Car attacked by football-hurling thugs

05/27/2010 12:00 AM |

A group of about six or seven people — including one woman — stalked a man as he drove through Flanders last Sunday, standing in front of his car and repeatedly throwing footballs at it as he tried to maneuver through a neighborhood there.

The group first targeted the man as he approached in his car on Cypress Avenue, where all but the female eventually moved out of the car’s way, with someone throwing the ball at his car as he drove around her, he reported to Southampton Town Police.

When he turned his head to see who threw the football, the people in the roadway began to approach his car, and he left the area. The driver then tried a different route, using Polk Avenue, but the same group of people ambushed his vehicle, with one of them throwing the same football, this time striking the car and causing damage to the driver’s side rear door, police said. No arrests were made.

* Cassandra Powell, 20, of Flanders Road in Flanders was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana earlier this month on Oak Avenue and Silverbrook Drive in Flanders. Ms. Powell was pulled over May 6 because a passenger in the car she was driving wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to police, who said the officer then noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana as he approached the car. Ms. Powell admitted to having smoked marijuana numerous times in the past within the vehicle and consented to a search of the car, during which the officer found 25 grams of pot, police said.

* Romaine Hopkins, 28, of Riverside was charged with fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Jerome Trent, 30, of Mastic was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana Saturday in Riverside,

The two were arrested together after they were observed in a vehicle driving in Riverside, according to Sergeant James Kiernan, who heads the Street Crime Unit, which made the arrest. They were stopped because the driver of the vehicle, Mr. Hopkins, was wanted on a warrant, and his passenger, Mr. Trent, was found in possession of marijuana, Sgt. Kiernan said.

* Povilas Avizienis, 37, of Riverhead was charged with second-degree criminal contempt Saturday afternoon on South Valley Road in Hampton Bays after he went to a residence on that street in violation of an order of protection, according to police.

* A Riverside man reported that a home health aide who was working for him took checks and cash totaling $12,400, according to police.

The man, who made the report to police on Tuesday, said the woman started working for him March 23 and committed the thefts between April 13 and May 13. Police were investigating.

* Someone broke a basement window on a house on East Street in Flanders, causing an estimated $250 in damage, it was reported to police last Tuesday. The owner of the unoccupied home told police that no one gained entry to the house, but that there had been a prior incident within the last month in which someone broke into the house and started a small fire in the basement.

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.