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Aug 19, 2008 1:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

TWO COUNTS OF MURDER AGAINST ACCUSED IN TAVERN ATTACK

Aug 19, 2008 1:36 PM

Chief Wilson said he believes the investigation into the case will continue for some time.

“It just still blows my mind,” said Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, who is also the village’s police commissioner. “There’s no explanation that’s ever going to be good enough to explain what happened that night.”

The mayor said he, Chief Wilson, the village attorney, building inspector and fire marshal need to sit down and look over village regulations concerning restaurants and taverns. He said he would be comfortable having the village mandate security requirements for establishments where alcohol is served. “I’m more interested in preserving the quality of life for the people who live here than providing an entertainment establishment for people to come in and do whatever,” he said.

Chief Wilson said since the state issues liquor licenses, and not the village, regulations requiring a certain number of security guards at establishments with liquor licenses would probably have to come from the New York State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He added that it may not be legal or proper for the village to become involved in how establishments run their business.

Police officers in New York State are barred from working second jobs at liquor-licensed establishments, but that same restriction does not apply to corrections officers, like Mr. Reister.

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I can't begin to fathom how members of The Bridge think that they are doing a good thing by taking up a collection for Oddone's defense. Multiple people saw him choke a man to unconsciousness. It's not like there is some question as to his guilt or innocence!
I know a number of bouncers out here, all of whom are decent people, some of whom have families, and I know that (until this happened) the last thing from their minds was that they might not make it back home.
It's just awful.
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