Sentencing for Flanders auto shop owner in overdose case

Delivery Guy Hurt In Pizza Heist




In Riverhead shortly after midnight on Friday, February 28, a pizza delivery man was punched in the face and robbed by three males who made off with the pies without paying.

Police said the victim was delivering the pies on East Main Street and was on foot at the time of the incident. When approached by the suspects he asked for payment, and was instead hit in the face. The man told Riverhead Town police the suspects took the pizza and fled westbound.

Riverhead police patrol units and a K9 officer responded to the scene and conducted a search that yielded negative results. The victim refused medical treatment.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Riverhead police at 631-727-4500.

Stabbing Near Unity Park

A neighborhood that has seen an alarming crime rate suffered another incident February 28. Police said a man was stabbed on Oakland Drive West in Riverhead. He checked into Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of the wound, said to be a puncture on his upper left arm. Hospital officials notified police. The victim did not provide police with a description of the assailant.

Jail For Involvement in Fatal Drug Case

A Flanders man accused of allowing two other men to sell drugs out of his Riverhead auto repair shop, resulting in the death of a Riverhead man who overdosed on their fentanyl-laced heroin, was sentenced in Suffolk County Criminal Court.

Bryan Hale, 53, of Flanders, is going to jail for three years.

He was indicted in March 2019 with John Brophy, 49, of Riverhead and LaShawn Lawrence, 35, of Greenport, for their involvement in the death of a Riverhead man in September 2018.

Court papers reveal Hale, who owns the auto repair shop at 500 Lincoln Street, allowed Brophy and Lawrence to sell drugs from the premises.

rmurphy@indyeastend.com