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There were no overdoses reported in Riverhead last month, according to data released Thursday by Chief of Police David Hegermiller. That was a first for 2019 — there has been an average of four nonfatal overdoses per month in Riverhead this year, according to the data. There have been 35 nonfatal overdoses and six deaths attributed to overdoses so far this year in Riverhead. The town board asked the police chief to separately report on overdoses beginning this year.

Riverhead Police made 76 arrests in the month of October, according to data. Three were juveniles.

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

Aggravated unlicensed operation (8)
Arson (1)
Assault (4)
Burglary (1)
Criminal possession of a controlled substance (6)
Criminal possession of stolen property (2)
Criminal contempt (2)
Criminal mischief (2)
Criminal obstruction of breathing (1)
Disorderly conduct (1)
Driving while intoxicated (5)
Harassment (3)
Loitering (8)
Petit larceny (10)
Town code violation (2)
Trespass (1)
Unlawful possession of marijuana (1)
Warrants (18)

Fifty-eight prisoners were detained in October, according to the report.

Overall crime in October was down compared to the average for the year, with a total of 133 criminal incidents reported to police, compared to an average of 160 criminal incident reports per month. Reports of criminal incidents peaked in the summer months of June, July and August, when they averaged 206 per month.

Riverhead Police received 2,607 calls in the month of October. In addition to the 133 criminal incidents there were 2,274 reports of noncriminal incidents.

The 133 criminal incidents reported included:
Arson (1)
Assault (3)
Burglary (4)
Counterfeiting (1)
Criminal mischief (17)
Criminal possession of stolen property (1)
Criminal trespass (1)
Fireworks (2)
Forgery (4)
Fraud (1)
Grand larceny (8)
Harassment (24)
Identity theft (5)
Illegal dumping (1)
Menacing (1)
Parole violation (5)
Petit larceny (50)
Stolen vehicle (2)
Theft of service (1)
Vehicle pursuit (1)

Noncriminal incident calls, 2,474 in total for October, included a wide variety of things, from responding to ambulance calls, known as “aided cases” (352), disturbances (110), suspicious person/suspicious vehicle reports (116), dangerous conditions (54), town code violations (32), disputes (44), and disabled motor vehicles (13).

There were 80 calls classified as domestic incidents last months.

Police responded to 188 motor vehicle accidents in October. There was one fatality.

Police issued 554 summonses last month, including 139 parking tickets.

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Denise Civiletti
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