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  • A lawsuit against East Hampton Town, filed a year ago by a privately held drug treatment program in the Northwest Woods neighborhood, was dismissed on March 2 by a federal court judge in Central Islip. The judge, Leonard D. Wexler, found that Safe Harbor Retreat L.L.C. should have undergone a permitting process outlined in the zoning code before bringing the suit.

  • The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, at its meeting on Feb. 24, wrestled with requests from two property owners who want to build or expand houses in or near dunes that town laws are designed to protect.

    Jeffrey Locker has submitted plans to build on 320 Cranberry Hole Road, Amagansett, which is slightly more than one and a half acres. The land is constrained by three scenic easements and abuts three lots to the west, which the town recently purchased to keep in their natural state.

  • Ice and snow continued to take their toll on drivers last week, with numerous accidents on local roads. Two crashes sent three Springs residents to South­ampton Hospital

    On Feb. 25, Floyd E. Downs was driving a 2008 pickup truck on Three Mile Harbor Road near Springy Banks Road in East Hampton when he “lost control of his vehicle on the icy road, causing him to cross the double yellow line,” the police reported.

  • The case of Jason E. Monet, a Stamford, Conn., man charged with three felonies in connection with a collision on Napeague last June, took an unexpected turn Friday in a Central Islip courtroom.

  • The second of four men arrested in October on felony burglary charges following a break-in at Damark’s Deli on Three Mile Harbor Road in Springs pleaded guilty in East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday to reduced charges and was sentenced to six months’ incarceration.

    Lucas M. Ward was brought into court in leg shackles and handcuffs by Suffolk County sheriffs. It was his 22nd birthday.

  • Sag Harbor police made two driving- while-intoxicated arrests last week, while the other departments in our coverage area reported none.

    Jacob A. Love, 24, who police said had been seen by police “stumbling down Main Street” a little earlier last Thursday evening, was found slumped over the wheel of his vehicle with the engine running, his foot on the gas pedal, and the car in park. Under state law, if the engine is on and a driver is behind the wheel, the driver is considered to be operating the vehicle, even in park.

  • The weather in recent weeks has been unkind to motorists, with sliding, skidding, spinning cars and trucks causing mayhem on the roads.
  • Allison J. Rydberg, a 26-year-old Hampton Bays woman who pleaded guilty in November to vehicular manslaughter for the death in a one-car accident last April of 24-year-old Jason H. Pollak of Water Mill, was sentenced on Tuesday.
  • A Springs man who is facing an aggravated charge of drunken driving for the second time in seven months may do jail time if convicted, East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana warned him at his arraignment.

    During the Presidents Day weekend, East Hampton Town police stopped Edgar Roman Villa Albarracin, 48, on Old Orchard Lane, East Hampton, for a traffic infraction and suspected he was intoxicated. He failed roadside tests, they said, and was taken back to headquarters, where a breath test reportedly produced a reading of .18 of 1 percent.

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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.