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SOUTHAMPTON / Traffic stop yields LIer wanted in Florida

A Hampton Bays man wanted in Florida on two warrants has been arrested by State Police after the vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped for a traffic offense on Sunrise Highway in Southampton.

Police said Richard K. Eberhardt, 32, was arrested Thursday on the charge of being a fugitive from justice. He was arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and remanded without bail to Suffolk County Jail pending extradition to Florida.

Police said the warrants are on charges of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in injury, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and a probation violation. It is from the Miami-Dade County sheriff.

The second warrant was for nonextraditable traffic offenses from the Lee County, Fla., Sheriff's Office, police said.

- John Valenti

EAST HAMPTON TOWN / Bills offer possible debt, budget fixes

Two bills have been introduced in the State Legislature that would allow East Hampton to borrow up to $30 million to address its past debts and to allow the town to spread over 10 years the cost of a possible layoff incentive program for its workers.

State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle Jr. (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemb. Fred Thiele (R-Sag Harbor) have introduced the bills.

East Hampton is still auditing its past budgets to determine precisely how much money was improperly spent and must be paid back. And no buyout program for town workers has yet been proposed by the town board.

The buyout legislation is similar to a bill that was introduced several years ago to allow Nassau County to offer buyouts to its workers and stretch out those costs.

- Mitchell Freedman

NASSAU COUNTY / Third teen charged in robberies

Police say they have arrested the last of three teens who robbed a man of his cell phone in Carle Place last month, then committed a similar robbery a short time later in Westbury.

Markus McIntyre, 17, of 160 Hilton Ave., Hempstead, was arrested Thursday, police said. The two others were arrested that night, Jan. 19.

McIntyre was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and two counts of second-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.

Nassau County police said they previously arrested Keasaan Hargrove, 18, of 126 Windsor Pkwy., Hempstead, and Christopher Williams, 17, of 9 Meadow St., Garden City. Both face the same charges in connection with the robberies.

Police said the trio approached a 37-year-old man on Stonehenge Lane in Carle Place not long after midnight and robbed him of his cell phone and cash. Police said the victim was not injured.

A short time later, police said the trio committed a similar robbery on Ellison Avenue in Westbury.

That victim, 26, was also not injured.

- John Valenti

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