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  •     Fidel Castro-Brito, an East Hampton man charged with 76 counts of rape involving girls as young as 9, pleaded guilty as charged in State Supreme Court, Riverhead, last Thursday.
        East Hampton Town police said at the time of his arrest that Mr. Castro-Brito, 24, had found his victims, who ranged in age from 9 to 16, through the Internet. The investigation took the police across jurisdictional lines, with all the assaults occurring in downstate New York.

  • Misdemeanor charges for a pistol-toting dad who said he was concerned about an open school door and showed officials a New York police ID, which he had claimed was stolen from him about seven years ago.
  • Fidel Castro-Brito, an East Hampton man who had been charged with a total of 76 counts of sex crimes against young girls, including having sex with a person between 9 and 10 years old, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Riverhead to all charges against him. Mr. Castro-Brito, 24, appeared in New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara R. Kahn's courtroom. He is to be sentenced on June 21.

  •     A woman took her husband’s 2003 Porsche for a Sunday night drive on April 21 and it ended up at the bottom of Napeague Harbor.
        At about 10 that night East Hampton Town police got a call from Lazy Point near the main boat ramp reporting a woman screaming for help. When an officer arrived, Joann Hamilton, 57, was being helped out of the water by two people who had been walking nearby.

  • East Hampton Town’s chief building inspector, Tom Preiato, will determine soon whether a private club being run at the Montauk Beach House is an accessory to the hotel’s main business or is considered a separate use.
  • An Amagansett man was arrested on April 24 and charged with forging Hampton Jitney tickets.
  •     Two proposed houses, in two different neighborhoods, had neighbors seeing red at public hearings during a marathon East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at Town Hall on April 16.
        In both cases, the board concluded that the wisest path for the property owners might be to break bread with their neighbors, to see if a compromise could be worked out. And in both cases, the applicants offered compromises on Tuesday, although whether they would satisfy the opposition remains to be seen.

  •    “The best thing about theater is that it is a collaborative, and the worst thing about theater is it’s a collaborative,” Joshua Perl, artistic director of Hamptons Independent Theater Festival and director of its next production, Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play),” said Saturday.

  • Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice William J. Condon sentenced Edward M. Orr on three felony counts: leaving the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with evidence, and violating the terms of a 2009 conviction for embezzling money from a Montauk fuel company.
  • After two decades, Justice Cahill, the first woman ever to preside over the local court, has decided to step down. She will retire on Dec. 31. “I had a difficult time with the decision,” she said on Monday, explaining that for several months she’s been weighing her love of the job against a very real feeling that 20 years was enough.

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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.