11/30/11 10:25am
11/30/2011 10:25 AM
Charles H. Miller, "Girl in a Boat," 1880, watercolor on paper.

Charles H. Miller, "Girl in a Boat," 1880, watercolor on paper.

Two notable events are set for this weekend at the Suffolk County Historical Society on Riverhead’s West Main Street.

“Charles Henry Miller: Painter of Long Island” opens Friday, Dec. 2, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit includes paintings, sketchbooks and other memorabilia illuminating the artist’s life and career. Many works on display — including Mr. Miller’s first painting, created when he was just 16 — have never been seen publicly. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 11, coincides with the release of a book of the same title written by show curator Geoffrey Fleming, director of the Southold Historical Society, and Ruth Ann Bramson, the artist’s great-granddaughter. The book is available at the SCHS Weathervane Gift Shop.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SCHS presents “Wooden Wonderland,” a special holiday show and sale featuring the work of over a dozen Long Island woodworkers. Hand-carved Santas, gnomes, ornaments, birds, duck decoys and fish will be available for sale, and craftsmen will demonstrate a variety of carving skills and techniques. A donation to the society is suggested at the door.

For information, call 727-2881.

11/30/11 8:45am

Police are searching for the two suspects who used a stolen credit card at the Riverhead Walmart store last summer.

Suffolk County Police are searching for the suspects who stole a wallet from a vehicle in Manorville and used one of the credit cards it contained at the Riverhead Walmart store last summer.

Police said the wallet, which had cash and credit cards inside, was stolen from a vehicle parked in the Silver Ponds townhomes complex between 4:30 p.m. July 16 and 7:30 a.m. July 17. Police said there were several other car thefts reported in the area about the same time.

The card was used at the Route 58 Walmart about 10:30 a.m. July 17.

Two suspects, pictured above, were caught on video surveillance at the store.

Anyone with information about this crime is being asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

11/29/11 10:00pm
11/29/2011 10:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The driver of this SUV drove across a neighboring lawn and into this house.

A 41-year-old man crashed an SUV into a Riverhead house on Tuesday and fled the scene on foot, only to turn himself in to police three hours later after investigators contacted him via cell phone, authorities said.

Michael Murray, who was described as being undomiciled, plowed a relative’s Chevy Blazer into a Roanoke Avenue house just after 5 p.m., taking out a chunk of garage and drawing police, firefighters and utility workers to the scene while canine units and other police searched for him.

He was hiding in a farm field when police later located him, said Riverhead Police Lt. David Lessard.

“He was … about one-quarter of a mile away, out in the dark, kind of hiding in some brush,” he said.

Mr. Murray was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, then taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor leg injuries, officials said.

“He was out there in the rain; he was having difficulty walking,” Lt. Lessard said. “He had bruises and contusions. He was walking but hobbling. He couldn’t have stayed out there all night.”

He said Mr. Murray was hiding in a field “dead in the middle” of Roanoke Avenue — where the crash happened — and Horton, Reeves and Sound avenues when police contacted him using a cell phone number given to them by relatives in Wading River, where the car is registered.

Mr. Murray, who is a licensed driver, was not intoxicated at the time, Lt. Lessard said.

“He said he fled because he was afraid,” the lieutenant added.

Investigators learned Mr. Murray was driving a relative’s car, which he did not steal, and was following another car from a local auto repair shop when he lost control for unknown reasons and drove into the white, ranch-style house, damaging the garage and affecting some power lines.

Police were still investigating the exact cause of the crash.

Firefighters at the scene said they suspected the house’s chimney may have been compromised by the impact, and that removing the truck posed a challenge because of the risk of further collapse.

No serious injuries were reported.

mwhite@timesreview.com

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