A mandatory-mask rule went into effect statewide again on Dec. 13 by order of Gov. Kathy Hochul. Five days later, on Saturday, a woman who gave her name as Karen called the police to report that some customers and employees were seen not wearing masks indoors at the Pantigo Road location of Goldberg’s Bagels. When an officer arrived, everyone inside was masked, in compliance with the law.
At 2 a.m. last Thursday, police were summoned to West Drive, where an intoxicated 42-year-old man told police he didn’t want to stay at the house he was living in anymore. The officers convinced him to return, at least for the remainder of the night, to try to get some sleep.
About 11 hours later, a resident of Two Holes of Water Road contacted police when he heard what he thought were gunshots. An officer was able to identify the sound: jackhammers being used on a construction site.
A generator valued at $500 was reported stolen from a construction site on Eileen’s Path on Dec. 13. The model is a Generac GP5500, which weighs more than 170 pounds, according to its product specifications. Its owner, who had been using it at that site for three weeks, told police he did not think any of the other subcontractors would have taken it. According to a report, there was evidence that the generator had been removed via a dirt path leading from the property to Montauk Highway. There were no witnesses and the theft is still under investigation.
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A matter of mask-mandate noncompliance also arose last week at Villa Italian Specialties on Railroad Avenue. Last Thursday afternoon, police received an anonymous call that employees may not have been wearing masks as required. An officer told the manager that “it is in the best interest of the business” to comply, or else fines could be imposed.
At least one case of a lost wallet had a happy outcome this week. A 69-year-old man jogging on Flamingo Road last Thursday morning found a wallet, containing a driver’s license, Venmo card, Metro Card, and $20 cash, and turned it in at the Montauk precinct. Officers were able to locate its owner, a 23-year-old woman who lives in the hamlet, and reunite her with her valuables.
At around the same time last Thursday, police responded to a call about a cluster of commercial vehicles parked dangerously on Ditch Plains Road. Asked to move the trucks to the nearby beach parking lot, the general contractor in charge agreed to do so.
Apparently unhappy with the service she received at the Corner Bar on Saturday, a 56-year-old woman showed up at the house where one of the restaurant’s employees lives and demanded that he return the $20 tip she had given him. According to a police report, the woman, also a village resident, was drunk and the argument turned a bit physical. The employee, a 44-year-old man, claimed the angry patron struck his face with her hand, but she told police she’d only hit his arm. The man is not pressing charges, but police warned the woman to stay away from the bar, or she’d be arrested and charged with trespassing.
Late Friday night, police received a call from a location on Madison Street about a possible drug overdose. A 55-year-old village resident was semiconscious by the time first responders arrived. Unable to coherently answer questions, he was treated on the scene by an E.M.T. and taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for further care.
After a whole year went by in which no one came to police headquarters to claim them, two leaf blowers now belong to the 53-year-old Sag Harbor woman who found them and turned them in.
Leaf blowers were initially thought to be responsible for a noise heard in the wee hours of Dec. 14. Responding to the anonymous call, an officer determined the noise was coming from a crew doing overnight work in the northbound bicycle lane on Hampton Street, near the Azurest and Chatfield’s Hill neighborhoods. The crew identified themselves as “safety-marking” subcontractors of the State Department of Transportation.
Police went to a house on Industrial Road shortly after noon on Dec. 15, in response to a call about an unwanted guest. It turned out that the stranger was the girlfriend of one of the residents, who’d stopped by for a few minutes to drop off some items, and was gone before the officer arrived.