An East Hampton woman was charged with arson on Feb. 22, following an investigation by town police of a burning car. Nicholas D. Calder of Springs found his 1993 Dodge Charger on fire in his driveway at 1:45 p.m. that day. He put the fire out with the aid of a passing Amagansett volunteer fireman. When police responded, they reported finding fire damage on the driver’s side of the vehicle as well as smoke damage. The Suffolk County Arson Squad was called in.
Less than two hours later, police arrested Katherine L. Helm, 21. She was charged with arson in the third degree, a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. According to the police, Mr. Calder and Ms. Helm had had a previous relationship.
The investigation is ongoing, Lt. Christopher Anderson said, adding, “It is our belief that she acted independently.”
An unwanted pile of garbage led to another unusual arrest on Feb. 20, after a Montauk couple reported two annoying incidents. Police said Grace Deleo and Nick Dagostino told them garbage was outside their South Euclid Avenue apartment door on Feb. 14, along with two notes, one of which accused Ms. Deleo of being an angry person. They gave police the name of a woman who lives in their building, but no action was taken at the time.
On Feb. 17, however, Ms. Deleo again called police, saying another note had been left outside her door. She suggested that the police check tapes from a surveillance camera mounted in the building’s hall, and said she wanted to press charges if it was who she thought it was.
After police reviewed the tapes, they agreed with Ms. Deleo’s allegation that it was Virginia M. Morrow, 71, who had left the garbage and the notes. Police arrested her last Thursday, taking her to the Montauk precinct and charging her with harassment in the second degree. She was released with a court appearance ticket for yesterday.
It turned out to be the second arrest of Ms. Morrow in February. Police said that on Feb. 2 Ms. Morrow had been arrested for allegedly ignoring a court order to stay away from Sylvia Kuznicki, also of South Euclid Avenue. According to the police report, Ms. Morrow had repeatedly rung Ms. Kuznicki’s doorbell at about 10 a.m., despite an order of protection that Ms. Kuznicki obtained in East Hampton Town Justice Court.
In arrests on the roads during the week, a 2003 Jeep Wrangler was seen by an officer weaving wildly on Springs-Fireplace Road at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 22, which led to the arrest of Charles G. Waller, 57, on a charge of driving while ability impaired.
According to police, the officer saw the Jeep cross the yellow line into oncoming traffic, then swing back all the way to the shoulder on the right and drive on the grass before being brought under control.
When the officer pulled over the vehicle and approached the driver, Mr. Waller allegedly smelled of alcohol, appeared unsteady on his feet, and failed a sobriety test. He was taken to East Hampton Town Police headquarters where, after talking to a lawyer, he consented to a breath test. The police did not release the results. Mr. Waller was released with a court appearance ticket the next morning.
In Southampton, an Amagansett man allegedly doing 91 in a 40-miles-per-hour zone drove himself into an arrest, town police reported. William Walsh, 24, was stopped by police on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 11:15 p.m. An officer smelled alcohol on Mr. Walsh’s breath, police said, but he refused to take a breath test. Taken to headquarters, he was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breath test, and other charges. He was released the next morning without bail.
A speeding car on Long Beach Road in Noyac led to the arrest of three East Enders a little before midnight on Tuesday, Southampton Town police said.
Felicia Biscardi, 21, of East Hampton allegedly admitted to the officer who pulled her over that she had been drinking and smoking marijuana. She was charged with driving while ability impaired and illegal possession of marijuana. According to police, two friends in the car, Daniel Gentile, 24, and Christopher Cafiero, 20, both of Sag Harbor, were also arrested on possession of marijuana charges. Ms. Biscardi was held overnight, while the men were released with a court appearance ticket.