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deerDWI arrest : On Feb. 4, police arrested David Alvarez, 39, of New Rochelle, on charges of driving while intoxicated (with previous convictions), operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of at least .08 of one percent (third offense), use of a leased/rented/loaned vehicle without an ignition interlock device, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operation of motor vehicle with a suspended registration and operation of a motor vehicle without insurance. Police were first alerted to Alvarez’s offenses when Alvarez’s 2013 Chevy passed by a patrol car on Weaver Street and caused the patrol car’s license plate reader to sound a warning indicating a suspended or revoked registration. Police conducted a traffic stop and Alvarez initially said he did not have his license on him. He provided a false name –David Gdoy. Police asked for documents to confirm that identity, and as Alvarez was looking though his wallet, a NYS ID card came into plain sight. Police asked to see that ID card. It stated the name “David Alvarez.” A DMV check of Alvarez’s name showed that Alvarez’s driving privileges had been revoked for two prior DWI convictions within the last ten years. The DMV information also showed that Alvarez was required to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he was driving. The Chevy did not have such a device. Police detected an odor of alcohol on Alvarez’s breath and bloodshot, glassy eyes, Alvarez was asked to perform field sobriety tests and failed them. An alco-sensor screening test indicated an initial blood alcohol level of .12. Alvarez was arrested and taken to headquarters. A Datamaster test was performed at headquarters, and it provided a definitive BAC reading of .10. In addition to the two previous DWI convictions within the past 10 years, police learned of another DWI conviction, dating back to an earlier time period. Police also learned that Alvarez was on probation. The district attorney’s office recommended bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, and Judge Alemany, of Scarsdale Village Justice Court, followed these recommendations. Alvarez’s car was impounded.

A Spencer Place store employee reported a $1,332 Louis Vuitton handbag with a purple handle and a custom blue and purple elephant on it, had just been stolen from her store. According to the employee, a customer came into the store, took the handbag off the display, put it over her shoulder and walked around the store with it. The customer then allegedly left the store without paying for the bag. The suspect was described as a middle-aged, black woman, in her 40s or 50s, wearing a black jacket, black pants, black boots, a black hat and black hair in a ponytail. She had a medium build and was approximately 5’7” tall. The storeowner said she would provide police with a copy of the video surveillance to aid in investigation.

On Feb. 10, a Richbell Road couple reported various items were missing from their house. They told police they believe the items had been stolen sometime between May 1, 2018 and Nov. 1, 2018. The list of items is as follows: a $1,000 pair of cufflinks, 13 cases of Carrera marble tiles, two men’s cashmere sweaters worth $800 combined, a $3,000 antique tablecloth, one $800 modern tablecloth, two women’s shirts worth $400 combined, a $300 Gucci women’s top, a $600 pair of custom designer earrings, two knit designer tops worth $700 combined, one $600 designer cashmere sweater, two pairs of prescription sunglasses worth $800 combined, a $2,000 antique gold ring, a $500 black designer pocketbook, two cans of European paint worth a total of $300, a $450 faucet, a $500 wool women’s coat and $470 cash.

Identity theft
On Feb. 6, a Lebanon Road resident reported someone was writing fraudulent checks from his account. Police and bank officials are following up.
On Feb. 8, a Quaker Center resident reported a fraudulent check for $8,040 was drawn against her TD Bank account without her permission. Police and bank officials are following up.

On Feb. 7, a Mamaroneck Road woman reported receiving a threatening phone call. The caller ID displayed the name “Mercy Hospital.” The caller claimed to be the woman’s grandson. When she displayed skepticism about that identity, the caller said he knew where she lived and threatened her with violence. The woman said she could hear another person’s voice in the background, seeming to feed the caller with what to say.

On Feb. 5, a caller reported hearing what sounded like gunshots in the area of Sheldrake Road. Upon investigation, police found workers using a nail gun to install roofing material at a neighbor’s house on Sheldrake Road. Police found no sign of actual gunshots and deduced the caller had heard noise from the nail gun.

On Feb. 5, a Cooper Road resident reported receiving a package she had not ordered. Police went to the house and the resident opened the package with an officer standing by. The package contained a new iPhone. Upon seeing the iPhone, the resident remembered that she had in fact ordered an iPhone with a scheduled delivery of that week.

Water was entering a Dobbs Terrace basement through the foundation wall Feb. 5. The front yard was also completely saturated with water. Police notified the water department.

A driver advised he almost hit a skateboarder dressed in black on Popham Road at 4:30 a.m., Feb. 7. Police caught up with the skateboarding kid and advised him to refrain from skateboarding in the street without the use of reflective clothing.

Welfare check
On Feb. 7, a relative from Brooklyn asked police to check on a Lenox Place woman because the relative had not been able to reach her for approximately two weeks. Police went to the house and the woman’s car was not there. A neighbor confirmed that the woman had let the house earlier that morning. Later in the day, police returned to the house and noticed the car had returned. Police knocked on the door, but no one answered. There were no signs that anything was out of the ordinary.

Police mediated a dispute between a taxi driver and an intoxicated passenger at 2 a.m., Feb. 9. The driver said the passenger was being belligerent. The passenger said he was upset because the driver did not seem to know where he was going. Apparently the driver had made a wrong turn, and this was the root of the problem. With police intervention, both parties settled the dispute and continued on their journey.

Arrest on warrant
On Feb. 4, Jack Aronoff, 24, of Scarsdale, turned himself into police on the strength of an active bench warrant related to Aronoff’s failure to appear in court to answer traffic summonses. At the recommendation of Judge Alemany, of Scarsdale Village Justice Court, Aronoff was released on his own recognizance, with an appearance ticket, returnable Feb. 6.

Cars and roadway

Highway workers removed a dead deer from Claremont Road and the Bronx River Parkway Feb. 4.

Police assisted a driver with a flat tire on Easy Parkway call a tow truck for assistance Feb. 4.

A man sleeping in a red Toyota on Valley Road was a hospital night shift worker who was resting before driving home at 8 a.m., Feb. 5.

A car registered to an Eastchester resident was found parked on Depot Place with five summonses on the windshield. Police attempted to contact the car’s owner and left a voicemail. The owner eventually called back and said she had parked the car on Depot Place and taken a train into New York City on or around Feb. 2. She walked home after returning from the city and forgot about her car. Police advised her to move the car in order to avoid additional summonses.

A Myrtledale Road resident reported a person sitting in a red car outside his house for an extended period of time Feb. 5. Police went to the scene and spoke to the person in the car. The person was a neighbor’s housekeeper, who was there to eat her lunch.

Following a disagreement between a parking attendant and a driver, police advised the driver she could not park in a private valet parking lot on Overhill Road unless she was doing business for one of the businesses or offices that sponsors the lot.

Police cleaned up traffic cones from Popham Road after the cones had apparently fallen off a truck Feb. 5.

Police arranged for a tow truck to remove a disabled vehicle from Crane Road and East Parkway Feb. 6. The car was taken to Mount Kisco at the owner’s request.

Verizon was notified about low-hanging wires on Fenimore Road Feb. 7.

Two drivers passed a stopped school bus with flashing red lights on Popham Road Feb. 7. Police issued two summonses.

A Yonkers driver caught speeding on Post Road had a suspended license and registration Feb. 7. Police removed the car’s license plates, had the car towed to the driver’s house and issued the driver appropriate summonses.

A truck parked on Popham Road was blocking traffic Feb. 8. Police issued the driver a summons.

Police stopped a driver who was travelling too slowly on the centerline on Post Road Feb. 8. She said she was very tired and had been at White Plains Hospital Center all day. She said she was OK to drive home. Police issued a verbal warning.

On Feb. 9, police notified the highway department about a pothole at Sycamore and Secor roads.
Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Village Code Violations
On Feb. 4, a caller reported a generator running on Cushman Road in violation of village code. Police investigated and found a generator powering a water pump at a vacant house under construction. The generator was not being used in an emergency capacity. The contractor was called, and he arrived to turn off the generator. Police attempted to present him with a summons, but the contractor refused to take it. Police returned to headquarters, and the summons was mailed to the contractor. Two additional summonses were issued when the generator was found to be illegally running again on Feb. 6 and 9.

Neighbors complained of noisy kids outside in the area of Brewster and Kingston roads around 1 a.m., Feb. 10. Police spoke with the kids, who were playing in the backyard, and advised them to go inside.

A passerby reported a possibly injured squirrel on Chesterfield Road Feb. 5. Police canvassed the street and did not encounter any injured squirrels – only seven healthy squirrels “eating acorns” in a Chesterfield Road yard.

A small Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was found without tags or a collar on Saxon Woods Road Feb. 9. Police notified New Rochelle Human Society for pickup. However, in the meantime, the dog’s owner reported the dog missing. She came to headquarters and retrieved her dog. Police issued her a summons.

Three deer ran across Post Road, and a Briarcliff Manor driver was unable to avoid striking one of the deer. It caused frontend damage to the driver’s 2012 Ford.

Lost and found
A TD Bank debit card was found on Thornwood Place Feb. 5. Police attempted to call the listed owner of the card but could not obtain contact information. Police informed a TD Bank representative who closed the account and advised police to destroy the card.
A Morris Lane woman reported she lost her car’s front license plate and an EZ-Pass Feb. 7.
A Kelwynne Road woman reported she lost her car’s license plates Feb. 9.
An Evon Court woman reported losing her wallet somewhere between Scarsdale and New Jersey Feb. 10.


On Feb. 5, firefighters assisted at a car accident involving a utility pole on Crane Road.

On Feb. 5, water from a teapot spilled onto a stove igniter in a Marjory Lane kitchen and caused the device to short circuit. This resulted in an odor of electrical burning and smoke. Firefighters disconnected the electrical and gas supplies to the stovetop and removed the stovetop to the backyard. The resident was advised to call for repair.

A car accident involving two vehicles at Church and Wayside lanes caused spilled fluids Feb. 6. Firefighters assisted with cleanup.

Firefighters found an overheated air handler, with a tripped circuit breaker, in a Garden Road house Feb. 6. They advised the homeowner to keep the unit off and arrange for service.

On Feb. 7, gas readings were detected in a sanitary sewer system on Sycamore and Spier roads. With the help of police, firefighters assisted Con Edison personnel check at least eight nearby houses for possible gas migration.

An oil burner puff-back in a Chateaux Circle building caused occupants to self evacuate Feb. 9. Firefighters found elevated carbon monoxide levels in the shared basement space and throughout individual apartments. Firefighters used fans to ventilate the building. The building superintendent was advised to call for boiler service.

An activated fire alarm brought firefighters to a Brayton Road house Feb. 9. There, firefighters found a dog bed leaning against the screen of a natural gas fired fireplace. The dog bed was scorched, but it did not ignite. A child was home at the time. Firefighters took the dog bed outside and used a fan to ventilate the kitchen.

On Feb. 10, firefighters assisted with a car accident on Post Road.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Feb. 4-10 has been compiled from official information.

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iceskatingaA caller reported she was following a 2015 Honda Odyssey on Fenimore Road that was driving erratically Jan. 28. The driver was allegedly striking curbs and passing stop signs without stopping. The driver was observed to be possibly “passing out at the wheel.” The caller continued to track the car until it pulled into a Cohawney Road driveway. The caller continued to speak with the 911 dispatcher while officers were sent to the scene. Police walked onto the driveway and approached the car, which was still on in the detached garage. The driver – Honey Nielsen Arquz, 46, of Scarsdale –was still sitting in the car, motionless, with her foot on the brake. Police tapped on the window and advised her to turn off her car. Arquz then got out of the car. According to the police report, she smelled of alcohol and had to steady herself by holding onto the garage wall and the side of her car. Arquz reportedly had trouble following simple directions and answering questions in English, so a Spanish-speaking officer was dispatched to translate. She was asked to perform field sobriety tests and refused. A breath sensor test, which Arquz agreed to take, indicated the presence of alcohol on her breath. Arquz said she had just left a bar in White Plains where she had consumed several glasses of wine. Later a Datamaster test at headquarters measured her blood alcohol level at .22 percent. Arquz was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of .18 or more. She was booked and processed at headquarters. She was released on her own recognizance and driven home by her husband. She was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 30.

Following a car accident on Walworth Avenue, police arrested a driver – Derrick Lamont Ephraim, 30, of Matthews, NC – on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and refusal to take a breath test Feb. 1. Ephraim was driving a 2015 BMW on Walworth Avenue and struck a parked Lexus. The impact was great enough to activate the car’s airbag system. Ephraim said an oncoming car had swerved into his lane and he hit the Lexus in an attempt to avoid the oncoming car. He was not injured in the accident. Police detected an odor of alcohol on Ephraim’s breath, and Ephraim admitted to consuming two small bottles of Merlot wine prior to driving. Field sobriety tests were administered, and Ephraim could not complete them successfully. He twice attempted a breath test but was not complying with instructions to get an adequate sample. Ephraim refused to take the test a third time and instead “put his hand behind his back,” according to the police report. He was taken to headquarters for arrest booking and processing. There he refused to take a Datamaster test to measure his blood alcohol content. He was released on his own recognizance to his mother, a Scarsdale resident, and ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice Court Feb. 6.

At 2:20 a.m., Feb. 4, police arrested Santiago Amigon, 27, of Yonkers, on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 of one percent, no seat belt, failure to use designated lane and an equipment violation of an inadequate plate lamp. Amigon’s 2005 Honda Civic was observed to be traveling south on Post Road a low speed, with its right turn signal on and an inoperable plate lamp. The car was further observed to swerve in and out of its lane. Police conducted a traffic stop and detected a strong odor of alcohol on the Amigon’s breath. Amigon told police he was coming from a friend’s house in White Plains and had just consumed one beer at 10:30 p.m. Then he later said he had actually consumed “two beers.” Police administered field sobriety tests, which Amigon was unable to complete successfully. An alco-sensor test indicated a blood alcohol level of .147. Amigon was taken to headquarters for arrest booking and processing. There, a Datamaster test measured his blood alcohol level at .14. Amigon was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear in Scarsdale Village Justice court Feb. 6.

Armed Robbery on Thomas Street
On Monday, February 4, 2019 at approximately 8:00 P.M. the Greenburgh Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery in the area of Thomas Street in Edgemont. According to the victim he was approached in his driveway, by two males, one armed with a handgun. The males demanded the resident’s wristwatch. The resident surrendered his watch and the two males subsequently fled the area on foot. Members of the Town of Greenburgh’s Patrol Division and K-9 Unit were assisted by the Westchester County Department of Public Safety’s Aviation Unit in searching the area for the suspects. At this time no arrests have been made. It appears the victim was specifically targeted and there is no increased risk to public safety related to this incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Greenburgh Police Detective Division.

A 90-year-old Brown Road woman died at home Feb. 3.


On Feb. 2, a Post Road woman reported she believed a few items had been stolen from her property sometime between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2. The items were described as follows: a white gold ring with green gemstones worth $539, a gold ring with a small diamond gemstone worth $150 and nine keys.

On Feb. 3, an Overhill Road resident reported a UPS package was stolen from her front porch Dec. 24. She had ordered a $1,400 guitar amplifier prior to Dec. 24 and never received the package. In follow-up with the seller, the resident learned the package had been delivered on Dec. 24.

ID theft
On Jan. 28, a Chase Road North resident reported two of her credit card accounts had been fraudulently used Jan. 11. One transaction, for $2,015, occurred at a Bloomingdale’s store in New Jersey. The account was subsequently closed. Then, on Jan. 28, an online Home Depot purchase was made for $537.39, with a delivery address in the Bronx. The woman received a phone alert about the transaction and immediately cancelled it.

On Jan. 31, a Heathcote Road resident reported a store credit card was created in her name and fraudulently used to purchase size-11 women’s cowboy boots for $222.98.

A man got off the train at the wrong stop and found himself in Scarsdale Jan. 28. He was unsteady on his feet, and an ambulance took him to White Plains Hospital Center.

Police mediated a disputed between a Greenacres mother and her adult daughter who was staying at the mother’s house over the weekend Jan. 29. The argument was over two dogs that the daughter had brought with her.

A caller said she was concerned about her boyfriend who lived in Maine Feb. 2. Police helped the caller get in touch with local police there regarding her concerns.

A Post Road resident reported several items were missing from her house Feb. 2.

A man and his two children were observed getting ready to ice skate on Duck Pond Feb. 3. Police told him that the ice on Duck Pond was starting to melt and pointed out that temperatures had risen to above freezing. This posed dangers, and the man and his kids were advised to leave the ice. Patrol also advised the man he was on private property and not allowed to be there without permission. The man and his kids left.

Pedestrian struck

On Jan. 28, an 85-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car turning from Spencer Place onto East Parkway around 2:30 p.m., Jan. 28. The pedestrian was in the crosswalk when the accident occurred. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital to evaluate her injures.

Cars and roadways
A driver complained that a Fenimore Road pothole caused holes in his car’s tires Jan. 30. Police notified the highway department for repair.

A parking enforcement officer located a parked car on Christie Place with scofflaw status, for unpaid parking tickets, in the amount of $4,610.00 Jan. 30.

A driver swerved to avoid a passing car on Fenimore Road and got a flat tire after jumping the curb Jan. 30. Police provided the driver with a courtesy ride home and advised on repair options.

Police called a tow truck for a driver with a flat tire at Walworth and Greenacres avenues Jan. 30.

A crosswalk sign fell to the ground at Fenimore and Brewster roads Feb. 3. Police took it to the SPD garage and notified the highway department for repair.

Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Police and water department personnel shut water to a Montrose Road house for sale after water was seen leaking into the street, possibly from a pipe break in the sprinkler system Jan. 29.

A water pipe broke and was flooding a Drake Road garage Jan. 30. Public safety officials stood by until the water supply could be shut off.

The water department was called for a leaking water meter inside a Rock Creek Lane house Jan. 30 and water running into the street from a Harcourt Road property Jan. 31.

Pipes burst on River Road Feb. 1. The water department was notified for response.
The water department was notified about water leaking into a Boulevard basement, as well as a leaking fire hydrant on Morris Lane, Feb. 2.

A real estate agent observed a broken water pipe in a Black Rock Road house Feb. 3. Police and the water department were informed.

A Boulevard man said he was jogging on Ferncliff Road when a large black dog with pointed ears dog ran out from a resident’s yard, knocked him to the ground and bit his thigh, elbow and forearm Feb. 3. Police are following up.

Village code
Police issued solicitors looking for business on Nelson Road a warning about soliciting without proper permits in the village Jan. 31.

Lost and found
A purse was found at Scarsdale Village Justice Court Feb. 1. Police returned it to the owner’s husband at police headquarters.

According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 34 calls during the reporting period. Seymour shared details of the following incidents below.

A mother accidentally locked her two-year-old child in a running car in the parking lot of Scarsdale Synagogue on Ogden Road Jan. 28. Firefighters opened the car door and reunited the mother and child. The child, who was strapped into a car seat, was unharmed.

Firefighters assisted Hartsdale fire department ventilate a fifth-floor apartment and check neighboring apartments for carbon monoxide in an East Hartsdale Avenue apartment building Jan. 28.

An outdoor gas odor in the area of Duck Pond and Heathcote roads was traced to a Con Edison “patch” with bore holes Jan. 29. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison and helped check nearby houses for possible gas migration. The odor returned Feb.2, and firefighters shut down portions of Heathcote Road and surrounding roads so Con Edison could address the issue.

On Jan. 30, a washing machine belt burned in a Cooper Road washing machine. Firefighters disconnected the machine, ventilated the basement and advised the homeowner to call for service.

A malfunctioning steam boiler system in a Walworth Avenue house was causing too much condensation to be released from a third-floor radiator Jan. 31. Firefighters noted that the boiler was overheating, reduced the temperature to allow it to cool down and advised the homeowner to call for service.

A space heater caused a small fire to ignite under a desk inside a Popham Road lobby Feb. 1. It was extinguished, and the heater was removed from the lobby before firefighters arrived. Firefighters ventilated the building to clear the smoke.

On Feb. 1, firefighters assisted at a car accident on Walworth Avenue.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 28-Feb. 4 has been compiled from official information.

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bmw1On Jan. 19, a 61-year-old Scarsdale man’s 2011 BMW crashed into bushes, a trashcan and a park bench on Boniface Circle. The driver said the car was in “park” and shifted into “drive” and accelerated on its own. The force of the acceleration caused the car to break the bench and mount bushes and a trash can in Memorial Park. No injuries were reported. Firefighters assisted in removing the car from the bushes. A name plaque was recovered from the damaged bench and vouchered at the highway department for safekeeping, pending replacement of the bench.

Police arrested Brian Quiman, 31, of New Rochelle on Jan. 16. He was picked up from Scarsdale Village Justice Court, in a “mussed” condition and charged with violating probation/conditional discharge/parole supervision. He was transported to Westchester Medical Center where the Westchester County Department of Corrections took custody of him.

Eastchester police reported a suspect had stolen various food and medication from a CVS near the Scarsdale/Eastchester border Jan. 15. Police assisted EPD canvass the area for the suspect but did not locate him. He was described as a heavy-set, black man.

White Plains police reported they interrupted a burglary on Milford Drive, in White Plains, and were looking for a suspect last seen heading toward Soundview Avenue. He was described as a thin, white man, approximately six feet tall and wearing dark clothes. Police assisted WPPD canvass the area for the suspect but did not locate him.

Identity theft
On Jan. 15, a Park Road woman reported someone created a fraudulent AOL email account in her name. The account was linked to the woman’s Barney’s credit card. She closed the account and police advised her to monitor her credit.

Police assisted an adult daughter research support solutions for her mother who was suffering from dementia, following a disagreement between mother and daughter on East Parkway Jan. 17.

Police checked the welfare of a Rochambeau Road family after a relative could not reach the family Jan. 19. The family was OK.

Police were called to possibly intervene in a verbal argument between two men on Chase Road Jan. 19. They argument was allegedly over maid service. One man left the scene before police. The men were advised to stay away from each other.
A 93-year-old Morris Lane woman died at home Jan. 20. Police provided assistance to the family.

Cars and roadways
On Jan. 14, police asked a woman walking on Wilmot Road to stay on the sidewalk and out of the way of moving cars. Callers had reported the woman out of concern for her safety.

A car ran out of gas on Post Road Jan. 15. A friend of the driver brought fuel to restart the car.

Two unoccupied running cars on Fox Meadow Road belonged to a local housekeeper and her friend Jan. 14. Police advised them to find a better place to park their cars and talk, as the cars’ presence was causing residents to be alarmed and call police.

Police asked workers to move their trucks that were in violation of “no parking” signs on Old Lyme Road Jan. 18.

Highway workers used a cold patch to temporarily repair a Palmer Avenue pothole Jan. 20.

Police placed flares around a disabled Jeep on Heathcote Road, while the driver awaited a tow, Jan. 20.

Police moved a discarded Christmas tree from Post Road and notified the highway department for pick-up Jan. 21.

Police moved another discarded Christmas tree, this time from Coralyn Road, and notified the highway department for pick-up Jan. 22.

Five car accidents were reported this week.

Lost and found
On Jan. 17, a brown Coach keychain containing two keys was found on Dunham Road. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.

A Palmer Avenue woman reported losing a license plate Jan. 18.

According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 25 incidents in the village between Jan. 14-21. He provided details as follows.

On Jan. 14, firefighters assisted at a car accident at Mamaroneck Road and the Hutchinson River Parkway. Two people were transported to a local hospital for injuries, and two cars were towed from the scene.

On Jan. 15, a cabinet-mounted microwave was emitting abnormal heat and electrical burning odor in a Boulder Brook Road kitchen. Firefighters removed the microwave from the cabinet and advised the resident to replace it or have it checked for repair.

Smoke was observed inside a locked Chase Road restaurant at approximately 3 a.m., Jan. 17. Firefighters entered the restaurant and found two trays of meatballs burning in two ovens. They removed the burning food to outdoors and ventilated the restaurant. Restaurant management was contacted to respond.

An odor of gasoline inside a Richbell Close house was traced to the sewer trap Jan. 19. A positive odor of gasoline was also detected in the street sewers, but the source of the spill was not identified.

This report covering police and fire department information from Jan. 14-21 has been compiled from official information.

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AffekOn Thursday, Jan. 24, police arrested 36 year-old Matthew Affek, of North Road in Bronxville, in connection with a bank robbery that occurred at a village bank in 2015. According to police, on July 18, 2015 at approximately 11:00 am, a male suspect entered Webster Bank, on Popham Road and presented a teller with a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the suspect’s request and gave him some money. The suspect then fled the bank with the cash. Officers who responded to the bank processed the crime scene, interviewed witnesses and collected evidence. The police department’s preliminary investigation included multiple interviews with all bank personnel, customers, witnesses in the area and a review of all available area video camera surveillance. The Scarsdale Police Department’s ongoing investigation eventually focused on Affek as a suspect. The defendant’s DNA was a positive match to evidence left at the scene. While in Mount Vernon, the suspect was taken into custody by Scarsdale detectives on Jan. 24. While being interviewed, Affek admitted to the bank robbery and was charged with Felony Larceny.

Woods Lane Burglary
Motion sensor alarms alerted a homeowner and police that a burglary might be underway at a Woods Lane house at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Officers arrived at the house to check the exterior and noticed a rear sliding glass was broken. They established a perimeter and entered the house. They noticed an alarm box in a second-floor hallway had been ripped from the wall, and the master bedroom was tossed. The homeowner came home and stayed in her car while police checked the house. A canine unit from New Rochelle was called to track the area starting with footprints detected nearby. The dog followed a track to the street, as well as into a Forest Lane yard where the dog turned around near a stream. A flashlight attached to a lanyard was found at the rear of the house, near to where the door had been broken. Police vouchered it as evidence. The homeowner said she would prepare a list of missing items -- mostly watches and jewelry. She estimated a total of $6,000 worth of jewelry was stolen.

Stolen Coat
On Jan. 26, a Church Lane woman reported her black, knee-length coat with fur around the hood, as well as a lanyard with attached house and car keys, was stolen from a coatroom during an event at St. James the Less church. Upon exiting the event, the woman noticed her car had also been illegally entered and tossed, although nothing seemed to be missing.

Reported Larceny
On Jan. 24, the manager of the Popham Road CVS reported a shoplifting suspect had been in the store. The suspect was described as a black, middle-aged man with gray hair, wearing a suit and backpack. He was alleged of stealing 24 containers of an Oil of Olay skincare product valued at $716 total. The manager said the man left the store when the manager noticed him. The man allegedly walked to a car parked on Garth Road, where a woman was waiting, and drove away. A review of video surveillance of the store did not show the man placing any items in his backpack.

Suspicious Activity
A Walworth Avenue resident reported a Chrysler Pacifica van drove into her driveway and stayed there for about 20 minutes before leaving around 4 a.m., Jan. 22. A middle-aged, white man with white hair and a black jacket was driving the car. The incident was captured on video recorded by a Ring home security system. It showed the van entering the driveway, repositioning itself in front of the porch, driving to the back to the driveway and finally leaving. Police examined the house and found no attempts at forced entry. Nothing was reported stolen from the property.

A Paddington Road resident reported seeing three young men in hoodies enter her backyard and leave approximately one minute later around 6 p.m., Jan. 24. The incident was recorded by home surveillance cameras.

At a husband’s request, police checked the welfare of an elderly Seneca Road woman Jan. 22. She was OK and told police a phone system problem had been the cause of her husband not being able to reach her.

At a friend’s request, police checked the welfare of a Kent Road woman Jan. 24. She was OK.

A Brite Avenue resident reported a Scarsdale department of public works truck damaged his property Jan. 26.

Cars and Roadways
Police removed an errant Christmas tree from the middle of Coralyn Road and placed it at the curb for sanitation pickup Jan. 21.

A 1964 Fiat, without a registration or VIN number was parked on Circle Road Jan. 22. In the course of investigating the matter, the car’s owner told police the car was awaiting pickup by a vehicle transporter. Police advised the owner to move the car onto private property, pending pickup.

On Jan. 21, a Canterbury Road woman reported finding pieces of a broken taillight in her driveway. Police and the woman believe that a car must have backed down her driveway, struck her garage and broken its tail light.

Patrol notified the highway department about a large fallen tree limb blocking both lanes of Aspen Road Jan. 24.

A wire fell on a car on Post Road Jan. 24. Police confirmed it was a cable wire and removed it from the car. Verizon was informed for repair.
Police placed caution cones in a large pothole at the intersection of Heathcote and Duck Pond roads Jan. 24 and 25.

A driver reported his car struck several potholes on Hutchinson Avenue Jan. 25. The highway department was notified for repair.

Police issued a village code violation warning to the driver of fuel truck making a gasoline delivery on Scarsdale Avenue at 2 a.m., Jan. 26.

On Jan. 26, a Brite Avenue resident reported a department of public works vehicle damaged bushes on her property.

Police notified Con Edison about a broken utility pole on Wheelock Road Jan. 26.
Police notified the highway department about several large potholes on Fenimore Road Jan. 27.

One car accident was reported in the village this week.

Civil matter
Two people were having a civil dispute on Scarsdale Avenue, and one of them called police Jan. 27. The caller said she had elected to purchase a 2015 Lexus and had given the seller a deposit of $300 as a down payment. There was no contract regarding the terms of the sale. The seller then took $100 from the deposit and repaired the car’s alignment, as the buyer said she wanted the alignment fixed before she would agree to purchase the car. A few days later, the caller told the seller she had changed her mind and no longer wanted to purchase the car. The seller said he would only return $200 to her. The caller told him she did not agree and wanted her full deposit back, as she did not give him permission to use the money to fix the alignment. Police explained that conducting business without a clear contract could lead to misunderstandings. In the end, the seller agreed to refund the caller the entire $300.

Lost and found
On Jan. 22, a Brite Avenue man left his wallet at Parkway Café. Police returned it to his house and gave it to the man’s wife.

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

On Jan. 21, firefighters responded to a report of smoke in a Montrose Road basement. Firefighters traced it to a malfunctioning oil burner. They shut down the system and advised the resident to repair it.

Water was reported to be leaking inside a Paddington Road house Jan. 22. Upon arrival, firefighters entered the house and saw water leaking from the top floor throughout the house and into the basement, where 5 inches of water had collected. The homeowner was not present. Investigation showed a water supply line to a bathroom sink had broken. Firefighters shut the water off at the main shut off value, shut power to all systems except the boiler and alarm system and opened the sewer trap to drain water from the basement. A key holder responded to address the matter.

Firefighters helped Con Edison personnel check Barker Lane houses for possible gas migration due to an outdoor gas leak with elevated levels of gas concentration detected near the foundation of the house Jan. 23. No gas readings were detected inside the house.

On Jan. 23, firefighters and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to a Mamaroneck Road house where a woman was complaining of dizziness at the same time her outdoor emergency generator was running. Firefighters and Con Edison found no signs of carbon monoxide inside the house. Firefighters advised the woman to call an electrician to investigate why the generator might be running.

On Jan. 23, a passerby summoned the fire department upon hearing an alarm sounding inside a Lyons Road house and water leaking out from the garage door. Upon arrival, firefighters found a broken water pipe in the kitchen ceiling and a broken toilet shutoff in the master bedroom – both leaking water. The water had already caused significant damage inside the house, causing saturated sheetrock to fall from the kitchen ceiling. Water was also observed leaking through numerous ceiling light fixtures. Firefighters shut off water at the main shut off valve, drained water from the house’s water heater and water pipes and shut electrical power to the house. They attempted to contact the homeowner via a neighbor.

On Jan. 24, transformer fire started on the Metro North railway tracks near Scarsdale train station. The third rail was arcing and causing bursts of flameselectrical energy within the confines of the station, extending across the railway tracks to the far side of the platform. Firefighters secured the scene, with police help, to ensure the safety of commuters. Since passing trains could be endangered, firefighters requested full stoppage of train travel on tracks one and two. They shut electrical power to the third rail of Track 2. After electricity was shut off, the fire self extinguished. Train travel was resumed on Track 1, and MTA personnel arrived to assess the situation and make any necessary repairs.

Firefighters removed a smoking pot from a Carthage Road kitchen and ventilated the house Jan. 25.

On Jan. 26, a gas-powered saw being used indoors by a contractor in a Horseguard Lane house was causing carbon monoxide to be released inside the house. Firefighters ventilated the house. While addressing the matter, firefighters found workers had dug a 10-foot-deep trench along the side of the house. The building department was notified for follow-up, and workers were instructed to secure the trench and cease work in the meantime.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 21-27 has been compiled from official information.

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decsnow3With snow in the forecast, the Scarsdale Police has issued the following advisory: The Village of Scarsdale is currently preparing for the snow storm tonight and this weekend. Keeping the Village streets clear and passable is critically important during periods of heavy snowfall. We ask our residents to take appropriate precautions and limit their travel to allow plow vehicles and Village crews to quickly clear snow and ice from roadways. Village of Scarsdale Department of Public Works crews are conducting equipment checks on snow plow vehicles and making necessary repairs to ensure effective use of personnel and resources during the storm. We don’t suspend vehicular and pedestrian movement through the Village unless a local state of emergency is declared. This is determined based on the progression of the storm and the safety of the roads. Internal coordination is also being performed between various emergency services departments to ensure quick and efficient response to the storm. All after hour calls will be handled through non-emergency police phone lines at (914) 722-1200 unless otherwise notified.

Arrest: cardonationAn undercover car helped catch a suspect on Fairview Road.At approximately 4 p.m., Jan. 11, a Fairview Road woman reported an unknown man smoking a cigarette in her driveway. He was described as black and wearing sweatpants and a gray hoodie. The woman said she saw the man approach her parked Chevrolet Suburban and activated the car’s alarm via the key fob. In reaction, the man ran away from her car and fled. Upon checking her car, the woman noticed her black Prada handbag had been stolen, and the contents of the glove compartment had been tossed. Stolen with the purse were: an orange Prada wallet, a driver’s license, cash, several gift cards, a glasses case, a phone charger and personal papers.

Police were called to the scene to investigate. Officers found a smoldering Newport cigarette butt and vouchered it as evidence. Police conducted a search of the area but did not find the suspect. At that time, all marked patrol cars left the scene; however, one undercover car remained in the area.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect emerged from hiding and was spotted by the undercover officer on Oxford Road, near Post Road. The undercover officer, together with police who were called back in marked patrol cars, stopped the suspect for questioning. He was smoking a Newport cigarette of the same brand found at the crime scene. Police conducted show-up, and the Fairview Road woman positively identified the suspect as the same man she saw in her driveway. At that time, the suspect – Jonathan Martin, 26, of White Plains – was arrested. The stolen property was found scattered in a Fairview Road backyard, and some gift cards were found in Martin’s pockets, along with other valuables, such as watches, a cell phone, cell phone cases and two Metro cards, that are under investigation. Martin was arraigned at Scarsdale Village Justice Court on the following charges: fourth-degree grand larceny of a credit card, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property – credit cards, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property greater than $1,000, trespassing and fourth degree grand larceny of property greater than $1,000. Martin was transported to Westchester County Jail where he is being held on $15,000 bail.

According to SPD Captain Thomas Altizio, “The police department has used undercover vehicles in the past and is aware of the benefits of their use, but we are very pleased that the use of this vehicle resulted in an arrest so quickly. We are grateful to Esurance for this recent vehicle donation and to the Fairview Road resident for notifying us immediately of the suspicious activity and providing us with detailed information that lead to a quick arrest.”

Car break-in
On Jan. 7, a Walworth Avenue woman reported two of her cars – a BMW 328 and an Audi Q7 – had been broken into at approximately 3 a.m., and an EZ-Pass was stolen from the Audi. Both cars were unlocked at the time. A third car, an Acura MDX, was locked and not entered, but its window had been damaged by an apparent attempt to cut the glass.

Identity theft
On Jan. 9, a Lyons Road man reported someone used his person information to obtain goods around December 29, 2018. Police are following up.

On Jan. 12, a Heathcote Road man reported an incident of identity theft in which $8,000 was withdrawn from a checking account with a forged signature on a withdrawal slip. The incident occurred in Florida on Jan. 9. Police are following up.

On Jan. 11, a Brewster Road man reported a fraudulent charge on his American Express credit card. Police are following up.

Text message
On Jan. 8, an Overhill Road employer reported receiving a text message containing obscenities. The message was allegedly sent by the boyfriend of a woman who interviewed for an employment position but was not hired. Police tried to reach the boyfriend and the interviewee for follow-up.

A report of “two shots fired in the area” was determined to be the use of noisemakers at Fenway Golf Club, activated to scare geese from the golf course Jan. 11.

Safe place
A caller reported four young men were “dealing cell phones” on East Parkway Jan. 13. Police went to the scene and interviewed the men. They said they were conducting a Facebook Marketplace transaction. They had decided to use a public place for safety reasons since the young men were not familiar with each other. Police said they could use public safety headquarters for safe Internet exchanges in the future, in order to avoid concern by the general public.

Accident investigation
Following a Mamaroneck Road/Crossway accident being investigated by White Plains police, in which a 2012 Nissan struck a telephone pole at 2:30 a.m., Jan. 12, a charge of driving while intoxicated (first offense) was entered against the driver – Nelson A. Barrios, 22, of Mamaroneck. In the course of the accident investigation, numerous items fell out of the Nissan while it was being pulled upright by a tow truck. These items included one large Ziploc bag and one small Ziploc bag, both containing a white powder believed to be cocaine, capsules believed to be a controlled substance, an oil vape pen and empty cartridges. Empty beer cans were observed in plain sight inside and outside the car. Further investigation and follow-up by Scarsdale police is forthcoming, pending the results of the WPPD accident investigation unit. One person was ejected from the car during the accident and was transported to a hospital by Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

On Jan. 12, police arrested Melvis Gant, 49, of Mount Vernon, on the charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. In the course of traffic patrol, police learned that Gant’s car’s registration had been suspended for failure to pay five parking tickets within 12 months, and a warrant for his arrest had been issued out of Scarsdale in Nov. 2018. Gant’s car was impounded, and he was released on $65 cash bail. He was given a desk appearance ticket for Jan. 16, to resolve the charged violations.

On Jan. 10, police conducted a traffic stop of a car on Overhill Road, due to the car being stopped with its engine running. The driver stated the car belonged to his friend sitting in the passenger seat. A check of the driver’s license revealed the license had been suspended on Oct. 25, 2018, because the driver failed to pay a driver’s responsibility assessment order. Police issued two summonses to the driver – one for a stopping/standing/parking violation and one for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Improper license plates
Police stopped to help a motorist with a BMW leaking a large amount of fluid on Hutchinson Avenue Jan. 12. The driver, a Bronx man, produced a valid driver’s license but improper registration and insurance proof. A computer check revealed the car’s PA plate was registered to a different owner and different type of vehicle. The Bronx driver said he had just purchased the car and provided police with a copy of the sales documentation and a PA title signed in his name. He further explained to police that the seller told him he could use the existing license plate until he could obtain proper registration. Police issued the man three summonses – for an unregistered vehicle, improper plates and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. The plate was removed from the car and vouchered for safekeeping for its rightful owner.

Cars and roadways
Police notified Verizon about fallen wires on Walworth Ave. Jan. 7.
Traffic cones were moved closer to the curb near a Griffen Avenue construction site, as per police request Jan. 9.
The highway and water departments addressed a broken water main on Springdale Road Jan. 10.
Eleven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Civil matters
Police helped an Ogden Road employer and an employee reach a mutual agreement regarding a verbal dispute Jan. 7.

On Jan. 8, a Kingston Road woman reported a monetary dispute with her interior designer. The woman claimed the designer did not deliver furnishings and window shades that the woman already paid for. Police tried to reach the designer to help mediate the dispute, but the designer could not be reached. Police advised the woman to follow up in civil court.

Lost and found
On Jan. 8, a passerby found a wallet on East Parkway. It contained a German driver’s license, a Lufthansa ID card, Visa cards and approximately $75 in U.S. currency. Police reached out to a real estate broker, whose business card was inside the wallet. She contacted her German client, and he picked up the wallet from headquarters.

According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 32 incidents during the reporting period. Seymour shared details of the following incidents below.

On Jan. 7, workers using gas-powered saw to cut concrete in the basement of a Cushman Road house released carbon monoxide into the house. Firefighters advised the workers about safety and ventilated the structure. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps was called to evaluate occupants who had been exposed to the CO gas.

A light fixture inside a Morris Lane kitchen was emitting a burning odor Jan. 7. Firefighters disconnected the fixture and advised the homeowner to call an electrician.

On Jan. 8, firefighters assisted Eastchester firefighters and Con Edison representatives check houses for possible gas migration related to a gas leak at the Scarsdale/Eastchester border. No gas readings were detected in any of the structures checked.

Firefighters stood by for Con Edison and shut down a boiler leaking carbon monoxide inside a Kensington Road house Jan. 8. Firefighters assisted with ventilation of the house.

On Jan. 10, firefighters responded to an activated smoke alarm in a Webster Road house. The homeowner, who was not at home, said she left something cooking on the stove on “low.” Firefighters entered the house and found a pot on the stove, with food burning inside. They removed the pot to the backyard and ventilated the house. They secured the door upon leaving.

Firefighters assisted with a rollover accident, with injuries, on Mamaroneck Road Jan. 11.

The oil burner of a boiler puffed back in a Greenacres Avenue house Jan. 11.Firefighters shut down the system, identified accumulation of carbon monoxide inside the house and ventilated the house. The resident was advised to call for service.

Firefighters assisted at a motor vehicle accident involving a Beeline bus on Popham Road Jan. 11.

Firefighters assisted at a one-car rollover accident on Mamaroneck Road, with injuries, Jan. 12.

Firefighters ventilated a Wynmor Road house and stood by for Con Edison due to a gas leak at the curb box servicing the house Jan. 13. Firefighters assisted Con Edison in checking other nearby houses, and no gas readings were found.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Jan. 7-13 has been compiled from official information.

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