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In Court: Stolen Pots, Felony Pot Bust

A Springs man accused of stealing decorative cast-iron lawn pots from a neighbor was arraigned Sunday morning in East Hampton Town Justice Court on charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Joseph A. Hawkins, 23, told East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana that one of his jobs was scalloping.

“How much do you make scalloping?” she asked. “I forget,” said Mr. Hawkins. She continued to question him and he continued to give vague answers.

“Don’t you think you might have to do something to make a living?” Justice Rana finally asked.

Dec 18, 2014
On the Logs: 12.18.2014

East Hampton Village

A woman from Orchard Lake, Mich., who made a series of purchases totaling $166,000 earlier this year from Lord and Guy, a Main Street auction house dealing in antiques and fine art, called police on Dec. 10, complaining that she had returned several items to the store a few months ago and had not yet received her money back. The items returned included a ring, a Rolex watch, and a diamond and sapphire gold necklace, altogether valued at $48,000.

Dec 18, 2014
Two Seriously Injured in Off-Road Montauk Collision

Two men suffered serious injuries when the all-terrain vehicles they were riding crashed into each other in the woods behind the Montauk recycling center on Sunday afternoon.

Dec 14, 2014
Aftermath of an Accident

A Springs man convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in October after a three-day jury trial was sentenced last Thursday.

William Cuthbert, who turned 57 yesterday, was ordered to pay East Hampton Town Justice Court $1,575 in fines and fees. As a condition for avoiding probation, he was required to complete an anger-management course over the next year; failure to do so would result in his being resentenced. In addition, he must stay out of trouble with the law over the same time period.

As he stood before Justice Steven Tekulsky, Mr.

Dec 11, 2014
On the Police Logs 12.11.14

East Hampton

A hacker broke into the Fingerhut account of an Oakview Highway woman last month and changed the mailing address. Fingerhut was notified and is monitoring the account. Eileen Schaefer told police no purchases had been made on the account.

East Hampton Village

An anonymous caller told police that occupied cars were parked on Mill Hill Lane for extended periods of time Friday evening.

Dec 11, 2014
Guilty Plea in a Fatality

A Hampton Bays woman charged with drunken driving after her passenger died in an early morning single-car crash in Southampton Village on April 19 pleaded guilty on Nov. 21 to vehicular manslaughter, a felony.

Allison J. Rydberg, 26, admitted that her blood-alcohol level was well over twice the legal limit at the time of the accident, and that she had been driving at an excessive speed.

Tad Scharfenberg, her attorney, said last week that she would be sentenced on Feb.

Dec 11, 2014
D.W.I. Arrest in Montauk

There was just one arrest this past cold and rainy week on charges of driving while intoxicated, that of an Amagansett man, Robert J. Badkin, 51. Mr. Badkin was pulled over on Edgemere Street in Montauk, near where his business is located, last Thursday evening.

East Hampton Town police said the motorist failed roadside sobriety tests and was taken back to headquarters in Wainscott, where his breath test was reportedly recorded as .12 of 1 percent. A reading of .08 or higher triggers the D.W.I. charge.


Dec 11, 2014
Graffiti Found on Stop Signs

As demonstrations swept across America in the hours after the decision by a Staten Island grand jury last week not to indict a New York City police officer in connection with the death of a man he had placed in a choke hold on July 17, one or more individuals took to the streets of East Hampton Town and Village, apparently expressing anger with the decision.

East Hampton Village police reported on Monday that in the overnight hours following the Dec.

Dec 11, 2014
On the Police Logs 12.04.14


A pickpocket was caught on video at Indian Wells Tavern around midnight on Nov. 15, reaching into a jacket pocket of a patron and stealing her wallet. The victim, Jacqueline Albright-Kehoe, said she did not want to press charges as long as the thief either returned the Coach purse, which had $30 in cash and a debit card in it, or reimbursed her for the stolen items. The tavern’s manager, however, told police that the suspect is no longer welcome there.

Dec 4, 2014
I’m Not Going to Pass the Test’

East Hampton Town police arrested two 23-year-olds on drunken-driving charges over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Both were said to have cooperated fully with the officers.

Carlos Serra-Bencosme of Montauk was pulled over on Edgemere Road there early Monday morning. Police said his 2014 Kia was swerving across lane lines.

“I’m not gonna lie. I had like, four beers,” the officer quoted the driver as saying. At police headquarters in Wainscott he consented to take the breath test, which produced a reading of .14 of 1 percent.

Dec 4, 2014
Also on the Logs 11.27.14


A car parked on Shore Drive East over the weekend of Nov. 8 and 9 had its taillights vandalized and its rear license plate removed. Ramon Guante estimated the damage, including the cost to replace the stolen plate, at $250.

East Hampton

Francis F. Fleetwood was the target of an email phishing scam on Nov. 17.

Nov 26, 2014
This Time, It Is a Felony

A 25-year-old Springs man who has been in trouble with the law several times since he turned 18 was arrested again last week, this time on a felony charge.

Kody J. Knudsen was said by East Hampton Town police to have been driving a 2004 Chevrolet without its owner’s permission when he was pulled over on Three Mile Harbor Road in Springs a little after midnight last Thursday. According to police, Mr.

Nov 26, 2014