Recent Stories: Police

T.E. McMorrow
December 24, 2014

An East Hampton man who recently moved to Springs was arrested early Monday morning on a felony drunken-driving charge by the East Hampton Village police. Jesse Scott Lien, 33, reportedly told police he had had “a couple of beers” when he was pulled over on Montauk Highway near Green Hollow Road. Police said he was driving on the shoulder of the road at the time.

Star staff
December 24, 2014

East Hampton

The men’s room by the cafeteria at East Hampton High School on Long Lane was the target of a vandal last Thursday. Adam Fine, the school’s principal, told police that at about noon someone slammed “a blunt instrument” at the toilet in the handicapped-access stall, damaging its right side.

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
December 24, 2014

An attorney from Shoreham received some stern words from East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana before she agreed to a plea bargain for his client that had been worked out with the district attorney’s office without consulting her first.

T.E. McMorrow
December 24, 2014

A Springs man already facing a felony burglary charge in East Hampton Town Justice Court may now be facing Christmas in jail after having been arrested again early Saturday morning.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 18, 2014


A revote in the Bridgehampton Fire District’s commissioner race has been scheduled for next month after the district found that two people who were no longer residents of the district had cast ballots.

With 175 votes on paper ballots there was a tie between Philip Cammann and John O’Brien, but once write-in votes were counted, the vote went in Mr. O’Brien’s favor. However, because there was no legal certainty as to whom the two nondistrict residents voted for and such a small margin separated the candidates, a revote will be held.

T.E. McMorrow
December 18, 2014

A Springs man accused of stealing decorative cast-iron lawn pots from a neighbor was arraigned Sunday morning in East Hampton Town Justice Court on charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Joseph A. Hawkins, 23, told East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana that one of his jobs was scalloping.

“How much do you make scalloping?” she asked. “I forget,” said Mr. Hawkins. She continued to question him and he continued to give vague answers.

T.E. McMorrow
December 18, 2014

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
December 18, 2014

Two motorists collided last weekend with utility poles on the two main arteries in and out of Sag Harbor. One is facing charges of driving while intoxicated.

The first crash, on Hampton Street at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, involved a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Julia M. Hentschel, 18, of Wainscott. Sag Harbor Village police said she was standing by the car, whose airbag had deployed, when they arrived. The officer called for emergency medical help, which the young woman initially declined.

Taylor K. Vecsey
December 14, 2014
Two men suffered serious injuries when the all-terrain vehicles they were riding crashed into each other in the woods behind the Montauk recycling center on Sunday afternoon.

Two men riding all-terrain vehicles were seriously injured on Sunday when they crashed into each other in the woods behind the Montauk recycling center, East Hampton Town police said.

The victims, whose names were not immediately released pending notification of their families, were riding with another man, who was on a third A.T.V., when the accident occurred at about 3:25 p.m., according to Lt. A.J. McGuire of the town police.

The other A.T.V. driver was not involved in the crash. He is the brother of one of the victims, Lieutenant McGuire said.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014

A Springs man convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in October after a three-day jury trial was sentenced last Thursday.

William Cuthbert, who turned 57 yesterday, was ordered to pay East Hampton Town Justice Court $1,575 in fines and fees. As a condition for avoiding probation, he was required to complete an anger-management course over the next year; failure to do so would result in his being resentenced. In addition, he must stay out of trouble with the law over the same time period.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014

There was just one arrest this past cold and rainy week on charges of driving while intoxicated, that of an Amagansett man, Robert J. Badkin, 51. Mr. Badkin was pulled over on Edgemere Street in Montauk, near where his business is located, last Thursday evening.

East Hampton Town police said the motorist failed roadside sobriety tests and was taken back to headquarters in Wainscott, where his breath test was reportedly recorded as .12 of 1 percent. A reading of .08 or higher triggers the D.W.I. charge.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014

As demonstrations swept across America in the hours after the decision by a Staten Island grand jury last week not to indict a New York City police officer in connection with the death of a man he had placed in a choke hold on July 17, one or more individuals took to the streets of East Hampton Town and Village, apparently expressing anger with the decision.

T.E. McMorrow
December 11, 2014

A Hampton Bays woman charged with drunken driving after her passenger died in an early morning single-car crash in Southampton Village on April 19 pleaded guilty on Nov. 21 to vehicular manslaughter, a felony.

Allison J. Rydberg, 26, admitted that her blood-alcohol level was well over twice the legal limit at the time of the accident, and that she had been driving at an excessive speed.

Star staff
December 11, 2014

East Hampton

A hacker broke into the Fingerhut account of an Oakview Highway woman last month and changed the mailing address. Fingerhut was notified and is monitoring the account. Eileen Schaefer told police no purchases had been made on the account.

East Hampton Village

An anonymous caller told police that occupied cars were parked on Mill Hill Lane for extended periods of time Friday evening. Police found that there was a party going on and the cars were parked legally.

T.E. McMorrow
December 6, 2014
A fire that started in the basement of a house at 124 Old West Lake Drive in Montauk on Saturday morning did extensive damage to the two-story building, then reignited three hours later.

A fire that started in the basement of a house on Old West Lake Drive in Montauk on Saturday morning did extensive damage to the two-story building, then reignited three hours later, requiring a second visit from the Montauk Fire Department.

In addition to two engines, a ladder truck and a pumper from the Montauk Fire Department were on the scene both times. Rapid intervention teams from Amagansett and East Hampton were called in for the first go round in morning, with the Amagansett unit being deployed to help fight the fire.

T.E. McMorrow
December 4, 2014

East Hampton Town police arrested two 23-year-olds on drunken-driving charges over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Both were said to have cooperated fully with the officers.

Carlos Serra-Bencosme of Montauk was pulled over on Edgemere Road there early Monday morning. Police said his 2014 Kia was swerving across lane lines.

Star staff
December 4, 2014

Amagansett

Star staff
November 26, 2014

Amagansett

A car parked on Shore Drive East over the weekend of Nov. 8 and 9 had its taillights vandalized and its rear license plate removed. Ramon Guante estimated the damage, including the cost to replace the stolen plate, at $250.

East Hampton

T.E. McMorrow
November 26, 2014

A married couple from Calverton admitted last week, in separate statements to the police, that they had stolen jewelry from the woman’s mother, a resident of Springs with whom they had been staying, to feed the man’s heroin habit.

East Hampton Town detectives, who had been investigating the repeated thefts from a Lotus Avenue house, took Jacqueline Cobb, 30, and Jason A. Cobb, 33, into custody on Nov. 19. Each was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony. More charges could be pending.

T.E. McMorrow
November 26, 2014

A 25-year-old Springs man who has been in trouble with the law several times since he turned 18 was arrested again last week, this time on a felony charge.

Kody J. Knudsen was said by East Hampton Town police to have been driving a 2004 Chevrolet without its owner’s permission when he was pulled over on Three Mile Harbor Road in Springs a little after midnight last Thursday. According to police, Mr. Knudsen drove the car out of the parking lot at Wolfie’s Tavern on Fort Pond Boulevard.

Star staff
November 25, 2014

In an article last week on the upcoming trial of Jason Lee on charges including rape, a headline on the article stated that jury selection would begin on Jan. 27. That date has been set aside for any remaining pre-trial issues to be settled, with jury selection expected the following week.

T.E. McMorrow
November 25, 2014

Southampton Town police are investigating the cause of an accident on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton Monday morning that left one of three vehicles involved in the crash in flames, and sent four people to Southampton Hospital with what Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh described as minor injuries.

Taylor K. Vecsey
November 25, 2014

Emergency workers got some practice Sunday in dealing with a large-scale incident during a drill at the Amagansett Farm, at 555 Montauk Highway. The scenario organizers threw at them was a tornado that touched down while a concert was going on.

Firefighters and emergency medical providers had to extricate “victims” from in and around cars and from inside a bus that flipped over, within 40 minutes. There were three separate scenarios to respond to, including a vehicle fire.

T.E. McMorrow
November 20, 2014

A traffic stop of a 2014 Aston-Martin late Saturday night led to the arrest of a former Citigroup chairman on a drunken-driving charge.

East Hampton Village police said Chad A. Leat, 58, who splits his time between New York and Bridgehampton, was clocked at 45 miles per hour on Main Street, where the speed limit is 30, when he passed a southbound patrol car. The officer followed Mr. Leat as he turned west onto Woods Lane, and said the Aston-Martin was alternately swerving across lane lines and tailgating another car.