Excerpts from the Southold Town Police Press Reports, Sept. 18, 2017
A Southold woman phoned called 911 on Sept. 11 when she heard a cell phone go off at her residence. Upon arrival, police officers determined that the woman’s iPad was making the noise.
On Sept. 12 police received a report of political signs being displayed within 100 feet of Cutchogue East School, a voter polling area. Police removed two political signs and placed them in impound.
A Cutchogue business owner phoned police on Sept. 12 to report that two of his workers were involved in a fight over work-related issues. Officers interviewed both subjects and advised them to stay away from each other. No further action was reported.
A Southold woman reported on Sept. 12 that she received a phone call from a blocked number. The caller told her that he was holding her father at gunpoint and threatened to shoot him if money wasn’t sent. Police were able to distract the subject on the phone while the woman called her father. Officers request a well-check on the father, who was fine. Police determined it was a scam. No further action was taken.
On Sept. 13, police stopped a car in Laurel for traveling above the posted speed limit. Upon an initial interview, the officer observed that the driver appeared to be in an altered mental state and was refusing to answer questions or exit the vehicle. Police removed the driver from the vehicle and after further investigation determined that the driver was fit to drive. He was issued a traffic citation.
On Sept. 13 a Mattituck man was observed driving the wrong way on County Route 48 in Mattituck. He was stopped and found to be intoxicated. Police arrested him and transported him to headquarters for processing and arraignment.He was transported to headquarters, processed and held for morning arraignment, according to the police report. (See prior story.)
On Sept. 14 a Greenport man reported to police that someone entered the Hanffs Boatyard and used a boat without permission. The subject said that the Greenport man had shown him how to run the boat about a year ago and told him he could use it. An investigation will continue.
On Sept. 15 police received a report of a man sleeping under a tree at Cochran Park in Peconic. Police interviewed the subject, who said he was fine but that he’d had a few beers and wanted to sleep. Police advised the subject tha the could get all the sleep he needed once he was home and the man left.
Police received a call on Sept. 17 reporting that a woman was lying on a front lawn in Peconic. Officers interviewed the Islip Terrace woman, who said she was intoxicated and wanted to go home. The woman’s husband responded and called a cab for them.
On Sept. 17 police stopped a driver in Southold who was known to have a revoked license. They observed that Joel Jepson, 53, was driving the car without an interlock device, which was required due to a previous DWI conviction. The vehicle also had an expired registration. Jepson was arrested, transported to police headquarters for processing, and released on cash bail.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.