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11/26/14 2:31pm
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Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court during his initial arraignment on Nov. 14. He has since been indicted in Suffolk County court. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court during his initial arraignment on Nov. 14. He has since been indicted in Suffolk County court. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Bay Shore man accused of being the fifth suspect in a gang-related shooting in Southold last month gave investigators two written confessions after he was apprehended, a Suffolk County prosecutor said during the man’s arraignment Wednesday.  (more…)

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11/26/14 2:30pm
Martin Flatley was appointed as Southold Town's police chief in 2011.

Martin Flatley was appointed as Southold Town’s police chief in 2011.

In the wake of riots that erupted in Ferguson, Mo. this week after a grand jury declined to indict the police officer who shot and killed a black teenager, Michael Brown, local police chiefs offered their take on the case — and longstanding racial tensions nationwide between police departments and minority communities.

Peaceful protests were also being held at cities across the U.S., though none in this area. (more…)

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11/26/14 2:29pm
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

RACHEL YOUNG FILE PHOTO | Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org, speaks at last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

Riverhead native Rashad Robinson is becoming one of the leading voices for civil rights in the United States as the executive director of ColorofChange.org, an online organization that advocates on behalf of African-Americans.

He offered this statement in response to Monday’s decision:

The ColorOfChange community sends our deepest condolences to Mike Brown’s parents and loved ones. Our hearts and minds are with them as they move through this unimaginably difficult time, and their courage and perseverance remain a driving force for millions across the country who move forward with them on their journey to secure justice for their son and an end to systemic, discriminatory police violence targeting Black youth and adults nationwide.

Their courage has inspired a powerful movement for racial justice and police accountability that remains strong despite today’s no indictment.

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11/26/14 12:25pm
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, file)

Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport; Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue were escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court last month. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

A planned community forum in December to discuss gang issues in Southold Town has been pushed back one week, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said Thursday.  (more…)

11/24/14 5:13pm
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Southold Town police chief Martin Flatley. (Credit: Suffolk Times File)

Southold Town police chief Martin Flatley. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Southold Town is hosting a community forum early next month to help allay concerns and provide information to a public nervous over gang issues within the town.

The meeting is set for Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Southold Recreation Center on Peconic Lane, and comes after last month’s gang-related shooting in a residential area of Southold, during which five alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete.

That incident has focused attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End.

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