01/14/15 8:22am
George Kurovics enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1944 at just 16 years old. (Credit: courtesy photo)

George Kurovics enlisted with the U.S. Navy in 1944 at just 16 years old. (Credit: courtesy photo)

George Kurovics was proud of his military work in World War II, during which he served as a tail gunner on reconnaissance planes in the South Pacific.

“He was proud of his country just as much,” said his son, also George, in an interview Wednesday morning, a day after the 90-year-old was struck and killed on Main Road in Jamesport by an alleged drunken driver.  (more…)

01/08/15 8:47am
01/08/2015 8:47 AM

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A Cutchogue man with a history of arrests was charged Wednesday night for twice burglarizing a Route 58 business in recent weeks, Riverhead Town police said.

Joseph Reiter Jr., 37, of Cutchogue, who was wanted on New York State parole warrant, was arrested about 10:55 p.m. and charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, a felony, police said.

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10/24/14 8:00am
10/24/2014 8:00 AM
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…)

08/26/14 6:32pm
08/26/2014 6:32 PM
Shawn McAvoy mug shot (Credit: Riverhead police department)

Shawn McAvoy mug shot (Credit: Riverhead police department)

A Mattituck man was arrested for the third time since April after stealing a blow-dryer and two curling irons from a local convenience story Tuesday morning, Riverhead Town police said.

Police said 30-year-old Shawn McAvoy picked up the items from the CVS Pharmacy on Route 58 about 7:45 a.m. and ran out of the store without paying. Later Tuesday afternoon, police stopped Mr. McAvoy for a traffic violation and recognized him since he was wearing the same clothes as the suspect, according to a police report. He was charged with petit larceny.

Mr. McAvoy was arrested and taken to police headquarters to be arraigned, police said. The two curling irons and the blow dryer were not recovered by police.

Mr. McAvoy was most recently arrested in May for DWI and disorderly conduct, according to previous reports.

07/07/14 10:20am
A Sea Tow helps pull the downed plane from water in Mattituck Inlet Monday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Sea Tow worker helps pull the downed plane from Mattituck Inlet Monday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Update (3:15 p.m.): Brookhaven Town officials have confirmed that the pilot killed in Monday morning’s plane crash in the Long Island Sound had taken off from Brookhaven Calabro Airport.

U.S. Coast Guard officials have yet to release his identity, pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, Sea Tow has brought the downed airplane back to shore in Mattituck. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency is investigating the crash.

Update (12:15 p.m.): A Southold police marine unit has transported the body of a pilot involved in Monday’s fatal plane crash in the Long Island Sound to the state boat ramp at Mattituck Inlet.

The body was then transferred to a Suffolk County Medical Examiner van that was waiting on the scene.

Southold police Detective Sergeant John Sinning described the amateur built plane as a “single seater,” saying the male pilot was the lone occupant.

He was pronounced dead about noon Monday, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. Mattituck Fire Department divers recovered the body from the aircraft, according to the Coast Guard. The victim’s identity is pending notification of next of kin, Sgt. Sinning said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be the lead agency investigating the crash, officials said.

Update (11:45 a.m.): The Federal Aviation Administration has identified the plane in Monday morning’s fatal crash in the Long Island Sound as a single-engine, fixed wing Raven — an amateur built aircraft.

(Click here for FAA information on amateur built aircraft.)

The U.S. Coast Guard found the aircraft submerged in water north of Mattituck, an FAA spokesman said.

The plane is registered to an address in lower Manhattan. Its engine was manufactured by Lycoming and the plane is classified as “experimental,” according to registry information.

Update (11 a.m.): Local authorities are saying an aircraft and at least one body have been recovered from Long Island Sound waters off the coast of Mattituck Inlet Monday morning.

Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed at 10:45 a.m. that the pilot had died in the crash.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said they received an 8:50 a.m. notification from another aircraft in the vicinity that a “small, white, experimental aircraft with a parachute deployed” had gone down in the Sound.

The Coast Guard and local police are investigating.

A Southold Police marine unit recovered the aircraft, which was being secured in the water.

Original story: Police, firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard are investigating a report that an “experimental” aircraft had gone down in the Long Island Sound about seven miles off Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport Monday morning, officials said.

Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard speculated that the aircraft that crashed might have been a drone.

The report came in from a seaplane pilot about 9:30 a.m., who reportedly saw the aircraft go down off the shore, according to an Riverhead ambulance volunteer at the scene.

Jamesport Fire Department and Riverhead police both responded to the Sound beach and launched boats to search the area.

The Coast Guard is currently investigating the report, though a spokesman declined to comment further.

Check back for further updates once more information is available.

cmiller@timesreview.com

Southold Town police sergeants confer with town marine unit officers after they arrived in Mattituck about noon Monday with the crash victim's body on board. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town police sergeants confer with marine unit officers after they arrived in Mattituck about noon Monday with the crash victim’s body on board. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Jamesport firefighters launch a rescue boat from Iron Pier Beach during Monday morning's search and rescue efforts in the Long Island Sound. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Jamesport firefighters launch a rescue boat from Iron Pier Beach during Monday morning’s search and rescue efforts in the Long Island Sound. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

06/24/14 4:44pm
06/24/2014 4:44 PM
Laura Courtney with the note and $10 bill left at her house Monday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Laura Courtney with the note and $10 bill left at her house Monday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A Jamesport homeowner said she was a little surprised to find a note and a $10 bill left at her front door when she returned home from a brief excursion to Greenport Monday afternoon.

But she was downright shocked when she realized that, in exchange for the money, the person took a metal table and three stained glass beads from her backyard.

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