03/17/15 10:00am
03/17/2015 10:00 AM

A 25-year-old Flanders woman is facing a weapons charge after police found she was carrying a pink stun gun in handbag during a traffic stop Friday night, police said.

Jessica Seaman of Flanders Road was arrested about 11 p.m. on Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays, Southampton Town police said.

Ms. Seaman was a front passenger in a car that was stopped for passing on the road shoulder and was found to have a pink electronic stun gun in a pink purse, according to police. The driver, Eric Lehr, 36, of Bellows Pond Road in Hampton Bays, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to pay a fine and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

The facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation charge come in relation to allegations that Ms. Seaman had a driver’s license herself but allowed someone without a driver’s license to drive, according to Sgt. Sue Ralph of the Southampton Town police.

03/16/15 11:25pm
David Decarle of Riverhead holding his newborn son, Desmond James, last year. (Courtesy photo)

David DeCarle of Riverhead holding his newborn son, Desmond James, last year. (Courtesy photo)

A 36-year-old motorcyclist died Monday afternoon after hitting a pothole on Reeves Avenue in Riverhead and losing control of his bike, Riverhead Town police said.

David DeCarle of Aquebogue was heading east shortly before 4:30 p.m. when he was thrown from the motorcycle, police said. He was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries, officials said. (more…)

03/13/15 2:00pm
Sean McLean and Siris Barrios of Renaissance Downtowns discuss plans for revitalizing Riverside at Monday's Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Sean McLean and Siris Barrios of Renaissance Downtowns discuss plans for revitalizing Riverside at Monday’s Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A private developer hired more than a year ago to help revitalize a section of Riverside has roughly a month left to deliver a final “action plan” to Southampton Town.

And while many of that plan’s details remain to be seen, the company announced Monday that it hopes help to spur development on many of the area’s blighted parcels through a simple exchange: more uses will be allowed on-site in exchange for more jobs for locals.  (more…)

03/12/15 2:00pm
Supervisor Sean Walter and Anthony Coates. (File photos)

Supervisor Sean Walter and Anthony Coates. (File photos)

Anthony Coates, a former political adviser to Supervisor Sean Walter — who is up for re-election this fall — has been noncommittal on whether or not he’ll run for public office since the two have stopped working together.

And while Mr. Coates is still hesitating to commit to running for a Town Board position again (he failed to receive a Republican nomination for Town Board in 2013), he did say he’ll be screening for the Democratic nomination for supervisor to “explore the possibility of running.” (more…)

03/12/15 1:06pm

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The Riverhead Town Democratic Committee released a list of people Thursday who will be screening with the party before its nominating convention in May.

Supervisor hopefuls include Anthony Coates, a former paid adviser to Republican Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter; Tim Hubbard, a recently retired Riverhead Town police detective; and Greg Fischer, a Calverton resident who runs each year for public office.

Additionally, the list indicates that Mr. Hubbard is also screening for council and that Mr. Fischer is also screening for council and assessor.

Mr. Hubbard will also be screening with the town Republicans for a council seat, as previously reported. (more…)

03/12/15 12:00pm

TOWN: Welcome back to the Town Hall meeting room, Moody’s. It’s great to see you again. Remember last time you were here in 2011 and you upgraded our bond rating? That was wonderful. I hope you’re back to present similar news.

MOODY’S: Actually, Town, I’m sorry to report this, but I’m here to tell you that your bond rating is being downgraded. You will now pay higher interest rates if you need to go back and borrow funds any time in the near future. (more…)