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May 1, 2011 10:45 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Four Hampton Bays Nightclub Staffers Arrested In Undercover Sting

May 4, 2011 11:30 AM

The manager and three bartenders of a Hampton Bays nightclub were arrested early Saturday morning following an undercover investigation into underage alcohol sales at the club, according to Southampton Town Police.

Officers from the department’s Street Crime Unit said the trio of bartenders sold alcohol to two volunteers under age 21 whom officers sent to Dream nightclub on Canal Road at about 12:45 a.m. to try to buy alcohol.

Michele LaPerla, 23, of Centereach, Diandra Alioto, 22, of East Quogue and Caitlin McArdle, 24, of Westhampton were arrested and each charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and prohibited sales to a minor, both misdemeanors.

The club’s manager, Stephen Vlahadamis, 21, of Hampton Bays, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, after police said he interfered with the investigation.

Two additional underage patrons, whose names were withheld by police, were cited for unlawfully possessing alcoholic beverages. Businesses that sell alcohol to anyone under age 21 may face revocation of their State Liquor Authority license to sell alcohol, in addition to fines and other penalties, police said. A State Liquor Authority official did not return a call this week.

Southampton fire marshals also cited the club for several unspecified town code violations involving safety issues, officers said.

James Vlahadamis, the attorney representing the defendants and the brother of the manager at the family-run establishment, declined to comment.

Ms. LaPerla, Ms. Alioto and Ms. McArdle were issued appearance tickets and are all due to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court on May 25 at 1 p.m., court officials said. Arraignment details for Mr. Vlahadamis were not available early this week, court officials said.

Police said they have received approximately 35 emergency-related 911 calls involving the club this year. Complaints have ranged from physical and sexual assaults to neighborhood complaints about loud music and illegal parking, police said.

Dream nightclub was the scene of a fatal shooting in November, in which 64-year-old Carl Petrusa, a retired court officer and longtime resident of Hampton Bays, was killed by a man dressed as a robber at a Halloween costume party, police said. No arrests have been made in that case.

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A 21 year old manager? Bartenders aged 24,23, and 22? If that isn't a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is. Where's the owner in all of this?
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on May 1, 11 11:41 AM
running the hampton bays diner! lol
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on May 1, 11 8:22 PM
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Close that dump down-isn't the manager from the same family that owns the diner where there was a murder 2 years ago? That family has total disregard for rules.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on May 1, 11 12:01 PM
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Absolutely close it down. My kids in HB High School told me all about that place and how kids from the high school drink there. It's a known underage hangout and it's been going on a long time. Don't let it reopen.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on May 1, 11 3:39 PM
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I hope this means that their liquor licence is taken away. Who hires a 21 year old bar manager, LOL!!
By just breath (82), East Moriches on May 1, 11 3:41 PM
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I just looked at the website for Dream Nightclub and I'd say the link to the diner is right on the money. There's a huge link to the diner on there and they're offering 20% discount for Dream customers after the party. Also, the manger listed in the article is shown as a DJ at the club. Pretty big step up unless you have connections, I'd say
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on May 1, 11 6:39 PM
The Club manager has the same last name as the owner of the diner, im assuming its the son. I know the diner is involved in dream. They moved there when the latino night club at the diner was shut down. They attract a lot of trouble from other towns,not insinuating latino, its all walks of life. Its a club like this that puts a bad name on the nightlife in the hamptons. Others follow rules and hire competant people, this place does neither.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on May 1, 11 8:43 PM
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35 emergency-related 911 calls THIS year? And it's not even Memorial Day? I agree with all the other comments - shut this place down!
By EastEnder2 (30), Hampton Bays on May 2, 11 9:44 AM
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Shut it down already!!!!
By lmahanna (15), Hampton Bays on May 2, 11 10:40 AM
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We call every weekend because of the noise coming from there until 5:00am in the morning. . Unfortunately, you need 3 complaintants and some people cant be bothered getting out of bed to make the phone call. The area is filthy the next morning also. We never had a problem like this when it was under other names. They just dont give a damm.
By longislander40 (37), hampton bays on May 3, 11 12:45 AM
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Time for this place to go.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on May 3, 11 9:36 AM
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We pay in our taxes for Hampton Bays Ambulance service, so why should we the rsidents be paying our tax $$ dollars to support all the mayhem going on there? Each ambulance cost you the taxpayer dearly. I hope a resident isn't in need of serious medical care during a bogus call for a drunk at the club. People, start fighting back it can be done, start getting reinbursement from the club owners, most of the people are out of towners anyway.....why is it our responsibility to fund it...SPEAK UP NOW.
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on May 3, 11 3:26 PM
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