Southampton Blotter: Riverside woman attacked by shed dweller

A 52-year-old Riverside woman told police she was attacked by a woman who had been sleeping in a shed in a Vail Avenue yard in Riverside Saturday morning, Southampton Town police said.
The woman was sleeping overnight in the shed with the homeowners’ permission, but when the victim, who lives in the house on the same property, went into the backyard by the shed, she got attacked. The woman in the shed punched the victim in the face and knocked her to the ground, causing a small cut on her forearm, police said.

The victim told police she did not wish to pursue charges. The woman in the shed, whom police did not identify, left the shed.

• A 48-year-old man tried to swipe two car tires and rims from a Flanders Road property Saturday night, but was instead caught and held by residents until police arrived and arrested him, Southampton Police said.

Gregory Powell of Cypress Avenue in Flanders was arrested about 7 p.m., charged with petit larceny and released without bail.

• A Central Islip man reported being struck over the head with an unknown object Friday night near the Valero gas station on Peconic Avenue in Riverside, police said. The victim told police the suspect fled north on Peconic Avenue into Riverhead.

The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of a large abrasion on the back of the head, police said.

The suspect was wearing a black winter coat and a blue winter hat, police said.

• Edward Triggs, 44, of East Quogue was charged with driving while intoxicated just after midnight last Tuesday on Flanders Road near Evergreen Road in Flanders, police said.
There, police had observed him speeding and failing to stay in his lane, and when he was pulled over an officer noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath, authorities said.

• Shannon Hofsiss, 24, of Birch Court in Northampton was charged with DWI after her car was stopped at the traffic circle at county roads 31 and 104 in Westhampton, which is under construction, police said.

Police said she drove around two sets of barricades and signs indicating the road was closed in this area.

She then was discovered to be intoxicated and officers also found that her license had been suspended 16 times for alcohol-related charges and outstanding traffic tickets, authorities said.

In addition to DWI, she was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation — a felony punishable by up to four years in prison — failure to obey traffic control devices, violations for an open alcoholic beverage container and for not wearing a seat belt, according to police.

• Rashawn Lamb, 26, of Old Quogue Road in Riverside was charged with obstructing government administration last Wednesday on Flanders Road in Flanders, police said.
Officers had received a call of people fighting at the Flanders Deli. Mr. Lamb was being sought in regard to a grand larceny investigation and fled from arriving police, who later apprehended him, officials said.

• Justin Benkov, 26, of Brookhaven Avenue in Flanders was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana Friday morning on Brookhaven Avenue, police said. Officers had executed a search warrant at his home and found him to have marijuana, officials said.

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.