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Teens Arrested In Assault
A pair of teenage boys was arrested for their involvement in a fight in which a 25-year-old man was stabbed at a home on Maple Avenue in Riverhead Sunday night, according to Riverhead Police.

Police say they were called to 331 Maple Avenue at about 7:20 PM over reports of a fight, with possible assault victims. Upon arrival, patrol units found a man bleeding from multiple stab wounds to the head, back, arm, and hand. A search of the area was conducted and Michael Lozano-Bueno, 17, of Riverhead and Juan Jose Valencia Serna, 18, also of Riverhead, were located in the Main Street area and taken into custody, according to police.

Cops say an investigation was conducted at the scene and both suspects were found to be involved in the incident and were placed under arrest. Lozano-Bueno and Serna were charged with second-degree assault and held for arraignment purposes.

The cause of the fight is under investigation, police said.

The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps and was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center by Suffolk County Police Aviation Section due to the severity of his injuries. He is in stable condition and is expected to fully recover, police said.

Cops: Contractor Bilked Clients, Ripped Off Roomie
A 62-year-old Hampton Bays contractor was arrested last Friday for pilfering his would-be clients’ money and stealing his roommate’s checkbook so he could forge checks, Southampton Town police said.

Cops say they received six separate complaints over a six-month-long investigation that George F. Natlo Jr., owner of Perfection Home Contracting, was stealing deposits for work he never completed and sometimes never started. On one occasion, Natlo agreed to replace the front porch of two elderly women and required a large deposit of about $2000. He did not return to do the work after taking cash from the victims, police said.

Natlo stole construction material from one of his victims valued at more than $9000 in another incident and in another, forged checks belonging to his roommate amounting to more than $46,000, police said.

Natlo, who lives on Romana Drive, was hit with three counts of third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, and forgery.

Several additional complaints against Natlo are being investigated by Southampton detectives, in coordination with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information regarding his case is asked to contact detectives at 631-702-2230.

Arrest In Fake Cash Pass
A 29-year-old counterfeit cash passer from Shirley was found with metal knuckles and some pot when caught trying to flip the bills at West Marine last Thursday, Riverhead Town police said.
West Marine employees called police at about 2 PM last Thursday to report a man had returned to the store to pass fake cash on them for the second day in a row. By the time police arrived, the man had left the store, but the responding officer stopped him in the shopping center and was able to identify him as Jason Scott, 29, of Shirley.

Scott was caught with six counterfeit $50 bills, pot, and metal knuckles. He was placed under arrest and transported to Riverhead Police for processing, where he was held for arraignment.

He was arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside.

He was charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, third-and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police Pluck Pickpocket
A 50-year-old Coram woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly pickpocketing a man’s wallet inside Stop and Go Mini Mart on Sunday, Riverhead Town police said.

Police said the man realized he had been robbed and followed Alice Burns to the Flanders Road area, where he was able to identify her to police as the person who nicked his wallet. She was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and was held for arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court. Southampton Town Police and New York State Police assisted in the investigation.

Five-0 Tackles 4/20
Anyone who was passing a dutchie on left hand side last Friday had a good chance of being picked up by some cop or another.

New York State Police troopers led a countywide multi-agency enforcement detail — including a checkpoint that slowed motorists along Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays — last Friday on what has become an unofficial pot holiday, to target impaired drivers.

Officers and sheriffs from Suffolk County police, as well as Riverhead and Southampton Town police, and Westhampton Beach Village Police took part in the crackdown.

Thirteen drivers were arrested for allegedly driving drunk or under the influence of drugs. The special detail also yielded 17 charges of pot possession, eight charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, one felony charge of aggravated unlicensed operation, and 48 vehicle and traffic law infractions, police said.

State Police Major David Candelaria stated, “The purpose of this detail was to raise public awareness that while marijuana use may be more socially acceptable today than it has been in the past, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana can have the same deadly consequences as alcohol or other drugs. Traffic safety is always a top priority, and we will continue to team up with our Suffolk County law enforcement partners to make our roadways safe.”