06/21/14 2:34pm
Finest and Bravest winner Travis Wooten (second from left) accepts his award Sunday (co

Finest and Bravest winner Travis Wooten (second from left) accepts his award Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead can now count Long Island’s “Finest and Bravest” runner among their own.

High School senior Travis Wooten was named this year’s winner Sunday afternoon by finishing best overall in a pair of runs honoring cops and firefighters, according to the Greater Long Island Running Club. (more…)

06/19/14 5:25pm
Friends set up a memorial on Route 58 for hit-and-run victim Kristina Tfelt a few days after her death. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Friends and family members had set up a memorial on Route 58 in Riverhead for hit-and-run victim Kristina Tfelt a few days after her death last July. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

A bill that would increase penalties for those who flee the scenes of serious or fatal accidents passed through the New York State Assembly with bipartisan support Thursday with hours to spare, according to North Fork Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, who co-sponsored the bill. (more…)

06/13/14 11:45am
Trendell Walker is led by police out of his arraignment in Riverhead town court Friday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Trendell Walker is led by police out of his arraignment in Riverhead town court Friday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A two-time felon who had avoided police for nearly a month was arrested by police this week after he allegedly violated an order of protection and attacked a woman at a Riverhead bar, authorities said. (more…)

06/12/14 3:38pm
Police at the scene of the fatal hit and run on Route 58 near Woodcrest Avenue in  July 2013. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Police at the scene of the fatal hit and run on Route 58 near Woodcrest Avenue in July 2013. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

With just five days left in the New York State Assembly session, North Fork and East End lawmakers are making a last-minute push to drum up support for bills that would increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers who flee the scene of serious accidents.

Those bills — including one co-sponsored by the North Fork’s assemblyman, Anthony Palumbo — are currently stalled in committee, where they have sat since January. The legislators say they have until Tuesday to get a bill out of the committee and onto the floor for a full Assembly vote. (more…)

06/12/14 3:36pm
Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton. (Credit: File)

Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton. (Credit: File)

Riley Avenue Elementary School was on lockdown Thursday morning after someone discovered what appeared to be an explosive inside a home nearby, Riverhead Town police said.

The “explosive” — which was discovered as the house of a deceased relative was being cleaned out — appeared to be an old smoke grenade and posed no danger, said Lt. Kevin Burke of the Suffolk County bomb squad.

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