10/24/14 8:00am

East End law enforcement officials have identified the five gangs listed below as most active in our area. While most derive their principal income from the sale and/or distribution of various illegal drugs, many are also involved in crimes including human and weapons trafficking, prostitution, homicide and drive-by shootings, assault, carjacking, identity theft, money laundering robbery, and extortion.  (more…)

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10/24/14 8:00am
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt.

Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Two shootings within two days rattled the North Fork last week, though police said the incidents are rare, especially in Southold Town.

Suspects have been caught in both cases. The four men (one from Aquebogue) who allegedly attacked two other men in Southold last Tuesday have been indicted by a grand jury on felony assault charges. Authorities say a fifth suspect may also have been involved. (more…)

10/24/14 8:00am
Third Street park in Greenport, where an altercation that led to last week's shooting incident in Southold occurred. Police say the parties involved are from rival gangs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Third Street park in Greenport, where an altercation that led to last week’s shooting incident in Southold occurred. Police say the parties involved are from rival gangs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

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…)

10/23/14 1:48pm
Captain Sid Smith stands at the bow of the Merit in Greenport this summer. Mr. Smith and his two crew were dubbed heroes after they rescued four people who were thrown into stormy seas Wednesday night when their tugboat sank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Captain Sid Smith stands at the bow of the Merit in Greenport this summer. Mr. Smith and his two crew were dubbed heroes after they rescued four people who were thrown into stormy seas Wednesday night when their tugboat sank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Greenport fishing boat captain and his two crew members rescued four people from heaving seas and high winds when their 55-foot-long tugboat capsized and sank off the Rhode Island coast last night.

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10/23/14 8:56am
(Credit: National Weather Service)

(Credit: National Weather Service)

About 166 customers are without power Thursday morning — mostly in East Marion — as a storm with wind gusts of up to 41 mph swept across the East End overnight, according to the National Weather Service and power authorities.

A PSEG outage map shows 160 of those outages are in East Marion, with power expected to be restored by 5:30 p.m. A smattering of small outages have also affected Cutchogue, Mattituck and Southold, according to the data.

More than 1,800 customers in total have lost power across Suffolk County, according to PSEG.

Southold Town Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday morning.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the East End will see a “brief respite” in the rain this morning, with stormy conditions returning by late morning and into the early afternoon. The wind and rain is expected to taper off by Friday morning.

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10/22/14 5:03pm
Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport;  Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport; Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A fifth man is currently being sought by police for his alleged role in last Tuesday’s shooting in Southold, a Suffolk prosecutor said Wednesday during the arraignments of three men accused in the attack.

A total of four men so far have been arrested by police. They’ve all been indicted and arraigned on violent felony charges of assault and gang assault.

They are all being held in county jail on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond. (more…)

10/22/14 2:00pm
Tuesday night's Greenport Board of Education meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tuesday night’s Greenport Board of Education meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Several concerned parents spoke at Tuesday night’s Greenport school board meeting, asking for greater communication from the district in the wake of the arrest of a Greenport student in last Tuesday’s Southold shooting.  (more…)

10/17/14 11:00am
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Police lead shooting suspect Freddie Fernando Torres Campos into Southold Town Justice Court Friday morning for his arraignment. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos, a 16-year-old accused of taking part in Tuesday morning’s shooting in Southold, has been ordered held on $250,000 cash bail after his arraignment in court Friday.

Mr. Campos — who was lead into court on crutches wearing a cast on his left foot where he was allegedly shot by another suspect while taking part in the attack — was arrested on Wednesday charged with two counts of felony assault.

The 16-year-old’s defense attorney, Eric Bessa, said the teen was an undocumented immigrant who worked as a landscaper and who had been living in the area for a year. He had asked for lower bail to be set, but Suffolk County prosecutor Timothy McNulty said the “serious allegations and the strength of the people’s case” warranted higher bail.

Mr. Bessa later declined to comment on the case. A woman who was in court and who spoke with Mr. Bessa after the arraignment told a Suffolk Times reporter that she wasn’t related to the case and declined further comment.

Justice Rudolph Bruer set bail at $250,000 cash or $750,000 bond and issued two stay-away orders to protect the two victims in the shooting. Mr. Campos is due back in court on Oct. 22.

The three other suspects in the shooting appeared in Southold Town court Friday morning and had their cases adjourned to next week. Attorneys said the cases will be presented before a grand jury for a possible indictment by Friday evening.

10/16/14 7:59am
Yating Liu (right) meets with Annie Wieland, the store manager who discovered her purse at Tanger Outlets earlier this month. Ms. Wieland had the purse sent halfway around the world to China, hoping to return it to its owner. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Yating Liu (right) meets with Annie Wieland, the store manager who discovered her purse at Tanger Outlets earlier this month. Ms. Wieland had the purse sent halfway around the world to China, hoping to return it to its owner. (Credit: Paul Squire)

One of the first things Yating Liu did when she came to the United States in late August was buy herself a little blue purse.

Ting, as friends call her, is a native of China who is currently a junior exchange student at McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. She said she bought the purse, which is about six inches long and looks more like an oversized wallet, while shopping with her host mother, Joan Sattler of Hampton Bays, and Fiona Yang, another international student living with her at Ms. Sattler’s home.

Ting needed a new purse for her nearly year-long stay in the country. After purchasing it, she filled it with bank and identification cards, family photos and hundreds of American dollars.

But less than a week later, the purse was gone — lost while shopping at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

“I got very nervous about it,” Ting, 16, told the News-Review.

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