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  • The person or persons who target unlocked cars in Montauk, rummaging through them for money and valuables, struck in the Second House Road area sometime Saturday.
  •    At about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 29, an East Hampton Town police officer patrolling in Montauk came upon a 2012 Ford, which showed damage, sitting in a marshy area near where Old West Lake Drive splits off from West Lake Drive. The car, with damage to its front bumper and undercarriage, had apparently missed the turnoff.
        The driver had left the scene, but the officer found his wallet lying by the car door and tracked down Craig Robertson, 50, of Farmingdale. He was issued three summonses, including one for leaving the scene of an accident.

  •    I was more than confident, I was cocky.     
       It was the first week of October. I was sitting at the weekly East Hampton Star editorial meeting. I had already talked about what I anticipated the next few days would bring me on my beat, which is cops and robbers, plus the town’s zoning and planning boards. (Sometimes the last two are confused for the first two, but they are different, I swear.)
        I was finishing up, and, almost as an aside, I said, “I have jury duty on Tuesday.”

  • The sale of clam pies isn’t enough to establish the necessary pre-existing, nonconforming status needed to allow a Pantigo Road building located in a residential zone to operate as a business, according to East Hampton Town’s head building inspector.
  • Quick work by the East Hampton Village detective squad resulted in an arrest on multiple charges related to the burglary of an oceanfront Lily Pond Lane house as well as a break-in on Talkhouse Walk.
  •      The owner of an approximately one-acre property at the northeastern corner where Ditch Plain Road hooks east and becomes Deforest Road continued to seek the East Hampton Town Planning Board’s approval on Nov. 28 to divide it into two lots, each about the same size. An existing house to the north of the property, which has a shared driveway with another lot to the east, would fall into the newly created eastern lot.

  •     A Springs man, James P. Fabrizio, 21, was arrested on Nov. 25, after his mother called police from her Manor Lane residence. Although the incident report was heavily redacted, a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief indicates that Mr. Fabrizio damaged property in or around the house, and two charges of harassment in the second degree indicate that he used physical contact at some point.

  •     A 16-year-old East Hampton girl was backing up a 2009 Chevrolet at the recycling center on Springs-Fireplace Road Sunday when the car struck Brian J. King, 62. The young driver did not realize she had hit anyone and continued backing up, forcing Mr. King, who had fallen to the ground, to roll away from the rear tire, which was coming at him. He suffered several injuries, according to police, but declined medical attention at the scene.
        The teenager was accompanied by an adult in the car, police reported.

  •     An East Hampton Town police officer patrolling Abraham’s Path a little after midnight on Nov. 28 pulled over a car with a burned-out headlight, leading to the arrest of Milton J. Medina-Zamora of East Hampton on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

  •     Dr. Elaine Tuccillo, 66, a clinical psychologist, died at her Hither Hills residence on Nov. 16 of lung cancer. She had been diagnosed with the disease in June.
        Though she smoked cigarettes as a young woman, her husband, Dr. Scott Baum, said they were stunned at the diagnosis. “She was a strong, healthy person,” he said.

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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.