Police Blotter: Mailbox Crash


Mailbox Crash

Southampton Town Police say Brian Locascio, 25, of Sag Harbor fell asleep behind the wheel of his car while driving on Noyac Road on Saturday, December 12, at 7:15 a.m. According to police, Locascio drove into several mailboxes and then continued on Noyac Road. He allegedly stopped partially on the road and then fell asleep. Police claim Locascio was intoxicated and that he failed a pre-screen breath test. Locascio faces charges of driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and aggravated driving while intoxicated, also a misdemeanor, for having a blood alcohol content at or above .18 percent. Locascio was transported to police headquarters for processing and held for a morning arraignment. He also faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, a violation.

Juan Posada, 29, of East Hampton was pulled over by Sag Harbor Village Police on Tuesday, December 8, for allegedly driving on Route 114 while using a cell phone. Once stopped, police claim they learned Posada’s license had been suspended for a pending court prosecution from August 2008. Posada faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawful use of a mobile phone, a violation.

While a Sag Harbor Village Police officer was on a routine patrol, he allegedly saw William Lowe, 23, of Bridgehampton urinating on the street in front of a bar on Long Island Avenue. Lowe faces charges of disorderly conduct, a violation. Police say he was processed and released to his mother.

Sag Harbor Village Police say they responded to an alarm allegedly set off by a girl under the age of 16 and a 17-year-old Sag Harbor male who were at Pierson school on Saturday December 5, at around 4:44 p.m. without permission to be on the premises. The teenagers were transported back to police headquarters. The male faces charges of criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Because the female is under 16 years of age she was released to her father.

Sag Harbor Village Police say they stopped Aliaga Guillermo, 47, of East Quogue driving down Main Street with a broken brake light on Thursday, December 10. Police also allegedly discovered that Guillermo’s vehicle registration had been suspended due to an insurance lapse, which is a misdemeanor charge.

A Main Street cafe reported to Sag Harbor Village Police that a bundle of newspapers and a bag of bagels were stolen from the shop early in the morning on Saturday, December 12. Employees of the shop told police that the items had been dropped off at the front of the store and were then stolen. The thief, or thieves, left the ties that hold the newspapers and the bags which carry the bagels at the scene of the crime.

Southampton Town Police say Michael Helstowski, 46, of Bridgehampton was pulled over at the intersection of Lumber Lane and Montauk Highway for driving through a red light on Monday, November 30. Police claim a scan of Helstowski’s license revealed that his drivers license was suspended for failing to pay child support and an insurance lapse. Helstowski’s vehicle registration was also expired, allege police. He faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and driving an unregistered motor vehicle, also a misdemeanor.

Patrick Bentivegna, 37, of Bohemia was allegedly at the intersection of Barclay Drive and Red Coats Lane in North Haven when he drove off the road and into a lake on Sunday, November 29, at 12:24 p.m. Southampton Town Police say Bentivegna’s license was suspended and he was issued a summons. Bentivegna also faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

On Friday, December 4, a Southampton Town Police officer allegedly saw Stelian Popavrabie, 34, of Sunnyside fishing at the end of Lake Road in Bridgehampton while drinking from an open container of alcohol. Police say Popavrabie faces charges of open container, a violation, for drinking in public.

A Sag Harbor man was notified by his bank, Hudson Savings Bank, that six electronic transactions, totaling $53.00 had been made on www.skype.com using his personal account information. The bank said they will follow up on the origins of the transactions.

Southampton Town Police report that a red BMX “Mirraco” bike was stolen from the front yard of an Oak Drive residence in Sag Harbor on Sunday, December 6. The victim, a Sag Harbor mother, told the police that the bike belonged to her 12-year-old son and was worth $550.

A Bridgehampton resident reported to Southampton Town Police that a Lite Speed bicycle, worth $2,500, was stolen from his home though there were no signs of forced entry. The homeowner believes someone who knew the location of the spare key or the alarm access code entered the house and stole the bike.

Earlier this month, a woman attempted to leave a Bridgehampton food store with a cart full of groceries. An employee of the store said the woman passed the point of sale with groceries totaling $292.43, when he caught up with her and made her return the items. The woman then fled the store and although the employee found the woman’s car he wasn’t able to make a civilian arrest.

Approximately seven copper leaders from the gutters of a Bridgehampton home were stolen earlier this month, say a report filed with Southampton Town Police. The homeowner told police that the alarm wasn’t activated nor did a video surveillance of the area offer any information. The copper leaders were valued at $5,000 in total.

The Southampton Town Police Street Crime Unit reportedly shut down a marijuana grow house in Flanders last week. Following a brief investigation, Carl Tarello , 41, admitted to police that he was utilizing his home to grow marijuana. He told police that he had been growing the plant in California prior to moving to New York in March of 2009, and said he believed it should be legal to grow the plant in New York State. After conducting a search of Tarello’s home, police say they found 20 marijuana plants, several pounds of harvested marijuana, four illegally possessed hand guns, 13 long guns, 30,000 rounds of ammunition, a drug scale, packaging material and growing lights and equipment. Tarello faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a felony, two counts of criminal possession in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, and unlawfully growing marijuana, a misdemeanor. Tarello was arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.