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  • New owners of the Montauk hot spot have agreed to a record-setting fine to cover 100 citations for violations of East Hampton Town Code; the remaining 500-plus citations are to be dropped.
  •     The Surf Lodge, the popular Montauk club that has been before the East Hampton Town Justice Court and Zoning Board of Appeals on numerous occasions in the last year, can keep its portable dry bar on the patio.

  •     Quamine T. Taylor, who has been accused of breaking into the music and fashion mogul Sean Combs’s house in East Hampton on March 31 and using it as his own for 24 hours, appeared in East Hampton Town Court last Thursday before Justice Lisa R. Rana for pre-trial motions.
        He had been arrested in a similar incident 10 years ago.

  •     Kent F. Gaugler of Springs died Monday after a motorcycle crash on Three Mile Harbor Road in that hamlet early on Sunday. “He was pronounced dead at 5:03 last night,” East Hampton Town Police Chief Edward Ecker said on Tuesday.
    Mr. Gaugler, who was 49, was reportedly riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson south near Gann Road when he lost control of it and crashed into a utility pole. No other vehicles were believed to have been involved in the crash, but police are still investigating.

  • Quamine T. Taylor, who has been accused of breaking into the music and fashion mogul Sean Combs’s house in East Hampton, will undergo a psychological evaluation.
  • Fire departments from across Suffolk received invaluable experience from the April brush fires in Manorville and Ridge.
  •     The Surf Lodge, Montauk’s hot summer spot, will be mellowing down a bit this summer with a new ownership group, Montauk Properties L.L.C., it was announced Monday. The new team will still feature Jayma Cardoso as its day-to-day manager and public face, but Rob McKinley, Jamie Mulholland, and Steve Kamali, other former owners, are out of the picture, according to Montauk Properties.

  •     The East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals debated two controversial applications Tuesday night, making a decision on one and tabling the other for a week.
        The first involved three and a third acres on Napeague, between Montauk Highway and the beach, where the owners, Mindy Nam and Mark Dehnert, have asked for a natural resources permit for a 2,000-square-foot lawn, a 6,050-square-foot tennis court, a 640-square-foot pavilion, a 100-square-foot shed, along with 831 square feet of deck and parking. The sticking point was the lawn.

  •     A local man wound up in handcuffs on Friday after a violent confrontation on an East Hampton Town road with a 22-year-old Sag Harbor woman.
        According to town police, Kassandra Schellinger, a nursing school student, was driving home from school on Friday in her 2005 Jeep, northbound on Route 114 near Hardscrabble Close, when she noticed she was being tailgated by a red Dodge pickup truck. As she entered a 30-mile-per-hour zone she slowed down.

  •     An East Hampton man was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center early Saturday morning after his car rolled over and smashed into a utility pole. Juan Velasquez, 28, had been heading east on Montauk Highway in a 1997 Ford. The accident occurred as he tried to make a sharp turn onto Skimhampton Road at about 5 a.m., according to an East Hampton Town Police report.