03/27/14 5:43pm
03/27/2014 5:43 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

Police investigate the scene of the fatal accident Jan. 16 in Laurel. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

Police say vehicle paint particles found on a Jamesport man who was hit by cars and found dead in January indicate a third vehicle — possibly the one that took his life — might have been involved.

The drivers of a car and SUV that hit James Callaghan stayed on scene that foggy Jan. 16 morning, and told police the victim was lying in the roadway when they struck him on Main Road in Laurel.

They are not suspects in Mr. Callaghan’s death, police said. (more…)

01/16/14 4:30pm
01/16/2014 4:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

Southold Town police say the Jamesport man who was killed after being struck by two cars while out jogging along Main Road in Laurel Thursday morning was lying in the road when he was hit by the vehicles.

James Callaghan, 49, was hit in dense fog before dawn about 250 feet east of Laurel Lane, according to a police statement.

He died at the scene, police said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but police said it appears that Mr. Callaghan was struck by two westbound vehicles — an SUV and a sedan — shortly before 5:45 a.m. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

Investigators are looking into whether Mr. Callaghan was hit by a first vehicle that left him in the road and fled the scene of the crash, according to a police statement. Police also said that Mr. Callaghan may have suffered a medical emergency while jogging that caused him to be lying in the road.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remained closed until about 2 p.m. while Southold police, the county District Attorney’s Vehicular Crime Bureau, crime lab, and county medical examiner’s office investigated the scene.

Police have asked anyone with information about the crash to call police detectives at (631) 765-2600.


07/25/13 10:00am
07/25/2013 10:00 AM

An underage Jamesport woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated Thursday morning in Mattituck, according to a Southold Town police press release.

Yvonne McKay, 20, was pulled over on Route 25 in Mattituck a little after midnight for failing to maintain her lane, police said. Upon further investigation, Ms. McKay was found to be intoxicated, according to a report.

She was arrested for misdemeanor DWI and held at police headquarters overnight awaiting arraignment.

07/10/13 10:00am
07/10/2013 10:00 AM

A Mattituck man wanted on two active bench warrants fled into an attic to hide from police when Southold Town officers attempted to arrest him last week, according to a report.

Police found Christopher Giardiello, 24, at a home on Central Avenue in Greenport. Police said he ran and hid before officers quickly located him in the attic.

Mr. Giardiello was wanted on two active bench warrants in Riverhead and Southampton, according to a report. It was not clear specifically what the warrants were for. Mr. Giardiello, who has had several run-ins with police in the past, was taken to police headquarters where he was turned over to Riverhead Police.

In 2009, Mr. Giardiello was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a previously published report. He was also arrested in 2011 on drug charges and driving with a suspended license after being stopped by Southold Police for a traffic violation, according to a previously published report.


04/17/13 10:15pm
04/17/2013 10:15 PM

A 22-year-old Riverhead man who was getting a ride home from police after an altercation in Southold Wednesday afternoon found himself under arrest after he was spotted damaging a patrol car partition, Southold Town police said.

Police responded to 55750 Main Road, a mixed-use retail and apartment building, before 4 p.m. for a dispute, after which an officer was driving Luke Shea home just after 4 p.m. when Mr. Shea was observed “breaking off a three inch by four inch piece of plastic that made up part of the prisoner partition wall ” in the back of the squad car, a police report reads.

Mr. Shea was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and released on bail after a court appearance, officials said.


04/08/13 11:10am
04/08/2013 11:10 AM


A Riverhead man is facing a felony weapons charge after he showed up at the scene of a custody dispute with a handgun in Mattituck Sunday evening, Southold town police said.

Police got a report from a woman about a disturbance at a home on Ole Jule Lane about 6 p.m., police said.

The woman told police that 28-year-old Walter Mason IV had come to the house with his children’s mother to take custody of an 8-month-old boy, police said. The woman, who was watching the children as per an agreement with the family, refused to hand over the boy after the child’s mother told her Mr. Mason was “acting irrationally,” police said.

Before Mr. Mason left, he told the woman he would come back and “shoot up the place,” police said.

Mr. Mason later returned to the house, and when the woman again refused to hand over the boy, he allegedly came out of his vehicle armed with a weapon. It did not appear that Mr. Mason threatened the woman with the gun, said police.

Police found Mr. Mason driving with another child in his car when they arrived on the scene.

After stopping Mr. Mason, police found a loaded .40 caliber handgun and marijuana in his vehicle, according to a report. He was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana, police said.

Mr. Mason had been previously arrested by Riverhead police in March 2010 for second-degree harassment and second-degree menacing, according to a news article.

Mr. Mason was taken to police headquarters Sunday night and held for arraignment.


03/25/13 11:38am
03/25/2013 11:38 AM

Southold police arrested a Calverton man for drunk driving early Monday morning, according to a report.

Police said Ryan Osborne, 26, failed to keep in his lane while driving along Main Road near Aldrich Lane in Laurel.

Mr. Osborne, who was stopped shortly after 5 a.m., was held for arraignment, said police.

03/08/13 5:05pm
03/08/2013 5:05 PM

Ashley Murray, the Peconic teen who went missing Feb. 25, touching off a massive search that lit up the social media world and involved agencies including the FBI, is on her way to a hospital for an evaluation after appearing with an unidentified adult friend at Southold police headquarters at 3:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

The teen was interviewed by police for about an hour and 15 minutes before being taken to a “regional hospital,” said Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley.

She said little about where she was during her absence, he added.

“She didn’t give a lot of information,” said the chief. “She was reluctant to say where she was.”

He added that police believe she was a runway, not abducted, and remained on the East End.

[Related: Relief and joy on social media for Ashley’s safe return]

Reached at her family’s home, her brother Jamie Cradehl, said he hasn’t had time to process the news of his sister’s return.

“I’m waiting for everything to sink in,” he said.

He added that when the family asked Ashley if they should join her at the hospital, she said no, that she needed time by herself.

Ms. Murray was reported missing after failing to turn up at school that Monday morning. The ensuing search was unprecedented for the North Fork with police seeking assistance from other public departments, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Chief Flatley said that while the search is over, the investigation is continuing.

On the question of charges being filed, he said. “There’s always that chance. That’s what we have to look for.”

But he sees no reason to charge Ashley.

“We have look to see if there’s anyone else who should be looked at or might fit into a criminal charge, perhaps others who assisted her in remaining out of view,” he said.

Asked if the police interviews answered the questions on why she left and where she went, the chief said, “Not in their entirety, no.”

Southold Junior-Senior High School principal William Galati said he received a call about Ashley’s return about 4 p.m.

“We’re very excited, and I’m glad to hear that she is safe,” Mr. Galati said, adding that others in the school and the surrounding community will feel the same way.

“We have a caring, compassionate, educated community,” he said. “They express such great love and great care for these kids.”


With Carrie Miller and Jennifer Gustavson