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  •     A bullet hole in an above-ground swimming pool led police to an indoor pot operation in Montauk last month, resulting in multiple criminal charges for a Montauk couple, including felony marijuana possession, according to a report released Tuesday by the East Hampton Town Police Department.

  •     Following a Fourth of July week that saw 29 motorists arrested for drunken driving, heavy rain fell last weekend, keeping many cars off flooded roads. East Hampton Town police reported only three people arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, two of them following accidents. The third resulted in felony charges.

  •     A dispute in Sag Harbor between two Brooklyn men, passengers in a moving car, ended Sunday morning with one of them in handcuffs facing a felony charge of criminal mischief.
        Benjamin R. Ruhland, who was in the front seat of a 2004 BMW, began arguing with Gig Suarez, seated in the back, and the dispute quickly escalated, according to police. As Michael Quilty was driving south on Main Street, Mr. Ruhland, in an attempt to throw Mr. Suarez out of the car, tried to grab the wheel, police said, at which point Mr. Quilty pulled it over.

  •     On the night of July 4, the driver of a 2012 Audi led East Hampton Town police on a wild chase up Route 114, which officers considered so dangerous that they broke off pursuit. Sag Harbor police eventually found the car parked on Meadowbrook Way near Sunset Beach Road, with the driver, Nicholas J. Smith of East Hampton in the back seat, and turned him over to town police.

  •     On the night of July 4, the driver of a 2012 Audi led East Hampton Town police on a wild chase up Route 114, which officers considered so dangerous that they broke off pursuit. Sag Harbor police eventually found the car parked on Meadowbrook Way near Sunset Beach Road, with the driver, Nicholas J. Smith of East Hampton in the back seat, and turned him over to town police.

  • The driver of a northbound Toyota pickup truck that crashed into a BMW on Route 114 in East Hampton on Saturday, was arraigned yesterday on two charges of drunken driving
  •     The Fourth of July weekend was a violent one on local roads, with 57 vehicular accidents reported. Five of them involved drunken drivers, according to East Hampton Town and Village police.

  • A veritable Who’s Who of East End criminal prosecutors, defense attorneys, and even a couple of judges gathered in Bridgehampton to discuss the sobering topic of drunken-driving
  • A fire Sunday in a Springs house filled with fine art, antiques, and one dog took several hours and four fire companies to quell.
  •     Police calls and activity were way up for the Fourth of July weekend, as were arrests and vehicular accidents, as compared to 2012, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Edward Ecker.

        “It was busier, for sure,” he said.

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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.