A ‘lost’ ad published frequently in the County Review after Margaret Metzner disappeared in 1939. (Credit: Livebrary.com/County Review archives)
75 years ago this week
No trace of woman lost in woods
A Valley Stream woman disappeared on Aug. 13, 1939 while picking berries with her family near the Suffolk County Airport in Westhampton, prompting a search by ground and air through the woodlands between Riverhead and Eastport.
Margaret Metzner, who was 88 at the time was still being searched for when The Riverhead News went to press on its Aug. 18, 1939 edition. Neither bloodhounds nor a Navy blimp that flew over what was then referred to as the Quogue Plains could find her. (more…)
Ezra Fife re-enacts finding a note on his work pickup telling him that a good Samaritan found something he dropped before meeting his wife Cori and son York to see a movie. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
What would you do if you found $800 underneath a pickup truck parked at a shopping center?
That’s the dilemma 15-year-old Matti Gibson faced on Sunday afternoon outside the Rite Aid store in the Mattituck Plaza. (more…)
The Big Duck monument in Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)
The following stories from our Riverhead archives were published between 10 and 100 years ago this week. (more…)
The LIE will be closed from exits 71 to 73 the next two nights. (Credit: Google Earth)
The Riverhead exits of the Long Island Expressway will be closed the next two nights as ”structural improvements” are made to a bridge over the Long Island Rail Road tracks, a New York State Department of Transportation spokesperson said Monday. (more…)
The following stories from our Riverhead archives were published between 15 and 90 years ago this week: (more…)
More than 400,000 soldiers are buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
One of them is Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Venetz Jr., who was brought back to the United States from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Jan. 30, 2011, two days after his death. He was carried off a plane at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware by seven servicemen on an U.S. Army carry team — an American flag draped over the case carrying his body.
Eleven days later, the Wading River native was laid to rest at Arlington with full military honors.
A married 30-year-old father of two, the Green Beret was remembered as a hero by those who attended his burial in section 60, site 9509 of America’s second most populated national cemetery.
That plot may be where Sgt. Venetz’s decade-long service to the military ended, but for the family he left behind, the battle continues today. (more…)
Raymond Dennis Smith was convicted of arson and murder following Riverhead’s ‘deadliest fire.’ He was arrested 20 years ago this week.
The following stories from our Riverhead archives were published between 20 and 100 years ago this week: (more…)
John Bittrolff mugshot. (Credit: Suffolk County P.D.)
A 48-year-old Manorville man was arrested Monday in connection with a pair of cold case murders from the 1990s, Suffolk County Police announced late Monday night.