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  • East Hampton Town police said Thursday that Catherine Dransfield, 67, was found buried in the snow outside her Northwest Woods house.
  •        An East Hampton man, James J. Brennan, 60, who has been convicted of driving while intoxicated four times in the last 21 years, was sentenced for the latest incident on Jan. 15, in the Cromarty Criminal Court building in Riverhead. Mr. Brennan, whose last three convictions were for felony D.W.I., has spent just a week in jail during the two decades, never having actually been sentenced to serve time. Nor was he last week.

  •        The drunken-driving arrest on Tuesday morning of a Springs cab driver in an alleged hit-and-run incident led to an unusual late-afternoon arraignment during the snowstorm that began not long after.

  •        The East Hampton Village police investigation of two department members who allegedly used a Talmage Lane house without permission of its owner for a romantic tryst on Dec. 30 has resulted in the suspension of a male officer with pay and the dismissal of a female traffic control officer.

           The East Hampton Village Board took action on Friday, making the suspension and dismissal retroactive to Dec. 30.

  • This week’s big snowstorm may have resulted in the death of an elderly Springs man.

    East Hampton Town police said yesterday that a man who had been hired to plow the driveway at 1 Locust Drive found the body of Ralph E. Batalla, 84, at about 7:35 a.m. in the snow just outside the house. Mr. Batalla apparently died the night before, police said.

    The Suffolk Medical Examiner’s Office was called in, and a preliminary investigation attributed death to natural causes. It did not appear “suspicious,” according to the police report. 

  •     Setting up a season is the most important responsibility of a theater’s artistic director. Josh Gladstone, the artistic director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, in conjunction with its board of directors, is halfway home to completing this year’s two-show season.

  •     Today Napeague, tomorrow the world, or at least the East End. That is apparently the mantra of the cousins and entrepreneurs Mark Goldberg and Paul Wayne. The team behind Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, Flagels, and Deli has signed a 10-year lease to open another store, this one on the Napeague stretch in Amagansett, at what is now Espo’s Surf Shop. The new tenants will take occupancy on Feb. 1.

  • The East Hampton Village police investigation of a male officer and a female village traffic control officer who allegedly used a house without the owners permission for a romantic tryst led to the suspension of the officer and dismissal of the T.C.O.
  • A vacant one-story building on the Montauk Highway in East Hampton that once housed antiques shops and a plumbing contractor could become the eastern headquarters of Saunders and Associates if an apparently unprecedented zoning proposal is approved by the town planning board
  •        A Wainscott man who complained during his arraignment on Friday that he had hurt his back sleeping in a holding cell at East Hampton Town Police headquarters the night before was still in jail as of yesterday morning, unable to post $500 bail.