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Police Report: Yonkers Man Arrested for DWI

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DWI arrest:
On Nov. 19, police arrested Craig S. Pearson, 51, of Yonkers, on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense) and refusal to take a breath test. Pearson was stopped by police at the intersection of Old Lyme Road and Normandy Lane. Upon being stopped, Pearson told police he and his husband had just gotten into an altercation, but he was unable to provide details. While speaking with police, Pearson had difficulty answering simple questions. Patrol smelled alcohol and asked Pearson if he had been drinking. He said he had not. Patrol asked Pearson to step outside the car to perform field sobriety tests. Pearson appeared unsteady on his feet upon exiting the car. His eyes were red and watery. Pearson was unable to perform the tests successfully. Upon attempting to perform an alco-senor test, patrol noticed that Pearson was not blowing into the device, thus failing to provide a breath sample. Pearson was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. At headquarters, Pearson was placed under constant supervision because he refused to answer multiple questions during the process of suicide screening and because he was emotional. Pearson presented with minor facial injuries, so police called Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps to assess his condition. A medic advised that Pearson was not in need of immediate medical care. At headquarters, Pearson did not provide an adequate sample to complete a Datamaster test to assess his blood alcohol level. His car, a 2015 Kia, was impounded for safekeeping.

Dead on Arrival
On Nov. 13, Inez Lilien, 77, of Sycamore Road, died at home in her sleep.

Harassment
A Quaker Ridge woman reported being harassed by her husband Nov. 13.

Message
On Nov. 17, a Brambach Road woman asked police to deliver a message to her sister-in-law, who was parked outside her house, allegedly waiting to speak with the woman and the woman's husband. The woman did not want to speak with her sister-in-law. After police relayed this message, the sister-in-law left.

Language barrier
Police helped resolve an unproductive verbal exchange between a customer and a Garth Road business owner Nov. 17. Due to a language barrier, there was difficulty with an order. Police managed to resolve the confusion.

Cars and roadways
On Oct. 13, a tire fell off a truck while the driver was making a delivery on Garth Road. Police stood by to provide traffic control around the disabled truck, while the driver awaited help from a tow truck.

As a courtesy, patrol called a tow truck for a car with a flat tire on Secor Road Nov. 13.

A caller reported a person on a bicycle holding onto a green pickup truck on Bypass Nov. 14. Police searched the area but did not find the truck or the bicyclist.

A concerned citizen reported aggressive driving by a young man in a Mazda on Mamaroneck Road and Crossway. Police went to the registered owner's house. The owner said her newly licensed son had been driving the car. She said she would speak with him about the caller's concerns and about the importance of safe driving.

Police saw a parked car with an open trunk at Chase Road and Spencer Place Nov. 15. Patrol found the car's owner and advised him to secure the car, which the owner did.

On Sept. 15, police noticed a 2012 Hyundai with a headlight out on Bell Road. After initiating a traffic stop, a DMV check revealed that the car's registration had been suspended for an insurance lapse. Police issued appropriate summonses to the driver, who was from Yonkers. Police removed the car's license plates and arranged for a tow company to tow the car to the driver's house.

The property manager for a Sage Terrace house reported an unknown car parked in the driveway Nov. 16. Police tracked down the owner of the car, who was a neighbor. The owner said she temporarily parked her car in the Sage Terrace driveway because a moving truck was blocking access to her driveway. She moved the car and said she would not do it again.

A driver reported being followed by a black sedan with Florida license plates, driven by a heavyset white man, Nov. 17. The man allegedly got out of his sedan on Depot Place, engaged in a verbal argument with the driver and hit the driver's car with his hand. Police went to Depot Place, but neither party was there.

Patrol removed an errant traffic cone from Post Road Nov. 17.

A car was blocking a fire hydrant on Bell Road Nov. 17. Police got the driver to move the car.

While a disabled compact excavator was being loaded onto a tow truck on Crane Road, the excavator damaged Crane Road's pavement Nov. 17. The operator of the excavator agreed with police that his paving company, out of Yonkers, would repair the damage he caused, following coordination with the Village.

People pushed a disabled car into the parking lot of the public safety building on Post and Mamaroneck roads Nov. 17. Dispatch called a tow truck for assistance.

A Johnson Road resident accidentally left her car door ajar, while parked outside her house, Nov. 17. Police informed her, and she secured the car.

The highway department was notified about large leaf piles blocking the roadway on Sherbrooke Road Nov. 18.

Police removed a fallen branch from Saxon Woods Road, and they notified the highway department about a fallen tree on Overhill Road Nov. 19.

Police used cones to block a section of Vernon Road, pending Con Edison's work to address a branch resting on wires, Nov. 19.

On Nov. 19, police and firefighters closed Forest and Eastwoods lanes because of a fallen tree and snapped utility pole with fallen wires. Firefighters assisted with crowd control and kept the public away from potential hazards related to the fallen wires.

Police notified Verizon about a fallen wire on both Chesterfield Road and Hickory Lane Nov. 19.Hickory

A tree fell on a Post Road house Nov. 19.

Patrol issued a summons to a driver with a suspended registration and a suspended license Nov. 19 after the driver passed a patrol car on Bypass. The suspensions were the result of unpaid parking violations out of White Plains. Patrol removed the car's license plates and allowed the driver to arrange a private tow to return his car to his house in White Plains.

Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Civil matter
A Boulevard resident reported his neighbor was digging up property without permission Nov. 13. Patrol spoke with the building department and learned the neighbor had a permit to replace his driveway. Patrol informed the resident that everything was in good order.

A Carman Road man reported a problem with a microwave delivery Nov. 18. The man said he paid in full for delivery and installation of the microwave. However, the delivery crew said they did not have enough experience to install the microwave. They offered to take back the microwave, and the company offered to reschedule the delivery with a more experienced crew.

Dog
A highway worker found a loose dog on Birchall Drive Nov. 15. The dog belonged to a Birchall Drive resident. With assistance from police, the highway worker made arrangements to take the dog back to its owner's house.

Lost and found
A Sprague Road resident reporting losing his wallet somewhere between New York City and his house Nov. 15. The wallet contained $25, a driver's license, credit and debit cards and miscellaneous personal papers.

A passerby found a Bank of America debit card on Huntington Avenue, near Greenacres School, Nov. 16. Attempts to locate the owner were unsuccessful. Police are holding the card at headquarters for safekeeping.

On Nov. 18, a woman reported losing her wallet after using it to pay for a book at Scarsdale Public Library. She said she might have left it on the counter, but an employee said no one turned in a lost wallet. It contained $100 cash, a driver's license, an insurance card, a registration card, health insurance cards and multiple credit cards.

Firefighters
Firefighters stood by for Con Edison after verifying a gas leak at a curb valve on White Road Nov. 16.

The Ambassador residential facility, on Saxon Woods Road, was without power Nov. 18. The generator was not large enough to supply power to the entire building, and critical patients, in need of electrically powered health care equipment, were moved to areas with power. Firefighters assisted building staff and stood by until Con Edison corrected the problem.

This week, firefighters assisted with one car accident and responded to a total of 28 calls in the village.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Nov. 13-19 has been compiled from official information.

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Police Report: SPD Busy with Stolen Purse, ID Theft, Keyed Car and Odd Package Delivery

carskeyedStolen purse: A White Plains woman's purse was stolen out of her unlocked, parked car while attending a cub scout event on Wayside Lane Nov. 9. The purse contained $20 cash, credit cards and a driver's license, wallet and personal documents.

Identity theft
On Nov. 12, a Fox Meadow Road woman reported her personal information and her Toys-R-Us credit card information were used to open a Jet.com account. Fraudulent purchases, for over $1,000, were made on the account, and deliveries were made to a Connecticut address. The account was closed and the company's fraud department is following up.

Criminal mischief
A Mount Vernon woman reported her 2016 Acura was intentionally damaged while parked on Garth Road while the woman was attending a class at Soul Cycle Nov. 12. The woman's friend had been holding a street parking space for the Acura before the woman parked it there. When the women came out of the class and back to the car, the car had a long, deep scratch on the driver's side, across both doors. Police are following up by investigating security surveillance cameras.

Package
On Nov. 9, a Walworth Avenue man reported that he found a Macy's package, bearing his address but another person's name, on his front porch Nov. 6. On Nov. 7, the man found a note on his porch. It was allegedly written by the person whose name was on the package. The note stated the person's package was accidentally delivered to the man's address on Walworth Avenue. The man caller the person at a number provided. The man instructed the person to come to his office on Popham Road to pick up the package. The man asked the office receptionist to check the person's ID. When the person came to the office to pick up the package, the person stated he did not have ID on him. He became "agitated" according to the receptionist, so she gave him the package without checking his ID. Patrol advised the man and the office staff to contact police if a similar incident happens again. Similar incidents have allegedly occurred in New Rochelle and on Lincoln Road.

Arrest on warrant
On Nov. 11, police arrested Ashani A. Lewis, 25, of Plantation, Florida, on the strength of an active arrest warrant issued out of New York City Police Department's warrant section. Lewis was observed speeding 60 mph on Bypass. The car's back license plate was also covered with a tinted screen, making it difficult to read. Lewis was pulled over by police and asked to show his driver's license. Lewis said he only had a driver's license from Jamaica. After some investigation, police learned Lewis's driving privileges had been suspended seven times, with six scoffs on four separate dates. Police also learned that Lewis was wanted by NYPD's warrant division. Lewis was arrested by Scarsdale police and charged with speeding, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and a license plate display violation. Police contacted NYPD and learned that NYPD personnel would not be able to pick up Lewis for a few days. Lewis was therefore released on $250 cash bail and ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice Court on Nov. 15. Lewis's passenger, who had a driver's license and was the registered owner of the car Lewis had been driving, was released with the car.

Disputes
Police intervened and mediated a verbal dispute between two residents in a group home on Post Road Nov. 7. Neither physical violence nor threats occurred. A residential counselor took control of the situation after police calmed the involved parties.

A Heathcote father reported his son and wife were having a dispute Nov. 10. When police arrived at the house, the father said he was mistaken and that his wife said there was no dispute. The wife, who was the boy's mother, said her son wanted to use her phone, but she did not want him to use it. Neither the wife/mother nor son was willing to speak with police. The son locked himself in his bedroom and only spoke to police through the locked door. Both the son and the wife/mother were rational, coherent and seemed emotionally stable. The father spoke with police and said the son does not listen to either parent and is disrespectful to them. Patrol advised about counseling options and family court, if needed.

Police helped a taxi driver and a passenger, on Mamaroneck Road work out a dispute over taxi fare Nov. 10.

Police spoke with a woman walking her dog on Garth Road who had gotten into a verbal dispute with another pedestrian who had been walking a dog off leash Nov. 11. Police advised the woman to avoid direct confrontations with other citizens over village infractions and instead call police.

A group of teens "exchanged words" with another teen and that teen's girlfriend in the 7-Eleven store on Garth Road after midnight, Nov. 12. A 7-Eleven employee called police. When patrol arrived at the store, some of the teens had already left. Patrol determined that there was no physical fight involved – just words.

Broken glass
On Dec. 7, a Franklin Road woman reported the bottom panel of her glass storm door was broken. A box of shoes from Amazon had been delivered and was on the ground near the broken storm door. Police examined the door and found no signs of criminality. The woman said she would contact the delivery service to ascertain more information about the delivery and attempt to determine if the door was broken as a result of the delivery.

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Police issued a summons to a paving contractor who was using water from a village fire hydrant to mix cement for a Taunton Road construction site Nov. 8. The contractor's hose was disconnected and water department official were called to check the integrity of the hydrant.

Damaged property
A Foxhall Road resident reported damaged property due to sewer cleaning in the area Nov. 9. The resident showed police alleged damage caused to his wood floors, bathroom and entryway rug. Police informed the village engineer.

Suspicious man
A Madison Road homeowner reported seeing a man outside his rear kitchen door at 11 a.m., Nov. 9. The man was described as a clean-cut, white man wearing black pants, a black shirt, black shoes and a black hat. He had a beard and mustache. The homeowner attempted to get the man's attention by knocking on a window, but the man appeared confused and would not make eye contact, the homeowner said. The man then walked to the front of the house and north on Madison Avenue.

Banging noise
A Kelwynne Road man reported someone was banging on his back door at 5 a.m., Nov. 10. After investigation, police determined the door was left unlocked and was able to move and "bang" in the wind. The homeowner was satisfied with patrol's assessment of the situation.

Sewer pipe
The sewer line on Christie Place was backing up and affecting businesses on the street Nov. 11. Patrol contacted the owner of the business, where the clog originated, and the owner said he was in the process of calling a plumber for repair.

Confusion
A Harvest Drive homeowner reported her housekeeper let an unknown person into her house Nov. 12. Upon arrival, the housekeeper told police "the unknown person" was her son, who was stationed at an Army base in Texas. She said the homeowner is beginning to suffer from dementia. The homeowner's son confirmed the housekeeper's story.

Cars and roadways
Patrol noticed an unlocked, parked car in a Swarthmore Road driveway with its engine running and its dashboard lights on at 2:30 a.m., Nov. 6. Patrol attempted unsuccessfully to rouse the owner for notification. Patrol monitored the car during regular tour.

Police issued a summons to an illegally parked Porsche on Lockwood Road Nov. 6.
On Nov. 8, police issued a parking ticket to the driver of a tractor-trailer blocking traffic on Lee Road while moving a backhoe onto the vehicle.
Patrol notified the sanitation department about a damaged trombone case on Wayside Lane Nov. 8. The case was empty.

Patrol issued a summons to the registered owner of a parked car blocking a driveway on Brewster Road Nov. 9.

A car with two flat tires was removed from Chase Road due to wintertime overnight parking restrictions Nov. 9.

On Nov. 9, a caller reported suspicious cars frequently park on River Road. The caller said she has found marijuana paraphernalia on the street following the cars' presence there. Police will monitor the area for suspicious activity.

Portable traffic stop signs were placed at the intersection of Griffen Avenue and Weaver Street, pending repair of a broken traffic light, Nov. 11.

Police stood by while a motorist with a disabled car waited for roadside assistance at Post and Popham roads Nov. 10.

A fallen branch was blocking the sidewalk on Mamaroneck Road Nov. 11. Police put caution tape around it, pending removal from the highway department.

Dead tree limbs hanging over Sprague Road were determined to be hazardous to drivers and pedestrians Nov. 12. Police controlled traffic to keep people away from the limbs, while village employees removed the dangling tree limbs.

Police issued a summons to an illegally parked car on School Lane Nov. 12.

Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Lost and found
A woman found a bracelet on Harwood Court Nov. 5 and gave it to police Nov. 6. It was vouchered at headquarters.

A passerby found a black wallet on East Parkway and gave it to police Nov. 9. Police contacted the owner, who said he would pick it up later.

A gym bag, containing gym gear, was found on Leatherstocking Lane Nov. 12.

Firefighters
A bathtub was left running in a locked Cushman Road bathroom Nov. 6. Firefighters forced open the door using a shove tool. No damage was caused.

Firefighters released a person from the Christie Place parking garage elevator after the elevator malfunctioned and the person got stuck Nov. 7.

A Post Road resident accidentally got locked out of her house Nov. 7. Firefighters got inside the house without causing any damage and let the resident back in.

A geothermal pump was leaking Freon in a Kent Road house Nov. 7. Firefighters ventilated the space until the remaining Freon leaked out. They advised the homeowner to call for service.

A Webster Road resident could not remember if the kitchen stove was turned off before the resident left the house Nov. 8. Firefighters entered the house, and they determined the stove was off.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of wires burning in a tree on Griffen Avenue Nov. 8. Con Edison cut power and asked firefighters to help them extinguish a burning tree. After the fire was out, the highway department was dispatched to remove the tree.

On Nov. 8, firefighters ventilated houses on Griffen Avenue, Normandy and Copper Beech lanes, Harvest Drive and Broadmoor, Stratton, Heathcote roads after smoke from sewer testing infiltrated basements.

A gas pipe to an outdoor grill on Myrtledale Avenue was broken Nov. 8. Firefighters shut gas to the unit and advised the homeowner to call a plumber for repair.

Smoke reported on Penn Boulevard was caused by nearby sewer testing Nov. 8.

On Nov. 9, firefighters ventilated houses on Brookby, Wynmor, Mamaroneck, Quentin, Foxhall, Black Walnut and Crane roads, Palmer Avenue and Birchall Drive, after smoke from sewer testing infiltrated basements.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a gas odor on Crane Road Nov. 9.

On Nov. 10, firefighters ventilated houses on Old Lyme and Meadow roads after smoke from sewer testing infiltrated basements.

A sump pump connected to an extension cord was causing an electrical burning odor in a Graham Road house Nov. 10. Firefighters disconnected the pump and removed it from the house. They advised the homeowner to have it professionally repaired and to plug it into a permanent outlet.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of arcing wires on Woods Lane Nov. 10.

Firefighters cleaned up spilled automotive fluid on Garden Road Nov. 11.

Firefighters ventilated a Saxon Woods Road garage after slightly elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected in the garage Nov. 11.

A Weaver Street resident accidentally got locked out of his house Nov. 11. Firefighters got inside the house without causing any damage and let the resident back in.

An odor in a Gorham Road house was caused by sewer gas coming from ongoing plumbing work Nov. 12.

Firefighters shut down a malfunctioning boiler in a River Road house and stood by for Con Edison Nov. 12.

A Heathcote Rad resident reported hearing a popping and crackling sound from an overhead, recessed light fixture Nov. 12. Firefighters removed the fixture and saw damage near the bulb. The resident said he would call an electrician.

A Black Birch Lane homeowner spilled water on a stove, which caused the igniter to malfunction Nov. 12. Firefighters shut gas and electric to the stove and advised the homeowner to call for service.

This week, firefighters assisted at two car accidents in the village. They responded to 46 false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, shower steam, a plumber soldering pipes, cooking smoke, heat from a clothes dryer and sewer testing with smoke.

This report covering police and fire department information from Nov. 6-12 has been compiled from official information.

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Astorino and Latimer in Dead Heat in County Executive Race

LatimerAstorinoToday, all eyes are on the race between incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino and Democratic challenger George Latimer. According to polls, the race is in a dead heat. Though Democrats outnumber Republicans 2:1 in Westchester, Astorino has held the top job in the county for the past seven years.

Here's an outline of the key issues in the campaign and why Latimer's supporters are urging you to vote for him today. See the candidates views on taxes, guns, women's rights and the fate of the Westchester County Airport below and also note a controversial contribution to the Astorino campaign.

Rob Astorino recently accepted a $1 million campaign contribution from alt-right financier and Breitbart supporter Robert Mercer to enhance his smear tactics against George Latimer. He is hoping his ability to outspend will ensure his re-election.

Taxes:
As state senator, George Latimer voted to give New Yorkers the lowest middle class income tax rates since 1953. Latimer has pledged to fight tooth and nail against Trump's devastating tax plan, which slams Westchester residents by not allowing the deduction of state and local taxes from income.

Rob Astorino broke his election promise to cut Westchester taxes by 20%. Although he claims not to have raised taxes, all you have to do is look at the county and the sewer and refuse portion of your tax bill over the last eight years to see that this is a lie. Astorino has said nothing about defending us from Trump's vindictive tax hike.

Guns:
Astorino called for the repeal of the SAFE Act, which prevents criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks and mandates life in prison for anyone who murders a first responder.

Astorino brought gun shows to the County Center and vetoed legislation that would have banned gun shows on county-owned property. Astorino is a darling of the NRA and holds an "A" rating from them. According to the NRA, Astorino opposes bans on semi-automatic weapons and restrictions on gun magazines.

Latimer has committed to cease hosting gun shows on county property.

Fiscal Management:
Under Astorino's stewardship, the fiscal health of Westchester has plummeted to 53rd out of 57 New York counties, according to the state comptroller. Westchester's credit rating has also been downgraded for the first time in 30 years, raising the cost of borrowing.

Astorino spent 8 years fighting with HUD over requirements to build affordable housing, costing the county $35 million in lost federal aid.

As state senator, Latimer supported increasing the minimum wage, but he's also aware that we need to do more to help small businesses impacted by the wage increase. He pledges to do more for women and minority owned businesses. Latimer is endorsed by the New York AFL-CIO, the Transport Workers Union, firefighter and teachers unions, and many others.

Women's Rights:
George Latimer is endorsed by major women's organizations: Hudson Valley Planned Parenthood, National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, and NOW-Westchester. Latimer is a champion for the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. He supports pay equity, safe access to healthcare clinics, comprehensive sexual education, and paid family leave.

Astorino stands with Donald Trump, a man who brags about sexual assault, calls women who challenge him "nasty," and opposes funding for women's reproductive health care. Astorino even defended Trump's misogynistic Tweets about a female reporter's bleeding.

When Astorino ran for governor, he declared that "everything [was] on the table" including cutting Medicaid funding of abortion. Astorino vetoed women's safe access to reproductive health care here in Westchester and cut comprehensive teen sex ed programs. Instead of keeping women safe and informed, he honored abstinence-only and fake pregnancy center advocates, using the County building to do so.

According to Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, "At a time when our fundamental rights are under attack at the federal level, Westchester needs and deserves a County Executive that won't play political games with our access to reproductive healthcare."

Environment:
Latimer is endorsed by the Hudson chapter of the Sierra Club and has gained top marks from the Environmental Advocates of NY and the NY League of Conservation Voters for his voting record. A few of his achievements: Latimer successfully fought to secure $300 million for the protection of natural resources through the Environmental Protection Fund, authored legislation to create a $1.5 billion solar incentive program, supported a hydro-fracking ban, and passed legislation requiring schools to test for lead contamination. He has pledged to fight climate change by re-establishing the county Global Warming Task Force.

Under Astorino's watch, Westchester was sued by the federal government for failure to comply with water safety standards since 2012. Astorino caused taxpayers to pay $12 million to settle the lawsuit, including a record $1.1 million fine.

Under Astorino's watch, Westchester County is being sued by Save the Sound for allowing untreated sewage to leak into the Long Island Sound, violating the Clean Water Act and risking public health and harming the environment.

To plug a $15 million budget deficit he created, Astorino has been aggressively pushing for a deal to privatize and expand the county airport, which could have devastating environmental impacts.

After receiving $43,000 in campaign contributions from Spectra Energy and its subcontractors, Astorino bypassed county review processes to grant the company a license to build a pipeline carrying fracked gas through Blue Mountain Preserve, a public park. Today, our Blue Mountain county park stands denuded of trees and vegetation, drains clogged and ditches filled with standing water.

Campaign Funding:
Despite Astorino's $4 million campaign war chest from developers and the NRA, he accepted another $1 million donation from Robert Mercer. Mercer's dark money funds the Steve Bannon Breitbart News and alt-right candidates nationwide. With this funding Astorino has been flooding TV, airwaves and people's mailboxes.

George Latimer's campaign is funded by small grassroots contributions. With less than a tenth of Astorino's funding, he relied on volunteers like you and me to tell the truth.

Community Programs:
Astorino cut all funding to: 1) neighborhood health centers which provide Title X services; 2) food pantries; 3) after-school programs; 4) child abuse prevention and mental health programs. He slashed funds to the eviction prevention foreclosure fund and the Invest in Kids and Youth Bureau. He limited access to County Government help in domestic violence situations.

Latimer believes in building our communities--not bankrupting them. He co-sponsored the DREAM act, voted for numerous affordable housing projects as state senator, supported PLAs for public work projects, voted to upgrade sewers and provide adequate funding for public transportation, and voted to create the Human Rights Commission in Westchester

Albany Politicians:
Rob Astorino is playing on people's frustrations with state politics by labeling Latimer an "Albany" politician. But Latimer has made the choice to leave Albany, represent us here in Westchester as county executive, and clean up the budgetary mess left by Astorino. Astorino is the one who is planning to become an Albany politician by running for governor next year.

Police Report: Connecticut Woman Arrested for Drunk Driving in Village, Apple Care Scam Fools Residents

firetruckDWI Arrest: On Nov. 6, police arrested Dewanda Ross, 40, of Stamford, Connecticut, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (with a prior conviction), aggravated DWI with blood alcohol content of .18 or more (with a prior conviction), use of a car without an ignition interlock device, unlawful possession of marijuana, moving from a lane unsafely and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Patrol pulled over Ross's 2012 Honda on Weaver Street at approximately 4 a.m., after her car repeatedly crossed the double yellow line and entered the oncoming lane of traffic. She told patrol she had consumed one beer several hours ago. Her speech was slurred and slow, and her breath smelled of alcohol. She made several statements that did not make sense, such as, "My car is married." She failed field sobriety tests, and an alco-sensor test indicated alcohol on her breath, at a measurement of .21 of once percent. She was arrested and taken to headquarters. There, a small bag of marijuana was found in her purse. A Datamaster test administered at headquarters measured Ross's blood alcohol content at .25 of one percent. Records indicated Ross had been arrested for DWI and convicted in 2012. She was released on $100 cash bail with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable Nov. 6.

Identity theft
On Oct. 30, an Olmsted Road man reported someone opened a Bank of America account in his name in March. The account was closed due to possible fraud by the bank.

Lost check
On Oct. 31, a Heathcote Road woman lost an endorsed insurance check issued to her from Hartford Insurance Company. She believes she lost the check somewhere in the village, and an unknown person cashed it at an unknown location. She did not know which bank cashed the check, but the insurance company said they would issue a copy of the cashed check to her within a week.

Scams
An Overlook Road woman reported being the victim of a scam Nov. 2. She told police someone called her, impersonating an Apple support technician. The person told her viruses had infected her computer, but the computer could be cleaned and protected. The person offered to do this for the woman in exchange for payment made by Apple gift cards. In total, the woman purchased ten Apple gift cards and provided the card numbers to the person. In total, the woman lost $1,000 in the process. Police advised the woman to cease all communication with the scammer.

On Nov. 2, a Bradford Road woman was contacted by a person alleging to be employed by Apple, regarding an alleged problem with the woman's computer. The person advised the woman to enroll in "Apple Long Term Care" in order to repair the problem. The woman was instructed to purchase eight Apple gift cards to use as payment for the program. She bought the gift cards, scanned them, and sent them to the person. After doing so, she realized she had been scammed.

On Nov. 2, a Sage Terrace man reported he received several voicemails regarding an alleged security breach with Apple computers. He was instructed via voicemail to stop using his computer. He then called an alleged representative from Apple Care, and the alleged representative instructed him to purchase iTunes gift cards in denominations less than $100. The man purchased four batches of gift cards total, photographed them and emailed them to the alleged Apple Care representative. The first batch was to pay for technical support services for virus cleaning. The second batch was to replace the first batch, which was said to be blocked from access. The third batch was to pay for a new router, which a technician was supposed to install in the man's house. The fourth batch was allegedly for undisclosed services related to the router. After the technician failed to show up at the man's house, the man realized he had been scammed.

Tents
A Butler Road woman reported someone might be living in a tent in a wooded area behind her house Oct. 31. Two tents were found on county property, so Westchester County police were notified and briefed on the matter. Police searched the tents and found no inhabitants. One of the tents contained numerous personal items in damaged states. Some items were moldy. Police removed the tents and items and discarded them. Police will monitor the area.

Landlord/tenant
As part of an ongoing dispute between a Stratton Road landlord and her tenant, the landlord disconnected the tenant's Wi-Fi Nov. 1. The tenant claimed it was stated in his lease agreement that the landlord was supposed to supply Wi-Fi for the tenant. The landlord said her lawyer said she "had every right to disconnect the Wi-Fi." The tenant was not able to show patrol a copy of the lease agreement. Later that evening, the landlord reported the tenant was leaving doors open to the house. The tenant told police a door was once left open during the tenant's process of moving personal items out of the house.

Contractor
A Walworth Avenue homeowner fired her contractor last week and signed a contract with a new contractor Oct. 31. The new contractor was doing work under the permit bearing the former contractor's name Nov. 1. Police advised the building department and told the new contractor to file new permits under his own name.

Leak
On Nov. 3, a man reported someone approached his mother "about a leak in front of her house." The man said her saw the individual on surveillance cameras he had installed at his mother's house. Police spoke with the man's mother and her caregiver. The caregiver informed patrol that the man who came to the house changed the water meter and repaired a small leak. Everything was in good order. Police attempted to contact the man to inform him.

Domestic matter
A man came to headquarters after midnight, stating his wife had exited their vehicle on Tompkins Road and might need assistance Nov. 4. The man's wife was found walking home near Brewster and Olmsted roads. She was coherent and in good condition. She said she "needed some air and wanted to walk home."

Checks
On Nov. 4, a Garth Road woman received two checks in the mail for services not yet rendered, and she believed the checks might be related to a fraud attempt. She did not cash the checks.

Outside
On Nov. 4, a caller reported a man walking around outside and possibly confused on Gaylor Road. The man was a resident who accidentally locked himself outside. While patrol was on scene, the man's wife came home with keys, and the couple went inside their house.

Doorbell
A Chesterfield Road resident reported someone rang her doorbell and fled Nov. 5. Police canvassed the area but did not find anyone.

Suspended registration
While conducting traffic enforcement on Post Road Nov. 5, police encountered a car with a suspended registration. Police conducted a traffic stop. The driver was issued summonses for the suspended registration, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and an uninspected motor vehicle. The car was towed to a private house in Mount Vernon, as per the driver's request. Police removed the license plates and vouchered them at headquarters.

Cars and roadways
An electrical house service wire fell on a Spier Road resident's parked car Oct. 30. Police advised the resident to stay away from her car until Con Edison arrived and addressed the situation.

Con Edison was notified about additional fallen wires on Church Lane and Richbell, Heathcote and Wildwood roads Oct. 30. They were notified about branches in wires on Kensington and Butler roads Oct. 31.

A car without license plates was parked on Madison Road Oct. 30. The registered owners said he was in the process of selling it to a Madison Road man. The Madison Road man was instructed to park it in his driveway until he was able to register it.

A deer was struck by a car at Harvest Drive and Rural Road Oct. 30. It died, and the highway department removed it from the roadway.

A car battery died near the intersection of Post and Mamaroneck roads, in close proximity to the driver's house, Oct. 30. A jump-start attempt was not successful. Police helped the driver push the car to the driver's house to get it off the roadway.

Scarsdale and Westchester County police used a push bar to push a disabled truck off the Bronx River Parkway, pending the arrival of a mechanic, Oct. 31.

An unspecified "dead animal" was reported on Fox Meadow Road and picked up for disposal by the sanitation department.

A parked Toyota Prius on Nelson Road was found with its engine running and its lights on Nov. 3. Police turned off the engine and lights and secured the car.

Wires were arcing near trees on Griffen Avenue, in the jurisdiction of Mamaroneck, Nov. 3. Police and firefighters stood by for Con Edison and Mamaroneck public safety personnel.

A public street light pole fell on Garth Road Nov. 3. Patrol secured the area until the highway department could repair it.

Police called tow trucks for disabled cars on Hutchinson Avenue and Crossway Nov. 3.

Patrol helped a driver replace his wheel and tire after the wheel came off the car after the driver exited the Bronx River Parkway at Ogden Road Nov. 4.

Police taped a fallen cable wire to a utility pole at Chase and Crane roads Nov. 4.

Nine car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Dogs
A Brewster Road dog bit a man Nov. 3. The man went to the hospital Nov. 4, and a nurse called police requesting proof of the animal's vaccination paperwork. Police went to the dog owner's house. The owner confirmed his dog had bitten the man, but he thought no injuries had occurred. The man said the dog was up to date on vaccinations, but he did not have paperwork in his possession. He asked his daughter to call the animal shelter in Bradenton, Florida, from where the dog had been adopted, to request paperwork.

Patrol reunited a dog owner with her dog that had broken free from its harness and was found loose on Wayside Lane Nov. 5. Patrol issued the owner a summons for having a dog at large.

Village code
Police issued an Obry Road homeowner a summons for draining pool water in the roadway Nov. 1.

Police issued a warning to the owner of a barking dog on Griffen Avenue Nov. 2.

Two dogs were barking outdoors on Crest Lane Nov. 4. Patrol called the owner. She said she would come home and put the dogs inside the house.

After neighbors complained of noise, a Cornell Street party hostess turned off outdoor music speakers at 11 p.m., Nov. 4.

The host of a Madison Road party quieted music and conversation after neighbors complained at 11:50 p.m., Nov. 5.

Lost and found
A passerby found a wallet on top of a parked car on East Parkway Nov. 1. It belonged to the registered owner of the car. Police returned the wallet to its owner.

A woman visiting her daughter n Fenimore Road reported losing her Canadian passport, possibly in a taxi, Nov. 5.

Firefighters
Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of fallen or sparking electrical wires on Heathcote Road Oct. 30.

Firefighters helped a bicycle owner remove his bike from the rack on East Parkway after the key broke off inside the bicycle lock Oct. 30.


Firefighters shut gas and power to a malfunctioning and sparking cooktop in a Greenacres Avenue house Oct. 30.


A Nelson Road woman accidentally got locked out of her house Oct. 31. Firefighters verified her identity and helped her get back in the house.


Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of an outdoor gas odor and possible gas leak into the storm sewer on Dell Road and Rock Creek Lane Nov. 1.


Low levels of carbon monoxide and haze were ventilated out of a Broadmoor Road house Nov. 1.

The cause was determined to be smoke testing of the public sanitary sewer system.


Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of an outdoor gas odor on Tompkins Road Nov. 1.


Light smoke in a Mamaroneck Road house was caused by the installation of a new oil burner Nov. 1.


Firefighters shut gas and water to a leaking boiler in a Heathcote Road house, pending repair, Nov. 2.


A boiler malfunctioned and released steam into a Fairview Road house Nov. 2. Firefighters shut the system, ventilated the basement and advised the homeowner to call for service.


Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a gas odor inside an East Parkway building Nov. 3.

A car was leaking a small amount of gasoline in Freightway garage Nov. 3. Firefighters cleaned up the spilled gasoline and helped the driver plug the leak for a temporary fix.

The elevator in the Christie Place parking garage malfunctioned Nov. 4. Firefighters placed it out of service and notified village personnel.


A plumber sweating pipes in an Oak Lane laundry room caused elevated readings of carbon monoxide Nov. 4. Firefighters ventilated the space and stood by for Con Edison.


An Axtell Road resident reported a "roaring fire sound" inside the chimney and possible flames shooting out of her chimney Nov. 5. Firefighters used a chimney bucket to remove fire from the fireplace, extinguish and cool the wood in water. They examined the chimney and found no fire or hot spots. Remnants of an animal nest were found inside the chimney. This was probably the cause of the roaring sound the resident heard. Firefighters recommended having the chimney professionally cleaned and serviced.


A car started inside a Greenacres Avenue garage caused elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the garage. Firefighters ventilated the space.

This week, firefighters assisted at four car accidents in the village and on parkways. They responded to 22 false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, leaking water, steam, dust, leaking water and smoke testing of the public sanitary sewer system.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Oct. 30-Nov. 5 has been compiled from official information.

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Bomb Scare at SMS. Car Break-ins Rampant in Village

pinkpostitBomb scare: A student found a small pink Post-it note inside a toilet stall in the girl's second-floor bathroom in Scarsdale Middle School's Popham House around 10 a.m., Oct. 25. The note stated, "I bomb school at 12:00 p.m." Approximately 20 minutes after police were notified, school officials made the decision to evacuate the school. Students and staff were evacuated to school fields, as per protocol. The Westchester County police department bomb squad was brought in to search the school. They completed their search and found no evidence of a bomb. Students and staff were allowed to return to the building, and police stayed on to investigate further. The threatening note was photographed and vouchered as evidence.

Car break-ins
Two pairs of designer sunglasses and $3 in change were stolen from a parked car on Roosevelt Place overnight Oct. 23. The owner said the car had been locked at the time. Police found no evidence of force or damage to the vehicle.

A parked car was left with its window open overnight in a Tisdale Road driveway Oct. 23. The owner found approximately $5-$10 worth of change missing from the car in the morning of Oct. 24.

Ray Ban sunglasses were stolen from a parked car in a Lockwood Road driveway overnight Oct. 23. There was no sign of force or damage to the vehicle.

Someone entered a 2015 Nissan parked on Rodney Road, tossed the glove compartment and apparently smoked a cigarette inside the car overnight Oct. 23. The owner said the car smelled of cigarette smoke in the morning. Nothing was reported stolen.

Loose change was stolen from a parked car in a Post Road driveway overnight Oct. 23.

An Edgewood Road resident reported an attempted car larceny, from the previous night, on Oct. 24. His parked car had been entered, but nothing had been stolen.

On the morning of Oct. 24, a Roosevelt Place woman noticed someone had entered her unlocked 1998 Toyota Camry, tossed items into a state of disarray inside the car and stolen five rolls of quarters, insurance documents and car registration papers.

On Oct. 26, a School Lane resident reported that someone had stolen a Verizon "hot spot" device and approximately $3 in coins from his parked and unlocked car. He last saw the items in the car, in his driveway, on the evening of Oct. 23.

Arrest on warrant
A Copper Beech Lane resident reported a man and woman were on her property in a white U-Haul van Oct. 26. They said there from a maintenance service and were there to change locks, as per a Houlihan Lawrence real estate agent. After checking paperwork and contacting the real estate agent, police determined they were sent to the wrong address. When checking the man and woman's IDs, police learned that the man – Frank Eugene Sharps, 48, of Garrison – was wanted by Peekskill police for second-degree criminal impersonation and various vehicle and traffic offenses. Sharps was arrested and held in custody, pending pickup by Peekskill police.

Identity theft
On Oct. 25, a Franklin Road woman reported someone attempted to open credit card accounts in her name. Creditors denied the attempts.

Threat
As part of an ongoing issue with a Stratton Road homeowner and her basement tenant, the tenant reported that the homeowner's adult son told him, "I'm going to kill you," as the tenant walked past the son on his way out of the house Oct. 26. The previous day the tenant and the son argued about the location of where the tenant parked his car in the homeowner's driveway. The tenant said he was concerned and wanted to pursue the matter. Police advised all parties to follow up on the civil portions of this matter in civil court.

Fallen limbs
A tree fell across two cars parked in the parking lot of Alcott School on Fox Meadow Road Oct. 24. No injuries were reported. A white Nissan was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. A black Jeep was able to be driven away from the fallen tree to a safe location. The highway department sent personnel to remove the tree.

A large limb of a village-owned tree in Chase Park broke and fell on an unoccupied, parked car on Woodland Place Oct. 24. The highway department removed the limb, and the car was towed from the scene due to considerable damage.

Ladder
A Fairview Road resident reported seeing a man with a ladder and an unknown car parked at a nearby house under construction Oct. 23. Police spoke to the man on the ladder. He was the homeowner removing leaves from the gutters.

Sofa
A Cornell Road resident reported an ongoing issue with people dumping heavy trash items on his property. He showed police a surveillance video from Oct. 23 that showed a suspect drive up and leave a sofa on the resident's lawn at the curb. Police are investigating.

Contractor
A Walworth Avenue homeowner told police she was having a civil dispute with her contractor and had just terminated his contract Oct. 24. She said her house was still under construction and she was concerned the contractor might return to her house without her permission. Police called the contractor and he agreed to stay away from the house.

Email
An Evon Court woman reported receiving a strange email from an unknown person named "Tim" Oct. 24. Police advised her to not respond to the email, since it was probably a scam.

Mailbox
A Rural Drive woman reported someone kicked her mailbox pole and damaged it Oct. 24. She did not want to make a formal report.

Shadow
A Walworth Avenue resident reported seeing someone possibly walking through her backyard after midnight Oct. 25. Police canvassed the area for the suspect but did not find anyone.

Lawnmower
On Oct. 27, a Murray Hill Road homeowner complained about a neighbor's landscaper who allegedly left a lawnmower on the neighbor's yard. Police went to the house and saw a lawnmower on the village right-of-way between the two houses. Police spoke to the landscaper, and the landscaper moved the lawnmower away from the homeowner's property.

Pictures
On Oct. 27, a Brewster Road woman reported a man was taking pictures of her house. When she questioned him, he said he was an electrician working on Dobbs Terrace and wanted to show his customer a comparison of wiring. Police canvassed the area for the alleged electrician but could not find him.

Afraid
On Oct. 27, patrol arrived at Brite Avenue and Huntington Avenue and spoke with four 12-year-old girls who called for assistance. They reported that while walking to a friend's house on Walworth Avenue, a group of teenagers called out to them saying "Yo," and they called back "Yo." The girls said the teenagers then began walking in their direction, and this scared the girls. The girls further stated that after this incident, they walked passed a car occupied by a white man. The girls stated that the male said, "Hello," but they felt it was in a "creepy" voice. The girls said the man's car did not move or follow them as they continued to walk to their destination. The girls said that due to both incidents, they were scared and called the police. Police called one of the girl's fathers, who picked up the group of girls and drove them to their destination.

Intruder?
A Leatherstocking Lane man reported an intruder might be in his house after he saw papers disturbed from a dresser Oct. 28. After an investigation and review of video surveillance, police determined a large framed picture fell from the wall behind the dresser, made a noise and disturbed the papers.

Cars and roadways
A contractor moved parked work vehicles on Cambridge Road to improve traffic flow of traffic Oct. 23.

A driver reported she sustained two flat tires as the result of a detour caused by an orange traffic cone located at the intersection of Kingston Road and Greenacres Avenue Oct. 23. Police determined that neither the traffic cone nor the recessed pavement near the cone could have caused the driver's tires to go flat.

A Springdale Road woman reported she thought a blue sedan might have been following her while she and her children were biking around the neighborhood Oct. 23. Police canvassed the area but did not find a blue sedan.

A broken sprinkler head was causing some water to leak onto Brite Avenue Oct. 24. Police left a message for the homeowner.

Police cleared debris from Mamaroneck Road Oct. 24.

Police cleared a fallen tree limb from Oxford Road Oct. 24.

A diseased maple tree fell across Saxon Woods Road Oct. 24. The highway department removed the tree.

On Oct. 24, the highway department removed fallen trees from Griffen Avenue and Weaver Street.

Con Edison repaired fallen wires brought down by fallen branches on Fox Meadow Road Oct. 24.

A driver claimed a construction site on Post Road caused her to get a flat tire Oct. 25. Police examined the site and did not find any debris on the roadway. Roadside assistance changed the woman's tire.

The water department was called about a broken fire hydrant on Palmer Avenue and pooling water from an unknown source on Brewster Road Oct. 25.

Police directed traffic around a disabled car on Griffen Avenue while the car was being loaded onto a flatbed tow truck Oct. 26.

Police removed a fallen phone wire from Alida Road and notified Verizon Oct. 28.

A driver attempted to make a U-turn at Harcourt and Brewster roads during a storm Oct. 29. The driver could not see the edge of a ravine and ended up with her car in the ravine partially submerged in water. No one was injured. The car was removed the next day, when post-storm conditions made its removal safe.

The highway department removed fallen tress from Bypass and Heathcote and Ogden roads Oct. 29.

Ten car accidents were reported in the village this week. Two involved utility poles.

Dogs
On Oct. 25, a woman reported a dog ran out and bit her jacket while she was out walking on Black Birch Lane Oct. 25. The bit did not penetrate her skin or puncture her jacket. She identified a possible address for the dog. Police knocked on the door, but no one answered.

A small brown dog was running on Highland Way Oct. 26. The owner said the dog's electric fence collar failed due to a dead battery. So, the battery was changed.

Police reunited loose dogs found on Palmer Avenue with their owner Oct. 28. A summons was issued.

On Oct. 28, a Heathcote Road woman reported two loose dogs came onto her property and bit the woman's dog in the ear.

Village code
Police dispersed noisy kids from a youth party on Crest Lane, where numerous uninvited guests showed up Oct. 27.

Police stood by while kids were being picked up from a party on Penn Boulevard Oct. 27.

Police dispersed kids from Hyatt Park, as well as Fairview Hampton and Olmsted roads, after dark Oct. 28.

Kids were roasting marshmallows in a Ferncliff Road yard at 11 p.m., Oct. 28. Police advised them to keep the noise level low.

Lost and found
A passerby found a driver's license in the village and gave it to police Oct. 23. It belonged to a person with a listed Eastchester address. Patrol attempted to return the license to the person, but the listed phone number was out of service, and there was no answer at the door. Police vouchered the license for safekeeping.

An iPhone was found at the back of Edgewood School Oct. 28. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.

Firefighters
Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of fallen electrical wires on Fox Meadow Road Oct. 23 and arcing wires on Heathcote Road Oct. 29.

Firefighters ventilated a Greenacres Avenue garage from elevated levels carbon monoxide Oct. 24.

A Lenox Place homeowner reported an odor of gasoline or paint thinner coming into her house from a storm drain connection Oct. 25. Firefighters flushed the drain with water, and the odor dissipated.

A car caught on fire on East Parkway Oct. 26. It was extinguished by a dry powder extinguisher. Investigation found a belt on the motor had burned, and the fire extended to the motor's plastic housing. Firefighters disconnected the car's battery and awaited a tow.

On Oct. 27, an electrical transformer exploded on Palmer Avenue and ignited a tree and extended to a residential gutter. Firefighters extinguished the small fire in the gutter and stood by for Con Edison.

Baseboard heating in an Aspen Road house caused an odor in the house Oct. 27. The heater was turned off.

The elevator in the Christie Place parking garage malfunctioned and accidentally trapped a passenger Oct. 28. Firefighters released the passenger and put the elevator out of service.

This week, firefighters assisted at six car accidents in the village and on parkways. They responded to 16 false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, cooking smoke, leaking water, steam, incense and fog from a Halloween prop.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Oct. 23-29 has been compiled from official information.

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