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Grant Parpan

Grant Parpan is the executive editor for Times/Review Newsgroup.

10/19/14 8:00am
Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

At 6-foot-4 and the Arby’s side of 300 pounds, I get asked a lot about my past life as a football player.

The truth is, I didn’t play much growing up.

I played youth football the summer going into fifth grade until my parents gave me the option of quitting after my coach was arrested on — of all things — a domestic violence charge.  (more…)

10/16/14 6:29pm
Southold Town police lead the three shooting suspects into Southold Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold Town police lead the three shooting suspects into Southold Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A 16-year-old alleged MS-13 gang member from Southold was arrested Thursday at Southampton Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound following the Tuesday morning shooting incident on South Harbor Road, town police said.

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos  was shot in the left ankle by a .22 caliber bullet fired by a member of his own gang, police said. He was admitted into the hospital the day of the shooting, they said.

Mr. Torres Campos faces two counts of first-degree assault. He is being held overnight at Southold Town Police Headquarters and will be arraigned Friday morning, police said.

Three fellow members of the MS-13 street gang were previously arrested in connection with the shooting. They are Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31 of Greenport; Jeremias Nathanael Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue; and Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport, police said.

Mr. Santamaria and Mr. Recinos Torres were additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Mr. Recinos Torres and Mr. Vasquez are both in the United States illegally and are currently in removal proceedings, police said.

The three men were arraigned Wednesday in Southold Town Justice Court. They are each being held on $250,000 cash bail or $750,000 bond. Judge Rudolph Bruer presided. They’re due back in Southold Town Justice Court Friday.

A responding officer spotted Mr. Santamaria and Mr. Recinos Torres in a parked vehicle a short distance from the scene, police said. The officer found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle.

Police brought both men into custody and, during the investigation, discovered Mr. Vasquez was also involved. Authorities arrested Mr. Vasquez at Greenport High School, where he is a student, police said.

The violence occurred just past midnight Tuesday and stemmed from a dispute that occurred at Third Street Park in Greenport Oct. 10, police said. The victims, whose identities have not been released, are allegedly members of Mara-18, or 18th Street, a rival street gang, police said.

The victims were walking along Route 25 and South Harbor Road, where they both live, when they were spotted by the MS-13 members Tuesday, police said. The MS-13 members ambushed the victims, police said, and as many as five shots were fired from a .22-caliber handgun. One victim was attacked with a machete, police said.

The two victims were reported in stable condition Wednesday, according to a Peconic Bay Medical Center spokesperson.

The MS-13 gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, originated in Los Angeles and comprises Central Americans commonly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, according to the federal Department of Justice.

Its main rival is the “18th Street” gang, also known as M-18 or Mara-18, which also is made up of those with ties to Central America, according to the department.

gparpan@timesreview.com

 

10/12/14 2:00pm
Nikola Tesla's final laboratory in Shoreham will be open to the public for three hours later this month. (Credit: Tesla Society, courtesy)

Nikola Tesla’s final laboratory in Shoreham will be open to the public for three hours later this month. (Credit: Tesla Society, courtesy)

You’ve likely driven past legendary scientist Nikola Tesla’s lab in Shoreham many times in the past.

And it’s even more likely you’ve never set foot on the lab’s grounds.

You can change all that from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25.  (more…)

10/05/14 1:00pm
Gordon Haas is led into Southold Town Justice Court Sunday morning. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Gordon Haas is led into Southold Town Justice Court Sunday morning. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The Greenport High School math teacher who was arrested on a grand larceny charge Saturday afternoon after stealing cash from the wallet of another patron at a restaurant in Southold was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment Sunday morning.  (more…)

10/01/14 8:00am
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

Speaking this summer about the dwindling size of the town’s police force, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said he was hopeful the town and its police union could hammer out a new contract for officers, paving the way for the department’s biggest hiring cycle in recent history.

If Town Supervisor Scott Russell’s $42.8 million proposed 2015 budget is any indication, the chief might just get his wish.

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09/27/14 10:00am
Howard Meinke (Credit: Meinke family courtesy)

Howard Meinke (Credit: Meinke family courtesy)

The voice on the other end of the phone spoke in a deliberate manner, demanding to be heard.

“My understaaaanding is that you are the person I now need to speeeaaaak to regarding letters to the editor,” he said slowly.

It took just that one introductory sentence for me to realize that Howard Meinke would be writing me frequently, as he had my predecessors at Times/Review, and that he would command my attention.  (more…)

09/27/14 8:00am
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The current crop of kindergarten students in the district joined the high school seniors in assisting school board president Jerry Diffley as he cut the ribbon Friday. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

As she walked from her car to the Mattituck High School athletic fields, Laurie Reilly held back tears.

She was headed to a once familiar track at the school, where her three grown daughters had run. But this time was different.

Ms. Reilly was one of more than 500 local residents who attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday evening at the school’s brand new track — an all-weather, polyflex running surface that has replaced the former cinder track that long stood at the school.  (more…)

09/16/14 8:00am

 

The Oki-Do property in East Marion. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A holistic center known as Oki-Do is proposed for this former oyster processing plant in East Marion. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Nearly six years after its draft environmental impact statement was deemed inadequate by the Southold Town Planning Board, the proposed Shizen Hotel Wellness Center and Spa, also known locally as the Oki-Do, is again making waves in East Marion.  (more…)