Police Blotter: Tractor Accident Temporarily Shuts Down LIRR

Posted on 26 February 2009

On Wednesday, February 19, the Southampton Town police reported a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Tuckahoe Road at the intersection with County Road 39, in Southampton. An accident investigation revealed that a tractor trailer operated by Jason Lee Poling, 35, of Michigan attempted to negotiate a right turn onto Tuckahoe Road from County Road 39, but impacted with a Long Island Rail Road crossing gate support pole causing the rear axle to lodge on one of the support pilings and the tractor trailer became stuck across the railroad tracks. The LIRR was immediately advised to halt train traffic in the area and Tuckahoe Road was closed to vehicle traffic. Once the vehicle had been removed, the LIRR service reopened.

Michael Rincon, 20, of Hampton Bays was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Thursday, February 19. Police say Rincon was observed driving a 2000 Ford Focus down Jermain Avenue, and was reportedly speeding at 41 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. When stopped by police, a Department of Motor Vehicle scan revealed that his drivers license was revoked on January 6, 2009, for driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol. His license was suspended, pending prosecution by the court. On Thursday, Rincon was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and speeding, a violation.

According to Southampton Town Police, a Sag Harbor resident reported on Thursday, February 19, unknown suspects shot the front siding and roofing, along the north west side of his employer’s Southampton residence with numerous pink paintballs. The victim stated the incident caused a substantial inconvenience because he had to wash the paint off the residence.

On Saturday, February 21, Marshall Crowley, 68 of Hampton Bays was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on the charge of failing to appear in court. Southampton Village Police picked up Crowley at the Sag Harbor Village police station, where he had been temporarily held. Crowley was then turned over to the East Hampton Town Police Department, where he was held until his arraignment.

Some driveway lights were ripped out of the ground on a North Haven property, says a report filed with the Southampton Town Police. The victim told police the damage exceeds $250. Police have no leads at this time.

Javier Viteri Calle, was arrested by Sag Harbor Village Police on Saturday, February 21. Calle was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, and unlicensed operator, a violation. According to police, Calle was observed driving on Hampton Street, when he failed to keep to the right side of the road and drove his vehicle in the wrong lane of traffic. Police say Calle failed to pull over when the police car’s overhead light was turned on. He allegedly continued to drive on the wrong side of the road. Shortly after the sirens were used, in conjunction with the overhead lights, Calle was pulled to the side of the road. Once Calle was stopped on Hampton Street, the police say they ascertained that Calle was intoxicated by alcohol.

An East Hampton resident reported on Thursday, February 19 someone threw a brick through the passenger side window of her car and stole her handbag while it was parked at a non-profit Bridgehampton organization. The victim told police there were several items in her handbag, including her debit and credit cards, $40 dollars in cash, her driver’s license and her check book. She also informed police the bag was worth $120. The victim believed the damage to her window will cost close to $300.

On Wednesday, February 18, at 10 a.m. Jason Katalinas, 23, of South Berlin, N.Y., was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, a misdemeanor. According to Southampton Town Police, Katalinas was observed operating his 2000 Chrysler on Route 114 in North Haven and stopped for a tinted windows violation. A driver’s license check revealed that his license had five suspensions. During the traffic stop, a passenger was found to be in possession of a small quantity marijuana. William Katalinas, 21, of Afton, N.Y. was arrested for unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Both men were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court.

According to Southampton Town Police, an unknown person or persons, chopped down several trees at a Sagaponack residence between Saturday, January 31, and Saturday, February 7. Police say no evidence was left at the scene. The victim reported the location is a summer community with no permanent residents.

A North Sea resident’s car was allegedly stolen from his driveway, along with his wallet, between Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, 22. According to a report filed with the Southampton Town Police, the car keys were in the unlocked vehicle.

A Water Mill resident was driving through Sag Harbor when, he says, his Volvo was struck by a silver Cadillac on Noyac Road. The police searched the area but failed to find a car matching the victim’s description.

Southampton Town Police say on Tuesday, February 17, a North Sea resident was issued a bad check by a prospective renter. The victim told police he had posted an advertisement on the Internet for a room he was renting in his home during the summer. He then received a reply from the suspect. The suspect later sent the victim four moneygram money orders for $1,000 each. The suspect allegedly informed the victim she was sending her belongings to the residence ahead of time and the shipment would be C.O.D., or cash on delivery. The victim deposited the money orders into his bank account and was told it would take three to five days to clear. On Wednesday, February 18, the suspect contacted the victim and told him she needed the money back to pay the shipping company prior to the shipment. The victim supposedly sent $650, of his own money, through Western Union, but then later discovered the money orders were void.

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