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.”


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.


03/31/13 12:23pm
03/31/2013 12:23 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three children were hurt after a car crashed into a tree in Calverton.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three children were hurt after a car crashed into a tree in Calverton.

Three children were injured when the car they were riding in swerved off the road and struck a tree Sunday morning after the driver accidentally made a wrong turn into oncoming traffic in Calverton, police said.

A 17-year-old was driving a blue Honda Civic east on Route 25 in Calverton with her mother and two siblings about 11:10 a.m. when she tried to follow another car making an illegal left turn north onto Route 25A, police said. The teen, who was unfamiliar with the area, thought the oncoming turning lane was her turning lane and “panicked” when she saw oncoming traffic, police at the scene said.

The Civic swerved off the road, fell into a ditch and hit a tree on the east side of Route 25A, police said.

The three children in the car, two young kids and a teenager, were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Wading River and Riverhead ambulance volunteers for treatment of minor injuries, emergency officials said. The mother was not injured in the crash, police at the scene said.

Police briefly closed the road while the accident scene was being cleared. By 11:45 a.m., the roads were reopened.


03/30/13 2:12pm
03/30/2013 2:12 PM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  The outside of Riverhead Honda Saturday afternoon.

A Riverhead Honda worker was sent to an area hospital Saturday afternoon after crashing a store motorcycle, Riverhead Town police said.

A man, identified as a Riverhead Honda employee, was making a right out of the Pulaski Street store at about 12:30 p.m. when he lost control of the bike, police said.

The employee was transported by Riverhead ambulance volunteers to Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life threatening injures, police said.

03/17/13 12:10pm
03/17/2013 12:10 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree on Shultz Road Sunday morning.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree on Shultz Road Sunday morning.

A man was injured in Calverton after the car he was driving collided with a tree on the side of the road Sunday morning, police said.

The man was driving a white Chrysler Sebring JX south on Shultz Road about 10:55 a.m. when he lost control of the car and hit a tree on the west side of the road, police at the scene said.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers and firefighters from the Manorville Fire Department rushed to the scene. Manorville fire crews helped secure the car while the man was treated by ambulance volunteers.

The man, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, suffered a cut to his head and an injury to his right leg in the crash, police said. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

No one else was in the car, police said.

Shultz Road was closed while the victim was pulled out of the car and taken to the hospital. The road was still closed as of 11:45 a.m.


02/11/13 10:08am
02/11/2013 10:08 AM

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Riverhead Ambulance volunteers help a Paraco Gas worker to the hospital after he slipped and fell Monday morning.

A worker was rushed the hospital after taking a fall at the Paraco Gas facility on Kroemer Avenue in Riverhead Monday morning.

The man, who was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Ambulance, suffered a possible broken leg, a co-worker said.

Additionally, two motor vehicle accidents were reported nearby in Eastport: one on the eastbound Sunrise highway exit ramp at Eastport Manor Road and the other on Old Country Road west of Tuttle Avenue.

At least three abandoned vehicles could be found on Route 25 between Wading River-Manor Road and Route 25A at 9 a.m. Monday, including at least one left behind today.

Due the still unsafe road conditions, Riverhead Town cancelled sanitation service Monday, officials announced.

“Residents who normally have Monday service may put their trash out on their second pickup on Thursday,” officials said.

For additional assistance, leave a message with the sanitation department at 727-3200, ext. 391. Calls will be returned as soon as possible.


10/27/12 8:00am
10/27/2012 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Reeves Park residents place candles at a small memorial for Tom Kelly near Sound Avenue earlier this month on Sept. 11.

Riverhead Town Board members discussed Thursday the prospects of naming the Riverhead Ambulance barn after Heidi Behr, the Riverhead volunteer who was killed when the ambulance she was in crashed in May 2005.

Another volunteer, Bill Stone of Ridge, also died in that crash. Both were in the back of the ambulance caring for a cardiac patient when the ambulance hit a tree on Route 25 in Aquebogue.

And Councilman Jim Wooten said the town recreation department has been planning to create a new handicapped accessible playground at Stotzky Park and name that after Heidi, who’s son Jared is disabled. The recreation department doesn’t have the money to do that park yet, Mr. Wooten said.

Recently, there have been a number of proposals to name things in honor of Ms. Behr and other volunteers in town.

Bob Kelly of Riverhead recently suggested that the 9/11 Memorial Park slated for a four-acre site on Park Road and Sound Avenue have an area honoring emergency services volunteers like Ms. Behr and Mr. Stone.

The Park Road park already has a small monument in honor of Bob Kelly’s brother, Tom, a New York City firefighter who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Heidi Behr’s mother, June, said she and her husband, John, discussed that offer and she said they would accept it.

June Behr originally said she didn’t want to take away from the monument to Tom Kelly and that she wanted to discuss it with her husband. She said her husband had the same concerns, but both agreed when told it was Bob Kelly suggesting that an area at the proposed park be named for Heidi.

Supervisor Sean Walter said he has heard people like former Supervisor Jim Stark and Bruce Tria of WRIV 1390 radio criticize the town for not doing anything to honor Ms. Behr.

“I would like to have seen the ambulance corps come to us and say we’d like you to do something in memory of Heidi Behr, and they haven’t done that,” Mr. Walter said.

Mr. Wooten said “there is something afoot.”

Officials from the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance corps could not be immediately be reached for comment.

“That’s what I was thinking about, naming the ambulance barn after Heidi Behr,” Councilman John Dunleavy said. “The easiest thing for us to do right now is name the ambulance barn after Heidi Behr. It would only cost us a sign and the dedication of it and we can do it immediately.”

Mr. Wooten said that when he first took office, he wanted to establish a handicapped accessible playground at Stotzky Park for Jared, because there are currently no handicapped accessible playgrounds in the town.

Mr. Walter said he supports the idea of naming the ambulance barn after Ms. Behr but that he wanted to first get feedback from the ambulance corps.