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T.E. McMorrow
May 19, 2015
After sustaining life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle crash Friday night, Sgt. Danny Roman was listed in fair on condition Monday evening at Stony Brook University Hospital.

East Hampton Town Police Sgt. Daniel Roman, who was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Friday evening after a motorcycle accident in Montauk, was in fair condition Monday night, the hospital reported.

Christine Sampson
May 19, 2015
While the budgets and propositions on the ballots for the 2015-16 school year easily passed in the school districts where polls closed at 8 p.m., there were some upsets in school board races.

While the budgets and propositions on the ballots for the 2015-16 school year easily passed in the school districts where polls closed at 8 p.m., there were some upsets in school board races. 

Joanne Pilgrim
May 18, 2015
Federal judge wants more time to consider the raminifcations of East Hampton’s new restrictions on helicopters and other noisy aircraft.

It will be another three weeks before a federal judge decides whether new access restrictions at East Hampton Airport can take effect. In the meantime, it will be business as usual at the airport.

T.E. McMorrow
May 16, 2015
Riding west on a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle, Sgt. Daniel Roman collided head-on with an eastbound 2012 Honda Accord driven by Stephen Lawton Weber Jr. of Baltimore.

An East Hampton Town police sergeant, Daniel Roman, was severely injured Friday evening in an accident on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk. 

Christine Sampson
May 14, 2015
A fifth-grade social studies class from John M. Marshall Elementary School were invited to take a trip to Plum Island after their message in a bottle happened to wash up there in March.

Stories that start with finding a message in a bottle can get pretty interesting.

In the case of Lee Mohlere’s fifth-grade social studies class at John M. Marshall Elementary School, what began with a lesson on climate and geography ended with a trip last week to Plum Island, the federal government-owned facility where the students’ message happened to wash up in March.

T.E. McMorrow
May 14, 2015
John Darren Re of East Hampton, accused of passing off over 60 worthless paintings to wealthy buyers as made by Jackson Pollock, was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

John Darren Re of East Hampton, accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of passing off over 60 worthless paintings to wealthy buyers as made by Jackson Pollock, was sentenced on Tuesday, his 55th birthday, to five years in federal prison. Mr.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 12, 2015
The driver of a tractor-trailer found out the hard way that his trailer was too tall for the Long Island Rail Road overpass on Route 114. The impact caused it to flip onto its side Tuesday morning.

A tractor-trailer struck a Long Island Rail Road overpass on Route 114 in East Hampton and turned over onto its side on Tuesday morning, shutting a portion of the road between Toilsome Lane and Cove Hollow Road. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 8, 2015
A customer was said to be injured at the Riverhead Building Supply yard in East Hampton when pallets of wallboard fell on him Friday morning.

A customer was said to be seriously injured at a Riverhead Building Supply yard in East Hampton when pallets of wallboard fell on him Friday morning. 

Joanne Pilgrim
May 7, 2015
A court hearing will be held next Thursday on a bid by helicopter and aviation companies and a group called Friends of the East Hampton Airport to block the East Hampton Town Board from implementing an overnight curfew.

A hearing will be held next Thursday at United States District Court in Central Islip on a bid by helicopter and aviation companies and a group called Friends of the East Hampton Airport to block the East Hampton Town Board from implementing an overnight curfew and restrictions on helicopters and other noisy aircraft.

Christine Sampson
May 7, 2015
An April 22 meeting for parents of Latino students about New York State math tests has aroused controversy, with some saying they were misled by the East Hampton School District administration.

An April 22 meeting for parents of Latino students about New York State math tests has aroused controversy, with some saying they were misled by the East Hampton School District administration--and the East Hampton Teachers Association calling the meeting “racial profiling.” The district denies allegations that it called Latino parents to the meeting to persuade them to have their c

T.E. McMorrow
April 29, 2015
Jason Lee, the former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish woman at an East Hampton summer house in 2013, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon after a non-jury trial that spanned two weeks.

Jason Lee, the former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish woman at an East Hampton summer house in 2013, was found not guilty Wednesday afternoon after a non-jury trial that spanned three weeks.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 24, 2015
East Hampton Village Fire Marshal Ken Collum determined the fire that badly damaged the J. Crew building in East Hampton started in a refrigeration unit outside Rowdy Hall.

Friday's early morning fire that destroyed the back of the J. Crew building and damaged Rowdy Hall started in the outside refrigeration unit behind the restaurant, according to Ken Collum, the East Hampton Village fire marshal. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 23, 2015
According to police, the arrest of Nicholas C. Gray, 27, of Springs ended a crime spree that began on March 25 with the theft of a Jeep parked behind T & B Auto repair in Amagansett, and finished on April 6 with a burglary of a house in Amagansett.

A Springs man was arraigned Tuesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on nine felony charges, including burglary, grand larceny-auto theft, illegal weapons possession, and a grand larceny charge involving stolen credit cards.

Christine Sampson
April 13, 2015
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new state budget includes more funding for public education, with the impact of that money expected to vary by district.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's new state budget includes more funding for public education, with the impact of that money expected to vary by district.

According to numbers released on April 1 by the state, the Sag Harbor School District will receive $140,835 more in the 2015-16 year than this year. Jennifer Buscemi, the school's business administrator, said it is slightly more than the district initially guessed it would receive.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 6, 2015
A Supreme Court judge ruled last Thursday that PSEG Long Island, an electrical energy provider, and the Long Island Power Authority, for which PSEG is a contractor, are not subject to local zoning and other laws.

A Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that PSEG Long Island, an electrical energy provider, and the Long Island Power Authority, for which PSEG is a contractor, are not subject to local zoning and other laws.

The ruling clears the way for PSEG to finish work at an Amagansett electrical transmission substation, the only thing left before new, high-voltage transmission lines that have caused consternation among residents of neighborhoods along their route can go online.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 2, 2015
The matter of airport regulation is complicated, with federal rules and limited local authority. Just what East Hampton Town is facing, and its chances of success, came to light this week in an interview with Peter Kirsch, an attorney who has guided the effort to deal with aircraft noise.

Four regulations that would limit access to East Hampton Airport, primarily by helicopters, which have prompted waves of complaint from residents across the East End, will be discussed at an East Hampton Town Board work session on Tuesday, as the members review comments made at a March 12 public hearing.

Star staff
March 31, 2015
Jason Lee, who is accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton in 2013, waived his right to a trial by jury on Tuesday and will instead be tried by New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn in her Riverside courtroom beginning next week.

Jason Lee, who is accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton in 2013, waived his right to a trial by jury on Tuesday and will instead be tried by New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn in her Riverside courtroom beginning next week.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 27, 2015
Prolonged frigid temperatures left baymen out in the cold this winter. Frozen bays meant fewer bay scallops were harvested, and the State Department of Environmental Conservation will let them try to recoup their losses with an extra month of harvesting.

Good news for seafood lovers and harvesters alike: Scallop season has been extended in state waters, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Friday. 

Bay scallop harvesting was extended by a month and will end in state waters on April 30. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 23, 2015
The former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain in Montauk is back on the market for $25 million, after plans to build a private beach club on the five-acre property there were met with widespread protest.

The former East Deck Motel at Ditch Plain in Montauk is back on the market, after plans to build a private beach club on the five-acre property there were met with widespread protest. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 10, 2015
The New York State D.E.C. released a revised mute swan management plan on Monday, toning down its controversial call to eradicate the non-native species from the state by 2025.

State wildlife officials still have mute swans in their sights, but they’ve toned down their attack since their first proposal last year, which elicited protest from thousands.

Star staff
March 7, 2015
The Montauk Manor's website was one of many sites around the country that were hacked this weekend.

The Montauk Manor condominium's website was hacked on Saturday, along with many other businesses' websites around the country, with a claim posted on it saying the Islamic State was responsible.

East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said that his department was aware of the incident. "However, as of now there is no way to determine if it was ISIS or who may have been responsible," he said. "Also, we have no intel indicating specific threats of cyber crime by ISIS at this time." The F.B.I. would be forwarded information, he said. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 5, 2015
A woman whose infant was in the back seat had to be extricated from a sport utility vehicle after a two-car accident on Montauk Highway at Georgica Road in East Hampton Village during the snowstorm Thursday morning.

A woman whose infant was in the back seat of her sport utility vehicle had to be extricated by firefighters after a two-car accident on Montauk Highway at Georgica Road in East Hampton Village during a snowstorm on Thursday morning. Police said one of the drivers had no license.

Janis Hewitt
March 5, 2015
The lights on the brightest shamrock in Montauk went out on Saturday when Jan and Chester Kordasz closed the doors to O’Murphy’s for the last time.

The lights on the brightest shamrock in Montauk went out on Saturday when Jan and Chester Kordasz closed the doors to O’Murphy’s for the last time. Their lease has expired, and though the building’s owner, Jerry Passaretti, offered to renew it, it was at a cost of thousands of dollars more than they have been paying for the last 10 years.

Joanne Pilgrim
February 26, 2015
A delay in reviewing bids on the Army Corps of Engineers’ multimillion-dollar project in downtown Montauk — a 3,100-foot-long reinforced dune made of 14,560 geotextile bags filled with sand — is likely to scuttle its spring start.

A delay in reviewing bids on the Army Corps of Engineers’ multimillion-dollar project in downtown Montauk — a 3,100-foot-long reinforced dune made of 14,560 geotextile bags filled with sand — is likely to scuttle its spring start.