01/29/14 2:30pm
01/29/2014 2:30 PM

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO |  A Chevy Suburban flipped onto its side on Country Road 105 Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of a Chevy Suburban escaped serious injury after his vehicle hit a mini school bus on County Road 105, crossed into oncoming traffic and flipped onto its side, police officials at the scene said. (more…)

01/25/14 12:15pm
01/25/2014 12:15 PM
COURTESY PHOTO |

COURTESY PHOTO |  Ira Marguiles was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer.

After countless hours of helping strangers, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps is coming to the rescue of one of their own.

Members will attend a fundraiser dinner tonight at the Middle Island Fire Department to help support Ira Marguiles, a member of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corporation who was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer and is unable to work.

Mr. Marguiles is also an Advanced Life Support provider for the Rocky Point and Middle Island Fire Departments, and is a retired NYC corrections officer. His aggressive treatments leave him unable to support his wife and young children, a flyer for the dinner reads.

All funds collected Saturday night will be put toward paying for Mr. Marguiles’ medical and household expenses.

The fundraiser spaghetti dinner will be held at 31 Arnold Drive and will also feature a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. The event will include three seatings at 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10.

01/16/14 9:28am
01/16/2014 9:28 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a motor vehicle accident just east of the Riverhead Town line early Thursday morning, police and fire officials confirmed.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene a few hundred feet east of the Laurel Post Office shortly before 5:45 a.m.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Two vehicles were involved in the accident, an SUV and a sedan.

At least one victim had become trapped, fire officials said. Southold Police said the pedestrian was jogging on Main Road. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Southold Police deployed its new command van to the scene of Thursday’s accident. It was the first official use of the van.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remains closed while Southold police investigate.

Police  expect the road to remain closed through the morning. Southold police deployed its brand new command van for its first official use.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is also on scene to help investigate.

Southold Police Department said it would release more details from the accident shortly.

01/15/14 7:31am
01/15/2014 7:31 AM

The National Weather Service is warning drivers about dense fog and icy road conditions this morning.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance has already responded to two accidents at about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning on Route 25 in Calverton, just west of Edwards Avenue. One involved a truck that skidded off the road and the other a car that overturned near the Jewish Cemetery. One person was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with lower back pain.

Suffolk County Police is also advising motorists to use extreme caution when driving on roadways in Suffolk County.

“The roadways are icy and considered hazardous. There is also limited visibility due to dense fog,” police said.

The National Weather Service issued an advisory through 9 a.m. Wednesday morning for southeast Suffolk County, stating:  ”The combination of light winds and abundant low level moisture has caused fog to develop across the area. Temperatures in many locations will remain at or below the freezing mark though mid-morning or so. This will result in icy conditions on any untreated surfaces. Anyone traveling should exercise extra caution and leave plenty of space in front of them.”

tgannon@timesreview.com

10/10/13 10:09am
10/10/2013 10:09 AM

Heidi’s Helping Angels is hosting its annual steak dinner tonight to raise money for the scholarship named in the memory of Heidi Behr, a Riverhead ambulance volunteer who died at the age of 23 in a tragic ambulance crash in May 2005.

The dinner to benefit the Heidi Behr Memorial Scholarship will be served at Polish Hall at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Riverhead police officers Eric Cohen, Kerri Davis and 911 dispatcher Melissa Elco will be honored at the dinner for their heroic actions this past February, when they saved an unconscious 15-month-old boy in Riverhead.

The cost of the event is $35 per person, which includes a cash bar.

If you’d like more information or are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, contact Jim Stark at 631-727-6060 or Ron Schmitt at 631-722-4944.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Rich Podlas (left) and Chuck Thomas (middle) were honored for their service to the Behr family at the first dinner in 2011.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Rich Podlas (left) and Chuck Thomas (middle) were honored for their service to the Behr family at the first dinner in 2011.

08/07/13 12:02pm
08/07/2013 12:02 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A school bus headed toward the Long Island Aquarium rear-ended a pick-up truck Wednesday morning. Six people, including three children, were injured, though not seriously.

Nine people, including four children, were injured when a school bus rear-ended a pick-up truck on West Main Street Wednesday morning, Riverhead police said.

A 1999 GMC Sierra was driving east when the car in front of it made a left turn about 11:20 a.m. near Raynor Avenue, police said. The truck stopped, but the school bus behind it kept driving and collided with the back of the truck, police at the scene said.

Riverhead police and ambulance teams rushed to the scene, where the driver of the truck — identified by police as Gilberto Tascon, 59, of Hampton Bays — four chaperones and four children on the bus were injured, though not seriously. The injured children were between between 6 and 12 years old.

The victims were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of “minor injuries,” police said.

The bus was transporting 32 kids and nine adults from a Bronx YMCA to the Long Island Aquarium.

Police and ambulance volunteers are currently evaluating the other children and adults on the bus to check for more injuries. Riverhead Ambulance chief Joey Oliver said the children have to be medically cleared, but there were no serious injuries.

The Wading River, Mattituck, and Mastic Fire Departments, as well as the Manorville Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded to the scene.

Police inspected the bus, but issued no summons to either driver, according to a police statement.

psquire@timesreview.com