May 10, 2006
Fatal Accident In Flanders
A North Sea man was killed in a two-car accident on Flanders Road in Flanders on Sunday afternoon. According to Southampton Town Police, Alfred Burke, 66, struck a car and then struck a tree. The car Burke struck was driven by a 27 year-old Flanders resident who was attempting to make a left turn onto Flanders Road from Bellows Pond Road. Burke was unconscious at the scene and was transported by the Flanders Ambulance to the Peconic Medical Center, where he died. The other driver was uninjured.
Southampton Town Police are continuing their investigation into the accident.
Southampton Town Police arrested James T. Schmitt, 42, of Westhampton, on May 1 and charged him with burglary second, criminal possession of stolen property, and false personation after Schmitt allegedly provided the police with a false name. Police received a report of a suspicious person in the vicinity of Evelyn Court in Westhampton on Monday morning and stopped Schmitt on the basis of the description provided by the caller. The STPD says Schmitt was in possession of items stolen from a home on Depot Road earlier in the day. Items stolen included a laptop and $500 worth of jewelry.
Laptops and jewelry were the most popular items in this week's stolen stuff shopping spree. A laptop valued at $3000 was stolen from a home on Laura's Lane in East Hampton last Saturday, while on Sebonac Road in Southampton a thief made off with approximately $7000 worth of jewelry sometime last Thursday. A box filled with $3000 worth of baubles was taken from a home on Westneck Road in Southampton last Friday; on the same day a $500 ring and between $500 and $1000 worth of jewelry were stolen from a home on Bayhill Road. The K-9 unit brought to the scene to track fresh footprints outside the house turned up negative results.
Someone flexed his or her finger muscles at the Southampton Town Rec Center on Majors Path in Southampton, lifting $1200 in cash from a locker there on April 28. A $10,000 haul of catalytic converters were carted away from J&V Auto Salvage in Westhampton, some time last Thursday. And last but not least, $1330 worth of tools were stolen from a garage on Circle Drive in Riverhead on May 1. The police have a suspect.
Under The Influence
Mark Dzieman, 45, of Southampton, was slapped with felony DWI and a host of other charges after he was stopped for alleged erratic driving on Edge of Woods Road in North Sea last Wednesday. Dzieman received citations for an uninsured, uninspected, and unregistered vehicle, as well as UPM.
Local cops reported six other DWI arrests last week, three in Hampton Bays, one in Southampton, and two in East Hampton.
In the drugs department, a 39 year-old Hampton Bays male driver and his 23 year-old passenger were stopped for traffic violations on Flanders Road last Friday and were booked on criminal possession of a controlled substance after cops found a crack pipe and a quantity of crack in the car. The driver was also charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
Also last Friday, a 21 year-old Jericho man was arrested on Atlantic Avenue in Hampton Bays after he failed to signal a turn. He racked criminal possession of a controlled substance charge and UPM charges after pot and prescription Xanax were found in the car. A 27 year-old Flanders man landed the same charges after he was stopped for failing to maintain his lane on Old Quogue Road in Riverside last Thursday.
Rounding Up The Usual Suspects:
• What's a week without a little public lewdness? A 60 year-old man exposed himself to another man at a rest stop on Flanders Road on May 1, prompting the victim to call the police.
• He just didn't know when to leave: a "highly intoxicated male" who had been thrown out of The Point Bar and Grill on Main Street in Montauk several times decided instead to stand in the traffic lane of the roadway and to kick in the window of the driver's seat of the police car as he was being taken away for disorderly conduct and trespass. That behavior added criminal mischief and criminal tampering charges to the mix.