2 arrests in Nassau under social-host law

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Two people were arrested early Sunday in separate incidents under the social-host law that prohibits people from allowing minors to drink at their homes, Nassau police said.

Both arrests came after police received noise complaints about parties at the homes.

In the first instance, Lake Success police went to 4 Old Field Lane at 1:25 a.m. in response to a noise complaint. When officers arrived, they found a number of youths quickly entering the house, while several more remained outside. An open container of alcohol and some shot glasses sat on a table, and there were multiple beer bottles in the area, police said.

Police arrested Pamela Leff, 51, and charged her with violating the social-host law. She was scheduled to be arraigned May 25 at First District Court in Hempstead.

Later the same morning, Nassau police went to 1850 Camp Ave. in Merrick for a noise complaint at 2:16 a.m. When they arrived, police said they heard loud noise from the rear of the house and found several people younger than 21 years old drinking alcohol.

James Valle, 19, who lived at the residence, ran inside the house and at first refused to emerge. When Valle finally came back out, he began flailing his arms and kicking when officers attempted to arrest him, police said.

No one was injured, and Valle was taken into custody and charged with violating the social-host law and resisting arrest.

In both cases, the parents of the other partygoers were called to retrieve them.

At Valle's arraignment on Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Valle was ordered conditionally released to probation. He left court with his father, Thomas Valle, who declined to comment. James Valle is scheduled to return to court on June 4.

With Tania Lopez

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