Recent Stories: Police

David E. Rattray
May 17, 2018
A Friday driving-while-intoxicated arrest could lead to the deportation of a Mexican citizen who worked at Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton.

A Friday driving-while-intoxicated arrest could lead to the deportation of a Mexican citizen who worked at Cittanuova restaurant in East Hampton.

East Hampton Village police said Francisco L. Mones-Tonacatl of East Hampton was drunk when he was seen speeding on Pantigo Road in a 2015 Nissan Altima at 2:20 a.m. on Friday. After his vehicle was brought to a stop, police said, Mr. Mones-Tonacatl, 44, appeared intoxicated and failed roadside sobriety checks. He also was unable to provide a driver’s license or another form of identification.

Star Staff
May 17, 2018
In a Saturday evening 911 call, police were alerted that youths were skateboarding near the Janet Lehr Fine Arts Gallery off Park Place. An officer did not find any youths or skateboarders when he went to investigate.

East Hampton

Police reported a possible burglary at 32 Red Fox Lane on May 7. No further details were given.

A driver traveling on Daniel’s Hole Road last Thursday at about 3 p.m. pulled over to make sure that a door on the Ford E-Series van was secure. As he did, a white sedan pulled alongside and someone in the car threw  a glass bottle, which flew through the van’s open driver’s-side window, striking the passenger-side window from inside and shattering it. The sedan then accelerated rapidly, heading north at high speed, Frank A. Sanders of Mastic told police. There are no leads in the case, as Mr. Sanders was unable to see the sedan’s license plate from where he was standing.

 

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 17, 2018
An electric heat gun fell onto a bed on Friday afternoon, igniting a fire in a house in Springs where construction was underway, an East Hampton Town fire marshal said this week.

An electric heat gun fell onto a bed on Friday afternoon, igniting a fire in a house in Springs where construction was underway, an East Hampton Town fire marshal said this week. 

A painter was working at 36 Cedar Ridge Drive, patching drywall in a bedroom where a ceiling fan had recently been installed, when he began using the heat gun to speed up the drying time of Spackle, according to Tom Baker, the fire marshal. The fire broke out at about 2:20 p.m. 

“He propped [the heat gun] up on top of a fiberglass step ladder,” Mr. Baker said, and left it on while he went out to get more paint from his truck. “Upon his return, he heard the smoke alarms sounding. He saw smoke, closed the door, and called 911.” 

David E. Rattray
May 17, 2018
The disappearance of a masonry saw from the roadside on Church Street in East Hampton Village on May 7 led to the arrest of Jan R. Gutierrez of Springs on a charge of grand larceny.

The disappearance of a masonry saw from the roadside on Church Street in East Hampton Village on May 7 led to the arrest of Jan R. Gutierrez of Springs on a charge of grand larceny.

After receiving a report that a wet saw had gone missing that afternoon from outside a jobsite, police reviewed a surveillance video provided by a Church Lane neighbor. In it, they saw an older green Dodge Ram that they suspected was involved in the incident. Two village detectives located the Dodge and questioned Mr. Gutierrez, 41, who had been driving it. He reportedly told them he had taken the saw and put it in the back of the truck before driving away.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
A village resident came to police headquarters on Cedar Street in late afternoon on May 1, reporting that large amounts of “crackers and Cheerios on the ground” had been dumped at the Nature Trail on David’s Lane. The amount was “much more than the ducks could eat, which could support the rat population,” the man said.

East Hampton

The grilles on the front end of a 2002 BMW sports car parked outside a Diane Drive residence were stolen sometime between April 29 and 30. Stephen Berdel told police that the thieves had swapped them for two older ones, which were in bad shape, and had not even bothered to secure the new ones. He said the car alarm had gone off during the night of April 29, but that he had not investigated because the alarm is sensitive and frequently goes off. He valued the grilles at $70 each.

East Hampton Village 

T.E. McMorrow
May 10, 2018
East Hampton Town and Sag Harbor Village police made five arrests on drunken driving charges in recent days. Those charged were first-time offenders and the charges were at the misdemeanor level. East Hampton Village police also reported an April 30 arrest this week.

East Hampton Town and Sag Harbor Village police made five arrests on drunken driving charges in recent days. Those charged were first-time offenders and the charges were at the misdemeanor level. East Hampton Village police also reported an April 30 arrest this week.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 10, 2018
The town recently reached a $120,000 settlement with Lt. Susan Ralph, who said she was passed over for promotions given to male officers and experienced retaliation after complaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The town has continued to deny any wrongdoing.

The Town of Southampton has settled another gender-discrimination lawsuit involving a high-ranking female police official.

The town recently reached a $120,000 settlement with Lt. Susan Ralph, who said she was passed over for promotions given to male officers and experienced retaliation after complaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The town has continued to deny any wrongdoing. 

The settlement comes after nearly three years of litigation, and five years after she first filed the complaint. She sued in federal court in February 2015, one month before becoming the department’s first female lieutenant. 

T.E. McMorrow
May 10, 2018
ag Harbor Village police are investigating the theft last week of two teak memorial lawn benches from the property of the Cormaria Retreat House on Bay Street. The retreat is run by nuns from the order of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

Sag Harbor Village police are investigating the theft last week of two teak memorial lawn benches from the property of the Cormaria Retreat House on Bay Street. The retreat is run by nuns from the order of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

Sister Ann Marino, director of the retreat, just wants the benches, which are large enough to seat three, returned. “They were donated by family members,” she said on Tuesday, adding that she is researching to learn the names of those whose families memorialized them with the benches. The retreat is offering a reward for the benches’ return. 

T.E. McMorrow
May 10, 2018
On the evening of April 20, according to East Hampton Town police, Raymond K. Berry, 29, took a car belonging to Alison Miller from a driveway at 3 Ninth Street in Springs and drove it through a Gardiner Avenue yard and around a swimming pool before abandoning it in a nearby driveway and running away.

On the evening of April 20, according to East Hampton Town police, Raymond K. Berry, 29, took a car belonging to Alison Miller from a driveway at 3 Ninth Street in Springs and drove it through a Gardiner Avenue yard and around a swimming pool before abandoning it in a nearby driveway and running away. 

“The vehicle veered off the roadway, entering the yard of 102 Gardiner Avenue, going around the pool, through a wooden fence, and striking a metal pipe before continuing across Gardiner Avenue, and parking in a driveway on the northbound side of Ninth Street,” police reported.

T.E. McMorrow
May 10, 2018
Police say the Riverhead man was dragging the young woman, whose name was not released, out of an Amagansett house and toward his 2002 Volvo when he was confronted by Justin Napolillo, who had come to her defense carrying a 12-gauge shotgun.

“I went into the house for one reason,” Tristan Tutching reportedly told East Hampton Town detectives in a midnight interview on May 2, “to get my girlfriend out of there, into my car, and back to her parents.”

Police say the Riverhead man was dragging the young woman, whose name was not released, out of an Amagansett house and toward his 2002 Volvo when he was confronted by Justin Napolillo, who had come to her defense carrying a 12-gauge shotgun.

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 3, 2018
The East Hampton Fire Department held its annual inspection dinner at the Maidstone Club on Saturday night, with a number of members getting recognized for their years of service

The East Hampton Fire Department held its annual inspection dinner at the Maidstone Club on Saturday night, with a number of members getting recognized for their years of service.

William Bennett and Frank Tillinghast were given plaques in honor of 55 years of service. Steve Griffiths, Robert Mott, and outgoing Chief Ken Wessberg were recognized for their 40 years. 

Officers thanked and roasted Mr. Wessberg, who completed his second tenure as chief, having served once before in the early 1990s. Taking over as chief is Gerard Turza Jr., who had served as first assistant chief. Jamalia Hayes is now first assistant chief, and Brian Stanis takes over as second assistant chief. 

Star Staff
May 3, 2018
A broker with Sotheby’s was given a summons on Friday for having real estate signs too big under the village code in front of a listing on Further Lane.

Amagansett

Two Festool tool organizers were taken off the front porch of a house on Montauk Highway sometime between April 18 and April 25, when Maribel Tenesaca notified police. She said they were worth $170 each.

An Accabonac Road property owner saw two young men jumping a four-foot fence into the adjacent cemetery on April 22. Judith Bistrian said she was walking her dog on her flag-lot property at about 3:30 p.m. when she saw the pair, who were between 16 and 18 years old. Nothing was damaged or missing on the property. Police checked the cemetery for any criminal activity and found nothing. 

 

East Hampton Village

Taylor K. Vecsey
May 3, 2018
Just after 3 a.m., an East Hampton Town police officer on patrol noticed a 2011 Nissan Juke with Alabama license plates parked in the Kirk Park lot, where overnight parking is prohibited.

An Alabama man already wanted on a warrant was arrested on drug charges in Montauk on April 25.

Just after 3 a.m., an East Hampton Town police officer on patrol noticed a 2011 Nissan Juke with Alabama license plates parked in the Kirk Park lot, where overnight parking is prohibited. The officer asked Hector Jaime Ventura-Figueroa, 30, of Gadsden, Ala., for his license, a check of which found an active bench warrant issued by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana on July 13, 2017, after he failed to answer a misdemeanor drug charge and a marijuana possession charge.

Star Staff
May 2, 2018
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the man who stole two televisions from a Water Mill residence last month.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man who stole two televisions from a Water Mill residence last month. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Southampton Town police detectives said a man broke in to a house on Cobb Road and took the flat-screen televisions on April 10 around 8:40 a.m. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

T.E. McMorrow
April 27, 2018
A man East Hampton Town police say set fire to a truck parked in Springs in February was arrested on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half-month investigation by town detectives and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad.

A man East Hampton Town police say set fire to a truck parked in Springs in February was arrested on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half-month investigation by town detectives and the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad.

Robert B. Slowey, 61, of Sag Harbor was taken into custody without incident at a house in Southampton where he had been staying recently, according to Detective Sgt. Dan Toia. He said Mr. Slowey had been a suspect from the beginning, given the proximity in time and distance between the fire at Jefferson Davis Eames's property on Neck Path and a crash on Town Lane in Amagansett that same day in which Mr. Slowey's Nissan truck had veered off on a sharp curve, gone down an embankment, and struck a tree.

T.E. McMorrow
April 26, 2018
A jury in East Hampton Town Justice Court convicted an East Hampton resident last Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving, as well as a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. It was the first of two trials Justin Michael Hogan, 46, will face.

A jury in East Hampton Town Justice Court convicted an East Hampton resident last Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving, as well as a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. It was the first of two trials Justin Michael Hogan, 46, will face. 

The prosecuting attorneys were Krystal Matos, who handled opening and closing statements, and Patrick Fedun, who cross-examined Mr. Hogan. The only witness for the defense was Daniel O’Brien, Mr. Hogan’s attorney. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 26, 2018
East Hampton Town police arrested four men last week on misdemeanor drunken-driving charges. One of them, Diego A. Zelayandia of Flanders, if convicted, could lose his driving privilege in New York State for five years, or even for life.

East Hampton Town police arrested four men last week on misdemeanor drunken-driving charges. One of them, Diego A. Zelayandia of Flanders, if convicted, could lose his driving privilege in New York State for five years, or even for life. 

Star Staff
April 26, 2018
An East Hampton man complained to police that every time he goes to the post office, there is a truck parked in the fire zone, loading and unloading cargo. He asked police for extra patrols to stop the truck from parking there.

East Hampton Village

It was another week of police being summoned by concerned citizens after seals appeared on beaches. In most cases, the seals, which move awkwardly out of the water, are in good health and just sunning themselves. But on one such call on Saturday afternoon, police reported finding a dead seal on Two Mile Hollow Beach. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was called, and a representative, in turn, contacted the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, which handles reports of large living whales and dead aquatic animals found on beaches.

T.E. McMorrow
April 26, 2018
A man who recently pleaded guilty in district court to breaking into the Amaden Gay Agency in East Hampton Village on March 12 was arrested by East Hampton Town police on April 17 and charged with two more counts of burglary.

A man who recently pleaded guilty in district court to breaking into the Amaden Gay Agency in East Hampton Village on March 12 was arrested by East Hampton Town police on April 17 and charged with two more counts of burglary. 

Kevin Joe Simmons, 59, allegedly broke into two offices in a commercial building on Flamingo Avenue in Montauk early on April 15, stealing several items from each. Police said the first break-in occurred in the office of the Montauk Management Group, when Mr. Simmons climbed through an unlocked window, making off with six bottles of alcohol valued at $250. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 25, 2018
Kyle Lynch pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on Friday to eight charges, including six felonies.

The East Hampton attorney who stole money from the estate of a deceased North Fork resident, as well as from a lawyer who worked at his firm in East Hampton, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court in Riverside on Friday to eight charges, including six felonies. New York Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen is expected to confirm Kyle Thomas Lynch's plea-bargained sentence for two to six years on June 19, with most of the time expected to be served outside of prison, on parole. He was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 8.

T.E. McMorrow
April 19, 2018
Domestic altercations resulted in felonies and other charges for four men in the last week. In all but one case, the alleged victims were women and, in most, iPhones were involved.

Domestic altercations resulted in felonies and other charges for four men in the last week. In all but one case, the alleged victims were women and, in most, iPhones were involved.

Seven charges were leveled against Jonathan G. Astudillo-Tacuri, including two felonies, early on Sunday morning. Police said he and a woman with whom he had formerly lived had a prolonged altercation on Saturday night. According to police, the woman, publically identified by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana only by her first name, Elvia, received an order of protection. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 19, 2018
A lawyer from Central Islip is facing a multitude of narcotics charges, including possession with intent to sell, after being arrested early on the morning of April 11 by East Hampton Town police following a traffic stop in downtown Montauk.

A lawyer from Central Islip is facing a multitude of narcotics charges, including possession with intent to sell, after being arrested early on the morning of April 11 by East Hampton Town police following a traffic stop in downtown Montauk.

It is the second time he has been the subject of a felony arrest this month.

According to police, Daniel R. Wasp, 50, had “insufficient taillights” on the 1999 Jeep he was driving, leading to the stop. When the officer ran Mr. Wasp’s license, he discovered that it had been suspended numerous times for failure to answer traffic summonses.

Mr. Wasp was handcuffed, charged with misdemeanor unlicensed driving, and placed in the back of a squad car.

T.E. McMorrow
April 19, 2018
For years it has been a given in East Hampton and across the East End that calls to the police and resulting arrests were on an upward trend. During the first quarter of 2018, however, local police jurisdictions as well as police across the county saw the trend reversed.

For years it has been a given in East Hampton and across the East End that calls to the police and resulting arrests were on an upward trend. During the first quarter of 2018, however, local police jurisdictions as well as police across the county saw the trend reversed.

Calls to the East Hampton Town police during the first quarter, as compared to 2017, dropped 13.1 percent. During the first quarter of 2017, the East Hampton Town police “events” log, which records calls of all types, had 3,620 entries: That number is down to 3,144 this year. Arrests dropped almost 9 percent, from 236 to 202.

Mark Segal
April 19, 2018
Since three Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested Luis Marin-Castro while he was unloading a trailer outside Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits on April 9, the 31-year-old, who has lived in East Hampton for 20 years, has endured a Kafkaesque journey from Wainscott to Hackensack, N.J., to Milan, N.M., to El Paso, Tex., and, finally back to Chaparral, N.M., where he has been in custody since Tuesday morning.

Since three Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested Luis Marin-Castro while he was unloading a trailer outside Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits on April 9, the 31-year-old, who has lived in East Hampton for 20 years, has endured a Kafkaesque journey from Wainscott to Hackensack, N.J., to Milan, N.M., to El Paso, Tex., and, finally back to Chaparral, N.M., where he has been in custody since Tuesday morning.