05/10/14 10:00am
05/10/2014 10:00 AM
(Credit: Tim Gannon)

(Credit: Tim Gannon)

For readers out there who aren’t big town hall buffs, our government reporter, Tim Gannon, does a bang-up job each week reporting live from public Town Board meetings. In a media cycle that calls for fast, reliable information, his live blogs — with quotes, photos and meeting details along with his built-in perspective from 18 years covering the town — offer a great glimpse into the inner workings of our local government, if that’s your thing. Of course, since I’m an editor it’s my job to follow the news out of our local schools, governments and business communities (more…)

05/01/14 10:00am
05/01/2014 10:00 AM

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The Riverhead Town Board discussed at Thursday’s work session the feasibility of converting the former Armory located on Route 58 into a police and justice court headquarters. The cost of that conversion had been reported to be $11.3 million and the project, so far, hasn’t gained support from the majority of the Town Board.

On Thursday, the board learned that the renovation would cost $13 million if they decide to move forward. The board decided to move forward with studies of other alternatives.

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05/01/14 5:00am

 

Clockwise from top-left: Town hall, the armory building, police station/justice court, Second Street firehouse (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Clockwise from top-left: Town hall, the armory building, police station/justice court, Second Street firehouse (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If Riverhead Town Board members don’t agree on much, they at least agrees on this: The town needs a new location for its justice court.

But how to construct it, or where to put it, or how much the town should spend on it have remained topics of constant conversation at Town Hall in recent few months — with little, if any, common ground being established.

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03/30/14 9:00am
03/30/2014 9:00 AM

Police1_BE_RThere were 263 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Richard Ehlers’s court March 17-19. The following are among those adjudicated.

• Joseph Bunch Jr., 60, of Old Orchard Road in Wading River pleaded to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while intoxicated, and was fined $700.

• Daniel Matos-Gonzalez, 22, of Glen Drive in Shirley pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, reduced from driving while ability impaired by drugs, and was fined $660.

• John Menfi, 47, of West 20th Street in Deer Park pleaded guilty to third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and was fined $400. A first-degree driving while impaired by drugs charge was dismissed.

03/14/14 3:00pm
03/14/2014 3:00 PM

Police1_BE_RThere were 342 cases on the docket in Riverhead Town Justice Richard Ehlers’ court, March 3-5. The following are among those adjudicated.

• Nelson Guevara, 30, of Grove Street in Riverhead pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was fined $1,000 and sentenced to three years’ probation.

• John McCaughern, 27, of West 7th Street in Deer Park pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired and was fined $660.

• Madeline Perez, 21, of North Bicycle Path in Selden pleaded guilty to DWAI, reduced from driving while ability impaired by drugs, and was fined $660.

• Virgil Horsley Jr., 27, of Eleanor Avenue in Mastic pleaded guilty to two counts of petit larceny and one count of DWAI and was fined $425.

• Two charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance against Rayquann Houpe, 24, of Harrison Avenue in Riverhead were dismissed in town court, as he was indicted in county court.

• John Wright, 49, of Old Country Road in Riverhead pleaded guilt to violation of probation and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

• John Kenny, 51, of Adams Court in Coram pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, reduced from first-degree criminal contempt, and was fined $300 and issued an order of protection.

• Three charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance against Latish Moore, 34, of East Main Street in Riverhead were dismissed in town court, as she was indicted in county court.

• David Olaque, 23, of Boxwood Drive in Shirley pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three years’ probation.