Fire Leads To Trespass, Endangerment Arrest


A fire in the basement of a Main Street, Sag Harbor business on Wednesday, November 26 led to the arrest of a Sag Harbor man on charges of criminal trespass in the third degree and reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors, after he allegedly confessed to having a hand in the crime the following day.

According to Sag Harbor Village Police, Pedro Moreno, 50 was questioned in regards to the fire, which was set around 8 p.m. last Wednesday, reportedly by lit candles in the basement of the business which subsequently caused a fire. Police said that while Moreno was not at the scene of the fire, he was known to have trespassed in the basement prior and signed a confession admitted that he had been in the basement and knocked over a candle lighting a mattress, which caused the blaze. Moreno reportedly sustained burns as a result of the fire, but was treated at Southampton Hospital for his injuries.

On Saturday, November 29 Southampton Town Police arrested a Westhampton woman after she allegedly pretended to be a police officer, asking people to move their cars from parking spaces in a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton parking lot, or she would give them a ticket. Melissa B. Broderick, 55, of Westhampton was found in a navy blue security uniform and was charged with criminal impersonation in the second degree, a misdemeanor, and was later released on an appearance ticket at $200 bail.

A Bridgehampton woman was arrested by Southampton Town Police on Saturday, November 29 after police said that she allegedly drove while under the influence of alcohol with her three children in the car. Catherine J. Prieto-Wallick, 33 was pulled over on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton after police said she was unable to maintain her lane of traffic and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanor crimes, after police discovered her three children, ages seven, six and two, in the car with her.

Richard Jason Petty, 33, of Southampton was arrested by town police on Sunday, November 30 at Murray Place in Bridgehampton after police said he contacted his mother, violating an order of protection issued in August. Petty faces the charge of criminal contempt in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

On Friday, November 28, Sag Harbor Village Police were called by East Hampton Village Police and informed that Hugo Napolean Mena, 24, of Hampton Bays was in their custody on traffic related offenses, but had an outstanding criminal summons out of Sag Harbor on the charge of aggravated harassment in the second degree, stemming from a May 2008 incident. He was arrested by village police and released on an appearance ticket and $200 cash bail.

Yvette D. Mckie, 44, of Sag Harbor was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Sunday, November 30 for aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree after police said she was found in her car on Main Street after apparently falling asleep, crossing over the street and striking a utility pole. Police said upon further inspection they discovered her license was allegedly suspended in July of 2007 for an insurance lapse.

Southampton Town Police arrested Margolin F. Errol, 64, of New York on Saturday, November 15 after they pulled him over at Montauk Highway and Sagg Road in Sagaponack and discovered his license and registration were allegedly suspended. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree and for driving with a suspended registration, both misdemeanors. On Wednesday, November 19 town police charged Erlon S. Dasilva, 28, of North Sea with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree after police pulled his 1998 Ford over on County Road 39 in Southampton for failing to maintain his lane of travel and found he was allegedly driving with a suspended license. He was released on a traffic ticket.

A Sag Harbor resident called village police on Sunday, November 30 after he said he began receiving several threatening messages from a man who said he would be coming to the area with other men prepared to collect money from the resident. Police were able to locate the phone number used to make the calls, as the resident had caller identification on his phone, and left a message advising the men to stop the harassing phone calls.

On Wednesday, November 26, a Deerfield Road, Water Mill business owner called Southampton Town Police to report that the wife of an employee has been calling him in an attempt to get her husband fired, and the calls have started to create an annoyance. Police are looking into having the woman arrested on aggravated harassment changes. 

A $1,999 Weber Summit Grill and $69.99 grill top were stolen from a Whispering Fields, Water Mill home, according to a police report filed with Southampton Town Police on Sunday, November 23.

On Sunday, November 23, a Manhattan resident reported to Southampton Town Police that someone stole a cord of firewood, valued at $225, from his Rose Grove Road, North Sea residence.

A $100 radio antenna was removed from a Manhattan resident’s car while it was parked at a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton business, according to a report filed with Southampton Town Police on Sunday, November 23.

On Tuesday, November 25 Southampton were contacted by a Parsonage Pond, Sagaponack resident who reported that $480 was stolen from a drawer in his home. The money was left for a housekeeper in October and was taken before she arrived to work at the house, he said.

An intoxicated man at a Main Street, Sag Harbor restaurant forced the business owner to call Sag Harbor Village Police on Thursday, November 27 after he refused to leave the premises. Police arrived and asked the gentleman to leave the area, which he refused to do, prompting police to physically escort him out of the establishment.

On Wednesday, November 26, a Medford resident contacted town police to report a 1992 Kawasaki dirt bike, valued at $500, was stolen from a Topping Path, Sagaponack residence.

On Tuesday, November 25, Southampton Town Police were contacted by a Montauk resident who reported that while he was shopping in the Bridgehampton Commons on November 7 someone damaged the left front fender of his 2007 Toyota pickup and left the scene of the accident.