POLICE BLOTTER Southampton Town

03/22/2011 10:21 AM |

A Riverhead man was arrested Monday morning, two days after he smashed a drinking glass over a bar patron’s head at a Hampton Bays restaurant, according to Southampton Town Police.

Bryan Martinez, 22, turned himself in at Southampton Town Police headquarters following the incident, which occurred at Rumba rum bar and restaurant on Canoe Place Road. The victim suffered lacerations to his head, police said. A police report said the two were arguing over a taxi outside the restaurant when Mr. Martinez hit the other man with the glass. Mr. Martinez was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was held pending an appearance in Southampton Town Justice Court.

• Christina Ratzke, 19, of Heritage Lane in Riverhead was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana March 11 on County Road 31 in Westhampton, near the entrance to Gabreski Industrial Park. She was pulled over for having an obstructed view in her front windshield and was found to have a suspended license and an unspecified amount of marijuana, police said.

• Kenneth Belcher, 43, of Hallet Avenue in Riverhead was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle that was parked in a fire zone in Hampton Bays last Monday night and gave an officer a false name in order to avoid arrest for an warrant issued by the parole department, police said. He was then arrested and charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and was turned over to parole officers, officials said.

• Police arrested a 23-year-old Riverhead man — who has had his driver’s license suspended 23 times — as he was driving in Flanders Friday, officials said.
Michael Neary of Roanoke Avenue was stopped in a 1995 Mercury sedan just after midnight on Flanders Road at Gilder Avenue, initially for a headlight violation and for tailgating, when an officer discovered he was not only driving without a license but that there were two prior warrants out for his arrest from Southampton Town, authorities said.
One of the prior arrest warrants was in connection with failing to appear in court for a February 2010 charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and the other was for a criminal contempt charge dating to January of this year, officials said.
Mr. Neary’s suspended licenses were spread over 10 separate incidents, police said. He’s now facing an additional charge of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, and his car has been impounded.

• Ramon Rodriguez, 19, of Riverhead was pulled over for driving while using his cellphone on Montauk Highway in Water Mill last Monday when he presented two forms of a fake I.D. to the officer and maintained that he was that other person, according to police. He was subsequently identified as himself and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, false personation and several traffic violations, police said.

• An outboard boat motor valued at $2,500 was reported stolen Friday from a boat that was behind a fence in a yard on Silverbrook Drive in Flanders.

The perpetrators also broke three locks on a shed and removed a stainless steel grill valued at $250 and an air conditioner valued at $75, according to police.

• Cash totaling $400 was reported stolen from a car parked at a home on Maple Avenue in Flanders last Monday. The car was locked and its alarm was set; the money was in an envelope between the front seats, according to police. Another car on the property was rifled through but nothing was reported missing from that car.

• A wallet containing about $50 and a Social Security card were reported stolen from a car on Temple Avenue in Flanders last Sunday.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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