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The taxi driver was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with a head injury. (Credit: Michael White)

The taxi driver was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with a head injury. (Credit: Michael White)

A taxi driver was injured after his cab was side-swiped and careened off West Main Street, striking the side of the Greenview Inn motel, Riverhead police said.

The cabbie’s condition was unknown but police at the scene said he suffered a head injury in the 2:50 p.m. crash.

The driver of a second car actually caused the accident by trying to pass the taxi by using the shoulder. (more…)

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead's West Main Street on Friday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead’s West Main Street on Friday.

Riverhead Town officials may take another stab at trying to get the state to ease restrictions on a law that severely limits development along the banks of the Peconic River.

“Right now, there’s no incentive to revitalize,” said Charles Voorhis of the engineering firm, Nelson, Pope and Voorhis, which was hired by the town to complete a $610,000 Brownfield Opportunities Area grant study of West Main Street and downtown Riverhead. (more…)

12/13/12 4:25pm
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MUG SHOT | Jerry Darrin Ross

A fugitive who had escaped from a Georgia prison-work detail was captured at a Riverhead motel Wednesday, Riverhead Town police said.

Jerry Darrin Ross, 38, had escaped from authorities in Thomas County, Georgia on Sept. 25 during a work detail, the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office said. He was serving time in prison for burglary at the time of the escape, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

Shortly after his escape, Mr. Ross stole a bucket truck, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. This was not Mr. Ross’ first escape, according to a story by the Thomasville Times-Enterprise; he had escaped from the Ben Hill Detention Center while serving a sentence for a burglary conviction previously, the Times-Enterprise wrote.

Riverhead Town police worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate him. He was found by police at the Greenview Motel on West Main Street, where he submitted to arrest, police said.

According to media reports, Mr. Ross had been working for a tree service in the area following his escape.

Mr. Ross was processed at the Riverhead police department and arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court. He’s being held at the Suffolk County jail without bail pending extradition to Georgia to face charges for escaping prison and stealing a motor vehicle, officials said.

A U.S. Marshals spokesman and Thomas County Prison warden Robert Geer could not be reached for comment.

psquire@timesreview.com