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Repeat Offender Arrested on Gun Charge

An East Hampton man with a history of arrests was indicted Monday on three felony weapons charges.

A grand jury in the Cromarty Criminal Court Complex in Riverside indicted Melvin C. Smith, 48, on charges of possessing a .38-caliber handgun and 100 rounds of high-velocity ammunition that were discovered in his house on Morris Park Lane on April 16.

East Hampton Town police said they found the gun and ammunition during a routine search that was required in a plea deal Mr.

Apr 24, 2014
Charged With Felony Assault

Police arrested a Springs man Tuesday on a felony assault charge following an alleged Monday stabbing.

Alexander R. Fernandez, 21, was said by police to be arguing with Wayne Hopson, apparently over a female companion, when Mr. Fernandez stabbed him in the arm with a scissors at about 3:45 a.m. at 15 Fort Pond Boulevard in Springs.

Police were alerted by Southampton Hospital, following the procedure for when someone is admitted with a wound believed to be from an attack.

In East Hampton Justice Court yesterday, Justice Steven Tekulsky said that Mr.

Apr 24, 2014
They Came Through Under Pressure

Public safety dispatchers were inundated with calls around the time of the accident on Route 114 in East Hampton on April 16, but handled the situation with aplomb, East Hampton Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen said yesterday.

“It was incredible the amount of calls that came in during that short period of time,” said Chief Larsen, who is in charge of East Hampton Village Emergency Communications, which handles calls for the East Hampton Village and Sag Harbor Village Police Departments, five of the six fire departments that serve the Town of East Hampton, and two addi

Apr 24, 2014
‘Ball of Flames’ Destroys House in Gansett

Police detectives are taking the lead on a suspicious fire that destroyed an Amagansett house and threatened neighboring houses in the early morning hours last Thursday.

East Hampton Town Police Capt.

Apr 24, 2014
On the Police Logs 04.17.14


The scammer posing as a PSEG bill collector in calls to several local businesses was turned away by an alert businessman last Thursday. Vincent Balcuns of Balcuns Service Center on Main Street received a call telling him his electric bill was overdue. Mr. Balcuns stated that his account was paid up to date, and called PSEG, which confirmed it was a scam.

A vandal using black spray paint has caused $1,000 worth of damage to the interior of the Coast Guard and Life Saving Station on Atlantic Avenue, which is currently under interior renovation.

Apr 17, 2014
Search of Sex Offender's House Turns up Weapon

An East Hampton man who has been in and out of prison for most of his adult life may be headed back again.

Apr 17, 2014
Two Crashes At Red Horse

Two elderly drivers were involved in car crashes in the past eight days, both of which happened at the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton Villag

Apr 17, 2014