Recent Stories: Police

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 16, 2015

A brush fire that broke out in Water Mill on Monday burned over three and a half acres and came close to a house before firefighters were able to extinguish it.

Bridgehampton Fire Chief Gary Horsburgh said Tuesday that a man was out in an open field behind 153 Little Noyac Path with a lawn mower when the fire began at about 11:35 a.m. “He must have hit a rock and sparked the fire,” Chief Horsburgh said. “It really went up fast.”

T.E. McMorrow
April 16, 2015
Prosecutors claim the car accuser and her friend were in was followed from the courthouse. Both testified in the trial on Tuesday.

The occasionally acrimonious relationship between Suffolk County prosecutors and the defense team for Jason Lee, who is on trial in Riverside on a charge of rape in the first degree, heated up briefly this week.

On Tuesday, before calling the two women the district attorney’s office had flown from Ireland to testify on the stand, Kerriann Kelly of the district attorney’s office launched a warning salvo in the direction of the defense.

T.E. McMorrow
April 16, 2015

A Springs man who has been wanted by the New York Police Department for over nine years was arrested in East Hampton Village Saturday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police in Queens arrested him on the same charge in 2005, but he failed to appear in court and a warrant for his arrest has been outstanding ever since.

T.E. McMorrow
April 16, 2015

East Hampton Town police last week charged two men and a Montauk teenager who were duck hunting from a blind on Fort Pond with trespassing, saying they had used a house on the pond, at 82 South Elroy Street, without permission. The men, Matthew Cuomo of Springs, 25, and James F. DePasquale, 24, of Montauk, were additionally charged with drawing electricity from the house. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 16, 2015

An East Hampton woman is facing charges after she was injured in Sag Harbor early Sunday morning in a serious car accident.

Sag Harbor Village police said they responded at about 2:20 a.m. to  crash on Hampton Street and found a severely damaged 2007 Cadillac. Laura E. MacPherson, 28, was behind the wheel and conscious, police said, but had to be extricated from the car by the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s heavy rescue squad.

A helicopter flew her to Stony Brook University Hospital with unspecified injuries. She was released on Tuesday.

Star staff
April 16, 2015

East Hampton Village

James Kelley, the East Hampton postmaster, called police on April 6 about a homeless 64-year-old man whom he wanted removed from the post office building. Police said they saw no reason why the man, who rents a post office box in the Gay Lane building, should be removed. The man said he had merely gone in to get his mail.

Star staff
April 15, 2015
A van that was parked in front of a Wainscott house when it erupted in flames on Wednesday afternoon nearly caught the house on fire, too.

A van that was parked in front of a Wainscott house when it erupted in flames on Wednesday afternoon nearly caught the house on fire, too. 

The Bridgehampton Fire Department received a report of a car fire at 45 Townline Road at 12:55 p.m. Multiple calls were made to 911. Dispatchers told first responders the alarm inside the house was going off and that one report said the house was ablaze. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 14, 2015
Here from Ireland, woman known only as Fiona offers tearful recollection of the incidents of Aug. 20, 2013.

The trial of Jason Lee, the man accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish student on Aug. 20, 2013, in East Hampton, resumed Tuesday morning with a friend of Mr. Lee’s accuser taking the stand.

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 13, 2015
Firefighters are battling a large brush fire that broke out in an open field off of Little Noyac Path in Water Mill on Monday morning.

Update, 12:45 p.m.: The bulk of the brush fire that started in a field and spread to the woods off of Little Noyac Path has reportedly been extinguished. Firefighters from several departments are still on scene, soaking the area with water to ensure fire doesn't erupt, again. 

Update, 12:15 p.m.: A brush fire is still raging in a field off of Little Noyac Path in Water Mill. The fire has begun to creep into the woods. 

T.E. McMorrow
April 13, 2015
Day three of rape trial focused clothing, an earring, stains found at the scene. Irish accuser is expected to take the stand Tuesday.

The rape trial of Jason Lee continued Monday in the Riverside courtroom of New York State Supreme Court Justice Barabara R. Kahn.

Kerriann Kelly, head of the major crimes unit for District Attorney Thomas Spota, said at the start of the session that the alleged victim, known only as D.D., has arrived in New York with a friend of hers, known to the court as Fiona. Both women are expected to testify this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

T.E. McMorrow
April 10, 2015
Aside from a cut on his cuticle consistent with nail biting, Mr. Lee appeared to have no injuries when photographed after the alleged incident, East Hampton Town Police Detective Ryan Hogan testified Thursday.

Two detectives who testified in Jason Lee’s rape trial on Thursday in Riverside bolstered the arguments of both the prosecution and the defense at different times.

William H. Rathjen, a forensic specialist recently retired from the Suffolk County Police Department, provided an in-depth look at the house and grounds at 1 Clover Leaf Lane in East Hampton, the scene of the alleged crime on Aug. 20, 2013, showing over 160 photographs that he shot there on Aug. 21.

T.E. McMorrow
April 9, 2015
In the second day of Jason Lee's rape trial, a taxi dispatcher says a caller whose number matches that of Mr. Lee requested a taxi from house where the alleged incident took place not long after police arrived.

As the rape trial of Jason Lee moved into its second day on Thursday, acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara R. Kahn heard testimony from a taxi dispatcher, an East Hampton Town detective, and a retired Suffolk County forensic specialist.

Yadira Holandes-Vlazquez, a dispatcher for Lindy’s Taxi, told the court that Lindy’s received a call not long after she started her shift at 6 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2013. The caller asked for a cab from 1 Clover Leaf Lane in East Hampton to the Surf Lodge in Montauk, saying it was an emergency, the dispatcher said.

T.E. McMorrow
April 9, 2015

An East Hampton man who was charged on Sunday with driving while intoxicated, his third such arrest in eight years, could face “significant” jail time if convicted of the felony charges he is facing.

East Hampton Town police stopped Dalton D. Donegal, 39, a little before midnight on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, saying he was speeding and swerving across the double yellow line. Back at Wainscott headquarters his breath test reportedly produced a reading of .18.

T.E. McMorrow
April 9, 2015

A Sag Harbor man facing a charge of petty larceny forgot the most basic maxim for criminals: make sure no one is watching.

Sag Harbor Village police said that at about 6:30 a.m. on March 31, Gregory P. Zaykowski, 34, was caught on surveillance cameras stealing car batteries from five vehicles parked at Harbor Heights service station on Hampton Road. Police were able to pinpoint the time because the service shop’s manager and former owner, Gregg Miller, ran back the video from the multiple surveillance cameras placed around the property.

Star staff
April 9, 2015

Amagansett

Daniel Gaunt of Coram parked his Ford van outside Luz’s Deli on the morning of March 30. He returned to the van to find that several items had been stolen from the middle console.

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
April 9, 2015

Another week closer to April 15, and there are two more reports of scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service agents. Both incidents occurred last Thursday.

Janis Hewitt
April 9, 2015
On March 30, the lieutenant became commander of the force’s Montauk precinct, taking over from Lt. Chris Hatch.

From the time he was able to think of such things, Thomas Grenci Jr. knew he would be a policeman. In 1982, when he was 19, he joined the East Hampton Town Police Department as a traffic control officer, and over the next five or six years worked as a dispatcher, in the motor pool section, and, in the summer months, on the town police boat.

T.E. McMorrow
April 8, 2015
Prosecutor says Goldman Sachs director forced his way into a bathroom before raping a woman he had just met that night. His lawyer says sex was consensual.

The trial of Jason Lee, a former Goldman Sachs managing director accused of rape in a 2013 incident in East Hampton, began Wednesday in the Riverside courtroom of acting State Supreme Court Justice Barbara R. Kahn. Mr. Lee waived his right to a jury trial last week.

Kerriann Kelly, head of the Suffolk County District Attorney's major crimes division, gave an opening statement for the prosecution. Andrew Lankler of Baker Botts, a law firm headquartered in Houston, spoke for the defense. He is representing Mr. Lee, along with Edward Burke Jr. of Sag Harbor.

Star staff
April 7, 2015
A man was reportedly trapped in a trench at a construction site in Water Mill on Tuesday afternoon.

Update, April 9: Firefighters freed a man who was trapped for an hour and a half under a collapsed trench at a construction site in Water Mill on Tuesday afternoon.

T.E. McMorrow
April 3, 2015
The judge who will oversee the rape case against Jason Lee has allowed two "bad acts" to be admitted into evidence, including that Mr. Lee allegedly made advances toward another woman on the night of reported rape.

Jason Lee, who is accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in East Hampton in 2013, waived his right to a jury trial on Tuesday and will instead be tried by New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn, beginning next week.

The trial is set to begin on Wednesday. Witnesses will be called and testimony heard, but Justice Kahn will be the sole decision-maker.

T.E. McMorrow
April 2, 2015

Nowhere in East Hampton Town or Village, nor in the village of Sag Harbor, were any arrests made for drunken driving during the week just past. In Southampton Town, though, an East Hampton woman was charg­ed with the misdemeanor early Saturday morning. Ashley Tyler, 20, who was pulled over on County Road 39A for failing to stay in her lane, was released later that morning with a date on the Southampton Town Justice Court’s criminal calendar.

T.E. McMorrow
April 2, 2015
E.M.T.s having breakfast were already on the scene when an elderly man drove into the side of the East Hampton bagel shop.

Goldberg's Famous Bagels in East Hampton was the scene of a one-car crash Thursday morning that ended up sending the elderly driver and his passenger to the hospital.

Paul Wayne, a partner at the store on Pantigo Road, was behind the counter when the accident occurred at about 10 a.m. The store was particularly crowded, with people picking up special orders for the Passover and Easter holidays, he said.

Star staff
April 2, 2015

East Hampton

An alert Stuart’s Lane woman noticed an unauthorized charge on her bank card in February. Jennifer Cunningham disputed the charge, which the bank then reversed. On March 23, after investigating, the bank informed her that someone had apparently been using her Social Security number in an attempt to change her address. The bank has changed the account number.

East Hampton Village

T.E. McMorrow
March 26, 2015

An armed robber who eluded a massive manhunt in Sag Harbor Village last month after running from his victim’s house was picked up on March 10, almost 2,500 miles away on the Mexican border. U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped him, 28 days after the robbery, as he tried to re-enter the country from Tijuana.