Two Arrested During Child Welfare Check In Hampton Bays


A man and woman were arrested on drug possession charges Friday after police discovered quantities of both heroin and marijuana inside a Hampton Bays home while conducting a child welfare check on two children who live there.

During the check, which was conducted after Southampton Town Police received a call reporting that young children might be in jeopardy, officers said they found Robin Payne, 28, who lives in the Penny Lane house, and Kelly Stradinger, 26, of Sound Beach in possession of heroin.

Police declined to say who made the call and noted that it was unclear whether either person was directly related to the children. They also declined to release the ages of the children.

Both Mr. Payne and Ms. Stradinger were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, while Mr. Payne was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, also a misdemeanor. He was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, while Ms. Stradinger was also charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor, according to police.

Mr. Payne is being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside on $2,000 cash bail while Ms. Stradinger was released on an appearance ticket.

Noyac Man Charged After
Making Threatening Call

A Noyac man is facing a felony first-degree criminal contempt charge after threatening to kill a man that had a court-issued order of protection against him, according to authorities.

Charles Engelken, 24, was arrested by Southampton Town Police at 3:45 p.m. on January 7 after a male relative told officers that Mr. Engelken punched him in the face multiple times and punched a hole in his wall during a dispute. Mr. Engelken was living with the relative on Rosewood Drive at the time of the argument.

Mr. Engelken tried to leave the scene, but police stopped him near the intersection of Noyac and Stoney Hill roads and arrested him on charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, as well as second-degree harassment and driving with a suspended registration, both violations.

An order of protection was issued by the Southampton Town Justice Court by Judge Barbara Wilson on January 8 and Mr. Engelken was released from custody.

At 9:10 p.m. that night, Mr. Engelken called his relative and threatened to kill him, thus violating the order of protection, according to police. Officers arrested him a second time at 11:16 p.m. on Mary’s Lane in North Sea and charged him with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony.

Mr. Engelken is being held at Suffolk County Jail in Riverside on $1,000 cash bail.

Report: Woman Had $100K

Stolen From Bank Accounts

The guardian of an elderly Westhampton woman reported that someone had been stealing money from the woman’s bank accounts and retirement fund since July 2012, totaling about $100,000 in thefts, according to Southampton Town Police.

The guardian reported the thefts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and informed authorities that relatives might be behind the missing funds. No arrests have been made, according to police.

The incident is under investigation by the police department’s detective division.

Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa did not respond to multiple requests seeking additional information regarding the case.

Authorities did not explain how the money was removed from the accounts.

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