04/15/15 8:00am
04/15/2015 8:00 AM

A Flanders man didn’t fall for a frequently used online scam April 5, according to Southampton Town police.

The Pleasure Drive resident listed two remote control cars for sale on Craigslist, one for $100 and the other for $125, official said. A prospective buyer responded via text message and sent two money orders, each for $985, and then asked the seller to send back the difference.  (more…)

04/14/15 10:50am
04/14/2015 10:50 AM
Firefighters on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire in Flanders. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Firefighters on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire in Flanders. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

 

Firefighters in Flanders have been growing increasingly frustrated over the current condition of the woods there, which they say makes it difficult — and dangerous — to respond to and contain wildfires.

That frustration came to a boiling point during a fire in the Flanders woodlands Saturday that led to three brush trucks’ being damaged. Local fire chiefs then aired their grievances to RiverheadLocal.com, which published a story about the situation Sunday.

The biggest complaint concerns felled or dying oak trees, the result of a massive die-out that happened around 2008.

News-Review report from October 2009. (more…)

04/14/15 8:00am
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.