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Police & Courts

Hit-and-Run Sentencing Postponed?

Daniel Campbell, the 20-year-old driver in an August 2021 hit-and-run in Amagansett that claimed the life of 18-year-old Devesh Samtani, "will not be sentenced on Thursday," Tania Lopez, a Suffolk County district attorney spokeswoman, said. The Samtani family, frustrated that the judge had said Mr. Campbell would get no jail time, has hired a high-profile defense lawyer to plead their case that he should in fact spend some time in prison for his actions. 

Sep 22, 2022
Bad Crash on Woods Lane

An early morning car crash on Woods Lane in East Hampton Village on Monday ground traffic to a halt for four hours and sent Delvair Dias, 73, to Stony Brook Hospital. East Hampton Fire Department personnel utilizing the jaws of life extricated Mr. Dias from his severely damaged vehicle.

Sep 22, 2022
Traffic Stop Yields Discovery of License Suspensions

An East Meadow woman whose 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stopped on Sept. 7 near CVS on Pantigo Road in East Hampton Village for lacking tail lamps and brake lights was later charged with two misdemeanors for driving without a license.

Sep 14, 2022
On the Police Logs 09.15.22

“Todd” was the only identity a man would give when police found him sleeping in the doorway of Stella and Ruby, a children’s clothing store on Main Street in Sag Harbor, last Thursday night. Todd, who said he had come from the city to look for work, was told he couldn’t sleep in the street.

Sep 14, 2022
Three Fences, Two Flowerpots

Seven men, all of them in their 30s or 40s, were charged last week with drunken driving. One allegedly damaged several pieces of property before being arrested.

Sep 14, 2022
At Unguarded Beaches Be Alert for Rip Currents

This is the last weekend of the year that East Hampton Town beaches will have lifeguards. Lifeguards will protect East Hampton Village beaches during weekends until Columbus Day, Oct. 10.

Sep 14, 2022
Justice Court: Fines Paid, Some Waived

East Hampton Town Justice Court records show several defendants recently paid their fines after being arrested in late August or early September of last year.

Sep 14, 2022
Close Call for Boater in Fire by Cedar Point

A 17-foot Boston Whaler caught fire just off the Cedar Island lighthouse by Cedar Point at around 11 a.m. on Sunday, causing its sole occupant, Larry Kane of East Hampton, to dive off approximately 150 feet from the shore. Seconds after he jumped off, he said, the boat was engulfed in flames.

Sep 13, 2022
Driving in the Turning Lane

Driving in the center turning lane, avoiding a deer and striking a guardrail, failing to maintain a lane, and a traffic accident led to driving while intoxicated charges for four people recently.

Sep 8, 2022
Punched Out Portside Window

A Florida man was charged on the evening of Aug. 28 with third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly punched out a port-side window of a boat at the Viking Fleet dock on West Lake Drive in Montauk.

Sep 8, 2022
Is Used Cooking Oil the 'New Copper'?

Blue-claw crabs, copper catalytic converters, and . . . used cooking oil? Opportunistic thieves have gotten creative in their pursuit of ill-gotten gains in these inflationary times, but used cooking oil does not immediately spring to mind as a high-ticket product worthy of theft. It is a big problem on Long Island and one that visited the East End in recent weeks in a crime wave that hit numerous local and regional restaurants, including Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk and the Lobster Roll on Napeague.

Sep 8, 2022
On the Police Logs 09.08.22

A complaint about “a structure constructed out of trash” brought police to a beach between Big Albert’s Landing and the pier at the Bell Estate on Aug. 26, where they found a small structure made from driftwood, painted in different colors.

Sep 8, 2022