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Feb 3, 2010 1:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach board member, father of Village Police chief, exchange words in supermarket

Feb 3, 2010 1:00 PM

Harsh words were exchanged between a Westhampton Beach Village Board member and the father of Village Police Chief Ray Dean Friday morning at a local supermarket, according to separate police reports that describe the encounter.

Board member Jim Kametler told Westhampton Beach Police that he was shopping at the Waldbaum’s on Sunset Avenue at around 8:50 a.m. on January 29 when Ed Dean, the father of Chief Dean, “stuck his finger up to my face” and yelled obscenities at him. Mr. Kametler also told police that there has been an ongoing problem between the two of them for about a year.

The report does not describe the issue. However, Mr. Kametler sits on the five-member Village Board that has to date refused to award Chief Dean a new contract. Chief Dean has been working without a contract since the end of 2008.

Mr. Kametler, a retired Village Police officer, reported the incident at 11:43 a.m. on Friday, explaining to authorities that he just wanted the incident documented. He could not be reached for comment.

Ed Dean filed a complaint of his own on Monday, February 1, at 10:30 a.m., and provided police with a different set of events, according to police records. Mr. Dean, who lives in Westhampton Beach, reported that Mr. Kametler approached him at Waldbaum’s and asked him to step outside.

After agreeing to step outside the supermarket, Mr. Dean said Mr. Kametler told him: “You’re out in Greenport. I know everything there is to know about you,” according to the police report.

Mr. Dean, 70, told police that he also wanted the incident documented. He told officers that he felt intimidated by Mr. Kametler’s actions because he is younger and serves on the Village Board.

Ed Dean could not be reached for comment.

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This is a joke, right?

What is wrong with the drinking water in WHB? This question is not a joke BTW.

Why can't two adults act like adults?

Why is the world at war?

Go to WHB Waldbaums I guess.
By PBR (4940), Southampton on Feb 2, 10 6:25 PM
to set the record straight,this has nothing to do with the chiefs contract,this has been going on for much longer than 1 year,as reported in the press. this started way back when jim wanted to be a detective and thought because he was good friends with ray it would be a given,well he wasn't qualifed and therefore didn't get the postion,that's when this vendictive behavior by jim started.since then ill feelings have grown on both sides.it is not to say that this was not an unfortunate happening,however,as ...more
By curious (77), westhampton beach on Feb 2, 10 6:58 PM
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There's got to be more to this then is being reported here!

The Beach Blogger wrote about this more entertainingly yesterday, but it's still a silly story. No punches were even thrown.
By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Feb 2, 10 7:44 PM
Betcha Dean was buying meat
By Hambone (511), New York on Feb 2, 10 9:56 PM
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GROWUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By lursagirl (231), southampton on Feb 2, 10 10:12 PM
Well "JIM THE GUN" strikes AGAIN.
Maybe someone should now look into how many police reports "JIM THE GUN" made against other people that were FALSE.
Look into Southampton and State Police.
There is a pattern.
When you were "TOLD" to retire there must have been a reason.
Maybe Dean should have taken action against "JIM THE GUN" when he had the chance instead of covering his butt.
WAKE UP WESTHAMPTON BEACH AND GET RID OF ALL THESE OVERPAID DO NOTHING BUMS
By oldguy (60), hamptons on Feb 2, 10 10:52 PM
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LMAO, what a joke. why even publish this?
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Feb 2, 10 11:07 PM
Does ANYONE think its time to:
CLEAN UP THIS TOWN ???
I would like to know if they had to WAKE UP the offices to take the report.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 2, 10 11:14 PM
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HAHAHAHAHA ...
By AndersEn (169), Southampton on Feb 2, 10 11:23 PM
We have terrorists in Westhampton beach and their terrorizing each other.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Feb 3, 10 1:11 AM
Do people really care about this?
By it never ends... (25), SMITHTOWN on Feb 3, 10 9:33 AM
Told ya Westhampton Beach is the "DRAMA CAPITAL OF THE HAMPTONS". I guess Kametler is board now that backyard hunting season is over and his illegal B&B was shut down. So now he picks on 70 year old men in a Waldbaum's. That's really mature boys,,and to think he used to be a police officer. Wow!!!
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Feb 3, 10 10:53 AM
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why is everyone ganging up on kametler? he's a good man; so what if he shot at a racoon; at least he is not hiding his coworkers guns
By realdeal (23), Southampton on Feb 3, 10 11:01 AM
ARE YOU NUTS or JUST A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY???
He miss used his power when he was on the police force,he was told to retire or the was going to be in trouble so he retired.HE has ALWAYS filed false claim with Southampton PD and State Police as did his new wife.He has had a illegal B&B and HE THINKS WHO HE IS and I could keep going.
So now tell me what a good man he is !!!!
HE IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IN WESTHAMPTON BEACH.
And that is the REAL DEAL
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 3, 10 4:12 PM
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Since you know him so well maybe you can ask him why he was being looked at for breaking into another police officers locker when he was a SO-CALLED police officer
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 4, 10 12:58 PM
does this sound like 'senior abuse'? why would kametler run to the police because cross words were exchanged,little like running to mamma cause someone said something he didn't like......did he think perhaps he would cause embarrasement to the dean fa mily,sorry but anyone who knows both men,knows what this about,it's silly to even have this in the press,except it shows once again the true side of jim kametler.try ing to intimadate a 70 year old with going outside is shameful, he makes himself ...more
By curious (77), westhampton beach on Feb 3, 10 11:24 AM
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Why does he run to the police??? Easy he sleeps under a rock
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 3, 10 6:04 PM
Seriously? Is this really worthy of press coverage? I mean what's next: are you going to report on every little squabble that occurs within the confines of the Hamptons?

Let's refrain from going the tabloid route, guys; leave that to the folks over at Cablevision...
By Pedro Salazar (22), Center Moriches on Feb 3, 10 2:14 PM
BIG NEWS JUST IN....!!! It was just reported that a man and the deli clerk at Walbaums have just exchanged words because his Honey Maple Turkey was cut to thick...!!!!
By it never ends... (25), SMITHTOWN on Feb 3, 10 2:23 PM
Jim Kametler is an embrassment to the Village and to the position he holds on the Board. How did he ever get elected? He was unqualified to be a dedective,was forced out of the police department, and gets elected as a village offical. It makes no sense.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Feb 3, 10 2:41 PM
He was not even qualified to be a regular officer
WESTHAMPTON BEACH IS THE JOKE OF THE HAMPTONS
LETS GET RID OF ALL THESE BUM'S
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 3, 10 4:17 PM
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As opposed to an...irregular officer?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Feb 4, 10 5:36 PM
VIVAN LOS NACHOS LIBRES!!!!!! ajuaaa!!! aaaayyayayayy!!!!!!palomita!!!!!
By polito (14), wainscott on Feb 3, 10 3:41 PM
TRY ENGLISH
THIS IS
AMERICA
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 3, 10 4:15 PM
This is not a newsworthy story. Unfortunate it made to a public forum.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Feb 3, 10 3:52 PM
This really is a silly story.

Meanwhile, there was a serious accident less than half a mile from my home in which one person was killed -- and neither 27 East or the Southampton Press can be bothered to mention it! (Both Newsday and Channel 12 did.)

Why the news blackout of this incident?
By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Feb 4, 10 12:31 PM
This accident? http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=259001
By BOReilly (135), 27east Web Editor on Feb 4, 10 12:38 PM
Yes, that's the one -- never saw it listed in the headlines or in the Southampton section. I should have looked deeper as I see it made the Flanders section yesterday afternoon.

How could I have ever doubted the Press' nose for news? Thank you.
By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Feb 4, 10 12:48 PM
Being a Quiogue local I am glad to be just outside the village at times like these. Seems to me that the real gunfire here should be drawn against the damn tourists and not local against local-few enough of us left as it is. As for the local police forces there have always been screwups and law violators-when weren't they screwing around or involved in something or other? Please remember it was the local kids that were in trouble that got shipped off to the miltary instead of jail. When they came ...more
By OnQuiogue (5), Westhampton Beach on Feb 4, 10 1:31 PM
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B-b-b-but. aren't those "citidiots" the backbone of the East End economy?
By Frank Wheeler (1816), Northampton on Feb 4, 10 3:51 PM
WHAT ARE YOU TAKING ABOUT??
THEY ARE ALL OVER PAID BUM'S
THE SO-CALLED POLICE FORCE IS OVER 28% OF MY TAX DOLLARS AND WHAT DO THEY DO SLEEP,LIE AND HIDE
GET RIDE OF ALL THESE BUM's
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 4, 10 4:36 PM
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Interesting, after reading OnQuiogue's post "not the brightest of bulbs" is exactly what came to my mind about it's author. I guess you are in good company OnQuiogue.
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Feb 4, 10 4:09 PM
Too much J2 jet fuel in the WHB drinking water?
By PBR (4940), Southampton on Feb 5, 10 6:45 PM
putting water filters on my shopping list!
By Quioguebirder (10), on Feb 5, 10 8:20 PM
Village trustees are fighting in Walbaums, and graphs are being produced about the inconsistancy of the cost of chocalate chip cookies from Simons Bakery on the Westhampton Beach Blog. What a mess!
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Feb 6, 10 6:05 PM
READ THE WESTHAMPTON BEACH POLICE REPORT
NOW TELL ME WHAY WE NEED THIS OVER PAID DO NOTHING POICE DEPARTMENT OR THIS BOARD
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 6, 10 11:56 PM
WHB Police Cruiser turned right off Oneck Lane onto Montauk Hwy at 12:23pm February 9, 2010 and did not stop for the red light that he had at that intersection and he crossed the double yellow line while making the turn. Someone should stop that vehicle and administer field sobriety test to that officer..my gosh, he may be driving his patrol car under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Probably in a hurry to the deli to get his lunch and ice tea.
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Feb 9, 10 1:59 PM
Car #114
By sayitaintsojoe (100), Westhampton on Feb 9, 10 2:00 PM
No Its car
54 WERE ARE YOU
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Feb 12, 10 11:01 PM
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The Hampton Classic, Horse Show, Bridgehampton