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JulesReichJulius ReichWestchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Julius Reich of Scarsdale pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class B violent felony, in the stabbing death of his wife, Robin Goldman, M.D., in January 2016. Reich will face a sentence of up to 25 years in state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2018.

The adult children of Dr. Goldman advised the District Attorney and the Court it was their strong desire to avoid the trauma of a trial. The children are in complete agreement with the plea of Manslaughter in the First Degree, as such a disposition would make their 64-year-old father accountable for his actions. They are relieved theireichmugshotr father finally accepted responsibility for his actions and his plea will help them move forward and bring finality to a horrific situation.

Reich and his wife were in the process of divorcing but remained living in the same house on Lincoln Road in Scarsdale. On the morning of Jan. 20, 2016, Reich entered the upstairs bathroom where he stabbed his wife multiple times resulting in wounds to the chest, abdomen and back. Dr. Goldman died at the scene.

At the conclusion of the attack, Reich went downstairs. Sometime later, he called 911. Scarsdale Police officers responded and discovered her body in the bathroom. Reich was arrested at the scene.

Assistant District Attorneys Christine O'Connor and John O'Rourke of the Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.

Identity theft
On May 17, a Cushman Road resident reported three fraudulent checks were cashed against her husband’s business account without her knowledge. She learned of the incidents after receiving a call from PNC bank alerting her to the checks, whose signatures did not match the bank’s signature record. All three checks were made out to a person from Yonkers. PNC bank closed the account and placed a hold on the checks. On May 19, a Magnolia Road woman reported ten fraudulent charges had been made on her Citibank debit card between May 17-19. She informed Citibank, closed the account and was advised to file a police report.

Harassment
On May 15, a project manager reported being harassed by a subcontractor at a Heathcote Road job site. The two men allegedly got into a confrontation over work being performed in the house, and one man allegedly yelled and “got into the face” of the other man. The construction company pulled all employees from the job site in reaction to the incident.

Missing items
On May 15, a Carman Road woman reported handwritten notes were missing from her diary. She said she searched her house multiple times but could not find the notes. She told police she believed the police department had been compromised and she wished to make a report elsewhere.

Street sign
While conducting a welfare check on a village woman, police found a street sign inside her house May 15. After determining the woman was OK, police removed the street sign from house and took it to headquarters. She told patrol her son had found the sign discarded in the street. Patrol advised her to speak with her son about the inappropriateness of acquiring property in such a manner.

Peeled paint
On May 18, a Walworth Avenue resident reported a cleaning company taped a flier to his mailbox. When removing the flier, the adhesive pulled off some of the old black paint from his mailbox. The resident said he had paint and could remedy the mailbox, but he did not want the company to post more fliers. Patrol spoke with the company’s owner and issued a verbal warning for posting fliers without a permit. The owner apologized for inadvertently damaging the resident’s mailbox.

Locked doors
Patrol climbed into an open window of a Church Lane South house and unlocked the door from inside after the homeowner accidentally locked herself outside with her baby May 18. A nine-year-old boy locked himself in a bedroom at his grandmother’s Tompkins Road house and could not get the door unlocked May 19. Patrol used a skeleton key and a screwdriver to unlock the door. Patrol gave the key to the boy’s grandmother and advised her to keep it away from children. Patrol mediated a discussion between a Garth Road building manager and a commercial tenant whose lease was terminated May 19. The business was currently secured with new locks, and arrangements had to be made in order for both parties to agree on a time when the former tenant could pick up his stuff.

Cars and roadways
Police notified Verizon about a fallen wire at Weaver Street and Griffen Avenue May 15. The highway department and Verizon were notified about fallen wires and tree branches on Meadow Road May 16. Patrol notified the highway department about a fallen tree branch on Jefferson Road May 16. Patrol notified Con Edison about a leaning utility pole on Saxon Woods and Boulder Brook roads May 16. Patrol safely removed a low hanging branch on the Bypass May 16. A fallen branch was hanging in wires on Brambach Road May 16. Patrol notified Con Edison. A branch from a tree on private property was hanging over the corner of Richelieu and Jefferson roads May 16. Patrol and firefighters spoke with the owner of the tree. The owner made arrangements to have the tree cut down the next day. Patrol assisted in removing a fallen tree branch from Kelwynne Road May 16. A parked car was blocking a Fayette Road driveway May 17. Patrol asked the owner of the car to move it to a legal parking spot. While conducting traffic enforcement on Weaver Street May 17, a passing car caused patrol’s license plate reader to sound. Patrol pulled the car over and confirmed the registration and license had been suspended for the driver’s insurance not being in effect. Patrol removed the car’s license plates, and the car was towed to the driver’s house in Yonkers. She was issued appropriate summonses. A resident discovered a no parking sign with an incorrectly stated date on Dobbs Terrace May 18. Police corrected the date on the sign. Con Edison was notified about an arcing wire at Mamaroneck and Stratton roads May 19. Fallen branches in a Greenacres Avenue yard were determined to have come from a privately owned tree on Greenacres Avenue May 20. Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Noise
At 11:30 p.m., May 18, police advised a small gathering of adults sitting around a fire pit and talking on Wayside Lane that they were being too loud for neighbors. The adults agreed to bring their party indoors. Police advised a group of teens to keep their voices to a minimum in order to not disturb residents in the area of Garth Road and Freightway at 12:30 a.m., May 20.

Lost and found
On May 17, a person reported losing his US passport and permanent resident card somewhere in the vicinity of Popham Road May 13. A police officer found a wallet on East Parkway May 18. Patrol called the owner, identified via his driver’s license as a Massachusetts man, and left a voicemail. Later, a person claiming to be a friend of the owner called patrol inquiring about the lost wallet. Patrol told the friend that the wallet could only be released to its rightful owner.

Firefighters
According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 32 incidents this week. He shared details about the following incidents. On May 14, firefighters were dispatched to a Fenimore Road to check houses for possible gas after a gas leak was found in a nearby manhole. On May 14, firefighters assisted at a car accident on Secor Road. They cleaned up a transmission fluid spill and stood by for a tow. On May 14, firefighters helped a Sycamore Road resident with an accidental lockout. The resident additionally was afraid that a pot had been left cooking on the stove. Firefighters unlocked the house without causing damage and confirmed nothing had been left cooking on the stove. On May 15, a reported burning odor inside a Hutchinson Avenue house summoned firefighters to the house. There, firefighters discovered a fallen tree had pulled wires off a utility pole. No burning odor was detected. Firefighters advised the resident to contact Con Edison. On May 17, a carbon monoxide alarm sounded in a Huntington Avenue structure. Firefighters investigated and found elevated CO readings in the boiler room. Further examination determined an exhaust fan intended for continuous operation had been accidentally turned off overnight. However, it easily restarted upon discovery. Con Edison was called for further examination, since elevated CO readings were still present. Con Edison found an acetylene tank being stored in the boiler room overnight. The tank was immediately removed, since it can result in “false positive” test results. Con Edison is following up. An air purifier was causing an odor in a Heathcote Road house May 20. Firefighters ventilated the space.

This report covering police and fire department activity from May 14-20 has been compiled from official information.

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Arrests: On May 12, 2018, a 16 year-old Chappaqua boy was arrested for making threats to initiate a school shooting at the Westfield Day School in Armonk. NYS Police from Somers  in conjunction with the North Castle Police Department and the Westchester County DA's office arrested Luke W. Visser, age 16, of Chappaqua for making a terroristic threat and for aggravated harassment in the 2nd degree. Investigators at the New York State Intelligence Center received information, via hotline, that Visser had made threats to initiate a school shooting at the Westfield Day School in Armonk, NY. A subsequent investigation revealed that Visser had made several threats via texts to another student, including sending a photograph of himself holding what appeared to be a rifle. Visser was found at his home in Chappaqua and admitted to making the threats. He was subsequently arrested by the NYS Police. Four legally owned rifles were found at the house and they were subsequently removed by the State Police. Police. 

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said, “We take school threats very seriously and will continue working closely with New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies to keep our children safe. In this case, we commend the New York State Police Intelligence Center and North Castle Police Department for their swift action.” Visser was arraigned in the Town of North Salem Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

DWI Arrests
While conducting traffic enforcement on Post Road after midnight May 12, police observed a 2018 Honda travelling without its lights on. Police conducted a traffic stop and noticing the driver and front seat passenger were making excessive movements as petrol approached the car. Upon making contact with the car’s occupants, police noticed the front seat passenger – Jose I. Vidal, 34, of White Plains – had his hands between his legs, as if he was attempting to conceal a weapon or contraband. Patrol also noticed the driver – Edwin Roberto Tonato, 33, of White Plains – holding his groin area as if he was also attempting to conceal something. Patrol called for backup to assist with the investigation and asked the occupants of the car to step outside. Patrol conducted field sobriety tests, which Tonato failed. Tonato was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. An alco-sensor test indicated a preliminary blood alcohol level of .16 percent. At headquarters, a Datamaster confirmed Tonato’s blood alcohol content was .18 percent. An inventory search of the car found a small bag containing cocaine beneath the front passenger seat, as well as two empty beer bottles in the back seat. Tonato was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .18 or more with no priors, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, having an open container of alcohol on a highway and an equipment violation. The car was impounded and Tonato was released on his own recognizance to his wife, with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable May 16. Vidal was questioned about the bag of cocaine under his seat, but he denied any knowledge of the cocaine. Vidal was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable May 16.

On May 12, at 1:45 a.m., police arrested Darwin E. Maldonado Jerez, 21, of White Plains, on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense) operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of at least .08 of one percent and driving left of pavement. The arrest occurred after police stopped Jerez’s car on Mamaroneck Road and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Jerez’s breath. Jerez told police he had been at a friend’s house in Mamaroneck and had consumed four beers. Police asked Jerez to perform field sobriety tests, and Jerez failed these tests. A preliminary alco-sensor test measured Jerez’s blood alcohol level at .17 percent. At headquarters, a Datamaster test confirmed Jerez’s blood alcohol level at .17 percent. Following Jerez’s arrest at headquarters, he was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable May 16.

Suspended registration arrest
On May 13, police arrested Shaquan M. Taylor, 44, of White Plains, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle with three or more suspensions on three or more dates. Patrol learned of Taylor’s numerous suspensions after a license plate reader sounded in a patrol car when Taylor’s car passed on Post Road. A department of motor vehicles database check indicated Taylor’s registration had been suspended nine times. The suspensions included eight scoffs on four different dates. Taylor was arrested and released on $250 cash bail, with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable June 13. The license plates were removed from Taylor’s car, and it was towed to his residence at his request.

Stolen bicycles
A caller reported her $250 pink and purple Diamondback mountain bicycle was stolen from Scarsdale Avenue May 7. The caller said she chained the bike to a wooden fence that lines the walkway to the train station in the morning, and when she returned in the evening, the bike was missing. On May 9, while walking home from the Hartsdale train station, a woman found a pink and purple bicycle in the bushes on Fountain Terrace. The woman thought it was an odd place for a bike and, given the rash of recent bicycle thefts in the village, she brought it home with her and called police. Patrol picked up the bike and discovered it was the same bike reported stolen from the fence area on Scarsdale Avenue May 7. Patrol returned the bike to its owner. On May 9, a purple and gray Schwinn bicycle with two helmets was reported stolen from a Walworth Avenue garage. The bicycle was valued at $350.

Identity theft
On May 9, a Brambach Road woman reported a fraudulent check was written against her Chase Bank business account. A Chase employee thought the check was suspicious and alerted the woman ‘s attention to the fraudulent check. A stop payment was put on the check, and the account was closed. A real estate agent in the village reported that someone fraudulently assumed her identity and entered into a fraudulent real estate transaction with a person who was allegedly selling a timeshare property in Mexico. As part of the fraudulent sale, a victim paid $3875 to the person who had assumed the real estate agent’s identity. The victim asked for her money back when she realized the transaction was fraudulent, and after she did not received her money back, she filed a complaint with the NYS department of licensing against the actual real estate agent in Scarsdale. The real estate agent reported the matter to police in order to start the process of disputing the complaint. On May 10, a White Road resident reported someone fraudulently used his Social Security number to open an account with a life insurance company. He learned of the account when he received a letter from the IRS claiming the resident owed taxes on a gain made on the account in 2016. The resident contacted the life insurance company to report the account as fraudulent and to close the account. The resident said he reported the fraudulent matter to the IRS but he had not yet heard anything back, Patrol advised the resident to the report the matter to the IRS in writing.

Check fraud
On May 11, an 18-year-old Quaker Ridge girl reported a man who attempted to hire her for a tutoring job over Craigslist had possibly scammed her. The girl told police she put up an ad on Craigslist, offering to tutor general school subjects. She received a response from a man stating he was interested in hiring a tutor for his 14-year-old daughter. The man contacted the girl via text message to her cell phone, as the girl had posted her name and cell phone number on the Craigslist ad. The two texted back and forth about the alleged tutoring job for about a week. The man said he would send a check to the girl’s house. She then received a check for $3,950. The man told her the check was to cover several months of tutoring. The girl took the check to a Citibank branch in Larchmont to inquire if the check was legitimate. There, a bank employee examined the check and said there was no record of the routing number. The girl told police she was more concerned about the man knowing her address, rather than the check being fake or not. While at headquarters, the girl texted the man and told him she was no longer interested in tutoring his daughter, and she requested that he no communicate with her.

Attempted break-in
A Walworth Avenue resident reported someone broke one of the windows at his house in a possible attempt to enter the house May 9. The resident reported he and his wife were upstairs and heard a loud crash of glass in their downstairs living room. The resident went downstairs and noticed their glass patio door had been shattered and pushed in. At that time, the resident called 911.

Pursuit
On May 13, at 1 a.m., patrol was conducting traffic enforcement on Post Road and noticed a car speed by at approximately 66 miles per hour. Patrol turned on the patrol car’s flashing lights and siren and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver sped away from police, pulled into a U-shaped driveway on Windmill Circle and then pulled across Post Road into another driveway. There, the driver opened the door, placed one foot outside the car and turned toward patrol. Patrol instructed the driver to stay inside his car. The driver said “OK” and immediately ran up the Post Road driveway and ran to the back of the house. Patrol called out the foot pursuit on the police radio but quickly lost visual contact with the driver. The driver was described as a black man with short hair, a short beard and wearing a black jacket. Police conducted an extensive canvas of the area. They retrieved a cell phone from the ground near a fence that separates Post and Montrose roads. Later, the driver was seen running through backyards on Fairview Road in the direction of White Plains. White Plains police were notified and assisted with the canvas. White Plains police said the registered owner of the car, who matched the description of the driver, was known to their department. White Plains police saw the registered owner /driver run into a building near Post Road and New York Avenue in their jurisdiction. At that time, the search for the driver was called off. Scarsdale police impounded the car and vouchered the car keys, $228 cash found inside the car and a wallet containing debit cards.

Assistance
Police checked the welfare of a 51-year-old Fox Meadow woman at the request of her mother May 7. The woman was fine and declined assistance. An elderly woman left her house on Elmdorf Road, and her worried family called police because they did not know her whereabouts May 7. Police located the woman walking on Chase Road and drove her home. A daughter asked police to check the welfare of her Quaker Ridge parents May 11. The parents were OK and contacted their daughter.

Golf ball
An errant golf ball from Quaker Ridge Golf Club struck a car window and broke it while the car was traveling on Griffen Avenue May 8. The club superintendent was on scene when police arrived. He made arrangements with the driver to cover the cost of damages to the car. Police documented the incident.

Taxi dispute
A taxi driver called police alleging that an Overhill Road passenger was refusing to pay a $25 fare around 4 a.m., May 13. Police arrived at the scene, and the passenger said he thought he could pay by credit card, but this was not the case. Police suggested the passenger go inside and get cash to pay the fare. Patrol stood by while the transaction was completed.

Death
A Stonehouse Road woman passed away at home May 9. While patrol was assisting the deceased woman’s daughter, the daughter asked patrol to remove a gun from the house. The gun had belonged to the daughter’s father who had already died in the past. Patrol took custody of the gun – an Iver Johnson Third revolver – for safekeeping.

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Cars and roadways

On May 7, police stood by while AAA changed the tire of a disabled car on Mamaroneck Road. A fallen cable wire was reported on Thornwood Place May 8. The cable provider was notified. Police notified highway workers about potholes on Olmsted Road May 9. Patrol directed traffic on Murray Hill Road while mourners were attending a shiva May 9. A car’s engine stalled at Murray Hill and Post roads May 10. Patrol called a tow to remove the car from the roadway. Three bicycles were chained to parking meters or signs on Scarsdale Avenue – a red Raleigh, a black Bianchi and a gray Univega – May 10. Police left removal notices on all three bicycles. Patrol stood by while a motorist with a disabled car waited for roadside assistance on Mamaroneck Road May 10. Patrol notified the highway department for removal of a large branch on Greenacres Avenue May 11. A car’s engine abruptly shut off at Normandy Lane and Old Lyme Road May 11. Patrol helped the driver push the car into a safe location while the driver awaited a tow. Construction vehicles were obstructing traffic at Weaver Street and Heathcote Road without valid work permits May 12. Police shut down the construction activity for the day and cleared the congestion, pending the obtainment of proper permits. On May 13, a caller advised a car pulled to the side of Bypass and several people got out at 11:57 p.m., May 13. One person was possibly naked, the caller said. Patrol arrived at the scene and observed several people standing outside a car with a flat tire. They were changing the tire, and all of them were fully dressed. A newspaper delivery person’s car sustained a flat tire and was left at the corner of Tompkins and Cohawney roads for several hours without the driver notifying police May 13. Patrol issued a summons for parking 12 inches away from the curb. A caller reported she could not find her car after parking it in the village May 13. She last saw it in the DeCicco’s Marketplace parking lot. After further inquiry, the caller discovered her car had been towed to a lot in White Plains. No police action was necessary. Police removed a fallen wire from Brookby Road May 13. A portable pizza oven trailer unhinged from a vendor’s truck on Mamaroneck Road May 13. The driver stopped the truck and was waiting for help from his boss. Police stood by to direct traffic around the disabled vehicle and equipment until the driver’s boss arrived and reattached the equipment to the vehicle. Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Wildlife
A woman reported a possibly sick raccoon beneath a car parked in a Tunstall Road driveway May 9. Patrol notified the owner of the house that there was a raccoon under her car. Patrol offered to provide contact numbers for trappers, but the homeowner declined. Later that day, police received a second call about a sick-looking raccoon on Tunstall Road. When police arrived, they found a dead raccoon that had apparently been hit by a car. Sanitation workers were informed and removed the carcass for disposal. A Brewster Road woman reported a possible ill raccoon in her shed May 10. When police arrived, the homeowner informed them that the raccoon had moved under her deck. Patrol was unable to locate the raccoon and provided the homeowner with trappers’ contact information. The highway department removed a dead opossum from the intersection of Popham Road and School Lane May 12.

Village code
Police advised a pest control solicitor on Weaver Street that she needed a proper permit to solicit in the village May 8. She told police she would make sure her company obtained proper paperwork from the Village.

Lost and found
A village employee found a handbag on Woodland Place May 7. While police were collecting the handbag for safekeeping, the owner of the handbag contacted headquarters looking for her lost property. She retrieved it from headquarters.

Firefighters
A man renting a house on Benedict Road accidentally locked himself out May 11. Police and firefighters checked his identity and opened a second-floor window to gain access to the house. This week, firefighters assisted at six car accidents in the village and on parkways. They responded to 14 false fire alarms caused by device malfunction, shower steam, cooking smoke, dust and batteries being changed.

This report covering police and fire department activity from May 7-13 has been compiled from official information.
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droneArmed Robbery Arrest 
An arrest has been made in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the J.P. Morgan Chase bank, located at 409 Tarrytown Road, in the town of Greenburgh. From the outset of the investigation, Greenburgh Police Detectives have worked in partnership with the F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force to successfully solve this case. The suspect was identified and subsequently located in Riverdale, Georgia and arrested there with the assistance of the F.B.I. Atlanta Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit. The defendant is identified as; Tefon Hall, age 27. Mr. Hall was extradited from Georgia to New York on Thursday, April 26, 2018, by detectives from the Westchester County Police Department Warrant Fugitive Unit. The defendant is currently remanded to the Westchester County Jail, Valhalla, NY.

Bike Stolen from Depot Place
On April 23, a Henry Street resident reported his Raleigh 10-speed, black and red mountain bicycle was stolen from the bike rack on Depot Place. The bike and its lock disappeared sometime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The bicycle is valued at $400.

Clothing Shoplifted from Village Store
An employee of the LF Store on Boniface Circle reported two women stole items from the store and fled the area in a 2008 gray BMW. One of the women entered a fitting room with numerous pieces of clothing. The other woman continued to browse the store, picking up various items. When the first woman exited the fitting room, the second woman dropped the items she had been holding, and both women ran out of the store. When the employee checked the fitting room, none of the items taken into the fitting room were there. Police are following up.

Identity Theft
On April 23, a Franklin Road resident reported at least two unauthorized charges on her Bloomingdales and Nordstrom credit cards. The Bloomingdales charge occurred on March 3 in the Soho store. On April 20, Nordstrom notified the woman of an unauthorized charge on that store’s credit card. Both accounts were cancelled. On April 24, the son of an elderly Saxon Woods Road woman called police and said someone withdrew finds from his mother’s account without her permission. He handles his mother’s finances and did not want to alarm her due to health issues. On April 25, a Coralyn Road man reported someone opened a fraudulent T-Mobile account in his name.

Threat
On April 25, a Spencer Place business owner said a man who had dated his wife more than a decade ago threatened him. The old boyfriend told the business owner, “You made a grave mistake, and I’m coming after you and your family.” Police called the old boyfriend and told him to refrain from contacting the business owner in the future. The old boyfriend denied making the threat and said he would refrain from contacting the business owner.

Harassment
On April 23, a Franklin Road business owner reported repeatedly receiving unsolicited communication from a fired employee. The owner told the former employee, by email, that she does not want him to contact her again. In response, he sent an email that the owner found harassing. A Paddington Road woman received a call from an unknown man who said “Allah Akbar” when the woman answered the phone. She hung up, and the man did not call back.

Scam
On April 25, a Walworth Avenue woman received a robotic phone call requesting her to call a number to discuss “legal matters”. Patrol concluded that the call appeared to be from a telephone scammer and advised the woman to ignore such calls.

Suspicious Man
A Foxhall Road resident reported an unknown man attempted to get inside his house around 8 p.m., April 26. The resident was upstairs when he heard noises at the front door, as if someone was trying to gain entry. The resident went downstairs and saw a clean-shaven, white man wearing a gray zip-up hoodie, black jeans and oversized aviator sunglasses. As soon as the man saw the resident, he turned around and fled. He was last seen fleeing towards Secor Road. Police canvassed the area but did not find anyone matching the description.

Domestic Matter
On April 24, a Quaker Ridge man reported his wife had returned after being gone for two months, and she was no longer welcome in the man’s house. The man said there was an ongoing legal matter between his wife and him. The wife left the house voluntarily.

Drone
On April 25, Leatherstocking Lane resident found a drone in his backyard and was concerned someone might be spying on his family. Patrol examined the drone and determined it had been purchased from Sharper Image. Patrol said there was no way to determine why the drone had been flying near his yard. The man said he would hold onto the drone, for return, in case it belonged to a neighbor’s child.

Scofflaw
On April 26, police encountered a 2016 Volkswagen with scofflaw status parked on Depot Place. The owner of the car – a Yonkers woman – owed $370 for three unresolved parking tickets. A citation was issued for further parking violations, and the car was towed to the police impound lot.

Cars and Roadways
On April 25, police called a tow truck for a driver whose car got a flat tire on Weaver Street. A woman’s car ran out of gas on Heathcote Road on April 26. Roadside assistance brought gasoline to her. After a driver complained on April 26, police informed the highway department about a pothole on Leatherstocking Lane. On April 26, patrol informed Verizon about fallen wires on Windward Lane. On April 27, a woman got a flat tire and pulled off the Bronx River Parkway. Police told her she could park in a metered space on East Parkway until help arrived. On April 27, patrol notified Verizon and Optimum about fallen wires on Overhill Road. On April 28, a landscaper’s trailer was blocking Cooper Road. Police asked the landscaper to move the trailer, and the landscaper complied. Fourteen car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Dog
On April 28, a loose dog was found on Wilmot Road. The owner contacted police to report her dog missing, and police reunited her with the dog.

Noise
On April 28, police notified Westchester County police about a noise compliant about Saxon Woods Grill.

Lost and Found
On April 26, an unattended blue bag was left on a bench outside of Chase Bank on East Parkway. Police returned the bag to the owner, who returned to Chase Bank looking for the bag. On April 28, a cell phone was found in the Post Road parking lot of Scarsdale High School. The owner’s daughter called the phone, and patrol was able to return the phone to the owner. On April 28 passerby found a car key in the Christie Place Garage. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.

Firefighters
According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 21 incidents over the last week. Seymour shared information about the following incidents. On April 25, firefighters were called to a Park Road house on a reported odor. They discovered a malfunctioning electric baseboard heater in the basement. Firefighters shut power to the system and advised the resident to call an electrician to service the system. On April 26, firefighters ventilated a Norma Place kitchen after cooking created too much smoke which sounded an alarm. On April 27, a gas dryer started smoking in a Brambach Road house. Firefighters determined there was no active fire, but rather the dryer overheated and caused insulation to smolder behind the rear panel. There was no extension of heat outside the dryer. The dryer was removed from the basement and cooled with approximately 10 gallons of water. Firefighters ventilated the basement and placed the dryer at the curb for sanitation pickup.

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

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BicycleBicycle parts stolen from East Parkway rack
On May 3, the front wheels were stolen from two bicycles locked to the rack at East Parkway and Spencer Place. The victims were a Fox Meadow Road man and a Madison Road man. In one case, the bicycle lock had been cut. A third victim, a Beechwood Lane man, later reported the rear wheel and his bicycle frame had been stolen. In each case, the bicycle owner had chained the bicycle to the rack that morning and discovered the vandalism and theft upon return to Scarsdale, via train, that evening.

Identity theft
On May 1, an Oak Lane resident reported fraudulent charges were made on his Brooks Brothers credit card. He was alerted to possible fraudulent charges by the bank which issued the Brooks Brothers credit card. The account was closed by Brooks Brothers’s fraud department.

Check fraud
On May 4, a Stonehouse Road man reported someone other than the intended recipient cashed a check written against a joint account held by the man and his daughter. The check was written in January and mailed to the IRS. The man was able to see that the check had been cashed. However, in May, the man received a letter from the IRS, asking for the payment. At that point, the man checked his bank records and realized the check had been fraudulently manipulated and cashed by someone else.

Harassment
An employee from a Chase Road business reported a physical confrontation with a coworker May 5. Patrol spoke with both women involved and learned they had a history of disagreements and disputes over sales commissions. Following a heated verbal exchange which allegedly involved name calling, the store manager asked to speak with one of the arguing women in the back hallway. At that time, the other involved woman passed by and the two started fighting with each other physically. They both sustained scratches. Other employees allegedly separated the women, but none would come forward and speak with police. An Uber driver walked into headquarters to report a racist incident involving passengers transported from Fenimore Road to Greenacres Avenue at 2:30 a.m., May 6. The female driver said that after her passengers – a man and a woman – exited her car, they called her a racist name. The driver wanted to document the incident.

Dispute
A caller reported a dispute over an Uber fare near the intersection of Old Lyme and Meadow roads fare May 5. Patrol mediated the discussion and determined that the passenger entered the wrong destination in the Uber app. This caused the driver to drive to a place the passenger had not intended to go. Because of a language barrier, the driver was not aware that the passenger was telling him they were going in the wrong direction. This caused her to become frightened and call 911. After the misunderstanding was mediated, the passenger paid for the trip and gave the driver a tip via the Uber app. The passenger made other arrangements for transportation, and police stood by until the passenger’s daughter picked her up.

Password Changed
On May 1, a Chase Road business owner reported a former financial advisor to her business deactivated the owner’s account and changed her password for her business QuickBooks account. A computer technician was able to help the owner reactivate her account and change her password again. The technician discovered the former financial advisor had logged into the account on April 28, changed passwords and disabled the owner’s account access as well as the access of another former employee. Furthermore, the financial advisor also deleted two custom reports from the system. The business owner reported that no money had been taken from the account.

Shotgun
On May 2, a Bradley Road resident found a Springfield 12-guage shotgun in her attic and called police to remove and dispose of it. The gun was discovered by flooring contractors working on the woman’s third floor. She said she bought the house in September 2016 and had no idea the gun was in the house. Police went to the house and removed the gun. It was taken to headquarters.

Asleep
A man was asleep in the backseat of his car parked at Fountain Terrace and Greenacres Avenue at 3:30 a.m., May 1. Police woke the man and questioned him. He said he was taking a Jiu Jitsu class in Hartsdale for a week and had no place to stay. Patrol told him he could not sleep in his car at that location, and the man left.

Press
A Boulder Brook Road resident reported members of the press were parked in his driveway asking questions about his family May 1. Patrol spoke with the reporters in a car parked on the street. They provided proper IDs and press credentials from CNN. Patrol advised them that the resident did not want reporters at his property. One of the reporters said he understood and would comply with the resident’s request. Later that day, police received another call that a reporter was ringing the resident’s doorbell and banging on the door. Patrol told the reporter that she was not welcome on the resident’s property.

Trees and flowers
A Hamilton Road tree uprooted because of recent wind and rain May 3. It fell and was leaning over a Jefferson Road garage. Patrol advised the tree owner and the garage owner to call a private tree company to correct the issue since the tree was on private property. On May 5, a Boulevard man reported someone damaged flowers in front of his house. He said the flowers were last seen intact on April 28. Patrol noted the damaged flowers but could not determine if the damage had been caused by a person, an animal or a recent severe storm on May 3.

Mother
An exchange student from Brazil called police to report she could not get in contact with her mother after midnight May 4. The student said her mother had supposedly flown to New York City that day. The last time the student spoke with her mother was earlier that day, at which time she was told her mother’s phone battery was running low. Police advised the student to contact NYPD for assistance.

Sewage
Police notified the on-call highway department that a Forest Lane woman reported sewage was backing up into her house May 4.

Pedestrian hit
On May 4, a driver reported a 33-year-old woman talking on her cell phone walked in front of his car on Depot Place and was struck. No injuries were reported.

Cars and roadways
A car stalled and would not start again on Popham Road May 1. Patrol called a tow truck to remove the car for repair. A caller reported an unoccupied parked car, with its engine running and radio on for more than six hours, at Johnson Road and Boulevard May 1. Police contacted the owner, who was unaware of the running engine. She said her husband would respond as soon as possible to turn off the car. Police notified Verizon about a fallen phone wire on Walworth Avenue May 2. Police directed traffic around a disabled car at Post and Fenimore roads May 2. A tow truck removed a disabled car from the intersection of Fenimore Road and Walworth Avenue May 2. A car with a flat tire was blocking a traffic on Post Road May 2. The driver, a woman from Franklin Station, in Nassau County, Long Island, was observed to be lying down on the backseat of the car. Patrol spoke with her, and she said she was waiting for a friend to pick her up. She said she was on her way to Bayside Queens where she works. Patrol advised her that Scarsdale is nowhere near her home or destination. The woman said she got lost by mistake. Patrol remained on scene and instructed the woman to call for roadside assistance to change her flat tire. Patrol issued her a summons for no stopping or standing on a public highway as the woman had made no attempt to move her car out of the lane of traffic, had not called roadside assistance on her own, nor called police for help with her disabled car. Patrol placed flares in the roadway until roadside assistance arrived. A tree fell on power lines on Weaver Street May 3. It knocked out power to the area. Patrol taped off the area, notified Con Edison and asked the department of public works to remove the tree. Firefighters stood by to maintain safety at the scene. A fallen branch pulled down a cable wire on Tunstall Road May 3. The affected homeowner was advised to contact her cable provider for repair. A tow truck removed a disabled car from the intersection of Post and Fenimore roads May 3. A car alarm was sounding around Sycamore Road May 4. Police tracked down the owner, and she was able to silence the alarm. Patrol issued a parking summons to the owner of an illegally parked car on Forest Lane May 5. Pooling and flowing water was observed in a Brewster Road front yard May 5. Patrol notified the water department after attempts at reaching the homeowner were unsuccessful. Nine car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Noise
Partygoers were told to lower the volume of music at a party on Sprague Road at 11:15 p.m., May 5. They complied. Later, around 2 a.m., May 6, another noise complaint about the same party was received. Patrol then issued the host a village code violation summons.

Animals
On April 30, a woman reported a Kensington Road dog bit her dog on its right hind leg. The attack occurred while the woman was out walking her dog. Police spoke to the offending dog’s owner, who said a painter had arrived at her house and accidentally left the gate open. The dog then ran out. The owner said an electric fence usually contains the dog, but a landscaper recently cut one of the wires by mistake. Patrol advised the owner dog-related village code. The injured dog’s owner was following up with a vet. A Brite Avenue resident reported an injured duck in his driveway April 30. He told police it had been attacked by a wild cat. Patrol provided the resident with contact numbers for trappers and wildlife rescue personnel. A woman reported accidentally locking her dogs inside her car on Post Road May 1. She said the dogs had been in the car for more than one hour, and she needed help getting them out. Patrol called Heathcote Exxon at the woman’s request, and a mechanic was able to open the car door and release the dogs. A dead opossum was observed on Fox Meadow Road May 6. The animal had apparently been hit by a car. Police arranged for highway workers to remove the animal carcass from the road.

Lost and found
The owner of a Garth Road bakery gave police a wallet that a customer had left inside the store May 2. Police tracked down the owner and returned her wallet. On May 4, a Central Taxi dispatcher reported finding an abandoned Raleigh bicycle in the taxi lot. It was allegedly there for more than a week, so police picked it up and took it back to headquarters. An attempt is being made to identify the bicycle’s owner.

Firefighters
According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 17 incidents this week. Seymour shared some of the more notable incidents. On May 2, firefighters assisted at a one-car accident on the Bronx River Parkway. On May 3, a reported indoor gas odor called firefighters to a Madison Road house. Investigation showed no signs of gas on all levels of the house. However, low levels of combustible gas were detected near the water heater and boiler. Con Edison responded and discovered natural gas spillage from the water heater. They shut down the unit and red-tagged it. The homeowner was advised to service the appliance. Firefighters assisted at a car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway May 3. Smoke was detected in a Colvin Road attic May 5. Upon arrival, firefighters found problems with the air handler located in the attic. They shut power to the unit and found a burnt computer board and wires. Firefighters opened windows to ventilate the house and dissipate odors. They advised the homeowner to contact a HVAC repair company. On May 5, firefighters were dispatched to Fenimore Road for an outdoor odor of gas. There, they detected levels of gas in the sewer and in a telephone manhole. Con Edison was called to the scene. Firefighters assisted Con Edison in checking nearby houses for possible gas readings.

This report covering police and fire department activity from April 30 – May 6 has been compiled from official information.

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SantanielloMorris SantanielloGarth Road Burglary
On April 24, the Eastchester Police Department announced the arrest of two Bronx men for stealing over $500,000 in cash and jewelry from an apartment on Garth Road on April 11.

The victim told the police that a safe containing a large amount of cash, jewelry and other property had been stolen from her apartment on April 11. Investigators from the Eastchester and Yonkers Police and the Westchester County DA’s office developed information and executed a search warrant in the Bronx which resulted in the arrest of one suspect and the recovery of a semi-automatic pistol, jewelry and a large sum of cash. A second search warrant uncovered more evidence and the arrest of the second suspect.

Arrested were Asan Sefuloski, age 28 of Mace Avenue and Morris EFULOSKI AsanAsan Sefuloski Santaniello, age 64 of Belmont Avenue, both in the Bronx. They are chared with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony and Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony. Sefuloski was free on $100,000 cash bail. If convicted he faces 15 years in prison. Santaniello was remanded into custody based on four prior felony convictions, If convicted he faces 25 years to life in prison.

The victim did not know the two suspects who are scheduled to appear in Westchester County Court on June 20, 2018.

Doctor Arrested
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that former physician Peter Corines of Eastchester has been arraigned on one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a felony, after stealing more than $500,000.00 from a 97-year-old Yonkers woman through various fraudulent means.

The felony complaint alleges that during a two-week period in November 2017, Corines stole from Bernice Judd Porter by falsely claiming to be her power of attorney or pretending to be her on the phone or online with numerous financial institutions where the victim had accounts.

PeterCorinesPeter CorinesMore specifically, by claiming to be Judd Porter’s power of attorney, and therefore ostensibly claiming to be acting in her best interest, Corines went into various banks and withdrew money from her accounts; by pretending to be her, he called various mutual funds and transferred money from her accounts. Corines also set up online accounts from various mutual funds and transferred money from her accounts without her permission, authority or consent. In total, Corines stole approximately $540,103.00.

Corines was arrested by Yonkers Police April 24, 2018, subsequent to the execution of a search warrant at his home, 249 Park Avenue in Eastchester. He is scheduled to be in court May 9, 2018. He has been remanded to Westchester County Corrections by Yonkers City Court Judge Arthur Doran.

Dead on arrival
On April 18, a 91 year-old Secor Road man was found dead in his house. Eugene Sechko was discovered by his longtime landscaper who had come to the house to do scheduled work. The landscaper said he attempted to make contact with Mr. Sechko and found a house door unlocked. He went inside the house and found him lying on the bedroom floor. According to the police report, Sechko appeared to have been dead for more than 24 hours. The medical examiner’s office is following up. Police secured the house before leaving. No further information was released.

Identity theft
On April 17, a Wayside Lane woman reported fraudulent use of one of her credit cards at a hotel in Manhattan in November. In following up with the hotel, the woman received information that a person using a passport in her name stayed in the hotel and used her credit card information to pay the bill. Patrol could not tell if the passport was real or fake because the hotel could only provide a photocopy of it. The woman was advised to follow up with her credit card company.

On April 18, a Popham Road woman reported someone stole and was using checks she had ordered from HSBC but never received. The checks were mailed to the woman’s former address in the jurisdiction of New Rochelle. Six checks, totaling more than $3,000 had been written with forged signatures. The woman was working with HSBC to resolve the matter.

On April 21, a Claremont Road man reported someone attempted to fraudulently withdraw $1,000 from his Chase Bank account from a branch in Connecticut. Chase froze his account due to this activity, and the man reported having problems using the ATM to withdraw money from his account. Patrol advised the man to follow up with Chase and report the incident to the credit reporting bureaus.

License plate
A Greenacres Avenue man reported his license plate was stolen from his car somewhere in the village April 20.

Missing persons
On April 17, at 5:30 a.m., a Stratton Road woman reported her husband had not come home from work the previous night, and she was worried about him. She had last spoken with him at 6 p.m., April 16, when he told her he was going out for dinner and drinks with his boss and would head home at 8 p.m. The woman said she found her husband’s car at White Plains train station, and all calls to his cell phone were going to voicemail. Police called various police stations, MTA police and hospitals to see if they had any information. The man was found to be at Westchester Medical Center. Patrol and the man’s wife followed up with emergency room staff.

On April 22, a man reported as missing man from Greenburgh was reportedly last seen at the CVS on Popham Road April 22. Patrol searched for and stopped the man. Shortly thereafter, the man’s son-law approached patrol and the man. He said both he and his wife had looking for the man in the village. They drove him home.

Inappropriate behavior
The mother of a 13-year-old girl told police that while her daughter was waiting to be picked up after a lacrosse game on high school grounds an unknown male approached her and began cat calling her April 22. Patrol found the man on a school field playing soccer. The man told police he was not aware of the girl’s age and meant no harm by the incident, Patrol told the man that due to his inappropriate behavior on school grounds, he would have to leave. The man left without further incident.

No insurance
On April 18, police conducted a traffic stop of a 2001 Ford Escape that was traveling on Post Road with a suspended registration due to no insurance. Patrol removed the car’s license plates, had the car towed to a storage facility at the driver’s request, and issued the driver summonses.

Cars and roadways
On April 16, police notified Verizon and the highway department about fallen trees that took down phone wires on Stonehouse Road and Harvest Drive.

Sections of Fox Meadow Road were closed due to flooding April 16.

A tree fell on Stratton Road April 16. Patrol spoke with the resident who owned the tree and advised her to stay clear of it.
Verizon was notified above low hanging wires on Dunham Road April 18.
Patrol issued summonses to two drivers who passed a school bus on Popham Road April 18.
Police marked a fallen wire with caution tape on Donellan Road and notified the utility provider April 19.
Patrol assisted Eastchester police with a traffic stop on Brook Street at 5:25 a.m., April 20. During the traffic stop, a bag containing a large amount of mail was found in the car. At that time, the driver fled the scene and a police pursuit ensued. Police helped Eastchester police until additional Eastchester patrol units arrived to assist.
Patrol issued summonses to illegally parked cars on Wayside Lane April 20.
The water department shut off a broken water valve on Rural Drive April 20.
Patrol placed caution tape on broken wooden fencing on Post Road, near Scarsdale High School, April 20. The broken fencing appeared to have been damage by weather related activity and age. The highway department was informed for follow-up.
A woman called police to say her car key got stuck in the car door’s lock after she parked her car on Depot Place April 21. She boarded a train and left the scene before police arrived. She said she would call her insurance company to arrange to have the car towed to a service station.
Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Civil matter
On April 18, a man called police and reported he went for a doctor’s appointment at Brewster and Ogden roads, allegedly paid a co-payment and was not seen by the doctor. Patrol went to the practice and spoke with the receptionist. She advised that the man had been to the office earlier that day and became irate over an insurance issue. She said no co-payment had been collected. She advised police that the patient was no longer welcome at the office due to his behavior.

Village code
A group of young adults were listening to music and talking outdoors on Axtell Road April 21. A neighbor complained of noise, and police warned the young adults of village code. The small party was moved indoors, and the outdoor music was turned off.
Patrol dispersed youths from Boulevard after dark after a resident complained about them playing basketball loudly April 21.

Animals
Police reunited a lost Pug found on Mamaroneck Road with its Aspen Road owner April 17.
Two girls found a loose dog on Tompkins Road April 21. The dog belonged to a person who had previously contacted headquarters to report the dog as lost. Patrol reunited the dog with its owner and issued the owner a summons for having a dog at large.
A caller complained about a dog barking for 15 minutes on Larch Lane April 21. Patrol went to the street and heard the barking dog. An au pair said she had just let the dog outside. She brought it back in the house.

Lost and found
A woman stated she lost her cell phone and wallet while traveling from Chile to her brother’s house on Clarence Road April 16. The wallet contained cash, a Visa debit card and a New Zealand driver’s license.
Patrol tracked down the owner of a purse left inside Chase Bank on East
Parkway April 16. The owner’s husband picked u her purse and thanked patrol.
A Post Road women reported she could not find some of her underwear, dresses and shoes April 18. Patrol helped her look for the allegedly missing items at home, and some of the items were found.
On April 18, a black backpack was found in Chase Park. It contained schoolbooks and a key. Police called a phone number written on the backpack, and the owner and his mother picked up the backpack from headquarters. Nothing was missing.
A Wakefield Road woman reported her husband lost the registration card for their Volvo April 21. Police provided her with appropriate paperwork to receive a replacement from the DMV.

Firefighters
According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 45 incidents last week. He shared the following narratives below.
On April 16, firefighters checked a Nelson Road electrical panel and found water dripping along the primary feed. Firefighters shut power and notified Con Edison.

Water was entering a Normandy Lane basement from window well, containing approximately three inches of water, April 16. Water was also flowing from the backyard onto a 300 square foot patio, accumulating at a depth of about six to 10 inches and entering the foundation wall and impacting a generator. Firefighters isolated and shut power to the standby generator. Contractors on scene used sump pumps to pump out window well. Water leaking into basement was collected into a sump in the boiler room. While surveying the boiler room, firefighters detected a natural gas odor and used a gas detector to locate a leak at the furnace. Con Edison was notified and responded.

Firefighters helped Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps with a patient who had fallen and could not get up on Overhill Road April 16. The patient waited for a taxi and firefighters helped the person get inside the taxi.

Firefighters observed a worker in a four-by-eight-foot trench measuring eight to ten inches deep on Franklin Road April 17. Firefighters advised the contractor to have the trench shored. The building department was notified for a response.

On April 19, firefighters responded to a carbon monoxide alarm, with no reported symptoms, in a Rock Creek Lane house. During investigation, firefighters observed a slight odor of exhaust coupled with elevated CO readings on the house’s first floor and basement levels. The homeowner reported no vehicles had been running inside the garage or on the driveway. All natural gas appliances appeared to be operating normally. Firefighters observed loose fitting house trap caps in the basement and advised the homeowner to notify a plumber to replace the caps. Firefighters ventilated the house and stood by for Con Edison. Con Edison workers checked the premises and determined all natural gas appliances were operating within safe limits. They advised the homeowner of possible migration of emissions from vehicles idling in street. A sump pump battery backup malfunction was also considered, however no readings were observed following ventilation.

Firefighters shut water to a leaking boiler in a Garth Road business April 19.

Firefighters advised staff to have a plumber repair the boiler.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison at the site of a gas leak in a Kent Road house April 20.

This report covering police and fire department activity from April 16-22 has been compiled from official information.

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