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Arrests Signal Busy Season Ahead

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 09:55

Despite the cold, rainy weather, a number of arrests over the last week signaled the start of the busy season on the South Fork.

Alexander Kouffman, 34, of East Hampton was charged at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor, after town police said he disobeyed a court-issued order of protection. An officer reported seeing Mr. Kouffman inside a house on Cedar Trail in Northwest from which he had been banned. The report noted that the protected party was at the residence at the time. Mr. Kouffman was held overnight for a morning appearance before East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana.

On Memorial Day, 20-year-old Brandon Maccarone of Laurel Hollow was charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury, a misdemeanor. Police said that at 11:30 the night before on South Emerson Avenue in Montauk, Mr. Maccarone punched a woman in the face, nose, and mouth "with a closed fist a couple of times," requiring immediate medical attention. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 17.

Five charges of aggravated unlicensed driving were filed in recent weeks.

Four drivers, all booked in East Hampton Town, will be arraigned on Wednesday. They were Aroldo Pantaleon-Turcios of Shelter Island, who was stopped on Abraham's Path in Amagansett; Franklin Chabla of Springs, pulled over on Hartley Boulevard there, and David Blum of Copake, N.Y., stopped on Route 114 near Stephen Hand's Path.

Mr. Blum told police that "the sun was glaring in his eyes," causing him to rear-end a vehicle driven by Noel Gorman of Hampton Bays, who was stopped in traffic. The collision sent both men to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by ambulance for head and neck pain, respectively. Mr. Blum's 2011 Toyota was towed from the scene by Fireplace Auto Collision and Mr. Gorman's 2015 Ford by V & V Auto Repair.

In the fourth incident, Jose Zamora-Alvarez, 37, of Ronkonkoma, was pulled over on the morning of May 17 on Flamingo Avenue in Montauk and accused of driving without a valid license. He appeared in court on Tuesday.

Lastly, Nicholas Crimaldi of Shirley, 29, will be arraigned in Justice Court on June 23. East Hampton Village police arrested him on Main Street near David's Lane, charging him with aggravated unlicensed driving, a misdemeanor, and with speeding, a violation.

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