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03/21/16 4:00pm

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Update Tuesday 3:30 p.m.: The 20-year-old man who was seriously injured in a rollover accident on Route 105 Monday afternoon is now in “fair condition” at a local hospital, authorities said.

John Cruz, 20, of Riverhead was injured when he lost control of his Infiniti sedan while driving south shortly after 3 p.m., according to Sgt. Jill Kubetz. Investigators believe speeding was the cause of the crash, she said.

Mr. Cruz was airlifted to Stony Brook University hospital where he is now in fair condition, meaning his vital signs are stable and his outlook is positive, a hospital spokesperson said.

Original story: A man lost control of his vehicle while driving southbound on County Route 105 Monday afternoon in Riverhead, causing it to tumble and roll more than 100 yards, according to Riverhead Police Lt. David Lessard. READ

02/28/16 8:00am

On Thursday, we presented ex-chief Steve Beal, ex-captains J.R. Renten and Kevin Burgess and firefighter Anthony Chiaramonte of the Riverhead Fire Department with our People of the Year award at a ceremony at Martha Clara Vineyards. This is the video we screened during the ceremony and the original announcement from January.   READ

01/07/16 6:01am
01/07/2016 6:01 AM

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For hours upon hours every year, local volunteer firefighters train for worst-case scenarios. They prepare for smoke-filled houses and out of control fires. They drill again and again how to handle each type of emergency call — hoping they won’t have to answer one anytime soon.

Nearly a year ago, on Jan. 29, 2015, that kind of worst-case scenario training was put to use. READ