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Stolen PackageArrested: On Dec. 8, police responded to a report that someone allegedly got punched in the head at a Sheldrake Road residence. As a result of investigation, police arrested Paul I. Dantzig, 72, of Scarsdale, and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child. According to police, Dantzig allowed juveniles to engage in conduct injurious to their health and welfare. Dantzig is accused of failing to supervise and take corrective action that resulted in endangering the health of one such juvenile. Following police intervention, all juveniles were safely escorted from the house and relocated elsewhere. Dantzig was released on his own recognizance with a return date set for Village Justice Court.

Stolen 
Packages and mail were stolen from a Gatehouse Road mailbox overnight Nov. 30.

A Chappaqua woman reported that money was removed from her purse while she was out of her exam room for a brief period of time at the medical center on Heathcote Road Dec. 4. Police are following up.

Three unlocked mountain bicycles, worth approximately $2,500, were reported stolen from a Fox Meadow Road property Dec. 6. 

Car break-ins
On Dec. 2, a Brewster Road resident reported someone entered her parked, unlocked car and rummaged through the interior. Nothing was reported stolen. 

On Dec. 2, a Walworth Avenue woman reported someone entered her parked car overnight and stole a camping knife and possibly a pair of shoes. 

Criminal mischief
A caller surmised that an unknown person apparently attempted to enter his parked car on Church Lane, causing significant damage to the lock cylinder, Dec. 1. 

Attempted bank fraud
On Dec. 3, a man presented a fake driver’s license and credit card to a Chase Bank teller in an attempt to withdraw funds from another person’s account. The man left the bank after he was unable to provide a pin number, and the teller alerted police.

D.O.A 
An 100-year-old Parkfield Road woman died at home Dec. 4.

Mail
On Dec. 3, a Gatehouse Road resident reported mail being removed from his mailbox. snowturkeyWild turkey in the snow: Photo credit Claudine Gecel.

Assistance
On Dec. 3, police escorted a contractor out of a Spencer Place worksite because the contractor did not possess proper liability insurance.

Police helped escort an intoxicated man off the train at Scarsdale Train Station Dec. 7.

Pedestrian hit
On Dec. 5, a Rocky Hollow Drive pedestrian was struck by a car backing out of a Meadow Road driveway. Only minor injuries were reported.

Cars and roadways
Police issued summonses to two cars parked in front of a Walworth Avenue driveway Dec. 3 and to a delivery truck obstructing traffic on East Parkway Dec. 4.

Caution tape was applied to fallen wires on Fox Meadow Road Dec. 4.

Police called a tow for a car stuck in the mud on Bypass Dec. 4. 

Police notified the highway department about a dead animal that needed to be removed from Quaker Center Dec. 6.

Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Lost and found
Village Hall personnel reported that a person left a wallet behind at Village Hall Dec. 2. The owner of the wallet responded to headquarters to pick up the wallet. 

A handbag was found on Spencer Place Dec. 4. Police held the handbag for safekeeping until the owner picked it up. 

On Dec. 7, a passenger left a purse inside a taxi, and the driver brought it to headquarters. Police notified the owner, who picked it up from headquarters.

Noise 
Neighbors complained about a dog barking on Cooper Road for several hours Dec. 3. Police issued the owner a summons.

Firefighters 
According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 19 incidents during the reporting period. Seymour shared the following details below.

On Dec. 2, a manhole cover blew off its base on Popham Road. Power went out on Harwood Court. Firefighters checked nearby structures for related issues and found no signs of smoke or heat. Popham Road was closed between Chase Road and Scarsdale Ave. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison.

On Dec. 4, a burnt-out light bulb was causing an odor in a Mercer Court house. Firefighters removed the bulb. 

A hot water pipe was leaking into a Lincoln Road light fixture Dec. 7. 

On Dec. 8, firefighters traced an odor in a Sprague Road basement to an open venting cap on a sewer trap. Firefighters advised the homeowner to call a plumber to replace the cap. 

This report covering police and fire department activity from Dec. 2-8 has been complied from official information.

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silverwareBurglaries: A burglar alarm alerted police to a burglary attempt at a Franklin Road house at 5:38 p.m., Nov. 29. Police found the door kicked in. Nothing was determined to have been stolen. Detectives are investigating.

A burglar alarm alerted police to a burglary in a Cushman Road house at 6: 37 p.m., Nov. 29. The door was kicked in, and the homeowner reported several pieces of jewelry, worth more than $2,000 combined, were stolen. Detectives are investigating.

Car break-ins
On Dec. 1, several residents in the village reported larcenies and attempted larcenies from unlocked parked cars overnight Nov. 30. The incidents occurred on Dobbs Terrace, Walworth Avenue, Greenacres Avenue and Ridgecrest North. Stolen items included rolls of quarters, loose change, a $30 coat, cologne, an insurance card and designer sunglasses. No damages were reported. One Greenacres Avenue resident had video surveillance footage of two men walking around on his property and forwarded it to detectives for investigation.

Stolen bike
A girl stated her $75 white mountain bicycle was stolen from the Brewster Road side of the high school Nov. 26. It had been chained to a fence on Nov. 18 and was last seen there on Nov. 22. Police checked with school officials, and they said it was not their policy to remove bikes from school grounds.
On Dec. 1, Larch Lane residents reported

Domestic matter
A Fox Meadow man reported approximately $400,000 worth of high-value jewelry and silverware was missing from his house. He is currently in the process of divorce and has not lived in the house since September 2018. His ex-wife stated she did not know where the items were.

Housemate dispute
Two tenants who rent rooms in a Post Road house were arguing over possible noise Nov. 28. One of the tenants said he would sleep in a hotel that night to avoid trouble. Police stayed on scene while the tenant gathered his belongings.

On Nov. 30, a Post Road landlord reported a dispute between two tenants. The nature of the dispute involved the volume of a television. After speaking with both tenants, they determined that co-habitation was not a good idea. Police advised the landlord about eviction procedures.

Harassment
On Nov. 25, a 23-year-old woman reported harassment from some social media comments posted on her Facebook account by an acquaintance.

A Roosevelt Place man reported his son was being followed by a vehicle for over 15 minutes around 11 p.m., Nov. 28. Police spoke with the driver of the vehicle. The driver said he had engaged in following the son because the son was ”suspicious.” When pressed for details about the alleged “suspicious” behavior, the driver was unable to elaborate or provide any specific reasons. Patrol advised both parties to go their separate ways.

Disorderly conduct
An intoxicated man got into an argument with a 7-Eleven employee while trying to buy cigarettes from the Scarsdale Avenue store at 3:45 a.m., Nov. 27. Police spoke with the man and he was cooperative with police orders. No crime was committed.

Door
After a woman complained on Dec. 1 that she was stuck inside the lobby vestibule of Chase Bank on Palmer Avenue, police determined that the release bar on the door had to be pressed hard in order to get the door to open. Police informed bank employees for adjustment.

Arrest on warrant
On Nov. 25, police picked up Alejandro Palma, 25, of White Plains, from White Plains police and arrested him in execution of an active arrest warrant issued out of Scarsdale on April 4, 2018, for failure to appear in court. Palma was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Village Justice Court, returnable Nov. 27.

Pedestrian hit
On Nov. 25, at 12:53 p.m., a Taunton Road woman was hit by a gray Honda at Chase Road and Harwood Court. No injuries were reported.

Cars and roadways
On Nov. 25, police observed a car parked out of parking space lines on Spencer Place and issued a summons.

Police helped a woman cross Weaver Street Nov. 25.

Police helped a woman rectify a difficulty in operating her Mercedes Benz SUV in the parking lot of Village Hall Nov. 25.

Police directed traffic around a disabled car on Heathcote Road until a tow arrived Nov. 25.

Police advised the foreman of a roadway work zone on Fox Meadow Road that the situation was unsafe because only one flagger was present to direct traffic flow on a single open lane Nov. 26. The foreman said he would correct the matter immediately.

Police advised the water department about a water main break on Grand Park Avenue Nov. 26.

Police called a tow for a car with two flat tires at Weaver Street and Crossway Nov. 26. In the meantime, patrol directed traffic around the disabled car.

Police called a tow for a car that ran out of gas on Heathcote Road Nov. 28.

Patrol moved a low-hanging phone wire out of the way of traffic over Stratton Road and Rural Drive and notified Verizon Nov. 28.

Police advised a Nelson Road resident that a broken branch dangling over the roadway posed a danger Nov. 28. The resident said the branch was scheduled to be removed by a private contractor. Police advised the resident to expedite the job.

A stop sign fell over on Rodney Road due to a deteriorated base Nov. 29. Police placed a temporary stop sign at the intersection and alerted the highway department for replacement.

A construction crew on Griffen Avenue was ordered to stop work until sufficient flagmen could be put in place Nov. 30.
Police asked the owner of a Toyota parked haphazardly on Saxon Woods Road to move the car, and the owner complied Nov. 30.

Dogs
Police reunited a loose dog found at Mamaroneck and Garden roads with its owner Nov. 27.

A Webster Road woman reported that her three dogs escaped from her yard Nov. 28. Police entered descriptions of the dogs in the lost dog book.

Lost and found
On Nov. 29, a woman walked into headquarters and reported losing her driver’s license somewhere in the village.
On Nov. 29, an Oak Lane man reported losing his license plates in Massachusetts due to an auto accident.
A passerby found a United States Uniformed Services ID Card and Privilege Card by the train station on Depot Place and gave them to police Nov. 30. Police vouchered the property for safekeeping.

Eastchester fire
Police assisted with the evacuation of occupants inside a Grand Boulevard structure in which there was an active fire at 5:17 a.m., Dec. 1.

Firefighters
According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 28 incidents during the reporting period.

On Nov. 25, firefighters ventilated a Hampton Road house in order to reduce carbon monoxide levels. The CO accumulation had been caused by a contractor using a gas-powered saw in the basement.

Firefighters assisted with a structure fire on Healy Avenue in Hartsdale Nov. 28.

A cat was stuck on a neighbor’s roof on Hamilton Road for two days before firefighters used an aerial ladder to collect the cat and bring it down in a carrier Nov. 29. It was returned to its owner unharmed.

On Nov. 30, firefighters residents of a Windsor Lane house because of elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Investigation determined the source was back-feed from burned-out, underground electrical service. Firefighters ventilated the house and stood by for Con Edison. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps was called to evaluate all occupants.

On Dec. 1, firefighters assisted with a two-car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Nov. 25 – Dec. 1 has been compiled from official information.

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HazMatFire: On Monday, Nov. 18, a lab fire at Scarsdale High School resulted in the school being evacuated for approximately 25 minutes during the school day. According to principal Kenneth Bonamo, the fire alarm was triggered during second period, around 9:39 a.m., by a laboratory chemical that was overheated in that classroom. The chemical was considered non-hazardous and was comprised of non-hazardous ingredients including mineral oil and inert thermoplastic rubber, according to the manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet.

Firefighters on site cleared the area of smoke before they allowed staff and students back into the building. The Fire Department did initial testing for volatile organic materials, and none were detected. However, upon their return into the building, staff and students reported smelling an unpleasant odor. The HVAC ventilation system automatically shut off during the evacuation, but it came back on for a brief time during re-entry before officials could manually shut it down again. Once it was turned back on, school officials, out of an abundance of caution, relocated classes in the science wing to the gymnasium and asked anyone who felt unwell to report to the nurse immediately.

Firefighters called in a Hazmat team to further evaluate the space. Classes continued as normal throughout the rest of the building outside the affected area.

Stolen property
On Nov. 14, a green Honda parked on Brittany Close for two days was determined to have been stolen from the Village of Mamaroneck on Nov. 13. The owner and Village of Mamaroneck police were notified. The car was impounded for follow-up.

Identity theft
On Nov. 12, a Seneca Road man reported he had been the victim of several identity theft incidents over the last month, including a fraudulent Verizon business phone account and charges against his Chase bank account.

On Nov. 14, a Ridgecrest West homeowner reported someone used her personal information to unlawfully open a fraudulent bank account. The homeowner closed the account and did not wish to pursue an investigation.

Homeless man
A homeless man allegedly went into a Popham Road office, asked for money and took some candy from a bucket on the counter before leaving Nov. 13. Police spoke with the man, and the man declined assistance.

At the door
A Chesterfield Road resident reported someone was banging on her back door and left when the door was not answered Nov. 12. Police canvassed the area for the person but could not find anyone who could have knocked on the door.

Key
Police helped a Walworth Avenue resident open her house door with a key after the key had jammed a few times Nov. 13. Police advised the resident to call a locksmith if her lock and key continued to give her problems.

Cars and roadways
A Honda CRV was found abandoned at Mamaroneck and Graham roads Nov. 12. It appeared to have been in an accident. Police contacted the owner, and the car was removed.

Following up on a report of an unsafe driver, police located a blue Mustang experiencing mechanical problems in the area of Post and Murray Hill roads and conducted a traffic stop Nov. 13. The car was deemed unsafe to drive, and police called a tow for it.

On Nov. 14, police placed a dead animal curbside on Mamaroneck Road and notified the sanitation department for pickup and disposal.

A Garth Road resident complained a parked car was blocking access to his driveway Nov. 14. Police contacted the registered owner, who subsequently moved the car.

A motorcycle apparently tipped over on Depot Place Nov. 15. Police picked it up as a courtesy.

A large pile of leaves was encroaching into traffic on Cushman Road Nov. 15. Police contacted the responsible homeowners, and they instructed their gardeners to move the leaf pile.

On Nov. 16, police notified the sanitation department for pickup and disposal of a dead raccoon on Boulevard.

Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Civil matter
A Broadmoor Road resident was disputing a bill with a landscaper, and the landscaper removed two plantings from the resident’s property Nov. 12. Police advised the landscaper that the resident wished to terminate his contract and that the landscaper was no longer welcome on the resident’s property. Police advised both parties to settle the matter in civil court.

Village code
Police dispersed kids playing basketball on Boulevard following a noise complaint Nov. 15.

Lost and found
On Nov. 12, a person turned into a wallet found in the village. Later that day, the owner contacted headquarters and picked up the wallet.

Firefighters
According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 21 incidents during the report period. Seymour shred the following details.

On Nov. 13, firefighters helped Con Edison gain access to houses on Nelson and Sprague roads to shut gas so that Con Edison workers could start repairs.

Firefighters ventilated a house under construction on Lockwood Road Nov. 15. Prior to ventilation, improper use of a gas-powered saw caused elevated carbon monoxide levels in the house.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Nov. 12-17 has been compiled from official information.

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accidentAccident fatality: On Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:10 p.m., Greenburgh Police responded to Fort Hill Road just south of the intersection with Underhill Road, in Edgemont, to investigate a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle. Arriving police and EMS personnel came upon a 67-year-old female resident of Edgemont lying in the roadway. She had suffered injuries sustained from an accident with a 2014 Acura MDX that had turned onto Fort Hill Road from Underhill Road while traveling south. The operator of the MDX, a 49-year-old woman, of Edgemont, stopped and called 911. There were two other passengers in her vehicle, and none of the occupants of the vehicle were injured. The injured pedestrian was transported to Westchester Medical Center. She was admitted to the hospital but unfortunately succumbed to her injuries and passed away later that evening. An accident investigation is ongoing by Greenburgh PD detectives and traffic personnel. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the GPD Detective Division at 914-989-1725.

Felony arrest
On Nov. 20, Emily McGovern, 50, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on a felony charge of third-degree grand larceny. McGovern is accused of stealing more than $41,500 in bank account funds from a 77-year-old relative through the fraudulent use of debit and credit cards. She was released on her own recognizance and ordered to appear in court on a future date. A temporary order of protection was issued in favor of the defendant who suffered a loss of funds.

DWI
On Nov. 24, Orlando Villa Vargas, 20, of Port Chester, was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol level of .18 or more with no priors, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway. Police noticed Vargas’s 2004 Hummer stopped at the intersection of Mamaroneck Road and Palmer Avenue, with Vargas asleep at the wheel. Further investigation revealed that Vargas was intoxicated. He was subsequently arrested.

Dead on arrival
A 93-year-old Oak Lane woman died at home Nov. 23.

Scam
On Nov. 19, a Ridgedale Road woman reported that she had been scammed out of $1,010.48 after receiving a call from someone alleging to be a Con Edison employee. The caller alleged that the woman’s account was past due and instructed the woman to purchase a Moneypak in the amount of $499.69 in order to pay the bill. After purchasing the Moneypak and remitting it to the caller, the woman received a second call from the caller indicating that additional money was owed. After purchasing and remitting a second Moneypak, the woman then received a third call demanding more money. At that point, the woman realized the requests for payment were a scam, and she notified police.

Stolen
A boy’s silver mountain bike was stolen from the parking lot behind Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Boulevard Nov. 21. According to the boy’s mother, the boy was attending a religious class when the bike was stolen.

Shoplifting
The Popham Road CVS store manager called police to report that a known shoplifter was in the store shoplifting approximately 26 sticks of deodorant valued at $175.24 Nov. 21. The incident was recorded on surveillance video. Police are following up.

Criminal mischief
On Nov. 19, a real estate agent reported that three real estate “for sale” signs were defaced, damaged or removed from the property of a Normandy Lane house for sale over the past two months. One sign was found folded in half. One sign was removed from the property. One sign was tagged with a graffiti apparently written with a black Sharpie marker. Police said they would conduct extra ridebys of the property as a precaution.

Someone threw two rocks at a commercial building with a window facing Popham Road overnight Nov. 18. One rock shattered a window and made a hole in its screen. The other rock damaged a shutter.

Domestic matters
A Greenacres woman called police to report she was having an issue with her adult daughter over house upkeep Nov. 23. Police spoke both with both parties who agreed that they would each partake in housekeeping duties during the week.

A Fox Meadow mother said her daughter was misbehaving, and she wanted advice Nov. 23. When patrol arrived on scene, the mother clarified that she was not requesting assistance. Police provided her with contact information for family counseling resources.

Flashlight
A Huntington Road resident reported seeing a man walking on the street with a flashlight, possibly looking into cars, at 6:30 a.m., Nov. 20. Police investigated and determined the man was a taxi driver looking for house numbers in order to identify the house scheduled for a pickup.

Scofflaw
Police identified a white Mercedes-Benz with scofflaw status parked on East Parkway Nov. 20. The owner of the car returned while police were on scene, and police informed her that she owed $350 in unpaid parking tickets. She said she would rectify the matter immediately at Village Hall.
Police identified a gray 2007 Toyota Prius with scofflaw status, belonging to a Stratford Road woman, parked on Christie Place Nov. 21. The Prius had accumulated five unpaid parking tickets with a total of $650 in fines. Police towed the Prius to the department’s impound lot.

Pedestrian struck
On Nov. 22, a 15-year-old Old Orchard Road girl was struck by a 2018 Mercedes-Benz while crossing the street diagonally, against the traffic signal, at Crane Road and Woodland Place, at 3:12 p.m. The 20-yerar-old Scarsdale driver said he attempted to stop but was unsuccessful. The girl was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The driver was not issued any summonses.

Cars and roadways
On Nov. 18, the highway department was notified about an uprooted tree resulting from a car accident at Mamaroneck Road and Barker Lane. According to the 57-year-old Mamaroneck driver, the accident occurred because she suffered from a headache and struck the tree. She complained of chest pain and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

A Mohican Trail resident reported a car was honking its horn in her driveway after dark Nov. 18. The driver of the car left before police arrived.

A man sleeping in his car in the 7-Eleven parking lot on Scarsdale Avenue at 4:45 a.m., Nov. 19, told police he got tired while driving home from work and decided to stop to rest.

Police closed an open manhole cover at Rugby Lane and Cambridge Road Nov. 19.

Police helped call a tow for a motorist with a flat tire on Post Road Nov. 19.

A motorist reported that a metal roadway plate had shifted out of place on Post Road Nov. 19. Police notified the highway department for correct reinstallation.

Verizon was notified about a dangling fiber optic wire on School Lane Nov. 19.

A Stratton Road resident reported a car was stopped but running on the street in front of his house at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 20. Police spoke with the driver who said he was driving to Massachusetts, got tired and stopped to rest on a side street.

Police removed a dead cat from a traffic lane on Post Road and placed it near the curb for pickup Nov. 20.

Wires fell on a Village leaf removal truck while the truck was on a job on Fayette Road Nov. 22. The wires were knocked down by a falling tree. Police contacted Con Edison for wire removal from the vehicle. Firefighters assisted. No injuries were reported
A car sustained two flat tires on Mamaroneck Road Nov. 22. Police stood by and directed traffic around the car until it was able to be towed to a garage.

Police issued parking tickets to cars parked on the grass on Wayside Lane Nov. 23.

Con Edison was informed about low-hanging wires on Sheldrake Road Nov. 23.
Police observed a car struck a fire hydrant on Post Road, damaging it and allowing water to flow into both traffic lanes at 4:15 a.m., Nov. 24. Police then observed the car leave the scene. The water department responded and turned off the valve to stop the flow of water.

Thirteen car accidents were reported in the village during the reporting period.

Village code
After a neighbor complained of baking dog left outdoors on Springdale Avenue Nov. 21, police went the alleged house and observed a dog outside. The dog baked a few times, police informed its owner of the neighbor’s complaint. The owner brought the dog inside.

Some kids were dancing in a room above a garage on Heathcote Road and a neighbor complained of noise Nov. 22. Police spoke with the homeowner, and the homeowner instructed the kids to lower the volume of the music.

A window salesman going door-to-door on Oxford Road was informed he needed a permit to solicit in the Village Nov. 23.

On Nov. 23, police asked a Brewster Road homeowner to lower the volume of music at a child’s birthday party after a neighbor complained of noise.

Lost dog
Police reunited a lost dog and its Boulder Brook Road owner Nov. 23.

Firefighters
According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 33 incidents during the reporting period. Seymour shared details of the following incidents.

On Nov. 18, firefighters were dispatched to the high school because a science teacher had left non-toxic chemicals on the hot plate, and the chemicals started smoking and emitting a foul odor. Students and staff were evacuated from the school and a Hazmat team was called in as a precaution. Custodians and firefighters ventilated affected classrooms with small fans. No abnormal readings were detected, and the school was determined to be safe. Four students complaining of headaches were evaluated by Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps in the nurse’s office. They refused further medical attention. The science wing remained closed for the day in order to allow for active ventilation.

Firefighters assisted with a rollover car accident on Mamaroneck Road Nov. 18. The driver self extricated and was evaluated by SVAC on scene. The highway department was notified about an uprooted tree resulting from the accident.

On Nov. 20, firefighters notified Con Edison about an outdoor gas odor from an excavation site on Norma Place. Firefighters were released from the scene after Con Edison workers arrived.

On Nov. 21, firefighters assisted at a two-car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

On Nov. 21, firefighters assisted at a two-car accident on East Parkway involving a car that partially got stuck under a box truck.

On Nov. 23, firefighters assisted at a two-car accident on the Heathcote Bypass. Both cars ended up in the woods, and the occupants self extricated.

Smoke from a Morris Lane fireplace activated a smoke alarm in the house Nov. 24.

Firefighters arrived on scene, confirmed the fire had been extinguished and ventilated the house.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Nov. 18-24 has been compiled from official information.

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FireinFox MeadowInside the house after firefighters opened a section of the wall and floor to check for the extension of the fire. (Updated November 14) Fire Chief Jim Seymour forwarded the following two reports on Thursday November 14:

Fire on Fox Meadow Road

On Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 10 am the Scarsdale Fire Department was dispatched to 11 Fox Meadow Road on a report of smoke coming from the floor boards on the first floor of a single family residence. Upon arrival the fire chief transmitted a working fire, discovering an active fire inside the exterior wall on the front side of the house. Fire department units arrived within 4 minutes of dispatch and began searching for the seat of the fire in order to suppress it. Scarsdale Career Firefighters were assisted by Scarsdale Volunteer Firefighters, and the Hartsdale, Greenville and Fairview Fire Departments at the scene of the fire while units from the Eastchester and White Plains Fire Departments covered the remainder of the village. The fire was extinguished and placed under control with 25 minutes of arrival and held to the room/area of origin. Members of both the Scarsdale and Westchester County Cause & Origin Teams investigated the cause of the fire and preliminary findings determined the cause to be accidental in nature.

Gas leak on Sprague Road:

On Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 7 am the Scarsdale Fire Department responded to the area of Sprague Road and Nelson Road for an odor of natural gas in the area. Upon arrival, fire department units found a strong odor of natural gas and gas leaking from a gas valve in the street. Fire department units utilized 4-gas meters to find high levels of gas in the sewers. Con Ed was notified and responded. Scarsdale police and fire department units blocked off the area to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, for the residents and Con Ed worker’s safety. Fire department units worked with Con Ed units checking over 30 houses in the area for any gas that may have migrated into the houses. Two of the houses were determined to have minor gas readings on the street side of their sewer pipe, due to ineffective caps. Con Ed workers temporarily sealed the sewer caps to prevent gas from coming into the houses and advised the homeowners to contact a plumber for a more permanent solution. Con Ed workers excavated the affected main to locate the source of the leak. The fire department stretched an 1 ¾ hose line from Engine 54 to protect the Con Ed workers working in the trench, on the leaking gas main. Fire Department units were on scene for a couple of hours while Con Ed isolated the pipe that was leaking by shutting down gas service in the area. Twenty – eight houses, some in the Town of Eastchester, were effected with the gas shut off.

The Scarsdale Fire Department would like to remind residents that if an area if blocked off by “Caution Tape” , cones or emergency vehicles, that these devices are there to protect them and any workers inside the area. Please find an alternative route avoiding the affected area.

Car fire: Following a 6:42 a.m. 911 call on Nov. 9, firefighters extinguished a car fire involving a 2015 Chevy Tahoe parked in a Madison Road driveway. The car, parked approximately 20 feet from the house, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Firefighters confirmed the fire had not extended into the house. A cause and origin team determined the fire was accidental in nature.

Arrests
On Nov. 6, police arrested Gene Rice, 58, of Scarsdale, on a misdemeanor charge of disobeying a mandate. Rice was arraigned at Scarsdale Village Justice Court, fingerprinted and photographed, before he was released on his own recognizance.

Responding to a dispatch regarding a person who appeared to be suffering from an overdose in a car on Garth Road around 1 p.m., Nov. 10, police arrested Michael Lauro, 30, of Mamaroneck on a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs (with at least two prior convictions.)

actorlearyActor Denis Leary was visited Scarsdale on November 13 to discuss his work with the Leary Firefighters Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide funding and resources for Fire Departments to obtain the best available equipment, technology and training. Denis established the foundation in the spring of 2000 following the line of duty deaths of six Worcester, Massachusetts firefighters at an abandoned warehouse fire. One of the six firefighters that perished that day was Denis’s cousin. During his time in the Village, Leary took time to stop by Scarsdale Fire Headquarters to visit with some of the firefighters working that day.

Car break-in
An unlocked parked car on Nelson Road was entered overnight Nov. 7. The owner said the only thing missing from the car was the registration.

Identity theft
On Nov. 9, a customer of Chase Bank on East Parkway reported her bank account had been seized, and she was unable to withdraw funds due to fraudulent activity on the account. The customer asked for the account to be closed, and bank employees said the customer would be mailed a check within a few days.

Welfare check
On Nov. 5, police conducted a welfare check on a Chateaux Circle man at the request of his wife who had been unable to reach him. He was OK.

On Nov. 9, police conducted a welfare check on an elderly Chateaux Circle man at the request of his daughter-in-law. Police ScoutsVetsDayScouts from Troop 4 Scarsdale served as Color Guard at a flag ceremony for Veterans Day at the Ambassador Assisted Living Home in Scarsdale. Pictured from left to right - Tyler McCarthy, Zachary Weitzman, Ronan Barnea, Matthew Kolb, Janghee Lee and Daniel Kolb. Photo credit Heather Kolb.confirmed the man was OK.

Credit card
On Nov. 5, a person reported that his credit card got stuck in parking payment machine in the Christie Place Garage. Since the card was unable to be dislodged, police suggested the man cancel the card. Parking officials were notified.

Assistance
On Nov. 6, police assisted an elderly Garden Road resident with an alarm clock and telephone.

Wrong address
A Continental Road resident reported an unknown person was parked in an unknown car in his driveway Nov. 9. Police spoke with the driver who said she had come to the house pick up her daughter, without realizing she was at the wrong address.

Scofflaw
A 2018 Mini Cooper parked on Chase Road was determined to be in scofflaw status, due to $1,400 in unpaid parking tickets Nov. 6. Before police could tow the car to the impound lot, the owner returned and promised to immediately address the matter at Scarsdale Village Justice Court.

Cars and roadways
Police contacted Con Edison about a dislodged manhole cover on Fenimore Road Nov. 4.

Police called a tow truck for a disabled vehicle on the Popham Road Bridge Nov. 4.
Police erected a temporary stop sign at the intersection of Oxford and Garden roads because the permanent stop sign had been knocked down Nov. 5.

Police asked workers to move parked cars from Fox Meadow and Butler roads in order to alleviate congestion Nov. 6.

Police called a tow truck for a driver whose car had a flat tire on Hickory Lane Nov. 6.

Police notified the water department about a water leaks on Dobb Terrace Nov. 7, Tunstall Road Nov. 8 and Oxford Road Nov. 11.

Police placed cones around roadway plates on Sprague and Gaylor roads in order to alert drivers to slow down Nov. 10.

A Rural Drive woman reported an unknown Honda was parked in her backyard Nov. 11.

One car accident was reported in the village this week.

Animals
On Nov. 4, a Kensington Road woman reported an injured squirrel was in her yard. Police provided the woman with a list of contact numbers for local animal trappers.

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On Nov. 6, police informed an ATV owner that he could not ride the ATV on Butler Field.

Following up on a noise complaint, police asked a Ferncliff Road resident to lower the volume of music Nov. 9.

A Post Road resident complained about sound from her neighbor’s radio Nov. 10. Police advised the neighbor of the complaint and encouraged her to keep the radio at an acceptable level in order to preserve harmony between the neighbors.

Lost and found
On Nov. 4, a commuter reported finding a cell phone of the train and gave it to police.

A New Rochelle man walked into headquarters and reported losing the license plate from his motorcycle somewhere in the village Nov. 6.

On Nov. 10, a Meadow Road Uber driver reported finding a cell phone, bankcard and Metrocards in the back of the car she uses for work. Police vouchered the property.

Firefighters
According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 27 incidents during the reporting period. Details were provided as follows.

On Nov. 5, firefighters stood by at the site of a Nelson Road gas leak, notified Con Edison and checked nearby houses on Nelson and Sprague roads for gas leaks.

On Nov. 6, a construction vehicle severed a gas line on Lenox Road. Con Edison shut gas to the area while an emergency repair was made. Firefighters evacuated homes and stood by to provide assistance and protection in case of accidental ignition. The building department was notified about an improperly protected excavation site, and a stop work order was issued.

On Nov. 7, a pot left on the stove at a Penn Road house resulted in a smoke condition. Firefighters entered the house and removed the pot from the stove. They ventilated the house.

On Nov. 9, a Woods Lane two-year-old child accidentally got locked inside a bathroom. Firefighters successfully opened the door and released the child unharmed.

On Nov. 10, firefighters extinguished a rubbish fire due to a discarded cigarette in a Johnson Road house.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Nov. 4-11 has been compiled from official information.

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