Choked in East Hampton

Police news

    At 8 a.m. on March 24, Marcelo A. Castro Morales called East Hampton Town police to report that a man was menacing him with a baseball bat at a property on Montauk Highway in Montauk, police said.
    According to a police report, Mr. Castro Morales told police that he had been sitting in his work van with a co-worker when a tan pickup truck pulled up. The report, much of which was blocked out, said that Mr. Castro Morales claimed Carlos M. Altagracia, 21, of Montauk stepped out of the truck with a baseball bat. He was arrested early that afternoon and charged with menacing with a weapon in the second degree and possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. Bail was set the next morning at $300.
    At a little after 3 p.m. last Thursday, police responded to a call reporting a domestic violence situation in East Hampton. When police arrived, they found that an 18-year-old woman had allegedly been choked and punched in the stomach by Jose B. Maria-Jimenez, 24, of East Hampton. The officers on the scene, including a female officer, reported that the woman had redness and pain on her stomach and throat.
    The woman told police she wanted to press charges and asked for an order of protection, police said. Mr. Maria-Jimenez was arrested and taken to headquarters, where he was charged with harassment in the second degree, physical contact, and obstructing the breathing of the woman. Bail was set the next morning at $12,500, and Mr. Maria-Jimenez was turned over to the sheriff’s officers, to be taken to the Suffolk County jail in Riverside.
    Sag Harbor police received a report on Sunday at about 5 p.m. of an unruly person at the intersection of Main and Union Streets, according to the police report. Upon arriving, the officers came upon Robert G. Alford, 55, of Sag Harbor, who they allege was extremely intoxicated and blocking the sidewalk, cursing at passers-by, and at those who tried to assist him. He refused to move from the sidewalk, police said.
    An ambulance was called, but the crew refused to transport him because of his aggressive behavior, according to the police. The officers then transported Mr. Alford to Southampton Hospital and issued him an appearance ticket, charging him with disorderly conduct.
    Sag Harbor police also reported the arrest just before midnight last Thursday of Jodi S. Cesta, according to the police report. Ms. Cesta was in the passenger seat of a 1999 BMW parked at Havens Beach when an officer on patrol approached the vehicle, the report said.
    When the driver of the vehicle opened his door, the officer could smell marijuana in the air. The officer asked the two occupants of the car where the marijuana was, police said, and Ms. Cesta said she had it, and handed over a glass pipe and a jar containing the drug. The officer issued Ms. Cesta a court appearance ticket and confiscated the contraband.


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