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Formerly Missing Bikes Now Ready For Pickup

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by Claire Walla

As many in the biking community are well aware, BikeHampton, Sag Harbor’s only bike shop, is no more.

And some know this better than others.

When the shop’s owner, Dave Krum, moved to Florida and the store closed its doors in December 2011, it also effectively closed off access to dozens of bicycles, leaving many bike owners who had brought their bikes to the shop to be sold or repaired in limbo. The two-wheelers sat unclaimed off-site for months until finally being recovered by Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeff Proctor.

Since news of the hidden bike cache broke in March, Proctor said four former BikeHampton patrons have come to him, hoping to be reunited their bikes. Though Proctor said one of the bikes has yet to be located, the other three were successfully recovered and promptly returned to their owners.

However, that barely makes a dent in the stash.

As of this week, there are approximately 40 bicycles still unclaimed. All of the bikes were taken to BikeHampton either for repairs or for consignment, Proctor said.

“Krum had an eBay business,” he explained. Bike owners would bring their racers, commuters or beach cruisers down to the shop, Krum would put them online with a price tag, and — once sold — he’d give the bike owner a portion of the profits.

Though Proctor said he was reluctant to mention the exact location of the unclaimed bicycles, he said they’re currently being stored by someone who had previously been affiliated with the business.

“When he found out that [Krum] was closing the doors, he pulled the bikes,” Proctor explained.

The detective added he has a full list of the makes and models of all the bikes being stored. So, anyone who describes a missing two-wheel ride that accurately matches up with what Proctor’s got on his list will be able to collect his or her bike.

“They need to be descriptive,” Proctor said of bike owners, adding that he wants to make sure the bikes go to their proper owners. But, he assured, “the bikes aren’t going away.”

Anyone still missing a bike from BikeHampton is encouraged to call Det. Procotr at 725-0247.

The Case of the Missing Bikes

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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified Mark Schmidt as the former co-owner of Bike Hampton. He was never involved in the running of the store, though he invested in the business about 10 years ago.

When Bob Michaelson and his wife took their bicycles to BikeHampton for repairs last fall, they thought nothing of it. As city residents who have had a second home in Sag Harbor for about 30 years, they have a long history with the shop. They purchased their bikes from the previous owners back when BikeHampton was located on Bay Street.

Last November, when Michaelson went back to retrieve the bikes, he was told two things: one, his bike — a $2,000 hybrid — needed a part that had to be ordered; and two, the shop would be closing.

“They told me it would reopen, and that in the meantime the bikes would be taken to the owner’s home and the phone would remain active,” he recalled. After some time passed, however, “I hadn’t hear from them,” Michaelson continued.  “And the phone had been disconnected.”

According to Sag Harbor Village Detective Jeff Proctor, there have been several different people who have come to the police with similar stories.

“I’ve had a few phone calls from people who have left their bikes there to get repaired or sold,” in which case BikeHampton and the bike owner would share the profits, he said.

And now — with BikeHampton’s closure in December  —  he said these people have found themselves utterly bike-less.

Employees of the Flying Point Surf Shop, which has since expanded its women’s department into the former BikeHampton space, said they, too, have received visits from frustrated customers who have recently come looking for sprockets and chains only to find Uggs and bikinis. One employee said he’s seen at least five such visitors.

Attempts to contact both BikeHampton’s former owner, Dave Krum, were met with disconnected phone lines.  Krum — who Proctor said is currently in Florida — did not return messages left on his cell phone.

“I had gone in the store periodically to buy a bike or get some repairs done,” Michaelson continued. “The people were friendly and got things done.  It was a good part of the business community.”

When asked if there were any red flags that could have possibly led to this sudden turn of events, Michaelson said, no, “not from my point of view.”

In an interview last week, however, he said the situation seemed rather grim: “I honestly don’t expect to ever see that bicycle again.”

But, that was then.

This past Tuesday, Detective Proctor said he may have found the missing metal stash.  Based on information he received from sources who wished to remain anonymous, he said several bikes are currently being stored at a home near Sag Harbor.

“We don’t know if that’s going to be all the bikes,” Proctor added.  However, he urges anyone who had left a bike at BikeHampton prior to its closure to contact the police department.

As of press time, it still wasn’t clear whether or not Michaelson’s bike had been located, but at least Michaelson said he now has hopes of seeing his hybrid once more.

“I had already gone out and bought a new bicycle under the assumption that that one was gone,” he admitted.  “But, that’s ok. I wanted a new bike anyway.”

He said he hopes everyone else with a missing bicycle finds him or herself just as fortunate.

Village Cops Embrace Youth Court

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This past January, four Sag Harbor youths were arrested and charged with making graffiti in the village.

But instead of attending Family Court and going through a routine probationary process, they went to Youth Court, where their cases will be heard not only by a jury of their peers, but by a bench of legal council and even a judge who’s still a teen.

Sag Harbor Village Detective Jeff Proctor said he wasn’t aware Youth Court was an option until an attorney for one of the youths involved in the graffiti incident recommended it.

“This is actually good for us,” he said.  “For many years, there have been crimes committed by 13-, 14- and 15-years olds that aren’t severe enough for Family Court [because they are only violations], but they shouldn’t go unnoticed.  This gives kids some type of consequence for their actions.”

According to Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Tom Fabiano, this is the first time that a case that’s originated in the village has gone to Youth Court.

He said the police department has tried to make use of the youth court in the past, but the partnership has not always panned out. For one thing, all misdemeanors are first sent to Family Court before they are considered for Youth Court.  And as for violations, for which the department itself can send a child to Youth Court, parental consent is required.

“That’s the part I’ve ben trying to work with the police department on,” said Karen Hurst of the Southampton Town Youth Bureau who runs the Youth Court. She said arrests are quite tricky when it comes to children under the age of 16. In fact, minors cannot technically be charged with violations.

“But, if we get the parents’ consent, then [the kids] can come through the Youth Court,” she continued. “For example, if they have marijuana”—possession of marijuana is a violation—“an officer can say: We have this program available. That way, the kids are still being held accountable.”

Previously, Fabiano said juveniles arrested in Sag Harbor, ended up being sent to probation through Family Court Intake in Riverhead.  But, the department is making more of a concerted effort to utilize the teen court system.

“I hear a lot of good things about your court, because kids are judging other kids,” Fabiano said. “And they’re learning how the judicial system works.”

The Youth Court combines a range of participants stretching from Westhampton

“Youth Court is not mock trial,” Hurst explained. “The kids are looking at actual court cases.”

The way it works is there are kids who are involved in learning how the court system functions, and then there are youths who have committed a crime—either a violation or a minor misdemeanor (like making graffiti)—whose cases can be brought to Youth Court.

The kids who are participating in the Youth Court educational program take a 12-week training course with attorney Kevin Gilvary, through which they learn about the judicial system by reviewing actual court cases, and ultimately participating in Youth Court trials. Three students each will play the roles of prosecution and defense attorneys, and one student will even act as the judge presiding over the court proceedings.

To prepare for trial, Hust said the kids study different cases, practice their own depositions and even learn how to present opening and closing arguments. They even study different ways of administering consequences for certain actions.

“They have a lot of freedom with it,” she explained. Previous “sentences” have involved volunteer work, writing and art projects that benefit the community.

“They take it very, very seriously because they know it’s one of their peers sitting there,” Hurst commented.  “These are real cases, we’re working with real kids’ lives,” she continued. “I stress that to the kids all the time: If you were the one sitting in the respondents’ chair, how would you want your attorney to be acting?”

Detective Makes a Visit to Pierson Middle School

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By Claire Walla

Sag Harbor Village Police Detective Jeff Proctor made his way to the Pierson Middle/High School campus last Thursday, January 2 where he proceeded to Mrs. Duff’s second-floor classroom and stood face-to-face with 16 middle school students.

He wasn’t there to make an arrest, or investigate a case; he was there to educate the students on the consequences of their actions. From graffiti and trespassing to possession of marijuana, Det. Proctor discussed the legal ramifications for such crimes. And he explained how the justice system works.

Misdemeanors (like making graffiti) are punishable by up to one year in jail, he said, while felonies (like dealing drugs) are punishable by more than one year in prison.

“And there is a difference between jail and prison,” Det. Proctor cautioned, pointing out that the Riverhead Jail holds less extreme offenders than New York State prisons do.

The students commented sporadically on Det. Proctor’s presentation, offering up definitions for key phrases, like “peer” and “consequence” when asked to do so. And, after estimating that roughly 15 percent of their class probably smokes pot, they discussed the downsides to marijuana use. (Such suggested drawbacks included: “it affects how you act,” “you can get suspended,” “it makes you feel depressed,” “memory loss,” and “it’s expensive.”)

Finally, a student in the front row pepped up and questioned the detective about the examples he had been using throughout his presentation to illustrate his points, like the circumstance he described involving kids trespassing and spray-painting an abandoned building in the village.

“Where are you getting all these examples from?” the student asked.

“Where do you think?” Det. Proctor answered right back. “It happened!”

Cops: Card Player Pulled Shotgun

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By Claire Walla

It could have been a scene out of the Wild West. After a few drinks, a game of cards and a verbal altercation, a man who was forced to leave a local party returned an hour later with a Western Field .410 gauge bolt-action shotgun and pointed it at another man’s stomach witnesses say — the gun was loaded.

Above: Image of a Western Field .410 gauge bolt-action shotgun.

The man, Michael J. Shipkoski, 54, of Sag Harbor, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a felony, and menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor, according to Sag Harbor Village. He is currently being held in the Riverhead Jail on $20,000 bail and is scheduled to face grand jury trial today, September 29.

According to an incident report, Shipkoski and another man had been drinking alcohol and playing cards at a residence on Hildreth Street in Sag Harbor in the early hours of Sunday, September 25 when the trouble started. Detective Jeff Proctor further explained that the man told Shipkoski he was going in for hernia surgery sometime this week, and when he lifted his shirt to show where, Shipkoski allegedly punched him in the stomach.

“That got everyone’s attention,” Proctor explained. And a group of people at the party ushered Shipkoski out the door, reportedly telling him not to come back. According to the report, Shipkoski yelled “I’m going to kill you!” as he exited the premises.

“About an hour later, [Shipkoski] comes walking down the driveway with a shotgun and points it at the man’s stomach,” Proctor said. The four to five people who remained at the party reportedly wrestled the gun away from him, told the man to leave and called the police.

Shipkoski then allegedly fled the scene. Proctor said the man left the party on foot, but police did not know where he actually went. And even though they called on a K-9 unit, Shipkoski remained missing for several hours.

He was finally located sometime after 5 a.m. when his wife returned home to find him there. She allegedly told police her husband was diabetic, and reported that the amount of alcohol he consumed may have caused this episode. Shipkoski was first transported to Southampton Hospital for treatment before returning to Sag Harbor Police Headquarters for morning arraignment.

According to Proctor, Shipkoski has a criminal history on the East End. Though he has only been charged with one prior count of menacing by Southampton Town Police back in 1978, he has several charges to his name, primarily involving drugs and alcohol.