Blotter: South Fork man charged in Greenport stabbing

06/02/2011 5:52 AM |

A 60-year-old Water Mill resident who stabbed a Mattituck man in the hand at a Greenport bar and then took his victim to the hospital faces assault charges in Southold this week, according to town police.

James Gomez was at a Main Street drinking establishment at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when he reportedly felt another man at the bar had disrespected him. Police said Mr. Gomez then asked the bartender for the knife used to cut fruit and stabbed it through the victim’s hand. Mr. Gomez then reportedly drove the victim to the hospital, where police responded and arrested him.

Mr. Gomez faces a second degree assault charge, a class D felony.

• One woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Southold Town this weekend. Diane Rutt of Rocky Point was reportedly driving eastbound on Route 48 just after 6 p.m. Saturday when she was stopped for failing to maintain her lane of travel and driving with an obstructed view, according to police reports. Police said Ms. Rutt’s breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage and she failed several field sobriety tests. She was taken to police headquarters and held for a morning arraignment.

• A resident of Wells Road in Peconic reported on May 26 that sometime between Feb. 26 and May 25, someone removed two tool boxes full of tools, two electric sanders and an electric grinder from his garage. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

The case was referred to the detective division.

• Brendan Wahl, 29, of Cutchogue was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center on May 23 after he fell asleep while driving on Franklinville Road in Laurel and struck a street sign and a barn just after 5:30 a.m., according to police reports.

• Lionel J. Samuels of the Bronx was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital by the Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad after his motorcycle crashed on Route 48 on the afternoon of May 29. Police said Mr. Samuels reportedly braked too hard with his front brake, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle just west of Chapel Lane.

• A 78-year-old woman was taken to ELIH at 6 p.m. on May 26, after the driver of a car she was attempting to get into at the Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient pulled away before she was inside. Police said the driver of the car, Alfred Defilippo, 81, of St. James, said he hadn’t realized that Doris Vassallo was still attempting to get into the back seat of the car. Ms. Vassallo fell over and struck her head after the car began moving.

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.