A look back at the headlines from this past week on Patch:
Big News of the Week
Case Will Be Dismissed Against Driver in Fatal Crash: No alcohol or "active drugs" in Brian Midgett's system, but trace amounts of marijuana and empty Hydrocodone bottle found, DA says.
- RELATED: : Susan Menu says DUI charges against her client will be dismissed.
Family of Missing Vacationer Say Disappearance 'Left Hole in Our Hearts': George Richardson described as loving and caring, as Dix Hills family speaks out for the first time since he went missing from Montauk motel.
: Stiff competition at the East Hampton Town Trustee's Largest Clam Contest on Sunday, which brought out many to marvel at the big specimens.
Get Your Boots On: October Hikes on the South Fork: From Quogue to Montauk, groups plan public hikes for everyone from novices to experienced outdoorsmen.
Scarecrows Making a Comeback: Get your Montauk location and get to working on your scarecrow — judging starts Oct. 5.
Crime & Courts
: Victim told police he was afraid he was going to die on the way to the hospital.
Defendant Who Sliped Away from Cops Surrenders: Justin Cruz was arrested on a stolen property charge in Springs on Thursday morning, when he fled, police say.
: Two officers eventually subdue defendant who was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
: Congressional candidates spar in Riverhead.
Village Says No to Pine Barren Credit Transfer for Bayberry Cottage Expansion: Applicant asked village to accept .25 of a credit to relieve her from county health department requirements to make her cottage 300 square feet bigger.
: Andrew Goldstein apologized for actions during discussion about Maidstone Club application; Trustees say they won't tolerate similar conduct in future.
DEC Responds to Wastewater Petition; Says It Takes Issue Seriously: The DEC says it does not "have the empirical evidence to show what impacts on-site septic systems have on nitrogen levels in the Peconic Bay."
Resurgence of Foxes More Exciting than Possible Jaguar: Director of the Wild Dog Foundation Frank Vincenti explains the importance of foxes on the East End.
East Hampton Put on Notice Lawsuits May Be Forthcoming: Quiet Skies Coalition chair says they are at "unprecedented point" after Multi-Town Helicopter Noise Committee met on Monday.
TELL US: Are You Sick of Election Junk Mail? Sound off about mail from candidates in the months leading up to the November election.
Whooping Cough Pops Up at Pierson: Sag Harbor Express reports parents were informed two days ago about the first case of the 2012-13 school year.
Principal Thanks Community for Coming out in Force for Homecoming: Adam Fine notes those that made the day possible, including custodians and grounds crew.
Bonac Hall of Fame Inducts First Class: Ross Glad, Howard Wood, Jack Graves, Magaret Dunn and others recognized during Homecoming on Saturday.
Bonac Reclaims Hampton Cup: East Hampton crushes Mariners in 42-7 homecoming win.