Crimes Nearby: Cops Say Man Acted Suspiciously; Found With Cocaine

In other crimes nearby, criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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


• Ronald T. Kassl, 37, of Hampton Bays, was arrested Feb. 19 at 1:13 a.m. on Montauk Highway in Water Mill after police said he was seen acting suspiciously, driving in and out of driveways of closed businesses, then failing to signal a turn. According to the arrest report, Kassl was pulled over and found to be drunk and in possession of cocaine. Kassl was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and DWI, both misdemeanors.

East Hampton

• Eric Forgione, 27, of Islip, was arrested on Feb. 17 on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation, both misdemeanors.

Police said he was seen driving a car westbound on Montauk Highway while using a handheld cell phone, and after stopping Forgione, police saw that his driving privileges in New York State were suspended exactly one week earlier for failing to answer a summons.

Police reports state that after he was informed he was under arrest, Forgione handed over a glass smoking device containing burnt marijuana, and a search revealed that he was holding what was later to be found hydrocodone.

He was released on a $100 appearance ticket.


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