Punched, Dragged, Cops Say

    Lawrence Melniker, 51, of Park Avenue, Manhattan, was arrested after a dispute with his wife on Main Street in East Hampton on the afternoon of Aug. 4, East Hampton Village police said. According to the police report, from which Mr. Melniker’s name had been redacted, his wife accused him of punching her in the face before closing a window of the 2003 Volkswagen Beetle he was sitting in, trapping her arm. He then allegedly put the car in drive, dragging her about 25 feet.
    Mr. Melniker’s wife signed a civilian arrest form and told her husband she was having him arrested, the report said. An officer read him his rights, and he was taken to headquarters, police said.
    The next afternoon, Mr. Melniker told police that his knapsack, holding numerous items, had been removed without his permission from his car, which was parked on Pantigo Road. He put the value of the missing items at more than $800.
    In other news, East Hampton Town police arrested Orson A. Frisbie, 26, of Amagansett in the main parking lot north of that hamlet’s Main Street at about 10:15 on the evening of Aug. 3 and charged him with criminal possession of marijuana in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. The charge indicates that police are alleging that Mr. Frisbie was in possession of more than two ounces of marijuana.
    According to police, an officer saw Mr. Frisbie sitting in a car in the parking lot with several buds of the plant in plain view.

In Translation
    A 17-year-old was arrested at the intersection of South Elmwood Avenue and South Edgemere Street in Montauk on the night of Aug. 3 and faces a possible felony charge.
    An officer approached the young man, who was reportedly urinating in public. When the officer asked for identification, he was given a New York State driver’s license. The young man, who was in the company of another 17-year-old, was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana.
    He was arrested and taken to headquarters, where a search revealed a second driver’s license, police said, this one giving his age as 22. He was charged with possession of a forged instrument, a felony.
    His appearance in court the next morning, a Saturday, presented a challenge for East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill: The youth’s parents were both deaf and communicated through American Sign Language.
    Justice Cahill said it was not possible to find a signer on a weekend in East Hampton on such short notice, and allowed the 17-year-old to translate the proceedings. “Is he well behaved at home?” the justice asked the mother. “Usually,” the mother answered through her son’s translation, “except when he was using drugs.”
    The justice complimented mother and son for their honesty and released him without bail. He has a future date in court, with the presence of a signer.
    Also charged with possession of a forged instrument was James P. Tallarico, 33, of Rockville Centre. East Hampton Village police arrested Mr. Tallarico on Saturday at 1 p.m. after they were tipped off by a traffic control officer who believed the beach parking sticker displayed in a window of Mr. Tallarico’s 2009 GMC Yukon was a fake.
    According to the arrest report, Mr. Tallarico told police he’d bought the sticker on Craig’s List, knowing it was a fake, because he couldn’t buy a village sticker for the year. He has an appointment to reappear in court on Sept. 6.