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  •        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.

  •       A woman driving east by Town Pond Friday evening watched in disbelief as the car ahead smashed through a No Right Turn sign on the traffic island in front of Guild Hall, knocking down a Do Not Enter sign in the process. She followed the driver, a 20-year-old Southampton man, and called police, who stopped him at 5:43 p.m. on South Ocean Boulevard near Accabonac Road in East Hampton.

  •        A shift in party control in East Hampton Town Hall and the new appointees that come with it can create unique circumstances for the town’s appointed boards to wrestle with, as the zoning board of appeals discovered on Tuesday night.

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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.