David H. Hernandez, the 16-year old East Hampton High School student who took his own life on Sept. 29, had attempted suicide twice before, with one attempt coming just 24 hours earlier, according to his mother, Carmita Barros, who met with the school’s principal, Adam S. Fine, on Monday.
A hotly contested appeal by East Hampton’s senior building inspector seeking to overturn a certificate of occupancy issued by his predecessor was coolly disposed with by the town’s zoning board of appeals on Oct. 9.
Tom Preiato, the building inspector, was trying to reverse a 2008 C. of O. for two stone pillars with attached gates at the entry to 17 Beverly Road in Springs that he believed was issued by the late Don Sharkey based on “erroneous and misleading information.”
Although there were no enforcement measures against drunken driving last week, East Hampton town police still charged seven motorists with driving while intoxicated. Two of the arrests followed serious crashes necessitating trips to the hospital; the other five came after traffic stops brought on by moving or equipment violations.
The summer may be over but the crackdown on drunken driving is continuing. On Saturday night East Hampton town police teamed with seven other jurisdictions, netting eight arrests, along with one for driving with ability impaired by drugs. It is a continuation of this summer’s Operation NiteCap, which resulted in a record number of arrests for driving while intoxicated.
East Hampton Town police have reported the arrest of a Springs man who they said was involved in a hate-crime confrontation with a Latino resident during which he allegedly impersonated a police officer.
Police said that Jefferson D. Eames, 44, of Neck Path confronted Jorge Garcia of East Hampton in a prolonged road-rage incident on Sept. 25. He was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and impersonating an officer, both misdemeanors.