05/16/15 11:07am
05/16/2015 11:07 AM
Brian Houpe Jr. (left) and Spencer Khashif. (Credit: Riverhead police)

Brian Houpe Jr. (left) and Spencer Khashif. (Credit: Riverhead police)

The two suspects charged in recent robberies in Riverhead were issued grand jury notices and held on bail pending another court date following their arraignments in Riverhead Town Justice Court Saturday morning.  (more…)

02/12/15 5:59am
02/12/2015 5:59 AM
The entrance to Riverhead Town Justice Court. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The entrance to Riverhead Town Justice Court. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Conditions at the Riverhead Justice Court might not be all that just.

A lawsuit filed last week by the Suffolk County Legal Aid Society seeks to shift all criminal arraignments for people arrested in Riverhead — as well as several other East End municipalities — to 1st District Court in Central Islip, claiming the local justice courts lack adequate conference space where attorneys can meet privately with their clients, as required by the Constitution.  (more…)

09/05/14 8:00am
09/05/2014 8:00 AM
Tight quarters heading into and out of Riverhead Town Justice Court makes Police Chief David Hegermiller and Town Supervisor Sean Walter believe that arming court officers with guns would not be safe. Others think it would make the court safer. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tight quarters heading into and out of Riverhead Town Justice Court makes Police Chief David Hegermiller and Town Supervisor Sean Walter believe that arming court officers with guns would not be safe. Others think it would make the court safer. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead Town’s Justice Court isn’t as safe as it should be, elected town officials say.

They maintain that the hallways in the Howell Avenue building — which also serves as police department headquarters — aren’t wide enough and that the courtroom is too close to the building’s entrance.

“It’s very tight up there,” said Police Chief David Hegermiller. “It’s very confined quarters. It’s very makeshift.”  (more…)