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Justice Court: Fines Paid, Some Waived

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 15:22

East Hampton Town Justice Court records show several defendants recently paid their fines after being arrested in late August or early September of last year.

On Aug. 15, Justice Steven Tekulsky dismissed a misdemeanor charge of driving without a court-ordered interlock device levied against Julio M. Mejia-Guncay of East Hampton, 37, on Sept. 5, 2021. He also dismissed an unlicensed driving charge. The defendant did, however, pay $213 in fines for a traffic violation, driving without proper headlights.

Tammy Hurtado of Stony Brook, 36, pleaded guilty on Aug. 12 to one misdemeanor D.W.I. charge along with a violation, driving while ability impaired. Town Justice Lisa R. Rana dismissed a separate drunken-driving charge and several traffic violations, all of which were handed down after a late-night traffic stop on Sept. 4, 2021. Ms. Hurtado paid $760 in fines and is serving a 90-day license suspension.

Chakese J. Harris of the Bronx, 28, who was charged after a traffic stop on Aug. 21, 2021, with both first-offense D.W.I. and aggravated D.W.I., was sentenced on June 8 to three years’ probation with a six-month license suspension, after being convicted on the first charge. Both were misdemeanors. He was also ordered to have an interlock device installed in his car. Justice Rana initially imposed fines and fees totaling $1,400, but Mr. Harris, through an attorney, asked the court for a hardship waiver, saying he had been unemployed for some time. On July 23, court records show, Justice Rana waived the fees.

Court records also show that Alexis N. Rodriguez-Orozco of East Hampton, 27, paid $375 in fines and completed 35 hours of community service on July 21 after having pleaded guilty in May to a lesser charge, disorderly conduct, which is a violation. His original charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries, a misdemeanor, stemmed from a crash on Springs-Fireplace Road on Aug. 21, 2021, in which police said he injured three people, including two young children, before fleeing on foot.

In June, Anibal Urgiles-Ortiz of East Hampton, 41, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors: criminal obstruction of breathing and two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 years of age, and two disorderly conduct violations. The charges stemmed from an Aug. 21, 2021, incident in which Mr. Urgiles-Ortiz was accused of putting his hands around a woman’s neck in front of his children, a daughter, then 12 years old, and a son, then 3. Two other charges, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment, were dismissed. Justice Rana directed Mr. Urgiles-Ortiz to pay $500 in fines and ordered him to stay away from the woman he had attacked.

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