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Riverhead Town Police reported 190 criminal incidents and made 45 arrests in September, and 186 criminal incidents and 55 arrests in October, according to reports released by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Arrests made in September, according to the police chief’s report were:

Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (4)
Assault (3)
Criminal contempt (3)
Criminal mischief (2)
Criminal trespass (1)
Disorderly conduct (1)
Driving while intoxicated (6)
Harassment (2)
Kidnapping (1)
Menacing (1)
Petit larceny (2)
Robbery (1)
Strangulation (1)
Town code violation (2)
Trespass (1)
Unlawful dealing with child (6)
Warrant (8)

Arrests made in October, according to the police chief’s report were:

Assault (1)
Attempted assault (1)
Burglary (3)
Criminal possession of a controlled substance (2)
Criminal contempt (4)
Criminal mischief (2)
Driving while ability impaired by drugs (1)
Driving while intoxicated (9)
Endangering welfare of a child (1)
Harassment (4)
Menacing (1)
Obstructing government administration (1)
Petit larceny
Sexual abuse (1)
Sexual misconduct (3)
Town code violation (5)
Warrant (12)

For reference, 214 criminal incidents and 50 arrests were reported in August. Criminal incidents in September of this year were up from 175 in 2020 and 129 in 2019. Criminal incidents in October were the same as they were in 2020 at 186 and up from the 139 reported in 2019.

Twenty-seven people were arraigned for their crimes in September and 44 in October. Two people arrested in September, and four people arrested in October, were juveniles. The town issued a total of 453 summonses (128 parking tickets) in September and 347 summonses (56 parking tickets) in October.

There were 2,409 non-criminal incidents in September and 2,320 in October, slightly less than August. Among them were five non-fatal overdoses in September and two in October, bringing the total this year to 28, with no deaths reported.

The police department also had a sharp reduction in revenues when compared to last year. In September the department collected $6,076.75 compared to the $23,729.75 collected in 2020. In October the department collected $8,137.75 compared to the $13,280.50 collected in 2020. Hegermiller told the board that the revenue is lower because of different alarm billing cycles.

Hegermiller presented both reports to the town board during a work session on Thursday. Reports are usually presented to the board in the subsequent month, however the September report was not presented in October.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]