Police Reports: Man Accused of Drunk Dialing 911

Officers arrested a woman for DUI, copper was stolen during a burglary, a man allegedly violated a protective order then called the victim while in police custody leading to another charge, an unidentified boat washed ashore at the Lake Zoar Beach Club &

The following information was supplied by the Monroe Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.


Accused of Drunk Dialing 911

A Mellon Patch Lane man was arrested by Bridgeport police on a Monroe warrant May 23 for allegedly calling 911 and hanging up 21 times.

Jon Gerte, 50, was charged with misuse of the emergency 911 system and released on $1,000 bond for a May 31 court date.

On Nov. 6,2011, a Monroe dispatcher received numerous calls from Gerte's number and said the caller sounded intoxicated and was whispering and mumbling before hanging up — then calling again.

A dispatcher on a later shift reported receiving calls from the same number from someone with a "slurred speech" whose "thoughts were indecipherable," according to the report. From between 1:50 a.m. and 1:38 p.m., police said Gerte made 21 calls to 911.


No Seat Belt Leads to DUI

A 63-year-old Huntington woman was arrested for DUI at around 5:36 p.m. on May 23, after she allegedly drove through a seat belt checkpoint on Route 110 and ignored two officers' signals to stop her 2005 Chrysler 300.

Linda Rainieri of Monroe Road was charged with failure to wear a seat belt, disobeying the signal of an officer and DUI. Bond was set at $500 for a June 4 court date.

Police said an officer working at the Click It or Ticket check point at the intersection of Route 110 and Moose Hill Road noticed that Rainieri did not have her seat belt on, tapped on her window and motioned for her to stop — but she instead continued through the intersection.

A second officer waved his hands and yelled for Rainieri to stop, but she continued on, police said, crossing over the double yellow line twice before a police car pulled over her vehicle near the intersection of Old Tannery Road, according to the report.

Rainieri pulled her seat belt across her chest, but police said it was not buckled. She had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her and told the officer she had had three drinks earlier, according to police.

Field sobriety tests determined Rainieri was operating under the influence and breath tests at headquarters showed that her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, police said.


Phone Call Leads to 2nd Criminal Charge

A Partridge Drive man arrested for criminal violation of a protective order on Saturday used his one phone call to call the person he is not supposed to contact, so he was charged a second time, according to police.

Police said Ray Corchara, 48, had violated the order the first time when he went to the house at 6:15 p.m. and a family member called police.


House Targeted for Burglary Twice

Laptops, phones and other electronics recovered from the house fire at 18 Robin Lane on April 9 were stored on shelves in the garage. On Friday, police said the items were reported stolen during a burglary.

Unknown to the thief, police said, was that the items were damaged in the fire and unusable — only being kept as a way to record losses.

An attempted burglary had been reported at the house the day before. On May 24. Police said a neighbor told them that her barking dogs woke her up at 1:05 a.m. and that she heard a power tool coming from the property. Looking out the window, she saw the illumination of a flashlight.

She yelled out the window and saw someone drive away on a small motor bike, police said. Officers found that a hole had been drilled into the key hole on the lock for a storage container, according to the report.


Copper Stolen in Burglary

The Realtor for a house on Round Hill Road discovered that several copper pipes had been cut and removed from the ceiling in the garage and called police to report it at 5:11 p.m. on Saturday.

An ensuing investigation determined that the house had been entered through two unlocked double glass doors leading to the living room and that copper piping was also cut and stolen from the boiler room, police said.

Police had no estimate on the value of the pipes nor the cost of the damage.


Theft from Motor Vehicle

The theft of a $350 Coach Purse was reported in the parking lot of Fitness 4000, 630 Main Street, at 10:31 a.m. May 22, after someone smashed the window of the victim's 2009 Mercury and swiped it from the passenger seat, according to the report.

Police said a $250 Coach wallet containing $150 cash was inside the stolen purse.


Boat Washes Ashore

The owner of Lake Zoar Beach Club & Marina reported Sunday that a nine-foot Bass Tracker boat washed up on the shore.

Police said the hull identification number could not determine the owner.


Testing His Sound System

A 22-year-old Turkey Roost Road man was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle at around 4:40 p.m. Monday, when an officer observed his jeep parked in a handicapped space in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot at 447 Monroe Turnpike with the engine running and his stereo blaring, according to the report.

When the officer asked him why he was playing his music so loudly, he told her he was testing out his new stereo system. A check on the driver's identity determined he was operating with his license under suspension, police said.

The driver was also issued verbal warnings for unnecessary noise and illegally parking in a handicap space.




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