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  • Drivers have smoother roads to look forward to, but they should expect some delays when the state implements lane shifting later this month for its project to repave 15 miles of Montauk Highway between East Hampton and Montauk.

    The $13.8 million New York State Department of Transportation project to repair the road between Route 114 in East Hampton and South Etna Avenue in Montauk is already under way, with drainage systems being cleaned and repaired. Resurfacing the distressed pavement with new asphalt and fresh pavement markings will begin the week of Oct. 20.

  • Update: East Hampton Town police identified Valon Shoshi, a 28-year-old living in Springs, as the armed man they took into custody earlier on Friday after a three-hour search.
  • Two girls and one of their mothers were injured Friday morning after the small car they were riding in was apparently struck by a flat-bed truck.
  • The fire probably began after a large tree branch fell on a primary electrical wire, taking it down. Power lines ran about 10 feet from the barn.
  • Two East Hampton men were arraigned in East Hampton Justice Court recently after alleged acts of domestic violence, despite orders of protection against them.

    Jaime O. Uzhca, 28, was arrested at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 22, according to East Hampton Town police, after pulling Carmen Yamba-Tenezaca’s hair and kicking her on her leg, abdomen, and upper arms, at their house on Harrison Avenue in Springs. Justice Lisa R. Rana had granted the woman an order of protection against him in July 2013, good for two years.

  • Police are investigating whether break-ins at two firehouses last week were related.

    Sag Harbor Fire Department Chief James Frazier reported a burglary at the headquarters on Brick Kiln Road in Sag Harbor Village on the afternoon of Sept. 23. Village police said someone broke into the change machines in the recreation room, taking an unknown amount of money, and also stole about $15 from a donation jar. The burglary occurred between 9 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 1 p.m. on Sept. 23, police said.

  • The 2015 budget for the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor was passed overwhelmingly on Monday.

    In a 198-to-32 vote, residents of the Sag Harbor School District said yes to the approximately $2.4 million budget, which includes a 5.8-percent increase from the current budget, or a $128,723 increase over all. Taxpayers can expect about a $12 rise in their tax bills.

  • Police charged Keriam Beauford, 27, of Amityville with four felonies a month and a half after they said he pistol-whipped a Bridgehampton man and stole electronics and drugs from the house.
  • One man fell out of a window on the second floor and onto another man at a work site on North Haven.
  • An old barn on the Hedges Farm in Sagaponack went up in flames in the early morning hours on Sunday, making it the second major fire in the village in two weeks. The barn fire is not believed to be suspicious, a fire official said.

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  • In case you haven't had enough snow this season, Old Man Winter is sending some more to the South Fork over the next 24 hours. 

    The National Weather Service in New York issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow on Long Island from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday. Accumulations of between 4 and 8 inches are forecasted. 

  • More snow is on the way for the South Fork, with up to 3 inches possible Tuesday night and another 6 inches or more forecasted for Wednesday night into Thrusday.

    The National Weather Service reported that a winter weather advisory is in effect for southeastern and northeastern Suffolk County from 3 p.m. on Tuesday to 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Snow will develop on Tuesday afternoon, though it will mainly fall after 5 p.m. The snow will then mix with sleet and freezing rain by midnight before turning to rain. 

  • The swan hit the power lines on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Monday while attempting a takeoff.
  • A water main break on Jermain Avenue in Sag Harbor Village on Friday morning was one of the many leaks the Suffolk County Water Authority has been grappling with during an ongoing cold spell.

  • With the bitter cold temperatures, pipes are freezing and bursting in houses and businesses across the South Fork. 

    The East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center initially said it would be closed on Tuesday because of frozen pipes in the kitchen, but at about 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday the center announced that repairs had been completed. The daily nutrition program will operate as usual.

    Fire departments responding to automatic alarms at residences and businesses are finding burst pipes.

  • More than a month after a cat went missing from his family's East Hampton house, it has defied the odds, turning up nearly 15 miles away in Southampton's North Sea.

    Prince Charming, whose owner, Jackson Milius, 9, calls him Princey, was last seen on Jan. 16 when he went outside with his sister, Thumbelina.

    The cats' usual routine was to come back in before the family turns out the lights for the night, but Princey occasionally stayed out all night and would be found sleeping on the deck in the morning.

  • The weather is going to be brutal this weekend, and as the prolonged dangerous temperatures and high winds roll in, officials are asking the community to take shelter and be mindful of one another. 

    With the lows estimated for Saturday at 7 degrees with a windchill of zero, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said, "Please check on elderly or disabled neighbors, don't leave your pets outdoors too long, and be sure to dress in warm layers if you must be outside for work, etc."

  • With the recent snowstorms, blood donations are once again down. But with four upcoming blood drives on the South Fork, there are opportunities to change that. 

    The New York Blood Center, which has scheduled an emergency blood drive at Southampton Hospital later this month, said even when storms aren't as severe as expected, the blood supply is affected. "The effect on the blood supply was like a full blizzard with over 3,000 units lost due to cancellations," according to the center's website. 

  • Students at the Sag Harbor Elementary School celebrated the Super Bowl in their own way with the Soup-er Bowl.

  • Sheldon Silver ended his 21-year reign as New York State Assembly speaker just before midnight Monday. Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who represents the South Fork, said that "this crisis presents a rare opportunity to change an institution that has been in desperate need of transparency for decades."