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Taylor K. Vecsey
Jackie Pape
July 20, 2017
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed in Northwest Woods Sunday morning was seriously injured, according to East Hampton Town police.

The driver of a pickup truck that crashed in Northwest Woods Sunday morning was seriously injured, according to East Hampton Town police. The accident might have gone unreported had a bicyclist not noticed the truck in the woods and called 911 just after 7.

The truck landed in the woods off Northwest Road, about half a mile north of Lyme Lane and south of Alewife Brook Road. Steven M. Lane of Hampton Bays, 25, the sole occupant, was unconscious, had suffered a head injury, and was bleeding severely, the responding officers reported. Based on interviews with people who were with Mr. Lane shortly before the 911 call, Capt. Chris Anderson said the crash occurred within minutes of the call. No one actually saw it happen, he said.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 20, 2017
East Hampton’s new port security vessel, a 42-foot boat that will be stationed in Montauk to fight fires and assist the Coast Guard with its duties under the Department of Homeland Security, will be christened in a ceremony on Wednesday.

East Hampton’s new port security vessel, a 42-foot boat that will be stationed in Montauk to fight fires and assist the Coast Guard with its duties under the Department of Homeland Security, will be christened in a ceremony on Wednesday. It will be named for John L. Behan of Montauk.

The $600,000 boat, which was delivered in early June and can travel at a speed of 30 knots, was purchased in part with a $450,000 grant from the federal homeland security agency; the town contributed $150,000, or 25 percent of the cost.

T.E. McMorrow
July 20, 2017
It was another week of mayhem on local roads, with numerous arrests, several repeat offenders, and many uncooperative drivers.

It was another week of mayhem on local roads, with numerous arrests, several repeat offenders, and many uncooperative drivers.

Nicholas Maggio of Seaford, 28, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated on Monday. East Hampton Town police said they clocked his 2016 Toyota at 50 miles per hour on Amagansett Main Street, where the limit is 30 m.p.h., at around 4:30 a.m. He was cited for tailgating as well.

T.E. McMorrow
July 20, 2017
A Springs man has been held in county jail since his arrest early Sunday morning, unable to post the $10,000 bail set by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana later that day.

A Springs man has been held in county jail since his arrest early Sunday morning, unable to post the $10,000 bail set by East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana later that day.

Mario A. Betancur, 31, a man who has faced a string of charges in East Hampton, is now facing a charge of criminal mischief as a felony and several misdemeanor charges. Police reported that his arrest followed a dispute with Josephine Barrera in a Manor Lane North residence. Ms. Barrera, whose three children were issued orders of protection against Mr. Betancur in Suffolk County Family Court two weeks earlier, told police Mr. Betancur had destroyed her iPhone 7Plus when she tried to dial 911, leading to the felony charge.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 20, 2017
Damage to two houses where fires broke out in recent days could have been a lot worse had it not been for observant neighbors, according to fire officials.

Damage to two houses where fires broke out in recent days could have been a lot worse had it not been for observant neighbors, according to fire officials.

On Tuesday, flames damaged the exterior of a house at 27 Gainsborough Court in Montauk shortly after a plumber repaired an outdoor shower. Tom Baker, an East Hampton Town fire marshal, said the plumber had been soldering copper pipes for the shower less than an hour before the fire broke out.

A neighbor called 911 at around 3 p.m. “The neighbor noticed smoke — thank goodness,” Mr. Baker said. The damage could have been worse, he said, as the plumber and the homeowner were no longer at the house.

Star Staff
July 20, 2017

Amagansett

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 18, 2017
A fire broke out at a house on Gainsborough Court in Montauk on Tuesday afternoon.

A fire broke out at a house on Gainsborough Court in Montauk on Tuesday afternoon. Smoke was reported coming from the house just after 3 p.m., and when a Montauk fire chief arrived on scene he saw flames coming from the back of the house. 

The Amagansett Fire Department's rapid intervention team was called as backup, but was then asked to stand by at the Montauk Firehouse instead. 

Firefighters are responding in warm temperatures. It is currently 82 degrees in Montauk, with an an air quality alert in effect for southeast Suffolk County.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 17, 2017
Detectives are investigating a burglary at two East Hampton Village stores, along with a fire that was started there, in the early morning hours on Monday.

Detectives are investigating a burglary at two East Hampton Village stores, along with a fire that was started there, in the early morning hours on Monday. The burglar or burglars made off with an unknown amount of cash before the fire triggered the smoke alarm. 

Village police and the East Hampton Fire Department were summoned to Tenet, at 51 Newtown Lane, by an automatic fire alarm at about 3:30 a.m. The store has two entrances, one on Newtown Lane and another on Park Place in the Reutershan parking lot. "It appears somebody forced their way into Tenet through the back door," said Detective Steve Sheades. The burglar alarm was not activated.

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 16, 2017
Bicyclists spotted a pickup truck in the woods at about 7 a.m. It was not clear how long he had been there.

Update, 4:34 p.m.:  East Hampton Town police released the name of the driver seriously injured in a car accident Sunday morning. Steven Lane, 25, of Hampton Bays is listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital.

After police took measurements at the scene for an accident reconstruction, they said he was driving south on Northwest Road in a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck when he failed to navigate a turn in the road. The truck struck a tree on the west side of the road, not far from Alewife Brook Road. A passing bicyclist reported the accident just after 7 a.m. It was not clear when the accident occurred. 

Star Staff
July 13, 2017
The death of a woman inside a Gurney’s Resort hotel room on July 5 is not considered suspicious, East Hampton Town police said this week.

The death of a woman inside a Gurney’s Resort hotel room on July 5 is not considered suspicious, East Hampton Town police said this week.

The Montauk Fire Department’s ambulance was called to Gurney’s on Old Montauk Highway for an unresponsive person at 6:22 that morning. She was transported to Southampton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Capt. Chris Anderson said the investigation was ongoing and that he could not provide a cause of death. He would not confirm the woman’s age or name.

Jackie Pape
July 13, 2017
Three people were taken to South­ampton Hospital on the Fourth of July after a two-car accident on the corner of Fort Pond Boulevard and Crandall Street in Springs.

Three people were taken to South­ampton Hospital on the Fourth of July after a two-car accident on the corner of Fort Pond Boulevard and Crandall Street in Springs.

Janae S. Jones of East Hampton, 21, told East Hampton Town police she drove into the intersection while trying to avoid a bicyclist on Crandall, and hit the other vehicle, a 2001 Jeep. It happened at about 6 p.m.

Carl S. Zadlo, 42, of Kissimmee, Fla., was driving the 2001 Jeep, registered to his passenger, Kelli M. Havens, 32, of Amagansett, when Ms. Jones collided with it. Police said Mr. Zadlo did not have a license. Ms. Havens said she did not recall seeing a bicyclist.

T.E. McMorrow
July 13, 2017
A woman from Louisiana who has allegedly been following the actress and singer Betty Buckley wherever she goes will be arrested for trespassing if she appears on Saturday at the Bay Street Theater’s summer benefit, where Ms. Buckley will be performing.

A woman from Louisiana who has allegedly been following the actress and singer Betty Buckley wherever she goes will be arrested for trespassing if she appears on Saturday at the Bay Street Theater’s summer benefit, where Ms. Buckley will be performing.

The woman, whose name was not released because she has not been charged with a crime, showed up at the theater’s box office at curtain time Monday for Ms. Buckley’s “Music Mondays” performance. Tracy Mitchell, Bay Street’s executive director, called Sag Harbor Village police, but the woman was gone when officers arrived.

T.E. McMorrow
July 13, 2017
A 20-year-old Sag Harbor woman was charged with drunken driving in Montauk early Saturday morning after her 2009 Lincoln Suburban swerved onto the shoulder of West Lake Drive near the docks and head-on into a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.

A 20-year-old Sag Harbor woman was charged with drunken driving in Montauk early Saturday morning after her 2009 Lincoln Suburban swerved onto the shoulder of West Lake Drive near the docks and head-on into a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. Her air bag deployed, and Morgan Leigh Vaughn emerged from the vehicle unhurt, but shaken.

East Hampton Town police said she failed roadside sobriety tests and refused at first to take a breath test at headquarters. However, about two hours after her arrest she consented, and the result was a reading of .17, over twice the legal limit.

Star Staff
July 13, 2017
Officers patrolling Amagansett Main Street near the Stephen Talkhouse during the early morning hours of July 1 “overheard the sound of breaking glass,” according to an incident report.

Amagansett

Officers patrolling Amagansett Main Street near the Stephen Talkhouse during the early morning hours of July 1 “overheard the sound of breaking glass,” according to an incident report. A bouncer, Stephen Day, called them over, asking for “assistance with subjects that had just been kicked out of the establishment.” Whoever it was who broke the window was not caught. It will cost the Talkhouse $200 to replace it.

East Hampton

Overnight last Thursday, someone tried to gain access to the Grant Heating and Cooling office on Route 114, breaking a deadbolt lock on a door. The attempt was unsuccessful, the company’s owner, John Grant, told police.

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
July 13, 2017
A traffic stop led to the arrest of David Schiavoni of Water Mill early Tuesday morning on a felony charge of violating an order of protection.

A traffic stop led to the arrest of David Schiavoni of Water Mill early Tuesday morning on a felony charge of violating an order of protection. Mr. Schiavoni, who will be 54 this month, was also charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and harassment as a violation.

Suffolk County Justice Jennifer Henry had issued the order of  protection for Jolene M. Cagne Saturday during Mr. Schiavoni’s arraignment in her Central Islip courtroom on two misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident at about 11 p.m. Friday night at a Centereach residence. Mr. Schiavoni and Ms. Gagne apparently had a dispute, with Ms. Gagne attempting to dial 911, only to have Mr. Schiavoni allegedly take the phone and disable it.

T.E. McMorrow
July 11, 2017
Thomas Mahl, a longtime Montauk homeowner, was fined $15,000 after pleading guilty to 24 misdemeanor charges stemming from a 2016 search at his Beech Hollow Court house.

With guilty pleas in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Monday to 24 misdemeanor charges and a $15,000 fine, Thomas Mahl, a Montauk homeowner, concluded a highly publicized case about a share house, or one rented to more people than the town code allows. Mr. Mahl's tenant and co-defender, Alina Gersham, had pleaded guilty five months earlier and paid a $20,000 fine.

At 6 a.m. on Sept. 3 last year, the East Hampton Town Code Enforcement Department, working with the Building Department, fire marshals, and the town police, had searched the house, at 13 Beech Hollow Court. They found nine bedrooms, six of which had been created illegally, and 18 people asleep.

T.E. McMorrow
July 6, 2017
A man already facing charges in both Southampton Town and Village Justice Courts was arraigned in East Hampton on June 28 and has been in the county jail ever since.

A man already facing charges in both Southampton Town and Village Justice Courts was arraigned in East Hampton on June 28 and has been in the county jail ever since.

Phouc Hoa Truong, 28, was arrested by East Hampton Town police at the intersection of Bluff Road and Montauk Highway in Amagansett at about 3 that morning, apparently after a traffic stop, and charged with three drug-related misdemeanors. Police said they found him to be in possession of heroin, as well as a form of methamphetamine known on the street as Molly or Ecstasy, and a hypodermic needle.

Star Staff
July 6, 2017
One of the Maidstone Club's security staff told police a pickup had been parked in the lot with a note saying the owner would pick it up.

Amagansett

A driver for Lindy’s Taxi was behind the wheel of a 2008 Ford Econoline van on Abraham’s Path near Town Lane early Saturday morning when someone threw a rock that smashed its left rear window. Amanda Allen of Mastic Beach told police she did not see the vandal, that she did not have a passenger at the time, and that the repair would cost about $300.

 East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
July 6, 2017
An East Hampton man who police say sideswiped a patrol car on Monday evening faces a charge of driving while intoxicated, a felony under Leandra’s Law.

An East Hampton man who police say sideswiped a patrol car on Monday evening faces a charge of driving while intoxicated, a felony under Leandra’s Law.

Manuel Tenecela-Quizhpe’s 2003 Nissan, with his 6-year-old son inside, was headed north on Springs-Fireplace Road near Cedar Ridge Drive when he allegedly struck the squad car, which had pulled another vehicle over on a traffic stop. According to the police, he kept going and turned onto Cedar Ridge Drive. The officer pursued, stopped him, and administered roadside sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed.

At headquarters, Mr. Tenecela-Quizhpe, 35, consented to have his blood drawn, as is required under Leandra’s Law. It will be tested to determine the alcohol level in his system.

Joanne Pilgrim
July 6, 2017
With the July Fourth holiday weekend beginning on Friday and the Fourth itself not until Tuesday, the number of visitors in East Hampton did not quickly abate, and traffic, crowding, and egregious, even illegal behavior, remained a focus of town officials.

With the July Fourth holiday weekend beginning on Friday and the Fourth itself not until Tuesday, the number of visitors in East Hampton did not quickly abate, and traffic, crowding, and egregious, even illegal behavior, remained a focus of town officials. By Wednesday morning, with the Independence Day fireworks over, the community was still “maxed out,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell said.

From police to fire marshals to ordinance enforcement and marine patrol officers, “Our people are out there enforcing the law. Obviously we have a lot of people in the community. We’ve got all hands on deck,” Mr. Cantwell said, “just trying to keep peace and good order.”

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 5, 2017
After a 28-hour search that spanned 4,200 square miles, the Coast Guard calls off search for missing fisherman last seen aboard a commercial boat 25 miles south of Montauk.

On Tuesday evening, after 28 hours, the Coast Guard suspended the search for a fisherman that went missing the day before from a commercial boat 25 miles south of Montauk. 

The Coast Guard said the 55-year-old crewmember was last seen aboard the Miss Shauna at 4 p.m. on Monday. He was not wearing a life jacket at that time. 

When he failed to report for watch about half an hour later and could not be found on the boat, his crew called for help from the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard units, as well as several fishing vessels, ran 22 search patterns, covering an area over 4,200 square miles. They searched throughout Monday evening and all day Tuesday, finally calling off the search late Tuesday. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
July 3, 2017
Nearly 24 hours after a crewmember was last seen on Monday afternoon 30 miles south of Montauk, the search continues Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean.

Update, July 4, 2 p.m.: The search continues Tuesday afternoon for a missing fisherman believed to have fallen overboard from the Miss Shauna about 25 to 30 miles south of Montauk on Monday afternoon. The Coast Guard said in an update midday on Tuesday that more than 4,000 square miles have been searched. The Coast Guard has received assistance from 10 fishing vessels. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
June 30, 2017
The driver did not report the accident on an East Hampton Village road and will be given a summons.

Updated, 12:17 p.m: East Hampton Village Police Chief Mike Tracey said police have located the owner of the Mini Cooper that was found abandoned on an embankment Friday and will be issuing a summons. 

Judith Haselton of Amagansett told police she was driving east on Pondview Lane at about 9 p.m. on Thursday when she failed to negotiate a turn, hit a curb, and went down the embankment, landing in the brush. She said she walked to a friend's house and got a ride home. The vehicle was not discovered until 10 on Friday morning. 

Because she did not report the accident, in which there was damage to her vehicle, she will be given a summons. 

T.E. McMorrow
June 29, 2017
Bruce Bates, the longtime emergency preparedness coordinator for East Hampton Town, turned himself in last Thursday morning after being notified by the office of the Suffolk County District Attorney that he was about to be arrested and charged with grand larceny.

Bruce Bates, the longtime emergency preparedness coordinator for East Hampton Town, turned himself in last Thursday morning after being notified by the office of the Suffolk County District Attorney that he was about to be arrested and charged with grand larceny.

Mr. Bates, 55, listed in the complaint as vice president of Bates Electric on Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs, is accused of diverting money from an Oppenheimer Funds retirement plan set up for a Bates employee, David Ross, who has worked for the company since 1979.

Mr. Bates is charged with stealing over $3,000, though the matter is still under investigation by the Suffolk County Labor, Insurance and Revenue Crime Bureau, and the final amount may be much more, according to the D.A.’s office.