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  •     Brian K. Midgett Jr., the driver of the Ford pickup truck that was in a collision with a Volvo on Route 114 in East Hampton on July 29 that caused the death of Douglas Foster Schneiderman of McLean, Va., the Volvo’s driver, has been exonerated from any wrongdoing, according to his attorney, Susan Menu.

  •     East Hampton Village police arrested an East Hampton man last week on charges stemming from a barrage of anti-Obama graffiti in various locations.
        Lawrence G. Nickel, 63, was charged on Sept. 18 with one felony count of criminal mischief, 12 misdemeanor vandalism counts, and one count of petty larceny. Chief Gerard Larsen said the felony charge, criminal mischief in the third degree, stemmed from the aggregate damage in the 12 misdemeanor incidents, which was estimated at $488. The threshold for such a charge is $250.

  •     Orlando J. Roberts, 30, of Montauk was pulled over in front of Tiny Underwood’s Motel on West Lake Drive in that hamlet on the afternoon of Sept. 11 for allegedly talking on a cellphone while driving. Mr. Roberts got out of the car despite an officer’s telling him to stay inside, East Hampton Town police said.

  •     An East Hampton Town police officer stopped Rosa C. Fikir, 37, of Springs a little before 3 a.m. on Friday near Three Mile Harbor Road after she allegedly swerved across lane lines and continued to drive erratically as she turned into Tub Oarsman Road. She came to a complete stop in the middle of the road, according to the report, and reversed before stopping again and finally turning into a driveway.

  •     East Hampton Village police arrested an East Hampton man last week on charges stemming from a barrage of anti-Obama graffiti in various locations.
        Lawrence G. Nickel, 63, was charged on Sept. 18 with one felony count of criminal mischief, 12 misdemeanor vandalism counts, and one count of petty larceny. Chief Gerard Larsen said the felony charge, criminal mischief in the third degree, stemmed from the aggregate damage in the 12 misdemeanor incidents, which was estimated at $488. The threshold for such a charge is $250.

  •     Frank A. Hanna, 30, accused by East Hampton Town police in the accidental shooting of a friend, Freddie Stephens, with a .44-caliber handgun on May 24, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Criminal Court on Sept. 6 to one charge, reckless assault in the second degree, a Class D felony.
    Justice Mark D. Cohen sentenced him on Sept. 10 to a year in county jail, with time already served counting toward the sentence. He will be eligible for release in January, according to his attorney, Susan Menu.

  •     It takes a family to make a bagel — and to run a bagel mini empire.
        “Izzy was the bagel maven,” Paul Wayne, a partner in Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in East Hampton and Montauk, said of his grandfather, Izzy Goldberg, who started the family in the bagel business in the years after World War II.

  • Frank A. Hanna, accused by the East Hampton Town police in the accidental shooting of a friend, pled guilty to one felony charge and was sentenced to a year in prison.
  • A Long Lane fire involved the East Hampton, Springs, Amagansett, and Sag Harbor Fire Departments.
  •     A preliminary plan to tear down the old Star Room, before that the Swamp nightclub, at East Gate Road and Montauk Highway in Wainscott, and replace it with a 5,400-square foot car wash, came before the East Hampton Town Planning Board on Sep. 12.
        The former discotheque, on a roughly 50,000 square-foot parcel, has been closed for over 10 years. “It’s an eyesore,” said Dianna Weir, the board’s vice chairwoman.

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  • 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.