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.
In East Hampton Town Justice Court last Thursday, the attorney for Martin Soto, who was arrested in June on felony rape charges, waived, for now, the time limitations on when the prosecution would have to bring Mr. Soto to trial.
Mr. Soto was arrested on June 15 by the East Hampton Town police, accused of having sexual relations with a 12-year-old girl in 2004.
East Hampton Town police followed up their second sweep in two weeks against drunken driving with a different kind of sweep: checking taxis in Montauk and Amagansett to make sure the vehicles and drivers are in compliance with required town and state laws.
“Most of the cabs are compliant with the law,” Chief Edward Ecker said on Tuesday, stressing the need for the taxis as a safe alternative for those who might be tempted to drive after drinking.
A large fire Monday morning severely damaged a house at 45 Jacob’s Way in Sagaponack. The street is a cul-de-sac off Hedges Lane.
The first alarm came in at about 6:45 a.m., according to Southampton Fire Marshal John Rankin. When Bridgehampton Fire Department volunteers arrived, it was clear there was a structural fire inside.
The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals had a busy work session on July 10, approving variances for several applicants. None of the applications was considered controversial, as evidenced by the fact that no one spoke against them at the public hearings, although the East Hampton Town Trustees had sent the Z.B.A. a letter saying they intended to turn down one of the applications, from the Devon Yacht Club.