Police

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.
After nearly 20 years with the East Hampton Town Police Department, Lt. Austin McGuire, known A.J., is leaving for a new position as Sag Harbor Village’s next police chief. Starting in January, Lieutenant McGuire will take over from Chief Tom Fabiano, who announced his retirement in September.
A former bookkeeper and teacher’s aid at the Rainbow Preschool in Bridgehampton was charged with stealing more than $35,000 from the school. Lauren E. Comber, 30, of Sag Harbor turned herself in to Southampton Town police on Nov. 10.
East Hampton Town police made three arrests over the weekend on misdemeanor drunken-driving charges, all in Montauk.
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On the day before Election Day, a Springs woman was caught on video hurrying off with a neighbor’s campaign signs. Elizabeth M. Ruth, 73, was an unlikely arrestee. The signs’ owner, Lynne Scanlon, told East Hampton Town police that she had put up several anti-rental registry signs, all of which had been stolen. She decided to fight back.