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  • Lee Hnetinka was lead away Friday and taken to county jail in Riverside, unable to meet $45,000 bail on new charges set by Southampton Town Justice Deborah Kooperstein.
  • It’s chaos. It’s a party. It’s Montauk after hours — last call 3:30 a.m.
  •     As might have been expected, Labor Day weekend had a continual parade of driving while intoxicated arrests across the South Fork. In Southampton Village, a Suffolk County task force, called “Nitecap,” did a sweep from Saturday night into Sunday, resulting in eight arrests. In the Town of East Hampton, police conducted their own mini-sweeps, assigning extra officers to focus on drunken driving. And Sag Harbor had two drunken driving arrests over the weekend, one of Elizabeth A. Damark, 23, of East Hampton, the other of Stephanie J. Bargas, 39, of Manhattan.

  •     A bloody fight broke out at the Surf Lodge in Montauk in the early-morning hours of Aug. 14. According to police reports and statements made in court during his arraignment, police arrived a little after 4 a.m. to find Philip W. Vernier, 27, of Brooklyn, a cook at the restaurant, in the basement, covered with dried blood. Mr.

  •     The Labor Day weekend began on Friday with a 2 a.m. car crash on Stephen Hand’s Path, East Hampton, which resulted in a charge of driving while intoxicated and a broken arm, followed a half hour later by a second crash on the same road, this one even more serious, leading to another D.W.I. arrest and a hospitalization.

  •    “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”
        On Saturday night at Guild Hall in a special benefit perform  ance, we heard about 5,000 well-crafted words in staged readings of five short plays, inspired by four paintings and one photograph, all by East End artists. The result was a delightful mix of comedy and drama.

  • The pilot and passenger of a single-engine Mooney airplane that crashed in the woods by East Hampton Airport early Sunday evening were helped to safety by three good Samaritans.
  • The work schedule for a police officer is a grueling one: Four consecutive days working from 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., one day off, then five straight days working from 3:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., two days off, and then the overnight shift for four straight days, followed by four days off. East Hampton is no different from the rest of America; police are needed around the clock.
  •     By a vote of 4 to 1, the lone dissenter being its chairman, the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance on Tuesday that will allow Glen Pushelberg and George Yabu to keep their two-story house as is. The house lacks an interior staircase between the two floors, which is contrary to town code.

  • East Hampton Town police issued a missing-person alert yesterday for George Richardson, 50, an executive at Huntington Hospital, who was last seen at a Montauk motel in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

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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.