Congratulations are in order for the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth — the organization received a national award, the Coalition of Excellence for Short-Term Outcomes, on Thursday.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced an initiative last week to focus on investigating and prosecuting crimes committed by gang members, such as members of MS-13.
Update: On Friday, the state budget passed, including a change to allow for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised. READ
Ever since Antoinette Carbone — former president of a Miller Place civic organization — moved to Sunken Pond Estates off Middle Road nearly 10 years ago, she’s been trying to get the 40 mph speed limit on the east-to-west road reduced to 30 mph. READ
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter declared a winter storm emergency beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday as snow that began in the early morning hours continued to fall steadily.
Though there’s been concern about dwindling supplies, Riverhead Town received 85 tons of salt yesterday, Mr. Walter said.
“That will get us through this storm,” he said, adding the town has 700 additional tons of salt on the way.
Last Tuesday’s shooting in Southold, in which four alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End.
In Riverhead, Riverside and Flanders, gang violence has long been an issue. Town, police and community leaders say they are working together in an attempt to attack the root of the problem.
In Southold Town, gangs are more prevalent than in the past, as changing demographics have brought Latin groups like MS-13 and 18th Street to the East End. (more…)
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…)