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  •     Was he the organizer of this year’s Barcelona Point boat party or wasn’t he? That was the question of the day at East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday in the trial of Charles Canavan, accused by the town of holding a mass gathering without a mass gathering permit.

  • Justin T. Bennett, a 35-year-old Springs man who told police he had been addicted to heroin for two years, was indicted by a grand jury in Riverhead Tuesday on 27 counts of burglary in the second degree, stemming from a series of burglaries in East Hampton, Southampton, and Sag Harbor Village over the last year.
  •     Three arrests made by East Hampton Town and Village police on drunken driving charges in the past few days have two men facing felony charges, while a third is expected to face a felony charge as well.

        Luis A. Refugio, 22, was pulled over early Sunday morning on Three Mile Harbor Road after an officer said he saw him swerving across the lines on the narrow road. Having failed roadside sobriety tests, according to police, he subsequently refused to submit to a breath test at police headquarters.

  •     Michael Russell, who had been arrested by East Hampton Village police earlier this month for allegedly purchasing several pairs of sneakers at Sneakerology, a Main Street shop, on Sept. 2, using others' credit and debit cards without permission, was released from county jail last Thursday, when his attorney withdrew a waiver of his right to be released if not indicted within 120 hours of his arrest.

  •     A Port Jefferson woman who was a no-show on Oct. 22 at East Hampton Town Justice Court after having been charged with driving while intoxicated showed up at the courthouse last Thursday. She had turned herself in to town police.

        Heidi A. Kulp, 44, pleaded guilty to the charge as Justice Lisa R. Rana presided. Ms. Kulp’s attorney, Patrick Kerr, stood by her side as she was sentenced to three years of probation and a fine of $1,000, with the standard court fee of $400 added to the fine.

  • A 35-year-old man who told police he had been addicted to heroin for two years, was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday on charges of having burglarized 14 houses in East Hampton.
  • East Hampton Town police announced the arrest of a man they said is responsible for stealing almost a $126,000 worth of jewelry in a series of burglaries on the South Fork this year.
  • The candidates for East Hampton Town Justice, perhaps the most hotly contested race in town this year, were interviewed at The Star last Thursday
  •     A house can be built at 85 South Edgemere Street in Montauk on a controversial vacant lot at the edge of  Fort Pond,  just not the exact house the owners had wanted, according to a 3-2 vote Tuesday by the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals. The lot is slightly over an acre, but with a very small building envelope due to surrounding wetlands.

  •     On Tuesday, minutes after East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana issued an arrest warrant for a Coram woman, the woman’s son was arraigned in Southampton Justice Court and a friend of his was arraigned here on charges of driving while intoxicated.

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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.