POLICE BLOTTER Southampton Town

03/29/2011 11:22 AM |

A Calverton man, allegedly driving while high on angel dust, was arrested early Saturday morning after he refused to stop for police and then led officers on a foot chase through Riverside, Southampton Police said.

Officers tried to stop Carl Ligon, 33, of Hill Rise Drive in Calverton for driving without headlights while traveling on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside just before 1 a.m. Police said he initially pulled over but then drove away from officers, heading south on County Road 104 in a reckless manner before stopping and attempting to flee the scene on foot in the direction of the New York State Police barracks.

The Southampton officers then called state troopers, and Mr. Ligon was soon caught by a group of officers from both departments, police said.

Police said Mr. Ligon was under the influence of PCP during the incident.

Mr. Ligon was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving and other traffic infractions.

He was being held without bail at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside.

• Gregory Smith, 27, a registered sex offender whose address was listed as the county jail in Riverside, was charged last Thursday with failure to report a change of address, Southampton Town Police said.

Mr. Smith was originally convicted of a sex offense and sentenced to jail. When he got out of jail he was supposed to register his new address within 10 days and failed to do so, according to police, who issued a warrant for his arrest.

Mr. Smith made things easy for them, however, when he ended up in jail on charges issued from another department, police said.

Mr. Smith’s crimes are not publicly listed on the state sex-offender registry because he is a Level 1 sex offender, deemed the least likely to re-offend. Southampton Police also had no information on the charges that landed him in jail the most recent time.

• The Seventh Day Adventist Church on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside was burglarized twice last week, according to police. It was first reported about 1 p.m. Friday that about $5,000 worth of construction tools had been taken from the site, which was undergoing renovation, between March 16 and 25.

Later that same day, about six rolls of electrical wire, copper flashing and a hand truck were among items reported missing, according to police, who said those items had an estimated value of $2,350.

The items in the second burglary report appear to have been stolen after the initial report was made.

• A 33-year-old Riverhead woman was arrested on a warrant Tuesday in relation to a prior prostitution charge, Southampton Town Police said Saturday.

Rose Pittman was arrested by Riverhead cops shortly before 4 p.m. for failing previously to appear in Southampton Justice Court.

Ms. Pittman was transferred to Southampton where she was charged and arraigned, police said.

• James Zeiser, 44, of Hampton Bays was pulled over after he was observed speeding on Flanders Road in Hampton Bays and found to be drunk, police said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, and unregistered motor vehicle, officials said.

• Kevin McCafferty, 30, of Smith Road in Patchogue was observed failing to maintain his lane while heading north on Flanders Road in Hampton Bays about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he was pulled over and found to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

He was charged with driving while impaired and failing to maintain his lane, officials said.

• About $600 worth of jewelry and $350 to $400 cash was reported stolen from an employee at the IGHL house, a home for the developmentally disabled, on Pleasure Drive in Flanders last Tuesday. Someone appears to have entered the home through an unlocked living room window, police said.

• Two televisions were reported stolen from a home that was broken into on Sylvan Avenue in Flanders last Monday. The televisions were valued at $699 and $799 respectively, police said.

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.