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Arrest Made in Alleged Sexual Assault in Wainscott

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By Kathryn G. Menu

A Rockville Centre teen, Joseph Cardinali, was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on Sunday, November 17 and charged with aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, a felony, and assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

According to East Hampton Town Police, around 5:11 p.m. they responded to the Wainscott address of Phoenix House, a non-profit provider of substance abuse services, following a report of a victim of violence.

An 18-year-old male victim was transported to Southampton Hospital where he was admitted and underwent surgery, said police. Police said investigation indicates a wooden broom handle was used by Cardinali, 16, to penetrate the rectum of the victim.

Cardinali was subsequently arrested and charged.

An investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information that may assist in this investigation contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Sexual Assault Charge in Bridgehampton

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By Claire Walla

In the midst of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a 23-year-old male staying at a home in Bridgehampton was arrested on charges of sexual assault, Southampton Town Police say.

Thomas S. Bellone, 23, of Bronxville, N.Y. was officially charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, a felony, and forcible touching, a misdemeanor, on Sunday, July 3, police say.

Detective Sergeant Randy Hintz said he had “no comment” on whether the two parties involved in the case were local or not, though he did say that addresses for both individuals were out-of-town. He also did not release the exact age of the victim, or say whether or not Bellone has had prior convictions.

“The policy of my division is not to comment on cases involving sexual abuse,” he said.

According to the arrest report, Southampton Town Police received a call just after midnight from a woman staying at a home on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. In the report, she claimed to have gone to a room to sleep at 11 p.m. and was reportedly awoken about an hour later by someone she said she didn’t know, but later identified as Bellone.

According to her testimony, an unknown man was lying on top of her, aroused, and was rubbing up against her body. The female victim also claimed Bellone was touching her body and kissing her body.

The young woman allegedly yelled, “Who are you?” before pushing the man off of her and exiting the room. She says she headed downstairs where she found her boyfriend and then called the police.

Police say the two individuals were both staying at the residence.

Bellone was arraigned by Judge Edward Burke at Southampton Town Justice Court on Sunday, July 3. A court official said not bail was required, and that Bellone plead “not guilty.” He is due back in court on Thursday, July 28.

Alleged Sexual Assault In Sag Harbor

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Following an alleged sexual assault at his Suffolk Street Extension, Sag Harbor home Michael Robert Lonardo, 54 was arrested at his residence by Sag Harbor Village Police and charged with criminal sexual act in the first degree and sexual abuse in the first degree, both felonies. Police confiscated Lonardo’s pajama pants and tee shirt as evidence.

The victim of the alleged crime contacted village police at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 24 about the assault. According to the police report, Lonardo was arrested just before 6 a.m. the same morning at his home.

According to the victim’s report to police, she was forced to perform a sexual act on Lonardo, who she said grabbed her by the hair. 

Lonardo was arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court later that morning and was released on $1500 cash bail – $750 for each count. The court also granted an order of protection for the victim.

Sag Harbor Village Police arrested Fabrice Twagirumkiza, 24, of Sag Harbor on Friday, July 25 after police said they pulled him over in a Long Island Avenue parking lot after he failed to stop at a stop sign and found he was allegedly intoxicated. According to police Twagirumkiza failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

A 50-year-old Sag Harbor resident called Sag Harbor Village Police on Saturday, July 26 to report criminal mischief to a wooden gate leading to her backyard patio and an unauthorized male sleeping in her backyard. When police arrived they said they found William Jay Walker, 27, of Bridgehampton sleeping on her basement stairs. According to the police report, Walker was intoxicated and said he was waiting for his girlfriend who lives in Sag Harbor and did not realize he was at the wrong house. He was charged with criminal trespass in the third degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both misdemeanors. He was released on an appearance ticket and $100 cash bail.

Southampton Town Police arrested Jon P. Kalish, 25, of Sag Harbor for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, on Saturday, July 26 after police said he lost control of his vehicle on Route 114 and struck several trees. Police said Kalish allegedly attempted to flee the scene, but was apprehended and faces an additional leaving the scene of an accident charge. 

On Sunday, July 27 at 3:50 a.m. Sag Harbor Village Police arrested Marc Lee Sutton, 22, of Manhattan for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Police said they observed him drive over the double yellow line while traveling westbound on Long Island Avenue. He was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment at Southampton Town Justice Court the next day. The same day, Southampton Town Police reported the arrest of Halley B. Hamburger, 25, of Manhattan for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Police said she was stopped on Noyac Road in North Sea for allegedly speeding when police found she was intoxicated.

Steven Peter Foster, 23, of Manhattan was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, a misdemeanor, harassment in the second degree and trespass, both violations, on Wednesday, July 23 after he allegedly tried to take a Hampton Street resident’s flag, broke the flag pole and then shoved the homeowner when confronted. The homeowner called police, but Foster had fled. He later turned himself into police headquarters. Michael Charles McDonough, Jr., 22, of East Hampton was also charged in the incident, with a count of trespass, a violation.

Sag Harbor Village Police charged a 31-year-old Montauk resident for breaking village code by allegedly drinking a bottle of Bacardi rum while under the Sag Harbor-North Haven Bridge on Tuesday, July 22.

A Sag Harbor resident was the subject of an assault at a Main Street, Sag Harbor watering hole, according to a report he filed later with Sag Harbor Village Police on Sunday, July 27. According to the resident, on July 24 around 3 a.m. he entered the bar and was told by the bartender he would not be served and to leave. He said a male then approached him stating if he didn’t leave he would cut his throat, then grabbed the man by the neck and threw him on the ground. Three other men then picked him up and threw him out the door, down stairs and onto the concrete, he said. The bartender of the establishment said he was not thrown out the door. The complainant did go to Southampton Hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken left wrist and foot.

On Wednesday, July 23 a man approached police at headquarters to report that another man, who was sitting with his ex at another local watering hole, threatened him with a knife.

A man was sucker punched in the face on Long Island Avenue on Tuesday, July 22, according to a police report. He was not sure who his assailant was and refused medical attention, said police.

A Long Island Avenue business called Sag Harbor Village Police at 4:50 a.m. on Monday, July 28 to report that a woman had entered the store and ate several food items without paying for them. After police arrived the woman, who police said was intoxicated, agreed to pay for the food and no charges were filed.

Extra patrols have been requested around the Old Whalers Church Cemetery after several subjects have been found sleeping there, according to police.