Vandals spray-painted anti-Semitic symbols on two buildings at an exclusive Noyac country club over the weekend, according to Southampton Town Police.
Town Police, who have labeled the incident a hate crime, are now working with the Suffolk County Police Hate Crime Unit to find those responsible for spray-painting several swastikas, Jewish stars and gang signs on a building that is under construction at The Bridge on Millstone Road. Similar symbols were also painted on a storage trailer and a second building at the country club.
According to the police report filed at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday by a country club employee, an unknown person drove an ATV or dirt bike through a wooded area before emerging just south of the main clubhouse earlier that day. Once there, the vandals used black and yellow spray paint to damage both the inside and exterior of a nearby building. Additional damage was also reported on the other structures.
Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said she could not share any other information about the incident, noting that detectives are investigating.
“Right now, it is an active investigation,” she said. “We are working in conjunction with the Suffolk County Police Department.”
Representatives of The Bridge did not return calls seeking comment this week.
Man Attacks Pregnant WomanSouthampton Town Police have arrested a Flanders man after they said he repeatedly punched a pregnant woman in the head and stomach over the weekend.
William Toney, 40, was arrested at 2:24 a.m. on Sunday after authorities said he grabbed a female acquaintance by the throat and threw her onto a couch in his Ludlam Avenue home before punching her in the face and stomach before fleeing the scene.
Mr. Toney was found a short time later on East Main Street in Riverhead. After fighting with officers, he was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, authorities said.
The woman, who was 18 weeks pregnant at the time of the assault, suffered scratches to her face and complained of stomach pain. She was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment. Officials could not disclose her condition due to privacy laws.
Drunk Driver Hits TreeA Southampton man was arrested over the weekend after police said he struck a tree with his car while driving drunk.
Southampton Town Police said Dalton Vannostrand, 21, was approaching the intersection of Parrish Road and Coopers Lane in North Sea when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. Upon arriving on the scene, officers determined that Mr. Vannostrand was intoxicated. He was arrested at the scene and charged with one misdemeanor count of DWI and failing to maintain his lane, a violation.
A passenger in his car, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries and had to be transported by the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital, according to police.
Police Taser RaccoonSouthampton Village Police were forced to Taser a raccoon after it attacked a pet dog early Friday morning before turning on a responding officer.
Police responded to a Little Plains Road home shortly after 6:30 a.m. after receiving reports that a raccoon was attacking the homeowner’s pet dog. The dog, named Otis, was trapped between bushes while the raccoon blocked its escape, according to authorities.
Police were forced to enter the property through Gin Lane, where the officer shot two Taser rounds into the raccoon, shocking the animal. The dog was immediately freed, but the raccoon then began attacking the police officer, who fended it off with a large stick. The officer was unable to retrieve the Taser cartridge from the animal, which eventually retreated into the bushes.
No injuries were reported. The dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment, according to the report.
“The dog is more of a house animal and was apparently losing the fight,” said Southampton Village Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison.