05/04/12 9:04am
05/04/2012 9:04 AM

An East Hampton man reported being jumped by two men while walking on Nugent Drive just south of the Peconic River last Wednesday night, according to police.

The suspect told police he was wearing earphones when he got jumped so he didn’t hear the suspects coming. They grabbed him from behind, knocked him to the ground and then punched and kicked him while reaching into his pockets.

The victim was able to get up and run away, and the two suspects left on bicycles, police said.

One of the suspects was described as a black male wearing a black hood and light blue denim jeans with a hole in one knee. The other was described as a Hispanic male with light-colored eyes and long hair, wearing a light red cap.

• A Flanders woman stopped for speeding was found to be driving drunk and in possession of drugs, police said.
Jennifer Gaffney, 37, of Flanders Road was charged about 3:15 a.m. last Wednesday with driving while intoxicated after initially being pulled over for speeding on Flanders Road and Flanders Boulevard in Flanders.

Police said Ms. Gaffney was found to have an odor of alcohol on her breath, and said she had taken three Tylenol PM pills about an hour before being stopped.

She also was found in possession of a bag of marijuana and a crack pipe with crack cocaine residue in it, police said.

Ms. Gaffney was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, speeding and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

• Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Flanders last week, police said.

Charles Roach, 47, of Cypress Avenue in Flanders and Deena Colgan, 40, of West Prospect Street in Southampton were both arrested about 3 a.m. Friday on Cypress Avenue and Flanders Road, police said. A car driven by Ms. Colgan, with Mr. Roach in the passenger seat, was stopped by police for failing to maintain a lane and the officer found crack cocaine in the car, police said. The officer also found Mr. Roach in possession of an open container of Four Loko, an alcoholic energy beverage, police said.

In addition to the drug charge, Mr. Roach was charged with consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and Ms. Colgan with moving from a lane unsafely, officials said.

• An East Hampton man was arrested for marijuana possession following a traffic stop on Flanders Road and Longneck Boulevard in Flanders April 22, police said.

David Merrill-Hughes, 22, of Maidstone Park Road was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after the 12:30 a.m. stop, police said.

Mr. Merrill-Hughes was pulled over for moving from a lane unsafely when an officer noticed the smell of burnt marijuana, according to police.

Mr. Merrill-Hughes gave the officer consent to search the car and a small quantity of marijuana was found in the center console, officials said.

• A Manorville man was stopped by police for talking on a cellphone while driving when he was found to be in possession of marijuana, according to police.

Timothy McCloskey, 22, of Green Court was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following the 8 a.m. traffic stop on Flanders Road and Old Riverhead Road West in Hampton Bays April 20, police said.

• Virginia Pritchard, 53, of Flanders Road in Flanders was charged with second-degree menacing last Wednesday morning on Flanders Road, where she was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute with a relative and threatened him with a knife, police said. No other details were available.

• Simone Scott, 20, of Valley Forge Court in Ridge was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage Friday night on Oak Avenue in Flanders. Ms. Scott was involved in an accident on Oak Avenue in which she hit a parked car and then left the scene, according to police.

She was found the next day on Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders and admitted to hitting the parked car, police said, adding that she had a suspended license.

Ms. Scott was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

• Robert Chavez, 36, of Longview Drive in Southampton was arrested by state police and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated last Tuesday after he was found sleeping in a vehicle at the USA gas station on Flanders Road in Flanders.

• A Flanders man reported last Monday that someone had illegally charged two purchases made in Georgia to his account at the Suffolk County Federal Credit Union in Riverside.

Purchases of $1,258 and $293 had been made at what appeared to be a furniture store and a gas station in Georgia.

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.

04/19/12 8:30am
04/19/2012 8:30 AM

A Riverhead teen who was charged with dealing drugs last year and allegedly stole a vehicle and led police on a car chase across two East End towns earlier this month is now facing another charge in connection with a March larceny.

Tremel Kelly, 19, of Riverhead was charged with petit larceny after an investigation revealed he stole a 32-inch Vizio television from the Riverhead Walmart on March 18, police said. He was taken from Suffolk County jail — where he is currently being held on his previous charges — processed, arraigned and returned to jail.

• Alfredo Velasquez was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree harassment after he punched a woman in the mouth during a dispute, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment, according to a police report.

• Two birch trees and a holly bush were reported missing from a Wading River home Saturday morning. The missing plants were worth about $220, police said.

• Twenty plants were stolen from a Calverton nursery sometime Sunday night, Riverhead police said. The plants were taken from the Decorative Gardens Nursery and are worth about $600, according to a police report.

• Brandon Jordan was arrested Sunday at the Home Depot on Route 58 and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and resisting arrest, police said. More information about the incident was unavailable.

• Sean Hardy, 30, was arrested and charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child after an incident in Riverhead Friday, police said. Julius Pendleton, 31, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the same incident, officials said. More information about the incident was unavailable.

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.

04/11/12 10:14am
04/11/2012 10:14 AM

A Northampton woman reported being slapped in the face by a man last Monday and also said that the man tossed juice on her car and started hitting the car with a glass.

This all happened after a verbal argument on Wildwood Trail, Southampton Town police said.

The man then started jumping on the car and threatening to get in it, police said, adding that the woman and her 3-year-old son were in the car at the time. The child was extremely scared and screaming while this was going on, the woman told police.

She said she called police because she was afraid the child would get hurt, but after officers left, she called again and the suspect told her, “I’m going to cut you … because you have the cops at my house.”

No arrests were immediately reported.

• A 12-gauge shotgun valued at $1,000 and a DPMS Panther AR-15 rifle valued at $4,000 were reported stolen from the bedroom of a home on Moon Avenue in Flanders Friday. The owner of the guns told police the guns were hidden in his room.

He said nothing else was missing, including some other guns he had.

• A traffic stop led to a drug-related arrest last week in Riverhead, police said.

Cynthia Massenburg, 46, of Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside was stopped by police for failing to stay in her lane about 4:15 a.m. Saturday on Lake and Woodhull avenues in Riverside, police said. She was then found to be in possession of crack cocaine, which an officer spotted in the center console area of the car, police said.

She was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

• Ilyse Labue, 33, of Flanders Road in Riverside was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated Saturday night on Flanders Road and Polk Street in Flanders, police said.

Ms. Labue was stopped by police for following another car too closely and unsafely moving from a lane when she was discovered to be intoxicated, according to police, who said she performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests and failed a pre-screen breath test.

In addition to the DWI charges, she was charged with following too closely and moving from a lane unsafely.

• A Riverhead woman reported that a woman and a juvenile, whom police did not identify, kicked and struck her car with sticks, causing more than $250 worth of damage, according to police. No arrests were reported.

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.

03/29/12 8:30am
03/29/2012 8:30 AM

A North Carolina man was arrested for assault late Sunday night after a domestic dispute at East Wind Caterers, Riverhead police said.

Nicholas Fay, 32, allegedly grabbed a woman off her bed and punched and kicked her while she was holding a young child, according to a police report of the incident. Cops later arrived at the scene and said Mr. Fay refused to speak with them, officials said.

Mr. Fay was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to police headquarters, processed and held for arraignment.

Police said they also notified his commanding officer at Fort Bragg, N.C., though it was unclear if Mr. Fay was an active member of the military. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment along with the child, who suffered a bloody nose during the incident, according to police reports.

• Shaun Pritchard was arrested on East Main Street last Wednesday morning and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after he turned over a marijuana cigarette to police, who were responding to a 911 complaint about a suspicious person in the area, authorities said. The 911 call was for a suspicious person possibly involved in narcotic activity, according to a report on the incident.

Mr. Pritchard was stopped by police, and then told them he was trying to contact a friend in the area. When police asked if he was carrying any drugs, Mr. Pritchard said he had “a few empty bags” that had contained marijuana, as well as a marijuana cigarette in his left sock. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

• Lisa Larkin of Sayville was arrested Tuesday morning on Philip Street in Riverhead and charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed driving and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said. She was processed and held for morning arraignment, police said. The vehicle Ms. Larkin was driving was returned to its owner. No other details about the incident were immediately available.

• Marvin Joseph was arrested on Railroad Avenue last Wednesday afternoon and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and public urination, police said. He was processed and released without bail, according to police reports.

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.

03/15/12 8:30am
03/15/2012 8:30 AM

Robert Trent, 21, of Riverhead was arrested Monday by Riverhead police and members of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force and charged with first-degree criminal sale of a criminal substance, according to police reports.

A task force investigation revealed Mr. Trent sold about 70 grams of narcotics on Route 58 in Riverhead on May 10, 2011, and sold an additional 78 grams of drugs on June 22, 2011, police said. He was arraigned and was being held at the county jail in Riverside.

• Richard Gundersen, 45, of Flanders was arrested last Tuesday after he allegedly took more than $400 dollars in groceries from a Riverhead supermarket without paying, according to court reports. He allegedly stole $416.65 worth of groceries from the Stop & Shop on Route 58 in Riverhead, police said. According to court reports, Mr. Gundersen was in the middle of court proceedings for a fourth-degree criminal possession of criminal property charge from last November at the time of his recent arrest on a larceny charge.

Police said they saw the suspect driving a stolen 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood worth $2,995 on Nov. 18, 2011. At that time, he was arrested and released without bail.

Mr. Gundersen was being held at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside.

• An unknown suspect took $1,650 from a wallet left in a Jamesport home, according to a police report. Police said they are still investigating the incident.

• Two unknown men stole $1,596 worth of merchandise from the Office Max on West Main Street (at Tanger Outlets) in Riverhead Sunday afternoon, police said. The suspects remain at large, and Riverhead detectives are investigating the incident.

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.

03/08/12 8:30am
03/08/2012 8:30 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead High School, where a student was busted with crack cocaine last Friday.

A Riverhead high school student was arrested last Friday after an assistant principal at the school caught him with crack cocaine, according to a police report.

Joseph Muncey Jr., 18, of Riverhead was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was processed and released on an appearance ticket.

• An unknown suspect caused about $5,000 in damage to a Ford SUV at a Riverhead car dealership last Saturday after breaking into the vehicle and ripping out its interior, police said. The suspect broke into a white 2012 Ford Explorer, tearing out the vehicle’s rear seats, interior paneling and center console, police said. The vehicle’s exterior wasn’t damaged. Riverhead detectives are still investigating the incident.

• Julian Wright, 39, and Terrance Latimore, 34, both of Riverhead, were arrested last Saturday afternoon and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, first-degree loitering and appearance in public under the influence of narcotics, police said. Mr. Wright and Mr. Latimore were processed and held for arraignment. No other details were available.

• Michael Hogan was arrested in Calverton Monday and charged with harassment and criminal possession of hypodermic needles, police said. He was processed at the Riverhead Police Department, arraigned and held at the Suffolk County jail.

• Anton Mack was arrested on Roanoke Avenue last Sunday and charged with reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Mr. Mack was processed and arraigned at Riverhead police headquarters. Additional information about his arrest was unavailable.

• Todd Dawson, 42, was arrested on Route 58 in Riverhead Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving, police said. He was processed and held for arraignment. Mr. Dawson was also a missing person from Southold, and Southold police were notified of his arrest, according to a police report.

• Melody Pampena, 38, of Flanders was arrested and charged with second-degree assault last Friday after a prior incident on Phillips Street in Riverhead the day before, police said. She was processed and held for morning arraignment. Additional information about the incident was unavailable.

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.

02/29/12 7:00am
02/29/2012 7:00 AM

A Riverhead man and his passenger were arrested in Flanders Monday night after Southampton police found the driver was high and carrying marijuana, police said.

Gregory Koplinka, 25, of Riverhead was stopped for speeding on Flanders Road at about 11 p.m., according to a police report.

Police said they discovered Mr. Koplinka was driving while high on marijuana after he was interviewed by cops when he was pulled over.

He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and other vehicle and traffic charges. The passenger in the car, Philip Liquori, 24, of Baiting Hollow, was also found with marijuana and charged with fifth-degree criminal possession.

Mr. Koplinka was held overnight at Southampton Police Headquarters, while Mr. Liquori was released on an appearance ticket.

• A Greenport man who sped away from an officer during a traffic stop on Flanders Road in Flanders Feb. 5 is also wanted on a warrant from Suffolk County Police, Southampton Town Police said. A town police officer had responded to a home on Flanders Road after receiving a complaint about an intoxicated person, police said. A Chevy Tahoe with Indiana plates was located and the man behind the wheel first gave the officer a false name, then took off and could not be located, police said. Police later discovered that the man was Robert Lechner of Greenport and that there is a Suffolk County police warrant for his arrest on a scheme to defraud charge, according to police.

• John Gloor, 19, of Manorville was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief last Wednesday night on Oak Avenue in Flanders, police said. He was arrested at the Flanders location after an investigation revealed that earlier in the night he had been involved in a domestic dispute with a girlfriend and intentionally broke a door at her home on Kyle Road in Hampton Bays, according to police.

• A Flanders man was charged with stealing jewelry from another home in Flanders last Tuesday, according to police.
Richard Borsman, 35, was charged last Wednesday at police headquarters with fourth-degree grand larceny following an investigation into a theft of jewelry from a Flanders Road home. Police said Mr. Borsman was familiar with the home and had permission to be in it at the time the theft occurred, according to police, who did not indicate when the theft occurred.

• A handbag, wallet, iPhone charger and 30 compact discs were reported stolen Sunday from a car parked on East Street in Flanders. The owner was unsure if the car was locked; police said there was no forced entry or damage. The estimated value of the stolen items is $190, according to police.

• An unknown amount of copper piping was reported stolen from an unoccupied home for sale on Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders last Wednesday. The suspect appears to have gained entry by forcing open a rear door, police said, adding that the lock mechanism was found on the floor. The estimated value of the piping is unknown, according to police, who said the theft was reported by a realtor who is marketing the property.

• A 50-inch plasma television valued at $1,000 was reported stolen from a storage trailer on Oak Avenue in Flanders last Tuesday. Several other items, including credit cards and identification cards, were also taken, 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.

02/23/12 7:00am
02/23/2012 7:00 AM

• George P. Psomas, 44, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with reckless driving and unlawfully fleeing a police officer Sunday night. He was taken to police headquarters, processed and held in lieu of $500 bail, police said.

• An unknown person threw 31 eggs at a vehicle in Wading River. The driver said the car was not damaged in the incident.

•Hugo Pirir-Mach, 23, of Calverton was arrested and charged driving while intoxicated Saturday night after he was involved in a car accident. Mr. Pirir-Mach was processed and held for arraignment.

• Michael Street, 40, was arrested on Railroad Avenue in Riverhead Saturday night and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and public urination. He was processed and handed over to Southampton police on an outstanding warrant.

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.