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"High Wind Watch" ...High wind watch in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a high wind watch...which is in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night. * Winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...strongest winds will likely occur from mid morning Monday into Monday evening. * Impacts...downed trees and power lines are likely, with numerous power outages possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and on elevated roads and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or higher, may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. , "Storm Watch" ...Storm watch remains in effect from late Sunday night through late Monday night... * winds and seas...east winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet...and as high as 9 to 12 feet east of Orient Point. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A storm watch is issued when the risk of storm force winds of 48 to 63 kt has significantly increased...but the specific timing and/or location is still uncertain. It is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans. -- Saturday Jan.21 17,08:12 AM

New Date Scheduled for Suffolk Arsonist Sentencing

A man found guilty of arson will be sentenced later this month.

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Riverhead, NY - February 10, 2014 - The postponed sentencing of convicted arsonist Harry Fleischmann Jr. before Judge John Illiou in Riverhead will be held Friday, February 21. 
 
Fleischmann, convicted of arson, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon charges, will be sentenced to 18 years in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. 
 
Fleischmann started a fire in Eric Carver’s home to destroy evidence of his burglary of 156 Lake Drive in East Patchogue on December 27, 2012. 
 
Carver was overseas when his house was broken into and nearly completely destroyed by fire. A New York State Trooper and member of the Air National Guard, Carver was on active duty at the time in Africa with the 106th Air Rescue Wing. 
 
Fleischmann stole Carver’s off-duty handgun, some ammunition, a generator, and the homeowner’s Chevy S-10 pickup. He used gasoline he found in a backyard shed to start the house on fire, DA Spota said. 
 
Trooper Carver is expected to attend the sentencing.