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Katie Blasl

Katie Blasl
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Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie

He fought in two wars, then rescued dozens in a plane crash: Meet WWII veteran Wally Smith, a hero among us

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After fighting in two wars, local veteran Wally Smith went on to save dozens in a plane crash. Now 88, he shares his memories and photos from his time as a U.S. Navy photographer.

Riverhead P.A. charged in $1.8 million oxycodone drug ring released on bond

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Riverhead physician assistant Michael Troyan, who is accused of being the ring-leader in a $1.8 million oxycodone scheme with 20 dealers has been released on a bond that included the deed to his father's waterfront home, after a hearing in federal court this morning.

King Kullen to close Riverhead store Nov. 12; new tenant secured, broker says

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With the closing of Waldbaum's last month and the Riverhead King Kullen next week, only two traditional, full-service supermarkets remain in town. Is that enough?

Feds: Oxycodone scheme at Riverhead urgent care clinic leads to arrest of local physician assistant

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Michael Troyan, a physician assistant who operates East End Urgent and Primary Care, was caught on video writing fake prescriptions and collecting cash, according to police.

After killing man while driving drunk, former high school teacher pleads guilty to misdemeanor, fined $1,200

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“Take your punishment,” said Joyce Kurovics, the victim's wife, in a statement at the sentencing. “It doesn’t equal the pain and suffering we’ve endured. He lost his life. You still have yours.”

More details revealed in Demitri Hampton’s murder during arraignment; fourth person, ‘likely’ shooter, ID-ed

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A fourth person has been charged in the 2013 murder of Demitri Hampton, the 21-year-old Riverhead graduate who was shot and killed during a home invasion at his Flanders residence.

Ten-year-old girl, after watching family battle breast cancer, raises $1,000 by selling handmade bracelets

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A local sixth grader has turned a creative past-time into a way to raise more than $1,000 to support breast cancer patients – all without leaving her neighborhood on Middle Road.

Hudson City Savings Bank will merge with M&T Bank next week: What’s coming to the Riverhead branch

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Hudson City Savings Bank will become M&T Bank this Sunday. So what does that mean for the Riverhead branch?

Back-to-back accidents on Route 104 send seven people to hospital

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Four different ambulance districts responded to the crash, and East Quogue Fire Department brought a heavy rescue unit to the scene to extricate two people from a car.

Local hero who threw himself on grenade in Vietnamese jungle is remembered for his courage

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When they finally found the mangled ruins of the helicopter, scattered deep in enemy territory in the Vietnam jungle, everyone inside was already dead. It was 1969, and Garfield Langhorn was very far away from home.