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walletA Woods Lane woman reported her wallet was stolen from her house Sept. 28. She told police she heard footsteps inside the house around 5 a.m., and her husband noticed the door unlocked when he left the house at 7:30 a.m. She last saw her wallet at approximately 8:45 p.m. the previous night when she took out some money and gave it to her son. Her wallet was inside her purse, which was in the mudroom of the house. The purse would have been visible in the mudroom through a rear glass door as well as a rear sliding glass door.

On Sept. 28, a 1999 Nissan was reported to be zigzagging and driving in the middle of the road on Post Road near the high school at 9:30 p.m. Police conducted a traffic stop and noticed that the driver – Niels Lauritzen, 56, of the Bronx – was showing signs of intoxication, including a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and an inability to stay upright in the driver’s seat. Lauritzen told police he had consumed “a few glasses of wine” in White Plains. Lauritzen failed field sobriety tests and required assistance to keep from falling over. An alco-sensor pre-screening test indicated a blood alcohol content of .196, and a Datamaster test at headquarters measured Lauritzen’s BAC at .21. Lauritzen was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content greater than .18 with no priors and failure to use designated lanes. Lauritzen was released on $30 cash bail, and a friend drove him to his home. Lauritzen’s car was parked as the high school in the meantime.

While conducting a seat belt and motor vehicle safety checkpoint at the Heathcote Bypass on Sept. 30, police stopped a 2005 Ford Explorer to ask the driver if he was wearing a seatbelt. Patrol noticed signs of intoxication in the driver’s speech and behavior, as well as several empty beer cans in the back of the car. The driver – Carlos H. Alvarez, 38, of Mamaroneck, was asked to perform field sobriety tests and failed those tests. An alco-sensor pre-screening test indicated a blood alcohol content of .17, and a Datamaster test at headquarters measured Alvarez’s BAC at .16. Alvarez was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense), operation of a motor vehicle with a BAC of at least .08 and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Stolen scooter
A caller reported his battery-powered $600 scooter was stolen from the Scarsdale train station Sept. 27. His $60 lock was cut by the perpetrator as well.

Check fraud
A woman at Village Hall reported two fraudulent checks written against the Village’s payroll account were submitted to a bank for payment Sept. 24. The bank flagged the checks as possibly fraudulent and followed up with Village Hall. The Village did not incur a loss.

On Sept. 24, a Hampton Road homeowner reported kids allegedly entered his vacant house for sale and possibly had a party. The homeowner learned about the incident from his former tenant, who received a text message about the alleged party form a neighbor. There was no reported damage to the house. However, some clothing and garbage had been left behind. According to the homeowner, a relator may have accidentally left a rear door unlocked at the time.

Criminal mischief
A woman walked into headquarters to report she had been in an “unusual situation” Sept. 29. While shopping at Balducci’s, two men approached her window and said, “Do you know you have a dent with yellow on it on your bumper?” They then offered to fix it for $250. The woman agreed to pay the men $200 to fix her bumper, and she drove her car to the rear of Balducci’s for them to conduct the job. While the woman was in Balducci’s retrieving the $200, the two men left without payment. After she got home, she noticed the damage the men had caused to her car. The bumper had gotten worse, and the men had used commercial spray paint to try to cover up the damage. The paint had been splashed over the car’s exhaust pipe, rear brake lights and rear collision sensors. An auto body shop estimated the damage at $1,100.

A caller reported seeing a boy, approximately 9 years old, playing soccer outside Greenacres School, in the pouring rain Sept. 25. Police went to the scene and saw two boys playing ball on the outdoor basketball court. They were waiting for school to start. It was 7:55 a.m.

After a teen did not show up for school and the teen’s father could not make contact with him, police checked the welfare of the teen Sept. 27. The teen was found to be at home. He was reported to be “well and going to school.” Patrol remained on scene at 8:49 a.m. and observed the teen leave for school by foot.

A Brewster Road Alzheimer’s patient was reported missing from a restaurant in Greenburgh Sept. 29. Police found the man at home and reunited him with his concerned caretaker.

A Wildwood Road caller reported an SUV pulled into his driveway around midnight, people got out of the car, went onto a neighbor’s yard after the caller’s wife “screamed” and left a dark colored bag outside Sept. 30. The bag contained trash, and police threw it away.

Cars and roadways
Police issued a summons to a car parked by a Brite Avenue fire hydrant Sept. 24.
Patrol helped a Fenimore Road driver tie down his trunk because the trunk latch was broken Sept. 25.

A truck stuck a White Birch Lane mailbox, ran over it and destroyed it, and then left the scene Sept. 25. A neighbor captured the incident on video surveillance.

A man reported an incident of road rage on Post Road Sept. 25. The man said another driver cut him off, then got out of his car and came over to his car to engage in a verbal argument. Police advised the man to stay in his car, roll up the windows and call police if something like that ever happens again.

The highway department was notified about a pothole on Weaver Street Sept. 26.

The highway department was notified about a dead groundhog on Innes Road Sept. 26.

An open house on Garden Road was causing traffic congestion Sept. 26. Police advised drivers to move their cars in order to facilitate traffic flow.

On Sept. 28, police issued summonses to two drivers who passed a school bus stopped on Popham Road with its light flashing and its stop sign displayed.

A parked, blue minivan was left with its ignition running on Chateaux Circle Sept. 28. Police informed the owner, who shut off the ignition.

Patrol helped a driver change his flat tire on Heathcote Road Sept. 30.

Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Patrol notified the highway department about flooded locations and taped off affected areas throughout the village Sept. 25. Cars got stuck in floodwater at Sprague and Clarence roads, on Boulevard and on Sprague Road Sept. 25. Department of public works vehicles and staff helped the occupants get out of their cars safely. Other cars got stuck in water on Tompkins and Brookby roads.

Residents reported basements had flooded on Nelson, Madison, Coralyn, Tunstall, Park and Foxhall roads Sept. 25.

A water main break caused water to bubble up through the pavement and cause flooding on Wildwood Road Sept. 25.

Two Circle Road residents agreed to handle the matter of a fallen tree affecting both of their properties themselves Sept. 26.

A Jefferson Road woman reported a family driving a Ford Flex stopped in front of her house, got out of their car and took pictures of her front yard Sept. 26. The woman asked the family if they needed any help, and they responded that they were taking photos of a sign in her front yard. The sign was a large Scarsdale High School decal sign posted in the yard, according to police.

An Old Orchard Lane woman reported a person followed her home and was now ringing her doorbell Sept. 26. Police deduced the person ringing the doorbell was a pizza deliveryman who accidentally went to the wrong address. He had a pizza with him.

Civil matter
A tall, white man knocked on the door of a Greendale Road house and asked to speak with the homeowner’s husband, because he allegedly “fired” the man’s wife and owed her money, Sept. 26. He asked for the husband’s phone number, which the homeowner refused to provide, and then left the scene in a black sedan. Police spoke with the husband who acknowledged that his company had done business with the man’s alleged wife and she had requested additional money for a job that had been completed. The husband said he referred the woman to his financial department to inquire about whether all invoices had been paid. He asked police to call the woman to get her side of the story. Police advised the man it was a civil matter, and police do not get involved in disputes involving money exchange and payments between private individuals.

A Tunstall Road resident reported a dispute with a contractor over the quality of work performed at the resident’s house Sept. 27. Police advised the resident it was a civil matter.

Village code
Police dispersed youth gathering on Black Hawk Road after 11 p.m., Sept. 29.
Police issued summonses to landscapers using gas-powered blowers on Palmer Avenue and Mamaroneck Road Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, Olmsted Road Sept. 27, Whig Road Sept. 28 and Post Road Sept. 29.

Fox sightings were reported throughout the village this week. When police encountered an animal, each time it ran away, showing signs of healthy and normal animal behavior.
A coyote was reported on Garden Road Sept. 29.

Lost and found
On Sept. 28, a Secor Road resident reported losing his license plate somewhere in the village.

A Massachusetts license plate was found on Mamaroneck Road, as the result of an auto accident. Sept. 28. Police called the owner of the car involved in the accident, and the owner said her husband would pick it up later.

According to Fire Chief James Seymour, the fire department responded to 114 incidents over the last week, including 80 incidents in less than a 24-hour period from Sept. 25 to 26, due to the rainstorm. He shared a few of last week’s incidents below:

On Sept. 24, firefighters received a report of outside odor of natural gas on Post Road. They found an odor similar to epoxy coming from an outdoor gas meter at Village Hall. As a precaution, Village Hall was evacuated. Con Edison responded. There were no readings of explosive gas inside or outside the building. It was determined that the heating unit for Village Hall was operating improperly and was emitting the odor. The boiler was shut down, and Village Hall staff called for service.

On Sept. 25, firefighters received a report of inside natural gas leak on Stratton Road. Instead, firefighters found a broken and leaking water heater. They shut the gas and water supply and advised the resident to call a plumber. Con Edison had already been notified and responded to check the integrity of the gas supply.

On Sept. 30, firefighters were dispatched to a carbon monoxide alarm on Fairview Road. Upon arrival, firefighters were met by the homeowner who stated the CO detector was defective. A check of house found CO readings of 60‑125 ppm. Con-Ed gas was requested to the scene. The house was ventilated using fans. The homeowner stated the vent cover was off the hot water heater at the time of the alarm. Con-Ed gas found that the hot water heater was not working properly and red tagged it and the furnace. Firefighters advised the homeowner to contact a plumber or HVAC contractor.

On Sept. 28, firefighters responded to a call for smoke in a Sage Terrace basement and found light smoke coming from an overheated sump pump. Firefighters disconnected the pump and advised the homeowner to replace it.

On Sept. 30, firefighters were dispatched to a Paddington Road CO alarm. Upon arrival, firefighters checked the house’s garage and boiler room, where they found up to 60 ppm of CO. Minor readings were also detected in an adjacent basement area. The house was ventilated with a portable fan. Con-Ed responded and found no problems with the boiler. An interview with the homeowner discerned that he left the house in an old car that was burning oil and producing exhaust. That was determined to be the probable cause of the CO accumulation.

On Sept. 30, firefighters were dispatched to a Chesterfield Road CO alarm, where contractors had been cutting concrete in the basement with a gas-powered saw. Firefighters found up to 65 ppm of CO in the basement and minor readings on the first floor. They ventilated the house with a portable fan, and the homeowner was able to reset the alarm.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Sept. 24-30 has been compiled from official information.

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PublicSafetyDWI Arrest: On Sept. 23, police arrested Robinson Rueda, 39, of Bridgeport, CT, on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content of at least .18, speeding in zone, moving from a lane unsafely, a seat belt violation and an equipment violation of inadequate lights. The arrest occurred following a traffic stop on Post Road after midnight, Police observed Rueda’s 2009 Hyundai Elantra traveling at a high rate of speed, swerving across pavement markings and lacking lit headlights. Upon encountering Rueda in his car, police noticed visible signs of intoxication and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. He told police he had consumed “two” alcoholic beverages. During the traffic stop, while police were checking Rueda’s license and registration, Rueda vomited outside the window of his car. Police administered field sobriety tests, which Rueda failed. An alco-sensor test indicated a blood alcohol reading of .169. Rueda was arrested and taken to headquarters. There a Datamaster test measured his blood alcohol content at .19. He was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Justice Court, returnable on Sept. 26.

An Ardmore Road man reported $2,000 was missing from one of his daughter’s storage drawers Sept. 17. The last time she saw the money was July 7, and she discovered it missing Sept. 15.

A Chateaux Circle resident reported a bicycle was stolen from her basement storage unit Sept. 17. The storage unit’s door door had been pried open to get to the bicycle. The bike was valued at approximately $1,000 and was last seen approximately one week prior to the theft. Detectives are reviewing surveillance footage in order to follow up.

Identity theft
On Sept. 19, an Olmsted Road woman reported her credit card company had advised her that $12,000 in possible fraudulent charges had been charged to her credit card. Her account was frozen as a precaution, and the creditor is following up.

Welfare check
On Sept. 17, police checked the welfare of an elderly Colvin Road woman.

A daughter called 911 to report she was in the shower and heard her mother scream Sept. 18. Police deduced the mother had dropped a glass bottle and was screaming for her daughter to help.

A man was reported lying on the roadway at Griffen and Grand Park Avenues after midnight Sept. 20. Patrol provided him with a courtesy ride to the Scarsdale train station, to assist him in getting home to the Bronx.

A LimeBike was left on Kingston Road Sept. 21. Police called LimeBike, and a representative said someone would be sent over to pick up the bike.

Former employee
A former employee showed up at the Scarsdale Ambassador living community Sept. 23. Police communicated the message that the former employee was no longer welcome there.

Cars and roadways
Police put a malfunctioning traffic light at Popham and Post roads on flash and erected temporary stop signs, pending repair, Sept. 17.
Police assisted with a traffic accident on Saxon Woods Road in White Plains Sept. 17.
Police marked tires and issued three summonses to the owners of cars parked on Wayside Lane for longer than the parking restriction.
Police put cones around a loose manhole cover on Popham Road Sept. 17. The highway department was notified.
Police directed traffic around roadside assistance technicians changing flat tires on Post and Saxon Woods roads Sept. 21.
Police issued summonses to illegally parked cars on Potter Road Sept. 22.
According to visual evidence including skid marks onto a Franklin Road yard and an impacted utility pole, a car had an accident and left the scene Sept. 23. Damaged car parts were left at the scene. Police notified Con Edison regarding the condition of the pole.
Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Village code
Police issued summonses to landscapers using gas-powered leaf blowers on Cohawney, Post and Jefferson Roads Sept. 18; Heathcote, Saxon Woods, Fox Meadow and Wynmor Roads Sept. 19; Brite Avenue and Fenimore and Heathcote roads Sept. 20; and Murray Hill, Fox Meadow and Boulder Brook roads Sept. 21.

Neighbors complained of noise from kids singing along to a musical movie in the back yard of a Fox Meadow Road house Sept. 21. The kids promised to keep the noise level low.

Lost and found
On Sept. 19, a police aide found a Chrysler car key on East Parkway. Police vouchered it at headquarters for safekeeping.

On Sept. 21, a woman found a cell phone while out walking on Scarsdale Avenue. She gave it to police who attempted to contact the owner. Eastchester police were notified and were able to contact the owner, who had reported the phone as missing. The owner picked up the phone from police.

Police found a handbag containing personal items on Post Road Sept. 23. Inside was a passport belonging to a Black Hawk Road resident. Police returned the bag to its proper owner.

On Sept. 23, the manger of 7-Eleven, on Garth Road, gave police a Washington, D.C., driver’s license that had been left in the store the previous week. The customer had not returned to the store for his license. Police vouchered it at headquarters.

According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 36 incidents during the reporting period. He shared the following notable incidents below:

On Sept. 17, a gas leak, due to damage to an unmarked copper gas line caused by an excavator, was discovered at Post Road and Evon Court. Firefighters stood by for safety, checked houses and notified Con Edison. Police assisted and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps was also standing by at the scene. Con Edison measured readings of up to 40 percent methane in the atmosphere and requested at least additional houses to be checked for safety. Con Edison stayed on scene until gas leak was repaired.

Firefighters assisted at a smoke scare on Central Avenue in Hartsdale Sept. 18.

A cooking fire was reported in a Highland Way kitchen Sept. 18. Firefighters determined a potholder left in the oven burned up and created light smoke. The potholder was removed and extinguished in the sink. Firefighters used a fan to ventilate the kitchen. No carbon monoxide readings were detected.

A car hit the side of a Kent Road house, causing only superficial damage to the structure Sept. 21. Firefighters helped move the car away from the house to await a tow.

The knob of an outdoor gas grill was left in the “on” position, causing a gas leak at a Lockwood Road house Sept. 22. Firefighters shut down the grill. No gas readings were found inside the house.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Sept. 17-23 has been compiled from official information.

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BeesBurglary: A Graham Road woman reported finding her house broken into and items stolen, upon arriving home from a trip Sept. 3. Stolen items included assorted jewelry, jewelry boxes, a backpack and a decorative glass bottle. It appears that the suspect placed a ladder against the back of the house, climbed up and entered through a second-floor window. Police are following up.

Car break-ins
On Sept. 6, a Carstensen Road woman reported seeing a man going through her parked car at 2 a.m. The man took off running after the woman’s outside motion light came on and the woman observed the man. Police canvassed the area but did not see anyone. Nothing was stolen.

A Rectory Lane man reported someone entered his car and rummaged through the contents at 1:40 a.m., Sept. 6. He told police the incident was captured on his home surveillance camera. The suspect was described as a light-skinned man wearing a jacket, jeans, mask and gloves. He was carrying a flashlight.

On Sept. 3, a Scarsdale pool lifeguard reported his wallet had been stolen at the pool while he was cleaning up trash and attending a debriefing meeting at the end of the day.

On Sept. 7, a Fenimore Road woman reported wedding bands, jewelry containing emeralds and diamonds, designer handbags and silk ties had been stolen from house during a time period in which her husband required medical care. As a result, at least seven visiting nurses were in her house during the time period that the jewelry disappeared.

On Sept. 8, police arrested Gabriel Llanos, 27, of Brooklyn, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving the wrong direction on a one-way street and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver. Patrol observed Llanos commit traffic violations while he was driving his 2007 Mitsubishi on Post Road and Huntington and Greenacres avenues. Police conducted a traffic stop and noted signs of alcohol consumption. Llanos failed field sobriety tests. Llanos was asked to submit to a breath-screening test, but he did not provide an adequate sample of breath. Police noted this might have been intentional on Llanos’s part. He was arrested and taken to headquarters. There he agreed to submit to a Datamaster test, and his blood alcohol result came back at .07 of once percent. He was released with an appearance ticket to appear in court on Sept. 26.

Grandson Scams
A person called a Bradford Road woman alleging to be a lawyer representing her “grandson” Sept. 4. The person posing as a lawyer said the grandson had been arrested and requested $8,000 to pay for legal fees. The woman went to Chase Bank, withdrew the funds and then became suspicious of the call. She contacted police and was advised the call reflected the pattern of a typical scam.

On Sept. 5, a Black Birch Lane woman received a similar call from a person alleging to be a layer representing her grandson in a legal matter. No money was lost, and the woman’s daughter-in-law reported the matter to police.

A Lee Road woman received a call from a potential scammer who stated he was in a van outside the woman’s house, with the woman’s “grandson” Sept. 7. Police did not see a white van in the vicinity of the woman’s house and advised her the call was a scam.

Identity theft
On Sept. 7, a Stratton Road resident reported someone made fraudulent charges on her credit card. The person ordered six Dyson vacuum cleaners. Police are following up.

On Sept. 4, a Beechwood Lane woman reported her former au-pair had allegedly gotten people to threaten the woman.

Bees and birds
Mutual aid was requested to assist in transporting eight people stung by bees at the Crestwood train station Sept. 5.
Police removed a dead bird from the sidewalk on East Parkway Sept. 6.

Police helped an elderly Olmsted Road resident report a malfunctioning Fios box to Verizon Sept. 7.

A Dolma Road woman asked police to help her address strange noises coming from a generator Sept. 7. Patrol listened to the noises and determined they were coming from the pool pump motor. Patrol turned off the pump at the woman’s request and advised her to contact her pool company for service.

Papers served
Police served a temporary order of protection to a village resident and stood by while he gathered belongings and left his house Sept. 7.

Crushed car
On Sept. 7, a Gilmore Court employee said a tree fell on her car while it was parked on the street during a storm March 2. The impact caused damage. She said she needed a report for insurance purposes.

A caller reported a suspicious bag on Heathcote Road Sept. 7. Police determined the bag contained water bottles and hand tools such as a hammer and screwdriver.

An Ogden Road man reported two people parked outside his house in a silver BMW, exited the car, walked onto his property and took pictures of his house Sept. 8. The man opened a window and asked the people to explain their actions. At that time, the woman allegedly said, “Isn’t the house for sale?” Then, she returned to her car with the other person. The police log noted that a real estate sign from Compass was visible in the front yard. However, the man said the house had been taken off the market a few days prior to the incident.

One brother decided to play a “prank” on another brother while they were eating in a village diner with their father Sept. 9. The pranking brother went to the restroom and texted his brother that he saw one staff member helping another staff member harm himself. The brother that received the message took it seriously and called 911. Police arrived on scene and determined the call was unwarranted.

Cars and roadways
On Sept. 5, a woman who parked her car on Brambach Road alleged that a resident came out of his house and yelled at her for parking in front of his house. She called police and said she didn’t like the resident’s “tone.” He did not actually make any threats.

A person came into headquarters to report an altercation over the right of way with another driver on Christie Place Sept. 5. The person said the other driver slapped his car with his hand.

An open manhole cover was reported on Post Road Sept. 6. The highway department replaced it.

Police issued a summons to the registered owner of s car parked on the wrong side of Sage Terrace Sept. 6.

Police stood by while a woman waited for assistance from a service station because she accidentally locked her keys in her car while it was parked in the high school’s gravel lot Sept. 6. She had gone to the high school to inquire about taking adult classes.

Highway workers and Con Edison were called to address a fallen tree and wires on Ridgecrest North Sept. 6.

The highway department cleared fallen trees from Post Road and Wayside Lane, as well as River Road, Sept. 6.

Police placed barricades around a flooded section of Brookby Road Sept. 6.

Police mediated a dispute between two drivers who stopped their cars on Chase Road Sept. 6.

Police advised a woman who was walking on Post Road at 1 a.m., Sept. 7, to stay off the road and to consider returning home for the night. The woman followed patrol’s suggestions and decided to go home.

A truck got stuck in mud while trying to turn around on Mamaroneck Avenue Sept. 7. Police directed traffic around the truck while a tow operator helped dislodge it.

Patrol stood by while a driver waited for a tow on Post Road Sept. 7.

Police stood by while a driver with a flat tire waited for a tow on Heathcote Road Sept. 9.

Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Police stood by while a group of kids waited for rides home from a gathering on Colvin Road Sept. 7.

Police reunited a lost dog found on Walworth Avenue with its Greenacres Avenue owner Sept. 6.FoxMeadowFox

Police checked Fox Meadow School grounds after a fox was reported on site Sept. 7. The fox left the area before police arrived, and patrol provided school administration with trappers’ numbers.

Coyotes were reported on Normandy Lane Sept. 7 and Deerfield Lane Sept. 8. They were gone before police arrived.

Village Code
Police issued summonses for using gas-powered leaf blowers to landscapers on Ardmore Road and Rock Creek Lane Sept. 4, Post and Myrtledale roads and Windsor Lane Sept. 5, Palmer Ave. and Sage Terrace Sept. 6, and Palmer Avenue Sept. 7.

Police confirmed that workers inside the Bank of America, on Wilmot Road, after hours, had valid permits Sept. 7.
Patrol advised a Brambach Road hostess that neighbors complained of noise after midnight, Sept. 8. The hostess said she would bring her gathering indoors.

A contractor using power equipment on Brite Avenue prior to allowed hours was told to stop, and he complied, Sept. 8.

A contractor conducting construction work on Rural Drive prior to the allowed time was issued a summons Sept. 8.

Police dispersed kids from playing basketball after dark on Hyatt Field Sept. 8.

Neighbors complained of noise on Saxon Woods Road Sept. 9. Patrol went to the scene and heard intermittent shouting coming from the rear of a house. Patrol spoke with the homeowner who said he would address the matter.

Police spoke with a Saxon Woods Road host to advise him of noise complaints at 2 a.m., Sept. 8, The host said he would bring his gathering indoors.

Lost and found
Police helped return a lost wallet, found on East Parkway and Popham Road, to its owner Sept. 8.
A passerby said she found a coin canister for a parking meter on East Parkway, which she brought to police Sept. 8.

According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 27 incidents during the reporting period. Seymour shared the following incidents below:

On Sept. 5, firefighters turned off water in a Christie Place establishment because a pipe was leaking.
Firefighters asked Con Edison to examine a leaning utility pole on Lawrence Road Sept. 6. Firefighters noted the pole might have been struck by lightning.

On Sept. 7, firefighters used hand tool to open a locked bathroom door and free a child who was accidentally locked inside.

A Montgomery Road house had collected pockets of carbon monoxide Sept. 7. Firefighters determined the carbon monoxide was coming a bank of batteries being charged for the sump pump. Firefighters disconnected the batteries and removed them. Con Edison was notified to respond.

Water was leaking in a Cooper Road house Sept. 9. Firefighters shut water to the leaking HVAC unit, and they shut power to the lights and outlets nearby. Firefighters advised the homeowner to contract a service company.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Sept. 4 to 9 has been compiled from official information.

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racoonsBurglary: On Sept. 14, a Sylvan Road resident reported her house had been burglarized sometime between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The perpetrator had entered the house through a piece of ripped plastic that had been momentarily set up as a dining room wall while renovations were taking place. The master bedroom had been entered, and a Sentry safe had been pried open and its contents were removed. Other jewelry was also stolen from the house.

DWI arrests
On Sept. 15, police arrested Arthur Harris Funchess, 41, of the Bronx, on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), resisting arrest, second-degree obstruction of government administration, driving to the left of pavement markings and following too close. The arrest occurred after police observed Funchess’s 2013 Honda Pilot accelerate rapidly and almost rear-end a truck after a red light turned green on Post Road. The car then went around the truck and made an “excessively wide” right turn. Police conducted a traffic stop and noted visible signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests were conducted, which Funchess either failed or resisted completing. An alco-sensor test measured Funchess’s blood alcohol content at .18. According to the arrest report, Funchess was being belligerent with police. He was allegedly using obscenities and refusing to exit the patrol car after he was taken to headquarters. It took four officers to pull him from the car after he refused to exit the car on his own, according to the arrest report. Funchess was so uncooperative, that he refused to be fingerprinted, photographed or submit to a Datamaster test. He verbally threatened to kill officers, purposely urinated on the cellblock floor and aggressively kicked the cell wall and door. He was placed under constant supervision and monitored by video. He was arraigned at Scarsdale Village Justice Court and remanded to Westchester County Jail, pending his follow-up court date.

On Sept. 16, police arrested Nikola Ruprechtova, 23, of Scarsdale, 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, speeding in zone and moving from a lane unsafely. Police conducted a traffic stop after observing Ruprechtova’s car speed on Post Road and cross over the double yellow line a few times after making a right turn. Her breath smelled of alcohol, and she said she had one cider drink two hours ago in White Plains. Ruprechtova failed field sobriety tests. An alco-sensor test, which was later followed up by a Datamaster test at headquarters, indicated a blood alcohol content of .14. Following arrest processing, Ruprechtova was released on her own recognizance, with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable Sept. 19.

Vehicle and traffic arrest
On Sept. 15, police arrested Stefany Sanchez, 26, of White Plains, on charges of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle with three or more open suspensions within three months, operation of a motor vehicle using a portable electronic device and an uninspected motor vehicle. Police conducted a traffic stop after observing Sanchez drive past patrol while holding her cell phone in her hand near her face. She told police she had been checking her texts, in an attempt to reach her boss. Police noted Sanchez’s car displayed an expired inspection sticker. A database search indicated Sanchez’s license had been suspended five times with four scoffs on three different dates. Following her arrest, Sanchez was released on her own recognizance with a return court date scheduled for Sept. 19. Her car was parked at a parking meter space, and her boyfriend picked her up.

On Sept. 10, a woman alleged that $700 had been stolen out of her handbag while she was at an Overhill Road doctor’s office Sept. 8.

On Sept. 15, an event coordinator said he had left some event equipment, including eight LED screen panels, at Fenway Golf Club’s ballroom, on Secor Road, overnight and found they were stolen when he returned to pick them up the next morning.

Identity theft
On Sept. 10, a Spruce Lane resident reported someone used her personal information to charge approximately $6,000 worth of merchandise at a Lord and Taylor store in Rockaway, NJ, Sept. 3. The store is investigating a video of the transaction.

On Sept. 11, an Overhill Road caller reported someone is Dallas, TX, attempted to use her Nordstrom credit card information to make fraudulent transactions Sept. 11.
A fraudulent check, for $1,750, was cashed at Webster Bank on Popham Road Sept. 14. The bank refunded the money to the account holder and is absorbing the loss.
On Sept. 15, a Paddington Road man reported that $1,900 had been illegally transferred out of his bank account to an unknown account without his permission Sept. 14. The bank’s fraud department closed the man’s account and is following up.

Missing person
A father reported his son ran away from his house in West Hartford, and he asked police to check the mother’s Edgewood house around 6 a.m., Sept. 11. Police checked the house and the boy was not there. Eventually, the boy notified his father that he took a bus to White Plains, where the father had an apartment. The boy’s mother went to White Plains to meet her son.

A Greenacres resident reported a man she met at Westchester Community College was sending her inappropriate messages via cell phone texts Sept. 13. The woman broke off all communication with the man independently.

A passerby was concerned about rapidly flicking lights near the front entrance of a Sprague Road house Sept. 10. The homeowner said she would ask her husband to fix the lights in the near future. Nothing was suspicious.

A passerby reported a suspicious person in the “woods” near Heathcote Road Sept. 13. According to police who went to the scene, the person was picking up bottles and cans in the woods.

An elderly village resident asked for police help in getting into her house Sept. 13. The front door was warped, and a police officer needed to push the door open with his shoulder. Once inside, the officer observed numerous boxes, items, and garbage that were so piled up that the officer could not move without moving items. A damaged ceiling was also observed. He asked to see the rest of the house, but the resident refused. She stated, “It’s only a little mess.” Patrol contacted the resident’s adult daughter, who said she did not know what to do about her mother’s “hoarding” condition. The police officer referred the matter to the SPD older adult advocate for follow-up.

A Wakefield Road man reported a real estate agent had entered his house without proper permission Sept. 15. The man said the house was listed for sale, but the agreement with the real estate agent stated that showings could only occur with prior approval. Patrol spoke with the real estate listing agent, and she thought clearance had been given for the showing. She and the agent who made the showing were apologetic about the miscommunication. Police determined there was no criminal intent regarding the matter.

Cars and roadways
The highway department was notified about a fallen tree on Herkimer Road Sept. 11.

Metal road plates were out of position on Weaver Street Sept. 11. Police notified Con Edison and the construction company responsible for the work. Police directed traffic around the scene in the meantime.

On Sept. 12, police collected unnecessary cones from a work site on Edgewood Road.

An unattended recycle bag was discovered on Weaver Street and discarded Sept. 13.
Police notified the department of transportation about a malfunctioning traffic light at Post and Heathcote roads Sept. 13.

An SOS button was accidentally activated in a Lexus on Chase Road Sept. 14. Police helped the driver reset the button.

The alarm of a parked car was going off intermittently Sept. 14. A key holder notified the owner, who said he was in New York City and would address the matter as soon as he could get home.

Police replaced a loose manhole cover on Wynmor Road and asked the highway department to assist in securing it Sept. 14.

Due to insufficient flaggers for a paving work zone on Post Road, patrol advised the job foreman to shrink the job until more flaggers could be arranged Sept. 15.

Patrol tracked down the owner of a Mercedes parked with its engine running on Eastwoods Lane and got the owner to turn off the car’s ignition Sept. 15.

Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

A Palmer Avenue woman reported six raccoons in her yard Sept. 11. She said she was afraid to go outside because she thought the raccoons might attack her. Police arrived, and the raccoons ran away. Patrol advised the woman to refrain from leaving her garbage cans out overnight.

Fox sightings were confirmed on Brewster Road Sept. 12 and Post Road Sept. 16.

On Sept. 14, a caller reported students were trying to take photos of – and with – and a fox on Turf Field at Scarsdale High School Sept. 14. High School security was on scene and remained until a pest control company arrived to trap and pick up the fox.

Village code
Police issued summonses to landscapers using gas-powered blowers in violation of village code on Fox Meadow Road Sept. 12, Popham Road Sept. 13 and Garden Road April 14.

Police issued a summons to a contractor using power equipment outside designated working hours on Park Road Sept. 16.

Lost and found
A passerby found a blue lunch bag containing a cell phone and a Metro North employee ID on the Popham Road Bridge Sept. 11. Police gave the bag to another Metro North employee who said he would deliver the bag to its owner.

An elderly man asked police to help him look for his lost glasses and umbrella, which he lost somewhere in the wooded area near Garth Road Sept. 13. Police could not locate the items, but they helped the man arrange for a taxi to take him home.

An elderly man asked police to help him find his eye glasses, which he reported dropping near the intersection of the Bronx River, Popham Road and Garth Road. Police canvassed the area, found the glasses and returned them to the man.

A Carstensen Road man reported losing his wallet, with his driver’s license, Green card and a bank debit card, somewhere in the village Sept. 16.

This week firefighters responded to 28 incidents according to Fire Chief James Seymour. Several of these incidents are detailed below.
A faulty dehumidifier was smoking in an Old Colony Road building in Greenburgh Sept. 10. Firefighters removed the dehumidifier from the basement and confirmed the building was safe.

Firefighters assisted Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps gain entry to a Meadow Road house to assist in removing an injured person to an ambulance Sept. 10.

Firefighters assisted with two car accidents Sept. 12. One was on the Hutchinson River Parkway, and the other was on Mamaroneck Road, in which a driver hit a hydrant.

A stovetop burner was accidentally left in the “on” position without the burner being lit Sept. 14. Firefighters called Con Edison to check the stove.

Firefighters shut gas to a malfunctioning gas firebox in a Brookby Road house Sept. 16. They disconnected the box’s remote received and advised the homeowner to replace the unit.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Sept. 10-16 has been compiled from official information.

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FoxMeadowFoxThis fox was spotted on the paddle courts at Fox Meadow Tennis Club: Photo Credit Oscar GallegoArrests: On Aug. 30, police arrested Toniann Orichello, 26, of Scarsdale, on a charge of petit larceny. Orichello is accused of stealing approximately $400 worth of beer, in six packs and cases of 12, from the Popham Road CVS on multiple dates. She is due in court, to answer charges, on Sept. 12.

On Sept. 2, a car accident on Walworth Avenue and Berkeley Road led to the arrest of the driver on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (with a prior conviction) and refusal to take a breath test. Responding to the scene at approximately 8 p.m., police observed a 2016 white Mercedes-Benz coupe with severe front-end damage, and its airbags deployed. A woman – Loren Messina, 31, of Bronxville, was sitting inside. Police asked her if she was injured, and she said her legs hurt. While gathering information, it became apparent that Messina was intoxicated due to physical markers such as an alcoholic breath odor, slurred speech, unsteadiness on her feet and bloodshot and glassy eyes. Messina denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She was asked to perform field sobriety tests, and she twice refused. She also refused, three times, to submit to a field screening breath test. She was arrested, released on her own recognizance with an appearance ticket.

Identity theft
On Aug. 27, a Rock Creek Lane man reported an unknown person took over his T-Mobile account and transferred the number to a fraudulent Verizon account that was opened in his name. He received a bill for $400 for the Verizon account.

A Black Birch Lane woman reported someone called her alleging to be from the Chinese embassy Aug. 30. The caller said he was investigating a fraudulent bank account being opened in China in the woman’s name. The caller asked the woman for her personal identifying information, and the woman provided it. When she became suspicious of the call and said she was going to report the matter to police, the caller became hostile. The caller told the woman she would be arrested if she did not cooperate with the caller’s investigation. Scarsdale police advised the woman to contact the three credit reporting agencies regarding the matter.

On Aug. 31, a Parkfield Road resident reported an unknown person called her and attempted to scam her into allowing him access to her bank account. The caller told the resident that the company that had sold her an antivirus software program was going out of business. The caller said he wanted to refund the resident’s money, but he first needed access to her computer. Then, he asked for access to her bank account to refund the money directly. The resident refused and notified police.

A real estate firm’s representative reported a man called the real estate office and made inappropriate, sexual remarks to two female employees Aug. 30. Police advise the representative that the employees should file reports themselves, if they wished to do so.

While on burglary patrol, police notified a Claremont Road resident about an open garage door at his house at 3:15 a.m., Aug. 28. The resident said he would close the door.

Police helped a 15-year-old Franklin Road girl get inside her house at approximately 1 a.m., Aug. 29. The girl’s sister was home but sleeping and did not hear the doorbell or the girl’s phone call. The girls’ mother was advised.

Police advised a contractor working on Sage Terrace to refrain from throwing trash away in residents’ garbage cans Aug. 27.

Broken glass
An exterior pane of glass on a Post Road sliding glass door was reported broken Aug. 28. Police determined a small object traveling at a high rate of speed caused the break in the glass. The tenant of the house advised that a landscaper had been at the house earlier that day. Police deduced the break was probably caused by a small rock kicked up from a mower. There were no signs of criminality.

Police notified MTA police about a report of a man allegedly shouting at people on the train station platform Aug. 30.

Order of protection
Police served an order of protection against a Fox Meadow man Aug. 30. After being served, the man experienced shortness of breath, began shaking and fell to the ground. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps arrived at the house to evaluate the man’s condition. The man was treated on scene and refused further medical attention. Police stood by while the man gathered a few belongings and left the house in an Uber.

On Aug. 31, a Murray Hill Road resident reported she was receiving mail from the DMV addressed to an unknown person at her address. Police checked the person’s DMV records and learned the Murray Hill Road address was the last address on file. Police advised the resident to contact the DMV to advise that the man no longer lived at her address.

Shopping bag
Police observed a Lord and Taylor shopping bag left on the trunk of a parked car on Montrose Road Sept. 3. Police notified the car’s owner, and the owner said she forgot to bring the bag inside.

A caller reported hearing a woman “berating” a man in Edgewood Sept. 3. Police went to the house, where a man and woman said they were having a minor disagreement over topical family matters. No police intervention was needed.

Civil matter
A Madison Road man alleged his neighbor’s contractor drove over his lawn and damaged the grass Aug. 30. Patrol noted tire tracks, matted grass and dirt in the man’s yard, as well as in the neighbor’s construction site. Patrol spoke with the neighbor and advised him of the complaint. The neighbor said he would remind his contractor to stay off the man’s property.

Cars and roadways
On Aug. 27, police set up flares around a disabled car on Crane Road while the driver waited for roadside assistance.

Police notified Con Edison and Verizon about fallen wires on Walworth Avenue Aug. 27.

A Con Edison manhole cover was found to be unsecured on Post Road Aug. 28.
Patrol blocked the area and notified Con Edison.

Patrol removed a fallen branch from Weaver Street Aug. 29.

Police moved a dead raccoon to the side of Bypass and notified the sanitation department for removal.

A caller reported a person in a blue car parked on Chase Road without putting money in the parking meter Aug. 30. Police issued a warning.

A caller reported a car parked at an expired parking meter on Chase Road Aug. 30. The owner of the car returned and moved the car.

Police stood by while the driver of a car with a flat tire waited for her father to arrive on scene and change the tire Aug. 30.

A passing truck pulled down wires on Weaver Street Aug. 31. Con Edison was notified, and the highway department cleaned up a fallen guy wire from a utility pole.

Responding to a reported “altercation” or incident of “road rage” on Weaver Street Sept. 1, police noticed a car parked on the side of the road. Inside, a woman was crying in the arms of the driver. Police asked if everything was OK, and the woman said she was emotional because of a call received from her grandmother. The driver was consoling the woman. Police advised them to park their car in a parking spot, for safety, while the woman regained composure.

Police stood by while a driver waited for a tow truck to arrive to address mechanical issued with the driver’s overheated car Sept. 3.

Four car accidents were reported in the village this week.

An Autenreith Road woman reported a coyote in her yard Aug. 27. Police provided her with the phone number of a local trapper and advised her to call if the coyote returned.

Village code
After neighbors complained, police issued a summons to a Lee Road resident whose dog was creating excessive noise from barking Aug. 27.

Police issued summonses for using gas-powered leaf blowers to landscapers on Carthage, Tunstall and Franklin roads Aug. 29 and Tory Lane and Greendale, Taunton and Mamaroneck roads Aug. 31.

Following a noise complaint, police asked a group of people at a Horseguard Lane house to keep their voices down Sept. 2.

On Sept. 2, police advised a Deerfield Lane parent to reduce the noise level of her child’s get-together with friends.

Lost and found
On Aug. 27, a passerby found a cell phone and a driver’s license on Harwood Court. Police returned the license and phone to the owner.

A Myrtledale Road man reported losing his driver’s license somewhere in the village Aug. 27.

On Aug. 27, a passerby found a wallet at Walworth Avenue and Brayton Road. Police attempted to contact the owner but were unsuccessful. The wallet was vouchered at headquarters for safekeeping.

A man walked into headquarters and reported losing his driver’s license somewhere in the village Aug. 28.

On Aug. 31, a man dropped off a tennis bag containing a racket and sunglasses to headquarters. He found the bag on East Parkway near the train station. Police vouchered the bag for safekeeping.

According to Fire Chief James Seymour, the fire department responded to 22 incidents during the reporting period. Seymour share the following narratives below:

On Aug. 28, a Bradley Road resident reported an odor in the basement. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison, who detected a leak in the furnace.

On Aug. 28, firefighters shut the breaker to an electric oven that would not shut off and advised the homeowner to call for service.

On Aug. 29, a reported natural gas odor was determined to be a strong odor of polyurethane from a recent floor-refinishing project.

Firefighters assisted with a rollover car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway Aug. 31.

Firefighters assisted with a car accident on Berkeley Road and Walworth Avenue Sept. 2.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Aug. 27 – Sept. 3 has been compiled from official information.

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