Blotter: Greenport family of five loses home in fire

12/01/2010 3:16 PM |

Five people were left homeless after a fire in a home on Sterling Avenue in Greenport on the evening of Nov. 24. The five residents and two other people who were in the house escaped before the Greenport Fire Department arrived on the scene at about 5:30 p.m.
A 34-year-old man and a 2-year-old girl who had been in the house were taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport for smoke inhalation while firefighters battled the blaze, which reportedly began on the second story. The house was deemed uninhabitable and the residents had to find shelter elsewhere.

• A Mattituck motorcyclist was charged with driving while intoxicated and airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital on Nov. 23, after he lost control of his bike while attempting to avoid police, according to Southold Town Police. Police said that Walter Warner III, 47, refused to stop for a marked police car while driving his 2009 BMW motorcycle on Sigsbee Road in Mattituck just before 10 p.m. Police said Mr. Warner lost control of the bike after attempting to turn onto a gravel driveway, where he collided with two parked cars. Mr. Warner was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation.

• Scott A. Kessler, 47, of Cutchogue was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident after police received a phone call about a green Ford that “crashed in the median” of Route 48 in Peconic, police said, and kept going. Mr. Kessler was apprehended, taken to headquarters and held for arraignment. His car was impounded due to a prior DWI conviction, according to police.

• Betty Bolling, 28, of Laurel was charged with DWI just after 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, after she was stopped for a traffic violation on Route 48 in Mattituck, according to police. Police said her vehicle was seized due to a prior DWI conviction.

• Manfred Fuchs, 45, of Astoria was charged with DWI just after 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, after he was stopped by police for driving with a defective headlight on Route 25 in Greenport, according to police reports.

• Flora Rodriguez-Vivaldo, 31, of Greenport was charged with petit larceny after she was caught attempting to steal $44.99 worth of groceries from the Greenport IGA just before 1 p.m. on Nov. 22, according to police reports. Ms. Rodriguez-Vivaldo was taken to police headquarters and released on $200 bail.

•Ismael Perez, 23, of Greenport was charged with disorderly conduct just after 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 after police said he was found standing on the sidewalk and urinating in the roadway on Center St. in Greenport. Police said Mr. Perez was intoxicated at the time.

• The bouncer at a bar in Greenport was taken to ELIH at about 3 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, after Fredrick Grace, 21, of Greenport reportedly punched him in the head after a person with whom Mr. Grace entered the bar was asked by the victim for identification, according to police. Police said the victim reported that Mr. Grace punched him in the head, causing a laceration that required eight stitches, and then fled the scene. A warrant for Mr. Grace’s arrest on an assault charge was requested, according to police reports. No further information was immediately available. The owner of the bar requested that Mr. Grace be barred from entering the premises.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.