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Star Staff
September 21, 2017
A report of a horse running wild brought police to Accabonac Road, near the train trestle, on the afternoon of Sept. 13.

East Hampton

Sandra Brauer of Oakview Highway called police early Saturday evening to report that a male neighbor had been walking onto her property and complaining because her dog was barking. Police visited the neighbor and told him that if he went onto her property again he would be charged with trespassing. His name was not released.

East Hampton Village

Police issued a summons to Shawn Miller of East Hampton Pool Shark on the morning of Sept. 11, charging him with illegally draining a swimming pool on a Georgica Road property onto public land.

Maria McMullen of East Hampton was ticketed when her dog was seen in a restricted area of Main Beach on the morning of Sept. 13.

Jackie Pape
September 21, 2017

There was a three-vehicle accident on Sept. 13, at the Montauk Highway-Spring Close Highway intersection in East Hampton. At around 9 a.m., East Hampton Town police said, Kevin P. Kelly of Hauppauge, 55, was eastbound in a 2006 Mack utility truck when he was briefly distracted and ran into a trailer attached to a stopped 2001 Dodge pickup truck.

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 21, 2017
The Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps was recognized last week at the Suffolk Regional Emergency Medical Services Council in Yaphank for saving the life of a 58-year-old man who went into cardiac arrest at the Bagel Buoy in July.

The Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps was recognized last week at the Suffolk Regional Emergency Medical Services Council in Yaphank for saving the life of a 58-year-old man who went into cardiac arrest at the Bagel Buoy in July.

At about 3:45 p.m., the ambulance corps and village police were called to the Bay Street shop when a man collapsed. Officer Robert Rozzi was the first to arrive and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, receiving help from Officers Ken Marangio and Nick Samot, who arrived soon afterward.

T.E. McMorrow
September 21, 2017
“I was lost, so I was looking at my phone, and I hit that car that came out of nowhere,” Maryann Z. Hommel of Long Beach, 31, told East Hampton Town police after rear-ending a 2007 Mercedes-Benz on Montauk Main Street early on the morning of Sept. 13.

“I was lost, so I was looking at my phone, and I hit that car that came out of nowhere,” Maryann Z. Hommel of Long Beach, 31, told East Hampton Town police after rear-ending a 2007 Mercedes-Benz on Montauk Main Street early on the morning of Sept. 13. Police said she failed a roadside sobriety test, and arrested her on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Back at headquarters, her breath test produced a reported reading of .16, twice the .08 level that triggers the D.W.I. charge.

Ms. Hommel teared up throughout her arraignment later that morning. Never having been arrested before, and with a promise to retain private counsel, she was released without bail.

Christopher Walsh
September 20, 2017
On Saturday, for the second time in three weeks, State Department of Environmental Conservation officers boarded a Montauk-based party boat and charged anglers with possessing undersize and over-the-limit black sea bass and porgies.

On Saturday, for the second time in three weeks, State Department of Environmental Conservation officers boarded a Montauk-based party boat and charged anglers with possessing undersize and over-the-limit black sea bass and porgies.

Benning DeLaMater, a D.E.C. public information officer, said in an email yesterday that the agency’s officers, along with a fisheries enforcement officer from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, had been on patrol in Montauk Harbor and inspected the Viking Starship when it returned to port. All the anglers were checked as they offloaded their catch, with 23 found to be in violation. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 19, 2017
The owner and manager of the Princess Diner in Southampton were arrested following a 35-count indictment on charges that they withheld over $82,000 in wages from 13 employees and threatened the workers and their families when they asked to be paid.

The owner and manager of the Princess Diner in Southampton were arrested following a 35-count indictment on charges that they withheld over $82,000 in wages from 13 employees and threatened the workers and their families when they asked to be paid. 

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the indictment on Tuesday. Richard Bivona, the owner of RJT Food & Restaurant L.L.C., and John Kalogeras, the manager and a former owner of the diner, were charged with repeatedly failing to pay restaurant workers and scheming to defraud those workers and harassment. According to Mr. Schneiderman, they continually lied to the workers about eventually receiving full compensation. 

T.E. McMorrow
September 15, 2017
An East Hampton man who witnesses said was riding east on a 2016 Suzuki motorcycle Thursday evening "at a high rate of speed" died following a collision with an eastbound 2015 Ford Fusion on County Road 39 in Southampton.

An East Hampton man who witnesses said was riding east on a 2016 Suzuki motorcycle Thursday evening "at a high rate of speed" died following a collision with an eastbound 2015 Ford Fusion on County Road 39 in Southampton.

The collision occurred west of the Shinnecock Golf Course. According to Southampton Town Police Lt. Susan Ralph, the Fusion was making a right turn from Greenfield Road onto County Road 39 after a full stop when it was hit by the motorcycle.

Jackie Pape
September 14, 2017
The driver of a 2010 Isuzu delivery truck ignored a clearance sign at the train trestle on Accabonac Road, near Hook Mill Lane in East Hampton, and hit it on Aug. 30 at about 1:20 p.m.

The driver of a 2010 Isuzu delivery truck ignored a clearance sign at the train trestle on Accabonac Road, near Hook Mill Lane in East Hampton, and hit it on Aug. 30 at about 1:20 p.m. East Hampton Village police charged Kevin Reinosoperez of East Hampton, 19, with exceeding bridge capacity clearance. No injuries were reported.

T.E. McMorrow
September 14, 2017
A State Supreme Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Springs man, William Cuthbert, who was found guilty in December 2014 of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct following a jury trial in East Hampton Justice Court, presided over by Justice Stephen Tekulsky.

A State Supreme Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Springs man, William Cuthbert, who was found guilty in December 2014 of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct following a jury trial in East Hampton Justice Court, presided over by Justice Stephen Tekulsky.

During the trial, Mr. Cuthbert claim­ed police brutality in speaking about what had happened in January of that year, following a minor automobile accident in which his van had been struck by another vehicle. The roads were icy, he told the six-person jury, and police arrived at the scene in pickups borrowed from and marked by the Marine Patrol Department. After he told an officer he was “waiting for the cops,” he said, they exchanged words, and things got worse from there.

T.E. McMorrow
September 14, 2017
Drug overdoses caused the death of Hallie Ulrich, 22, last Thursday morning and the death the next day of her close friend, Michael Goericke, 28, according to police.

Drug overdoses caused the death of Hallie Ulrich, 22, last Thursday morning and the death the next day of her close friend, Michael Goericke, 28, according to police. An official statement on the cause of their deaths awaits a toxicology report from the Suffolk County coroner, but police were willing to cite overdoses because of the circumstances and the public’s awareness of a nationwide opioid epidemic. No outside criminal behavior was involved.

Star Staff
September 14, 2017
A paddleboarder landed on Gardiner’s Island on Aug. 26 and walked around taking pictures, one of which was posted on Instagram. The owner of the island, Robert Goelet, “wants the subject advised not to return to island, and the picture removed from Instagram to prevent others from entering island,” police reported, but “does not wish to pursue criminal charges.”

East Hampton

Sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6, someone wielding a brick smashed a taillight on a John Deere tractor owned by New York State, parked off Stephen Hand’s Path. Brian Stuckart of the Town Highway Department estimated the replacement cost at $200. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
September 14, 2017
National Grid’s Long Island gas company is facing safety violations and major financial penalties following a two-and-a-half-year investigation into an explosion that destroyed a house under in construction in Water Mill in 2015, seriously injuring two workers.

National Grid’s Long Island gas company is facing safety violations and major financial penalties following a two-and-a-half-year investigation into an explosion that destroyed a house under in construction in Water Mill in 2015, seriously injuring two workers. The commission found the public utility company did not shut off the gas service to the house despite being asked to do so by the customer two months before the explosion. 

T.E. McMorrow
September 14, 2017
By the time the clock struck midnight on the day after Labor Day, often called Tumbleweed Tuesday hereabouts, three Manhattan residents who have houses or other connections here had been charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.

By the time the clock struck midnight on the day after Labor Day, often called Tumbleweed Tuesday hereabouts, three Manhattan residents who have houses or other connections here had been charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. 

Late that afternoon, an East Hampton Village officer stopped a 2017 Chevrolet on Main Street near Buell Lane, saying that the driver, John Hayes Barlow III, had been swerving across the double yellow lines. Mr. Barlow, who has a house in the village, told the officer he had had “four small carafes of wine at Cittanuova at lunch.” He reportedly failed a roadside sobriety test, and told that police that “I know I’m intoxicated. I should never have been driving.”

T.E. McMorrow
September 14, 2017
A warrant has been issued here for a man arrested in East Hampton Village last month, Edwin Fernando Gomez Llivisaca, 21, whom Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had requested be held in custody. Instead, he was released after bail of $2,000 was posted for him.

A warrant has been issued here for a man arrested in East Hampton Village last month, Edwin Fernando Gomez Llivisaca, 21, whom Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had requested be held in custody. Instead, he was released after bail of $2,000 was posted for him.

Christopher Walsh
September 13, 2017
Environmental Conservation officers watched as party boat customers dumped hundreds of black sea bass overboard at Star Island in Montauk Harbor in defiance of their orders to stop.

Marine enforcement officers from the State Department of Environmental Conservation, on patrol in Montauk Harbor on Aug. 31, saw what they estimated was hundreds of pounds of fish being thrown overboard from a Montauk party boat and wound up ticketing eight people, including the boat's captain, Keith Williams.

According to a D.E.C. spokeswoman, the officers approached the 75-foot Fin Chaser, based on Star Island, and ordered the anglers to stop what they were doing. Their orders were ignored, she said.

The party boat's customers were cited for possessing too many black sea bass and porgies, undersized black sea bass and summer flounder, and for failure to stop dumping upon command.

Star Staff
September 13, 2017
A three-vehicle accident at Spring Close Highway closed a portion of Montauk Highway between Brent's Deli and Skimhampton Road in East Hampton Wednesday morning.

A three-vehicle accident at Spring Close Highway closed a portion of Montauk Highway between Brent's Deli and Skimhampton Road in East Hampton Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred just before 9 a.m. According to Sgt. Joe Kearney, a truck towing a trailer with fresh asphalt was making a left-hand turn onto Spring Close Highway when it was rear-ended by a large truck, causing the trailer with the asphalt to flip over. The truck that was towing it veered into the westbound lane of traffic, where it was struck by a New York State Parks pickup truck, also towing a small trailer. 

Two people were taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Sergeant Kearney said. 

T.E. McMorrow
September 7, 2017
A number of car crashes on local roads ended in alcohol-related charges over the holiday week.

A number of car crashes on local roads ended in alcohol-related charges over the holiday week.

Early Tuesday, according to East Hampton Town police, Richard A. Hebson, 32, left Liar’s Saloon in Montauk at closing time, got into a 2015 Dodge pickup, backed it into a Moko mini-van taxi, damaging it, and drove off. The taxi driver, Andrew Robb, who had been parked waiting for a fare, followed the pickup to a parking lot on Wells Avenue in the dock area. Mr. Robb stated to police that he confronted Mr. Hebson, demanding that he pay for the damage done to his taxi. “He said he didn’t have any money,” Mr. Robb stated. At headquarters, Mr. Hebson’s breath test produced a reported reading of .16, twice the number that defines intoxication. 

T.E. McMorrow
September 7, 2017
A Springs man is being held in county jail after being arrested Monday on felony charges of stealing another’s identity for the purposes of fraud, as well as six related counts of petty larceny.

A Springs man is being held in county jail after being arrested Monday on felony charges of stealing another’s identity for the purposes of fraud, as well as six related counts of petty larceny. Lenin P. Chafla-Sislema, 32, allegedly used information belonging to two East Hampton residents, Fiachra Hallissey and Richard Sperber, to make six payments on various bills. 

According to East Hampton Town police, Mr. Hallissey’s Bridgehampton National Bank account was compromised four times, starting on March 15, when Mr. Chafla-Sislema is said to have made a $663.30 payment to Toyota Financial Services. Police said he also made two payments to Home Depot Improvement, totaling almost $1,000. 

Jackie Pape
September 7, 2017
There was a three-vehicle pileup on Newtown Lane, east of Park Place, on the morning of Aug. 25, shortly before 9.

There was a three-vehicle pileup on Newtown Lane, east of Park Place, on the morning of Aug. 25, shortly before 9. According to East Hampton Village police, Raymond A. Nembhard of Hempstead, 56, was eastbound in an Environmental Service Inc. commercial truck when he rear-ended a 2011 Toyota, forcing it into the 1997 Chevrolet ahead of it. The Chevrolet’s driver, Eugene F. Simons of East Hampton, 66, complained of back pain and was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. The driver of the Toyota, Macrae M. Marran of Vero Beach, Fla., 24, was not hurt, nor was Mr. Nembhard, who was cited for following too closely.

Star Staff
September 7, 2017

East Hampton

Vandals hurled eggs at a Berryman Street residence Sunday night. Gabrielle Scarpaci was in the living room when she heard something hit the house, she told police. The vandals had fled by the time she ran outside. An Andersen window screen was damaged.

Forks for Bobcat forklift machines were stolen from the Bistrian Sand and Gravel facility on Springs-Fireplace Road sometime between Aug. 18 and Friday. Kenneth Keyser valued the stolen forks at $960. 

East Hampton Village 

T.E. McMorrow
September 7, 2017
A Manhattan man survived a rollover crash in a rented 2017 Volkswagen that snapped an electricity pole in half at the side of Montauk Highway in Montauk Sunday night, before he was arrested on drunken driving charges.

A Manhattan man survived a rollover crash in a rented 2017 Volkswagen that snapped an electricity pole in half at the side of Montauk Highway in Montauk Sunday night, before he was arrested on drunken driving charges. Evan C. Kremin, 50, told East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana the next morning during his arraignment that he had just left Lynn’s Hula Hut where, as a musician, he had been performing. 

T.E. McMorrow
Taylor K. Vecsey
September 7, 2017
The woman was found on the side of the road Alewife Brook Road in East Hampton on Thursday morning.

Update, Sept. 8, 5 p.m.: Police have identified the woman who was found dead on the side of the road in East Hampton on Thursday morning as Hallie Ulrich. She was 22 and grew up in Sag Harbor. According to police, she was homeless. 

Police offered no further information other than to say the investigation is continuing. 

Update, Sept. 7, 11:45 p.m.: Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman found dead by the side of the road Thursday morning.

T.E. McMorrow
September 7, 2017
An East Hampton Town police investigation of a “suspicious person” knocking on doors of residences on Greentree Court in Amagansett, off La Foret Lane, led late Friday night to the arrest of Kai Jing Liu, 32.

An East Hampton Town police investigation of a “suspicious person” knocking on doors of residences on Greentree Court in Amagansett, off La Foret Lane, led late Friday night to the arrest of Kai Jing Liu, 32.

Ms. Liu is wanted in Colorado on a felony charge of fraud, having allegedly run up a $4,600 bill at a Snowmass Village resort in early February. When it came time to pay, according to Snowmass police, Ms. Liu presented the Crestwood Condominiums with a series of bad credit cards, as reported by The Aspen Times.

T.E. McMorrow
September 7, 2017

Dylan Eckardt of Montauk, who pleaded guilty in January to a reduced charge of driving with ability impaired by alcohol, along with speeding, running a stop sign, and driving without a license, still owes East Hampton Town Justice Court $1,519 in fines. Ordered back into court on July 6, he asked Justice Steven Tekulsky for an additional 90 days to pay. According to court records, he has paid just $120 thus far of the $1,639 he owes.

Mr. Eckardt, 38, was featured in last Thursday’s New York Times style section, which reported that “the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Montauk’ is still riding high.” The article noted Mr. Eckardt’s claim to have made some $15.5 million in real estate sales this year for Nest Seekers, the firm he works for.