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The following arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County and Riverhead Police Departments. It does not indicate a conviction.

Three Village 

• Since Hurricane Sandy tore through Long Island, at least one instance of a generator being stolen has been reported in Three Village, according to Suffolk police. Police say an unknown person stole a generator from a home at approximately 2 a.m. on Dyke Road in Strong's Neck on Nov. 2. The generator was sitting in the driveway of the home; the thief fled in an unknown vehicle.

• As the hunt for gas continues for many locals, tensions reportedly reached a new level Monday morning, as police arrested a Stony Brook teenager after he allegedly threatened to stab gas station employees. According to one employee, who only asked to be identified as Mike, the 17-year-old asked for premium gas, which the BP at 728 Route 25A had sold out of earlier that morning. From there, tensions escalated quickly, he said. "He told us we better go find it," the employee said, adding that a little bit of foul language was thrown into the exchange. "So we told him 'You gotta go. We don't have it.' He said 'I got a knife on me. I'm going to stab you guys.'"


• Three men wearing masks, one with a handgun, held up Barth's Drug Store on East Main Street in Riverhead Wednesday, police said. Riverhead Town Police said on Wednesday at 5:59 p.m., three suspects wearing masks, one armed with a handgun, entered the store and demanded cash and prescription drugs from employees.The three suspects then fled through the rear of the store with an unknown amount of proceeds. Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact the Riverhead Police Detective Division at 631-727-4500.

The robbery is the third in recent weeks during which suspects were armed and wearing masks. One robbery occurred at the Spirit Halloween store in October; held up a Valero in Riverside.

• A Wading River health care aide had been charged with stealing from the elderly client she was hired to care for. Southampton Town detectives arrested Tara E. Clark, 37, of Wading River on Oct. 26 and charged her with stealing over $1,000 from an elderly man living in Eastport that she was hired by his family to watch over. The investigation, spanning several months, revealed that Clark used the victim's personal bank card and bank account to obtain money to pay for personal expenditures including a tattoo parlor and nail salon, police said. Clark was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree.

• A Riverside man seen conducting a drug deal attempted to swallow the narcotics when approached by authorities, police said. Southampton Town Police said on Friday, members of the East End Drug Task Force and Southampton Town police officers arrested Spencer Hobson, 45, of Vail Avenue in Riverside after authorities said they observed him conducting a drug transaction and trying to swallow the evidence when approached.

Hobson was charged with three felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor, and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Hobson was also charged with conspiracy in the second degree for his alleged involvement in a drug investigation that has since concluded.

• Road rage led to violence in Riverside when a woman hit an 80-year-old man with a tire iron, police said. Southampton Town Police said on Oct. 13, Rochelle Allen, 41, of Riverside was arrested by the Southampton Town Police detective division after she allegedly struck an 80-year-old man in the head with a tire iron after a road rage incident at Enterprise Drive in Riverside. Allen was charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, a felony.

She was processed at Southampton Town Police headquarters and later arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court.

North Fork

• Mark A. Culleton, 53, of Cutchogue, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Nov. 2 at 10:21 a.m., after he was involved in two motor vehicle crashes on Highland Road in Cutchogue, police said. He was found to be intoxicated and police also charged him with leaving the scene of an accident. Culleton was processed and held for arraignment, and his vehicle was impounded due to a prior DWI conviction, police said.

• Police said a Riverhead man was arrested Thursday evening after they said he got in a verbal dispute at the Hess Station on Route 25 in Mattituck, and proceeded to drive drunk.

Joseph A. Kess, 29, was arrested on misdemeanor DWI charges. Southold Police said he was seen driving his car in the parking lot of the gas station and following the dispute, was found to be intoxicated.
Police did not release information regarding the nature of the dispute, though across Long Island on Thursday, drivers raced to the pumps to pick up what gas was left as scores of stations across the Island remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.


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