Southampton Blotter: Drug suspect Tasered

11/14/2012 3:00 PM |

An East Quogue man was zapped with a Taser and arrested after he was found in possession of drugs and then tried to escape, according to Southampton Town police.

Charles Gamble, 31, of Pine Neck Road in East Quogue was found in possession of marijuana in his car at the Wildwood Lanes parking lot on Lake Avenue in Riverhead and then refused to comply when an officer asked him to show his hands, police said.

Mr. Gamble then got out of his car, despite being told not to, and shoved the officer in the chest and ran away, police said.

He was caught after a brief chase and an officer then used a Taser to subdue him, according to police, who said the officer subsequently found 35 bags of crack cocaine on Mr. Gamble.

In addition, Mr. Gamble was wanted on a warrant from Riverhead Town police.

Mr. Gamble was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, second-degree harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana.

In that same incident, a Calverton woman, who also tried to run away from an officer because she was drinking alcohol in public, ended up with another charge, according to police.

Rahshell Gamble, 31, of Hillrise Court in Calverton was seen sitting in a car with three other people in the parking lot of Wildwood Lanes on Lake Avenue in Riverhead with an open container of alcohol and marijuana at about 10:10 p.m., police said.

Ms. Gamble got out of the car and ran away, preventing the officer from charging her with the open container violation, police said. But she did return to the scene later at 12:42 a.m. Saturday and was arrested.

She was charged with the open container violation and with second-degree obstructing government administration.

• A Flanders man was arrested just after midnight Friday after stopping where he shouldn’t have stopped, and not stopping when he should have, according to police.

Mark Kwasnik, 62, of Nassau Street in Flanders was observed stopping in front of his ex-girlfriend’s house on Evergreen Road in Flanders in violation of a court order of protection to stay away from her, and then was stopped by police after he continued forward and failed to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Mr. Kwasnik was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, police said.

• Joe McKay, 65, of Vail Avenue in Riverside was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property at his home on Nov. 3 following an investigation that determined that he had pawned stolen jewelry at Tommy’s Goldmine on Peconic Avenue in Riverside on Sept. 6, according to police.

• A Flanders woman reported last Wednesday that someone had illegally filed a tax return in her name in 2010. The woman said she received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service saying she owed $33,055 in back taxes and was fined in the year 2011. The woman responded that she has not paid taxes for the past eight years because she’s unemployed and a student, according to police.

The IRS urged her to report the incident to police because they had received a tax return filed using her Social Security number in 2010.

• Someone broke the rear window of a home on Deck Street in Flanders last Monday night, according to police, who said it didn’t appear that anyone had entered the home.

• The passenger-side window of a car parked on Flanders Road in Riverside last Saturday was shot at, breaking it and the front windshield, police said. The estimated cost to repair the two windows is about $600, according to police. The owner of the car said that the same thing happened to his other car on Oct. 30, police said.

• All four tires were flattened on a car parked on Flanders Boulevard in Flanders Friday morning, according to police. The estimated value of the damage was not available.

• A Riverside man reported that someone had stolen a radio from a car on Flanders Road in Riverside last Monday afternoon. The car belonged to his friend, police said. The estimated value of the stolen radio is $1,110, according to police.

 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.