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Boating DWI tops police blotter




Those named in arrest reports or receiving police summonses have not been convicted of a crime. In court, the charges against them may be reduced or withdrawn or the defendants may be found not guilty.

On Sunday, June 29 at about 5:20 p.m., Robert S. Gilman, 49, of New York City was observed operating his 30-foot boat in an erratic manner in the waters off of Crescent Beach. He was within 100 feet of an anchored boat and traveling at a speed greater than 5 mph.

After being stopped by a police marine unit for speeding and operating too close to a boat at anchor, he was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated. He was also charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child; he had four children on board — ages 7, 10, 10 and 13 — while operating a boat in an intoxicated condition.

Mr. Gilman was held overnight and later arraigned in Shelter Island Justice Court, Judge Helen J. Rosenblum presiding. He was released on cash bail of $1,500 and instructed to return to court at a later date.

Sheri Winter Clarry, 46, of Southold was driving on South Ferry Road on June 24 when police gave her a summons for speeding, 54 mph in a 40-mph zone.

On June 27, David Mango Paccha Plaza, 27, of Hyattsville, Maryland was ticketed on Brander Parkway for speeding, 47 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Giles N. Clarke, 49, of New York City was given a summons on June 28 for operating an unregistered boat off  Hay Beach Point.

Police wrote four tickets for Rudis E. Bonilla, 25, of West Hempstead on June 28 on Clinton Avenue for having insufficient taillights and improper plates and for operating an unregistered vehicle without insurance.

John V. Spinelli, 51, of Center Moriches was ticketed on New York Avenue on June 28 for speeding, 42 mph in a 25-mph zone.

On June 29, Richard E. Batallas, 50, of Northport was given a summons in the waters off Crescent Beach for operating an unregistered motorboat.

Traffic Control Officers issued 53 parking tickets during the week.

Police responded to a dispute between two motorists on a North Ferry boat on June 24.

A domestic dispute, involving harassing text messages, was reported on June 24.

On June 24, a caller reported an on-going dispute between neighbors in the Center. The report was made for documentation purposes; no action was requested at that time.

On June 25, a caller reported receiving a bad check; police are continuing to investigate.

Police responded to a verbal employer/employee disagreement in Menantic on June 25.

A South Ferry Hills caller told police on June 25 that he had received word that his front door had been opened. Police searched the grounds and the residence and found no signs of any criminal activity.

Apparently the code to open the front door was not functioning due to a low battery.

A caller reported on June 25 that the driver of a truck in Silver Beach was soliciting door to door. Police patrolled the area with negative results.

A caller told police on June 27 that a dumpster was partially blocking the eastbound lane on South Ram Island Drive. Police advised the owner to set out cones or flashing lights to warn motorists of the hazard.

At 7:30 p.m. on June 27, police received a complaint about loud music at Gardiner’s Bay Country Club. Police conducted noise measurements and interviewed staff, who said that only three or four outdoor amplified music events were planned for the summer. Police issued a warning about the noise ordinance.

A caller told police on June 27 about smelling smoke and seeing it coming from a mulch pile in a neighbor’s yard. The Fire Chiefs responded and found a 15-foot-high pile with a visible gaseous substance coming from the top. On request, the owner flattened out the pile to 6 feet, which was considered safe.

A case of petit larceny was reported in Hay Beach on June 27.

A Long View caller told police on June 28 that an unknown young man was smoking cigarettes in her backyard. Police located him several houses away and advised him not to trespass on the complainant’s property.

A caller complained on June 28 that a dog had been barking in the Center for an hour and a half. The dog had been kept outside while work was being done in the house and the owner was advised to bring the dog inside as soon as possible.

Police investigated a telephone scam after hearing from a caller on June 28 that she had received a call, allegedly from PSEG, threatening to shut off the electricity if payment wasn’t made immediately to the PSEG representative. The SIPD contacted Southold police, which knew of a number of cases dealing with this particular scam. The Shelter Island resident received another call, asking when the money would be delivered; when she said she had contacted the police, the call was immediately disconnected.

A vehicle was reported driving into a piping plover restricted area in Hay Beach on June 28. Police located the driver who said he entered the area by mistake, got stuck and was eventually able to drive off the beach. He was issued a warning for driving on the beach without a permit.

On June 29, a marine unit noticed two swimmers struggling against the tide off Hay Beach, trying to get back to an anchored boat. The swimmers were taken on board and returned to their boat.

A domestic dispute was reported in the Center on June 28.

A case of petit larceny was reported in the Center on June 28; the parties involved were located and met with their parents at the SIPD to resolve the case.

On June 29, police were told that an unknown person was behaving in an intoxicated manner at a Center business. Police checked the parking area and interior of the store with negative results.

Following a call on June 29 about people possibly smoking marijuana in Silver Beach, police located three suspects who said they were passing a tobacco cigarette and a vapor-e cigarette that looked like a smoking pipe. There were no signs of marijuana or paraphernalia, according to the police report.

Over the weekend, marine units checked eight foreign flag boats in a program run by the County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security.

Loud music was reported at Sunset Beach on June 30. The manager was advised to lower the volume and did so.

A caller reported vehicles speeding in West Neck on June 30 and requested an extra patrol and radar enforcement.

The Shelter Island Fire Department responded to one automatic fire alarm at a residence in West Neck on June 26; it was a false alarm.

Shelter Island Emergency Medical Service teams transported four people to Eastern Long Island Hospital on June 24, 26 and 30.

A patient was transported by an EMS team to the landing field at Burns and Cartright roads on June 28 and then medevaced to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police helicopter.

During the summer when the number of incidents on the police blotter increases — 55 this week — not all are reported here. Police also assisted a number of residents in their homes, responded to lost and found reports, opened vehicles with the keys locked inside, resolved traffic problems, assisted other agencies, among other reports.