A Stony Hill Road resident was "immediately alarmed" on April 15 to discover that over the prior two weeks someone had been making small unauthorized charges and withdrawals from her New York State unemployment bank account. She told police that she thought someone had stolen her personal information, as she should have had $35,000 in the account and $13,085.64 of it was missing. Her bank and the New York State unemployment office were notified.
A Main Street resident also reported being the victim of unemployment claim fraud on April 15, and two days later, an Atlantic Avenue resident made the same claim after she started receiving notices of claims she had not filed.
Wilson Sanchez Rivera was taken by East Hampton ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on Saturday afternoon for shoulder whiplash after he swerved to avoid a squirrel, he told police, and hit a telephone pole on Cedar Street near North Main Street. His 2010 Volkswagen was taken away by Hammer Towing and Transport.
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A Highway Behind the Pond resident was ticketed last Thursday for draining his pool water onto his neighbor's property, on Earth Day no less.
"A large white injured bird" was reported near the dune line between Two Mile Hollow Beach and the piping plover nesting area last Thursday morning. An officer contacted the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center.
Traffic lights went out at the corner of Main Street and Woods Lane last Thursday afternoon, so police directed vehicles in person until PSEG responded to fix the lights.
Fraudsters came at an Upper Firestone Road resident from all sides on April 2. First, she reported, an alert popped up on her computer monitor telling her to contact Microsoft. The person she spoke to identified himself as a Microsoft employee and she gave him remote access to her computer. Two more "Microsoft employees" told her that $9,000 had been taken from her online bank account by online gambling hackers. Phone alerts later in the day regarding $1,000 worth of suspicious charges suggested otherwise, except that "bank representatives" from the "bank online claims department" and "customer protection department," with whom she was put in contact, came across as fake when they suspended access to her account. Police told her to contact the local branch of her bank to get to the bottom of it.
Sometime between April 16 and April 19, someone flattened and broke the two field hockey nets on the Montauk School athletic field, and slashed and punctured four red, padded pieces of equipment in the baseball outfield, police said. According to the report, no one heard or saw anything unusual.
On April 19, a vehicle parked for a few hours on Main Street in the late afternoon was apparently damaged by the impact of a baseball found nearby, said the owner, who wished to document the incident.
When a homeowner on Main Street was notified of an alarm activation at his house on April 21, he contacted the police, who found a repairman on the property fixing PVC piping. The owner quickly remembered he had given the worker permission to be there.
Police said this week that there is an "ongoing tit-for-tat" between a separated couple on Suffolk Street, the latest incident being the wife's discovery that her estranged husband had uninstalled and taken her wireless router from a coat closet last Thursday. Police noted he had not violated their "refrain-from" order of protection, which allows the man to be on the property.
A Jermain Avenue woman called police last Thursday night to say her neighbor's wood-burning stove was giving her a sore throat. Police recommended that she "upgrade the air filtration system in her home, as it is not illegal to have a fire on a windy evening."
An officer passing by a closed Page at 63 Main on Friday at 5 a.m. was confronted by "the strong odor of burning food coming from an exhaust of the restaurant." He found a large pot, which had begun to warp from heat, on the stove, with "large bones cooking in it." He removed it from the stove, leaving a message for the chef and operations officer of the restaurant that its goose was cooked, literally.
An uncovered manhole was reported on Grand Street and Montauk Avenue Saturday night, but officers were unable to locate it.
The pervasive unemployment scam in Amagansett popped up for a resident of Springs-Fireplace Road on April 15, too.
On April 20 at 5 a.m., a deer was hit on Montauk Highway near Wainscott Stone Road, and another on Friday at 3 p.m. at Montauk Highway and Wainscott Northwest Road.