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.

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.


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.