It is no surprise that some of the most talked about stories are those that have to do with the crimes alleged to have been committed in our small town. Here are just five of the most read crime-related stories of 2012:
• Montauk Man Sentenced in Child Sex Crime Case
In May, a Montauk man was sentenced to six months of jail time and 10 years of probation on Friday after pleading guilty to six felony counts related to child sex charges. Paul Apostolides, an owner of Paulie's Tackle in Montauk, was arrested in November of 2011, and after posting $150,000 bond, pleaded guilty to the six charges on April 12 of this year.
• Danny Pelosi: Wife Had Ted Ammon Killed
Convicted murderer Danny Pelosi changed his tune in March, seven years after he was convicted for bludgeoning Ted Ammon in the wealthy financier's East Hampton home in 2001. In an interview with ABC News, Pelosi claimed Generosa Ammon had somebody else kill her estranged husband out of revenge.
• Mother Faces Child's Molester at Sentencing
"She always asks me, 'Why did he do these things to me?,'" she toldHenry P. Lopez Gonzalez. She said all she can tell her daughter is how proud she was that she was brave enough to tell about the abuse. Lopez Gonzalez, 28, was arrested in March 2011 when he walked into East Hampton Town police headquarters and confessed to sexually abusing three children. He was indicted and the case was moved to county court.
On May 23, police pulled over a car they said was being driven erratically through East Hampton Village. A man jumped out of the car and said he had been shot, then got back in the car and the driver took off, leading police from four jurisdictions on a chase to Southampton Hospital. The 20-year-old victim underwent surgery, while police searched for the person responsible for the incident that took place on Springs Fireplace Road. The shooter was arrested the following week and later took a plea deal. The driver was also charged.
• Judge: Stay-Away from 'Diddy'
Quamine T. Taylor was ordered to stay away from rap impressario Sean "Diddy" Combs and his East Hampton estate, where Taylor was arrested in late March. East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana issued a stay-away order of protection at Taylor's appearance on Thursday.
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