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06/29/15 8:15pm
06/29/2015 8:15 PM
Firefighters park outside the Tanger 1 outlets during Monday's brief power outage. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Firefighters park outside the Tanger 1 outlets during Monday’s brief power outage. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A partial power outage Monday afternoon affecting a string of storefronts along Route 58, including Tanger Outlets and Wal-Mart, caused smoke and haze to fill up a few stores and forced dozens more to temporarily close.

The outage occurred about 5:30 p.m., said Tanger Outlet general manager Janine Nebons.

About the same time as the power outage, Riverhead firefighters and fire marshals were called to the Holiday Inn Express and offices in the complex on Commerce Drive over reports of smoke, said fire marshal Craig Zitek.

A store at Tanger — Nautica — also reported smokey conditions, Ms. Nebons said. Stores in Tanger 1 and Tanger 2 closed temporarily while the power was out.

Traffic lights along the stretch of Route 58 also lost power for roughly an hour, and police had to direct traffic.

Mr. Zitek said the outage was a “brownout” that cut partial power to buildings along the corridor, which caused electrical systems to break.

“Things are trying to run, but they don’t have the power to run properly,” he said. A switch gear in the electrical room of the hotel malfunctioned, he said, while several rooftops air conditioning and ventilation units atop the Commerce Drive offices produced smoke.

Mr. Zitek said he was unsure of what caused the outage.

“It hasn’t been a hot summer yet so its not like everyone’s using their air conditioners,” he said.

By 7:45 p.m. the outages had been mostly restored, according to an online PSEG outage map. A temporary repair was made by PSEG workers, with a full repair scheduled for Tuesday, Mr. Zitek said.

psquire@timesreview.com

06/28/15 8:22am
06/28/2015 8:22 AM

Two people were arrested — including one man from Riverhead — during sobriety checkpoints Saturday in Southampton Town, according to a police press release.

In all, 44 motorists were stopped during the operation where Southampton Town police were helped out by other members of the district attorney’s East End DWI Task Force.

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