Skip to main content

On the Police Logs 02.24.22

Thu, 02/24/2022 - 09:58


A gray Honda owned by Kathleen Rucano was sitting in an Amagansett repair shop “for several months” before Billy Vorpahl called police on Feb. 11 to report the vehicle abandoned. Police were able to contact Ms. Rucano, who said she’d make arrangements to have it removed.


East Hampton

At 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, a UPS driver was delivering to Iacono farms and accidentally took some electrical wires down with the top of his truck. He drove off without realizing his mistake. Police called UPS to resolve the situation.

In the middle of the night on Feb. 8, town police had some plumbing or sprinkler issues. Officer Ryan Fink found the basement flooded with three inches of water. Multiple attempts were made to reach the Parks Department with no success until morning.


East Hampton Village

A Further Lane woman reported a “shadowy figure” outside her bedroom window an hour before sunrise on Feb. 15. Two officers showed up at the house and checked the interior and exterior. It proved to be nothing more than a shadow.



A generator caught fire at the police substation on the morning of Feb. 7, prompting a call from Bonnie Brady. An officer was able to put out the flames with an extinguisher, and a fire marshal determined the incident to be “non-nefarious” in nature.

The owner of a rented North Farragut Road property noticed something strange on his Ring camera on Feb. 8: an unknown car stuck in mud on the lawn. Police arrived to find the tenant, Ricardo Dunkley, who explained that he was trying to wash his car when it got stuck. The landlord, Robert Gosman, hadn’t realized it was his tenant’s car.

Near midnight on Feb. 10, Johnsie Coste called police to complain of loud music and people coming from the Malibu motel on Elmwood Avenue. Officers spoke with Marco Cano Chavarria of Miami Beach, the manager, who said he’d lower the music and ask the guests to stay inside.

A man in his mid-40s, wearing a black leather jacket and jeans, staring off into the woods just west of the overlook, was too much for Catherine Lawry, who called police to investigate. They arrived shortly after, but were unable to find the mysterious man.


Sag Harbor

A complaint about a barking dog in the wee hours of Feb. 15 seems to have been made less because of the racket and more because of the caller’s concern about the dog’s well-being. It was only 19 degrees at 2:45 a.m. when Dicie Carlson of Division Street told police the animal had been outside barking “for a long period of time.” Police found no dog in the area.

The next day there was a verbal altercation between a patron of Open Minded Organics and an employee of a nearby store, who told police she’d recognized the shopper from a past traffic accident. The two had had a fender-bender on Long Wharf, police reported, and while the cars had been repaired, their relationship still needed some work.

Later that afternoon a man known only as “Brian” went into Brown Harris Stevens and told Rebecca Campbell he had a great “real estate metaverse virtual reality solution.” When she declined to buy or invest in the technology, he became upset and refused to leave. Ms. Campbell called police, but Brian was gone, perhaps to the metaverse, by the time they arrived.

People are all on edge during this era of Covid, but a Main Street woman perhaps took it a bit far on Feb. 17 when she called police to report a man coughing near her Main Street residence. No cougher was found.

An older woman found by police sitting on a curb at Long Wharf last week looked lost but wasn’t: “She had forgotten where she parked her car.” An officer found her car on Main Street and took her to it.

A concerned wife called just after 10 p.m. on Feb. 17 after speaking with her husband on the phone, to tell police he was intoxicated and walking home from Page, and it sounded like he’d hurt himself. He was found sitting down at Division and Harrison, drunk but uninjured. The officers took him home, where he promised to stay.

Reva Sarant called police late on Feb. 17 to say she was having “car problems.” Officers found her inside her house, upset that she could neither start nor lock her car with her phone. She had an actual key, she said, but didn’t want to go outside alone. The officers explained that this wasn’t a police matter or an emergency, but agreed to stay with her while she locked the car, after she told them she was afraid an “unauthorized person” might be in it. No one was found in the car, and she locked it and went back inside.

On the Police Logs 02.29.24

A woman using her backyard hot tub on Hand’s Creek Road was accused by a neighbor Sunday morning of being naked outdoors. When police arrived to investigate the report of a “nude person,” the woman answered the door wearing a bathing suit and towel. “No police action necessary,” the officer concluded.

Feb 29, 2024

‘Artistic’ Dumping Discovered at Amagansett Beach

“Artistic vandalism.” That’s how a police officer initially described the carved tree trunk he found late Saturday night in the parking lot of Amagansett’s Big Albert’s Beach, while patrolling the area for illegal dumping, which has been a problem for police lately.

Feb 29, 2024

Two Charged With Felony D.W.I. on Local Roads

Two men were charged with felony drunken driving over the last two weeks, one in Amagansett and the other in Sag Harbor.

Feb 29, 2024

Teen Driver Flips Her Car in Montauk

A 16-year-old girl from Massachusetts accidentally hit the gas pedal too hard while making a three-point turn on South Essex Street near South Etna Avenue in Montauk on Feb. 20, causing her minivan to crash through a split-rail fence, drop off an eight-foot ledge, and land upside down.

Feb 29, 2024

Your support for The East Hampton Star helps us deliver the news, arts, and community information you need. Whether you are an online subscriber, get the paper in the mail, delivered to your door in Manhattan, or are just passing through, every reader counts. We value you for being part of The Star family.

Your subscription to The Star does more than get you great arts, news, sports, and outdoors stories. It makes everything we do possible.