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  • Lee Hnetinka was lead away Friday and taken to county jail in Riverside, unable to meet $45,000 bail on new charges set by Southampton Town Justice Deborah Kooperstein.
  • It’s chaos. It’s a party. It’s Montauk after hours — last call 3:30 a.m.
  •     As might have been expected, Labor Day weekend had a continual parade of driving while intoxicated arrests across the South Fork. In Southampton Village, a Suffolk County task force, called “Nitecap,” did a sweep from Saturday night into Sunday, resulting in eight arrests. In the Town of East Hampton, police conducted their own mini-sweeps, assigning extra officers to focus on drunken driving. And Sag Harbor had two drunken driving arrests over the weekend, one of Elizabeth A. Damark, 23, of East Hampton, the other of Stephanie J. Bargas, 39, of Manhattan.

  •     A bloody fight broke out at the Surf Lodge in Montauk in the early-morning hours of Aug. 14. According to police reports and statements made in court during his arraignment, police arrived a little after 4 a.m. to find Philip W. Vernier, 27, of Brooklyn, a cook at the restaurant, in the basement, covered with dried blood. Mr.

  •     The Labor Day weekend began on Friday with a 2 a.m. car crash on Stephen Hand’s Path, East Hampton, which resulted in a charge of driving while intoxicated and a broken arm, followed a half hour later by a second crash on the same road, this one even more serious, leading to another D.W.I. arrest and a hospitalization.

  •    “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”
        On Saturday night at Guild Hall in a special benefit perform  ance, we heard about 5,000 well-crafted words in staged readings of five short plays, inspired by four paintings and one photograph, all by East End artists. The result was a delightful mix of comedy and drama.

  • The pilot and passenger of a single-engine Mooney airplane that crashed in the woods by East Hampton Airport early Sunday evening were helped to safety by three good Samaritans.
  • The work schedule for a police officer is a grueling one: Four consecutive days working from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., one day off, then five straight days working from 3:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., two days off, and then the overnight shift for four straight days, followed by four days off. East Hampton is no different from the rest of America; police are needed around the clock.
  •     By a vote of 4 to 1, the lone dissenter being its chairman, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance on Tuesday that will allow Glen Pushelberg and George Yabu to keep their two-story house as is. The house lacks an interior staircase between the two floors, which is contrary to town code.

  • East Hampton Town police issued a missing-person alert yesterday for George Richardson, 50, an executive at Huntington Hospital, who was last seen at a Montauk motel in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

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