06/25/15 3:03pm
06/25/2015 3:03 PM
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.


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.

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06/24/15 6:00am

Riverhead Town police arrested a 20-year-old man last Thursday on a drunken driving charge in Riverhead, officials said.

Michael Dore, address unavailable, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated at about 1 a.m. on Railroad Avenue. Police said he crashed his car and then left the scene, but was pointed out by witnesses and located by officers near the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Second Street and arrested.


06/23/15 6:00am

A 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday on strangulation and assault charges after fighting with his friend in Flanders, Southampton Town police said.

Joseph Manglaviti of Flanders got into an altercation at his home at around 2:45 a.m. after he felt his friend disrespected him, according to a police report.

Another person tried to stop the fight after Mr. Manglaviti tossed the male victim, police said.

Mr. Manglaviti then stood in front of the victim’s car as he attempted to drive away, pulled him out of the vehicle, punched him and placed him in a headlock, police said.

After someone attempted to break up the fight, the victim drove to the Big Duck in Flanders and called police, officials said. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

Mr. Manglaviti was arrested and charged with second-degree strangulation, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, police said.

06/18/15 7:21pm
06/18/2015 7:21 PM
This car was involved in an accident Thursday on Route 58. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

This car was involved in an accident Thursday on Route 58. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Two people were hospitalized Thursday following a two-car crash in Riverhead on Route 58, Riverhead Town police said.

Heavy rescue efforts were required after the vehicles collided shortly before 6:30 p.m. near the Target shopping center, police said.

The driver and passenger of one of the vehicles suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

At around 7 p.m., police at the scene confirmed one victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and the other was either going to be taken to same same hospital or transported by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle weren’t taken to the hospital, police said.

The Riverhead Fire Department also responded to the scene and a portion of Route 58 was closed during the rescue efforts.