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Homeowners in and near Sammy’s Beach in East Hampton have raised the money needed to replace a memorial bench that was destroyed on the night of Nov. 20 by vandals who broke it apart and used the pieces to make a bonfire.
Lilia Aucapina, a Sagaponack woman who had been missing since Oct. 10, was found dead, an apparent suicide, Saturday morning in the woods behind her house, according to Southampton Town police.
The lawyer handling a civil suit alleging wrongful death for the family of Paul Hansen, the Noyac man found dead on the side of the road in August after the car in which he had been a passenger crashed, said on Tuesday that the district attorney seemed “pretty confident” an indictment on felony charges against the driver of the car, Sean P....
The East Hampton Town Police Department, working with code enforcement officers and Building Department personnel, has become more focused on quality-of-life issues in the past year.
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A traffic stop on Tuesday led to the discovery of cocaine and heroin hidden in the vehicle, East Hampton Town police said.
Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender resigned Tuesday as he took a federal plea deal for illegally distributing prescription drugs in exchange for cash and steroids over a three-year period.
Southampton Town police said that while the circumstances surrounding the death of Lilia Aucapina is still actively being investigated, "at this time the death is not believed to be criminal in nature."
An East Hampton man who has spent much of his time recently in and out of custody is back behind bars this week.