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Encyclopedia of Rumrunners and Speakeasies: Freeport During Prohibition: 1931

1931 - March

On March 18, 1931, two Freeport police officers, John Stratton and Elmer Rigby, were arrested for being drunk on duty.  Stratton and Rigby were at a party and/or card game at the home of Leo Baumann at 7 Russell Place.  While there, one of the officers fired a gun at one of the guests. The officers claimed that went to the house to tell Baumann to have his guests move their cars.  Upon seeing a burgler in the front yard, at shot at him.  The officers were acquitted after five hours of jury deliberations, but both resigned from the force.


"Acquit Police of Assault in Freeport Row." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 25, 1931, 6. Accessed August 2, 2018.

"Police Resign as Sequel to Drunk Charges." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 23, 1931, 4. Accessed August 2, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 2, 2018.

1931 - July

Liota's East Point House was raided on July 25. No liquor was found on the premises; however, undercover Federal Agent Edward Benson asked waiters John Dubon and William Prahall to purchase alcohol for him.  When one of them returned with a bottle both waiters and John Liota were arrested.


"Dry Agents Raid 3 Popular Resorts In Nassau, Suffolk." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 25, 1931, 3. Accessed December 18, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 18, 2017.


1931 - May

Salvatore Parressi of 97 North Main Street was one of three men arrested in Port Jefferson for construction of 1,0000 gallon still on a pig farm.