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.

psquire@timesreview.com

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.

07/01/13 11:13am

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A LIPA worker cuts the line at a house fire on Delmar Drive in laurel Monday morning.

One day after moving into a house they were renting on Delmar Drive in Laurel, a family was forced to evacuate when an electrical fire sparked.

The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, as a Cablevision worker was installing service to the house, officials said.

“Someone was working on the house, they hit a wire and that’s what started it,” said Cutchogue fire chief Tony Berkoski.

Conditions in the burning house were challenging, the chief said, with temperatures as high as 140 degrees.

LIPA arrived at the scene shortly before 11 a.m. to cut off power, as firefighters used an ax to break through the side of the house to extinguish the fire.

“We had a hard time because the house was built properly, it had double sheetrock on the walls and ceiling so it was hard to pull down,” Mr. Berkoski said. “That was the problem. Once the fire got into the ceiling it was hard to get down.”

Nobody inside the house was injured, but at least two different emergency workers were transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment of exertion.

The family renting the house declined comment.

The Cutchogue and Jamesport fire departments assisted the Mattituck Fire Department at the scene.

cmurray@timesreview.com

06/30/13 5:59pm
06/30/2013 5:59 PM

A Riverhead woman with a prior DWI was arrested for driving drunk along Route 48 in Mattituck Saturday night, Southold Town police said.

Jamie Walsh, 29, was stopped for traffic violations shortly after 10 p.m. when she was found to be intoxicated, police said.

She was taken to police headquarters and held for a Sunday morning arraignment. Her vehicle was seized due to a prior DWI conviction, police said.

06/23/13 4:43pm
06/23/2013 4:43 PM

A Riverhead painter faces a charge of criminal mischief after he had a disagreement with a client over money and then posted a sign to the other man’s store, saying the man “doesn’t pay,” according to a Southold Town police press release.

Louis Cardamone, 50, hung the sign on the Greenport store after the store’s owner declined to pay him in advance for a paint job, police said. The owner paid Mr. Cardamone half the money up front and said he would pay him the rest upon completion of the job, police said.

The sign caused damage to the siding on the Main Street building, police said.

Mr. Cardamone was arrested Saturday evening and released on cash bail, police said.

05/27/13 9:53am
05/27/2013 9:53 AM

Three men were arrested after a fight broke out in the parking lot at 111 Main Street in Greenport early Monday morning, Southold Town police said.

After the fight, which was broken up by police officers around 1:30 a.m., Matthew Gilligan of Flanders and Jesse Maggio of Southold, both 24 years old, were found to be in possession of marijuana, police said. They were both charged with disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

John Maniaci, 25, of Yaphank was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

All three men were held overnight at police headquarters for a morning arraignment, according to police.

03/28/13 12:30pm
03/28/2013 12:30 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO |  Nicholas Latasso (left) and Bert Roner at a Thursday morning arraignment.

Two Riverhead Town residents were arraigned on trespassing, stolen property and drug charges Thursday morning after they were caught with stolen copper telephone cables from Orient Point County Park in Orient Wednesday afternoon, Southold Town police said.

Bert Roner, 35, of Flanders and Nicholas Latasso, 33, of Riverhead pleaded not guilty to several misdemeanor charges stemming from their arrest.

The men were caught after cops received a tip from Plum Island security about 4 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Police stopped Mr. Roner as he was driving a black 2004 Ford Suburban in the parking lot of the Cross Island Ferry about 4 p.m. while investigating a possible larceny, according to a criminal complaint filed in Southold Town Justice Court.

Officers noticed Mr. Roner’s eyes were “red and glassy” and he failed roadside sobriety tests at the scene, according to the complaint.

Police discovered Mr. Roner and his passenger, Mr. Latasso, had “several lengths of plastic encased copper telephone feeder cable” belonging to Verizon, according to the complaint. Mr. Latasso also had a small white envelope containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, a police officer reported.

The men admitted they had trespassed at the Orient Point County Park, according to a criminal complaint.

Both Mr. Roner and Mr. Latasso were charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, court officials said.

Mr. Roner was also charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs while Mr. Latasso faces a seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charge.

Mr. Roner had previously been arrested for stealing copper from a business in Mattituck in July 2010, according to a published report. He served 90 days in jail in connection with that incident, records show.

He was then arrested last March after he was found in possession of a controlled substance during a probation visit, according to a News-Review report.

Bail for both men was set at $1,500 cash or $7,500 bond. They are due back in Southold court next Friday.

psquire@timesreview.com

03/11/13 12:38pm
03/11/2013 12:38 PM

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley with missing persons experts from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Southold Police do not anticipate filing any criminal charges in connection with the disappearance of Peconic teenager Ashley Murray, Police Chief Martin Flatley said Monday.

Police say they know where the teen was during her absence, but the chief declined to give the location.

“She was on the East End most of the time with friends who thought they were helping her,” he said. ”I’d like to think that anyone who helped her over that time was doing it for the right reason. Do I wish it had gone differently? Absolutely, but I don’t think there was any criminal intent.”

Ashley, 16, failed to show up at Southold High School Feb. 25 and she was gone 11 days before she and an adult friend showed up at town police headquarters in Peconic Friday afternoon.

The chief said Ashley spent only one night in the hospital after turning herself in and is now in the care of another family.

“When she was being interviewed it became evident she didn’t want to be home,” the chief added.

The police will conduct a few more interviews before closing out the case, he said.

tkelly@timesreview.com