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Oddone Avoids More Prison Time in Plea Deal

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By Stephen J. Kotz

Anthony Oddone will not be going back to prison. In a plea deal arranged by his attorney and prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, Mr. Oddone pleaded guilty on Thursday to a single charge of manslaughter in the first degree for the 2008 death of a bouncer at the Southampton Publick House.

As part of the deal, which averted a second trial in the case, Mr. Oddone was sentenced to five years of probation and time served for his 2010 conviction in the death of Andrew Reister after a 2008 altercation at the popular microbrewery and restaurant.

In a press release issued after the settlement, District Attorney Thomas Spota said although his “office was confident of earning another conviction, the victim’s family wanted to be spared the trauma of a second jury trial and their wishes were the primary factor in the decision to accept Mr. Oddone’s guilty plea.”

Asked on Monday to elaborate on the family’s feelings on the matter, Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Mr. Spota, responded in an email, “The family was adamant in their position that they did not want to go forward with another trial.”

Mr. Oddone’s attorney, Serita Kedia, did not return calls seeking comment.

The plea deal capped a wild turn of events in the case.

Mr. Oddone was found guilty of manslaughter by a Suffolk County Criminal Court jury in 2010 in the death of Mr. Reister, an off-duty Suffolk County corrections officer, who had been working at the Publick House as a bouncer.

Mr. Oddone had put Mr. Reister in a headlock that cut off the flow of oxygen to his brain after Mr. Reister tried to stop him from dancing on a table.

But last December, Mr. Oddone, who had been sentenced to 17 years in prison and had already served a total of five years and four months behind bars, was released when the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, overturned his conviction. The court ruled that Criminal Court Justice Randall Hinrichs had erred when he did not allow Mr. Oddone’s defense to refresh the memory of a witness who had given conflicting testimony about the length of time of Mr. Oddone held Mr., Reister in the headlock.

Mr. Oddone, who has been free on $500,000 cash bail, appeared again before Justice Hinrchs, who is now a state Supreme Court justice, two weeks ago after being indicted a second time. After he entered a not guilty plea at that time, his attorney gave no hint that a plea deal was in the works, saying only that his February 20 appearance would likely be a routine conference among attorneys in the case.

Mr. Oddone, who remains free on bail, will be formally sentenced on March 19.

Oddone Enters Not Guilty Plea in New Trial for Southampton Killing

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By Stephen J. Kotz

As expected, Anthony Oddone, whose 2009 conviction in the death of a bouncer in a Southampton bar was overturned last year, pleaded not guilty on Thursday, February 6, to a new felony charge of first-degree manslaughter in the case.

State Supreme Court Justice C. Randall Hinrichs, who presided over Mr. Oddone’s appearance in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverside, allowed the defendant to remain free on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment on the new indictment, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

Mr. Oddone is due back on court on February 19, according to his attorney, Serita Kedia of New York, and is only allowed to remain in New York City or travel to Orange County, where his mother lives, as well as Suffolk County for court appearances.

Mr. Oddone had been serving a 17-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter in the 2008 death of Andrew Reister, 40, when the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, overturned his conviction in December, setting the stage for a new trial.

The case revolved around an altercation at the Southampton Publick House between Mr. Oddone and Mr. Reister, a Suffolk County corrections officer who was moonlighting as a bouncer at the bar.

Mr. Reister lost consciousness after Mr. Oddone put him in a headlock, and later died from a lack of oxygen to his brain. An autopsy found that Mr. Reister’s death was caused when his neck was compressed and pressure put on the carotid artery, reducing the flow of blood to his brain and causing his heart to stop.

The Appeals Court overturned the conviction, also presided over by Justice Hinrichs, after Mr. Oddone’s defense argued that witnesses had provided conflicting accounts of the length of time Mr. Oddone held Mr. Reister in the headlock.

Specifically, the court ruled that defense attorneys should have been allowed to refresh the memory of Meagan Flynn, a waitress at the bar, who testified that the headlock could have lasted a minute or so but who in an earlier statement said it could have lasted for as short as six to 10 seconds.

At his first trial, a jury acquitted Mr. Oddone of second-degree murder, which could have carried a life sentence, but instead found him guilty of manslaughter.

Mr. Oddone, a former caddy at The Bridge golf club in Noyac, has been free on bail since shortly before Christmas.

A Festival of Brews

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By Andrew Rudansky


For the brewers of Southampton Publick House, a beer is not just another beverage, but rather a sudsy art form to be perfected over years of extensive trial and error. At the Publick House they take their beer as seriously as a vintner takes his wine, spending hours at the drawing board in a search for that ultimate brew.

Last year, Publick House Brewmaster Phil Markowski and Lead Brewer Evan Addario collaborated on four new beer recipes to be released to the general public. All of these new creations will be showcased this Saturday, January 28, during the fifth annual Russian Imperial Stout Release Party at the Publick House.

Over the years this annual release party has gained quite a following, using the limited quantity and creativity of their beer recipes to draw enthusiasts from as far away as Maine and Alabama.

“People want this beer,” said Addario. “People will travel for these beers, it sells itself for sure.”

Now sold in 20 states, the Southampton Publick House brewery has gained a reputation for creating unique and award winning beer.

The new beers this year, the Southampton Uberliner, the Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic, the Southampton 15th Anniversary Ale and the Southampton Russian Imperial Stout 2012 will be released to the general public in a limited supply, only 650 bottles in total for all four of the beers.

“The Russian Imperial Stout is the big draw,” said Addario, “it is the whole point of the whole party…people go crazy for it.”

Made every year for the release party, the stout is a thick, dark beer with a high alcoholic content of around 11 percent. Lovingly called the “Black Juice of the Devil” by some patrons of the Publick House, the Russian Imperial Stout has become a fan favorite for a large number of beer enthusiasts.

“It is pitch black, you can’t see through it,” said Addario about the stout. “It has a lot of roastyness to it, a bit of coffee to it, and a little bit of chocolate.”

Addario said that every year he and Markowski change the recipe for the Russian Imperial Stout, “We say, ‘What did we like about last year’s, what didn’t we like about last year’s?’ So we tweak the recipe; nothing major but a little bit.”

This year the Publick House is also releasing two sour beers for the release party, the Southampton Uberliner and the Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic. The “souring” of beer occurs when bacteria is added in the brewing process which eats away at the sugar, giving it a distinct sour taste.

The Southampton Uberliner, a new beer that the Publick House is debuting for the first time, is a berliner weisse German sour wheat beer with an alcohol content of 6 percent.

In order to make the Southampton Black raspberry Lambic, the brewers put the beer in chardonnay wine barrels to ferment for 21 months. Addario said that this lengthy process gives the beer a distinct taste of wine and oak.

“People who are sour fans really go crazy over those two styles of beer,” said Addario.

For the less adventurous drinker, Addario recommends the Southampton 15th Anniversary Ale, a beer that combines ingredients from Germany, Britain, the United States, Belgium and France.

“There is a lot of things going on there,” he said, “so there is definitely a flavor profile they will pick out of there that they will enjoy.”

The brewers at the Publick House call themselves “beer nerds,” a title they proudly boast.

“When you look at beer it’s the whole package,” said Addario, “it’s the color, it’s the clarity, it’s the smell, and then it’s the flavor. It’s not just slamming a beer.”

Much like a wine connoisseur, the brewers at Publick House mull over every aspect of their beer.

“The only difference is we don’t spit,” he said.

Doors for the Russian Imperial Stout Release Party open at 11 a.m. In order to deal with increased demand, the Publick House, located at 40 Bowden Square, Southampton, is putting a limit of one case per customer. In addition to selling 750 ml bottles of each brew at $15 apiece, all four the beers will be on tap at the bar all day.



Business Today: Holiday Cheer and Plenty of Beer

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For over a decade The Southampton Publick House has made Christmas ale, Southampton Biere de Garde, in honor of the holiday season. During that time, as craft and microbrew beer has found a cult like following among beer aficionados and hops hounds, Publick House owner Donald Sullivan has had to warn a lot less people that his Christmas ale is not the average Budweiser, packing flavor and a punch to match.

The Publick House has made Southampton Biere de Garde since 1998, always in a small batch, said Sullivan, due to the short length of the holiday season.

“The stronger beers, at first, took time to find an audience,” said Sullivan of his company’s heavier ales. “This one is a farmhouse ale, with origins in Norman France and Belgium. It has an aromatic flavoring, like brandy or cognac.”

Sullivan said the beer is best suited paired with a holiday meal like roast or the French peasant dinner, now considered gourmet by many American standards, of Cassoulet, traditionally a slow-cooked bean, pork, duck and goose stew.

“You are not going to have a couple pints of this while watching a football game,” he joked. “This is a great beer to have with a hearty winter dish as well as one to be savored and enjoyed like a bottle of cognac.”

The Biere de Garde, brewed and packaged at The Publick House, is an ale typical of the Pas-De-Calais region in northern France, and as with the The Publick House is traditionally produced in small batches. According to the Publick House website, the beer is a complex spicy malt flavor accented by imported French Strisslespalt hops, which offer a mild herbal character to the brew. It’s high alcohol content, 7.2 percent, leaves a warming sensation in the throat, not unlike a nice cognac or Scotch.

“Historically, it is served over the holidays,” said Sullivan. “We have served it on our tap at Christmas and it has really taken off, but it is an event beer, a dinner beer and should not be taken lightly.”

The rigorous brewing and in-house bottling of the ale makes it “a labor of love,” said Sullivan.

“It is something you will not find too often,” he said. “It is a style of beer that has found a home in the growing craft beer market.”

Sullivan noted it is that growing market that The Publick House caters too, outside its loyal, year round customers. In The Publick House’s life, a fascination and obsession with craft beer is obvious in the growing shelf space reserved for beers like the Publick House’s Secret Ale – a local and nationwide favorite.

“You can walk into any good supermarket or beverage store and there is an explosion of the variety of styles and brands of beers – seasonal or larger bottle packaging,” said Sullivan. “It is ten times what it was a decade ago.”

The Publick House’s brews can be found at both Peconic Beverage Distributers, in Southampton and East Hampton towns, as well as at Montauk Beverage, Bridgehampton’s King Kullen and Sag Harbor Beverage.

For now, the Publick House is focused on the holiday season, starting with their annual Customer Appreciation Night on Thursday, December 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring $3 drafts, drink specials, DJ Dory and, of course, their Christmas Ale.

The Public House will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day, and has special plans for the New Year with Chef Carl Holfelder serving a three-course prix fixe for $40 per person from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with champagne toasts and music to follow at their midnight party.

 “Ultimately, we are a neighborhood place, a place for the community,” said Sullivan. “That is what our mission is and we try and serve and produce the best beer we can.”

Men’s Fast Pitch: Post Season Teams and Seeds Set

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By Benito Vila

Mathematics makes a difference in softball. Like baseball, it’s called a game of inches for the tiny margins between safe and out, fair and foul.

But there’s more than just spatial geometry involved. Batting averages, runs scored, RBIs, errors, walks, wins and losses all provide a paradise for the statistically inclined.

And at each season’s close, there are “magic numbers”: the number of wins and losses needed to secure playoff spots for some and eliminate others. With four teams vying for two spots going into the last week of play, the calculations of who was in or out were mind-boggling.

As always happens though, things were worked out on the field. Last night Sag Harbor Liquors (15-2) locked up the one seed, thrashing T&S Mott 13-2. Home runs by Jeff Hand and Brian Anderson gave Liquors a 6-0 lead in the second and three late-game misplays in right allowed Liquors to coast to the regular season title. The loss leaves Mott (14-3) as the two seed.

On Wednesday, Southampton Publick House swept a doubleheader from Decker’s Scrubs, securing the three seed for the pubsters and making the Scrubs the four seed. Losses by Pilinko Plumbing and Heating on Monday and Beyel Plumbing and Heating on Tuesday eliminated those teams and added some drama to Decker and Publick House twin bill.

But Publick House put up big numbers, taking game one, 16-0, and game two, 26-11, to gain the head-to-head tie-breaker over Decker and take the higher seed. Publick House pitcher Kristen Bartoldos said she was “on her game” in shutting out the Scrubs on five hits.

Three home runs by Bruce Sanders made her night easier. Sanders came on to pitch in the second game and saw C.J. Shank and Brant Reiner each hammer two over the fence in another run-away win.

The playoff semi-finals are scheduled to start Monday in Mashashimuet Park, Liquors hosting Decker at 7 p.m. and Mott taking on Publick House late. Those games switch for Tuesday, Monday’s late teams coming in early and the early teams late. After an off-day Wednesday, next Thursday will see either game three of the semis or game one of the best-of-five finals.

Standings and This Weeks’ Re-cap

The final standings had Liquors’ 15-2 finish putting them on top, Mott at 14-3 in second. Publick House was third at 9-9 with Decker fourth at 9-8, with Publick House’s owning the head-to-head tie-breaker pushing them ahead. Beyel, at 7-11, Pilinko, at 5-12, and the Sag Harbor Hysterical Society, at 2-16, are already looking to next year.

With rain once again interfering with the schedule last Thursday, games with playoff implications were re-scheduled first this week. That set up a match-up between Beyel and Decker early on Monday that Beyel took 29-16, the umpire suggesting a blocked punt had something to do with outcome.

Sean Beyel credited the win to good team play, saying, “Everybody contributed. It wasn’t just one guy. It was hits and walks up and down the order.” Every run was needed, especially after a two-run homer by the Scrubs’ Cory Cass and a grand slam from Frank Romeo made the score 24-16 in the sixth. Only fine defensive plays by Ike Birdsall in right and Noah Feinberg at second kept Decker from coming all the way back.

In the top of the seventh, a three-run shot by Chris Gregory and a line drive dinger by Vic Fehrm bought Beyel some breathing room. Two more “web gems” by Craig Berkoski at short and Jon Loren in center in the bottom of the seventh finally gave Beyel pitcher Mike D’Angelo the win.

Elimination Games

In the late game Monday, Publick House outscored Pilinko 22-7. A 12-run third proved to be too much for Pilinko, the loss eliminating them from the playoffs. Two-run homers by Publick House’s catcher Shank and first baseman Scott Green set off the rally, breaking open a 6-5 game. Shank ended the rout with a walk-off home run in the sixth.

Beyel saw its post-season dream dashed Tuesday in a 19-4 loss to Liquors. A pair of two-run homers by Brian Anderson and a grand slam from Andy Tuthill gave Liquors 9-4 lead going into the seventh, before a 10-run barrage ended the game.

Publick House’s 14-5 loss to Mott in the late game Tuesday mattered little to the standings but made last night’s Decker-Publick House match-up much more meaningful. In getting the win, pitcher Bob Burden scattered 10 hits while Mott made the most of their 16. Keith Schulmann, Brendan Mott and Mike Lyons all legged out triples for Mott. A single by Sean Mott gave his team a 4-3 lead in the fifth and set off a five-run rally. 

More Math

The most statistically improbable game occurred in last Wednesday’s early game, Liquors hammering the Hysterical Society 33-1. Liquors’ Joe Sullivan went six-for-six with five home runs and a double, knocking in an astounding 16 runs.

In the late game, Beyel built an early 10-3 lead over Publick House only to see it slip away. Publick House scored four in the bottom of the seventh to take the game, 13-12, with Logan Kirby tying the score with a two-out single to center and Danny Rowe driving in the go-ahead run.

Oddone Indicted On Murder Two Charges

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Anthony Oddone, the man police say strangled an off-duty Suffolk County Corrections Officer two weeks ago at a Southampton Village brewery, is now facing two counts of murder in the second degree.

On Wednesday, August 20 Oddone was indicted in Suffolk County Criminal Court on both murder charges and pled not guilty on both counts. He originally faced charges for assault in the first degree, a felony crime that carries a potential maximum sentence of 25 years. Murder in the second degree carries a potential minimum 25, maximum life sentence.

Now that Oddone has formally been indicted, the case represents the first murder in Southampton Village in some 20 years.

On Thursday, August 7 Southampton Village Police said Oddone, 25, of Farmingville got into an altercation with Andrew Reister, 40, of Hampton Bays. After Reister asked Oddone to stop dancing on a table, police said Oddone allegedly held him in a chokehold, even after Reister lost consciousness and despite several patrons trying to stop him.

Reister was reportedly working security at the Southampton Publick House on Bowden Square in Southampton Village when the alleged assault occurred. Charges were upgraded following Reister’s death, although the grand jury indictment was sealed until Wednesday.

According to police, Oddone, who was a caddy at The Bridge golf club in Noyac, fled the scene in a taxicab while patrons of the Southampton brewery tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate Reister using CPR while waiting for police to arrive. Police arrested Oddone on North Sea Road shortly after he fled the restaurant and bar.

Reister was transported to Southampton Hospital by Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance members, and was later sent to the Stony Brook University Medical Center. As a result of the assault, police said he suffered severe brain damage.

On Saturday, August 9 at 11:08 a.m. the husband and father of two young children died as a result of his injuries after he was taken off life support.

At that point Oddone had already been arraigned in Southampton Village Justice Court on August 7 for the assault charges and was held on $500,000 bail. After he pled not guilty to murder charges on Wednesday, Judge C. Randall Hinrichs had him remanded without bail to Rikers Island instead of the Riverhead jail where Reister was employed.

According to published reports, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said the unsealed indictment contains two counts of second-degree murder as his office is still trying to determine whether Oddone intentionally murdered Reister or if the death was a result of reckless conduct. Prosecutors will decide which route they plan to take prior to trial.

Reister’s funeral was held last week, drawing large crowds of co-workers, family and friends to St. Rosalie’s Church and Good Ground Cemetery in Hampton Bays last Thursday.

The Suffolk County Corrections Officers Association is raising funds to help support Reister’s wife Stacey and their two young children. Donations may be made to the Suffolk County Corrections Officers Association, Andrew Reister Welfare Fund, 400 West Main Street, Suite 202 Riverhead, N.Y. 11901.