Recent Stories: Police

Star staff
January 29, 2015

Amagansett

A surveyor’s metal detector was stolen from a vehicle parked at a job site on Shore Road on Jan. 21. Joseph Welsh told police the missing DML 2000, which is used to find underground pipes and markers, was worth about $500.

East Hampton

T.E. McMorrow
January 22, 2015

A resident of Accabonac Road, East Hampton, was arrested last Thursday afternoon on charges of drug possession.

East Hampton Village Police charged Chase Thompson Wintjen, 21, with three misdemeanors. Mr. Wintjen was approaching the end of a three-year probation sentence when he was arrested, according to statements he made during his arraignment Friday morning in East Hampton Town Justice Court. He was on probation after being convicted in a matter that was sealed by the court; he was 18 at the time.

T.E. McMorrow
January 22, 2015

A Greenport man picked up on Georgica Road in East Hampton Village Friday night had abandoned his car after crashing twice, according to police, who arrested him on a drunken-driving charge.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 20, 2015
While a single vote separated the two candidates in last month's election, a revote Tuesday night resulted with John O'Brien of Sagaponack winning the Bridgehampton fire district commissioner seat over Philip Cammann.

A victor has officially been declared in the Bridgehampton fire commissioner election, with John O'Brien of Sagaponack winning a revote held on Tuesday night.

T.E. McMorrow
January 15, 2015

A Montauk fisherman was back in handcuffs Tuesday morning, arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court for the second time in less than a month.

Donald J. Dalbora, 44, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated the night before in Montauk. Last month, he was picked up on a warrant after repeatedly failing to answer an earlier drunken-driving charge, that one stemming from a September 2013 arrest.

Star staff
January 15, 2015

Amagansett

A vandal or vandals targeted two skate ramps at the park on Abraham’s Path during the overnight hours of Jan. 2. Spray paint was used to write nonsensical references to heroin. There have been a couple of similar attacks across the town recently in which slogans referencing heroin were spray-painted on Recreation Department property.

East Hampton

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 15, 2015

Fire commissioner votes, held in the midst of the holiday season on quiet Tuesday evenings in December, are usually uneventful elections with low voter turnout, even when there is the occasional competitive race. On Dec. 9, however, a single vote separated the two candidates for Bridgehampton fire commissioner in an election held on a stormy night.

A close examination of the voter rolls, however, showed that two people living outside the fire district may have cast votes, which led to the vote being completely overturned.

T.E. McMorrow
January 8, 2015

A Springs man who was arrested early New Year’s morning on an aggravated charge of driving while intoxicated was taken at some point afterward to Southampton Hospital with unspecified injuries and not arraigned until the next day.

East Hampton Town police said they spotted Juan P. Farez, 29, making an illegal turn that morning from the parking lot behind Amagansett Main Street and then driving down the center safety lane. “Yes, I have been drinking, and I shouldn’t have been driving,” he reportedly told them.

January 8, 2015

East Hampton Village

The president of the trustees of the East Hampton Methodist Church told police on the morning of Dec. 31 that the church’s oil company had delivered and installed a new furnace without permission. Other trustees, however, told police that they had authorized the installation and had left several unanswered messages to that effect for the president.

T.E. McMorrow
January 8, 2015

A New Year’s Day incident stemming from a lovers’ triangle led on Monday to the arrest of an East Hampton man.

Darius Z. Petty, 24, was in the county jail in Riverside as of yesterday, unable to post the $5,000 bail set by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana during his arraignment on Tuesday. He is charged with felony criminal mischief as well as menacing, a misdemeanor.

Taylor K. Vecsey
January 5, 2015

Among the thousands who attended the funeral of New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu on Sunday in Brooklyn were 19 police officers from East Hampton.

Seventeen officers from the East Hampton Town Police Department and two from the East Hampton Village Police Department saluted Officer Liu, who was gunned down with his partner, Officer Rafael Ramos, in Brooklyn last month. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 31, 2014

A Christmas night dispute in Springs ended with a Montauk man under arrest on multiple charges, including aggravated drunken driving, reckless endangerment, and assault, all misdemeanors, as well as a felony charge of unlicensed driving.

Star staff
December 31, 2014

East Hampton

A mailbox outside an Atlantic Street house was vandalized between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23. Vincent Aversano told police the black metal box was worth about $40.

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
December 31, 2014

A lifetime resident of East Hampton is greeting the New Year in county jail after pleading guilty on Monday to harassment, a violation. Lewis C. Seitz, 58, was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Mr. Seitz was arrested Friday night after a dispute with Alexander Colonna, the owner of the Springs house in which he lived. Mr. Seitz had shoved Mr. Colonna, according to the police.

T.E. McMorrow
December 24, 2014

Last Thursday was the final day in 2014 for criminal cases to be adjudicated in East Hampton Town Justice Court. Several men learned that day that they would be spending the holidays, as well as the next few months, in county jail after being sentenced for various misdemeanor crimes.

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.

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