Recent Stories: Police

Carissa Katz
January 11, 2018
The Springs Fire Department and its members have raised nearly $30,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in an effort launched in memory of David M. King, an ex-chief who died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia last February.

The Springs Fire Department and its members have raised nearly $30,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in an effort launched in memory of David M. King, an ex-chief who died of acute lymphoblastic leukemia last February.

The department had hoped to raise $5,000 for the society through Sunday pancake breakfasts at the firehouse through the fall. Had it fallen short in breakfast proceeds, department members agreed they would make up the difference. That proved unnecessary.

T.E. McMorrow
January 11, 2018
A five-judge grievance committee of the Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court has ordered that an attorney based in East Hampton, James R. Fischer, be prohibited from practicing law for at least 18 months.

A five-judge grievance committee of the Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court has ordered that an attorney based in East Hampton, James R. Fischer, be prohibited from practicing law for at least 18 months, beginning on Jan. 29. The decision follows an Aug. 22, 2017, report by a referee that found Mr. Fischer had misappropriated money he was holding in trust for two clients. In both cases, he ultimately paid back the money.

“We find that a suspension from the practice of law for a period of two years is warranted,” the judges concluded, although Mr. Fischer can apply for reinstatement after 18 months. In the meantime, he is barred from “practicing law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk, or employee of another.”

Star Staff
January 11, 2018
A Jonathan Drive couple told police Dec. 28 that they had been visited by a trespasser the previous evening. The intruder appeared to have entered a screened-in porch around 5:30 and remained there for about an hour.

East Hampton

A Jonathan Drive couple told police Dec. 28 that they had been visited by a trespasser the previous evening. The intruder appeared to have entered a screened-in porch around 5:30 and remained there for about an hour. He or she did not ring the doorbell or knock on the door and seemed to have left without taking or disturbing anything, according to the report. 

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
January 11, 2018
A man who had been living in a group home remained in county jail yesterday morning, after being charged by East Hampton Town police with misdemeanor menacing with a weapon, which was a fork.

A man who had been living in a group home remained in county jail yesterday morning, after being charged by East Hampton Town police with misdemeanor menacing with a weapon, which was a fork, on the evening of Jan. 2. 

According to police, Kary Felton, 57, had become enraged when a fellow resident at the home, on Wainscott Northwest Road, changed the television channel they had been watching. Police said Mr. Felton turned his anger toward a professional who works at the home, picking up a fork and pointing and threatening her with it.

Arraigned on Jan. 3 in East Hampton Town Justice Court, bail was set at $350, which had not been posted as of yesterday morning. He is due back in Justice Court on Jan. 25.

David E. Rattray
January 9, 2018
A man was found dead in the snow at Sammy's Beach at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton on Monday afternoon after he apparently collasped while trying to free his vehicle from a snowdrift.

A man was found dead in the snow at Sammy's Beach at Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton on Monday afternoon.

According to East Hampton Town police, two men walking their dog noticed Vincent D'Angelo, 73, alongside his Ford Explorer, which had become stuck in a snowdrift. They phoned police at about 4:20 p.m.

T.E. McMorrow
January 9, 2018
An early Tuesday morning fire that was sparked and fed by a corroded pipe carrying propane has left East Hampton Indoor Tennis without power and heat.

An early Tuesday morning fire that was sparked and fed by a corroded pipe carrying propane has left East Hampton Indoor Tennis without power and heat. The club, which is on Daniel's Hole Road, aims to reopen by the weekend, according to its managing partner, Scott Rubenstein.

T.E. McMorrow
January 4, 2018
Several of the headline crime stories in East Hampton from the last year have been adjudicated, or are in the process of being adjudicated, in Suffolk County criminal court.

Several of the headline crime stories in East Hampton from the last year have been adjudicated, or are in the process of being adjudicated, in Suffolk County criminal court. 

T.E. McMorrow
January 4, 2018
Two men are facing felony driving while intoxicated charges after being arrested by East Hampton Town police between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Two men are facing felony charges after being arrested by East Hampton Town police between Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

A 32-year-old Southampton man, Cristian V. Villa-Peralta, was sitting behind the wheel of a 2005 Nissan Maxima on Boxing Day in the Indian Wells Beach parking lot in Amagansett when he was approached by an officer. The sun was setting, the car was in park, and the engine was running, according to the police. Mr. Villa-Peralta allegedly had an open bottle of Zhumir by his side. Zhumir is an Ecuadorian brand of liquor made from sugar cane.  

Star Staff
January 4, 2018
An officer was sent to investigate a report of a gray goose with a possible broken leg on David’s Lane the day after Christmas. When the officer arrived, the goose was gone.

Amagansett

Police received a call reporting a possible burglary on Christmas Eve day from a Winding Way resident. A neighbor of 3 Winding Way had noticed a broken sliding door on a rear deck. An officer investigating also found a broken front window, and that a door to the garage had been tampered with and damaged, as well. Aside from the shattered glass, nothing inside the house appeared to be disturbed. Police are continuing to investigate.

 

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
January 4, 2018
The Town of East Hampton has agreed to extend the current scheduling of its police force.

The Town of East Hampton has agreed to extend the current scheduling of its police force.

The town and the Police Benevolent Association had been at loggerheads, with the P.B.A. rejecting the town’s plan to have officers alternate between 12-hour day shifts and 12-hour night shifts every four months. A Jan. 1 deadline was looming over the dispute.

The current schedule, which has officers working exclusively either day or night 12-hour shifts all year, was instituted at the beginning of 2017 for a yearlong test.

The experimental schedule replaced one that had been in place for many years in which officers rotated through three shifts, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. It was extremely unpopular with the rank and file.

T.E. McMorrow
December 29, 2017
The Town of East Hampton has agreed to extend the current scheduling of its police force, avoiding a conflict that could have pitted the Police Benevolent Association against the town board and police chief.

The Town of East Hampton has agreed to extend the current scheduling of its police force.

The town and the Police Benevolent Association had been at loggerheads, with the P.B.A. rejecting the town's plan to have officers alternate between 12-hour day shifts and 12-hour night shifts every four months. A Jan. 1 deadline was looming over the dispute.

The current schedule, which has officers working exclusively either day or night 12-hour shifts all year, was instituted at the beginning of 2017 for a yearlong test.

The experimental schedule replaced one that had been in place for many years in which officers rotated through three shifts, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. It was extremely unpopular with the rank and file.

Star Staff
December 27, 2017
Local Police Records

East Hampton

Joseph Morgano told police on Dec. 19 that for the past several weeks a former employee has been blowing an air horn as he drives a pickup truck past Mr. Morgano’s business, Power Equipment Plus, on Springs-Fireplace Road. Employees have reached out, asking him to stop, “but he continues to blow the air horn for no legitimate purpose,” the incident report reads. Mr. Morgano wanted the situation documented. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 27, 2017
About 40 officers of the East Hampton Town Police Department are at loggerheads with Chief Michael D. Sarlo this week after refusing to accept scheduling changes he had proposed.

About 40 officers of the East Hampton Town Police Department are at loggerheads with Chief Michael D. Sarlo this week after refusing to accept scheduling changes he had proposed. 

Meeting on Tuesday night at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, almost exactly a year after current scheduling was adopted, they voted overwhelmingly to reject his proposal. The force currently is divided into four squads, which work 12-hour shifts, with two squads working solely at night while the other two handle day shifts.  

Chief Sarlo had asked that, going into 2018, officers continue to work 12-hour shifts but rotate from day-to-night shifts and night-to-day shifts every four months. He would not comment this week, saying it was a matter of ongoing negotiation. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 27, 2017
Two drivers were arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Sunday after being arrested by town police while another was arraigned last Thursday.

Two drivers were arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Sunday after being arrested by town police while another was arraigned last Thursday. 

According to police, both Dylan Joseph Cucci, 24, of Montauk and Ismael Hernandez, 41, of East Hampton produced breath test readings at headquarters higher than .18 of 1 percent, which automatically raises the charge to the aggravated level.  Although an aggravated driving-while-intoxicated charge remains a misdemeanor,  it is considered a more serious crime than D.W.I. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 27, 2017
A man who was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Saturday on a felony charge of drunken driving had been issued a license to drive a taxi in the town earlier this year despite having two prior convictions for drunken driving, one of which was a felony.

A man who was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Saturday on a felony charge of drunken driving had been issued a license to drive a taxi in the town earlier this year despite having two prior convictions for drunken driving, one of which was a felony. 

Gerson Mancilla, 41, of Springs did not appear to have been on the job when he was arrested. 

Star Staff
December 21, 2017
Reports from the local departments.

East Hampton

Alexander Alvarado, a Three Mile Harbor Road resident, called police on Dec. 1 to report that six $100 bills had disappeared from his safe that day. Police said they have a suspect and are investigating. 

 

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
December 21, 2017
Three people are facing drunken driving charges, including a Springs woman arrested on Dec. 14.

A Springs woman is facing felony drunken driving charges after being arrested by East Hampton Town police late last Thursday night. Juliette B. Parker, 65, was driving a 2002 Ford on Springs-Fireplace Road near her Talmage Farm Lane house when, police said, she was swerving repeatedly across lanes.

T.E. McMorrow
December 14, 2017
One of the drivers involved in a collision between two commercial vehicles on Route 114 in East Hampton last Thursday remains at Stony Brook University Hospital, his condition upgraded yesterday from critical to stable.

One of the drivers involved in a collision between two commercial vehicles on Route 114 in East Hampton last Thursday remains at Stony Brook University Hospital, his condition upgraded yesterday from critical to stable. The other driver, who was less seriously injured, was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital after his dump truck was rear-ended around 7:30 in the morning, according to the East Hampton Town Police Department.

According to police, Joseph Lambiase, a 59-year-old East Hampton man, had come to a stop in his 1996 dump truck in order to make a left turn into his driveway when the truck was struck from behind by a 2013 Ford Transit Connect cargo van driven by Michael J. Oblein of East Hampton, 34.

Star Staff
December 14, 2017
A Conklin Terrace woman, whom police did not name, told them on Dec. 4 that a male co-worker had repeatedly come to her house without calling and let himself in.

Amagansett

East Hampton Town police released a report this week that a Cross Highway residence owned by Robert Vanni had been illegally entered between Sept. 4 and Nov. 11. Mr. Vanni told police several objects had been moved around and it appeared that someone had slept there. The intruder had gained access by smashing a small glass pane on a door, then reaching in and unlocking it. He estimated the cost of repairing the glass pane to be $25. Nothing was stolen. 

 

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
December 14, 2017

An East Hampton man, Eduardo Vazquez-Dominguez, was released by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on Monday after posting $10,000 in bail despite an active Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainment request. Mr. Vazquez-Dominguez, 33, was charged with three felonies Saturday night, including drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and unlicensed driving. 

Arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court Sunday morning, he was represented by Carl Irace, who convinced Justice Steven Tekulsky that requiring  $15,000 bail, which the district attorney’s office had requested, would prevent his client from properly defending himself, and he questioned the strength of the people’s case. 

T.E. McMorrow
December 14, 2017
The New York Civil Liberties Union argued unsuccessfully in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday for the release of a man being held by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on a detainment request from Immigration and Enforcement.

The New York Civil Liberties Union argued unsuccessfully in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday for the release of a man being held by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on a detainment request from Immigration and Enforcement. 

The man, Susai Manickam Francis, 55, originally from India, had been living in Northport. He has been arrested numerous times this year, most recently on Nov. 28 by Suffolk County police on a charge of disorderly conduct, a violation. Unable to make bail, he was taken to Nassau County, where he pleaded guilty on Dec. 4 to an outstanding misdemeanor charge of aggravated drunken driving, and then returned to Suffolk County.

T.E. McMorrow
December 7, 2017
The drivers of two northbound commercial vehicles were taken to the hospital after one rear-ended the other on Route 114 shortly after 7:30 Thursday morning, according to the East Hampton Town police.

The drivers of two northbound commercial vehicles were taken to the hospital after one rear-ended the other on Route 114 shortly after 7:30 Thursday morning, according to the East Hampton Town police.

A 59-year-old East Hampton man driving a 1996 dump truck had come to a stop in order to make a left turn into a private driveway when his truck was struck from behind by a 2013 Ford Transit Connect cargo van. The second driver, also from East Hampton, was 34.

The small cargo van was a John Hummel and Associates Custom Builders work vehicle. The company is based on Route 114 in East Hampton. It is not immediately known to whom the dump truck was registered, and the drivers' names were not immediately available.

T.E. McMorrow
December 7, 2017
East Hampton Town police charged four motorists with drunken driving between last Thursday and Monday, with one facing a felony charge because he had a drunken driving conviction within the last 10 years.

East Hampton Town police charged four motorists with drunken driving between last Thursday and Monday, with one facing a felony charge because he had a drunken driving conviction within the last 10 years.

Joseph A. Cronin, 55, of Montauk was arrested just before midnight Sunday. Behind the wheel of a 1999 GMC, headed west on Pantigo Road near Spring Close Highway in East Hampton, he was pulled over when police said he was swerving back and forth across lane lines.

Star Staff
December 7, 2017
A 2004 Mini Cooper parked in front of a Boatheaders Lane North house was vandalized during the day Friday. The vehicle had extensive damage to the front end, back window, and exterior and interior.

East Hampton

A bottle of prescription medicine disappeared from an Osborne Lane house at some point on Nov. 21. Nothing else was stolen. Adam Umbach told police he was reporting the theft in order to document it, so that he could replace the missing drug. Police spoke with his roommate, Ellen Krass, who said she had been in and out of the house all day and had not noticed anything suspicious. Police then spoke with the house manager, Dee Renos, who told them that she had not sent any handymen or workers to the house that day. Ms. Renos also expressed concern to the officer that an additional roommate was apparently living in the residence, without having consulted her as manager.