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East Hampton Police To Step Up Monitoring of Sexual Offenders During Halloween



East Hampton Town Police said on Friday that they had prioritized the monitoring of sexual offenders living in town, beginning Thursday night and continuing through Halloween.

Several detectives have been tasked with “intensified supervision of registered sex offenders. Police are visiting the homes of those offenders and conducting random surveillance to ensure compliance with state and local laws,” a release issued by Captain Christopher Anderson stated.

“The safety of our children is a top priority in East Hampton, the release continued.

Captain Anderson said police were not acting on any reported incidents, but were simply taking a “proactive approach” in the matter.

Police recommended:

  • That older children go out in groups and stay together while  trick-or-treating;
  • That younger children always be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other trusted adult;
  • That younger children be accompanied to the door to receive treats;
  • That children know they should not enter a home unless accompanied by an adult;
  • And that children should not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless with an adult.

Court Appearance for Springs Man Facing Weapons Charges

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Valon Shoshi, center, talks with supporters outside the East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday.


Springs resident Valon Shoshi, who was the subject of a manhunt by East Hampton Town Police on October 3 after he allegedly fired several shotgun blasts in his Gardiner Avenue home before leaving in his car with the weapon, was back in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday, October 30.

Mr. Shoshi is facing a felony reckless endangerment charge as well as three misdemeanor counts stemming from the incident.

Mr. Shoshi, who was dressed in a black suit, and his attorney, Ed Burke Jr. of Sag Harbor, conferred briefly with Justice Lisa Rana after his case was called.

“You are not to leave the country,” Justice Rana told the defendant. “I am taking your passport.”

Moments later, she repeated, “If I find out you have violated that order and directive, it will not be a good situation for you.”

Mr. Shoshi, who was freed in October on $25,000 bail, had undergone a psychiatric evaluation earlier this week and was ordered to return to court on November 26.

At Thursday morning’s appearance, he was accompanied by a number of supporters, many of whom stood with him outside the courtroom after his brief appearance.

“This is an emotional time for him,” said Beth Sheen, who said she was a family friend. She would not say whether or not Mr. Shoshi had sought to return to his native Kosovo, where he lived until late last year when he suffered a gunshot wound after being accosted on the street outside his home.

On October 3, Mr. Shoshi allegedly fired several shotgun blasts in the bedroom of his home. His mother suffered minor injuries when she was struck by pellets. He then fled in a black Cadillac sedan. Police ordered area schools to go on lockdown as they sought Mr. Shoshi, who they thought had barricaded himself in a home in the Jericho Lane area. He was later apprehended on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton near the One Stop Market.



Update: East Hampton High School Students Return to Class

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Students and teachers made their way back into East Hampton High School on Monday morning after a written threat found on a bathroom mirror had caused the district to evacuate the building two hours earlier. Photo by Michael Heller. 

All East Hampton High School students were allowed to return to their classrooms by approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning after a threat found on a bathroom mirror prompted school district officials to order the evacuation of the building around 8:30 a.m.

Students were allowed to return after district officials and police searched the building.

East Hampton Town Police Captain Chris Anderson said police were notified at 8:38 a.m. He would not comment on the nature of the threat other than to say “it was very non-specific” in nature.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. all freshmen and sophomores were allowed back in the building, while juniors and seniors were sent to the cafeteria to be searched.

The East Hampton School District announced the evacuation of the high school Wednesday morning. According to a message posted on the district website and sent out via an automated telephone call, students were ordered out of the high school as a precautionary measure because of a message that was found on a bathroom mirror.

“The threat does not appear to be credible,” the district stated on its website, adding that East Hampton Town Police are on the scene and that the district “will always err on the side of safety.”


Sag Harbor Man Faces Felony Drug Charges After High Speed Chase

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Joseph R. Dowling, 22, of Sag Harbor is facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges after being arrested by East Hampton Town Police following a high speed chase on Route 114 early Thursday, October 16.

Mr. Dowling was charged with two felony drug counts and seven misdemeanor drug and traffic charges when he was apprehended on Swamp Road in Northwest Woods, according to East Hampton Town Police.

Captain Chris Anderson of the East Hampton Town Police said a police officer “observed suspicious activity between the defendant and another vehicle,” which were parked on the side of the road. “When he approached, the defendant fled,” Capt. Anderson said.

A high speed chase followed. Police said Mr. Dowling fled north on Route 114 into Sag Harbor, where village police joined in the chase, before doubling back down Route 114. He was eventually pulled over on Swamp Road, where he was arrested, Captain Anderson said.

While searching Mr. Dowling’s car, police said they found a small envelope containing heroin and several other envelopes containing cocaine, as well as a quantity of marijuana.

Mr. Dowling faces felony counts of possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree,  two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, and fleeing an officer in motor vehicle, all misdemeanors.

He was arraigned that morning before East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky and released after posting $2,500 bail.

East Hampton Police Investigate Apparent Drowning at Sammy’s Beach

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East Hampton Town Police are investigating as an apparent drowning the death of James A. Weber, 45, of East Hampton at Sammy’s Beach on Sunday.

Police said two men at Maidstone Park, on the east side of the Three Mile Harbor inlet saw Mr. Weber collapse in the water on the west side of the inlet. Police said the two men swam across the inlet and pulled Mr. Weber from the water and began CPR until emergency workers arrived.

Mr. Weber was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

East Hampton Town Police have asked anyone with information to call police at (631) 537-7575.

Coram Woman’s Body Found in Montauk

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By Tessa Raebeck

The East Hampton Town Police Department, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office, is investigating the death of a woman from Coram that occurred at the overlook parking area along Old Montauk Highway, south of Washington Drive in Montauk.

The woman, Nikole Doering, 37, of Coram, was found deceased in her car at approximately 3:03 p.m. Monday, June 2, after police responded to a report of an unresponsive female in a vehicle.

Ms. Doering had been reported missing by her family to the Suffolk County Police Department on Sunday, June 1.

The investigation is ongoing and does not appear to be suspicious in nature at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at (631) 537-7575.

Springs Man Assaulted with Machete in East Hampton

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Jose Javier Garces Hernandez, 24, of Springs, is charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree for stabbing another East Hampton man with a machete Monday, May 26. Photo courtesy East Hampton Town Police Department.

Jose Javier Garces Hernandez, 24, of Springs, is charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree for assaulting another East Hampton man with a machete Monday, May 26. Photo courtesy East Hampton Town Police Department.

By Tessa Raebeck

On May 26, East Hampton Town Police responded to a report of two men fighting in the roadway on Clinton Street in Springs. Upon arrival, police said they found Jose Maria Jimenez, 26, of Clinton Street had been assaulted with a machete and had suffered several serious wounds to his torso.

Mr. Jimenez was transported to Southampton Hospital for treatment before being transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

According to police, the second man involved in the fight, Jose Javier Garces Hernandez, 24, of Rutland Drive, fled the scene prior to police arrival and was later located at a residence on Springs Fireplace Road.

Mr. Garces Hernandez was treated for injuries by East Hampton Ambulance and subsequently airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment. He has been charged with assault in the second degree, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Garces Hernandez was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday.

Police ask that anyone with information contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at (631) 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Arrest Made in Alleged Case of Statutory Rape in Montauk

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9567130East Hampton Police announced Tuesday the arrest of Juan J. Zhingri-Deleg, 27, of Montauk in connection with the alleged rape of a 14 year old girl.

According to a press release issued by the department Tuesday, police received information regarding the inappropriate relationship between Mr. Zhingri-Deleg and the girl, resulting in Mr. Zhingri-Deleg’s arrest on Monday. Mr. Zhingri-Deleg  has been charged with one count of rape in the second degree under the statutory rape provision for anyone over the age of 18 who engages in sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 15. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Mr. Shingri-Deleg is expected to be arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that may assist with the investigation contact East Hampton Town Police at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Arrest Made in Alleged Sexual Assault in Wainscott

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By Kathryn G. Menu

A Rockville Centre teen, Joseph Cardinali, was arrested by East Hampton Town Police on Sunday, November 17 and charged with aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, a felony, and assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor.

According to East Hampton Town Police, around 5:11 p.m. they responded to the Wainscott address of Phoenix House, a non-profit provider of substance abuse services, following a report of a victim of violence.

An 18-year-old male victim was transported to Southampton Hospital where he was admitted and underwent surgery, said police. Police said investigation indicates a wooden broom handle was used by Cardinali, 16, to penetrate the rectum of the victim.

Cardinali was subsequently arrested and charged.

An investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information that may assist in this investigation contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Headless Body Found on East Hampton Beach Not Likely the Result of Foul Play, say Police

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The Suffolk County Medical Examiners Office has determined that a headless body discovered at an Amagansett beach on Sunday is that of a 20-to-30 year old unidentified male, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker.

On Tuesday, Chief Ecker said that results of the medical examiner’s preliminary autopsy showed “no obvious signs of trauma,” like broken bones or gun shot wounds and that the body was likely headless due to the extreme state of decomposition.

According to Chief Ecker, on Sunday a local man discovered the body while walking his dogs on the beach between Big Albert’s Landing Beach and Bell Estate. The body, which was on the surf line, was so badly decomposed on Monday Chief Ecker said he was unable to determine whether it was a male or female.

“It was in very advanced stages of decomposition,” he said. “I would say it had been in the water for quite some time, possibly even through the winter.”

After police were contacted, the department’s dive team searched nearby waters for the missing skull, which has not yet been found, as well as for other evidence in the case.

In addition to missing a head, the body was also without a left leg from the knee down, said Ecker, and was missing a finger, which was recovered during the dive team’s search of Gardiner’s Bay.

On Monday, the body was removed to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office.

While there was speculation that the case could be connected to a possible serial killer on Long Island – about 100 miles west of East Hampton 10 sets of bodies have been recovered alongside a highway near Jones Beach – on Monday, Chief Ecker said while he did not want to speculate until after the medical examiner issued a report, he believed a connection to the Gilgo Beach cases was not likely.

“It was certainly something we looked into as a part of our investigation,” he added, noting the department has been working with the Suffolk County Police Department on the case.

Now that the medical examiner’s office has released its preliminary findings, Ecker said his department will be focused on working with other police departments around the Long Island Sound basin, as well as the United States Coast Guard, to see if anyone has been reported missing.

The male body was of an unidentified ethnicity, said Chief Ecker, but the person was believed to be slight in stature.

“We are collecting any missing person reports from the area, which is quite large,” he said on Tuesday. “We are looking at the whole Long Island Sound basin area.”

The East Hampton Town Police Department has asked that anyone who has information about missing persons in the area contact the town’s detective division at 631-537-7575.