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Week in Review: Sag Harbor Store Robbed; Volunteers Train for Major Incidents

After robbery in Sag Harbor, police released sketch of one man involved.

Credit: Emily Peterson/Courtesy of Springs Fire Department
Credit: Emily Peterson/Courtesy of Springs Fire Department
1. Police Release Sketch of Man Wanted in Sag Harbor Robbery

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the couple who robbed the Corner Closet in Sag Harbor at gunpoint on Tuesday night.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and the Sag Harbor Village Police Department released a sketch of the male robber on Wednesday night. They are asking for the public's help in identifying him and locating both robbers.


2. 
Emergency Personnel Prove They're Prepared for Major Incidents

The most comprehensive mass casualty incident drill in recent memory was held in Montauk on Sunday, preparing police, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel throughout the town for large scale emergencies. 

Fire departments and ambulance agencies from Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs, and Sag Harbor, responded to a staged motor vehicle accident on Old Montauk Highway, near Cemetery Road, in Montauk on Sunday morning, along with East Hampton Town police. 

The situation: A small bus rolled over after hitting a van and a car. There were 36 "victims" — a few of whom were "deceased" upon arrival. 

3.
Canine Unit Sniffs Out Man Who Tried To Steal Car in East Hampton Village

James G. Sbardella, a 33-year-old homeless man who is wanted in Florida for violating his parole, was arrested after he tried to steal a car in East Hampton Village on Thursday night, Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said on Friday.

Police were called to 10 Buell Lane Extension just after 8 p.m., where a man was in the process of trying to steal a car. The man had already fled when police arrived, but responding officers, with the help of the town police, established a perimeter. They called in a canine unit from the Riverhead Town police and a helicopter from Suffolk County police aviation to help locate him.

The search dog tracked the man 69 Buell Lane Extension, where Sbardella was found hiding and taken into custody.

4. Fire Marshal: 'Catastrophic' Electrical Event Caused Montauk Blaze

Fire marshals believe they have figured out the cause of the blaze that destroyed two small houses in the Montauk Shores Condominiumson Deforest Road last week. 

Tom Baker, the fire marshal leading the investigation, said on Friday that he believes it was a "catastrophic event regarding the electric service or the electric panel" in unit 100, the southern building. The flames spread to unit 101 to the north, which is about 12 to 15 feet away, causing irreparable damage, he said.

5. Looming Large: Springs Girl's Generosity Turns Bracelet Fad into Charity

Rainbow Loom, colorful rubber bands that make bracelets, necklaces and more, are all the rage with kids. One local sixth-grader is using them to bring a smile to children with cancer, and as it turns out one of those patients is a relative of a teacher in her school.

Springs School student Kailee Brabant, 11, didn't even really know first-grade teacher Jodie Hallman, but the two have become partners in a project and they've gotten the whole school involved.

Over the summer, Kailee was making one bracelet after another when it occurred to her that she really didn't need all of them. "And then it came to me," Kailee said, "I could send them to sick children who maybe are not strong enough to make them." Loom for Love was born. 

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