10/13/13 6:00am
10/13/2013 6:00 AM

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A Riverhead man who left a $130 tab at a Mattituck restaurant after buying food and drinks for himself and others at the bar Friday night was arrested a few hours later after he was found at a nearby pub, Southold Town police said.

Martin Caracuel, 50, ran up the bill at the bar of Michelangelo’s of Mattituck, according to the bartender who was serving him.

The man, who was not a regular at the restaurant, stayed in the restaurant for “at least five, six hours,” buying drinks for himself and for others at the bar, the bartender — who gave her name as Megan, said.

Mr. Caracuel also had his fill of food: he bought soup, appetizers and dinner, restaurant staff said. The bartender told the man to pay up, but when she began to close up the restaurant, Mr. Caracuel snuck out the door, leaving a $130.35 tab.

“He ate and drank like a king and then just left,” she said.

Police were called to the restaurant, and located Mr. Caracuel at the Broken Down Valise pub in Mattituck after looking at surveillance footage, police said.

Officers took Mr. Caracuel back to Michelangelo’s where the bartender ID’d the man as the one who “creeped off” without paying.

“He didn’t have a dollar on him when the cops brought him back in their car,” she said.

Mr. Caracuel was arrested and charge with theft of services, a misdemeanor, police said.


09/16/13 2:28pm
09/16/2013 2:28 PM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Police escort Brayan Cahueque, 23, into Southold Town court on Monday.

A 23-year-old Laurel man pleaded not guilty to a second-degree assault charge after being accused of shooting a man in the face with an air rifle early Sunday morning.

Brayan Cahueque fired the shot at a 23-year-old man during an altercation about 4 a.m. at 1345 Main Road in Laurel, police said.

In court on Monday, a translator read Mr. Cahueque the felony charge. After, his lawyer William Moore said Mr. Cahueque wasn’t guilty of the crime.

“We dispute the factual allegations,” Mr. Moore said.

Mr. Cahueque has three children and no criminal record, Mr. Moore told the court.

Cahueque is due back in court next month; his sister posted his $500 cash bail.

The victim of the incident was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of his injury, police said.

Police said they are holding the weapon as evidence.


09/15/13 5:10pm
09/15/2013 5:10 PM

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A Laurel man was arrested Sunday for shooting an air rifle at another man, striking him in the face and causing a “large laceration,” Southold Town Police said.

Brayan Cahueque, 23, fired the shot at a man police described as “a 23-year-old Hispanic male,” during an altercation about 4 a.m. at 1345 Main Road in Laurel, police said.

Mr. Cahueque was arrested and charged with second degree assault. He is being held at Southold Police Headquarters until his arraignment Monday morning in Southold Town Justice Court.

Police said they are holding the weapon as evidence.

The victim was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of his injury, police said.

09/01/13 11:32am
09/01/2013 11:32 AM

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A Riverhead man was among five drivers arrested at DWI checkpoints set up throughout Southold Town by the East End DWI Task Force Saturday night and early Sunday morning, police said.

Dillon Cassidy, 26, of Riverhead was charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for three traffic violations.

He was held overnight at police headquarters for a Sunday morning arraignment, police said.

08/25/13 9:55am

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A seafood delivery truck driver from Southold was arrested on drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident charges after a two-car crash Saturday evening in Riverhead, authorities said.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Brian Pressler, 26, of Southold is walked into Southold Town Justice Court Sunday. He was charged with DWI in Southold and cited with leaving the scene of a crash in Riverhead.

Brian Pressler, 26, was driving east on Route 25 in Laurel about 8 p.m. in a delivery truck from Braun’s Seafood in Cutchogue when he was pulled over by Southold Town police, who were alerted to the accident by Riverhead Town police.

Riverhead police said Mr. Pressler had his high beams on and was tailgating a brown Honda at the intersection of Main Road and Edgar Avenue in Aquebogue about 7:50 p.m., when he rear-ended the vehicle.

After he was eventually located in Laurel, officers at the scene determined Mr. Pressler was intoxicated, police said.

He was charged with DWI and issued a citation from Riverhead police for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, police said.

Southold Town Justice Rudolph Bruer said at an arraignment Sunday that this was not the first time Mr. Pressler, who was released on his own recognizance, has been before him for an alcohol-related offense.

07/22/13 8:00am
07/22/2013 8:00 AM

A Mattituck pharmacist was arrested Friday after he was caught stealing Hydrocone pills from the Rite Aid store where he was employed, Southold Town Police said in a press release issued Monday morning.

An investigation revealed Paul Rinaldi, 57, of Miller Place was using the pills to self medicate over the course of a six-month period, police said. He was reported to police by Rite Aid’s asset protection division, police said.

He was transported to police headquarters and processed Friday, and has since been released on bail.

07/20/13 9:37am
07/20/2013 9:37 AM

A Riverhead woman has been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Cutchogue Friday night, Southold Town police said.

Raquel Mahon, 44, was driving a blue Ford pick-up truck erratically on Route 25 in Cutchogue about 9:23 p.m., according to a police statement. Another driver spotted Ms. Mahon driving in and out of her lane and called police, who found Ms. Mahon and pulled her over.

Police found she was drunk and had a suspended license, and arrested her at the scene, police said. She was charged with DWI, and charges for a suspended license and a traffic violation, according to the statement.

She was taken to police headquarters and held for arraignment, police said.


07/13/13 4:20pm
07/13/2013 4:20 PM

A 42-year-old Riverhead man fled the scene of an accident in Southold and was later found to be intoxicated, Southold Town Police said.

Thomas Ferrara was involved in an accident at 11:02 a.m. Saturday on County Road 48 but did not stop, police said. After police located the vehicle, Mr. Ferrara was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, both misdemeanors.

He was transported to headquarters and held for arraignment.

Police did not specify the nature of the accident.