07/16/15 5:59am

A Flanders man was arrested Saturday on drunken-driving charges in Flanders, officials said.

Baltazar Hernandez, 35, was stopped for a headlight traffic inspection on Riverside Avenue around 3:50 a.m. and was found to be intoxicated, police said.

Mr. Hernandez was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and having substandard lights, both violations, police said.

• A Riverhead man was arrested Saturday on drunken-driving charges in Hampton Bays, police said.

Lawrence James, 29, was stopped for an equipment violation on Donellan Road around 4:50 a.m. when police detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He also had slurred speech, bloodshot and glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet. Mr. James performed poorly on his standardized field sobriety test and failed a pre-screening breath test with a .15 percent blood alcohol content, police said.

Mr. James was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and failure to dim lights, a violation, police said.

• A Riverhead man was arrested last Wednesday on traffic charges in Shinnecock Hills, police said.

Cesar Abzun, 31, was stopped for a traffic infraction on Inlet Road around 3 a.m. He was found to have an active suspension for failure to pay a fine, police said.

Mr. Abzun was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a speed violation, officials said.

• A Riverhead man was arrested last Tuesday on traffic charges in Riverside.

Rickle Dixon, 42, was stopped for a traffic infraction on Center Drive around 5:20 p.m. He was found to have a suspended driver’s license, police said.

He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, driving without a license and for operating without a safety belt and shoulder harness, both violations, police said.

• A Riverhead man reported that he was harassed last Monday in Flanders after a money dispute, police said.

The report states that the complainant and another man were meeting in a car on Albany Avenue discussing money. A dispute arose and the complainant left the car. The other man then left the car and punched the complainant in the chest, police said.

No arrest has been made, as police are waiting for a definite identification of the man, officials said.

• A Southampton woman had sunglasses stolen from her car at the 7-Eleven in Flanders last Wednesday evening, police said.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

07/10/15 5:59am
Mel Morris (center) works with students, educating them about the local environment. (Credit: Courtesy)

Mel Morris (center) works with students, educating them about the local environment. (Credit: Courtesy)

He started the Open Space Stewardship Program and the Day in the Life program at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.

He devotes his time to working with local teachers and students to educate about the outside world surrounding them.

He’s Melvyn “Mel” Morris, North Fork Environmental Council’s Richard Noncarrow Environmentalist of the Year. (more…)

07/07/15 6:00am
Fireworks light up the sky over Tristin Kreuger's Calverton home Monday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Fireworks light up the sky over Tristin Kreuger’s Calverton home Monday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tristin Krueger got his wish. Two of them, in fact.

A professional fireworks display was held Monday just after dusk in honor of the 18-year-old Riverhead High School graduate, who’s battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2013.  (more…)

07/01/15 8:30am
Tree limbs hang on a house on Wilson Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Tree limbs hang on a house on Wilson Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

An early morning string of thunderstorm toppled trees and knocked out power for more than 3,000 residents in Riverhead and Flanders Wednesday.

According to a PSEG outage map, about 2,500 customers in Jamesport and 555 residents in Flanders lost power due to the storm. As of 8:30 a.m., power had been restored to most of the Jamesport properties around Tuthill Lane, according to the map.  (more…)

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Spring Yu

VALEDICTORIAN

GPA: 101.77

College plans: Dartmouth College

Major: studio art, architecture

AP scholar: Spring took a whopping 10 Advanced Placement courses during her high school career: world history, U.S. history, U.S. government, calculus, chemistry, physics, literature, English language and composition, statistics and studio art.

On ice: For the past 10 years, Spring has trained as a figure skater. She’s competed in tournaments and says she plans to continue the activity during college.

The music in her: Spring has played violin since she was 3. She played in the high school’s chamber and pit orchestras and in her junior year was a founding member of the school’s string quartet.

Extracurriculars: Spring was also a member of the Shoreham-Wading River Mathletes team and was the secretary of the school’s National Honor Society chapter.

Parting words: “High school teaches you how to balance schoolwork, your social life and your mental health … but sometimes you have to give up on sleep a bit!”

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Madison Dwyer

SALUTATORIAN

GPA: 100.89

College plans: College of William and Mary

Major: neuroscience and kinesiology

A passion for gymnastics: Madison has been a gymnast since she was 8 and is now a level 10 competitor at Gold Medal Gymnastics Center in Rocky Point. As one of two seniors on the team, Madison has become a leader. She trains five days a week for four hours each day. She will attend college on a half scholarship in that sport.

Inspired to help others: Madison has recovered from many injuries during her gymnastics career. It’s these experiences that motivated her to pursue the study of medicine. She hopes to promote better health in others and learn more about the complex functions of the human body.

Advanced Placement scholar: Madison took numerous AP courses during her four years at Shoreham-Wading River, including chemistry, environmental science, macroeconomics, calculus and statistics.

An avid volunteer: Every week, Madison aims to spend an hour doing community service of some kind. She’s worked with the Peanut Butter Jelly Gang, tutored students and volunteered at the John J. Foley Nursing Home and at her gym.

Parting words: “My sport has taught me that I have to work hard to obtain something I want and that I should always keep striving for my goals, because anything is possible.”

06/29/15 8:15pm
Firefighters park outside the Tanger 1 outlets during Monday's brief power outage. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Firefighters park outside the Tanger 1 outlets during Monday’s brief power outage. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A partial power outage Monday afternoon affecting a string of storefronts along Route 58, including Tanger Outlets and Wal-Mart, caused smoke and haze to fill up a few stores and forced dozens more to temporarily close.

The outage occurred about 5:30 p.m., said Tanger Outlet general manager Janine Nebons.

About the same time as the power outage, Riverhead firefighters and fire marshals were called to the Holiday Inn Express and offices in the complex on Commerce Drive over reports of smoke, said fire marshal Craig Zitek.

A store at Tanger — Nautica — also reported smokey conditions, Ms. Nebons said. Stores in Tanger 1 and Tanger 2 closed temporarily while the power was out.

Traffic lights along the stretch of Route 58 also lost power for roughly an hour, and police had to direct traffic.

Mr. Zitek said the outage was a “brownout” that cut partial power to buildings along the corridor, which caused electrical systems to break.

“Things are trying to run, but they don’t have the power to run properly,” he said. A switch gear in the electrical room of the hotel malfunctioned, he said, while several rooftops air conditioning and ventilation units atop the Commerce Drive offices produced smoke.

Mr. Zitek said he was unsure of what caused the outage.

“It hasn’t been a hot summer yet so its not like everyone’s using their air conditioners,” he said.

By 7:45 p.m. the outages had been mostly restored, according to an online PSEG outage map. A temporary repair was made by PSEG workers, with a full repair scheduled for Tuesday, Mr. Zitek said.

psquire@timesreview.com