Recent Stories: Police

T.E. McMorrow
March 26, 2015

A felony assault charge against a Springs man, William B. DePetris, has been reduced to a misdemeanor by the district attorney’s office, and even at that level, his attorney said last Thursday in East Hampton Town Justice Court, the charge is likely to be dropped.

Star staff
March 26, 2015

East Hampton

A Buckskill Road woman called police last Thursday, saying that she had had someone living in her house to walk her dogs for a few days while she was away, and had returned to find $50 in cash and a $600 Tiffany’s gift card missing. Neither had been left in the open. The card was found to have been used at Tiffany’s, which said it would issue Ms. Lewis a full refund if the merchandise is returned. If the money is returned as well, she told police, she will not press charges.

T.E. McMorrow
March 26, 2015

A lower, seemingly more sober turnout at Sunday’s Montauk Friends of Erin St. Patrick’s Day parade resulted in a noticeable drop in arrests from recent years, as well as a reduction in quality-of-life citations issued along the parade route.

T.E. McMorrow
March 26, 2015

Two cases that were first heard in East Hampton Town Justice Court are now concluding elsewhere after both defendants pleaded guilty as charged.

Leander D. Kobolakis, 23, who was charged in August with felony rape for having sex with a minor, entered the plea in the Riverside courtroom of State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn on March 10, in a process known as “superior court information.”

T.E. McMorrow
March 26, 2015

A Montauk man was charged with driving while intoxicated Saturday night after he allegedly collided with two cars on Amagansett Main Street and then drove off. It was the second such charge in the past five months for Jaime Javier Guaman-Marca, 30.

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015

New York State troopers arrested a 21-year-old from Sag Harbor before dawn on Sunday on multiple charges, including misdemeanor drunken driving, after clocking him at 97 miles per hour in a 55 m.p.h. zone. When asked for his driver’s license, the man handed over a learner’s permit.

Star staff
March 19, 2015

East Hampton

T.E. McMorrow
March 19, 2015

A 2007 Mack truck owned by Mickey’s Carting was involved in two accidents within five days here last week, one of which resulted in its driver being taken to Southampton Hospital.

T.E. McMorrow
March 12, 2015

A Sag Harbor carpenter was arrested Monday in East Hampton Village on two felony counts of burglary, as well as possession of stolen property. His victim, village police said, was a client on Huntting Lane.

Raymond Arthur Card, 64, was picked up on Toilsome Lane Monday afternoon. Village police said they found a stolen Citarella gift card for $100 in his pocket.

Star staff
March 12, 2015

Two East Hampton men recently convicted of driving while intoxicated were arrested again last week on the same charge.

Edwin M. Uzhca-Chafla, 27, was arrested shortly before midnight on Saturday. East Hampton Town police said he ran his 2011 Toyota into a tree on Three Mile Harbor Road near his residence, then walked away from the scene. When officers located him, according to the report, he admitted that he had been driving the car and that he had been drinking.

T.E. McMorrow
March 12, 2015

Early Sunday morning, following an alleged attack on two men on Amagansett’s Main Street, East Hampton Town police arrested William B. DePetris III, 26, on multiple charges including felony assault. Mr. DePetris, formerly of East Hampton but living recently in Holbrook, was unable to post $15,000 bail and was being held this week in the county jail in Riverside.

Besides the assault charge, he faces misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, as well as harassment and disorderly conduct, violations.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 12, 2015
During the snowstorm last Thursday morning, a Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck slid on the ice and into an oncoming Chevrolet Equinox.

After an accident in East Hampton Village in which a vehicle skidded during the snowstorm last Thursday, one of the drivers was ticketed for driving without a license. His infant daughter was in the back seat.

Cesar Ramos-Hernandez, 28, of Southampton was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Equinox that was struck by a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche on Montauk Highway just west of Georgica Road at about 6 a.m., village police said.

T.E. McMorrow
March 12, 2015

The East Hampton Town police had to do more with less in 2014, according to an annual report released by the department, as presented to the town board on Tuesday by Chief Michael D. Sarlo. The department saw a record number of calls to action for a force that shrunk by one, with a sharp drop in penal law arrests.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 5, 2015
A woman whose infant was in the back seat had to be extricated from a sport utility vehicle after a two-car accident on Montauk Highway at Georgica Road in East Hampton Village during the snowstorm Thursday morning.

A woman whose infant was in the back seat of her sport utility vehicle had to be extricated by firefighters after a two-car accident on Montauk Highway at Georgica Road in East Hampton Village during a snowstorm on Thursday morning. Police said one of the drivers had no license.

T.E. McMorrow
March 5, 2015

The case of Jason E. Monet, a Stamford, Conn., man charged with three felonies in connection with a collision on Napeague last June, took an unexpected turn Friday in a Central Islip courtroom.

Joanne Pilgrim
March 5, 2015

A man who has been living throughout the frigid winter in an unheated shed in East Hampton without plumbing or other facilities called town authorities last week to report his living conditions.

According to East Hampton officials, the man’s landlord has been accepting $400 a month from the Suffolk County Department of Social Services to provide housing for him.

Star staff
March 5, 2015

It is tax season, a fact grifters are well aware of. Two local residents, Janet Fensterer of Amagansett and William Scholl of Springs, recently received telephone calls from people claiming to be Internal Revenue Service agents. Mr. Scholl told police he hung up on the caller because he had just sent in his 2014 tax forms and was sure he did not owe any back money. Ms. Fensterer contacted her accountant, who assured her of the same thing.

Star staff
March 5, 2015

Amagansett

Police were called to Main Street near Indian Wells Tavern early Saturday morning to deal with a fight. No arrests were made, and all details of the incident were redacted on the police report.

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
March 5, 2015

The second of four men arrested in October on felony burglary charges following a break-in at Damark’s Deli on Three Mile Harbor Road in Springs pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday to reduced charges and was sentenced to six months’ incarceration.

Lucas M. Ward was brought into court in leg shackles and handcuffs by Suffolk County sheriffs. It was his 22nd birthday.

T.E. McMorrow
March 5, 2015

Ice and snow continued to take their toll on drivers last week, with numerous accidents on local roads. Two crashes sent three Springs residents to South­ampton Hospital

On Feb. 25, Floyd E. Downs was driving a 2008 pickup truck on Three Mile Harbor Road near Springy Banks Road in East Hampton when he “lost control of his vehicle on the icy road, causing him to cross the double yellow line,” the police reported.

T.E. McMorrow
March 5, 2015

Sag Harbor police made two driving- while-intoxicated arrests last week, while the other departments in our coverage area reported none.

Jacob A. Love, 24, who police said had been seen by police “stumbling down Main Street” a little earlier last Thursday evening, was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running, his foot on the gas pedal, and the car in park. Under state law, if the engine is on and a driver is behind the wheel, the driver is considered to be operating the vehicle, even in park.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 5, 2015

Despite the snow Sunday night, firefighters quickly responded to a room ablaze at the Montauk Yacht Club, extinguishing the flames before they spread. The fire caused minimal damage to one hotel room, thanks in part to an automatic fire alarm that summoned firefighters to the hotel, which is closed for the season.

T.E. McMorrow
March 3, 2015

Southampton Town police have asked the public to assist them in an investigation of a "hide-a-key" thief possibly responsible for a series of burglaries.

According to a release from Detective Sgt. Lisa A. Costa, a man drove up to a Water Mill house on Friday and lifted the doormat at the front door, searching for a key. The statement does not indicate whether the man entered the house.

Taylor K. Vecsey
March 2, 2015
The blaze at the Montauk Yacht Club on Sunday night began as a chiefs' investigation when an automatic fire alarm went off in one of the rooms. When on duty officers arrived, they discovered flames.

Firefighters responding to an automatic fire alarm at the Montauk Yacht Club on Sunday night discovered flames, which the Montauk Fire Department quickly extinguished. The fire caused minimal damage to one hotel room.