08/19/14 9:06pm
Former Lakewood resident Douglas Rosenbrock speaks before the Town Board Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Former Lakewood resident Douglas Rosenbrock speaks before the Town Board Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Nearly 20 members of the Lakewood mobile home community in Calverton demanded accountability from the Riverhead Town Board during a contentious public meeting Tuesday evening, with residents claiming that illegal rentals and an abandoned mobile home were ruining their neighborhood.

The complaints led to a brief argument between Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who said she wasn’t aware complaints had been filed. (more…)

08/19/14 8:00am
COURT DOCUMENT IMAGE | A photo taken during a 2013 raid of an Osborn Avenue property shows dozens of marijuana plants in the garage of Edward Dispirito, police say. Mr. Dispirito pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges this month.

Police raided Edward Dispirito’s property on Osborne Avenue in 2013 and found dozens of marijuana plants in the garage. (Credit: Federal court document)

A Riverhead man accused of growing roughly $3.8 million worth of marijuana at his Osborn Avenue property has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and is expected to forfeit $13.6 million in assets, according to court documents.

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08/18/14 12:54pm
Police say Steven Dohner is being held on burglary charges in connection with three alleged thefts, two in Center Moriches in June and one from Riverhead in 2013. (Credit: Google Maps)

Police say Steven Dohner is being held on burglary charges in connection with three alleged thefts, two in Center Moriches in June and one from Riverhead in 2013. (Credit: Google Maps)

A 50-year-old homeless man being held in jail for breaking into a Center Moriches liquor store twice in June has been charged with burglary in connection with a break-in at a religious music store more than a year ago, Riverhead Town police said.  (more…)

08/13/14 9:36am
A car was pulled out of a flooded Sound Avenue this morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A car was pulled out of a flooded Sound Avenue this morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Several streets remain closed after an overnight rainstorm dumped as much as 6 inches of rain on areas in Wading River and Calverton, town workers said.

Riverhead Town police have closed Fresh Pond Avenue, Hulse Landing Road south of Sound Avenue, and Brookline Court due to flooding in the roadway, according to a press statement.

The National Weather Service has issued an urban flood advisory until 11 a.m. due to possible “residual flooding” from rainwater runoff. According to the NWS’s data, most of Riverhead Town received about an inch of rain overnight, but areas in northern Calverton and farther west in Wading River reported higher amounts of between 3 and 6 inches.

Police and emergency officials have reported no traffic accidents since the storm, though officers have responded to roughly 15 calls for flooded roadways, dangerous conditions and disabled vehicles, police said.

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson said highway crews have been working in the Wading River and Calverton area west of Sound Avenue since 7 a.m. to unclog drains and ease flooding.

Mr. Woodson said much of the rainwater is coming off the nearby farms, flooding the local roads.

“The rain’s stopped now, so you have to give water time to drain,” he said. “Give it a couple of hours and it should be back to normal by noon.”

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Highway crews pumping out a storm drain on Fresh Pond Avenue south of Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Highway crews pumping out a storm drain on Fresh Pond Avenue south of Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)