Recent Stories: Police

T.E. McMorrow
February 26, 2015

A Springs man who is facing an aggravated charge of drunken driving for the second time in seven months may do jail time if convicted, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana warned him at his arraignment.

During the Presidents Day weekend, East Hampton Town police stopped Edgar Roman Villa Albarracin, 48, on Old Orchard Lane, East Hampton, for a traffic infraction and suspected he was intoxicated. He failed roadside tests, they said, and was taken back to headquarters, where a breath test reportedly produced a reading of .18 of 1 percent.

T.E. McMorrow
February 19, 2015
An Amagansett man was arrested after allegedly attacking a woman in her bedroom on Tuesday night. Michael D. Marran, 48, was charged with misdemeanor assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, and criminal mischief, as well as a felony charge for unlawfully entering the house.

An Amagansett man was arrested after allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend in her bedroom on Tuesday night.

Michael D. Marran, 48, was charged with misdemeanor assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, and criminal mischief, as well as with a class B violent felony count for unlawfully entering the house with intent to commit a crime.

He was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in East Hampton Town Justice Court and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges through his attorney, Rudolph J. Fusco Jr. of Tarbet and Lester, and entered a denial on the felony charge.

Star staff
February 18, 2015

East Hampton

Melvyn Aarons, 77, called police last week after Bank of America told him someone had attempted to open an account from a computer in Islip using his Social Security number. The potential thief, however, entered an old address for Mr. Aarons, which led the bank to decline the application and begin an investigation. Mr. Aarons was told to contact the Federal Trade Commission and Equifax, the credit-reporting agency.

T.E. McMorrow
February 18, 2015

A Springs man, who was pulled over by an East Hampton Village police officer Friday night for alleged traffic violations, was ultimately charged with aggravated drunken driving.

Joseph Thomas McBride III, 22, was said by police to have had the “four-way flashers illuminated” on his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado while tailgating an eastbound car on Pantigo Road. He then passed the vehicle over the marked hazard zone in the center of road.

Star staff
February 12, 2015

East Hampton

A worker at East Hampton High School told police his surfboard had been stolen from the bed of his pickup truck, parked in the school’s rear custodial lot, during Saturday’s wrestling tournament. Devon Grishom described the board as custom made, 5 feet 8 inches long.

Montauk

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 12, 2015

A driver was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Friday afternoon after a pickup truck hit a sedan at a controversial intersection of Route 114 in East Hampton Village.

T.E. McMorrow
February 12, 2015

An East Hampton Village resident was high on crack cocaine when he was stopped at 10 a.m. Saturday on Toilsome Lane, according to village police. Ronald Allen King, 61, was pulled over when the 1997 Chevrolet he was driving came up as unregistered, according to a reader on the police car.

Mr. King denied the charges, and pleaded not guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court the next morning.

Taylor K. Vecsey
February 11, 2015

A fire that broke out at Duryea’s Lobster Deck, a wholesale and retail seafood complex and restaurant on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk, could have been much worse had no one been there when it started on Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. The take-out business will even be serving up a “lobster lovers’ special” for Valentine’s Day weekend.

T.E. McMorrow
February 5, 2015

The case of Asli Dincer and Melih Dincer, the Turkish pair accused of sending false terrorism threats by email last spring to the Jewish Center of the Hamptons in East Hampton, took another twist on Jan. 23, when Asli Dincer, 44, turned her back on a deal to plead guilty to a reduced charge as well as to another, unrelated charge of grand larceny.

Star staff
February 5, 2015

East Hampton Village

Police were called to a Further Lane house on the morning of Jan. 26. “A deer was stuck in the fence,” the police report said. Two officers were able to free the frightened animal, “who was not injured and ran off.”

T.E. McMorrow
February 5, 2015

A Wyandanch man who was stopped for allegedly speeding down Newtown Lane in East Hampton Village on Saturday evening ended up with the driver under arrest on a misdemeanor charge of drug possession. Given that motorists were being kept off the roads because of the weather this week, there were few  arrests, but one man was charged with stealing a plastic snow shovel.

T.E. McMorrow
February 5, 2015

Two Springs men, neither of them a licensed driver according to East Hampton Town police, were arraigned Sunday morning on several charges, including driving while intoxicated.

Luis A. Yamba-Tenezaca, 22, was additionally charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Police said he was backing his 2000 Pontiac sedan out of a busy residential driveway near the intersection of Three Mile Harbor Road and Muir Boulevard in Springs Sunday afternoon when the car struck the rear of a 2004 Toyota and he drove off without stopping.

T.E. McMorrow
January 29, 2015

A Springs man who drives commercial vehicles for a living is facing a possible lifetime revocation of his driving privileges after being arrested for the fifth time on a drunken driving charge.

James D. Beckwith, 53, was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated late Sunday night. At police headquarters, he took a breath test, police said, which produced a reading of .23 of 1 percent, well over the .18 level that triggers the elevated aggravated charge.

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.