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Police & Courts

Trial Is Likely in 2019 Montauk Murder Case

Joseph Grippo of Montauk, who is facing a second-degree murder charge following the death of a former friend in June 2019, was held in contempt during a Monday appearance at Suffolk County Criminal Court, and ordered out of the courtroom and back to county jail after reportedly cursing multiple times at the judge.

Apr 28, 2022
Turza Signs Off as East Hampton Fire Chief

“It’s been my pleasure, and honor, to serve as the village’s chief engineer for the last four years,” East Hampton Village Fire Chief Gerard Turza Jr. told the village board as he prepared to pass on the title of chief to Duane Forrester.

Apr 28, 2022
Head-On Crash in Wainscott

Around dinnertime on April 18, an East Quogue woman was headed east on Montauk Highway near Sayre’s Path in Wainscott when her 2007 Honda crossed the double yellow lines into the westbound lane, and crashed head-on into a 2007 Toyota.

Apr 28, 2022
On the Police Logs 04.28.22

An East Hampton man received some scary phone calls on March 15. The caller said he’d kidnapped the man’s wife and demanded $3,000 to release her. The man was told to go to a Mastic 7-Eleven with the money and warned not to talk to anyone about it.

Apr 28, 2022
Five Weeks Early, Baby Is Born On Front Porch

When they talk about the birth of their second daughter, Cody and Lauren Vichinsky will have quite the story to tell.

Apr 27, 2022
On the Police Logs 04.21.22

Graffiti, including drawings of “male genitalia” together with the statement that “life sucks,” were found on Friday at the bus stop on Newtown Lane.

Apr 21, 2022
Driver Was Reported Missing

A Pennsylvania woman who had been reported missing was found in Amagansett last Thursday when she crashed her car into a utility pole.

Apr 21, 2022
Fight Resulted in Injuries

According to East Hampton Town police, a man brandished a weapon during an altercation and punched a victim multiple times in the face, causing pain and bleeding and necessitating medical attention.

Apr 21, 2022
On the Police Logs 04.14.22

Near sunset on Friday, an erratic driver was reported near a Laura’s Lane house in Springs. Police found a blue and white Mustang near the pavilion at Maidstone Park and let the driver know he’d been seen driving well over the speed limit. The man said he’d observe the limit going forward and was waved on.

Apr 14, 2022
Refused Test After Crash

A loud crash shortly after midnight on Sunday alerted a Sag Harbor Village police officer on routine traffic patrol at Hampton Street that something was awry.

Apr 14, 2022
Driver Watched in Horror

Looking out his side-view mirror, a driver of a cement truck watched in horror as the cement drum broke off the bed of the vehicle, which then overturned.

Apr 14, 2022
Trouble at Shagwong Tavern

The St. Patrick's Day parade in Montauk on March 27 led to some alcohol-fueled, rowdy behavior, according to East Hampton Town police, who were called on two occasions to the Shagwong Tavern. One person there described the place as packed wall to wall with revelers, despite a $10 cover charge. In the end, a couple of arrests, and a separate charge of harassment, soured the festive mood.

Apr 7, 2022