04/14/15 8:00am
04/14/2015 8:00 AM
The Hulse Landing Road fire house is in need of upgrades, district officials say. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The Hulse Landing Road fire house is in need of upgrades, district officials say. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

About two years after a $4.75 million bond measure aimed at improving its dated Hulse Landing Road fire station was rejected by voters, the Wading River Fire District is officially going back to the drawing board, holding a public meeting next Monday to start making up new plans with interested members of the public.

In December of 2012, 198 voters opposed the bond measure while 126 favored it, nixing a plan to knock down the 5,100-square foot station that was built in 1982 and replace it with a new 11,500-square foot one. (more…)

04/13/15 4:08pm
04/13/2015 4:08 PM
A car crashed into this house on Roanoke Avenue Saturday night. Police have arrested a man they say tried to run away on foot. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A car crashed into this house on Roanoke Avenue Saturday night. Police have arrested a man they say tried to run away on foot. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Cracks criss-cross the ceiling, dart down the walls and pass through the door and window frames inside the living room of a two-story home on Roanoke Avenue near Pulaski Street.

Three windows facing the side yard are off-kilter, the venetian blinds casting crooked shadows on the couch nearby. The thin floor has buckled by the white door, which rests on busted hinges. Outside, the door is worse, and a wooden walkway has been reduced to a pile of splinters, as if something large took a bite out of it.

That something was a sedan. (more…)

04/11/15 5:13pm
04/11/2015 5:13 PM
A Hampton Bays firetruck on the scene of Saturday's brush fire. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A Hampton Bays firetruck on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Firefighters battled a brush fire approximately nine acres wide for nearly two hours Saturday afternoon in Flanders, according to Flanders Fire Chief Joe Joe Pettit.

No injuries were reported and firefighters had the fire under control by around 4:45 p.m. (more…)

04/11/15 2:40pm

A Jamesport man was arrested Saturday on drug charges in Mattituck, Southold Town police said.

John Scalzi, 49, was pulled over for a traffic violation shortly after 1:50 a.m. near the intersection of Main Road and Locust Avenue and was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, police said.

Mr. Scalzi was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, processed at police headquarters and held for arraignment, officials said.

04/10/15 12:09pm
Lynette McDonough. (Credit: Riverhead Town Police Department)

Lynette McDonough. (Credit: Riverhead Town Police Department)

A 9-year-old boy who was hospitalized after his mother allegedly crashed her sedan into a utility pole on Middle Road Thursday while driving drunk and high was nearly thrown from the car because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, a prosecutor said at the mother’s arraignment Friday morning.

Lynette McDonough of Calverton, 38, pleaded not guilty in Riverhead Town court to charges of felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. (more…)

04/09/15 2:48pm
04/09/2015 2:48 PM
Lynette McDonough. (Credit: Riverhead Town Police Department)

Lynette McDonough. (Credit: Riverhead Town Police Department)

Update 8:30 p.m.: The driver in Thursday afternoon’s single-car crash has been identified as Lynette McDonough, 38, of Calverton, according to a Riverhead Town police press release. She has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol with her 9-year-old son in the car.

Police said she was driving a 2006 Pontiac and heading westbound on Middle Road in Calverton shortly before noon with her son when she crashed into a telephone pole.

Her son was transported to Stony Brook Medical Center by Riverhead Town Ambulance Corps to be treated for his injuries, officials said.

Ms. McDonough was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Town Ambulance Corps to be treated for her injuries and was found to be intoxicated and under the influence of drugs, police said.

She was later transported to Riverhead Police Department for processing after being released from the hospital and charged with DWI drugs and alcohol, a Leandra’s Law violation and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Riverhead Police Department Detective Division at 727-4500 ext. 328.

Original story:

A 9-year-old boy was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center after a one-car accident on Middle Road in Calverton Thursday afternoon, according to Riverhead police Sgt. Tim Palmer.  (more…)