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Medford

Medford
Beginnings: When the Long Island Rail Road reached what is now Medford in 1843, it was a good connection for the stagecoach line that ran between Patchogue and Port Jefferson along what was Stage Road (now Route 112). People started coming from miles around to get their mail. The soil was poor for farming, but the woods offered copious lumbering, and there were miles of land to be sold. The railroad held an auction in New York City in 1850 to peddle lots. The O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Co. bought four square miles, and sold 25-by-100-foot lots for $10 to $75.
Photo: The Railroad Station, Medford from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
Beginnings: When the Long Island Rail Road reached what is now Medford in 1843, it was a good connection for the stagecoach line that ran between Patchogue and Port Jefferson along what was Stage Road (now Route 112). People started coming from miles around to get their mail. The soil was poor for farming, but the woods offered copious lumbering, and there were miles of land to be sold. The railroad held an auction in New York City in 1850 to peddle lots. The O.L. Schwenke Land & Investment Co. bought four square miles, and sold 25-by-100-foot lots for $10 to $75.
Photo: The Railroad Station, Medford from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Gunman Indicted In Medford Massacre

    Gunman Indicted In Medford Massacre
    It was revealed Friday that 33-year-old David Laffer, the accused gunman in the 'Medford Pharmacy Massacre', was indicted by a Suffolk County, New York, Grand Jury. He is accused in connection with the quadruple fatal drugstore killings on Father's Day....
  • DA Releases Details Showing Medford Victims Never Had A Chance Of Survival

    DA Releases Details Showing Medford Victims Never Had A Chance Of Survival
    On Thursday, the Suffolk County DA announced the grisly details as to how David Laffer alllegedly walked into the Haven Drugs Pharmacy on Father's Day morning and executed four innocent people.    The news conference came on the heels of the 33-year-...
  • Suspect Arrested In Pharmacy Robbery In Long Island

    Suspect Arrested In Pharmacy Robbery In Long Island
    Police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed a pharmacy in Farmingville, Long Island Suffolk County police arrested Patrick O'Donnell, 22, of Ronkonkomalate Thursday night and charged him with third-degree robbery. Police claim he walked into a CVS...
  • Medford Teen Hit By Car While Watching TV

    Medford Teen Hit By Car While Watching TV
    A 15-year-old is lucky to be alive, he wanted to go out with his friends Friday night, but his mom told him it would be safer to stay home. So he was sitting on the couch watching TV when the unthinkable happened. "I heard this big explosion," said Mario...
  • Suspects In Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Plead Guilty

    Suspects In Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Plead Guilty
    The gunman who went on a shooting rampage, killing four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy all in a quest for prescription drugs, pleaded guilty to murder charges Thursday. David Laffer, 33, pleaded guilty to first degree murder and robbery...
  • Gunman Behind Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Sentenced To Life

    Gunman Behind Long Island Pharmacy Massacre Sentenced To Life
    The gunman who went on a shooting rampage, killing four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy all in a quest for prescription drugs, will spend the rest of his life in prison. On Thursday, a judge sentenced David Laffer to consecutive...
  • We Had No Warning Before Pharmacy Murders: Suffolk Police

    We Had No Warning Before Pharmacy Murders: Suffolk Police
    A very angry Suffolk County Police Commissioner is lashing out against a Newsday report, which states his cops might have prevented the Medford pharmacy massacre in June, if they'd seized David Laffer's licensed pistols, five months before the suspect...
  • Pill-Popping Thugs Hijack Trucks on I-95

    Pill-Popping Thugs Hijack Trucks on I-95
    On the same day official mourning began for a federal agent gunned down while trying to stop a pharmacy robbery, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called for the Drug Enforcement Administration--DEA--to start sharing information about violent,...
  • Pharmacy Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

    Pharmacy Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
    Quadruple murder suspect David Laffer, the man police believe shot and killed four people in cold blood at a Long Island pharmacy earlier this week, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to murder charges. Laffer, 33, along with his wife Melinda Brady...
  • Wife In 'Medford Massacre' Case Will Not Face Murder Charge

    Wife In 'Medford Massacre' Case Will Not Face Murder Charge
    Melinda Brady, the alleged architect behind the "Medford Massacre", will not be facing murder charges. "The law is simply as such that we cannot charge her with murder," said Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota. The announcement on Tuesday...
  • Long Island Pharmacies Taking Action To Prevent Armed Robberies

    Long Island Pharmacies Taking Action To Prevent Armed Robberies
    Pharmacists on Long Island operating smaller independent shops are taking their personal safety to another level. Without citing specific data, Nassau and Suffolk County officials say they've noticed a spike in the number of applications for gun permits....
  • Pontieri steps forward for maybe-open Assembly seat

     
    Assemb. Patricia Eddington (D-Medford) may not even have begun circulating petitions to run for Brookhaven town clerk, but one Democratic official is already expressing interest in succeeding her. Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, 62, said he would be...