May 31, 2006

On The Beat

Pedestrian Struck

A 52 year-old New York City woman was struck and injured on Main Street in Bridgehampton on May 23. The woman was crossing the road in a crosswalk when she was struck by a van driven by a 53 year-old Center Moriches man. According to Southampton Town Police, the victim walked directly in front of the van as he approached the crosswalk. The driver was not able to stop in time. Speed was not considered a factor in the accident and the driver was not charged.

The woman was flown via medevac to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. The driver of the van was uninjured.

Southampton Town Police, Fire Marshal's Office, Code Enforcement, and Building Department officials raided a home on Peconic Road in Hampton Bays on May 17 as part of a crackdown on unsafe housing. As many as 17 people, including four children were living in "hazardous conditions" in the house, according to a press release issued by the town. Windows were boarded up in the basement, smoke alarms were not working, and there was an illegal second story addition.

The owner of the home was issued an appearance ticket charging 45 town and state Uniform Fire Prevention and Building violations. His arraignment is scheduled for June 14 in Southampton Town Justice Court.

Only one grand larceny to report this week. A pickup truck worth $5,500, containing two $800 weed whackers and a ride-on mower valued at $13,000, was stolen from an Industrial Road, Montauk locale last Saturday. The keys had been left in the ignition.

Drug Arrests

A 19 year-old Huntington Station man was arrested last Friday and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree after East Hampton Town Police say they observed him attempting to throw away an envelope of cocaine after the car in which he was a passenger was stopped for a traffic violation near The Plaza in Montauk. Southampton Town Police arrested a 21 year-old Smithtown man and a 21 year-old Blue Point man on the same CPCS charge after cops say they observed the two snorting cocaine in a parked vehicle outside the Foggy Goggle bar in Hampton Bays.

East Hampton Town cops reported four DWI arrests last week. Last Friday, a 21 year-old East Hampton man was arrested on Springs Fireplace Rd. after a motor vehicle accident. Last Wednesday, cops collared three three-sheeters: a 45 year-old Idaho woman on Montauk Highway in Amagansett who was involved in an MVA, a 52 year-old Montauk man who was spotted swerving near a safety checkpoint, and a 24 year-old East Hampton man whose car was caught on a rock (thus putting him in a hard place) on Gerard Drive.

Many press reports were unavailable because the records departments of the Southampton Town Police and East Hampton Village Police were closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

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