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huntingknifeFollowing a report of a possible hit and run car accident at Mamaroneck Road and Crossway around 1 p.m., June 11, police went to the scene and found an injured 19-year-old Caucasian White Plains man, who had been the victim of road rage assault. According to the victim, a road rage incident initiated in another jurisdiction and continued as he drove his 2015 BMW westbound on Mamaroneck Road. At the intersection with Crossway, the Caucasian driver of the other vehicle, a 2019 Volkswagen, pulled his car in front of the victim’s car to block it. At that point the other driver – later identified as John Zoppo, 30, of North Salem – exited his vehicle and began kicking the victim’s car and shouting expletives. The victim then got out of his car, and Zoppo attacked him with a hunting knife, causing injuries to both of the victim’s hands, according to the police report. Zoppo then fled the scene. Medical attention was provided to one 54-year-old witness on scene by Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the 19-year-old victim was taken to Westchester Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Police began searching for Zoppo and broadcast a bulletin including Zoppo’s license plate to other agencies. Zoppo and his car were subsequently found in the parking garage of Northern Westchester Hospital, in Mount Kisco. Zoppo had driven to the emergency room there for treatment of his hand injuries. After Zoppo was discharged from the emergency room, he was arrested by Scarsdale police and charged with felonious second-degree assault. During their investigation, police seized the large hunting knife that was used in the attack as well as a pellet gun, five pellet containers and one container containing BBs.

On Sunday afternoon June 14 around 4 pm Quaker Ridge residents reported hearing helicopters overhead. The noise was due to a search by the Westchester County Police who were looking for a graffiti suspect that fled from the Hutchinson River Parkway. The Scarsdale and Harrison Police Departments assisted in the search and the Westchester County Police located the suspect on Stratton Road.

Stolen packages
On June 9, a Murray Hill Road resident reported an unknown woman just stole a package from her porch. It contained approximately $60 worth of children’s toys, toddler’s clothing and hair dye. The resident’s son said he saw a woman walk away from the house with the package and get into the passenger seat of a dark-colored Volkswagen Jetta.
A Foxhall Road woman also reported multiple packages were stolen from her porch June 9.

Stolen bicycle
A Boulder Brook Road woman reported her $700 black Canondale bicycle was stolen out of her garage sometime between 11 a.m., June 10, and 11 a.m., June 11. In its place, an old bicycle was left on her yard. She suspects it was left behind by the bicycle thief.

Identity theft
On June 8, a Hampton Road resident reported that a fraudulent Bank of America checking account was fraudulently opened in her name in May.

On June 8, a Gaylor Road woman reported someone attempted to open a fraudulent cell phone account in her name.

On June 12, a Crest Lane resident reported that an unknown person opened a credit card in his wife’s name and used it to make fraudulent purchases totaling approximately $700. The card was cancelled.

On June 13, a Lawrence Road resident reported someone fraudulently filed for unemployment in his name.

On June 12, a woman reported that a contractor installing a garage door at her house on Harcourt Road got frustrated with questions, started yelling and made threats before he was asked to leave the property.

Hypodermic needles
Hypodermic needles were found on the ground outdoors on Bradley Road June 8. Police collected the needles and took them to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for safe disposal.

On June 9, a Springdale Road resident reported a young woman wearing a white tank top with a gray bandana tied around her neck was seen running through her yard for no legitimate reason.

A doorbell camera alerted a Fox Meadow Road resident to the fact that an unknown person approached his house and then walked away at approximately 3:30 a.m., June 10.

A black bear was reported on Burgess Road June 10. Residents were advised to keep all garbage and bird feeders inside or well covered. They were also advised to make a lot of noise with pots and pans in order to discourage the bear from getting comfortable in the neighborhood.

On June 12, a Heathcote Road woman reported a black bear walked through her yard and was then located in a neighbor’s yard. It was gone when police arrived.
A woman told police she heard “a bear growling “ near Corell Park June 12. The alleged bear was gone when police arrived; nor did police hear any growling.

Construction of a driveway, possibly without a permit, was reported on Kensington Road June 8. Police went to the scene and observed a pile of gravel on the road. The contractor said he did not yet have a permit to do the work. Police advised him to stop work until he could obtain the proper permit. He was also advised to remove the gravel from the roadway. The building department is following up. On June 9, the same contractor was back at work at the same site. He said he had applied for a permit but had not yet received it. He was advised by the building department and police to stop work.

On June 9, a Quaker Ridge woman called to report her 95-year-old grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, had been missing for approximately 20 minutes. Police located the grandmother near the intersection of Hazelton and Secor roads, and they reunited her with her family.

On June 10, police checked the welfare of a White Road woman and confirmed that she was OK.

An Obry Drive resident reported that kids were swimming in a pool on a vacant property that backs up to his house June 12. Police went to the scene and spoke with the kids. One kid said his family owns the property, but they have not yet moved n. He called his mother, who confirmed the story with police.

On June 10, a Walworth Avenue woman reported a neighbor complained about her children making unnecessary noise while playing; however, she thought the noise was reasonable. Police spoke with the neighbor and advised him to contact the police department for investigation of any noise complaints, rather than taking the matter into his own hands. Police advised both parties to avoid contact with each other.

Cars and roadways
On June 10, a tree fell at Madison and Richelieu roads, knocking down power wires. Police kept pedestrians away from the dangerous area, and Con Edison and highway department workers arrived to address the fallen live wires and tree.

On June 12, the highway department was notified that a yellow lens on a Mamaroneck Road traffic light was inoperable. The highway department was working to repair it.

A woman tripped on a sewer grate cover on Scarsdale Avenue and possibly twisted her ankle June 12.

Patrol helped a pedestrian cross Weaver Street and safely walk on the sidewalk on June 12 and 13.

A bicyclist reported he was struck by a car at Popham and Autenreith roads June 14. He fell from his bike following the impact and sustained abrasions to his hand and leg. He declined medical assistance and refused to file an official accident report.

Four car accidents were reported in the Village this week.

Village code
On June 9 and 12, police dispersed kids from Greenacres School grounds and advised them that all playgrounds were closed.
Police issued a summons to a landscaper using a gas-powered leaf blower on Crossway in violation of Village code June 10.
Police issued a summons to a landscaper using a gas-powered leaf blower on Park Road in violation of Village code June 11.
On June 12, police issued a summons to a landscaper using a gas-powered leaf blower on Fenimore Road in violation of Village code.
A Kensington Road man explained that he was listening to music “louder than normal,” due to power washing at a neighbor’s house June 14.
Police dispersed kids from a basketball court on Ogden Road June 14.

Lost and found
A passerby found a wallet near the entrance to the middle school and gave it to police June 11. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.

According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 32 calls this week. Seymour shared the following details about those calls.

On June 9, firefighters assisted at a three-car collision on Mamaroneck Road. One patient was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, and 2 cars were removed by tow.

On June 10, a pool heater misfired in the basement of a Park Road house and caused carbon monoxide to accumulate inside the house. Firefighters ventilated the basement and stood by for Con Edison. Con Edison red-tagged the heater.

A burning odor was coming from a dryer in a Meadow Road house June 11. The odor dissipated when the dryer was turned off. Firefighters advised the homeowner to clean the lint from the rear of the dryer and the ductwork.

On June 13, firefighters traced an odor of smoke at a Taunton Road house to some burnt paper in a basement window well.
On June 13, a hot water heater was not venting properly in a Myrtledale Road house. Firefighters ventilated the house, and Con Edison shut down the appliance.

On June 14, a breaker panel was sparking inside a Dobbs Terrace house. Firefighters isolated the sparking breaker, cut power to it and advised the homeowner to contact an electrician for repair.

This report covering police and fire department activity from June 8-14 has been compiled from official information.

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bearPhoto Credit: Deborah LichtensteinUpdated June 11 A black bear was observed on residents’ properties near Richbell and Burgess Roads around 10 a.m., June 10. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation was notified, and phone and email notifications were sent out to the Village’s emergency notification list. Since the bear was not exhibiting signs of aggressive behavior, the NYS DEC will not take action and advises that the bear is allowed to roam freely.

On the morning of June 11, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner reported another sighting. He said, "A black bear was seen at Boulder Ridge condo’s, off of Jackson Avenue, Sprain Road and Ardsley Road this morning.

Bears are an important part of the NYS ecosystem. While it is uncommon to see one in this part of Westchester County, it is not concerning. Last week, a black bear was sighted in Rye, where is quietly made its way through the area without causing any public safety incidents. Bears have large territories – with an approximately a 100-mile radius. Thus, according to the NYS DOC, this bear will likely move on to another area, particularly if Scarsdale residents and businesses make food more difficult to locate.

Residents and local business are advised to:

Report any bear sightings to Scarsdale police at 914-722-1200. Police will observe and track the bear, not attempting to remove it.

Stay calm if you encounter a bear. Do not run.
Make noise to ensure that the bear knows you are there.

Do not approach the bear for any reason. Simply leave the area.

Do not attempt to feed the bear.

Secure trash, clean cookout areas, and do not place pet food (dog food, cat food) or bird food in locations where the bear can find and access it. Bears have a great sense of smell and will be able to locate any accessible food sources.

Madison Road Home Ransacked

A caller reported seeing two individuals wearing black hoodies running from a Madison Road house at 3:44 p.m., June 3. Police arrived on scene and did not see any individuals at that time, but they did notice an open rear window and sliding patio door. There were no signs of force observed. Police proceeded to check the interior and discovered it had been ransacked. The homeowner was contacted and responded. It was determined that a fireproof safe containing personal papers and miscellaneous jewelry items and watches were stolen. Police recovered two pairs of white latex gloves, a Martha Stewart brand kitchen knife and two pairs of slip-on sneakers as evidence to aid in the investigation. Detectives will be following up.

However, while first investigating the scene and searching the surrounding area for possible suspects, police found a package addressed to an Eastwoods Lane resident. They contacted the resident, and she declined to file a formal larceny report at the time. Police also recovered two shipping boxes in the street addressed to a Baraud Road resident. One was empty, and one contained a hat. Police contacted the resident, who advised the boxes had been stolen from her porch. New Rochelle police responded to the Baraud Road address to handle the incident.

Stolen Package

On June 2, a Carthage Lane resident reported a theft of three packages from her front porch. She said she heard a noise near the door, went to investigate and noticed that packages that had been delivered were now missing. The packages contained approximated $250 worth of assorted clothing and shoes.

Stolen bicycle
On June 2, a Greenacres Avenue man reported that his 24” Zed bicycle was stolen from a side porch of his house. The bicycle was unsecured, and four other bicycles were left in place.

Car break-ins
On June 6, a Johnson Road woman reported a parked, unlocked car in her driveway had been entered overnight. The glove box was tossed, but nothing of value had been stolen.

Identity theft
On June 2, Hampton Road woman reported that four fraudulent checks, bearing a forged signature and an out-of-state address, had been written against her bank account, and $4,476 in funds were subsequently withdrawn. The checks were dated May 13 and deposited May 22. She is disputing the transactions with her bank.

On June 4, a Taunton Road man reported he was a victim of identity theft. Starting March 12, the man had received numerous letters from various financial institutions indicating that multiple fraudulent accounts had been opened in his name. His bank account also showed fraudulent deposits and withdrawals. The man notified the financial institutions and closed all fraudulent accounts.

On June 5, an Old Orchard Lane man reported that someone filed for unemployment assistance in his name, with benefits starting March 9. He learned of incident after receiving two notices from the NYS Department of Labor. He attempted to reach the NYS DOL by phone to report the incident but was unable to get through the automated system, since he did not have the PIN number that was set up with the fraudulent account.


Lenox Place neighbors got into a verbal dispute over alleged noise created by one of the neighbor’s workouts, which was disturbing the other neighbor. Police spoke with both parties and suggested that the exercising neighbor purchase a workout mat and perform the workouts at the end of the driveway to reduce noise for the other neighbor.

Two Post Road housemates got into a verbal dispute over a bathroom door being slammed June 7. Both parties were calm when patrol arrived, and they agreed to separate from each other for safety.

On June 7, people on Fox Meadow Road flagged down police who reported a dispute over a court-ordered custody document. After closer examination, it appeared that one party misinterpreted the document and decided to leave the scene.

A caller reported a man approached him in a Scarsdale Ave. parking lot and asked him for money, first alleging that he lost his debit card, June 3. Police canvassed the area bit did not locate the man.

A Gatehouse Road woman called police and firefighters to help her open her locked car door because her eight-week-old infant was accidentally locked inside June 1. Firefighters and police were able to successfully unlock the door and release the child unharmed. Weather conditions were mild, and the child was only in the car alone for a few minutes before police and firefighters arrived. The child showed no signs of distress.

A man who had possession of a key to a Coralyn Road resident turned the key over to police at headquarters June 1.

An Old Orchard Lane resident reported that someone left a large quantity of human feces and dirty wipes near his doorstep sometime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., June 4. He believes it was an isolated incident and he was not being targeted.

Police assisted an elderly woman get her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, back into her car after he exited the car at Post and Fenimore roads to look at rocks June 1.

A caller reported her mother might have a severe water leak in her Colvin Road house June 4. Police went to the house and noticed a slow leak from the second-floor bathroom faucet. Police shut water to the faucet and advised the mother to call a plumber for repair.

Bicyclist hit
A driver reported hitting a 47-year-old Larchmont bicyclist with his vehicle while turning left from Mamaroneck Road onto Palmer Avenue at 6:24 a.m., June 4. The bicyclist was stopped at the traffic light when the driver’s car made impact. His leg sustained an injury and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported him to White Plains Hospital Center for evaluation and treatment.

On June 7, an 11-yeaer-old bicyclist collided with a car at Mamaroneck Road and Crossway shortly before 5 p.m. According to the 19-year-old driver of the car and his passenger, the bicyclist lost control of his bicycle at the Mamaroneck Road Crossway interchange, veered off the sidewalk and entered the intersection, striking the side of the car. The bicyclist and driver exchanged information at the scene, and the bicyclist was taken to White Plains Hospital Center for evaluation and treatment.

Broken mirror
On June 7, a driver reported that two motorcycles, driven by men with female passengers on the seat behind, drove by her car on Walworth Avenue. The woman alleged that both female passengers attempted to strike her car’s side mirror as they passed, with “one being successful in breaking the mirror.” The motorcycles did not stop after the mirror was broken. The driver believed the act was “intentional.” The driver did not wish to complete an accident report or pursue charges, she said.

Cars and roadways
On June 1, a caller reported that a sign at Secor and Mamaroneck roads had been bent and damaged.

A pallet containing 754 math textbooks was in the roadway at Walworth Avenue and Fenimore Road June 1. It was addressed to a Walworth Avenue woman. Police contacted the woman and instructed her to move the contents of the pallet into her house as soon as possible.

Police contacted United Parcel Service to look into the reason why a UPS truck, without a driver present, was parked on Hamilton Road for more than an hour June 1.

On June 2, two white males on bicycles carrying spray paint were seen on Crane Road. Police searched the area for them or for possible graffiti. Nothing was found.

On June 2, a caller reported a car collided with a “keep right” sign at Crane Road and East Parkway and kept driving. Police examined the sign and assessed that there was no significant damage.

Police replaced a dislodged water cap at Sycamore and Secor roads June 2.

Patrol helped a woman cross Weaver Street June 2 and June 7.

While backing into a driveway, a car struck a fire hydrant on Magnolia Road June 3. The water department was notified.

A large tree and wires fell on Circle Road June 3. Police notified the highway department and Con Edison. Firefighters stood by.

A tree fell at Potter and Lee roads June 2. It took down a secondary wire. Police taped and set up flares, and Con Edison was notified.

Police notified Verizon about a low-hanging wire on Weaver Street June 4.

Loose Verizon wires were secured on Brewster Road, and Verizon was notified June 4.

Patrol called a tow for a disabled vehicle on Hutchinson Ave. June 4.

A Carman Road resident reported cars were frequently driving by his house, honking horns, June 6.

Two individuals in black hoodies sitting on the side of Valley Road listening to music were advised to move to a safer area to avoid being struck by a passing car after dark June 6.

Patrol called a tow for a disabled vehicle on Fenimore Road June 6.

Three car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Village code
Police issued summonses to landscapers using gas-powered leaf blowers in violation of village code on Crane Road June 2 and Morris Lane June 4.

Police dispersed kids sitting in car from Quaker Ridge School grounds June 2.

After neighbors complained of noise, police advised a Gatehouse Road resident to lower the volume of music June 3.

After neighbors complained of noise, police advised a Heathcote Road resident to lower the volume of music June 4.

Police dispersed youth from Quaker Ridge School grounds after dark June 4.

After neighbors complained of noise, police advised a Tyler resident to lower the noise of a family gathering outdoors June 6.

Lost and found
A Kent Road man found a credit card outside his house and gave it to police June 2. 

Police contacted the issuing bank, and a representative said to destroy the card, as it had already been reported as lost.

A man walked into headquarters and reported losing his wallet on East Parkway June 2.

A passerby at Drake and Post roads found a key fob June 2. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.

A driver reported losing a trailer license plate somewhere in the Village of Scarsdale June 7.

According to Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 27 calls during the reporting period. Seymour shared the following details of some of those incidents.

On June 2, firefighters assisted Con Edison in gaining entry to a Berkeley Road house to check for possible gas infiltration due to a nearby gas leak. No gas was detected inside the house, and the house was secured.

A burner upside down on a stove in a Brite Avenue house was not allowing for proper burning off of gas, and carbon monoxide was accumulating inside the house June 5. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison and ventilated the house.

A central vacuum motor overheated and emitted smoke inside a Brite Avenue house June 6. The residents of the house self evacuated to the lawn. Firefighters ventilated the basement and removed the central vacuum motor to the yard.

A grill caught fire outside a Rock Creek Lane house June 6. Firefighters extinguished it using pressurized water. The grease fire was contained to the grill with no extension. It was caused by excessive grease in the grill.

A house cat got stuck in an exterior soffit of a Gilmore Court house June 7. 
Firefighters removed the wooden soffit and were able to free the cat unharmed. The soffit boards were temporarily secured to prevent other animals from entering the house.

This report covering police and fire department activity from June 1-7 has been compiled from official information.

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firetrucksA motorcade of veterans, two vehicles from each fire department and a motorcycle escort from the Greenburgh Police Department made stops around town to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country. Photo by Alan Zale/Hartsdale Fire DepartmentOn May 22, firefighters extinguished a car fire inside an attached garage on Sycamore Road. Firefighters made sure all three residents of the house had evacuated, and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps checked them on scene. No injuries were reported. Firefighters used a pre-connected hose line to extinguish the fire, which had ignited in a 2001 Buick LaSabre that “had not been used for some time before it was turned on and started to smoke,” according to the owner. It was reported that smoke had filled the garage and part of the interior of the house. In overhauling the area after the fire was out, firefighters pulled down part of the garage ceiling to check for fire extension. They also checked the house to ensure safety. The house was ventilated using fans, and it was checked for possible CO accumulation before the occupants were allowed to re-enter. The majority of the smoke and fire damage was contained to the car and the garage. The residents contacted a tow to remove the damaged car. Mutual aid, on the scene, was provided by Hartsdale, Greenville and Fairview Fire Departments. White Plains and New Rochelle Fire Departments relocated to SFD HQ to provide coverage there. Scarsdale Volunteer Firefighters assisted on scene. According to an official report, it appeared a fire in the engine had gotten hot enough to melt a hole in the hood. Singe marks were also observed on the front fenders and hood. There were no signs of criminality and the fire was apparently caused by an electrical fault with the vehicle.

In response to police investigation of a previous incident, Laurence Haynes, 25, of Glassboro, NJ, presented himself at headquarters on May 21 to answer the charge of fourth-degree grand larceny. The charge was issued because police determined Haynes used a fraudulent credit card to purchase a $1,192.17 Gibson SG guitar from a Village retailer. Haynes was released on his own recognizance and ordered to appear at Scarsdale Village Justice Court on June 24.

Stolen mailbox, cash
On May 18, a Garth Road business owner reported her mailbox had been stolen on May 16 after a customer left a cash payment of $640 in it for a layaway item. The owner discovered the theft when she went to pick up the payment envelope on May 17. Further discussion with the local U.S. Postal carrier uncovered that the mailbox had been missing since May 16. The mailbox had been affixed to the front door of the business.

Erratic behavior
A Bank of America employee, from the Christie Place branch, called police to report a female customer was displaying erratic behavior inside the bank. According to bank staff the woman was upset because her banking app was not working on her phone. Bank employees told her to call customer service to troubleshoot the problem. At that point, the woman allegedly became irate and shook the Plexiglas barrier at the counter. The woman was sitting calmly in a chair when police arrived. Police stood by while the bank manager helped her withdraw money from her account. No damage was caused.

Car break-ins
On May 18, a Continental Road resident reported $25 worth of CDs and $20 in loose coins were stolen from his parked, unlocked car overnight.

On May 19, a Black Hawk Road woman reported that someone broke into her son’s girlfriend’s car that had been parked in her driveway since May 17. The perpetrator stole $200 cash, gift cards and a red wallet. The car was said to have possibly been left unlocked.

On May 19, a Colonial Drive resident reported an unlocked, parked car in his driveway was entered the previous night, and a wallet, $300 cash, numerous credit cards and personal papers were stolen.

On May 19, a Dickel Road man reported his nanny’s unlocked car had been entered the previous night, and a small sum of cash was stolen.

On May 21, a Colonial Road woman reported someone stole loose change, a cell phone charger and a key fob from her unlocked, parked car.

In May 24, a Walworth Avenue man reported an individual came onto his property and attempted to enter a parked car at approximately 4:20 a.m. earlier that morning. It was captured on video. Police are following up.

On May 24, an Edgewood Road resident reported someone entered and tossed three unlocked parked cars in his driveway overnight. The resident said nothing of value was stolen.

A white woman wearing a hood and facemask shoplifted shaving equipment from the Popham Road CVS May 18. The incident was captured on video, and police are investigating. The woman was described as wearing black pants, a black jacket and a gray T-shirt. She was carrying a red and white tote bag.

Identity theft
On May 18, a Post Road resident reported one fraudulent PayPal transaction on his credit card account. The transaction has been disputed.

On May 19, a Penn Road resident reported someone filed fraudulent unemployment claim benefits in her name. She learned about it after her employer’s HR person informed her that the NYS Dept. of Labor had contacted the HR person about the claim. One payment of $1,0008 had already been made against the fraudulent claim. The NYS DOL is investigating the matter.

Hypodermic needles
Hypodermic needles were found in a Sprague Road driveway and on the roadway of Boulevard and Clarence and Johnson roads during the morning of May 23. Police collected the needles and took them to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for proper disposal.

On May 20, a young woman reported being verbally harassed by an older man while sitting on a bench at Davis Park, on Edgewood Road.

A Village woman reported receiving unwanted text messages from an unknown man claiming to be a “secret admirer” May 21. The woman blocked the man’s number.

Bicycle, ATV
Around 5 p.m., May 21, a Canterbury Road woman reported someone stole a green Schwinn bicycle from outside her house within the last 20 minutes. While canvassing the neighborhood, police saw a child riding a green bicycle across the street. The child took the bicycle because it was old and laying near the curb, causing confusion that the bike had been left outside for the taking. The child apologized and returned the bicycle.

A caller reported a girl was riding an ATV on Sherbrooke Road without the use of a helmet May 21. Police found the ATV parked in a nearby driveway but were not able to locate the rider. Police received a similar call on May 23. Police went to the scene and spoke with the girl. She was informed that it was illegal to ride an ATV on public roadways. She said she would only ride the ATV on her private property.

Pandemic restrictions
Police shut down non-essential construction work being done on Dolma Road without a permit May 19. All workers left the scene, and the job was halted.
A gathering of people at a Walworth Avenue house dispersed when patrol arrived May 19.

Police dispersed a group of kids playing basketball at a Boulevard court May 19, May 20 and May 22.

On May 21, police reminded people maintain social distancing and follow mask guidelines while they were waiting to pick up food from a Garth Road restaurant.

On May 24, police reminded people in a Secor Road parking lot to maintain social distancing.

Civil matter
An Edgewood Road woman reported her property was inside an Uber driver’s car that was involved in a collision and being towed somewhere May 23. She said she needed help retrieving her property. Police called the driver who confirmed that the woman’s property was inside the car. The driver provided all information about where the car was being towed and the process for retrieving the property.

Scooter accident
On May 19, a 42-year-old local man on a scooter allegedly disregarded a stop sign on Rodney Road and entered the intersection with Southwoods Lane at 11 a.m. This caused a collision with an oncoming car, driven by a 66-year-old Village man. The scooter driver left the scene before police arrived and did not report any injuries.

Cars and roadways
On May 18, Con Edison subcontractors were working to stabilize a leaning utility pole on Heathcote Road.

Car keys were run over on Wayside Lane, rendering them dysfunctional, May 18.

Police helped the car owner get in touch with a service dealer to get a replacement key made. In the meantime, the car was secured in a parking lot in the Village.

Con Edison was informed about low-hanging wires above Rectory Lane May 18.
Police set up flares around a disabled car on Post Road, while the driver was awaiting a tow, May 18.

Police safely escorted a pedestrian off the Weaver Street roadway May 21.

Police stood by a disabled car on Secor Road to direct traffic while the driver waited for a tow May 21.

Police notified the water department that a Ridgecrest West resident requested help with turning off a leaky valve May 22.

Four car accidents were reported in the Village during the reporting period.

Village code, noise
A caller reported a man walking up to houses on Taunton Road and leaving business cards May 20.

In May 22, police asked a Nelson Road resident to lower the volume of music after neighbors complained of noise.

A yelling man sitting on a bench outside of a Spencer Place business told police he was passing through the Village on foot, while on his way to a destination in White Plains May 23. He stopped yelling, continued on his way without incident.

Animals, birds
On May 18, police assisted a Haverford Avenue woman with a badly injured bird that later died on her property.
A caller reported that a man and woman were walking a “white-faced Collie” in the area of Wakefield and Carthage roads, when the man reportedly picked up his dog’s excrement and discarded it in a sewer drain May 18. Police went to the area to speak with the couple, but they were gone.

On May 19, a Cornell Street resident reported a black sedan, possibly an Audi, struck her small French bulldog after the unleashed dog ran into the street. The driver reportedly stopped, exited his car and offered to help and left without providing his information. He was described as a white man in his 50s with gray hair. The dog was taken to an animal hospital. The owner did not yet know the extent of the animal’s injuries.

Lost and found
A passerby found a brown wallet near Garth Road and gave it to police, who were able to return it to its owner May 18.

A caller reported losing a purse near the area of Weaver Street and the Hutchinson River Parkway May 21.

On May 24, a Gatehouse Road resident reported losing one license plate in the Village.

On May 18, elevated carbon monoxide levels were reported in a Church Lane house, caused by contractors who had used a gas-powered saw in the basement. Firefighters ventilated the space

On May 19, firefighters extinguished a brush fire at a private house on Heathcote Road. They advised the resident that it was unlawful to have an “open burn” in the

On May 20, firefighters assisted Hartsdale firefighters with a structure fire on Edgewood Road. After arrival, they were assigned to interior operations to assist with opening up walls and ceilings and to search for hidden fire on the first floor in the rear of the structure. They stayed on scene until the fire was out, and they helped clean up and pack the hose.

On May 23, smoke was coming from wooden floorboards in a Rochambeau Road house. There, firefighters found a plumber soldering a copper pipe on the exterior of the house. Firefighters opened up inspection holes in the bay walls on the first and second floors and detected light smoke and heat. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put out small pockets of fire in individual bays.

On May 23, firefighters assisted at a rollover accident, with injuries, on the Hutchinson River Parkway. One patient was transported to Westchester County Medical Center.

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

Memorial Day Celebration in Hartsdale

wreathPhoto by Alan Zale/Hartsdale Fire Department



The Hartsdale Fire Department’s Tower Ladder 15 and Car 2171 led emergency response vehicles from the three fire districts, Hartsdale, Fairview and Greenville, around the Town of Greenburgh on Memorial Day, Monday 25, 2020 to pay tribute to those in the military who gave their lives protecting our freedom. Traditional Memorial Day celebrations and parades could not be held with the need for social distancing as a result of the Covid-19 virus so an alternate plan was devised.

Starting at DeSanti Plaza by the Hartsdale train station, a small motorcade of veterans, two vehicles from each fire department and a motorcycle escort from the Greenburgh Police Department made stops around town to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country. Members of the Hartsdale Fire Department place a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in DeSanti Park followed by a veteran playing Taps. They then proceed to the 911 Memorial on Central Avenue where Taps were again played. Members of local Girl and Boy Scout troops participated in the brief ceremony. Next was Greenburgh Police Headquarters on Tarrytown Road where a wreath was place and Taps were again played. The final stop was Fairview Fire Department Headquarter where two floral crosses were placed next to the flag pole and the ceremony concluded with Taps. 

Photos by Alan Zale/Hartsdale Fire Department

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ScarsdaleVillageOn June 3, at 12:15 a.m., police were informed of a burglar alarm activation from a Spencer Place business. Upon arrival, Scarsdale policed officers found that the business had been entered via a broken window in a door. It was determined that cash and a small amount of property were taken. There wa no other damage observed and the suspects were not longer at the scene. Police checked the surrounding area for suspects or any other signs of criminality, but the search yielded negative results. Scarsdale detectives are currently investigating this incident. Detectives ask for anyone with further information related to this incident to please contact the Scarsdale Police Investigations Section at 914-722-1200.

Suspect Caught After Car Chase
At approximately 3:15 p.m., May 27, police responded to the intersection of Mamaroneck and Post roads to assist White Plains police with the pursuit of a confirmed stolen car. Upon arrival, police from both departments attempted a coordinated felony stop. This resulted in the driver fleeing, by car, on Post Road to Rugby Lane, with patrol cars close behind. While pursuing the car, police noted that the driver had a “wanton disregard for his safety and the safety of others.” As the car increased it speed on Cooper Road, the direct police pursuit was terminated due to safety risks far outweighing any possible benefits, according to police. Instead, other police cars continued, without lights and sirens, to the intersection of Cooper and Murray Hill roads. Police located the suspect’s stolen car on Murray Hill Road and began searching for the suspect, who had apparently fled by foot. Murray Hill Road residents told police they had witnessed the suspect heading in the direction of Dolma Road. Helicopter and K-9 tracking dog units were brought in to assist with the search. An electronic bulletin was sent our to Village residents warning them to avoid the area where the police matter was unfolding. At 4:41 p.m., police apprehended the suspect and took him into custody. One minute later, White Plains police officers arrived and custody was transferred to them. White Plains police took possession of the stolen car and took the suspect to WPPD headquarters to process his arrest.

On May 30, a caller reported her son left his iPhone unattended for approximately five minutes at a gazebo located at Brewster and Olmsted roads. During this time, someone stole the phone and powered it off.

ID theft
On May 28, a Lawrence Road resident reported he was a victim of identity theft. After receiving a text alert about activity with his bank accounts at an out-of-state bank, he discovered that an unknown person had made four fraudulent in-person withdrawals totaling almost $20,000. In addition, on May 28, when the resident attempted to use his cell phone, it was unable to make outgoing calls. Investigation revealed that a new SIM card had been fraudulently issued for his phone number, and the old SIM card had been deactivated. The resident notified his phone company and bank about the fraudulent activity and closed his accounts.

Hypodermic needles, vaping paraphernalia
On May 25, a resident reported a hypodermic needle on a Johnson Road driveway. Police collected the syringe and took it to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for safe disposal.

On May 28, a Boulevard resident discovered an unknown object in his yard. Police determined it was the battery compartment and liquid container from a broken vape pen. Police took the found components of the pen for disposal.

Car break-ins
On May 25, a Walworth Ave. man reported that his doorbell camera detected two masked individuals wearing hooded sweatshirts attempt to open the door of a parked car in his driveway at approximately 4 a.m., May 25.

Police called a tow for a motorist with a disabled car on Secor Road May 29.

A 92-year-old Coralyn Road person died at home May 25.

On May 31, police intervened in a tenant versus tenant dispute on Post Road. According to the report, the tenants engaged in a verbal argument and were having trouble getting along. Police advised them to stay away from each other, which they did.

Suspicious call
A Chase Road storeowner received a call that he felt was suspicious and asked police to stand by while he closed his store May 28. The suspicious call originated from the Bronx and involved a caller who inquired about merchandise not offered at the store, as well as store closing hours.

Suspicious behavior
On May 31, a Sherbrooke Road woman reported someone was taking pictures of her house from the street. Her kids were playing in the yard, so she was especially concerned. The person who took the pictures was described as a man wearing blue basketball shorts, a long-sleeved blue shirt and sneakers. He fled the scene on foot toward Heathcote Road.

Social media
A Wildwood Road man reported an old acquaintance was harassing him on Facebook May 31. The acquaintance apparently made a comment on one of the man’s posts, and the man did not like what she wrote. He said he hadn’t seen or spoken with the acquaintance for approximately 25 years. Police advised him to cease communication with the acquaintance.

Police checked the welfare of a Johnson Road resident May 29. The resident was ok.

On May 30, a driver reported that he got into a verbal altercation with a bicyclist at Popham Road and East Parkway. The bicyclist got angry, dismounted his bicycle and intentionally kicked the driver’s car. Then, the bicyclist fled the scene. The driver wished to report the matter in case he decided to file a claim with his insurance company.

Cars and roadways
On May 25, the water department was notified about pooling water on Griffen Avenue.
Police notified Verizon about a fallen wire on Walworth Avenue and branches on wires on Butler Road May 26.
Police removed a fallen cable wire from a Post Road sidewalk May 27. The cable provider was notified.
Police removed a large tree limb from the roadway on Johnson Road and notified the highway department for pickup May 30.
No car accidents were reported in the Village this week.

Pandemic restrictions
On May 31, police dispersed a group of kids from playing basketball on Edgewood School grounds.

Village code
On May 27, police instructed youth to stop fishing in a pond located behind the Scarsdale library on Olmsted Road.

Neighbors complained about a generator running from 7 am to 8 am on White Road, in order to power work being performed inside a garage May 29. Police cautioned workers about permitted work times, and they turned off the generator.
Workers were using a jackhammer at an Aspen Road construction site prior to 10 a.m. on May 30, a weekend. This was in violation of Village code. Police informed the workers about Village code, and they stopped using the jackhammer and apologized.

Police advised a Tory Lane man he must first obtain a permit from Village Hall before cutting down a tree on is property May 30. The man claimed the tree was dead, but police determined the tree was not an immediate hazard.
After a neighbor complained about noise May 30, police advised a Secor Road resident to keep the noise level down at his house.

A caller reported a dead dog on Heathcote Road May 25. Responding officers instead saw a dead opossum by the side of the road and alerted the highway department for removal.

A dog owner reported another woman got into a verbal argument with her while she was walking her dog on Garth Road May 25. The other woman accused the dog owner of walking her dog off-leash, which the dog owner said was not the case. The other woman was gone when police arrived.

A Bradford Road resident called a trapper about a baby deer that she saw on her property May 26. She also called police.

A man was trying to catch a possibly injured squirrel on Lee Road May 30. Police attempted to provide trappers’ contact information, but the man declined. While police were still on scene, the squirrel ran away.

Lost and found
Police found a set of keys at Heathcote Road and Weaver Street May 31. They vouchered them for safekeeping at headquarters.

On May 25, firefighters investigating a Carthage Road carbon monoxide incident detected that a gas-powered pressure washer had been used in close proximity to the house.

On May 26, firefighters stood by for Con Edison at a Mamaroneck Road site where a contractor unearthed a gas line while digging up a root ball.

On May 29, firefighters assisted Greenville Fire Department with an incident involving smoke in the basement of an Ardsley Road house.

On May 30, firefighters assisted Hartsdale Fire Department with an incident involving smoke in the bathroom of a Clements Place structure.

On May 31, a car battery was producing excessive heat and scorch marks inside the engine compartment of a car that was stopped at Fenimore and Fox Meadow roads.

On May 31, a battery overheated in a car on Fox Meadow Road. When firefighters arrived, the hood was up with no visible smoke. Upon investigation, firefighters found a burnt wire and excessive heat in the engine compartment. Firefighters used water from a hose to cool the wire and engine compartment. They disconnected the battery, but soon determined that it, along with the starter motor, was holding excessive heat. They used approximately 50 gallons of water to attempt to cool the battery and starter motor. They determined that this was successful in cooling the starter motor but realized the battery was still retaining heat and producing visible scorch marks. Firefighters removed the battery, placed it on the ground, turned it on its side and flushed it with approximately 150 gallons of water. This succeeded in stopping the heat. The cooled battery was returned to the engine compartment, and the car was towed away.

This report covering police and fire department activity from May 25-31 has been compiled from official information.

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basketstretcherHypodermic needles: Two hypodermic needles were found on Bradley Road and Nelson Road May 17. Police collected them and took them to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for proper disposal.

On May 17, a Johnson Road resident reported two more hypodermic needles in her driveway. Police collected them and took them to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for proper disposal.

On May 17, a pedestrian out for a walk found another two hypodermic needles on the ground of Nelson Road. Police collected them and took them to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for proper disposal.

Callers reported finding at least four hypodermic needles dispersed throughout the area of Boulevard, Clarence Road and Sprague Road on May 17. Police collected the needles and took them to Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for proper disposal.

According to police, all hypodermic needles – more than a dozen – were capped when found. Due to the proximity of found needles near Edgewood School grounds, including the playground, police are increasing patrols of this area. Detectives are actively investigating the matter and caution the public to refrain from touching discarded needles. If anyone finds a hypodermic needle, police should be called in order to handle and properly dispose of the needle.

Stolen car
Overnight May 17 into 18, an unlocked 2016 BMW X5 was stolen from a Carthage Road driveway. It was valued at $30,000.

Car break-in
On May 17, an Axtell Drive resident reported his unlocked, parked car had been entered overnight, and approximately $6 in quarters was stolen.

On May 16, the manager of the Popham Road CVS reported that a man entered the store and stole at least 13 male hygiene products, totaling approximately $127. Video surveillance footage shows the man placing the items in a black bag and leaving the store without paying for the merchandise. Store security alarms activated, but the man did not stop as he was leaving.

ID theft
On May 15, a Richelieu Road man reported someone cashed a fraudulent check for $8,000 against his Citibank account.

A boyfriend and girlfriend were having a verbal argument in a white Honda Civic with tinted windows on Palmer Avenue May 12. A concerned caller notified police. Police spoke with both parties, who had calmed down and said they would address the initial problem at a later time.

A man was sitting in a green common area of a Popham Road building May 16. He told police he was a Village resident and was just resting. Police advised him the area was for building residents only, and the man left.

Police investigated a report of people walking with flashlights behind Westchester Reform Temple at 7 p.m., May 12, and encountered a Mamaroneck Road family who said they were out looking for their cat that had gotten loose and run away. Police advised other patrol units and broadcast a radio description of the lost cat, in case any other patrol units came across the animal while out on the road.

A man using a flashlight in a rear yard on Franklin Road was a homeowner cleaning his outdoor grill in the dark, at 9 p.m., May 15.

A Hamilton Road man reported seeing a man with a flashlight in a neighbor’s backyard, near the neighbor’s back door, around 2 a.m., May 16. The man did not call police at the time because he did not know if the man with the flashlight lived at the house – or was a possible trespasser. Police are following up. There were no signs of forced entry or criminal activity at either house or near either homeowner’s cars.

A Cambridge Road resident reported an “unusual bone” in a garden bed May 14. Police examined the bone and advised that it appeared to be “an old dog bone.” The resident said he would dispose of it.

Police examined a pile of mail, dating back two months, in front of a Greenacres house May 16. There was no sign of forced entry or suspicious activity at the house.

Executive order pandemic restrictions
Police reminded people on Roosevelt Place to maintain social distancing May 12. The people had facemasks in their pockets and put them on after police spoke with them.

Workers removing trees on Post Road stated the work was essential because they were removing hazardous trees that had previously fallen and performing maintenance landscaping duties May 13. Police referred the incident to the building department for follow-up.
On May 13, police dispersed multiple people from the Scarsdale High School track and reminded them that school grounds were closed.

Using a patrol car’s public address system, police advised a group of people hanging out on Wilmot Road that they needed to maintain social distancing and wear masks if social distancing could be compromised. The people put on masks and separated from each other before police left the scene.

On May 15, police advised painters on Boulevard about NYS pandemic guidelines.

Workers were observed performing non-essential work on a fence outside a Circle Road house May 15. The job foreman claimed he had a work permit from the Village; however, follow-up with the building department showed that the permit only covered essential work – not the kind of work being performed on the fence. Police dispersed the workers from the scene and shut down the job.

A family was playing at Aspen Park May 16. Police dispersed them from the park and informed them it was closed.

On May 16, police dispersed approximately 25 people from the Scarsdale High School track and informed them that school grounds were closed. Later that day, they dispersed approximately 50 people from the track.

A Huntington Avenue resident reported that a neighbor might be having a gathering with an absence of social distancing May 17. Police investigated the complaint, and discovered four adults sitting outside in the neighbor’s back yard. They were observing more than six feet of distance between each other. The neighbor said it was not a gathering. Instead, friends who had been out walking their dog stopped by to say hello.

Welfare check
A friend asked police to check on an Olmsted Road woman who stated she was not feeling well May 12. Police performed a welfare check. The woman reported she had been congested but was now feeling better.

Police checked on a homeless man who appeared to making a campsite in the woods near Fox Meadow School May 14. The man said he was just stopping there to rest while on his way to the train station. He said he did not intend to stay there, and he continued on his way.

Cars and roadways
On May 11, police taped up a low-hanging wire on Black Birch Lane and notified Verizon.

On May 12, police secured a low-hanging wire on Nelson Road and notified Verizon.

On May 13, police notified the highway department about a dead opossum on Gaylor Road, for purposes of removal.

Police removed a broken crosswalk sign from the intersection of Fenimore and Brewster roads May 13. They notified the highway department for replacement.

On May 13, police removed a fallen cable wire from Spier Road and notified Optimum.

On May 15, Con Edison was notified about a branch hanging on a primary wire at Barry and Tunstall roads. The road was closed while Con Edison safely removed the branch.

The driver of a car idling on Brown Road around 3 a.m., May 17, said he was dropping off a friend. Police confirmed the story.

Police helped a pedestrian cross Weaver Street May 17.

One car accident was reported in the Village during the reporting period.

Civil matter
A Post Road man said he was having some problems with a tenant over shared spaces inside the house May 16. Police advised the man it was a civil matter.

An Obry Drive man found a small, gray and white, “friendly” dog on his property May 12. The dog did not have any tags. The man said he posted a notice about the dog on the “Scarsdale Buzz” Facebook page and would retain possession of the dog in the hope that the owner would pick it up. Police advised the man to call them again or contact New Rochelle Humane Society if the owner fails to get in touch.

On May 15, a Corell Road man reported his dog was attacked by another dog. As his family and the dog were going for a neighborhood walk. Specifically, the man said a brown Poodle-mix dog left its property, where its owner was standing, to come out to the street. There, the Poodle-mix made contact with the man’s Golden Retriever. No bites or physical injuries were reported. Police spoke with the owner of the offending dog. The owner confirmed the story, as described, and said her dog was “friendly but hyperactive” and approached the Golden Retriever “to say hello.” Police issued a verbal warning to the dog owner, regarding Village ordinances against loose dogs.

Police advised a Cushman Road family that neighbors complained of noise after 11 p.m., May 15. The family said they would reduce the noise and go indoors.

On May 16, police instructed a Kensington Road resident to lower the volume of music at home after neighbors complained about noise.

A woman came to headquarters to report the loss of her work ID somewhere in the Village between May 12 and May 15.

On May 12, firefighters found a gas odor in a Christie Place residential building. Con Edison traced the source of the odor to Chat restaurant, where multiple gas leaks were found in the kitchen. Con Edison red-tagged affected appliances and shut service to them.

On May 14, a 15-year-old boy was struck by a falling tree limb in the rear wooded area of a Rock Creek Lane property. The boy was described as conscious and breathing, showing signs of leg trauma involving multiple injuries. Firefighters assisted Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps members lift the boy out of a sloping area the woods, with a backboard and basket stretcher, where the injury occurred. He was transported to Westchester Medical Center for treatment.

On May 16, firefighters found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in a Catherine Road house. Firefighters ventilated the house and stood by for Con Edison. The problem was traced to an A/C unit pulling air into a boiler room as the A/C was running. The homeowner was advised to stop using the appliance until it could be serviced.

On May 17, firefighters and Con Edison responded to a report of a gas odor inside Chat restaurant. It was discovered that a kitchen appliance gas valve was not in a completely closed position. The slight opening in the valve only powered some pilot lights, while others went out. This caused an accumulated of unburned gas to collect inside the restaurant. Con Ed workers shut the gas valve to all appliances completely. Firefighters ventilated to ensure safety.

On May 17, a dryer in a Willow Lane house was emitting a burning odor, according
to the homeowner. Firefighters ran the dryer and did not detect an odor. They advised the homeowner to call them again if the odor returned.

This report covering police and fire department activity from May 11-17 has been compiled from official information.

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