11/14/12 3:00pm
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.

09/19/12 10:37am
09/19/2012 10:37 AM

A Riverhead man who was unsuccessful in hiding a drug pipe was arrested on drug charges in Riverside last week, Southampton Town police said.

Vincent Braunskil, 40, of West Main Street in Riverhead was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Friday night on Peconic Avenue, police said.

When an officer walked by him, Mr. Braunskil tried to conceal something in his left hand by walking away from the officer and moving his hand behind his back, according to police. When asked what he had in his hand, he turned over a glass pipe used to smoke cocaine, according to police, who said the pipe tested positive for cocaine.

• A Hempstead woman who was driving while on pain medication ended up in more pain as she was involved in a accident and then arrested, according to police.

Eva Rosado, 45, of Foster Place in Hempstead was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs Aug. 29, on Flanders Boulevard in Flanders after being involved in a crash at the intersection of Flanders Road and Cypress Avenue, police said.

Ms. Rosado told an officer she was wearing a pain patch and that she takes prescription medication for pain, according to police, who said there were four bottles of prescription medication in the car.

Ms. Rosado was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries suffered in the accident and then released on an appearance ticket, according to police.

Additional information about the accident was not available.

• Reinaldo Garcia, 32, of West Parkview Drive in Shirley was charged with driving while intoxicated last Thursday afternoon on Flanders Road and Red Creek Road in Flanders, police said.

He was stopped after being spotted driving erratically and swerving all over the road on Route 24, police said. He was unable to perform roadside sobriety tests, police said.

• Sharon Russell, 62, of Wilmont Avenue in Washington, Pa., was charged with DWI just after midnight Saturday on Flanders Road and Bellows Pond Road in Flanders, police said.

Ms. Russell was initially stopped for failing to stay in her lane and was then found to be intoxicated, according to police, who said she had alcohol on her breath and did poorly on roadside sobriety tests.

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.

08/09/12 9:00am
08/09/2012 9:00 AM

Two unknown men and an unknown woman reportedly stole seven lawn mowers from a Riverhead store early Friday morning, police said.

The three suspects allegedly used a tan-colored van to take the equipment from The Home Depot store on Route 58, police said.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

• Jacqueline Burck, 23, of Riverhead was arrested July 29 after damaging a vehicle in Center Moriches, Suffolk County police said. Ms. Burck drove a 2006 Suzuki into another vehicle parked in a driveway located on Wading River Road sometime overnight between July 6 to July 7, officials said. She was charged with leaving the scene of property damage, police said.

• Juan Mateo, 40, of Riverhead was arrested on forcible touching, harassment and resisting arrest charges Sunday, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment. No details were available.

• Nicholas Dolce, 19, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped near a 7-Eleven convenience store on Route 58, police said.  He was processed and held for arraignment.

• Four people driving dirt bikes and quads damaged a Riverhead sod farm July 31, police said. The suspects rode their bikes and quads across the Deleo Sod Farm on Tuthills Lane, according to a police report. No arrests were made.

• Nearly $25,000 in jewelry and money was stolen from a Riverhead home Friday, police said. The unknown person entered the Osborne Avenue home through the northwest door and stole jewelry and cash worth $24,700.

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.

08/06/12 7:00am
08/06/2012 7:00 AM

A man pulled a knife on the attendant at the Shamrock gas station on Flanders Road in Riverside following an argument July 24 in which the attendant refused to sell the man cigarettes without his showing identification, according to police. The suspect then left and threw a metal pipe at the store’s door as he was driving away, breaking the glass, police said.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, police said.

• Anthony Jenkins, 47, of Old Quogue Road in Riverside was riding his bike without lights on that road in Riverside just before midnight Friday when he was spotted for the light violation. An officer tried to pull him over, according to police, but he tried to flee the scene on the bicycle. After a short while, he nearly fell off and was arrested, police said.

A search of Mr. Jenkins subsequently turned up a crack pipe and a small quality of cocaine, according to police. He was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Failure to signal a turn on Ludlam Avenue in Riverhead was what led officers to pull over Cynthia Massenburg, 47, of Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside Sunday at 1 p.m. After that, she was searched, and several crack pipes, along with hashish and marijuana, were found, according to police. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and the unsafe turn violation, according to police.

• Tammy Cipriano, 44, of Old Quogue Road in Riverside and Carlos Gonzalez-Leverman, 26, of Pulaski Street in Riverhead were charged with prostitution and third-degree patronizing a prostitute, respectively, after a police officer saw them having sex in the bushes off Flanders Road on Saturday night.
Mr. Gonzalez-Leverman told the officer he paid Ms. Cipriano $20 for the sex, according to police. Ms. Cipriano was also charged with public lewdness, police said.

• A Streamlight Rechargeable flashlight valued at $140 and two license plates were reported stolen from a car on Pine Street in Riverside July 24 — and a Mongoose mountain bike that police say was valued at $149 was reported stolen from the yard at that same address and time, 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.

07/26/12 8:00am
07/26/2012 8:00 AM

Nine people were arrested by the East End DWI Task Force Saturday evening, authorities said.

According to a police report, the following people were charged with driving while intoxicated: Juan Perez, 50, of Riverhead; Eusebio Plato, 38, of Riverhead; Farrow Sims Jr., 19, of Calverton; Mark Sims, 42, of Riverhead; John Stark, 42, of Southold; and Otto Zeller, 33, of Huntington.

Amilcar Cano, 28, of Greenport was charged with DWI and resisting arrest, police said. Philip Ashley, 72, of Jamesport was charged with driving while ability impaired, and Melissa McMoore, 21, of Greenport was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, according to the report. The task force included officers from the Riverhead, Quogue and Westhampton Beach police departments. Police said more checkpoints will be deployed throughout the East End during the summer and reminded drivers to wear seat belts and not to drink and drive or use cellphones while driving.

• Christopher DeCarlo, 24, of Manorville was arrested Sunday and charged with petit larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic needle after he was allegedly caught stealing a DVD player from Walmart, police said.

Mr. DeCarlo had two hypodermic needles in his front right pants pocket, according to a police report. The needles were removed and stored as evidence, police said. Mr. DeCarlo was processed, given an appearance ticket and turned over to Suffolk County police on an active warrant.

• A money deposit bag containing nearly $4,000 was allegedly stolen from Bed Bath and Beyond in Riverhead last Thursday, town police said. The bag, containing $3,832.30, was reported missing about 8 p.m., according to a police report. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

• Tyrone Trent, 49, of Riverhead was arrested on a second-degree criminal contempt charge after he violated an order of protection, Riverhead police said. Mr. Trent was taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

• John Robinson, 19, of Riverhead was arrested on a harassment charge after he became physically abusive during a dispute at his home, police said. According to a police report, Mr. Robinson arrived at the house drunk and was verbally and physically abusive to a woman there, grabbing her by the arms and shaking her while she held a child. The victim fled into the house and called 911, police said. The two were separated by police and Mr. Robinson was arrested and held for arraignment.

• Paul Pleickhardt, 33, of Shoreham was arrested last Wednesday on drunk driving charges after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, Suffolk County police said. Mr. Pleickhardt was driving a 1993 Honda Civic along Washington Avenue about 7 p.m. when his car crashed into another vehicle, officials said. He was sent to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and treated for undisclosed injuries, police said. Details about the other driver weren’t available. Mr. Pleickhardt was charged with DWI, officials said.

• Enrique David, 26, of Riverhead was arrested early Friday on drunk driving charges in Ridge, Suffolk County police said. He was driving a 1997 Dodge near the intersection of Route 25 and Wading River Hollow Road about 3 p.m., officials said. Mr. David was charged with DWI and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

• Shanay White, 21, of Wading River was arrested Friday on drug charges in Patchogue, according to Suffolk County police. She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, officials said.

• Ryan Delapine, 22, of Shoreham was arrested Saturday on drunk driving charges in Port Jefferson, Suffolk County police said. He was driving a 2003 Jeep along Thompson Street at around 3 a.m. when he failed to stop at a stop sign, officials said. Mr. Delapine was charged with DWI, 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.

07/25/12 10:00pm
07/25/2012 10:00 PM

Three youths were observed by several witnesses starting a fire in the woods off Suffolk Avenue in Flanders last Tuesday afternoon and, as they were leaving, one of them shouted, “You’re all going to burn,” according to Southampton Town police.

The fire was out by the time town police and town fire marshals arrived at the scene and the suspects were gone, according to police, who said at least four people witnessed them setting the fire.

• A Speonk woman was arrested on drug charges after being found with crack in Riverside, according to Southampton Town Police.

Aubrey Fauvell-Thomas, 32, of Dock Road in Speonk was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation at 3 a.m. Saturday on Flanders Road and Vail Avenue, according to police. The officer who made the stop then noticed that Ms. Fauvell-Thomas appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to police.

The officer asked Ms. Fauvell-Thomas if she had smoked crack that night. She responded that she has been smoking crack for the past week and that she had a crack stem in her purse, according to police.

A search subsequently turned up additional crack, according to police.

Ms. Fauvell-Thomas was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• A Patchogue man was one of 11 people arrested for driving while intoxicated in Southampton Town this week, as the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End DWI Task Force conducted checkpoints throughout the East End.

Alexander Fuentes, 34, of Circle Drive West in East Patchogue was observed heading west on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays with no plate light at 3 a.m. Sunday and was then seen making a wide turn onto Flanders Road and heading west on that road.

Once he was pulled over on the traffic charges, the officer noticed he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and showed signs of being intoxicated, according to police, who said he performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

The DWI task force was created earlier this year and uses officers from multiple police agencies to enforce drunk-driving laws.

• A Riverside man reported that 90 Soma pills valued at $300, 32 Suboxone pills valued at $200, his wallet, credit cards, Social Security card and an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card were all stolen from a home on Maynard Avenue in Riverside last Wednesday.

• A Flanders woman reported that a white pickup truck hit her car at the intersection of Flanders Road and Glider Avenue and then left without stopping, according to police. The truck has a crew cab and should have damage to the front passenger side, 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.