Thursday, Mar 23rd

A collision at the intersection of Greenacres Avenue and Kingston Road on Tuesday September 1st at 3:30 in the afternoon, resulted in a car rolling over.  An 88 year-old man, driving south on Greenacres Avenue in his 2009 Lexus failed to see another car coming up the hill on Kingston Road.  The driver of the second car, a 2007 Lexus SUV, was a 40-year-old mother from Claremont Road, who was coming home from the Greenacres playground with her two children, ages eight and five in the car.  Despite a stop sign on Greenacres Avenue, the first car hit the passenger side of the car coming up Kingston so hard that it rolled over 360 degrees,  landing on it's wheels facing the opposite direction. All the windows of the car and the windshield shattered, spraying glass everywhere, and the airbags deployed.  Ms. Jennifer Schwartz was able to get out of the car and ran around to try and free her children from the car.  Her older son could not open his door but managed to climb into the front and exit through the driver’s side door.  
Screaming for help, the mother tried desperately to get her five-year-old son out of the car as she feared it would go up in flames.  Five year-old Julian was buckled into a booster seat in the back seat of the car.  As the car door would not open, she crawled back in through the driver’s side door and was able to get him out. According to Ms. Schwartz “it was the most terrifying moment of my life.”

ImageThe elderly man who was driving the other car identified himself as Arthur Graham Jr. of Plymouth Drive, Scarsdale.  He was wearing thick glasses and initially said that he never saw the stop sign.  When his wife arrived on the scene he claimed that he had stopped.  He still has his driver’s license and was not injured.

The Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps took Ms. Schwartz and her sons Noah and Julian Glantz to White Plains hospital. She had cuts and scrapes and x-rays of her neck and back were taken. She is now going to physical therapy to treat the pain.  Her older son had abrasions around his eye but did not need stitches and luckily the five-year-old boy was not injured.  They were all covered in glass and are grateful to be alive.  After four hours of examinations they were sent home.

The family has written a letter to the police department and to the mayor to ask for an analysis of the intersection to examine whether four-way stop signs or speed bumps should be installed.

According to the Journal News, former Scarsdale High School student Andrew Zayac, age 29, pleaded not guilty yesterday to kidnapping and murder charges that could result in the death penalty.  He has been held in the Westchester County jail in Valhalla on related narcotics charges, and appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, CT to enter his plea on June 22nd.

Last week a federal grand jury  indicted him and Heriberto Gonzalez, 29, of the Bronx on several charges, the most serious of which are kidnapping resulting in death, premeditated murder and murder during the commission of a robbery. Prosecutors said they could seek the death penalty for those charges.

Zayac and Gonzalez are accused of abducting Edward Rivera, 37, of the Bronx on Feb. 8 for the purpose of robbing him, police said. Rivera had been carrying a large quantity of marijuana at the time, police said.  During the course of the abduction, Rivera was shot twice, and he eventually died of the gunshot wounds, prosecutors said. His body was then driven to Danbury, where the corpse was dumped at Mountain Laurel Lane and Padanaram Road, police said.

Zayac and Gonzalez are accused of transporting the body in a Jeep reportedly stolen from New Rochelle and later found abandoned and torched, police said. Both suspects also are charged with interference with commerce through the use of violence, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and the use of a firearm during and in relation to a narcotics trafficking offense. Those charges carry an additional total maximum term of 30 years in prison.

Zayac was arrested March 1 after police and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant on his Scarsdale home, where they found about 50 pounds of marijuana, according to a federal complaint. He apparently had been observed two years earlier buying drugs from individuals whom the DEA had tracked from a Yonkers residence where marijuana deliveries had been made, according to the federal complaint.

After Zayac was arrested, he told agents that he had bought more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana over the course of a year and half, according to the complaint. That arrest, including the marijuana possession, is related to the Danbury case, prosecutors said.

As a senior at Scarsdale High School in 1997, Zayac, a soccer forward, led the Raiders with nine goals and six assists. Then a three-year varsity letterman, he was named all-league twice and received all-section honors his last year.

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Somebody's Watching: An alert officer spotted  a car hitting a fire hydrant at the Freightway Garage on November 29th.  The driver left the scene without reporting the incident, even though the hydrant and his car were damaged.  The officer replayed the police surveillance video,  and noted the license plate number of the car. On December 4th, the officer found the car, with a dented bumper bearing fresh yellow paint, parked near the entrance of the garage. The officer then contacted the owner, Deng Min Zheng of Bayside, who works at Kirari Sushi on Garth Road. He was ticketed for leaving the scene of an accident and agreed to pay to repair the damage to the hydrant.

Tree falls on moving car:  Joel Lowe of Goshen, NY was driving south on the Post Road on the morning of December 3rd, when a tree from a Tompkins Road yard fell on his car. The tree damaged the windshield, and the hood of the car. Luckily, the driver was not injured and did not want to have the car towed. The Highway Department was called to remove the tree.

Car break-ins on Barry Road:
An Acura and a Honda, parked unlocked in the driveway of the Sacchi home on Barry Road were entered during the night of December 3rd. The consoles, glove compartments and contents were rummaged through but nothing was found to be missing.  That same evening, another car parked by the Widlitz family on Barry Road was also entered. Taken were a gas credit card, loose change and the GPS valued at $500.00.

Identity Theft:
A Saxon Woods Road man realized he was the victim of identity theft when he received a pair of sneakers from in a package delivered to his home. He realized that someone had used his Bank of America debit card to buy the sneakers as well as items from and

Nasty missives: An Edgewood woman reported that she was receiving abusive text messages, emails and letters from her ex-husband. She wants these unwanted communications from her ex to cease and police agreed to contact him to ask him to stop.

Sleepy occupants: At 11:30 pm on December 1st police received a call about a man and a woman sleeping in their car in the parking lot at Hitchcock Church.  Police found a blue Chevrolet parked occupied by the two who said they had been talking and fell asleep. They agreed to leave the lot.

Keys down the drain:
The owner of a Land Rover accidentally dropped her car keys into the sewer on the corner of Chase Road and Boniface Circle on December 3rd. As her car was parked on top of the sewer grate, the Highway Department was unable to remove it to access her keys. The Land Rover dealership in New Rochelle agreed to send someone with a key to the car to move it and the Highway Department said they would try to find her keys after the car was moved.

Aggressive dog: A Birchall Road resident complained that his neighbor’s dog was acting aggressively when he was out walking his own dog on the street.  The neighbor reported that she accidentally dropped her keys while while walking her dog and the dog broke free and started to bother the neighbor. She apologized and both parties agreed to walk their dogs in opposite directions in the future.

Safe to drive? An Aspen Road woman called police to express concern over her elderly husband’s ability to drive. He had received conflicting reports from doctors on whether or not it was still safe for him to drive. In the meantime, Police phoned and found that the man had hired a driver.

Cash machine break-in? Just after midnight on 12/6, police received a report that two men were vandalizing the cash machine at the Bank of America on Wiilmot Road. When officers investigated they found that the two were actually repairing the machine.

Reindeer down:
Damaged Christmas Decorations:  Two metal, lit Christmas deer decorations on the front lawn of a home on Madison Road were knocked down and damaged on December 6th.  The homeowner requested surveillance by the police to prevent further damage.

Street signs down: Joanne Anderson of 277 Boulevard found two street signs in her yard on 12/6. She suspects that the street signs for Boulevard and White Roads, and Boulevard and Johnson Roads had been pulled out during the previous night.

Dr. Sheila Davis, a radiologist and mother of three, was killed in a freak accident Monday morning in the driveway of her home.  Police received a call at 1:26 on Monday afternoon from a passerby who reported that something looked amiss in the

driveway of 25 Greenacres Avenue. When they arrived to investigate they found a startling and disturbing scene. The victim was wedged between the open door of the Volvo and the frame of the car itself, apparently crushed.  Police think that Dr. Davis may have driven the car up the driveway to her own home, and inadvertently left it in “Drive” when she left the car.  They believe she may have tried to jump back into the car to put it into “Park” when the open door hit a tree. The pressure of the tree caused the door to shut, crushing Dr. Davis.

Police are uncertain of the actual time of the accident though it appeared to have occurred earlier that day. The accident is being investigated by the Westchester County Medical Examiner.

Dr. Davis worked as  a Diagnostic Staff Radiologist at  Westchester  Medical Center where a service will be held on Wednesday May 13th.  A community memorial service will be held for Sheila Davis at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church at 6 Greenacres Avenue on Thursday morning, May 14th at 10 am.  We send our condolences to her three sons, Andrew, Gordon, and Evan.

Though snow and slush caused the cancellation of the official tree-lighting festivites in Scarsdale Village on Saturday evening December 5th, trustees, a representative from the Scarsdale Volunteer Firemen and Mayor Carolyn Stevens and her family were on hand to celebrate.  The tree at Boniface Circle was lit and officially opens the holiday shopping season in downtown Scarsdale.

Mayor Stevens shared her remarks with Scarsdale10583 and here they are for you!

Mayor Carolyn Stevens:

I want to thank the Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this tree lighting and their hard work in organizing it.  I also want to thank Lange’s for supplying the hot chocolate and refreshments.
When I was asked by the Chamber President if I would light the tree, I told him that I would be thrilled to do it.  Having grown up in New York City I loved the Rockefeller Christmas Tree - and as a kid wished I could be the one to the light that tree--- well this isn’t Rockefeller Center; it is better - for it is the tree for the Village that I call home and I am honored to be here.

But being asked to perform this task made me stop to think --- what is it about the lit tree that is so special.  It is what the tree has come to symbolize that truly warms our hearts. While the story of Christmas is a Christian one - its lesson is universal.  It is the story of the birth of a baby who would grow up to spread the message of hope and generosity and love for one’s fellow man.  It is that message that we celebrate, one that transcends one holiday or religion.
In that spirit - and-because even though it’s easy to focus on receiving at this time of year, it’s often in the simple act of giving that we find the greatest happiness; I ask each of you to think about what you can give this year ----and please keep in mind that some of our local charities that need your help.
On behalf of the Village Board and Village Staff, I want to wish you a season of joy, peace and love

.Trustees Lindsay, Hochvert and Volunteer Fireman Michael Keating




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