03/04/13 10:00am
03/04/2013 10:00 AM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters responded to a fire on Trout Brook Lane in Aquebogue at 4 a.m. Monday.

Riverhead firefighters rushed to the scene of a house fire on Trout Brook Lane at 4 a.m. Monday and began fighting the blaze, using a ladder truck to get onto the roof of the house. Flanders Fire Department also aided in putting out the fire, according to a fire report.

02/22/13 12:58pm
02/22/2013 12:58 PM
Aquebogue slashing

COURTESY PHOTO | A blood-soaked stoop where a slashing victim ended up early Thursday on Shade Tree Lane, where he was pleading with the home’s occupants for help.

It was a bloody week in Riverhead Town, as police reported a slashing and a stabbing within three days of each another, both happening in the early morning hours.

In the first case, police received a 12:45 a.m. call Tuesday to East Main Street in Riverhead for two men fighting on a front lawn across from Town Hall.

Responding officers soon located Rodney Brooks, 25 of Riverhead, who had been stabbed in both of his legs. Mr. Brooks told police he did not know the man who had stabbed him. Police did not say what the fight was over.

STabbing in Riverhead

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | A lawn near where Tuesday’s stabbing is occurred on East Main Street.

Mr. Brooks was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, officials said.

Additional police units, as well as a K9 unit, were brought in to search for the suspect, but he was not located, police said.

But after being discharged from Peconic Bay Medical Center, Mr. Brooks was placed under arrest for two outstanding warrants for petit larceny.

He was arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court and is due back in court March 5, police said.

Two days later,  at about 12:15 a.m., Riverhead police were notified about a stabbing victim found on Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue.

Ezra Fife of Shade Tree Lane reported a blood-soaked man had shown up on his doorstep asking for help. The victim, later identified as Albert Zachery, had been slashed on the right shoulder near his neck, said Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia of the Riverhead Police Department.

“It was like a scene from a movie,” Mr. Fife said told the News-Review. “He was just standing there covered in blood. He got down on his hands and knees and said, ‘Please help me, please help me.’”

Mr. Fife said he and his wife called police and helped Mr. Zachary, trying to calm him down.

“He got his second wind and headed back to the [nearby] trailer park,” Mr. Fife said. “My wife yelled ‘Who did this to you?’ He said, Billy.’”

Police later located and arrested William Artale, 49 of Riverhead for second-degree assault in relation to the slashing. Mr. Artale was arraigned Thursday morning in Justice Court, where he pleading not-guilty.

Bail was set at $1,000 and he was transported to county jail. He is due back in court Feb. 26.

Mr. Zachary was treated and released from Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Police said is unclear what started the dispute, which happened inside the mobile home park.

“It was an argument,” said Sgt. Loggia, who described the victim’s wound as more a laceration rather than an actaul stab. “Nobody is giving 100 percent of the truth.”



02/09/13 3:21pm
02/09/2013 3:21 PM

A view toward the end of a time-lapse video that condensed 13 hours of footage into under five minutes.

Reader Matthew Graziano of Riverhead created this time-lapse video of the blizzard from Friday night into Saturday. Every five seconds a picture was taken. It added up to 13 hours of video condensed to just under five minutes.

By the end of the blizzard, Mr. Graziano — a 2006 Riverhead graduate — said there was 21 inches of snow.

It was the first time-lapse video he created, he said.

01/26/13 5:45pm
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  At Stotzky Park's new ice rink Saturday, three friends from Baiting Hollow tried out their skating skills.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | At Stotzky Park’s new ice rink Saturday, three friends from Baiting Hollow tried out their skating skills.

On the first weekend Riverhead’s new ice rink at Stotzsky Park was open, dozens of kids showed off their skating skills.

The temporary rink opened last Thursday and is free for all to enjoy, said Riverhead town councilman George Gabrielsen.

The town purchased the materials needed for the rink last year, but the climate never dropped enough for the water to freeze.

The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees.

01/26/13 10:23am
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Heather Riley, a 2008 Riverhead graduate,

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Heather Riley, a 2008 Riverhead graduate, is a finalist for the Miss Long Island Pagaent.

Heather Riley is the first Riverhead native to be selected as a finalist in the Miss Long Island Pageant.

Miss Riley, 22, graduated from Riverhead High School in 2008 and with a partial athletic scholarship to the College of St. Rose in Albany.

She has decided to support Strength for Life, a non-profit that works to help cancer patients enhance their recover process through exercise.

The pageant will take place Aug. 11. at the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts.

01/20/13 10:00am
01/20/2013 10:00 AM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Martha Clara Vineyards hosts a Vines and Canines event where people can bring their dogs along for a tour.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Martha Clara Vineyards hosts a Vines and Canines event where people can bring their dogs along for a tour.

Martha Clara Vineyards is beginning its third year of Vines and Canines, a dog friendly day where guests can bring their canine along as they explore the vineyard on an informative tour. The vineyard hosts the walk roughly twice a month and it lasts about 45 minutes, giving pets an opportunity to play with other dogs, said Kelly Tuthill, tour guide and event assistant for Martha Clara.

The Riverhead vineyard asks that participants bring a dog food item to donate to local shelters in need. After superstorm Sandy, all donations were given to a shelter in New Jersey.

“We try to do them as often as we can,” Ms. Tuthill said. ”It is always great to help.”

The next Vines and Canines event will be 11 a.m. Jan. 27. To find future dates you can visit the Martha Clara website.

01/15/13 11:00am
01/15/2013 11:00 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | T.J. Fabian of Shoreham-Wading River competes in a match last season. On Saturday he won the 126-pound title at the Eastern States Classic.

In high school wrestling, few tournaments can compare to the Eastern States Classic, held annually at Sullivan Community College. The stakes may not be as high as the state championship, but the competition is just as fierce — if not tougher, since there is no separation between Division I and II wrestlers.

As a fourth-place finisher in the state last year, Shoreham-Wading River senior T.J. Fabian came into this season with lofty goals. On Saturday, he served notice as one of the favorites to win the 126-pound title this year when he won first place at Eastern States.

Fabian, the No. 3 seed, defeated top-seeded Dylan Realbuto 3-2 in the finals. Click below to watch the full match.

Realbuto, a senior from Somers (Section 1), is the defending state champion at 113 pounds. He was second in the state two years ago at 96.