Cops: Riverhead man brought ‘large’ knife to court

A Riverhead man who was in Southold Town Court Tuesday morning for a prior drunk driving charge was arrested after a court officer noticed he had brought a knife to court, Southold Town police said.

Joseph Kess, 31, was due in court for a hearing related to a DWI charge from 2012, a court clerk said. Before the court proceedings began, a town court officer, Donato Cappabianca, found Mr. Kess was carrying a “large black-handled gravity knife,” according to a police report.

Mr. Cappabianca and Southold police arrested Mr. Kess and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. Mr. Kess was arraigned on the new charge and released with a new date in court.