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CYNDI MURRAY PHOTOS | Adam Huhn, left, and Britni Jade Zielinski entering Southold Town Justice Court on Monday. The couple was arrested Sunday on drug charges.

A Mattituck couple has pleaded not guilty to drug charges following their arrest during a police raid at their Wavecrest Avenue home.

Adam Huhn, 36, and Britni Jade Zielinski, 28, were found in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, scales and packaging materials about 5 p.m. Sunday night after an investigation by Southampton Town police, Southold Town police and investigators from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force, officials said.

At the couple’s arraignment in Southold Town Justice Court Monday, prosecutors said Mr. Huhn had no prior criminal history, but Ms. Zielinski had been arrested in 2009 on drug and grand larceny charges in Florida.

They were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia, all felonies, as well as one count each of unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, police said.

Mr. Huhn was held on $5,000 cash bail and Ms. Zielinski was held on $25,000 cash bail .

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A 24-year-old Mattituck woman was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for failing to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court, Southampton Town police said.

Sibel Pumillo was arrested at Riverhead Police Headquarters about 5 p.m. Saturday. Ms. Pumillo, who arrested in July for petit larceny, was transported to Southampton Town Police Headquarters and held for arraignment.

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A Mattituck woman is facing a felony weapons charge after police said she slashed car tires and threatened a woman and her boyfriend on Saturday morning, according to Southampton Town Police.

Betty Bolling, 31, used a knife to slash the tires and gouged the rear driver’s side quarter panel of the victim’s vehicle with a kitchen knife at her house on Pine Court in Northampton about 8:20 a.m., according to a police report, causing about $750 in damage.

Ms. Bolling then approached the victim while “holding the knife in a threatening way,” police said.

The victim locked herself in her house, and Ms. Bolling drove away from the property, police said. She later drove by the victim’s boyfriend “displaying [the] knife,” according to a police report.

Ms. Bolling then drove back to her house on Route 25 in Mattituck, where Southold Town police found and arrested her, police said.

She was charged with two counts of second-degree menacing — both misdemeanors — two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal mischief, all felony charges.

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A Speonk woman with a history of arrests faces a felony driving while intoxicated charge after she was found to be impaired after a Friday morning car accident in Flanders, Southampton Town Police said.

Police charged Dorothy Guthrie, 42, with driving while ability impaired by drugs and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony. Police said Ms. Guthrie, who was listed as from Laurel in earlier reports, had a prior DWI in the last 10 years, accounting for the felony DWI charge.

The accident occurred at 8:47 a.m. on Cypress Avenue. Police did not give further details on the extent of the accident.

In May 2012, the Suffolk Times reported Ms. Guthrie was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. In November 2011, Ms. Guthrie crashed her vehicle in Mattituck while driving under the influence of drugs, according to an earlier report.

Ms. Guthrie was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail on $10,000 bail.

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04/20/13 9:09am
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A 37-year-old Cutchogue man was charged with driving while intoxicated after rear-ending a vehicle in front of him in Westhampton Friday night, Southampton Town Police said.

Brian H. McCleery was driving on County Road 31 when his car struck the vehicle in front of him near Stewart Avenue at about 6:38 p.m., police  said. There were no injuries reported.

Police at the scene determined Mr. McCleery was intoxicated and arrested him for DWI, a misdemeanor, police said. He was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The criminal court building at the County Center.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The criminal court building at the County Center.

Two of the three young men charged with robbing a Riverside gas station at gunpoint on Halloween were arraigned on a grand jury indictment in Suffolk County criminal court Wednesday afternoon.

Erick Darden, 19, and Arnell Nash, 21, both of Riverhead were each charged with first-degree armed robbery, third-degree robbery and petit larceny in connection with the robbery, according to the indictment.

The pair pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Southampton police have said Mr. Darden and Mr. Nash, along with a third suspect identified as 17-year-old Riverhead resident Larry Moore, burst into the Valero gas station on Flanders Road wearing masks about 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The men displayed what appeared to be a firearm during the course of the robbery and struck the clerk at the station, Suffolk County assistant district attorney Al Croce said in court Wednesday.

The suspects are accused of taking about $300 in cash from the store’s register and attempting to rob the clerk as well before fleeing.

The crime was captured on the gas station’s surveillance tape, Mr. Croce said.

“The trio is believed to be responsible for not less than four armed robberies between October 20 and November 19, 2012, including the robberies at the BP Station in Mattituck and Bath’s Pharmacy in Riverhead,” reads a press release issued by District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office Wednesday night.

Investigations into those armed robberies are still ongoing, local police say.

Mr. Croce said that Mr. Darden, who was 18-years-old at the time of the crime, gave a statement to investigators indicating his involvement, Mr. Croce said.

Mr. Darden also led police to a scene where police discovered masks and clothing believed to have been used in the armed robbery, he said.

Investigators are currently conducting DNA tests on that evidence, Mr. Croce said.

Mr. Darden was held on $40,000 cash or $200,000 bond bail.

Mr. Nash “acted in concert” with Mr. Darden and Mr. Moore in the robbery, the indictment reads.

Mr. Nash was previously convicted as a youth offender and had been released from state prison one month before the robbery, Mr. Croce said. It was not immediately clear what crime he had been convicted of.

While both Mr. Darden and Mr. Moore have implicated themselves and Mr. Nash in the crime, Mr. Nash has not made similar statements to police, officials said.

Bail for Mr. Darden was set at $25,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Mr. Moore is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 14, according to online court records.

It was not immdiately clear why the three men were not arraigned together.

The Southampton Town Police Dive Team searched the Peconic River last Wednesday looking for the weapon allegedly used in the robbery, but came up empty, police said.

The divers returned to the river Wednesday morning, this time aided by Riverhead Town police using metal detectors.

At that scene, Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard said that while the river bottom isn’t deep, the divers can stand in it at low tide, and it’s murky and objects will just sink deeper and deeper into the mud if they are not found soon.

As of publication time, police had not reported finding any weapons in the murky waters.

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Additional reporting from Tim Gannon

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Riverhead and Southampton police divers in the Peconic River searching for a gun used in recent robberies.