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  • “I’m as excited to retire as I was when I got called to the police academy,” Lt. Thomas Grenci said Thursday, minutes before his colleagues honored him with a walk-out ceremony outside police headquarters in Wainscott. “I wanted to be a cop from day one.”
  • Six relatives of Paul Hansen, the Noyac man killed in an Aug. 30 car crash, were in Southampton Town Justice Court on Thursday when Sean P. Ludwick, who is accused of leaving the crash scene and of drunken driving, made a brief appearance.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Springs woman early Tuesday, charging her with being part of a scheme that used local banks and local addresses to defraud seven elderly people across the country.
  • An altercation between an estranged couple resulted in a jury trial that lasted a day and a half in East Hampton Town Justice Court last week. Heather Caputo of East Hampton, who was accused of misdemeanor criminal contempt, and a harassment violation, was acquitted.

  • The Ocean Colony Beach and Tennis Club, which occupies a six-acre site  east of the Lobster Roll restaurant on Napeague, wants to enlarge all but one of its units’ decks, but needs an East Hampton Town Zoning Board decision before it can proceed.

  • An Amagansett man was charged with aggravated drunken driving last Thursday night after crashing his 2000 Nissan into a wall off Accabonac Road.Elfido Lopez-Mendez was headed south on Collins Avenue, just inside East Hampton Town police jurisdiction, when his car drifted across the double yellow line as he turned left onto Accabonac.

  • The East Hampton High School football team was shut out at home Saturday, despite some brilliant play by Brandon Johnson on both sides of the ball, as well as on special teams. The 22-0 loss snapped a two-game winning streak and evened the Bonackers’ record at 2-2.
  • Agents took Ana P. Leon into custody at her Sycamore Drive house on Tuesday, claiming she and two accomplices used local banks and addresses to defraud elderly people across the country of nearly $700,000 by convincing them they needed to pay taxes and fees before claiming their winnings.
  • Sean P. Ludwick, who is accused of drunken driving and leaving the scene of a Noyac accident that killed his passenger, Paul Hansen, on Aug. 30, will be defended by Benjamin Brafman, an attorney who has represented the likes of Sean Combs, Michael Jackson, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Plaxico Burress.
  • Michael Davis of Michael Davis Design Construction, a builder of high-end houses, proposes merging properties in Wainscott, clearing them, and building a new structure for his business.

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  • The New York State Department of Labor's web site, through which the unemployed claim weekly benefits, crashed over the weekend, leaving people unable to file for weekly benefits since then.
  • A vigil calling for a full police investigation into the death of Lilia Aucapina will be held Tuesday at Southampton Town Hall.
  • 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.