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  • Two men charged with stealing $26,000 worth of copper gutters from an Amagansett house are due back in East Hampton Justice Court today
  •        Joseph Spezzano, described at his arraignment as “a career criminal,” was arrested early yesterday morning after David E. Rattray, the editor of The East Hampton Star, found him rummaging through his 2000 Toyota pickup truck, parked in his driveway on Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett.

  •        Two East Hampton men were arrested over the past week on drunken-driving charges after failing roadside sobriety tests, according to East Hampton Town police.

           Segundo M Balboa Tenesaca, 32, was pulled over on Spring Close Highway, East Hampton, early Sunday morning after officers saw his 1999 Nissan Pathfinder swerving across lane lines. He claimed to have had only one beer, but back at Wainscott headquarters his blood-alcohol content was reported to be .14. The legal limit is .08.

  • A 71-year-old artist died after being trapped in a fire that consumed his house at 198 Narrow Lane East in Sagaponack, opposite the entrance to the Wolffer Estate Stables, early Saturday morning
  • James Beres, 71, and a family dog died as a fire engulfed a house on Narrow Lane East early Saturday morning.
  • For undocumented immigrants, arrests can bring consequences beyond jail.
  •        The man charged with rape for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in Montauk was indicted by a grand jury in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverside Friday on eight felony counts — four counts of rape and four counts of committing a criminal sexual act with a child under 15 years of age.

  •        For the second time in about a year, the owners of a house on Gardiner’s Bay in Amagansett have asked the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals to allow them to demolish it and build a larger one. And, for the second time, the Planning Department has taken a vociferous stance against their proposal. At issue are distances from the wetlands on the property and from the dune crest.

  •        A drunken-driving case against Thomas Ravenel, a former South Carolina treasurer and current reality-television figure who was arrested in East Hampton last summer, has been adjourned once again, this time to May 8.

           Mr. Ravenel’s attorney, Trevor Darrell, said that any further adjournment was unlikely. He said he had requested the delay to allow for negotiations with the district attorney’s office. If no deal is in place by May 8, the matter will likely be headed for trial.

  • A drunken-driving case against Thomas Ravenel, a former South Carolina treasurer and current reality-television figure with a federal drug record, has been adjourned to May 8, while his show, "Southern Charm," will debut on Bravo this evening at 10 p.m.

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  • While many drivers in East Hampton Town have been angered by the recent blight of large potholes along Montauk Highway from Napeague to the Lighthouse, that have been destroying tires and tire rims, they have nothing on the sinkhole that opened up on Montauk Main Street Monday morning.

  • If you've been trying to open a page on East Hampton Town's website this week, and have been unsuccessful, it is not because you have lost your Internet connection, nor is the town's website down.

    Previously, HamptonsOnline hosted the town's domain name, but several months ago the company announced that it would stop hosting domains at the beginning of this month, according to Bob Pease, the town's information technology administrator.

  • Southampton Town police have asked the public to assist them in an investigation of a "hide-a-key" thief possibly responsible for a series of burglaries.

    According to a release from Detective Sgt. Lisa A. Costa, a man drove up to a Water Mill house on Friday and lifted the doormat at the front door, searching for a key. The statement does not indicate whether the man entered the house.

  • A Long Island Rail Road train headed for Montauk is being held up in Amityville after it struck and killed a man on the tracks on Saturday afternoon.

    As police investigated, between 110 and 150 passengers were stuck on the eastbound train, which left Jamaica at 12:10 p.m. The accident occurred at about 12:45 p.m. The train was due in Montauk at 3 p.m.

    Trains were delayed in both directions. Though service was expected to be restored soon, trains will be bypassing the Amityville station during the investigation. 

  • On Tuesday the East Hampton Town Police Department awarded 13 officers for outstanding and dedicated acts of police work during 2014. Each officer was given an award bar to be displayed over his or her shield.
  • The blizzard left its mark on Montauk, causing beach erosion, though it did not reach the oceanside motels.
  • Summer may be over, but the Montauk Farmers Market lives on, at least for this Saturday.