10/01/14 9:48pm
10/01/2014 9:48 PM

A 52-year-old Riverhead man was arrested Tuesday by Southampton Town police on a bench warrant for failure to pay a fine, according to a press release.

Benjamin Velasquez was arrested at around 5:30 p.m. after he was caught on an active bench warrant issued by Southampton Town Justice Court for failing to pay a fine for a criminal possession of a forged instrument charge, police said.

Mr. Velasquez was taken into custody at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility and held for arraignment, officials said.

09/05/14 7:42pm
09/05/2014 7:42 PM
The scene of a home invasion Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The scene of a home invasion Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southampton Police say an armed man busted into a Northampton home yesterday afternoon and demanded cash and drugs before fleeing the scene, and remains at large after police could not track him down despite a K-9 and helicopter search. (more…)

07/28/14 2:33pm
07/28/2014 2:33 PM

SH_CopsA Calverton woman showed up for her probation meeting carrying drugs, and now faces additional charges, according to Southampton Town Police.

Sheila Amodeo, 41, had reported to the Suffolk County Probation Office at the county center for a scheduled visit when a search — as required due to her probation — turned up three bags of white powder, numerous empty wrappers and a small straw that were in her purse, according to police.

Ms. Amodeo admitted to it being heroin, police said.

She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance July 22 on Center Drive South in Riverside.

06/23/14 2:00pm
06/23/2014 2:00 PM
Credit: Google Maps

Credit: Google Maps

A Northampton man reported being robbed, attacked and slashed by several people while he was walking in wooded trails on the west side of Wildwood Lake last Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The victim told police he had just walked into the woods and then onto the trails, where he was assaulted by several individuals who threw him down and beat him, according to police.

One of the attackers cut the victim on his left inside forearm with a sharp object that the victim was unable to identify.

The suspects took about $70 cash from the victim’s front pocket, according to police, who said the victim sustained a three- to four-inch laceration on his arm.

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.


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.


06/16/14 2:31pm
06/16/2014 2:31 PM

SH_CopsA 32-year-old Flanders man who ran a stop sign was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday night, according to Southampton Town Police.

Edwin Espanasola was pulled over after an officer saw him running a stop sign at the intersection of Priscilla Avenue and Woodroad Trail in Flanders at about 8:20 p.m., according to police.

Mr. Espanasola had alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and other signs of intoxication, police said.

He also performed badly on field sobriety tests and had registered at .08 on a pre-screen breath test, according to police.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation and failure to stop at a stop sign.