Crimes Nearby: Former Hoops Star Back in Cuffs

Also: DEC charges four with illegal spear fishing off of Block Island.

The following information was supplied by the East End police departments. A criminal charge is only an accusation and does not indicate guilt.


• Former East Hampton High School star basketball player Michael E. Russell, who has been in and out of trouble over the past six years, has found himself back behind bars.

East Hampton Village police arrested Russell, 23, who is out on bail on charges related to an armed home invasion in Massachusetts back in January, after they discovered he used two credit cards that weren't his to purchase three pairs of sneakers and one pair of shoes at Sneakerology on Main Street in East Hampton Village on Sept. 2. 

Employees at the store identified Russell as the person who made the purchases, at two separate times on the same day, police said. One of the cards used belonged to Stony Hill Stables in Amagansett and had been assigned to an employee, an acquaintance of Russell's, Chief Jerry Larsen said. The second card was the employee's debit card. 

• Frederick B. Chacon, 28, was charged with felony DWI in Amagansett on Oct. 8 due to a previous conviction. Police said he traveling 45 mph in a 30 mph zone on Montauk Highway. He was pulled over near Atlantic Avenue, and appeared to be drunk at about 1:45 a.m. He reportedly failed all field sobriety tests. Police said his privileges to drive were revoked and suspended eight times, going back to 2007. He was convicted of DWI on Sept. 21, 2011 in the Town of Southampton, according to police. They also found a warrant from the New York City Police Department dated 2002. In addition to the drunken driving charge, Chacon was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony. He was released on $10,000 bail.


Police on Monday arrested three people for cocaine possession on Widgeon Way in West Hampton Dunes.

West Hampton Dunes Police Constables said they found cocaine in a car driven by Maria S. Cepparo, 41, who resides in both Brentwood and Port Jefferson Station, and arrested her and two of her passengers.

The arrest comes a few months after Cepparo, a mother of four, was charged in May with leaving her children in a hot, unlocked car while she drank in a Holbrook bar.

Cepparo is due in court Thursday to face those charges.


• Four fishermen, including two from Montauk and one from East Hampton, are accused of spearing more than 70 fish in Block Island Sound in August. 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced on Tuesday that the fishermen have been charged with four felonies related to the illegal spearing of stripped bass.

In late August, Environmental Conservation Officers were on a routine patrol from Shinnecock to Fishers Island when they said they saw three divers with spear guns in their hands boarding the fishing vessel Sea Spearit at Valiant Rock in a shallow area East of Gull Island, the DEC said in a statement.

• A man was arrested in Mattituck on Oct. 12 and charged with driving drunk with two small children in the car, police said. According to Southold Town police, Brentwood resident Justo Fajadro, 22, was arrested at 3:21 a.m. on Sound Avenue and Aldrich Lane after he was stopped for failure to maintain his lane, police said.

Police said Fajadro was found to be intoxicated with two children, ages 2 and 7, in the car. Fajadro was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony, due to violation of Leandra's Law.


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