Police officer, fire official rescue woman and dog from the ice


A Hampton Bays woman who fell through the ice on Tiana Bay on Saturday was pulled to safety by a Southampton Town Police officer and a Hampton Bays fire chief.

Shortly after 1 p.m., police responded to numerous calls that a woman was trying to rescue her dog, which had fallen through the ice. When Officer Jason Davin responded, he found the woman on the beach and the small dog about 50 feet from the shore trapped in the ice.

Officer Davin immediately ran back to his vehicle to retrieve rescue equipment. When he returned, he discovered that the woman had begun using a surfboard to cross the ice in an attempt to save her dog. When she neared the dog, the woman broke through the ice, becoming stranded in the freezing chest-deep water, though she was able to grab her dog.

An assistant fire chief, whom police did not identify at his request, arrived to aid Officer Davin. Together, the two were able to pull the woman and her dog to the beach. First responders from the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance treated the woman and the dog for exposure.

Police say the incident underscores the importance of exercising extreme caution near ice, salt water ice in particular.

Pedestrian Struck

An elderly Brooklyn man was hit by a car Saturday night near the Starbucks in Bridgehampton while crossing Montauk Highway his wife.

Police say a westbound traveling vehicle struck Haywood Shelley, 81, at around 11 p.m. A Bridgehampton Ambulance crew treated Mr. Shelley for a head injury at the scene before he was transported to Stony Brook Medical University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police helicopter. Neither Mr. Shelley’s wife nor the operator of the vehicle was injured.

Police are still investigating the accident.

Hunting Party

Three friends hunting rabbits in Bridgehampton along the railroad tracks off Montauk Highway in December were arrested and charged with walking along the track, a misdemeanor charge under New York State Railroad Law, according to police.

Police say a homeowner observed Luis Rodrigues, 43, and Leonardo Vegelson, 23, both of Farmingville, and Leonardo Lopes, 44 of Selden hunting near the railroad tracks near the witness’s Bridgehampton property shortly before 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 14.

The three were issued a summons to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court and released in the field.

Quick Chase

Southampton Town Police arrested a motorist after he ran away from officers after being stopped for an equipment violation.

At around 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, Troy Robinson, 41, of Hampton Bays was pulled over on Good Ground Road for traveling with expired plates. Police say Mr. Robinson stopped, got out of his 1995 Saturn and took off on foot. After a brief chase, he was apprehended.

Mr. Robinson was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

After being taken into police custody and held for morning arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court, Mr. Robinson was turned over to the New York State Division of Parole for an outstanding parole warrant.

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