02/05/15 12:00pm
02/05/2015 12:00 PM
Southold police officer Steven Zuhoski. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Southold police officer Steven Zuhoski. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Investigative work that led to the arrest of five gang members involved in a shooting attack on two rival gang members in Southold last fall earned Officer Steven Zuhoski the Southold Town Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award for 2014.

He was honored Jan. 23 at the Southampton Kiwanis Club’s annual East End Police Awards dinner at the Sea Star Ballroom in the Hyatt Place East End.

It’s the second time he’s won the Kiwanis award in the past four years. (more…)

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.