A Key West, Fla., man argued for — and won — an unusual way to beat the high cost of living in East Hampton last week: He got four days in the county jail, where the meals and beds are free.
“I told the officer that people were harassing me,” the handcuffed Darren W. McPherson, 41, told Justice Catherine Cahill on June 23. “Why would he arrest me?”
The owner of Cyril’s, the summer-magnet restaurant and bar on Napeague, woke up at his Windmill Lane, Amagansett, residence at 4:30 a.m. on June 24 to find that $22,700 had been stolen from his bedside.
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.