02/10/15 1:15pm
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A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

UPDATE: A voice message from Carl Semmler, principal of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, said the teen arrested yesterday in relation to a bomb threat was a school student who will no longer be going to the school.

The message, sent to families of students who attend the school, said the teen “admitted to placing a threatening note on the rear windshield of a car parked in the school lot.”

The message went on to state that “the student will no longer be attending our school. Please know the safety of our students is always at the forefront of our efforts.”

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01/30/15 4:15pm
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Students and faculty were evacuated on Friday at McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Students and faculty were evacuated on Friday at McGann-Mercy. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Two weeks after local authorities responded to four threats in two days made to local schools, Riverhead police were called to yet another bomb scare at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School — and another bomb report that turned out to be false. (more…)

01/16/15 8:25am
01/16/2015 8:25 AM
Jennifer Callaghan lets go of a red balloon in memory of her husband James. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Jennifer Callaghan lets go of a red balloon in memory of her husband James. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Among the hugs and tears shed beside an all too familiar stretch of Main Road Friday morning, laughs and lanterns filled the air long before the sun came up in remembrance of James Callaghan, a Jamesport man who was killed in a hit-and-run while jogging on a foggy Jan. 16 morning just one year ago.

More than 20 people joined at the sign bordering Riverhead and Southold towns at 5:45 a.m., about the same time police believe Mr. Callaghan may have been struck by a “blue metallic” vehicle that fled the scene.

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08/15/13 7:27am
08/15/2013 7:27 AM
GOOGLE MAP | Farmland and woods stretch north of 5176 Sound Avenue in Northville.

GOOGLE MAP | Farmland and woods stretch north of 5176 Sound Avenue in Northville.

Two young men were arrested for shooting guns into a county preserve north of Sound Avenue in Northville Wednesday, “just missing” police officers who were called to the area to investigate, officials said.

Police were called to a Sound Avenue property just after 6 p.m. for reports of shots fired when they realized two men were shooting in the direction of the adjacent North Fork Preserve, Riverhead Town police said.

Cops said bullets were being fired into the park, narrowly missing the officers.

An investigation determined the men had been firing shotguns and a rifle behind the home at 5176 Sound Avenue.

Travis Albrecht, 22, of Aquebogue and Scott Willet Jr., 19, were each arrested on a second-degree reckless endangerment charge for firing a rifle in the direction of the county park, police said.

Police confiscated Saiga 7.62 X 39 MK Sportsman rifle, though no other weapons were listed in a police report.

An employee at a Sound Avenue equipment and mechanic’s shop just west of the property given by police said he heard close to 40 shots fired before police arrived to investigate.

“The majority I heard were shotgun,” said the worker, who did not give a name. “I’ve never heard nothing like that before.”

He said he about a dozen police cars responded to the scene.

Mr. Albrecht and Mr. Willet were both released on $500 bail and are due in court Aug. 28.

More charges are expected, police said.


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06/04/13 9:21pm

Tanger II food court

A Mastic man was arrested for making a terroristic threat Tuesday at Tanger Outlets after he told police he had a machete in his backpack and felt like hurting people, Riverhead police said.

Police were called to the Route 58 shopping complex about 12:45 p.m. for reports of a man who was threatening to hurt himself and others, officials said.

Police arrived at the Tanger Outlet II food court and found John Medina, 32, whom police said had a machete in his backpack at the time. Mr. Medina told responding officers he wanted to “hurt others, hurt himself,” police said.

Riverhead Detective Sgt. Joseph Loggia said Mr. Medina voluntarily gave himself up to police and told them he knew what he was feeling was wrong. He never took the machete out of his backpack, Sgt. Loggia said.

“He’s a veteran who has some issues,” the detective said. “He’s definitely struggling.”

He said Mr. Medina, who works at the Levi’s outlet store in the shopping center, contacted an acquaintance and explained he was having disturbed thoughts. The acquaintance then called the police to alert them to Mr. Medina’s condition.

Mr. Medina was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, and a misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapons charge, police said.

He was arraigned in Justice Court and is being held at the county jail.

“We are thankful that no one was hurt,” said Janine Nebons, the Riverhead outlet center’s general manager. “The incident is under police investigation. We appreciate your patience while the police investigation is underway.”

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