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President Donald Trump said he has a message for violent gang members in the United States that he made clear during a speech Friday afternoon in Brentwood before an auditorium filled with local law enforcement: “We will find you, we will arrest you, we will jail you and we will deport you.” READ

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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 earlier this year. (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 are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court earlier this year. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Residents of South Harbor Road in Southold awoke to gunfire and a steep police presence Oct. 14 after three men were shot during what police called a gang-related midnight ambush, Southold police said. (more…)

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Detective Sgt. John Sinning from the Southold Police Department speaks during Thursday's gang forum in Peconic. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Detective Sgt. John Sinning from the Southold Police Department speaks during Thursday’s gang forum in Peconic. (Credit: Paul Squire)

About 100 people attended Southold Town’s information session about gang activity on the North Fork Thursday night. But even if you couldn’t make it, you can still listen in.

Click below for a full recording of the forum, including statements by Police Chief Martin Flatley, Supervisor Scott Russell and Greenport Mayor David Nyce. The question-and-answer portion of the meeting was also recorded.

Southold Gang Forum:

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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)

Southold’s police chief and other officials are hosting a public forum tonight, Thursday, to discuss gang issues in Southold Town. (more…)

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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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Southold Town police chief Martin Flatley. (Credit: Suffolk Times File)

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

Editor’s Note: The forum, originally scheduled for Dec. 4, has been changed to Dec. 11. (Read more here.)

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. 11, 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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Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Update: Albino Dejesus Medina of Bay Shore, a 20-year-old man arrested last week for his alleged involvement in two separate shootings in Southold and Riverhead towns, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Charges against Mr. Medina filed in Southold Town were dropped Friday, court records show.

Mr. Medina was initially charged in Southold with three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in relation to a gang-related shooting on South Harbor Road in Southold Oct. 14, authorities said.

Riverhead Police then charged Mr. Medina, an alleged MS-13 member, in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

The indictment will be unsealed during an arraignment for Mr. Medina in country criminal court.

Mr. Medina is due in Suffolk County Court before Judge William Condon on Tuesday, Nov. 25, records show.

Prior coverage: Riverhead Town police say one of the five men in custody following a gang-related shooting in Southold last month is one of the same men responsible for a shooting in Riverhead that occurred just days before.

Albino Dejesus Medina, 20, of Bay Shore was arrested Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

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Guardian Angel Benjamin Garcia talks with two women at a Greenport laundromat Monday night. (Credit: Guardian Angels)

Guardian Angel Benjamin Garcia talks with two women at a Greenport laundromat Monday night. (Credit: Guardian Angels)

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa will give a public presentation in Greenport tonight to gauge how receptive residents are to having his volunteer-led community protection group return to the area.

In 2005, after former mayor Dave Kapell invited the group to help tackle the area’s drug problem, Long Island’s first Guardian Angels chapter was established. Residents who were involved in that effort, recently approached Mr. Sliwa again, after four alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete last month in Southold.  (more…)

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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 are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

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…)