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  •     The East Hampton Town Police Department and the County District Attorney’s Office have closed a loophole in arrest procedures following a not-guilty verdict handed down in March by a local jury.

  •    Much like a chrysalis, the stage of Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater is undergoing a living transformation as the company of actors put together by director Stephen Hamilton embody their roles in the Martin McDonagh play “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” which opens for a very limited run on Wednesday.

  •     Dick Cavett’s Tick Hall, one of seven McKim, Meade, and White houses on the Montauk ocean bluffs, and two houses on the waterfront on the other side of the Montauk peninsula, have made for interesting agendas at recent East Hampton Town Zoning Board meetings. The latter, an  application for erosion-control work on Soundview Drive, was approved on Tuesday. A hearing on Mr. Cavett’s application met with favorable response on April 23, although a decision is pending.

  • Misdemeanor charges for a pistol-toting dad who said he was concerned about an open school door and showed officials a New York police ID, which he had claimed was stolen from him about seven years ago.
  •     An Amagansett man who drove his 2010 Ford into a utility pole on Friday night was drunk at the time, according to East Hampton Town police, and wound up charged with an alcohol-related felony, aggravated driving while intoxicated.
        The crash happened less than a mile from Kevin J. Somers’s house on Abram’s Landing Road. A witness, who said the crash happened right outside his house, told police that Mr. Somers, 37, had climbed out of his wrecked car and asked to use his bathroom.

  •     An enraged man made quite a mess of a front yard on Granada Place in the early morning hours Sunday.
        Toby Logue called police to report that a man he’d worked with in the past was very drunk and running amok in his front yard, destroying various items there. Mr. Logue said he’d been awakened by the sound of his front door slamming and “a grunting sound.” The man fled the scene before officers arrived.

  •     Fidel Castro-Brito, an East Hampton man charged with 76 counts of rape involving girls as young as 9, pleaded guilty as charged in State Supreme Court, Riverhead, last Thursday.
        East Hampton Town police said at the time of his arrest that Mr. Castro-Brito, 24, had found his victims, who ranged in age from 9 to 16, through the Internet. The investigation took the police across jurisdictional lines, with all the assaults occurring in downstate New York.

  • Misdemeanor charges for a pistol-toting dad who said he was concerned about an open school door and showed officials a New York police ID, which he had claimed was stolen from him about seven years ago.
  • Fidel Castro-Brito, an East Hampton man who had been charged with a total of 76 counts of sex crimes against young girls, including having sex with a person between 9 and 10 years old, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Riverhead to all charges against him. Mr. Castro-Brito, 24, appeared in New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara R. Kahn's courtroom. He is to be sentenced on June 21.

  •     A woman took her husband’s 2003 Porsche for a Sunday night drive on April 21 and it ended up at the bottom of Napeague Harbor.
        At about 10 that night East Hampton Town police got a call from Lazy Point near the main boat ramp reporting a woman screaming for help. When an officer arrived, Joann Hamilton, 57, was being helped out of the water by two people who had been walking nearby.

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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.