10/23/14 2:00pm
10/23/2014 2:00 PM

A Flanders man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over on Old Country Road last Monday, Oct. 13, state police said.

Troopers stopped Juan Palacios, 29, near the intersection of Doctors Path, according to a news release. An investigation revealed that he was drunk, police said, and he was arrested at the scene. (more…)

10/23/14 11:11am
(Credit: Carrie Miller)

(Credit: Carrie Miller)

Volunteers from two area fire departments were called to extinguish a fire in a Riverhead Town highway department bulldozer Thursday morning.

Eddie Reeve, a town highway department worker said they returned from a break to find a puddle of oil on the ground beside the vehicle, which was up in flames.

Riverhead Town police received word of the fire about 9:45 a.m. in the town Highway department sand mine, which is located near the town dump on Manor Lane in Jamesport.

Volunteers from Jamesport Fire department and Riverhead Fire departments were called to the scene.

Workers had been using the bulldozer to move sand around earlier that morning.

Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson was not immediately available for comment.

10/23/14 10:00am

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The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to continue its discussion on plowing snow on private roads, something the town has done for years even thought the state constitution says it should not.

The board also will discuss proposed regulations for flyboarding, after a proposed solution was tabled at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting so the board could discuss it further. Also, the plastic bag ban is up for discussion again.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging it. Click below to follow or comment and see the full meeting agenda below that.

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 10-23-2104

October 23, 2014 – Agenda by Timesreview

10/23/14 8:55am
(Credit: National Weather Service)

(Credit: National Weather Service)

About 116 customers are without power Thursday morning as a storm with wind gusts of up to 41 mph swept across the East End overnight, according to the National Weather Service and power authorities.

A PSEG outage map shows 112 of those outages are in Riverhead around Roanoke Avenue; the power company has not provided an update on how soon service is expected to be restored, though a work crew has been assigned to the area.

A smattering of small outages have also affected other parts of Riverhead, as well as Northville and Wading River, according to the data.

More than 1,800 customers in total have lost power across Suffolk County, according to PSEG.

Riverhead Town Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson said the overnight storm only knocked down about four or five trees Thursday morning.

“It wasn’t that bad,” he said. ”We just try to deal to deal with Mother Nature”

Mr. Woodson said the Highway Department has been “aggressive” in cutting down trees that could potentially tip over in storms. Last night’s high winds combined with a day of rain, loosened the soil enough to take a few trees down, he said.

Trees had fallen across Ostrander Avenue, Church Lane and Phillips Avenue, he said, but all three roads were now cleared.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the East End will see a “brief respite” in the rain this morning, with stormy conditions returning by late morning and into the early afternoon. The wind and rain is expected to taper off by Friday morning.

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10/23/14 8:00am
Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A $23.5 million upgrade to Riverhead’s sewer system — which was to have been completed last winter — could take at least two years longer than expected, and the town has applied for an extension of the project completion date from January 2014 to April 2016.

In the meantime, the town is seeking additional funds from the county to help pay for the cost of the upgrade. The town doesn’t have the money.  (more…)

10/22/14 8:00pm
10/22/2014 8:00 PM
A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Four of the five Riverhead Town Board members have signed a letter asking the town’s Landmarks Preservation Commission and the state Office of Parks and Recreation to withdraw the town’s application for a proposed National Register Historic District along Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel, according to Councilman George Gabrielsen.  (more…)

10/22/14 5:05pm
Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport;  Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold shooting suspects (from left) Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport; Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31, of Greenport; and Jeremias Nathaniel Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue are escorted by corrections officers into Southold Town Court Friday morning. The three were arraigned in Suffolk County court Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A fifth man is currently being sought by police for his alleged role in last Tuesday’s shooting in Southold, a Suffolk prosecutor said Wednesday during the arraignments of three men accused in the attack.

A total of four men so far have been arrested by police. They’ve all been indicted and arraigned on violent felony charges of assault and gang assault.

They are all being held in county jail on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond. (more…)