Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Babylon man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk the wrong way for more than a mile on Sunrise Highway early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.A Highway Patrol officer spotted a gray Pontiac G6 heading eastbound on the westbound lanes near Connetquot Avenue in Islip Terrace and stopped its driver, Charles Falco, near Oakdale-Bohemia Road in Oakdale at 12:15 a.m., police said.The 50-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving the wrong way and failure to comply.Falco will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.
ILOILO City – It is “business asusual”, beleaguered Panay Electric Co. (PECO) assured consumers in a letterthat criticized as “illegal” the court-issued writ of possession that allowedMORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) to “forcibly” take over some of its properties. Contreras specifically called outAtty. Elamparo for “malicious statements on air, of an alleged meeting with thejudge of a certain MORE personality the day before the writ was served,alluding to the court’s conspiracy with the plaintiff.” Contreras is scheduled to hear PECO’sMotion of Clarification today, March 6. “PECO will be seeking clarificationand rectification from the local RTC during the upcoming hearings,” accordingto Cacho. On March 2, Contreras warned both MOREPower and PECO to “strictly observe the gag order” issued by Judge Amular whopreviously heard their expropriation case. “The fight is not yet over,” declaredCacho. Despite the “illegal seizure” of PECOproperties by MORE Power, Cacho assured consumers “your PECO family is stillthe one that continues to operate and attend to your needs.” “There is a pending case in the SupremeCourt and a minor court like the RTC cannot execute anything with finalityuntil the case is decided in the Supreme Court, the highest court of the land,”read part of the letter signed by PECO president and chief executive officerLuis Miguel Cacho. In a Manila press conference on March3, Elamparo discussed PECO’s supplemental petition to its existing request forthe Court of Appeals (CA) to nullify three Iloilo court orders that paved theway for MORE Power’s “forcible, deceptive and intimidating” takeover of itsstations and facilities. By coming out with the letter, PECOappears to be taking its case directly to consumers. “Our valued customers may go to thePECO main office to apply for connections, inquire about their bills, andsettle their bills. Our accredited collection agencies and banks are alsocollecting payments as usual,” according to Cacho. He further assured consumers, “We areexhausting all legal remedies to regain control of our own substations,vehicles, materials, and equipment.” Contreras also warned MORE Power andPECO against resorting to “any form of propaganda” that would undermine thecourt’s integrity and credibility. The letter was referring to theRegional Trial Court, Branch 23 of Presiding Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras. “PECO still owns all its powerdistribution assets,” according to Cacho. “While MORE Power may have takencontrol of some of our facilities, they do not own any of these.” She also stressed she was “notdissuaded to further hear the case with utmost impartiality.” “We will also be filing cases againstthose parties involved in the unjust implementation of the writ of possession,”Cacho added. PECO asked the CA to issue a temporaryrestraining order stopping the continued implementation of an Iloilocourt-issued writ of possession, as well as a status quo ante order that would“restore” its possession of the substations and other properties that it claimswere illegally seized by MORE. She lamented that Contrerasdisregarded the pending Supreme Court (SC) case on the constitutionality ofMORE Power’s franchise and the standing order on the suspension of theexpropriation proceedings against PECO issued by Judge Antonio Gerardo Amularof RTC, Branch 35. He advised consumers not to pay toMORE Power “because they have no legal basis to operate our services yet and,as such, your payments to MORE Power may just go to waste.”/PN On Feb. 29, PECO legal counselEstrella Elamparo described as “unprecedented in its irregularity” the takeoverof PECO’s properties, and “illegal, if not criminal” the manner by which it wasaccomplished. Meanwhile, Cacho reassured consumers“our operations continue as usual.”