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Crimes Nearby: 4 Charged After Gunfire in Riverhead

The following information was supplied by police departments on the East End. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.

RIVERHEAD

• Four men were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and criminial possession of a weapon on Wednesday after police said they shot at a Riverhead home where children were inside.

According to Riverhead police, on Wednesday at 8:53 p.m., police units in the Roanoke Avenue area heard what sounded like "rapid gunfire" coming from the area of 3rd Street.

One of the units, police said, observed what appeared to be a tan Ford Taurus leaving the 3rd street area; the officer followed the car.

A traffic stop was initiated on Peconic Avenue and police found four occupants in the vehicle. Empty shell casings were found in the roadway in front of the home, police said.

For more on the story from Riverhead Patch, click here.

• A Riverhead man was charged with criminal contempt in the first degree, a felony, on Feb. 5 after police said he pushed a person who was protected by an order of protection. Steven Marks, 58, was arrested in Riverside.

EAST HAMPTON

• Christopher M. Forsberg, 40, of Montauk, was arrested and charged with drunken driving, a felony due to a prior conviction, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, in Montauk on Feb. 1.

Police reportedly saw Forsberg's Subaru pull out of a parking lot and make a left onto West Lake Drive at a high rate of speed, and then drive off and onto the roadway, just after 11 p.m. Police pulled the vehicle over near Duryea Avenue and Forsberg apeared intoxicated, they said. Field sobriety tests that were administered had to be stopped for his safety, according to a police report.

However, when Forsberg was placed under arrest, he refused to get into the patrol car, dropping to the ground, kicking and rolling around, police said. The officer tried to move him, but he "went limp several times," according to his arrest report. Two additional officers were called to the scene and he was taken into custody. At headquarters, Forsberg complained of chest pain and displayed "psychotic behavior," the report said. He was transported to Southampton Hospital for evaluation, and released.

In the morning, Justice Catherine A. Cahill arraigned him and released him on $350 bail.

SOUTHAMPTON

•  Sag Harbor Village police have arrested a pair of Ronkonkoma residents accused of stealing a man's checkbook in Sag Harbor and cashing checks for a total of $3,330. Police said 22-year-old Nicholas Marino and 23-year-old Kathleen Danielson, who live together, stole the Capital One checkbook containing 19 blank checks on Dec. 5, 2012. They then endorsed 17 of the checks and cashed in, according to arrest reports. They were arrested Thursday at the Suffolk County Police Fifth Precinct then brought to Sag Harbor Village police headquarters to be processed and held overnight for arraignment. When Marino was searched during his arrest, the two remaining checks, which had been reported stolen, were found in his possession, police said. Marino was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and forgery in the second degree, both felonies, as well as two counts of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor. Danielson faces 16 counts of second-degree forgery and one count of third-degree grand larceny.

• Sag Harbor Village police arrested the man who they say made off with a donation jar intended for a local woman who was struck by a Jeep Jan. 15 while crossing the street.
The jar was placed on the counter of the 7-Eleven on West Water Street to take up a collection for Jhenny Bueno Arias, an employee of the store, who was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries after the accident.  Police said that a man took the donation jar and drove off on Feb. 2 at 8:10 p.m.  A witness identified Thomas Palumbo, 37, of Quogue, on Feb. 4 in a photo lineup prepared by Det. Jeffrey Proctor, according to the arrest report. Palumbo was on probation, police said, so when he reported for an appointment at the Suffolk County Probation Department on Feb. 7 he was held and arrested at 5 p.m. on a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny. After being transported to Sag Harbor Village police headquarters, Palumbo was processed and released on $100 stationhouse bail.

NORTH FORK

• Brendan Corbley, 26, of Cutchogue was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, both felonies, and failing to maintain a lane of traffic on Feb. 3 at 4:57 p.m., after police stopped him on traffic violations on Route 25 in Mattituck, police said. Corbley was arrested and his vehicle was seized due to a prior DWI conviction, police said.

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oonald February 15, 2013 at 02:52 AM
You want to change gun laws, perfect ,you shoot a gun into a house with children inside and you get charged with reckless endangerment WHAT!!!!!! That should be attempted murder. Any crime committed with a gun should bring the death penalty. Now watch the gun violence come to a end. And responsible gun owners like myself won't pay for these criminals actions.
Hbjoker February 15, 2013 at 09:36 PM
wanna be thugs! attempted murder should be the charge but our cowardly politicians woud miss all of that money being poured into their slush/campaign fund accounts

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