01/01/15 8:56am
01/01/2015 8:56 AM

Five people were arrested on drunken driving and drug charges and another on a traffic offense during a New Year’s Eve sobriety checkpoint that was set up in Riverhead Town, police said.

Members of the district attorney’s East End DWI Task Force took part in the operation, which included officers from the Riverhead and Southold town departments, state police and the Suffolk County Police Department.

The exact location of the checkpoint was not disclosed to the media.

Arrested were:

• Alicia Hansen, 28, of Calverton, for driving while intoxicated.

• Charles Cumella, 63, of Calverton, for driving while ability impaired.

• Kenneth Sarcona, 59, of East Quogue, for driving while intoxicated.

• Lenny Ancona, 52, of Centereach, for driving while ability impaired by drugs.

• Donald Franco Hernandez, 41, of Flanders, for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A sixth person, Forrest Cowell, 26, of Riverhead, for arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

01/01/15 8:50am

Four people were arrested — including one man from Flanders — and 15 summonses were issued during a New Year’s Eve sobriety checkpoint in Hampton Bays, Southampton Town police said.

In all, 72 vehicles were stopped during the operation on Montauk Highway, where Southampton Town police were helped out by other members of the district attorney’s East End DWI Task Force.

Officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, Westhampton Beach Village, Quogue Village, Easthampton Village and Easthampton Town police departments participated in the checkpoint, officials said.

The Flanders man, Jose Mendez-Amaya, 19, was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

12/20/14 9:15am
12/20/2014 9:15 AM

A Cutchogue man was arrested Thursday on a drunk driving charge in Laurel, Southold Town police said.

Erwin Gruber, 42, was driving shortly before 10 p.m. near the intersection of Peconic Bay Boulevard and Laurel Lane when police pulled him over after he failed to stop at a stop sign, officials said.

He failed standardized field sobriety tests police administer after alcohol was detected on his breath, officials said.

Mr. Gruber was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

12/16/14 10:06am
12/16/2014 10:06 AM

A Riverhead woman driving with three children in her vehicle was arrested under Leandra’s Law Monday night after a traffic stop downtown, New York State Police said.

Serina V. Jackson, 36, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after failing a field sobriety test, police said.  (more…)

12/12/14 1:44pm
12/12/2014 1:44 PM
 Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in 2012 with a lawyer. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in 2012 with a lawyer. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A former Phillips Avenue teacher fired this year after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge has filed a federal lawsuit against the Riverhead School District, its superintendent, school board and several administrators.

He claims he was fired because he is black. (more…)