10/19/11 3:00pm
10/19/2011 3:00 PM

A Mount Sinai man is facing an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge after allegedly driving a wine tour bus with 25 people aboard while his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, authorities said.

Christopher Dopkins, 48, was pulled over on Sound Avenue in Wading River after a witness reported a bus driving erratically in Cutchogue and then tailed it west, according to Riverhead Police Lieutenant Dave Lessard.

The witness said the driver had hit a road sign and was dragging a traffic cone under the bus, which is part of the Rocky Point-based Red Carpet Limousine’s fleet.
Mr. Dopkins was charged with felony DWI and was taken to the Suffolk County jail.

A man who answered the phone at Red Carpet Limousines declined to comment on the charge.

• A Riverhead man reported he was attacked by two unknown men and robbed of $348 while walking down Sigal Avenue early Sunday, town police said.

The victim reported that the men, who were standing by a black vehicle, asked him if he wanted to do business about 4:15 a.m., according to police. The victim, who replied no, was then grabbed from behind and put into a choke hold and dragged down the driveway of a Sigal Avenue home. The two men reached into the victim’s pocket and took his wallet and cellphone. They then threw him to the ground and punched him in the head. The men emptied the wallet and left it and the cellphone on the ground.

The victim was not seriously injured during the ordeal. No charges have been filed.

• A Coram woman was arrested after she stuffed six women’s sweaters into a purse designed to evade security sensors in the Calvin Klein store at Tanger Outlets, town police said.
An employee chased 28-year-old Julie Paola Peralta through the Tanger parking lot and caught her. Ms. Paola Peralta’s male accomplice escaped and was not apprehended by police.

Police did not say exactly how Ms. Paola Peralta’s purse was able to evade store security sensors.

Ms. Paola Peralta was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of an anti-security device.

• Two women were hospitalized following a two-car crash in Wading River Saturday night, authorities said.

The women were traveling on North Country Road near Gully Road about 6:20 p.m. when they crashed into another vehicle, Riverhead Town Police said.

One of the women, who were not identified by police, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center and the other was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. The helicopter landed at Wading River Elementary School.

The driver of the other car refused medical attention at the scene. No charges were filed.

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.

10/16/11 2:39pm
10/16/2011 2:39 PM

Two local men were charged with driving while intoxicated in two separate incidents in the Flanders and Riverside areas early Sunday, authorities said.

Gregorio Vasquez, 50, of Flanders was stopped by Southampton Town Police for driving on the shoulder of Flanders Road just before 3 a.m. and found to be inoxicated, police said. He was charged with DWI. Police did not specify the hamlet where the arrest occurred.

About 30 minutes later, Rewie Kamita, 21, of Riverhead was stopped after he was observed driving on the curb near the traffic circle in Riverside, Southampton police said. He was also charged with DWI.

Both men were held overnight for an appearance in Southampton Town Justice Court.

10/15/11 9:07am
10/15/2011 9:07 AM

A Flanders man is facing a slew of drug charges after police allegedly found a cornucopia of drugs on him — including crack and heroin — following a routine traffic stop in Riverside, authorities said.

Natia Yisrael, 36, was a passenger in a car that was pulled over on Flanders Road about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Southampton Town Police said. Inside, officers allegedly found heorin, PCP, crack and powedered cocaine.

Mr. Yisrael was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Police did not provide further details.

10/06/11 6:00am
10/06/2011 6:00 AM

A local teenager was arrested after he and an accomplice allegedly broke into several parked cars on Joshua Court in Wading River Monday and stole cash and electronics, authorities said.

Joshua Odell, 18, of Jamesport was arrested later that day at police headquarters and charged with fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The thefts were reported about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Charges against Mr. Odell’s suspected accomplice had not been filed as of Tuesday morning.

• A Riverhead man is facing harassment charges after he grabbed and threw one of his employees to the ground Friday after the worker made a derogatory comment about the boss’ mother, authorities said.

Town police said 45-year-old Melvin Henderson got into a physical altercation with an employee at a Riverhead car wash on Route 58, a 10:30 a.m. incident that left the alleged victim with bruises and scratches.

Mr. Henderson was charged with second-degree harassment.

• Corey Coach, 17, of Riverhead and an unnamed juvenile male are each facing possession of marijuana charges after an incident at the River Pointe apartment complex on East Main Street Friday, town police said. Mr. Coach was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana about 8 p.m., officials said. No further details were available.

• James Ayers, 36, of Riverhead was charged with second-degree criminal contempt Saturday for violating an order of protection, town police said.

• Peter Gevinski, 47, of Riverhead was charged with second-degree harassment last Monday, according to state police. No further details were available.

• A single-car hit and run accident in Calverton stalled traffic for several hours Wednesday morning.

The car, which police officers on the scene said slammed into a utility pole about 5:15 a.m., had been removed from the road by 9:30 a.m., though traffic was still being diverted from Sound Avenue to Route 25 via Fresh Pond Road.

Riverhead Town Police were searching for the driver of the car, who allegedly fled the scene.

• A woman reportedly tried to run down another person in the Home Goods parking lot on Route 58 in Riverhead last Tuesday, according to town police. The incident was reported about 8 a.m. No charges were filed and no further details were available.

10/05/11 3:54pm
10/05/2011 3:54 PM

A Flanders man was arrested Monday in connection with a two-year-old burglary in his hometown, authorities said.

Albert Daniels, 31, was charged in a 2009 robbery where he allegedly stole $2,000 from a woman outside her Flanders home, Southampton Town Police said in a press release Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Daniels was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny.

Southampton Town Police did not return a call seeking additional details.

09/30/11 11:11am
09/30/2011 11:11 AM

A Riverhead bicyclist suffered serous injuries after he was hit by a truck while crossing Route 58 in Riverhead early Friday, authorities said.

The bicyclist, 35-year-old Encarnaciom Gregorio, was hit by an eastbound Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Peter DeBerardi, 75, of Calverton near Mill Road about 6:30 a.m., Riverhead Town Police said. Mr. Gregorio, surffering with broken ribs, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Company.

Riverhead Police Detective Dixon Palmer said Mr. DeBerardi told police he had been stopped for a red light at the intersection with Mill Road and when the light turned green, Mr. Gregorio rode in front of the truck.

Mr. DiBerardi “never saw him,” Det. Palmer said. “He told me he came out of nowhere.”

Mr. DiBerardi stopped and got out to help Mr. Gregorio.

Det. Palmer said the Mr. Gregorio, who had not yet been interviewed by police, suffered broken ribs during the accident.

Police were still investigating, though Det. Palmer said he did not expect charges to be filed. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call investigators at 727-4500 ex. 328.

The accident occurred one day after Riverhead Town announced plans to move forward on a bike path running from Calverton to Jamesport.


09/27/11 3:18pm
09/27/2011 3:18 PM

Three Riverhead Town residents — including a mother and her son — abducted a teen from a Laurel gas station earlier this month, took his cell phone and called his friends and said they would continue to hold him until a stolen ATV was returned, Southold Police said.

The teen, a Mattituck resident, was driven from Laurel to Jamesport, stripped of his shoes and cigarettes and assaulted before being forced into the back of a pickup truck and released near Pier Avenue in Riverhead, according to reports.

Southold Police were alerted when a resident reported overhearing youths talking about an abduction.  Police later arrested Elizabeth Bucalo-Lingerfelt, 51, and her son, Conor Lingerfelt, 17, both of Jamesport, and Philip Trentacoste, 18, of Aquebogue, on robbery and unlawful imprisonment charges. The two teens also each face an assault charge.

After arraignment, all three were released on bail.

Police said the victim was taken about 1 p.m. on Sept. 1 from the Empire Gas Station on Main Road in Laurel, where he had gone to purchase cigarettes. The man told police he was confronted by three males and an older woman and forced into a white Dodge Neon. While at the Jamesport address a fourth male arrived, said police, adding that other arrests are pending.

Southold Police were able to contact several of the youths friends who reportedly received a call from one the suspects. One of his friends took him to his home in Cutchogue and seeing the black eye, swelling and bruises called the Cutchogue Fire Department rescue squad. An officer accompanying the squad realized the teen was the missing victim, who was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital, where he was treated and released, said police.

Although the ATV was reported stolen in Riverhead, Southold police said there’s no indication that the victim was involved.


09/23/11 8:51am
09/23/2011 8:51 AM

A Riverside man was arrested after he was caught driving without an ignition interlock breath test device — a violation of his conditional license following a prior DWI conviction — and then tried to drive away from police during the stop, authorities said.

John Finn, 48, was pulled over while driving his 2000 Chrysler south on Peconic Avenue in Riverside Thursday about 5:30 p.m., Southampton Town Police said. Mr. Finn, who was convicted of DWI following an arrest in riverside in 2009, is required to have the device in any car he drives.

Mr. Finn was charged with operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device and obstruction of governmental administration

Under a provision of Leandra’s Law, anyone convicted of misdemeanor or felony DWI must install an ignition interlock breathalizer device that will prevent the car from starting if a certain level of alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath.