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Sag Harbor Suspends Police Chief

The Sag Harbor Village Board, on Monday, formally served the village’s police chief, Austin J. McGuire, who had been suspended on Friday, with charges including misconduct, incompetence, and insubordination.

Dec 2, 2023
Spurned Ambulance Association Members Aim to Sue Village

The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association, an independent nonprofit, petitioned the Suffolk County Supreme Court on Nov. 15 to ignore a statute of limitations that would prevent it from suing East Hampton Village for what the association alleges was a takeover of its ambulance service certificate and its bank account. 

Nov 30, 2023
Fugitive Found in Montauk

A man with sex crime charges pending in North Carolina was taken into custody at the commercial fishing dock off West Lake Drive in Montauk on Nov. 17.

Nov 30, 2023
On the Police Logs 11.30.23

East Hampton Village police were called to a village-owned building at Two Mile Hollow Beach on the morning of Nov. 18 when it was discovered that a toilet had been used but not flushed, and in fact could not be flushed because the water had been turned off for the winter.

Nov 30, 2023
On the Police Logs 11.23.23

Two Marine Patrol officers observed some 10 vehicles parked between mile markers 1A and 13A on Napeague on Nov. 14, shortly after 9 p.m., and questioned their owners. Every truck belonged to someone who was fishing on the beach for tuna or striped bass. No one was ticketed.

Nov 22, 2023
A Sinking Trawler Is Saved

The steel-hulled, 60-foot trawler named Act I, captained by Chuck Morici, had caught 4,000 pounds of porgy and had no issues on Nov. 15 before near tragedy occurred: “A three-inch piece of steel let go by the keel cooler pipe,” he said by phone on dry land Monday. “I could see daylight through the hull.” Three Coast Guard stations were called in to save the day.

Nov 22, 2023
A Clean Slate in New York State

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the Clean Slate Act into law last Thursday, saying that “the best crime-fighting tool is a good-paying job. That’s why I support giving New Yorkers a clean slate after they’ve paid their debt to society and gone years without an additional offense.”

Nov 22, 2023
Now They Serve and Protect Schools

Public school districts on the South Fork are increasingly turning to retired police officers to fill critical security roles. “These are people who have children in the schools or have gone through the schools themselves, who know the community. They’re familiar faces, and they’re responsive,” said Adam Fine, the East Hampton School District superintendent.

Nov 22, 2023
Montauk Grapples Once Again With Antisemitic Graffiti

The first time this happened, the community responded in force that same afternoon with a rally attended by hundreds at the downtown Montauk green. While there was no rally this time around, a group of Montauk School students and parents took matters into their own hands by painting over the hateful scrawlings by day’s end with a colorful mural.

Nov 16, 2023
On the Police Logs 11.16.23

Police got a call about “two subjects performing lewd acts in a white Nissan Rogue” at Main Beach last Thursday night. Officers found just one person in the car, a woman who said she’d been watching a movie on her phone.

Nov 16, 2023
Springs House a Total Loss After Blaze

Three fire departments battled a blaze Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a house on Springs-Fireplace Road near Harrison Avenue in Springs. The house had been unoccupied but for multiple pets, which are thought to have died in the fire.

Nov 16, 2023
Coast Guard Rescues Sinking Fishing Boat

A steel-hulled fishing vessel out of Montauk named Act I began sinking Wednesday morning about five nautical miles south of Watch Hill, R.I., east of Fishers Island. The Coast Guard Station in Montauk was called to assist.

Nov 15, 2023