Author Information

Articles by this author:

  • The Surf Lodge, a popular nightlife destination in Montauk, is about to undergo an inventory check, of sorts, from Tom Preiato, East Hampton Town’s chief building inspector, who will be looking for structures there that have never received site plan approval.

  • A late-night taxi ride from Montauk’s Memory Motel to Lee Court in the hamlet and then to Gilbert Road ended in a violent beating for one of the riders, who objected to being charged $50 for the trip.

    East Hampton Town police Capt. Chris Anderson said Tuesday that the passenger, Kempton John Coady, 27, of upstate Stamford, N.Y., suffered a black eye and a split lip. Police, who are continuing to investigate the incident, have not released the name of the cab company.

  • A Noyac acupuncturist, Michael P. Gohring, was charged last week with sexual abuse of a patient.

  • The case of the People of the State of New York vs. Jason Lee is slowly making its way to trial at the Cromarty Criminal Courts building in Riverside. Mr. Lee, a former managing partner at Goldman Sachs, is accused of raping a young Irish student last August at his summer rental house on Clover Leaf Lane in East Hampton.

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys met on Friday to confer in the chambers of State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kahn, who is hearing the case. Justice Kahn set the next court date for Aug. 22.

  • A 39-year-old Brooklyn man lost his life on Sunday at Napeague Harbor in Amagansett, where he had gone to kite surf. His death was the first of two on the water that day. That evening, James A. Weber, an East Hampton man who was to have celebrated his 45th birthday yesterday, died after collapsing in shallow water on the west side of the Three Mile Harbor inlet near Sammy’s Beach in East Hampton.

  • “Clever Little Lies,” the new play by Joe DiPietro, is described as a “new comedy” on the cover of the playbill, which is accurate to an extent. But this play has a dramatic spine that takes the audience on an unexpected journey, one that had the house silent, on the edge of their seats, at the end on opening night. That is, until the final blackout, and the bravos rang out.

    Mr. DiPietro titillates us into his story, giving the flash of a frothy sex comedy, but this is anything but.

  • An attempt to rescue a man who collapsed in the shallow water on the west side of Three Mile Harbor inlet near Sammy's Beach came to naught Sunday evening when two good Samaritans were unable to resuscitate James A. Weber, 45, of East Hampton.
  • Micheal P. Gohring of Sag Harbor was arrested at his office at 3297 Noyac Road in Noyac, the police said, "after a patient had disclosed that he had sexually abused her during an appointment."
  • A Turkish couple living in Riverhead were arrested last Thursday in connection with email messages describing a plot to blow up the Jewish Center of the Hamptons.
  • A dispute between two men at a Maidstone Park beach barbecue Saturday night ended with an East Hampton Town Trustee, Nathaniel H. Miller, in handcuffs, charged by town police with choking the other man.

    According to a witness, Mr. Miller and Clint Bennett, a town employee, were in a heated argument at about 7:30 Saturday evening. Mr. Bennett said, “Do something about it,” the witness reported, at which time Mr. Miller, according to the police report, used both arms to put him in a headlock. When he was released, Mr. Bennett reportedly said he felt faint.

Blogs by this author:

  • The New York State Department of Labor's web site, through which the unemployed claim weekly benefits, crashed over the weekend, leaving people unable to file for weekly benefits since then.
  • A vigil calling for a full police investigation into the death of Lilia Aucapina will be held Tuesday at Southampton Town Hall.
  • 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.