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Riverhead Blotter: Bicyclist arrested on drug charges downtown

Not having a bell on his bicycle led to a man being arrested on drug charges, Riverhead police said.

Rodney Dalmida, 65, of Aquebogue was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance Friday night on East Main Street. Police reportedly observed him riding a red bicycle on the sidewalk east of Ostrander Avenue without a light or bell, which are required by state law.

The officer stopped Mr. Dalmida to interview him and discovered that his shirt pocket contained three white envelopes with heroin inside, police said.

When the officer asked Mr. Dalmida about the envelopes, he replied that he had “picked up a bag,” police said.

• Tomasz Zalewski of Riverhead was charged with two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance last Thursday night on Ostrander Avenue in Riverhead, police said.

Mr. Zalewski, 27, was wanted on a warrant for a drug possession charge, police said, and reportedly began to flee when an officer approached him in a police car near his home.

Police said Mr. Zalewski began reaching into his pocket as he ran. When officers caught up to him, they found he was in possession of crack cocaine and heroin, police said.

• An unknown person placed a fake skeleton on the front steps of a law office on West Main Street in Riverhead sometime between July 1 and July 2, according to police, who received the report last Wednesday.

• A 2006 Honda dirt bike valued at $3,000 was reported stolen from the front porch of a home on Daly Drive in Riverhead last Wednesday morning. Additional information was unavailable.

• A woman told police last Thursday morning that she had wired $8,850 to a fraudulent account. Additional information was unavailable and the case is being investigated by detectives, police said.

• A man reportedly stole about 50 men’s shirts valued at $1,375 from the Calvin Klein store at Tanger Outlets Saturday night.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man who is about 5’5, weighs 140 pounds and was wearing a dark T-shirt with white lettering and black shorts. He reportedly entered the store at 7:24 p.m. and left four minutes later with the shirts in a red bag, police said.

• Two women and a man were seen stealing six pairs of shoes worth a total of $430 from Designer Shoe Warehouse on Route 58 in Riverhead last Thursday night, according to police, who said the suspects left the area before they arrived.

• Miguel Luciano, 35, of Mastic Beach was charged with petit larceny following his arrest last Wednesday night at Target on Route 58, where police said he stole assorted clothing items.

• Mario Chamale Pirir, age and address unavailable, was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday night on Sweezy Avenue in Riverhead after running a stop sign and failing to stay in the traffic lane, police said.

• Someone stabbed four tires on two trucks at J.P. Hunter Co. on East Main Street in Riverhead Monday morning, police said.

• Someone damaged the window of a car parked on Third Street in Riverhead last Tuesday morning. The estimated value of the damage is $250, police said.

• A Titan 12-speed bicycle was reported stolen from a home on Osborn Avenue last Thursday night, police said. Additional information was unavailable.

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.