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  •     A New York woman turned herself in on Tuesday after learning that a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

        Kimberly Sceili was instructed over Columbus Day weekend to be in East Hampton Justice Court on Sept. 25 to answer a charge of driving with a suspended license. She did not show up until Tuesday, when a court clerk informed her of the warrant.

        Her license was suspended for failure to pay a Connecticut motor vehicle department fee, she told Justice Lisa Rana.

  •     The last time I went to the South­ampton Cultural Center to review a play, it was for a revival of “Motherhood Out Loud” earlier this year, and I was pleasantly surprised by the high level of the production from the mostly amateur company, Center Stage. A return on Saturday night for a Center Stage production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” was a disappointment.

        This is an ill-conceived rendition of the 1978 hit that ran on Broadway for over 1,500 performances.

  • After being arrested in East Hampton Village, Mikey Russell, a former East Hampton High School basketball star, is back in jail again, this time facing four felony charges and a possible extended stay in a state prison system, although which state would incarcerate him has yet to be determined.
  • Four fishermen, including a captain who works out of West Lake Marina in Montauk and two other local men, are facing felony charges for illegally spearfishing striped bass
  •     A storage facility on Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton that was said to be for one man’s car collection seemed to be traveling along a smooth road until last week when it hit a massive pothole. During preliminary site plan review by the East Hampton Town Planning Board back in July, the applicant, Derek Trulson, said, “I have a collection of muscle cars. I want to store my cars there. My cars are toys, but they are also investments.”

  •     A Center Moriches woman was cleared of all charges against her in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday. Leila Saguto had lost control of her car on Montauk Highway near Georgica Road in East Hampton Village in the early evening of Aug. 26. A witness told village police that Ms. Saguto had been in convulsions.

        When police arrived at the accident, they reported a smell of alcohol coming from Ms. Saguto. Police said she told them she had had a couple of vodka-and-orange-juice drinks at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett.

  •     Saturday night was sweep night in East Hampton, with police officers from across the East End deployed here to look out for drunken drivers. The sweep led to five arrests.

  •     A string of eight burglaries in Sag Harbor over the course of the summer has been allegedly resolved with the Oct. 7 arrest of a 17-year-old village resident, Devin K. Brevard.

        Sag Harbor police had been secretive about the incidents, although there were some reports that liquor was the main target.

        Besides the eight burglary charges, all felonies on a serious “C” level, the teenager faces a charge of car theft and four counts of possession of stolen property.

  •     Sitting on the stage Saturday night at the Bridgehampton Community House outside the beautifully rendered set by Peter-Tolin Baker, I was taken back to the New York theater world of the 1970s and the 1980s.

        At a point in time when the city itself was dying, the theater world was thriving. As businesses abandoned the city, theater groups were moving into the spaces they had left behind.

  • Already facing multiple felony charges in Massachusetts, Mikey Russell, a former East Hampton High School basketball star, was charged by East Hampton Village police last week with four additional felonies for allegedly stealing and going shopping with someone else’s credit cards.

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  • 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. 

  • 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.