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Argument Turns Physical, Mother Arrested

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 06:24

A Sag Harbor woman was charged with endangering the welfare of a child on Sept. 14 after a verbal dispute at a Harbor Avenue house turned physical.

Village police said Lourdes Castro-Rojas, 39, attacked her husband with her hands and, later, with a kitchen knife and broom handle while he held their 2-year-old son in his arms. According to the report, the argument began after their young daughter bought an iPad video game without permission. 

After the assault, Ms. Castro-Rojas locked herself in her car and called the police, who arrested her. She is charged not only with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, but also with second-degree menacing, another misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation. A report with Child Protective Services was filed as well.

Ms. Castro-Rojas later complained of a headache and a pre-existing health condition, and was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for evaluation. After being deemed fit for confinement, she was held overnight for arraignment in the morning before Justice Lisa R. Rana in Sag Harbor Justice Court. She is to return to court at a future date.

During a late-night altercation at a Whalebone Village apartment on Sept. 15, police said they determined that Sergio Salazar-Dominguez of East Hampton, 49, had "several white, rock-like substances" hidden inside a folded dollar bill in his wallet. The material field-tested positive for cocaine, and because it weighed more than 500 milligrams, Mr. Salazar-Dominguez was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, as well as second-degree harassment, a violation, after he allegedly attacked another man. He was arraigned in East Hampton Justice Court later that day by Justice Steven Tekulsky, and will appear there again next Thursday.

Apparently on the lookout for customers putting sandwiches in their pockets, an employee at Damark's Market identified Steven Joseph Arkinson of Sag Harbor, 22, as an alleged shoplifter. Mr. Arkinson has been charged with six counts of petty larceny, a misdemeanor, after visiting Damark's multiple times since Aug. 12 and leaving without paying for his egg sandwiches. He was to be arraigned here yesterday by Justice Rana.

Police said Jay S. Crump of Torrington, Conn., had a Mason jar containing psilocybin, a psychotropic mushroom that is still illegal in New York State, while at a property on West Lake Drive in Montauk last Thursday morning. He is to be arraigned on Wednesday by Justice Tekulsky.

Cristian Mejia of East Hampton, 35, was stopped by police on Ditch Plain Road in Montauk on the morning of Sept. 14, at which point it was determined that he was driving without a valid license. Charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, a misdemeanor, he answered the charge yesterday and is to appear again in Justice Court on Oct. 20.

Last Friday evening, a Sag Harbor police officer's automated license plate reader flagged a driver on Hampton Street as having a suspended registration. The officer stopped the driver, Pearl Williams of Shelter Island, 24, and charged her with driving with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. She is to answer the charge tomorrow in Sag Harbor Court.

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