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  •     A report of an erratic driver leaving Bay Street, headed over the North Haven Bridge, led to the arrest on Saturday afternoon of a 29-year-old East Hampton man on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. Sag Harbor police said the man, Romulo Quezada-Santos, had his 7-year-old son in the back seat, where empty beer cans were strewn about. The child’s presence elevated the charge to a felony.

  •    Life here on the South Fork differs from many similar areas across the country in several ways, one of the most important of which is the level of sophistication in the local art scene. This extends to the performing arts, including theater, even at the nonprofessional level, as is attested to by the Center Stage at Southampton Cultural Center’s current production of “Motherhood Out Loud,” a series of scenes examining modern motherhood in America, directed by the multitalented Michael Disher.

  • Opening day for the Beach House, a luxury hotel in downtown Montauk, may be delayed by several days, if not longer.
  • Storm flags were flying when the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals considered a request for several variances for a property containing seven cottages on Fort Pond Bay.
  •     A Springs man, Samuel Spielberg, 31, was killed in a one-car crash late Friday night.
        First responders reported finding his 2002 Toyota 4Runner in woods off Red Dirt Road in Amagansett, just west of Old Stone Highway. The S.U.V., which had overturned, was engulfed in flames, said to be reaching 20 feet in the air.
        A call alerting East Hampton Town police to the crash was logged in at 11:27 p.m. The initial police report said the car had “failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.”

  •     The arrest on Friday night of a Springs man on a charge of driving while intoxicated led to an appearance in East Hampton Town Justice Court the next morning by a noted international-law attorney, Michael Jefferson Griffith. Mr. Griffith, who has counseled clients imprisoned in over 25 countries in criminal matters, defended the young American held in a Turkish prison in the 1970s in a case that became the basis for the film “Midnight Express.”

  •     A husband-and-wife team who teach Shakespeare at Guild Hall have received a number of uncalled-for e-mails from a former student, according to an East Hampton Town police report.
    Tristan and Morgan Vaughan run the Round Table Theater Company and Academy, which recently produced its first full Shakespearean production, “Macbeth,” with Morgan Vaughan in the lead role of Lady Macbeth and Mr. Vaughan directing. The couple have been conducting classes and seminars on the Bard at Guild Hall since last year.

  • A Springs man, Samuel Spielberg, 31, was killed in a one-car crash late Friday night. First responders reported finding his 2002 Toyota 4Runner in woods off Red Dirt Road, just west of Old Stone Highway.
  •     Eleven months before Edward L. Orr allegedly ran over John Judge on Amagansett Main Street in his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driving on without stopping to aid the dying man, he was arrested by East Hampton Town police and charged with two Class A misdemeanors and a Class D felony. At that time he was on probation, as he still is, for a Class D felony conviction of grand larceny in 2009.

  •     A 2002 Honda being driven on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton went skidding off the road Saturday night as the snow began to fall and crashed into a tree. The driver, Steven Dovas of Brooklyn, who was unhurt, said the bright lights of an oncoming car had momentarily blinded him.
        The Honda had to be towed away.

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  • 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.