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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt.

Several bullets pierced windows following this East Avenue shooting in 2013, though no one was hurt. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Two shootings within two days rattled the North Fork last week, though police said the incidents are rare, especially in Southold Town.

Suspects have been caught in both cases. The four men (one from Aquebogue) who allegedly attacked two other men in Southold last Tuesday have been indicted by a grand jury on felony assault charges. Authorities say a fifth suspect may also have been involved. (more…)

01/16/14 9:29am
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a motor vehicle accident just east of the Riverhead Town line early Thursday morning, police and fire officials confirmed.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene a few hundred feet east of the Laurel Post Office shortly before 5:45 a.m.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Two vehicles were involved in the accident, an SUV and a sedan.

At least one victim had become trapped, fire officials said. Southold Police said the pedestrian was jogging on Main Road. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Southold Police deployed its new command van to the scene of Thursday’s accident. It was the first official use of the van.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remained closed for nearly eight hours and reopened around 2 p.m. Southold police deployed its brand new command van for its first official use.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is also on scene to help investigate.

Southold Police Department said it would release more details from the accident shortly.

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CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley shows off the town’s new police van to the Town Board Tuesday morning.

Southold Town police unveiled a state-of-the-art, fully equipped police command van Tuesday morning, which has enhanced capabilities to protect critical infrastructure such as Plum Island and Cross Sound Ferry.

The $184,000 van was funded entirely by a Buff Zone Protection Program grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the police department obtained in 2011, Police Chief Martin Flatley said.

The van arrived in December, Chief Flatley said, tailored to Southold Town’s specific needs, such as radio frequencies.

During Tuesday morning’s town board work session the chief showed off the van, which includes extensive radio communication capabilities to various emergency agencies and an extendable external camera with 360-degree views.

The van can relay information and images to police headquarters in Peconic, Chief Flatley said. Additional space in the rear of the vehicle can be used for a six-person conference room, he said.

“It sounds like something out of an NCIS episode,” councilwoman Jill Doherty said. “It is very cool.”

However, there is a problem, Chief Flatley pointed out.

“I have no place to park it,” he told the board Tuesday morning.

Chief Flatley said he is currently working with the town’s department of public works to find a spot to park the 12-foot high vehicle during the winter months.

In the future, Chief Flatley hopes the existing fueling shed behind police headquarters can be converted to store the vehicle, once the town constructs its new consolidated fueling station at the highway department building.

“We are really just looking for four walls and a roof to house it,” he said.

The board voted to approve the new fueling station last year as a part of a $3.5 million upgrade to the highway department facility on Peconic Lane in Peconic. The renovations are expected to take up to nine months to complete, councilman William Ruland said Tuesday.

“That is probably the best use of [the police station’s fueling shed],” he said. “With a minimum amount of work you can repurposes it as a space for long time use.”

Chief Flatley said he hopes to start training his force on the new van on Plum Island next month.

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12/27/13 5:34pm
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FILE PHOTO | Southold Town police arrested a Florida man Friday on DWI charges.

A Florida man was nabbed on a drunken driving charge early Friday morning after crashing his car in Mattituck, police said.

Salvatore Fiore, 28, of Sarasota, Fla., was arrested just after 3:30 a.m. on Pike Street after police received a call about a motor vehicle accident, officials said.

When police responded to the scene, Mr. Fiore failed several roadside sobriety tests, officials said.

He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and held overnight for arraignment in Southold Town court.

No other details about the accident were immediately available.

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Three local teens have been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins at Greenport school buildings over the last two months, according to a Southold Town police press release.

Police arrested Jarod Tramontana, 17, of Greenport on Friday and James McElroy, 16, of Orient on Sunday, officials said. A third teenager — a 15-year-old who was not named in the press release “due to his age” — was also arrested, police said.

Mr. Tramontana was charged with felony burglary, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana, officials said. Mr. McElroy was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

Police did not say what the youngest teen was charged with. His case is being handled by the Juvenile Aid Bureau, officials said.

No other details about the investigation were immediately available.

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10/21/13 3:26pm
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | One man reportedly blew a red light on Route 48 on Monday afternoon, resulting in a car crash.

Two men were sent to area hospitals Monday afternoon after a driver blew a red light and ended up in a ditch on Route 48 in Cutchogue.

The driver of a black BMW traveling eastbound on Route 48 drove through a red light, colliding with a NAPA auto parts delivery car 48 just after 2 p.m., said Cutchogue Fire Department chief Antone Berkoski.

The driver of the auto parts car was attempting to turn left off of Cox Lane onto Route 48 just after 2:20 p.m., police said.

The BMW ended up in the roads median, about 400 feet from the intersection.

Traffic was stopped in both directions and diverted down nearby streets, fire officials said.

One man was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, while the other was transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital, said first assistant chief Bill Brewer.

A ticket was issued to the driver of the BMW for running the red light, police officials said.



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A Greenport man faces a burglary charge following his arrest early Thursday morning for reportedly entering an apartment and taking money from the resident’s wallet.
The resident told police he awoke at 2:50 a.m. Thursday to find a man in his Greenport apartment and then made a 911 call. When police arrived they found Henri Alvarez, 24, sitting in the victim’s kitchen, according to reports.
He was charged with burglary and taken to police headquarters, where he was held for a morning arraignment.
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• Two Second Street, Greenport, residents this week reported separate thefts in early October. On Dec. 5, four residents of a multi-family home reported someone entered the house on Oct. 7 and stole a Coke bottle full of coins and a bag containing $130 in cash and coins. A Second Street resident who lives in a nearby house reported that a man entered her house through a kitchen window while she was sleeping on Oct. 6. She said she opened her locked bedroom door and saw a Hispanic man with long black dreadlocks standing in her living room. The man quickly fled and the victim said nothing was stolen.

• A plywood cut-out of Santa Claus was reported stolen early last week from the front yard of a home on Main Bayview Road Southold.

• A Kimberly Lane, Southold, resident reported that someone threw eggs at the bedroom window of her home at about 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 11.

• A leaf blower was reported stolen from the backyard of a Sound Avenue, Mattituck, house sometime between Dec. 1 and Dec. 12.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.