02/03/15 10:00am
02/03/2015 10:00 AM

CopsA Southampton man reported last week that he had received counterfeit bills from the USA gas station on Flanders Road in Flanders on two occasions, according to police.

The man told police last Monday that he received a counterfeit $5 dollar bill that same day and had received a counterfeit $10 bill over the summer.

He said the bills were passed to him after buying gasoline and receiving change, and that he didn’t know they were counterfeit until he tried to make a purchase and was told they were fakes.

The town detective division and the U.S. Secret Service were notified and the counterfeit bill was taken by police, according to a report.

• A Riverhead man told Southampton Town police that a car crossed into oncoming traffic last Monday afternoon on Flanders Road in Flanders and collided with his vehicle before leaving the scene.

The incident took place around 4:40 p.m., according to police, who said the Riverhead man suffered a wrist injury in the accident and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment. The suspect in the other took car fled in an unknown direction and wasn’t caught, police said.

• A Flanders man was arrested after he hit another person at his Flanders home Sunday afternoon, police said.

Charles Roach stuck someone multiple times in the head and face, “causing pain and physical injury,” according to police, who did not identify the victim. The victim did not require hospitalization, police said. Mr. Roach was charged with third-degree assault.

• An unidentified person broke a front picture window as well as a second-floor window on a bank-owned home on Oak Avenue in Flanders last Thursday, police said.

There were footprints detected in the snow leading to a back door, which was ajar, according to police, who indicated they did not find any squatters living in the house.

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 The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

01/26/15 12:25pm
01/26/2015 12:25 PM


Felony charges including attempted rape and criminal possession of a weapon against a 30-year-old Wading River man are set to be dismissed, following an “extensive” follow-up investigation into the incident, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Southampton Town police arrested Richard Rause, 30, for allegedly attacking a 30-year-old woman near a lake at the Wildwood Town Park located at on Lake Ave in Northampton about 2:15 p.m. Jan. 14.


01/21/15 8:00am
01/21/2015 8:00 AM

Two Flanders men, one described by police as a gang member, were arrested at their Cypress Avenue home last Thursday following an investigation into cocaine sales in the area, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, which made the arrests in conjunction with the Southampton Town Police Emergency Services Unit and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.


01/06/15 1:00pm
01/06/2015 1:00 PM

A Northampton man who was cleaning what he believed was an unloaded shotgun accidentally shot himself in the foot early Saturday, sustaining a loss of some toes, Southampton Town police said.

Riverhead Town police responded to a report of a gunshot victim at Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he had gone to seek medical attention just before 6 a.m., according to a report.


12/24/14 3:00pm
12/24/2014 3:00 PM

A Flanders man told police he was robbed at knifepoint on Flanders Road in Flanders last Thursday at 6:27 p.m., according to a report.

Police said the victim gave up $200 in cash and that the suspect fled on foot in a westbound direction.

No one was injured in the encounter, according to police, who did not release a description of the suspect. (more…)

12/01/14 3:21pm
12/01/2014 3:21 PM
Riverleigh Avenue intersects with the Riverside traffic circle on Flanders Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The Valero is located at the northern portion of the traffic circle. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A man who was denied cigars because he didn’t have proof of his age was arrested after he then went outside and kicked the careful clerk’s car in retaliation, damaging the car, Southampton Town police said. (more…)

11/12/14 9:17am
11/12/2014 9:17 AM
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Two men are being held on bail after their arraignment Wednesday on a slew of charges — including felony robbery and assault — related to a Tuesday night hold-up at a Hampton Bays home, according to Southampton Town court documents.

The two men, 22-year-old Jairo Arteaga of Riverside and 21-year-old Jimi Valdez-Banegas of Hampton Bays, are accused of physically attacking a man in the home Mr. Valdez-Banegas lives in, according to the court filings.

About 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Arteaga attacked the 29-year-old victim — whose identity is being withheld — inside the home on Penny Lane, striking him in the shoulder with a baseball bat and causing “substantial pain” and a “large” bruise, the court filings show.

At the same time, Mr. Valdez-Banegas held a knife up to the throat and head of the victim while threatening to kill him, according to the court documents. The two men stole the victim’s wallet, keys, and $600 in “assorted U.S. currency,” according to the report.

The victim ran from the house and flagged down someone who then called police, said Southampton Sgt. John Boden. Officers on patrol got to the house soon after and caught the two men, he said.

Sgt. Boden declined to comment on why the victim was targeted inside the house, or if he had any relationship with the attackers.

Both men were charged with felony robbery, assault and unlawful imprisonment, as well as misdemeanors for weapons possession and menacing.

Mr. Arteaga and Mr. Valdez-Banegas were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and held on $755,000 and $505,000 bail, respectively, a court clerk said.

Both men are due back in court on Monday.

Editors note: Police originally said Mr. Arteaga lived in Riverhead in a news release. Court paperwork attached to the charges filed against him lists Mr. Arteaga’s address as being in Riverside. The story has been altered to clarify his place of residence.


11/11/14 7:25am
11/11/2014 7:25 AM

A Middle Island man was arrested on a drug charge early this morning after police said he was pulled over while driving on Flanders Road in Riverside.

According to Southampton Police, 33-year-old Sean Harney was driving around 2:45 a.m. when police pulled him over for a traffic infraction. Police reportedly found that he was in possession of heroin soon after.

He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, and processed and released on bail for a future appearance date.