This week’s big snowstorm may have resulted in the death of an elderly Springs man.
East Hampton Town police said yesterday that a man who had been hired to plow the driveway at 1 Locust Drive found the body of Ralph E. Batalla, 84, at about 7:35 a.m. in the snow just outside the house. Mr. Batalla apparently died the night before, police said.
The Suffolk Medical Examiner’s Office was called in, and a preliminary investigation attributed death to natural causes. It did not appear “suspicious,” according to the police report.
Setting up a season is the most important responsibility of a theater’s artistic director. Josh Gladstone, the artistic director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, in conjunction with its board of directors, is halfway home to completing this year’s two-show season.
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.