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  • John Judge, 61, was killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident on Main Street in Amagansett a little before 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
  •     David H. Hernandez, the 16-year old East Hampton High School student who took his own life on Sept. 29, had attempted suicide twice before, with one attempt coming just 24 hours earlier, according to his mother, Carmita Barros, who met with the school’s principal, Adam S. Fine, on Monday.

  •     A hotly contested appeal by East Hampton’s senior building inspector seeking to overturn a certificate of occupancy issued by his predecessor was coolly disposed with by the town’s zoning board of appeals on Oct. 9.
        Tom Preiato, the building inspector, was trying to reverse a 2008 C. of O. for two stone pillars with attached gates at the entry to 17 Beverly Road in Springs that he believed was issued by the late Don Sharkey based on “erroneous and misleading information.”

  •     Although there were no enforcement measures against drunken driving last week, East Hampton town police still charged seven motorists with driving while intoxicated. Two of the arrests followed serious crashes necessitating trips to the hospital; the other five came after traffic stops brought on by moving or equipment violations.

  • David H. Hernandez, 16, who took his own life on Sept. 29, had been the subject of repeated and sustained bullying at the school because of his sexual orientation, according to his mother, who claims the administration ignored what was happening because David was an immigrant Latino.
  •     The summer may be over but the crackdown on drunken driving is continuing. On Saturday night East Hampton town police teamed with seven other jurisdictions, netting eight arrests, along with one for driving with ability impaired by drugs. It is a continuation of this summer’s Operation NiteCap, which resulted in a record number of arrests for driving while intoxicated.

  •     East Hampton Town police have reported the arrest of a Springs man who they said was involved in a hate-crime confrontation with a Latino resident during which he allegedly impersonated a police officer.
        Police said that Jefferson D. Eames, 44, of Neck Path confronted Jorge Garcia of East Hampton in a prolonged road-rage incident on Sept. 25. He was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and impersonating an officer, both misdemeanors.

  • The Suffolk County district attorney’s office dropped any potential criminal charges yesterday against Brian K. Midgett Jr.
  • The East Hampton community reacted with shock and dismay this week when word spread of the apparent suicide of a 16-year-old East Hampton High School student on Saturday.
  • When an initial search proved fruitless, police called in the county.

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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.