food, damaging the boiler room ceiling.

According to Riverhead Police, someone at Calverton Meadows called shortly after 10 a.m. to report that a stranger had entered the park’s clubhouse, also using the space to sleep. The man reportedly attempted to flush food down the toilet, forcing it to overflow.

Police shortly identified the suspect as 33-year-old Nicholas Williams, who was later found by authorities to be walking down Osborn Avenue just before 10 p.m. last night.

Mr. Williams was arrested, charged with third-degree burglary — a felony — and held for arraignment this morning.

05/06/14 9:06pm
05/06/2014 9:06 PM

Riverhead police say a 42-year-old man who was drugged up and driving an ATV led officers on a brief chase in Jamesport Tuesday morning before crashing and then lunging for an officer’s radio and handgun while resisting arrest.

Police were called to the area of Washington Avenue around 11:45 a.m. for a reports of “an intoxicated male operating a quad on the roadway” according to a press release. (more…)

05/03/14 2:32pm
05/03/2014 2:32 PM
Protesters outside the Riverhead police station Saturday. (Credit: Michael White)

Protesters outside the Riverhead police station Saturday. (Credit: Michael White)

It was an education in lactation outside the Riverhead police station Saturday, where six nursing moms and about two dozen supporters staged a public “nurse-in” event to shine a light on breastfeeding laws in New York. (more…)

05/02/14 1:56pm
05/02/2014 1:56 PM
Charles J. Pettaway

Charles J. Pettaway

A Calverton man was arrested on an separate active warrant Wednesday for allegedly grabbing a woman during an argument last month, despite an order of protection barring him from being near her, according to police and court documents.

The man was released without bail after he was arraigned in town court Thursday, a court clerk said.

Police said 25-year-old Charles Pettaway “physically” struggled with a woman at a residence on Union Avenue about 2 p.m. on April 20, according to a court filing. During the fight, a ceramic coffee cup the victim was holding broke and cut the palm of her right hand, causing “minor bleeding,” the document states.

The victim had been issued an order of protection against Mr. Pettaway by Suffolk County district Judge Chris Kelly on July 29, 2013, according to court documents.

Riverhead police caught Mr. Pettaway on East Avenue about 2:25 p.m. Wednesday and arrested him. He was charged with first degree criminal contempt, a felony, and harassment, a violation, according to a police statement.

He is due back in court on May 13.


05/02/14 12:59pm
Raul Peraza-Guardado mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Town Police)

Raul Peraza-Guardado mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Town Police)

A Hampton Bays man allegedly told a 15-year-old boy he would give him $160 to get into his car while parked outside Riverhead High School earlier this week, later asking him if he “liked girls and only girls” and offering him marijuana and “sex with [the man's] girlfriend” to get inside, according to court papers.  (more…)