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Riverhead Police made 97 arrests in the month of May, according to data released by Chief of Police David Hegermiller. Two of those arrested were juveniles.

According to the data, the breakdown of arrests and charges in May:

  • 15 driving while intoxicated
  • 15 outstanding warrants
  • 14 petit larceny
  • 9 town code violation
  • 6 aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle
  • 6 harassment
  • 5 criminal contempt
  • 5 criminal possession of controlled substance
  • 3 criminal mischief
  • 3 grand larceny
  • 3 unlawful possession of marijuana
  • 2 obstruction of government administration
  • 2 trespass
  • 1 criminal obstruction of breathing
  • 1 criminal possession marijuana
  • 1 criminal possession of stolen property
  • 1 criminal trespass
  • 1 unlawful fleeing
  • 1 unlawful possession of a weapon
  • 1 unauthorized use of a motor vehicle

Riverhead police received 2,994 calls in May — 167 involved reports of criminal incidents and the balance, 2,827 were reports of noncriminal incidents. There were 75 calls classified as domestic incidents.

The 167 criminal incidents reported included petit larceny (48), criminal mischief (29), harassment (20), grand larceny (20), identity theft (7), burglary (6), fireworks (5), fraud (3), criminal contempt (3), criminal possession of stolen property (2), criminal trespass (2), graffiti (2), illegal dumping (2), SLA check (2), stolen vehicle (2), unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (2), theft of service (3), as well as incidents (1 each) of assault, arson, counterfeiting, criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a child, forgery, menacing, public lewdness, rape, robbery and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Noncriminal incident calls included a wide variety of things, from responding to automatic alarms, dangerous conditions, disabled motor vehicles, motor vehicle accidents, suspicious person/ suspicious vehicle reports and ambulance calls (known as aided cases).

Police responded to 160 motor vehicle accidents during the month. None involved fatalities, according to the data.

Riverhead police issued 1,126 summonses in May, including 220 parking tickets.

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Denise Civiletti
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