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News Nearby: Judges Recuse Themselves From Diner Case

Also, big decisions for voters in the Bridgehampton Fire District special election Dec. 10.

Here’s a look at some of the top news stories that made headlines in and around your community this past week.

East Hampton

Tuskegee Airman Lee A. Hayes, of East Hampton, Dies at 91

Lee A. Hayes, a Tuskegee Airman and bomber pilot during World War II and an East Hampton resident most of his life, died at home on Wednesday. He was 91. Hayes was among the group of African-American pilots who broke through the military’s color barrier during World War II. In 2012, theSuffolk County Historical Societyhonored Hayes during a photo exhibit celebrating the contributions of Hayes and the Tuskegee airmen.

Southampton

Big Decisions Loom in Bridgehampton Fire District Election Tuesday

Voters in the Bridgehampton Fire District will be making some key decisions on Dec. 10, including who should sit on the board of commissioners and a referendum that would transfer the treasurer from an elected position to an appointed post.

According to the district’s newly hired attorney Brad Pinsky, the referendum would shift the treasurer position from a three-year, elected term to a one-year appointed term.

Riverhead

Family of Cyclist Killed on Sound Avenue Reacts After Driver Arrested Again…

A man who police said drove while on methadone with four children in the car, hitting and killing a bicyclist last November, is behind bars again, according to authorities. William Slatton, 30, was arrested on Nov. 13 at 3:25 p.m. and charged with grand larceny in the first degree, a felony, after allegedly stealing a credit card, according to police records. He is being held in lieu of $15,000 cash bail and $7500 bond. The arrest came two months after Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota — and the victim's family — expressed frustration that initial charges against Middle Island resident Slatton, could be dropped after the tragic incident last November that killed Kane.

North Fork

6-Week Old Baby Dies, Go Fund Me Page Helps Raise Money for Funeral…

Joshua Caleb Palladino was only six weeks old when he died on Wednesday night. The baby had been fighting for his young life after complications at birth, a Go Fund Me page set up by Jamie Galloway said.

Westhampton-Hampton Bays

Southampton Justices Recuse Themselves from Diner Case

A hearing on a near 8-year-old criminal case involving code violations at the Hampton Bays Diner and a $25 million civil suit filed by owner Frank Vlahadamis has been stymied after four judges recused themselves from hearing the case.

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