T.E. McMorrow began freelancing for The Star in 2009, before coming on staff, full time, at the end of 2011. He is a member of the Drama Desk in New York. His book, “Nutcracker in Harlem,” illustrated by James Ransome, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2016 by HarperCollins children’s division.
Almost all contested cases in East Hampton Town Justice Court are settled by plea bargain, whether they involve a traffic ticket or a serious criminal charge where jail time is in the offing. In the latter case, the process is a delicate one that can go awry, as has happened twice in recent weeks.
Despite the holiday weekend, local police corralled a relatively small number of drivers to charge with drunken driving. Tyler S. Sizse, 20, of Montauk, was one of them. He was driving north on Essex Street there early Sunday morning, on what he told police was his way home from the Memory Motel, when he failed to negotiate a turn onto South Fairview Avenue. The 2002 Hyundai he was driving wound up with extensive front-end damage, but Mr. Sizse was able to walk away unhurt.
A local tennis pro was arrested in Sag Harbor early Sunday morning on a drunken-driving charge, his third such in a little more than two years and the second in four months.
Sag Harbor police said they stopped Kiril P. Tcherveniachki, 28, on Bay Street after watching him drive erratically across the North Haven bridge. He failed roadside sobriety tests, police said, and “would not properly take the breath prescreen test” or the Intoxilyzer 9000 test at headquarters.
John W. Templeman pleaded guilty Monday in East Hampton Town Justice Court to six charges stemming from allegedly rolling over a house he owns in Montauk for excessive short-term rentals. He was fined $7,500 and received a stern warning from East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana: “If I see anything like this in front of me again, it is not going to be a good situation.”
Mr. Templeman, 32, an attorney who heads up the international arbitration wing of White and Case in New York, spoke softly as he said “guilty” three times to Justice Rana.
Two East Hampton men and a teenager were arraigned last Thursday in East Hampton Town Justice Court in connection with a June incident at Albert’s Landing beach in Amagansett in which, according to East Hampton Town police, a fourth man was assaulted.