Recent Stories: Police

T.E. McMorrow
November 16, 2017

Colder weather and rain may be the explanation for a remarkably quiet week on the roads, with just one arrest on a drunken driving charge. Eric M. Peterson, 47, of Springs, was arrested by East Hampton Town police early Sunday after a traffic stop on West Lake Drive in Montauk. Failing roadside sobriety tests, he was taken to headquarters, where a breath test produced a reading of .19 of 1 percent, high enough to raise the misdemeanor charge to the aggravated level. He was released without bail later that morning. 

T.E. McMorrow
November 16, 2017
Four 13-year-old students at Springs School were given a tour of East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday.

Four 13-year-old students at Springs School were given a tour of East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday, led by Gordon Ryan, an attorney with an office in Montauk. Laura Calderon said she wanted to be a lawyer, and Aidan McCormac, a judge. Christian Campoverde and Jaye deGroof said they were more inclined toward the sciences, but were curious to see how the legal system works.

It was all part of the Springs School Shadow Day, which gives young people the chance to step into the workplace and satisfy their curiosity about different professions. The kids who chose to go to justice court were given a full tour of the facility, including the holding cell for prisoners, which was of particular interest. 

T.E. McMorrow
November 16, 2017
Three men have been arraigned on felony charges over the last eight days in connection with a May 15 beating and robbery of a local man.

Three men have been arraigned on felony charges over the last eight days in connection with a May 15 beating and robbery of a local man. Capt. Chris Anderson of the East Hampton Town police said detectives identified at least two of the assailants within a week, but held off on acting until the third suspect was identified and located.

Damian Donegal of East Hampton, 20, suffered lacerations, bruises, and swelling on his head and upper body after being punched, kicked, and struck with a baseball bat multiple times during the attack, according to the police, who said it occurred in Northwest Woods, at a dead-end on Rivers Road there.

T.E. McMorrow
November 9, 2017
The first frost may be upon us, but police were nevertheless busy on the roads at a level usually seen during the summer.

The first frost may be upon us, but police were nevertheless busy on the roads at a level usually seen during the summer. East Hampton Town police made six arrests on drunken driving charges in the course of the last week and Sag Harbor Village added two more. Two of those arrested by town police were charged at the felony level as repeat offenders.

Jackie Pape
November 9, 2017
Four out of five people involved in auto accidents between last Thursday and Saturday were taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by an East Hampton ambulance.

Four out of five people involved in auto accidents between last Thursday and Saturday were taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by an East Hampton ambulance. 

A single-vehicle accident sent a 31-year-old driver there last Thursday. At around 10 a.m., East Hampton Town police said, Nelly E. Nieves-Tenecela of East Hampton, the driver of a 2002 Nissan, had been heading south on Swamp Road, south of Passing Road, when she apparently lost control of her vehicle while entering a curve and hit a tree. The airbags in the Nissan were deployed. However, Ms. Nieves-Tenecela complained of chest pain. She was charged with driving without a license. 

Star Staff
November 9, 2017
An officer patrolling the vicinity of Herrick Park on Halloween evening spotted a youth lighting a firecracker. Questioned, the juvenile admitted having four others. They were confiscated, and the youth’s mother was called.

East Hampton 

The manager of the trailer park on Oakiew Highway, Brenden Edwards, summoned police on Nov. 1. At some point during the previous weekend, he told them, someone had entered the office, though nothing was missing. He filled out a trespassing affidavit. 

East Hampton Village

An officer patrolling the vicinity of Herrick Park on Halloween evening spotted a youth lighting a firecracker. Questioned, the juvenile admitted having four others. They were confiscated, and the youth’s mother was called. 

T.E. McMorrow
November 2, 2017
Several cellphone calls to 911 from near Liars’ Saloon on West Lake Drive in Montauk, which apparently were accidental, led to the arrest of two men on Saturday.

Several cellphone calls to 911 from near Liars’ Saloon on West Lake Drive in Montauk, which apparently were accidental, led to the arrest of two men on Saturday. Police automatically investigate calls to 911 using the global positioning system even if a call is disconnected. That was done early Saturday morning, with an officer then finding a parked 2011 Ford pickup truck in the parking lot outside Liars’ Saloon. Henry J. Lackner, 23, and Steven Z. Garcia-Rivera, 24, both of Montauk, were seated inside. 

Star Staff
November 2, 2017
A 45-pound pumpkin and a decorative Halloween skeleton were stolen from the front porch of a Gann Road house sometime between Friday and Sunday afternoons.

East Hampton

A 45-pound pumpkin and a decorative Halloween skeleton were stolen from the front porch of a Gann Road house sometime between Friday and Sunday afternoons. Lynn Mendelman had paid a dollar a pound for the pumpkin, and valued the skeleton at $10.

East Hampton Village

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 29, 2017
Dennis O'Grady, 50, a Montauk resident, died after a one-car accident on Sunday afternoon.

Update, Nov. 2 (as it appeared in print): A Montauk man died following a one-car accident on Star Island Road in that hamlet on Sunday afternoon, according to East Hampton Town police.

Detectives are investigating what caused Dennis O’Grady to crash the 2005 Mercedes-Benz he was driving near the Montauk Yacht Club at around 1 p.m., Detective Sgt. Daniel Toia said. The station wagon veered off the road and hit a fire hydrant and then a tree.

Mr. O’Grady, who was 50, lived on a boat at the Montauk Yacht Club, where he also repaired boats, according to friends. He was the only person in the car at the time of the accident, and no other vehicles were involved.

Star Staff
October 26, 2017

East Hampton

The sign on Route 114 guiding drivers to East Hampton Airport was found vandalized with spray paint on Friday. James Brundige, the manager, told police he had seen the sign free of graffiti two days earlier.

A former tenant, apparently trying to retrieve some possessions, damaged the door to one of the apartments at Hampton Mews on Montauk Highway at some time since August. The report was redacted, and no charges were filed.

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 26, 2017
Lawrence M. Zacarese, an assistant chief of the Stony Brook University police, and Errol Toulon Jr., a former New York City deputy corrections commissioner, are vying for the position in what has shaped up to be one of the most lively county races of the year.

Without doubt, Suffolk County will have a new sheriff regardless of the outcome of November’s election. Lawrence M. Zacarese, an assistant chief of the Stony Brook University police, and Errol Toulon Jr., a former New York City deputy corrections commissioner, are vying for the position in what has shaped up to be one of the most lively county races of the year.

Mr. Toulon is the first African-American to be nominated for sheriff or any other major county office, such as executive, clerk, or district attorney. (DuWayne Gregory became the first person of color to be elected as presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature in 2014.)

Taylor K. Vecsey
October 26, 2017
In his 25 years in business, John Papas said he only closed the doors to his eponymous cafe once for an extended period — three years ago when he undertook a major renovation. That was until the early hours on Sunday when a fire broke out in the relatively new kitchen at John Papas Cafe.

In his 25 years in business, John Papas said he only closed the doors to his eponymous cafe once for an extended period — three years ago when he undertook a major renovation. That was until the early hours on Sunday when a fire broke out in the relatively new kitchen at John Papas Cafe. 

Sunday morning breakfast-goers were greeted with the smell of smoke rather than the smell of bacon when they showed up at the East Hampton eatery at 18 Park Place. They found the glass front door shattered into tiny pieces where first responders broke through after being called at about 2:15 a.m. 

T.E. McMorrow
October 26, 2017
A Sag Harbor man was charged with multiple counts of drug possession, two of which were felonies, on Saturday night after an encounter with East Hampton Town police in Springs.

A Sag Harbor man was charged with multiple counts of drug possession, two of which were felonies, on Saturday night after an encounter with East Hampton Town police.

According to Detective Sgt. Daniel Toia, an officer approached a parked 2002 Saturn at the end of Breeze Hill Road in Springs. According to Detective Toia, the officer reported that a strong smell of marijuana was coming from the car.

Richard Anthony Grigonis, 24, was in the driver’s seat, with another man, whom police did not identify, in the passenger’s seat. The officer later reported that as he talked with Mr. Grigonis, he noticed a plastic bag at the driver’s feet. “The stuff in that bag is mine,” Mr. Grigonis told the officer, according to the court file.

Jackie Pape
October 26, 2017

Many deer-related accidents kept the East Hampton Town Police Department busy last week. No injuries, accept perhaps to the deer, resulted. Six of the collisions occurred in Montauk.

Reported in chronological order, the accidents began on Oct. 16. Jeanne M. Shelton of Southampton told police that while heading north on Route 114 near Hilltop Lane in East Hampton at around 4:40 p.m., a deer came out in front of her and she did not have enough time to stop before colliding with it. The front of the vehicle was damaged. 

Christopher Walsh
October 26, 2017
Steven Sheades, a detective in the East Hampton Village Police Department, was promoted to sergeant on Friday, the village board marking the promotion in a brief ceremony at its regular meeting.

Steven Sheades, a detective in the East Hampton Village Police Department, was promoted to sergeant on Friday, the village board marking the promotion in a brief ceremony at its regular meeting.

Sergeant Sheades started with the village as a traffic control officer in 1996, at age 15. He became a police officer in 2004. “From day one, he was one of those guys that you knew was going to be into the job,” Chief Michael Tracey said. “He stuck to it with the same attitude, the same perseverance and dedication all these years.” 

T.E. McMorrow
October 26, 2017

Kenneth W. Kalbacher, 58, of East Hampton, was arrested on a drunken driving charge Saturday night, just one month after his prior case on driving while intoxicated charges had been plea-bargained down in East Hampton Town Justice Court. The earlier charge, at the misdemeanor level, was reduced to driving with ability impaired by alcohol, a violation, on Sept. 21. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana highlighted that fact during Mr. Kalbacher’s Sunday morning arraignment on the new charge, also a misdemeanor.

T.E. McMorrow
October 19, 2017
A Brooklyn woman who lost control of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S.U.V. she was driving southbound on Stephen Hand’s Path near Bull Path — crashing into a tree, then careening, car spinning, into some bushes — was charged with drunken driving on Sunday, a little after noon.

A Brooklyn woman who lost control of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S.U.V. she was driving southbound on Stephen Hand’s Path near Bull Path — crashing into a tree, then careening, car spinning, into some bushes — was charged with drunken driving on Sunday, a little after noon.

According to the East Hampton Town police, Deborah Jean Lyons, 56, told police she had been driving to a Barnes Avenue house she owns at the time of the crash. When she was arraigned Monday morning, the right side of her face appeared blackened and badly bruised. Her husband was in court for the arraignment. 

T.E. McMorrow
October 19, 2017
A Springs man is being held in county jail after being arrested on a charge of exposing himself in the Stop and Shop supermarket in East Hampton Village on Monday evening.

A Springs man is being held in county jail after being arrested on a charge of exposing himself in the Stop and Shop supermarket in East Hampton Village on Monday evening. Charged with public lewdness, a misdemeanor, he was taken to headquarters, where his fingerprints and mug shot were run, triggering a detainer request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Star Staff
October 19, 2017
A “suspicious package” was reported to be in some woods near the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center on Gingerbread Lane on Oct. 10. It turned out to be a homeless man, asleep under a tarp. Police told him he had to move off, and he did.

Amagansett

A lock on the passenger-side door of a 2009 BMW. was removed by a thief overnight on Oct. 9, Shannon Seaquist told police. The vehicle was parked outside his Fresh Pond Road residence. It will cost over $500 to repair.

East Hampton

T.E. McMorrow
October 19, 2017
A man who said he was a licensed, armed security guard scheduled to fly to Puerto Rico in the relief effort after Hurricane Maria was arrested on Oct. 6 in Southampton after a warrant was issued by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana.

A man who said he was a licensed, armed security guard scheduled to fly to Puerto Rico in the relief effort after Hurricane Maria was arrested on Oct. 6 in Southampton after a warrant was issued by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana.

Mortimer A. Rubin, 34, of Riverhead was charged with felony criminal mischief after allegedly destroying a radar antenna in a police cruiser. The incident occurred early on Sept. 5.

T.E. McMorrow
October 18, 2017
Sean P. Ludwick, 45, was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty in August to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Paul Hansen of Noyac in August 2015.

Sean P. Ludwick, 45, was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty in August to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Paul Hansen of Noyac in August 2015.

Before New York Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho pronounced sentence on Wednesday, he heard from Mr. Hansen's brother, Robert Hansen, wife, Catherine Hansen, and twin sister, Susan Hansen Morrisey.

"How many lives have you affected with your cowardly, selfish behavior?" Robert Hansen asked Mr. Ludwick from the jury box, where many family members were seated in the overflowing courtroom.

T.E. McMorrow
October 12, 2017
A Bridgehampton attorney was charged with driving while high on cocaine early on Columbus Day morning.

A Bridgehampton attorney was charged with driving while high on cocaine early on Columbus Day morning. According to East Hampton Town police, Randall Randy Culpepper, 62, driving a 2013 Audi, was pulled over on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton because he was driving erratically and crossing hazard markings. The arresting officer said Mr. Culpepper had what looked like white powder around his mouth and nose. Asked if the powder was a narcotic, he allegedly replied, “I did cocaine back; I did one bump.”

At headquarters after his arrest, police said he refused to have blood drawn to test for cocaine. He was released after his arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court the next morning without having to post bail. 

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Five lounge chairs belonging to the Ocean Dunes Apartments, which were padlocked and left on the beach last Thursday night, were stolen.

Amagansett

Five lounge chairs belonging to the Ocean Dunes Apartments, which were padlocked and left on the beach last Thursday night, were stolen. Jaime Carillo contacted police on Friday after finding that the padlock had been cut and the Telescope Casual blue-and-white metal lounge chairs, valued at $150 each, were gone.

Orly Friedman, who manages a Napeague Lane residence, told police recently that, between Sept. 13 and 18, four outdoor Bose speakers, valued at a total of $800, were stolen. The speakers were not visible from the street. Ms. Friedman has given police the names of people who were on the property at that time, and the theft is being investigated. 

East Hampton 

T.E. McMorrow
October 9, 2017
David A. Weinzweig was arraigned on three felony charges, including possession of the drug with the intent to sell on Friday in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court in front of Justice Lisa R. Rana.

A Sagaponack man stands accused by Sag Harbor Village police of being a cocaine trafficker. David A. Weinzweig, who turns 40 in December, was arraigned on three felony charges, including possession of the drug with the intent to sell on Friday in Sag Harbor Village Justice Court in front of Justice Lisa R. Rana.

Mr. Weinzweig was on the court's calendar that day to begin to deal with three misdemeanor charges, including possession of a small amount of cocaine and aggravated drunken driving, which were originally made by police after his early morning arrest on Sept. 23.