Riverhead Blotter: Man tried breaking into former home while allegedly drunk

11/03/2011 9:00 AM |

A Bridgehampton man was arrested Sunday after he tried to break into his old home in Riverhead while drunk, authorities said.

The current resident of the East Avenue home told town police Gustavo Martinez, 50, lived at the house years ago and had returned while drunk once before. She said Mr. Martinez was banging on the door about 4:30 p.m. and when no one answered, he started cutting a window screen with a knife.

Mr. Martinez was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and his knife was confiscated as evidence.

• A Riverhead woman was found with stolen contraband during an incident on Meadow Lane Monday, police said.
Shawanna James, 39, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property about 3:30 p.m. No further details were available.

• Police are investigating a burglary at Riverhead Middle School after a fire extinguisher and an electronic device — which appeared to be smeared with blood and were stolen from the school— were found next to a nearby bagel shop Saturday. A man noticed the fire extinguisher and unknown electronic device, later found to be Windows XP software, near the bagel shop parking lot exit about 7:45 a.m., town police said. Investigators took the items to police headquarters where they learned they were taken from the Harrison Avenue middle school. The investigation continues.

• A Flanders man is facing a disorderly conduct charge after he was caught huffing dust remover in the Walmart parking lot Friday, authorities said. Riverhead Town Police said John Lobianco, 22, was found lying in the middle of the parking lot of the Route 58 store about 2:30 p.m. He was taken to police headquarters and held for an appearance in Riverhead Town Justice Court.

• Anthony Infantolino, 18, of Riverhead was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on County Road 105, state police said. No further details were available.

• A fire was reported at the Swiss Motel on West Main Street in Riverhead Monday. Volunteers with the Riverhead Fire Department had the small blaze, which was sparked by an AC unit, under control about noon. No serious damage was reported.

• A $10,000 gold and diamond necklace was reported lost or stolen from First Congregational Church in Riverhead Monday.

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.