06/25/15 3:06pm
Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton (courtesy photo)

Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton (SPCA courtesy photo)

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the beheading and dumping of three goats in Calverton. (more…)

06/25/15 3:03pm
Monwell Wright (Credit: Courtesy)

Monwell Wright (Credit: Courtesy)

A Riverhead man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor’s home was held on $250,000 cash bail following his arraignment before State Supreme Court Justice William Condon in the Suffolk County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Monwell Wright, 21, pleaded not guilty to felony arson and felony weapons possession for the “bomb.”

allegedly lit a glass bottle containing flammable liquid and threw it at his neighbor’s home the evening of June 14. According to charges read in court, the bottle bounced off the side of the house and hit the ground.

The prosecution explained that the neighbor had video surveillance set up around his home that filmed Mr. Wright throwing the cocktail. Due to visible tattoos on the surveillance footage, Riverhead Police were able to recognize and arrest Mr. Wright.

The prosecution asked for a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Defense used their right to speak at another time and gave no sentence suggestion.

A judge issued five temporary orders of protection for Mr. Wright’s victims.

Mr. Wright is due back in County Court on July 21.

nsmith@timesreview.com

06/25/15 12:00pm
Employees Sam Leibowitz and Phil Brito inside Real Vapor, Riverhead's first e-cigarette store, on Route 58

Employees Sam Leibowitz and Phil Brito inside Real Vapor, Riverhead’s first e-cigarette store, on Route 58, with some of the flavored liquids they sell

Flavors include chocolate raspberry cheesecake, warm cinnamon apple pie, roasted marshmallows, peanut butter and caramel and even pancakes.

You probably think we’re talking about a bakery or maybe an ice cream shop, right? (more…)

06/25/15 6:00am
A birds' eye view of downtown Riverhead earlier this week. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A birds’ eye view of downtown Riverhead earlier this week. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Twenty one years ago, the News-Review reported that there would “definitely be a 751-space, two-story parking structure” created in downtown Riverhead to address a burgeoning traffic problem.

While that traffic problem remains — and in fact, more residents than ever are living downtown, with more residential units in the works — the parking garage remains a dream.

But that didn’t stop a consulting firm from examining the idea at Town Hall recently after giving downtown traffic a grade of “F.”

That proposal, as well as others, were all part of a wider look into developing downtown Riverhead as it continues to grow — from a traffic perspective, a housing perspective and an overall marketing perspective. (more…)

06/24/15 6:18pm
06/24/2015 6:18 PM

A Riverhead man accused of throwing a lit Molotov cocktail into a neighbor’s house has been indicted by a grand jury, according to a press release issued by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Monwell Wright, 21, allegedly started a fire in his neighbor’s home June 15 while there were people in the residence by lighting a glass bottle filled with flammable liquid and throwing it into the building, according to criminal charges.

The home was not damaged and the fire was extinguished upon police arrival, officials said.

Mr. Wright is charged with second degree attempted arson and is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday morning before State Supreme Court Justice William Condon.

Check back for updates.