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  • Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William J. Condon sentenced Edward M. Orr on three felony counts: leaving the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with evidence, and violating the terms of a 2009 conviction for embezzling money from a Montauk fuel company.
  • After two decades, Justice Cahill, the first woman ever to preside over the local court, has decided to step down. She will retire on Dec. 31. “I had a difficult time with the decision,” she said on Monday, explaining that for several months she’s been weighing her love of the job against a very real feeling that 20 years was enough.
  •    Esther Laufer, who turned 100 on Tuesday, remembers trolley cars and horse-drawn wagons, silent movies, spinning tops in the gutter on the street, and egg creams at the local soda fountain.
        Mrs. Laufer, who lives in Northwest Woods, is the daughter of Russian immigrants who came to the United States to escape the pogroms of the czar. She was born Esther Murofchick in Brooklyn and grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. “Everybody knew each other,” she remembered last week.

  • A gateway to Ditch Plain, Montauk, may have a very different look if the East Hampton Town Planning Board approves a subdivision proposed for the residential site.
  •    The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals ruled on two controversial matters on April 9 with a voting pattern unusual for this board.
        Members voted 4-1 to grant several variances and a natural resources special permit to Morgan Neff, which will allow him to keep, unchanged, two of his seven cottages, known as Millionaires Row, on Fort Pond in Montauk.

  •    There were six arrests on the charge of driving while intoxicated this past week in the town of East Hampton, and an East Hampton man was arrested on the same charge in Southampton.

  •    The man who threw a paint-removing liquid onto the hood of the classic blue 1965 Ford F-1 pickup truck with a V-8 engine that’s always parked outside Sloppy Tuna in Montauk, was himself sloppy — he forgot to look up.
       If the hoodie-wearing vandal had bothered to look, he might have noticed several surveillance cameras hanging at strategic points outside the oceanfront bar. According to Abby Monahan, the manager, he was caught on camera pulling up to the bar in a pickup at exactly 4:20 a.m. on April 16.

  •     Twenty years ago, Jaqui Leader, artistic director of the East End Special Players, hesitated before calling Helen Rudman to apply for her current job. She was an actor, not a trained therapist.
        “I thought, I don’t have a degree working with people with learning disabilities,” she said Friday.
        Then she came in and met the group.

  • The arrest of a man on a charge of possessing illegal fireworks may or may not have solved the riddle of the Montauk "explosions."
  •     The driver of a black 2006 BMW, Nelson G. Sanmartin Prado, 31, of Springs, was arrested on Abraham’s Path in East Hampton at 2:40 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanor drunken driving. Back at the stationhouse East Hampton Town police lodged a more serious charge against him, of aggravated driving without a license, a felony.

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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.