Recent Stories: Police

T.E. McMorrow
April 17, 2014

East Hampton Town police arrested two Springs men this past week on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Victor M. Lara-Agustin, 39, was stopped a little after midnight on Saturday after reportedly swerving across Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs. Police said he narrowly missed a utility pole as he turned onto Broadway Avenue.

Star staff
April 17, 2014

Amagansett

The scammer posing as a PSEG bill collector in calls to several local businesses was turned away by an alert businessman last Thursday. Vincent Balcuns of Balcuns Service Center on Main Street received a call telling him his electric bill was overdue. Mr. Balcuns stated that his account was paid up to date, and called PSEG, which confirmed it was a scam.

T.E. McMorrow
April 17, 2014
An East Hampton man who has been in and out of prison for most of his adult life may be headed back again.

An East Hampton man who has been in and out of prison for most of his adult life may be headed back again.

East Hampton Town police performing a "routine search" of Melvin C. Smith's residence on Morris Park Lane, as required under the terms of his current probation sentence, found a loaded handgun, according to the report, as well as crack cocaine and marijuana.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 17, 2014
Two elderly drivers were involved in car crashes in the past eight days, both of which happened at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton Villag

Two elderly drivers were involved in car crashes in the past eight days, both of which happened at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton Village.

Just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, a car heading east veered across Montauk Highway, jumped a curb, and slammed into a tree and a telephone pole.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 16, 2014
A head-on collision between a work truck and a Subaru shut down a portion of Route 114, just north of Stephen Hand's Path, in East Hampton on Wednesday.

Two people involved in a serious three-car accident on Route 114, north of Stephen Hand's Path, in East Hampton late Wednesday morning were airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.

East Hampton Town Police Lt. Chris Hatch said the drivers of a Blue Tides irrigation company work van and a Subaru, the two vehicles that sustained the brunt of the damage, were airlifted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of a third vehicle, a Ford Explorer, was not injured, he said.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 13, 2014
The driver of a Lincoln sedan, an elderly man, was taken to Southampton Hospital, but did not appear seriously injured.

A car heading east veered across Montauk Highway just after 2 p.m. on Sunday, jumped a curb, and slammed into a tree and a telephone pole at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton Village. 

The driver of the Lincoln sedan, an elderly man, was taken to Southampton Hospital but did not appear seriously injured. The car had severe front-end damage, according to witnesses.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2014

Christian A. Maldonado, 23, of Montauk was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with selling cocaine last September. East Hampton Town police, acting in conjunction with Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s East End Drug Task Force, made the arrest, their second this year on selling cocaine-related charges.

There were eight or nine family members and friends in the courtroom Saturday morning when Mr. Maldonado was arraigned. His attorney, Neil Rogers, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2014

There were two arrests last week on drunken-driving charges, both made by the East Hampton Town police.

Lee A. Grimes, 28, was pulled over early Saturday morning for failing to signal as she turned off Flamingo Avenue onto West Lake Drive in Montauk, police said. Ms. Grimes, a lifetime Montauk resident, reportedly failed roadside sobriety tests and refused to take the breath test back at police headquarters.

April 10, 2014

Amagansett

A missing iPhone 4S reported by a resident of Issac’s Path led police, using its Find My Phone app, to a house on Gardiner’s Lane on Springs on April Fool’s Day. The man who answered the door said he had found the phone the day before near CVS in East Hampton Village and had been trying to reach the owner, but could not because the phone was locked.
 

East Hampton Village

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 10, 2014
The Sag Harbor Fire Department responded to a reported oven fire in Mount Misery, just outside the village, on Thursday afternoon.

The Sag Harbor Fire Department responded to a reported oven fire in Mount Misery, just outside the village, on Thursday afternoon.

The occupants of 92 Mount Misery Drive called 911 at 1:54 p.m. Dispatchers told them to evacuate the house.

Fire chiefs arrived within minutes. The fire did not appear to be spreading, as they only asked for a few of the fire trucks to respond.

A chief requested a Southampton Town fire marshal to respond to investigate the cause.

Southampton Town police also were on scene.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2014

The case of the People of the State of New York v. Jason Lee, the Goldman Sachs managing director accused of raping a 20-year-old Irishwoman in East Hampton last summer, is inching, slowly but, according to both sides, surely, toward a trial this summer.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 3, 2014

As staff members at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton tried to light an outdoor pizza oven on a windy afternoon last week, they touched off a grass fire that quickly spread to a nearby building, fire officials said.

Brian Williams, a Southampton Town fire marshal, said a rolled-up newspaper had been lit on March 26 around 1:40 p.m., and before it could be tossed into the oven, embers blew away. Bushes and grass caught fire, and flames extended to Jeff’s Kitchen on the campus, located between Butter and Mitchell Lanes.

T.E. McMorrow
April 3, 2014

An East Hampton man arrested on March 13 by East Hampton Town police on two charges of selling cocaine a year earlier was arraigned in County Court in Riverside on March 26 on an additional charge of selling cocaine and three charges of possession with intent to sell. All six charges against Moshé Stephens, 32, are class B felonies, which mandate prison time if convicted.

T.E. McMorrow
April 3, 2014

Arthur A. Schneider, the former owner of Montauk’s Memory Motel, pleaded guilty on March 20 in Suffolk County Criminal Court to a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny, reduced from grand larceny, according to his lawyer, in order to allow him time to raise the agreed-upon restitution due New York State.

Christopher Walsh
April 3, 2014

With the March 21 expiration of a 30-day suspension without pay, Julio Galeano, an East Hampton Village police officer who allegedly used a house on Talmage Lane for a romantic visit with a fellow member of the force  without the permission of its owner, is back on the payroll, Chief Gerard Larsen said yesterday. Mr. Galeano is required to stay at home, however, Chief Larsen said.

Star staff
April 3, 2014

Amagansett

A call came in to East Hampton Town police late Sunday morning reporting a white Toyota being driven erratically westbound on Montauk Highway. An East Hampton Village police officer spotted the car, parked outside Brent’s Deli. The Montauk woman behind the wheel told police she had been “involved in a little road rage with another vehicle because she passed him on the Napeague stretch.” The other car was long gone, police said.

T.E. McMorrow
April 3, 2014

An East Hampton Town police patrol car parked overnight at 52 South Embassy Road in Montauk, the hamlet’s police substation, was reportedly one of many vehicles — 27 at last count — whose tires were slashed by vandals on the night of March 22, hours before the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Several cars parked within 50 yards of the station were also among those targeted.

T.E. McMorrow
April 3, 2014

A Riverhead man who East Hampton police say fooled them and the courts his first time through the local justice system is facing a felony charge of forgery.

T.E. McMorrow
March 28, 2014
Thomas Ravenel, a former South Carolina state treasurer, pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated stemming from a July arrest in East Hampton Village.

    Thomas Ravenel, a former South Carolina state treasurer and current star of a reality TV show, “Southern Charm,” pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon to one misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated, stemming from an arrest by East Hampton Village police in the early morning hours of July 22, 2013.

T.E. McMorrow
March 27, 2014

The annual morning-after-St. Patrick’s-Day parade took place on Monday in East Hampton Justice Court, with five handcuffed, not-so-happy participants and about 20 friends and family members watching. Justice Steven Tekulsky arraigned three men who were arrested in Montauk during or just after the parade and a fourth who was charged in East Hampton Village after leaving it.

Christopher Walsh
March 27, 2014

The East Hampton Village Board held a brief ceremony to welcome Richard Sperber as a full-time police officer at its meeting on Friday. Mr. Sperber, who was hired as a part-time officer last September, will assume his new role on Tuesday.

Standing at the dais, Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. asked Richard Lawler, a board member and the police commissioner, to join him. Mr. Lawler in turn asked Chief Gerard Larsen to come to the dais.

Star staff
March 27, 2014

East Hampton

Two six-gallon containers were stolen off a small town-owned boat stored on a trailer on town property on Pantigo Road early this month. The cans contained about 10 gallons of gasoline in all. The theft was reported on March 15.
 

East Hampton Village

A “seal in distress” call sent police to Georgica Beach on March 18. They “located seal, and seal appeared to be healthy,” the report read.

T.E. McMorrow
March 27, 2014

In downtown Montauk early Sunday morning, hours before the St. Patrick’s Day parade began, vandals were out slashing tires on at least 10 vehicles, some of which had two or three tires destroyed.

Jerry Uribe, a driver with Surf Taxi who was on duty that morning, thinks the total number of cars targeted was much higher than the 10 reported. Mr. Uribe said a friend of his who lives on South Emerson Avenue had five vehicles, including his work truck, attacked. One had gravel poured into the gas tank.