T.E. McMorrow began freelancing for The Star in 2009, before coming on staff, full time, at the end of 2011. He is a member of the Drama Desk in New York. His book, “Nutcracker in Harlem,” illustrated by James Ransome, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2016 by HarperCollins children’s division.
The familiar sight of Ford Crown Victoria police cars patrolling both the town and the village will soon be a memory. The venerable “Crown Vic” is being retired, to be replaced by the Ford Interceptor. East Hampton Town police may roll out the first one within the week.
The first drunken-driving arrest of the new year occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, when East Hampton Town police stopped Selma C. Caplan, 46, of Northwest Woods, saying she had been swerving over road lines into oncoming traffic and back onto the shoulder. She was stopped on Cedar Street after making the turn from North Main Street.
Cranberry Hole Road in Amagansett was the site of a serious accident on Monday at dusk when a westbound 2012 Chevrolet driven by Eleanor Glennon, 81, of Amagansett, ran into a 2004 GMC truck parked on the shoulder. Mrs. Glennon’s husband, John Glennon, 81, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was initially listed in serious condition.
Mrs. Glennon was taken to Southampton Hospital along with the couple’s two grandchildren, ages 6 and 7, who were seated in back. All three were released after treatment.
Nicholas Kraus, 41, of East Hampton was arrested shortly after 3 a.m. on Saturday and charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped on Abraham’s Path near Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton for having a broken taillight.
The arresting officer reported that his breath smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, and his speech was slurred, and that he exited his car unsteadily before failing roadside sobriety tests.
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.