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  • Update: East Hampton Town police identified Valon Shoshi, a 28-year-old living in Springs, as the armed man they took into custody earlier on Friday after a three-hour search.
  • Update, 1:12 p.m.: East Hampton Village Police tweet — local schools were put on lockout precaution as local police were attempting to locate a despondent subject - situation had been resolved

    Update, 12:46 p.m.: Schools that had been put in lockdown were reportedly told all was clear.

  • A judge has dismissed a drunken-driving charge against Mosel Katzter, whose vehicle was involved in a roll-over accident on Aug. 4 that sent him and three passengers to the hospital.

    “I was not intoxicated the night of the car accident,” Mr. Katzter said in an email to The Star. He blamed the accident on faulty brakes. “Too late for me, I found out the hard way that my car model was recalled twice in the last five years for braking problems.” 

  • The Sept. 17 East Hampton Town Planning Board public hearing on the proposed subdivision of almost 40 acres containing prime farmland in Wainscott began with neighbors pitted against neighbors but, after two hours, they seemed to coalesce, agreeing that the town should save as much of the farmland as possible.

  • A Springs man was arrested at about 8:40 a.m. on Monday after running his 2000 Dodge pickup down Church Street and through a stop sign at Gingerbread Lane, where it jumped a curb outside the East Hampton branch of Bridgehampton National Bank, mowed down some shrubs, and drove off.
  • Soon after Labor Day, during what East Hampton Town police called an illegal eviction, 12 university students from the island of Jamaica, working in East Hampton on J1 visas for the summer, lost many of their possessions, as well as thousands of dollars in cash. The thief, police believe, was an intermediary entrusted by the students to handle the lease arrangements.

  • The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals held a two-hour public hearing on Sept. 16 on whether to allow a boardwalk through the double dunes in Amagansett to accommodate access to the ocean beach by upland property owners who use wheelchairs. The hearing was essentially part two of the application. 

  • A Springs second-home owner was brought in to East Hampton Town Justice Court Monday in handcuffs.

    James Pine, 50, had been ticketed on May 31 by an East Hampton Animal Control officer because his two English bulldogs, Penelope and Theo, were found to have no licenses. Twice thereafter, in July and August, Mr. Pine failed to appear in court, leading Justice Steven Tekulsky to issue a warrant for his arrest.

  • The owners of the former East Deck Motel in Montauk, who had proposed a private club there, asked on Friday to postpone a scheduled appearance before the East Hampton Town Planning Board last night to give the town the chance to negotiate a possible purchase of the property.
  • Southampton Town detectives suspect arson as the cause of a fire that destroyed most of a historic Sagaponack house early Monday morning.

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  • The Stephen Talkhouse, a popular nightspot on Main Street in Amagansett, will be the site of a three-hour fund-raiser on March 19 for Jordan Johnson, a former East Hampton High School student who is in a rehabilitation facility in Manhattan as the result of an apparent drug overdose on Jan. 29.

  • The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled. The four public hearings concerning applications for variances that were to take place will be held, instead, in March. The new date will be published Monday.

  • St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Cisne, the Patroness of Ecuador, with its Spanish-speaking parishioners this weekend.
  • The four-acre-plus beachfront site at Ditch Plain in Montauk will be the subject of public hearings before the East Hampton Town Planning and Zoning Boards on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
  • The New York State Department of Labor's web site, through which the unemployed claim weekly benefits, crashed over the weekend, leaving people unable to file for weekly benefits since then.
  • A vigil calling for a full police investigation into the death of Lilia Aucapina will be held Tuesday at Southampton Town Hall.
  • 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.