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East Hampton Man Charged in Burglaries

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An East Hampton man, who was arrested in the Town of Babylon following an investigation into several burglaries and thefts in the Amagansett area, is facing nine felony charges. Nicholas C. Gray, 27, of East Hampton was taken into custody by Suffolk County Police officers at the Lindenhurst Motel on April 7.

He was found to be in possession of two handguns, which were reported stolen from a house that was burglarized at 175 Marine Boulevard in Amagansett, East Hampton Town Police said.

Mr. Gray was arraigned on weapons charges in Central Islip on April 8 before being sent to the Suffolk County jail in Riverside when he was unable to post $30,000 bail. On April 21, he was arraigned on a total of nine felony charges, related to the burglary of two houses on Marine Boulevard in Amagansett, the theft of two vehicles, and the possession of the stolen weapons. He was returned to county jail when he was unable to post $40,000 cash bail, according to Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Town police also announced the separate arrest of two men in connection with the burglary of a house at 5 Seventh Avenue in East Hampton on April 16. The thieves made off with $1,500 in cash, according to police. Captain Chris Anderson of the East Hampton Town Police said their arrest was not connected to the Gray case.

Donya Davis, 20 of Accabonac Highway in East Hampton and Juan Cano, 19, of Duryea Avenue in Montauk, have been charged with one count each of burglary in the second degree and Mr. Cano was charged with possession of marijuana.

Captain Anderson said the investigations were continuing and asked that anyone with information to contact police at (631) 537-7575.


Bridgehampton Man Faces Murder Charges

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Suffolk County Police arrested Brandon Davis, 19, of Bridgehampton on Friday and charged him with the murder of Taleik Bristel, of Medford. Davis faces charges of murder in the second degree, a felony. He will be arraigned Saturday morning at First District Court in Central Islip.

According to police, the arrest comes after an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad into a shooting that took place Christmas morning, around 3:30 a.m. at Whitestar MTR. Sixth Precinct police officers responded to a 911 call after a caller reported that masked men had entered the Cedarhurst Ave. business, demanded money and shot four people.

Three of the victims were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. A fourth victim,  Bristel, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.


County’s New DWI Task Force To Start This Weekend

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By Claire Walla

Responding to the number of arrests for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) here on the East End, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Wednesday, May 23 the creation of a new East End DWI Task Force.

Flanked by Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, SCDA Bureau Chief Steve Kuehhas and police chiefs from the 10 East End police departments, as well as officials from Suffolk County Police, Suffolk Park Police and New York State Police, Spota said the task force would begin operations this Friday, May 25 — just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

The task force will involve 41 police officers from departments across the East End, who will work under the auspices of the district attorney’s office to patrol certain areas where high rates of drunk driving have been identified. According to a representative in the district attorney’s office, all East End department chiefs reportedly got together to identify these “hot spots” throughout the county where DWI arrests have been common.

For obvious reasons, she added, the specifics of these locations and the times when the task force will be deployed are being withheld from the public.

Spota said in a press release that the philosophy behind the formation of the task force is to employ a team approach to cracking down on people who drive while intoxicated. Officers will cross over jurisdictional boundaries to collectively patrol certain targeted areas.

“Local police departments in the five towns and villages don’t have the resources to focus solely on drunk and drugged drivers on holiday weekends,” Spota is quoted as saying. “This team strategy will augment local law enforcement and make the expansion of the enforcement action on the East End more mobile and responsive.”

According to figures released by the D.A.’s office, the total number of DWI arrests processed in East End town and justice courts from 2009 to 2011 averaged 1,100 to 1,200 per year.