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On the Police Logs 11.02.23

Thu, 11/02/2023 - 10:28


The power went out early Sunday morning on part of Stony Hill Road. Police found a tree leaning on overhead wires, and notified PSEG to respond.

In the vicinity of the beach near Devon that afternoon, police checked out a report of illegal dumping and found “an overflowing garbage can at the beach entrance with additional garbage bags on the ground next to it.” A search of one of the bags yielded a name similar to that of a man whose obituary appeared in The Star about a month ago. Officers attempted to make contact at his address and phone number, but got no response.

East Hampton

The Postal Service has declared a Ross School student’s Mexican passport “misplaced” after it was sent through the mail on Sept. 22 but never arrived. A month and a day later, the student filed a police report, and the postal service is investigating.

Just down the street from the school, the manager of the Goodfriend Self-Storage facility called the police last week to evict a tenant who was discovered, in July, to be living out of her storage unit. According to the report, she “was offered all assistance including arrangements to stay at a shelter, which she refused.” The woman told police she would make plans to stay with friends.


The manager of Solé East called police on the morning of Oct. 23 after a 20-year-old Ronkonkoma man, who’d been a guest for one night in August, called the resort, demanded a refund, and threatened to “come there and start breaking stuff” if he didn’t get his money back. When police contacted him, he denied making such a statement, but said that not only was he upset over the “excessive noise” that night, he’d also been “triple charged” for his stay. He was referred to the travel-booking agency to pursue the refund.

On Saturday, an owner of Salivar’s restaurant had a similar experience. She received a call from an irate man who demanded a refund, saying his party had had an unpleasant experience the night before, and threatening to “tank her business.” The man refused to provide his information and was uncooperative when contacted by police. The next day, Sunday, when two one-star Google reviews were posted online, each with a surname matching that on the irate man’s caller ID, the restaurant’s owners appended their own comment: “Please note: This customer is part of a police report which was made after the customer made a threat to physically assault the staff.”


The Amagansett Fire Department successfully put out a car fire in the vicinity of Goldberg’s Bagels on Sunday at around 11 p.m. The report described smoke and sparks coming from under the car. The car’s owner, James Donnelly of Babylon, had to call AAA for a tow. There were no injuries.

Sag Harbor

Police usually get 150 or so calls over the course of an off-season week; last Thursday morning, one of them was a complaint about a dead seagull on Bay Street. The caller gave her name only as “Crystal.”

No injuries were reported in an accident involving a school bus and a parked car on Hampton Street just south of High Street last Thursday afternoon, at the height of rush hour. Traffic was detoured onto side roads.

At almost the same time, firefighters were called to Baron’s Cove, after smoke in a guest room set off the fire alarm. “Hair products” were to blame, police reported.

An officer went to Windmill Beach Saturday afternoon to check on a man who’d been seen lying on the sand for some time. What with the great weather that day — the temperature was near 70 and the sun was strong — he’d fallen asleep, he said. He was fine.


At about 4:30 a.m. Friday, police spotted a teenager sleeping in a car in front of a house on Harbor View Avenue. An officer roused the boy, checking for signs that he needed help or had been drinking, but learned he’d fallen asleep “after a long night at work.” Told to head home, the 17-year-old didn’t have far to go — the house he’d fallen asleep in front of was his own.

In the parking lot of Pepperoni’s Pizza that same night, police ticketed four people, a 22-year-old Springs man, a 33-year-old Hampton Bays man, and two Southampton residents, 37 and 33, for drinking in public. Each had an open can of Modelo, according to the report, and the officer also reported seeing “eight empty Modelo beer cans” inside their car.

When she went to bed on the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, Jennifer Lilja of Chapel Lane neither saw nor heard anything suspicious. But when she woke up the next morning, she discovered her gray 2013 BMW X3 missing from her driveway. Ms. Lilja told police she’d left her keys in a jacket pocket, but left the jacket in the car. The stolen car is under investigation as a case of grand larceny.

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