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GoldsteinDWI: Responding to a report of a blue 2020 BMW idling at the intersection of Coralyn Road and Reynal Crossing with the driver apparently sleeping at the wheel around 10 p.m., Dec. 3, police checked on the driver and discovered a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath. His eyes were also red and glassy, and his speech was slurred. When asked if he had been drinking, the driver – Patrick McHugh, 57, of Yonkers, said he had consumed two beers in White Plains. Police asked McHugh to perform a field sobriety test, and he failed it. At that time, he was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. At headquarters, a Datamaster test revealed McHugh’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. His arrest was processed on the following charges: driving while intoxicated (first offense), aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol level of .18 or more with no priors, and a stopping/standing/parking violation. McHugh was released on his own recognizance and issued an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court.

On Nov. 30, a Garden Road resident reported a Chase bank check had been stolen from her last month while it was in postal service transit. She said she last saw the check when she placed it in her mailbox on Oct. 15, for postal service pickup. On Oct. 24, she learned the check had been deposited on Oct. 21. However, since the intended recipient never received the check, it was revealed that an unknown person who stole the check had deposited it. She wanted police to document the incident while she followed up with her bank.

On Dec. 1, a Haverford Road resident reported a package containing $250 worth of wine had been stolen from the front of her house sometime in the past. Investigation revealed that FedEx had delivered the package at approximately 12:45 p.m., Nov. 28. At approximately 5:40 p.m., that day, a white SUV was observed stopping in front of the house. A woman exited the car and walked halfway up the resident’s driveway before returning to the SUV. The SUV drove away and returned approximately two minutes later, facing the opposite direction on the road. The woman walked up the driveway to the front door, stole the package and left in the SUV. The woman was described as wearing black pants with a pink Nike emblem on the side, a hoodie sweater and a face covering. Police are following up.

Identity theft
On Dec. 1, a Ridgecrest North woman reported someone used her Social Security number and maiden name to apply for fraudulent Social Security benefits. She was advised to contact the NYS Department of Labor.

On Dec. 3, a Fox Meadow Road man reported someone used his Social Security number and name to apply for fraudulent Social Security benefits. While checking his credit report, the man detected someone with a similar name and a Westchester County address also showing up on his report, as well as several fraudulent attempts to open credit accounts in his name.

Criminal mischief
On Dec. 2, a Chesterfield Road resident reported the rear windshield of his 2019 Honda had been smashed while the car was parked on the street in front of his house. Nothing was missing from the car, and there was no clear motive for the smashed widow. Police cleaned up broken glass from the roadway.

On Dec. 1, at 5:30 a.m., a Norma Place man reported someone might have stolen silverware from inside his house. He said he heard a “jingling” sound coming from his neighbor’s property while he was outside smoking a cigarette around 5:15 a.m., while his rear door was also unlocked. After hearing the noise, the caller checked his house and looked in a small drawer in the dining room, where he thought the silverware had been placed. It was not there, and he called police. Police arrived on scene and interviewed the man and his wife. The wife was not certain that their silverware had been placed in that dining room drawer. After searching the house, the wife found the silverware in the kitchen. No theft had occurred.

On Nov. 30, a Cushman Road contractor reported a generator owned by his company was damaged at a Cushman Road construction site. In particular, the contractor alleged the wires had been cut. After some investigation, it was determined that the wires had been disconnected, not cut. The generator had been the source of a Village code violation the preceding week, and firefighters had been called to the scene to disconnect the device after hours, after numerous complaints and multiple summonses, so it would comply with Village code.

A Wheelock Road woman reported an elderly, heavyset, white man was taking pictures of her house Nov. 30. He was last seen driving a small car. Police canvassed the area but did not find the man.

Wrong number
A woman from Australia called police to report she had been assaulted Nov. 30. She did not realize she had dialed internationally, and once this became clear, she did not request any help from Scarsdale police.

A Reimer Road resident reported he saw a “dump truck” empty out a large pile of leaves on the street in front of his house Dec. 2. Police asked the highway department to remove them. No summons was issued to residents on the street because an unknown landscaper reportedly placed the leaves there.

On Dec. 4, a Chesterfield Road resident reported a neighbor’s landscaper was blowing leaves onto his property. Police facilitated a conversation between the neighbors, and it was decided that the neighbor responsible for the leaves would speak to his landscaper to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Accident and more
A Fenimore Road homeowner reported a car “crashed into his front yard” around 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6. The driver – a 33-year-old New York resident – said he attempted to avoid an oncoming car, swerved and ended up on the Fenimore Road yard. A license check showed the license had been suspended seven different times on two separate dates. Also, the car’s registration sticker showed that the car’s license plate was improper, as it actually corresponded to a different car – not the driver’s 2008 Saturn. Police impounded the car and issued the driver summonses for unlicensed driving, an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to use a designated lane, operation of a motor vehicle with improper plates and operation of a motor vehicle without insurance.

Cars and roadways
The highway department was contacted about a leaning tree near the Mamaroneck Road underpass Nov. 30.

Verizon was notified about a low-hanging wire on Hamilton Road Dec. 1.

A driver reported a pothole on Weaver Street caused a flat tire in his car Dec. 1.

Police informed the highway department for repair.

Police helped a Black Birch Lane woman remove a thin, fallen telephone wire from her driveway Dec. 1. Verizon was notified.

A Carthage Road woman was having difficulty backing out of her driveway due to a car parked across the street Dec. 2. Police contacted the owner of the parked car and asked for it to be moved as a courtesy.

A motorist reportedly knocked down a street sign on the Bronx River Parkway exit ramp and Ogden Road after midnight Dec. 3. Police notified Westchester County police and checked the area. The motorist was not found.

Con Edison and Verizon were notified about fallen wires on Heathcote Road Dec. 3.

A food delivery truck dislodged a low-hanging Verizon wire on Scarsdale Avenue Dec. 3. Verizon was notified.

The building department was made aware of vines growing up a crooked tree and spreading to wires on Richbell Road Dec. 4.

Police reported a dislodged manhole cover to Verizon Dec. 4. The cover was located somewhere in the Village.

Police received reports of a red Jeep Cherokee involved in a BB gun incident with another car on the Bronx River Parkway Dec. 4. Police began canvassing the area for the car and noticed a red Jeep Cherokee backing out of a Griffen Road driveway. They followed the driver at a safe distance as the Cherokee entered Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle. New Rochelle police conducted a traffic stop, and it was determined the car was not involved in the incident and the offending vehicle was not found.

The highway department was informed about a pothole at Weaver Street, near Crossway, Dec. 5. Later that day, a caller reported the large pothole had ”caused several vehicles a flat tire.” Police placed four traffic cones around the pothole to prevent drivers from encountering it. The State Department of Transportation was notified, and they said they would send a crew to fix it.

Police interviewed a man sitting in a parked car behind a Palmer Avenue establishment after midnight Dec. 6. The man said he had an argument with his wife and was in the process of planning to go to a hotel.

A caller reported an aggressive driver on Mamaroneck Road Dec. 5. Police canvassed the area but did not find the driver’s car for follow-up.

Early in the morning of Dec. 7, a Benedict Road woman reported her dog named “Lucky,” a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, had escaped her yard. She was out looking for him but asked a patrol car to assist her in canvassing the streets. Approximately 10 minutes later, the dog reportedly returned home and was reunited with the woman.

Lost and found
A passerby found a wallet at Scarsdale train station and gave it to police Dec. 4. Police contacted the owner, checked his identity and returned the wallet. Nothing was reported missing.

On Dec. 4, a Cambridge Road woman reported she lost a pair of white gold, diamond stud earrings while moving. She needed to report the loss for insurance purposes. The earrings were valued at $10,450.

A Brite Avenue resident reported losing a credit card at a local business Dec. 4. He realized he had left the card there the next day and went back to retrieve it, but it was reportedly not there. The card has been cancelled.

Village code
Responding to a noise complaint about loud music on Carthage Road Dec. 4, police found about 10 kids playing music outside and talking. They were wearing masks and social distancing, but police broke up the gathering because of the noise complaint.
A caller reported a large group of adults playing baseball on an Edgewood School field and using profanity Dec. 6. Police investigated the call and observed approximately 20 adults on the field. Police advised them that school fields were closed and that they needed to leave. Police did not hear any foul words but advised the adults to please refrain from using vulgar language.

On Nov. 30, firefighters assisted at a two-car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway. One occupant was taken to the hospital, and both cars were towed from the scene.

On Nov. 30, firefighters were dispatched to a Springdale Road house because of a reported gas leak. There, firefighters found a slight leak at the kitchen stovetop. Con Edison confirmed firefighters’ findings and shut gas to the house because the stove valve could not be isolated.

Firefighters assisted Hartsdale firefighters with a structure fire in their jurisdiction Dec. 1.

A mini school bus was rear-ended by a black sedan, which had been rear-ended by a Westchester County Department of Public Works truck on the Bronx River Parkway Dec. 3. The bus had no passengers and sustained only minor damage. The driver was not injured either. The sedan sustained major damage to the front and rear. It was carrying the driver and one passenger. The DPW truck had minor damage to the front bumper only. The pile-up collision occurred in the right lane, and firefighters used rigs to block this lane from traffic. The passenger of the sedan was treated on scene by Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and refused further medical attention. Firefighters disconnected the sedan’s battery and stood by until the sedan was towed from the scene.

A two-year-old child accidentally locked himself in a master bathroom in an Oak Lane house Dec. 5. Firefighters were able to open the door to release the child unharmed.

Firefighters confirmed that kitchen smoke set off a fire alarm in a Spencer Place establishment Dec. 5. They examined the established and confirmed its safety.

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

Artwork by Brooke Goldstein

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coyote2DWI arrests: Following up on a witness report of erratic driving by a white Nissan Sentra in the area of Mamaroneck and Stratton roads Nov. 25, police went to the scene and found that the driver of the Nissan had pulled over and was showing signs of intoxication. Police asked the driver – Howard Scott Adams, 50, of Norwalk – to take a field sobriety test, and Adams failed. He was arrested and taken to headquarters. There, a Datamaster test showed his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving. He was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and aggravated DWI. He was released on his own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court.

On Nov. 29, at 6 a.m., police encountered a Jeep stopped, in park, with its engine running, on the side of Post Road. The driver was reclined in her seat, sleeping. When she opened her door to talk to patrol, police noticed a strong smell of alcohol emanating from the car. Police also noticed physical signs of intoxication, and asked the driver – Michele S. Amoakohene, 29, of Yonkers – to perform a field sobriety test. She failed the test and was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and stopping/standing/parking on a highway. She was released on her own recognizance with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court.

Stolen stop sign
On Nov. 25, police put up portable stop signs at the intersection of Crane and Woodland roads because the traffic signal was out. On Nov. 27, one of the stop signs was determined to have been stolen.

Stolen wallet
On Nov. 23, a Meadow Road woman reported losing her wallet somewhere in the Village prior to Nov. 21. She recalled using the wallet last at Balducci’s on Nov. 20. After noticing the wallet missing, she noticed two fraudulent charges on a credit card -- $30 at a gas station and $20 at a convenience store. In addition to the credit card, also stolen with the wallet were $150 cash, bank cards, a foreign driver’s license and a health insurance card. Fraud investigators are looking into her compromised credit card and police are following up.

Lost medication
On Nov. 23, a Brook Lane woman reported losing medication somewhere in the Village the previous week. She said she placed the medication on top of her car after picking it up and accidentally left it there while she was driving her children to school. She noticed she did not have it during a doctor’s appointment Nov. 23. Her doctor said she would need a police report in order to get a new prescription.

Phone call
On Nov. 28, a Tunstall Road man reported his son had been receiving calls from an unknown person stating that his son was using someone else’s cell phone number. Police advised the man to block the person’s number and advise his son on safety protocols when answering the phone and speaking with someone who is unknown to him.

A Colvin Road woman called police to report she was having a dispute with her sister over their mother’s health care needs Nov. 29. Police advised the woman this was a family matter and not a police matter.

On Nov. 29, a Post Road tenant accused his landlord of taking his Internet router. The landlord then told police she had moved the router to perform repair work to an outlet in a common hallway. She returned the router to the tenant.

Bus accident
A Bee Line bus hit a structure attached to the Scarsdale train station on Depot Place Nov. 23. No passengers were on the bus, and no injuries were reported. Police assisted MTA police with the accident investigation and the removal of the bus from the structure without causing any structural collapse.

Cars and roadways
Two trees and a boulder were struck in a Palmer Avenue parking lot Nov. 24. Police found a service provider who was able to use a chain to assist in moving the boulder back into position.

On Nov. 25, a Roosevelt Place resident complained about a man sitting inside a parked car on the street. Police spoke with the man and confirmed he was a local resident. He said he was filling our sweepstakes entries in his car before mailing them out.

Police helped a driver move a disabled car onto Broadmoor Road to await roadside assistance Nov. 27.

Two cars were repossessed in the Village this week.

Village code
Police told a Lincoln Road solicitor that he would need a permit to continue soliciting in the Village Nov. 23.

A Brite Avenue neighbor complained of noise coming from a resident’s backyard Nov. 27. Police spoke with the resident who was talking with some friends and having dinner together. She said she would keep the noise level down.

Police dispersed kids from Drake Road park after dark Nov. 27.

On Nov. 27 and 29, police issued summonses to the person responsible for a Cushman Road construction site, where a noisy generator was running outside of permitted hours. After police were unable to reach the person responsible, firefighters turned off the generator.

On Nov. 28, police advised a Hampton Road resident of noise restrictions and pandemic health guidelines following complaints of a noisy gathering at the resident’s house. The resident said the gathering was in the process of concluding.

On Nov. 28, police advised a Sycamore Road resident that neighbors were complaining of noise from an outdoor TV set. The resident lowered the volume.

On Nov. 29, a man was observed outside a parked car with coolers lined up on the ground on Montrose Road. Police asked him what he was doing, and he said he was dropping off food for a friend. Police looked in three coolers and saw them filled with dumplings. The man said the dumplings came from his restaurant in Brooklyn. Police advised the man he was not allowed to sell food in the Village without a permit and proper permission from the department of health.

A Cooper Road resident called to report an injured deer in her yard on 11/27 at 10:46 am. As police approached the deer it ran away.

At 1:00 pm on 11/27 a Heathcote Road resident reported a sick coyote on her property. Police found the coyote and it did not appear to be sick.

At 7:10 pm on 11/27 a dead deer was reported to be in the roadway near Franklin Road and Crossway. Police did not find the deer.

At 10:51 am on 11/28 police received a noise complaint about roosters crowing on Brewster Road.

At 10:12 am, at 2:20 pm and 4:25 pm police received calls from Taunton Road to report a coyote in the area. They canvassed the area all three times but did not find a coyote.

At 10:30 am on 11/29 police received a report of a coyote on the field opposite Greenacres School.

The following information was provided by the fire department regarding calls and services rendered during the period of Nov. 23-29. (Note: Specific dates were excluded from the fire department’s media report.)

This week, firefighters found an oil burner leaking exhaust into the basement of a Scarsdale house. Elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected. Firefighters shut down the burner and ventilated the house to a safe level. They advised the resident that the oil burner needed repair or replacement due to exhaust leakage.

This week, firefighters worked with Con Edison to check several Walworth Avenue houses for possible natural gas leak accumulation due to a gas leak on the street. No gas was found inside any of the houses.

This week, firefighters extinguished a small fire in a Stratford Road kitchen. Burnt electrical components in the control panel of an electric stove were detected, so firefighters advised the homeowner to call for repair service.

This week, explosive levels of natural gas were found in a White Birch Lane sewer. While Con Edison was working to address the emergency, firefighters checked nearby houses to investigate possible gas migration. All of the houses were clear.

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

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BraytonRoadA tree fell on Brayton Road during a strong storm on Sunday night November 15. Photo credit Dawn Knief.Dangerous leaf piles: This week, police issued at least 10 summonses to residents who were responsible for large and obstructive piles of leaves in the street. These summonses were issues when the leaf piles were placed in such a way that they obstructed traffic flow, blocked visibility in a roadway curve, blocked access to a fire hydrant or impeded the flow of water into a street catch basin. Starting on Oct. 9. The highway department was notified, for cleanup, about leaves that had been placed on Cushman Road, Greenacres Avenue and Oxford Road. Warnings and summons were issued, as appropriate. Highway department cleanup and Village code enforcement continued for leaf piles blocking traffic lanes on Wheelock Road and Black Birch Lane Nov. 10, Birchall Drive and Colonial Drive Nov. 11 and Kensington and Garden roads Nov. 15.

Interrupted burglary near Eastchester border
On Nov. 14, around 4:30 p.m., Eastchester police requested assistance on Grand Boulevard, to investigate the report of a person in a resident’s backyard and an interrupted burglary. Scarsdale police assisted Eastchester police in canvassing the area for the two suspects, described as black men, dressed in black and approximately 5'5” and 5'6” tall. The suspects reportedly fled on foot toward Lee Road. The canvass yielded negative results. Eastchester police remained on scene to investigate.

Identity theft
On Nov. 10, a Fox Meadow Road man reported that he received two shipments of items he had not ordered via FedEx – a Samsung phone and a security camera. After speaking to the vendor, the man learned someone had opened a credit account in his name on Nov. 1 and purchased the items. After learning of the fraud, the vendor stated the account would be closed and the charges would be cancelled, following the return of the items.

On Nov. 12, a Heathcote Road resident reported someone had attempted to open a fraudulent account in his name. It did not go through, however, because the bank flagged it as suspicious.

On Nov. 12, an Olmsted Road resident reported someone had filed for fraudulent unemployment assistance, using the resident’s personal information.

Check fraud
An Archer Lane woman reported her bank informed her that a forged check had been written against her account in the amount of $3,000 Nov. 10. According to investigation, it was one of three checks that had been removed from the woman’s possession.

Domestic matter
A Fox Meadow man called police because his adult son, who had moved out, returned to the man’s house and requested to stay there for the night Nov. 10. The man said the son was not welcome to stay at the house. The son left without incident after police arrived and said he would stay with a friend in New York City. Police provided a courtesy ride to the train station.

A Circle Road resident reported that his contractor sent messages that the resident felt were threatening Nov. 14. The contractor and resident were having a dispute over renovation work performed on the resident’s property. The resident told police he advised the contractor to cease communication and to stay away from the property.

A caller advised of a large gathering of people and vehicles in a Mamaroneck Road parking lot exchanging food items from their cars Nov. 10. Upon arrival, patrol observed a soccer clinic underway at Crossway fields. Patrol did not observe any exchange of food and was unable to determine if the alleged food had been sold or if had merely been shared and consumed by the parents of the soccer players.

Missing person
After a White Plains woman with dementia was reported missing from her home in White Plains, she was found by Scarsdale police on East Parkway Nov. 9. It seemed that she had wandered from White Plains in the direction of a family member’s house in Scarsdale. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps checked her condition and she refused further medical attention. A family member picked her up.

Masks and social distancing
Police spoke to the manager of the youth soccer program about reminding kids to wear masks while playing on the field Nov. 9. The manager said he was aware of the mandate, but he also said he understood that the mandate included additional language stating that kids who could not tolerate wearing masks while playing were permitted to remove masks.

A neighbor reported a large and possibly unsafe gathering on Brewster Road Nov. 14. Police spoke with the hostess and advised her she must adhere to NYS and local guidelines governing public activity during the current pandemic. She told police she understood and would end the gathering.

Police reminded a Catherine Road homeowner of pandemic restrictions and public health guidelines after a caller complained about a gathering at the homeowner’s address Nov. 15.

Neighbors on Meadow and Bradford roads reported being engaged in a dispute about noise from work being conducted at one of the properties, possibly outside allowed hours, Nov. 9. Police provided Village code information and advised the neighbors to abide by code and contact police should enforcement be necessary.
On Nov. 11, the Meadow Road neighbor reported that her Bradford Road neighbor was bothering workers on her property.

Cars and roadways
Fifteen construction vehicles were parked on Park and Oxford roads, blocking one lane of traffic, and two landscaping trucks were parked blocking traffic on Cooper Road Nov. 9. Police asked the drivers to move their vehicles, and the drivers did so without complication.

On Tuesday November 10 at 7:59 am, a 17 year old girl in a new jeep was blinded by the sun while driving on Ogden Road. She struck a parked 2012 Toyota and the Jeep flipped over and landed on its roof. The Toyota was pushed into an Ogden Road driveway.

Con Edison was notified about a large frayed wires hanging above Brewster and Kingston Roads Nov. 9.

Responding to a notice from the highway department, a Harvest Drive resident claimed yard debris in front of his property did not belong to him, but rather to his neighbor, Nov. 9. The neighbor said the debris did not come from his property either, but he would ask his landscaper to remove it.

Parked cars were blocking traffic at Park and Mamaroneck roads Nov. 10 and 11. Police asked the drivers to move their cars.

A commercial-style washing machine was dumped by the side of Greenacres Avenue and Fountain Terrace Nov. 11. Police asked highway workers to remove it. Extra ridebys will be conducted to dissuade future dumping.

On Nov. 11, a car with a CT license plate was found parked and unoccupied in a private parking lot on Heathcote Road. Police left a message for the owner of the car, instructing the owner to move the car.

A Meadow Road resident reported a car drove over her lawn and moved rocks into the roadway Nov. 11. Police cleaned up the rocks.

Highway workers removed a fallen tree from Wayside Lane Nov. 11.

A car ran out of gas on Weaver Street Nov. 11. Police stood by until the driver’s husband brought gasoline to the scene to refuel the car.

Patrol removed a fallen branch from Wayside Lane Nov. 12.

A “Slow Children” sign had been placed on Brookby Road and stabilized with rocks Nov. 12. Police advised the owner of the sign that she could not place the sign in the roadway, and it was moved onto the sidewalk.

A White Plains woman left a disabled car on Montrose Road on Oct. 17. On Nov. 12, police contacted her and asked he to move the vehicle. She first said she could not have it towed due to financial problems. Police advised her the car was in violation of public parking rules and it could be impounded, which would be more expensive. At that point, she elected to have the car towed to a mechanic’s shop in Yonkers.

On Nov. 14, police directed traffic around a broken-down car at Popham Road and Scarsdale Avenue, while the driver waited for a tow truck to arrive.

Patrol removed a fallen branch from Greendale Road Nov. 15.

Con Edison was notified about a leaning utility pole at Heathcote Road and Weaver Street, and the highway department was notified about a fallen tree on Autenreith Road Nov. 15.

Three car accidents were reported in the Village this week.

Civil matter
On Nov. 11, an Overhill Road business owner alleged that an employee who was in the process of being terminated had exported the company’s email mailing list for personal use. The owner believes that the employee intends to open a similar business and will solicit by utilizing the contact list. Police advised the owner to contact her attorney to investigate the alleged breach of contract.

Village code
Power equipment was being used on Dolma Road before 10 a.m. on a holiday, Nov. 11, and water was being illegally pumped into the street at the same house. Police issued summonses for the violations.

Following up on a noise complaint, police encountered youth on bicycles at Edgewood School grounds after dark Nov. 14. Police asked the kids to leave the area, and they rode away on their bikes.

On Nov. 9, firefighters assisted at a car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

On Nov. 10, firefighters were dispatched to a Lyons Road house for a reported water problem and a possible gas odor. Firefighters shut the water and gas connections to a leaking hot water heater, drained the tank and advised the homeowner to call a plumber. There was no gas or carbon monoxide detected in the air of the house, as per firefighters’ readings.

On Nov. 11, an overheated motor in a residential sewage ejector pump caused smoke to collect in a Circle Road basement. Firefighters ventilated the structure and checked the structure for elevated carbon monoxide levels. Air quality was found to be good. Investigation showed that the circuit breaker for the sewage ejector pump had tripped at some point during the event, and an unrelated circuit on the first floor was also tripped for unknown reasons. The homeowner was advised to refrain from using the equipment until it could be serviced.

On Nov. 11, an unknown odor was reported in a Fox Meadow Road basement. Firefighters found a slight mechanical odor in the laundry room, possibly coming from the dryer. After Con Edison ruled out any gas leaks, the homeowner was advised to call an electrician.

On Nov. 11. Firefighters assisted at a rollover car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Nov. 9-15 has been compiled from official information.

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fall5On Friday, Nov. 20, Westchester County police received 911 calls starting at 4:31 p.m. reporting an oil sheen and strong odor on the Bronx River near Harney Road. Patrol officers and members of the WCPD Special Operations Division responded and confirmed there was a noxious substance in the water resembling home heating oil. WCPD officers deployed containment booms in an effort to keep the spill confined to its area of origin and prevent oil from going further downstream. Eastchester officials and neighboring jurisdictions were notified as a precaution. By 5 p.m., the Eastchester fire department and Eastchester highway department were on scene. EFD members placed additional containment booms in the river. Town officials traced the source of the leak to a building on Garth Road that had received a heating oil delivery earlier in the day. EFD requested mutual aid assistance from Yonkers FD with deploying even more containment booms. At 7:50 p.m., a Department of Environmental Conservation response team was on site and took responsibility for the cleanup and the follow-up investigation. The State brought in a private contractor to conduct cleanup work. WCPD personnel cleared the scene a short time later.

Robbery at Central Avenue Shell Station
Greenburgh Police report a clerk at the Shell Station was assaulted and the station was robbed at around 9 pm on Thursday night November 19, 2020. The clerk told police that two males entered the store, went behind the counter and repeatedly struck him in the face as they forced him towards the back room. The suspects then pulled the cash register off the counter and broke it and took approximately $500 in cash. The left the store and ran south on Central Avenue. One of the suspects kept his hand in his pocket “as if he had a weapon,” though none was displayed.

Greenburgh and Westchester County Police and a K9 unit arrived and treated the victim. An investigation by the Greenburgh Police results in the arrest of two suspects, ages 16 and 17, in New York City. Both were charged with robbery and criminal mischief in the second degrees and send to Woodfield Cottage Juvenile Detention Facility pending future court dates.

Missing package
On Nov. 18, a Post Road woman reported that she never received a package that was supposedly delivered in October. She believes the package was stolen.

Car break-in
A Cooper Road resident reported an unlocked car in her driveway had been unlawfully entered and rummaged through overnight Nov 21 into the morning of Nov. 22.

Identity theft
On Nov. 17, after receiving a bank debit card for the payment of unemployment benefits in the mail, a Tunstall Road resident discovered someone had fraudulently applied for unemployment compensation from the State of Ohio in her name.

On Nov. 20, a Franklin Road woman reported she received a letter, addressed to her using her maiden name, regarding her eligibility for unemployment benefits. Since she did not remember filing for unemployment, she believed the letter indicated that her identity had possibly been compromised. She needed a policed report for her identity protection service agency to follow up.

On Nov. 20, a Wynmor Road woman reported someone fraudulently opened a motorcycle insurance policy in her name.

On Nov. 21, a Fox Meadow Road resident reported someone fraudulently filed for unemployment benefits in his name.

Online scam attempt
On Nov. 22, a Madison Road man reported he engaged in an online video chat with a subject he met through social media and that the subject is now requesting money from him. The man said the subject is unknown to him outside of social media and he has since blocked the subject’s accounts.

Consumer fraud
A Fox Meadow Road resident received a package containing a watch that he did not order Nov. 17. The resident contacted the vendor and was in the process of correcting the matter and canceling the order. Police advised the resident to alert the credit bureaus because of possible identity theft.

On Nov. 22, A Bradford Road resident reported people in cars have been hanging out on the street in front of an empty lot. Police suggested the resident could install spotlights to deter people from loitering. Ridebys of the street will be increased.

On Nov. 17, a man rang the doorbell of a Springdale Road house looking to serve legal papers to a person who did not live at the house. Police arrived on scene after the homeowner called asking for help because she found the situation suspicious. Police spoke with the process server and the lawyer responsible for the papers, and it was determined that the papers contained incorrect pedigree information.

A person called Scarsdale police asking for medical help Nov. 18. The person, however, was located in Eastchester and had refused help from Eastchester police and Eastchester EMS. Scarsdale police reached out to Eastchester police to assist.

Blue bag
A caller reported seeing a blue bag, containing what she believed to be clothing, in a wooded area off Greendale Road Nov. 18. Police investigated and found the described blue bag. It contained trash and was discarded.

Unknown substance
On Nov. 21, patrol responded to the Scarsdale train station to assist MTA police with an investigation of an unknown substance. MTA investigation experts arrived on scene and concluded that the substance was ammonium sulfate, which does not pose any harm to the public. MTA police removed the substance with water.

A Boulevard resident reported s group of young adults approached his house, banged on a window and ran away, fleeing via a small SUV, possibly a Ford Escape, Nov. 21.

Locked in
A Cayuga Road father called police after his car’s locking mechanism accidentally locked all car doors with the key and his child locked inside Nov. 21. Police and firefighters arrived, and firefighters used hand tools to open the car door. The child was in good health but crying. Medical attention was declined.

Missing bicycle
On Nov. 21, a Brittany Close caller reported that a white male, approximately 17 years old wearing a jacket and a mask, knocked on her front door inquiring about his bike which he said had been left on her property. When the caller advised she knew nothing about the bike, the male left the scene and got into a black Audi. The Audi was last seen turning onto Barker Road.

On Nov. 21, a caller advised that she was almost struck by a car while crossing Drake Road in the crosswalk. The caller said she was not injured in any way. Patrol informed her that because the violation was not observed by patrol, a summons could not be issued. Shortly thereafter the driver of the car contacted the police desk to address this incident. The driver said she did not see the pedestrian crossing at the time she drove through the crosswalk. She advised that she apologized to the pedestrian multiple times on scene and that her actions were neither malicious nor intentional. Patrol spoke further with her about the importance of being aware of pedestrian crosswalks going forward. The operator understood and said she will be more cautious in the future.

Bicyclist hit
On Nov. 21, police received a report of a bicyclist hit by a truck at Butler and Fox Meadow roads. Witnesses said that after the collision the driver picked the bicyclist off of the ground and placed him in his truck. The driver then put the bike in the back of his truck and proceeded to travel south on Paddington Road. The witnesses were unable to provide the vehicle's license plate, but stated it was a navy blue pickup truck. Witnesses identified the driver and the bicyclist as “adult men.” Witnesses said the bicyclist did not appear to have any visible injuries. White Plains Hospital, Lawrence Hospital and Westchester County Medical Center were contacted to see if anyone fitting the description or mechanism of injury was present at the hospital, but none were.

Cars and roadways
A stop sign fell over during stormy weather on Swarthmore Road Nov. 16. Police put up a temporary stop sign and notified the highway department for repair. Police directed traffic around a trailer unloading a car on Mamaroneck Road Nov. 16.

Police notified Con Edison about a sparking wire on Eton Road and stood by for Con Edison Nov. 16.

Patrol blocked off River Road so highway workers could safely remove an abundance of leaves Nov. 16.

Police stood by on East Parkway and Popham Road while the driver of a disabled car waited for a tow Nov. 17.

After a TV was reported by the side of the road, police advised a Crane Road resident that televisions could not be placed on the curb for sanitation pickup Nov. 18.

On Nov. 19, police contacted Verizon about a coiled wire on Brite Avenue.

On Nov. 20, police helped a driver move a disabled car from Post Road onto Sherbrooke Road so the driver could safely wait for a tow.

On Nov. 20, police contacted Verizon about a fallen wire on Hamilton Road.

Police tightened a loose sewer cap on Hamilton Road Nov. 21.

Civil matter
On Nov. 20, a Gaylor Road resident reported a licensed plumber did some work for her but was not satisfied with the $500 she paid him, causing him to “aggressively snatch the money out of her hand.” The resident felt the plumber might come back because no receipt was given for the cash payment. The resident further stated that she was paying the plumber $500 on behalf of her friend, who had her water pressure checked out by him at her residence in Queens, NY, on Nov. 19. The resident said the agreement was to fix the water pressure in her building for $1,500. She advised that the plumber diagnosed the issue and deemed the City would have to grant him access to clear the corrosion causing the blockage. The plumber then responded to Gaylor Road to collect payment. The resident reiterated that she believes the plumber may return to collect the rest of the money, and she said she further believes the plumber is not owed the money due to the job not being completed. Police advised the resident that it was a civil matter.

Village code
Police issued a summons to a Black Birch Lane resident and a Thornwood Place resident because of a leaf piles blocking fire hydrants in front of the residents’ houses Nov. 17.

A Greenacres Avenue resident was issued a summons for a leaf pile placed in violation of Village code Nov. 17. The leaf pile was placed in a location that blocked visibility at a three-way intersection.

After neighbors complained of noise after dark, Nov. 17, an Aspen Road man was advised to stop splitting wood outdoors with an ax at that time of the night. The man stopped chopping wood and went inside.

Police issued a summons to a landscaper making very large leaf piles on Innes Road that were blocking storm drains Nov. 18.

On Nov. 19, police issued a summons to a Walworth Avenue homeowner who was responsible for a large pile of leaves obstructing traffic in the roadway. The leaf pile was described as measuring 15 feet long and three feet high, and it reportedly extended into the roadway by five feet.

At 8 a.m., Nov. 21, a contractor was issued a summons for using power tools before 10 a.m. on a weekend.

Police dispersed kids from Edgewood School grounds after dark Nov. 21.

A Sycamore Road homeowner turned off loud music at 1 a.m., Nov. 22, after police reported neighbors had complained about noise.

On Nov. 22, policed issued a summons to a Brite Avenue homeowner for a leaf pile that blocked an entire lane of traffic on the street. It reportedly measured over 25 feet in length and four feet in height, and it extended into the roadway by approximately six feet.

Lost and found
On Nov. 16, a Shawnee Road woman reported losing her passport and marriage license in a rental car that she already returned.

On Nov. 18, a Weaver Street resident reported losing his driver’s license somewhere in the Village. He last saw it during the first week of November.

A damaged Apple iPhone was found on Post Road Nov. 20.

Police picked up an abandoned Huffy bicycle with two flat tires from Greendale Road Nov. 21, after a caller had reported seeing it there “for days.”

Patrol returned a lost license plate to its owner after finding it on Sprague Road and correctly identifying the owner using database information Nov. 21.

On Nov. 16, firefighters assisted at a car accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Firefighters stood by at the site of a sparking electrical wire on Eton Road, while waiting for Con Edison to arrive Nov. 16.

Firefighters examined an electrical issue with a stove and lights in a Ridgecrest West kitchen Nov. 19. Con Edison also examined the situation and advised the homeowner to contact an electrician.

Firefighters assisted at a car accident on the Bronx River Parkway Nov. 19.

A White Birch Lane resident reported accidentally leaving his car running in his garage for three hours Nov. 20. The resident was outside his house, with a nanny and his three children when firefighters arrived. Carbon monoxide was detected inside the house. Firefighters ventilated the house until air quality returned to normal. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps checked the family to make sure everyone was OK.

On Nov. 20, firefighters helped check Murray Hill Road houses after a gas leak was detected on the street. All houses were clear of gas.

Firefighters opened the door to a Hampton Road bathroom to free a child who accidentally got locked inside the bathroom Nov. 21.

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

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squirrelArrested: On Nov. 4, police arrested Donald M. Bennett, 61, of Mount Vernon, on a charge of third-degree criminal trespassing. Bennett is accused of unlawfully entering Immaculate Heart of Mary School and staying in the school at some point in the past, after deceiving a staff member about his purpose for entry. The original trespassing offense was reported by IHM staff on February 28. Police conducted the arrest after Bennett appeared in Eastchester Town Court for another unrelated arrest in Eastchester Nov. 4. Bennett was released on his own recognizance, pending a future court date of Nov. 18.

On Nov. 4, defendant Alexis Portilla, 55, of New York City, presented himself at headquarters to answer a charge of fourth-degree stalking, with intent to cause mental or emotional harm. Based on investigation leading to this charge, it was determined that Portilla contacted the complainant on several occasions via text messages and emails that contained material that prompted her to fear for her physical safety and endure stress and anxiety. Despite the fact that the complainant made it clear that she wanted communication to cease, Portilla continued to contact her. As a result of this investigation and the subsequent listed charge, police arrested Portilla at headquarters and released him on his own recognizance, pending a future court date.

Pedestrian struck
Another pedestrian was struck in the Village this week, on Nov. 6, shortly before noon, at the intersection of Popham and Garth roads. A work van hit the pedestrian – a 69-year-old Garth Road man – in the crosswalk while turning left from Depot Place onto Popham Road. The crosswalk was displaying a “walk” signal when the accident occurred. Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps tended to the pedestrian and treated an abrasion to his knee. The driver of the van – a 38-year-old West Harrison man – was issued two summonses: first, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle due to a license suspension, and second, failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Car break-in
An unlocked, parked car in an Old Lyme Road driveway was broken into overnight, and approximately six dollars was discovered missing the morning of Nov. 3.

Police came across a parked car with its glove box open and the car alarm sounding on Secor Road Nov. 7. The car’s owner said he did not leave the car that way. He checked the car and did not think anything was stolen.

Identity theft
A Wynmor Road resident reported several fraudulent accounts were attempted to be opened in his name Nov. 2. The resident also said a fraudulent attempt to claim unemployment benefits also occurred. All attempts were flagged as suspicious and did not go through.

On Nov. 3, a Heathcote Road man reported a fraudulent checking account was opened in his name at Key Bank on Nov. 1. He requested a police report to be able to close the account with Key Bank.

On Nov. 5, a Rock Creek Lane man reported 61 Social Security checks that he was supposed to have received were being deposited into a fraudulent account since 2015. The total amount of money lost, over the years, amounted to $157,990. He discovered the crime after receiving a letter from Social Security that one check had been returned to SSA.

On Nov. 6, a Murray Hill Road caller reported fraudulent purchases were made using an Internet Citibank account, and merchandise was being shipped, via her FedEx account, to an address out of state. Charges amounted to approximately $380.

An Old Lyme Road resident reported that a woman whom he had been helping was demanding money from him Nov. 4. According to the resident, the woman said if the resident did not give her $80, she would send her friends to come over and get it. The resident asked police to perform extra ridebys.

On Nov. 7, an Edgewood woman reported receiving 11 calls from an unknown person with a blocked number. On the occasions when she has answered the phone, an unknown male voice stated, “Hey, baby.” Police advised the woman to tell the caller she has called the police and does not wish to receive his calls, if the caller calls again.

Two Popham Road restaurant employees got into a verbal dispute over their workload, deliveries and working hours Nov. 4. They said it is an ongoing issue. Police attempted to contact the business owner to ask that the dispute be addressed from a supervisory perspective, but the owner did not answer the phone. The employees were advised to find a better way to work through the problem in the meantime. Later, the business owner called headquarters and said he would address the matter.

A Chesterfield Road resident reported receiving a prank text message Nov. 2.

On Nov. 7, a Lyons Road woman reported concern over what she thought was a camera in a neighbor’s window pointed at her backyard Police looked at the object in question and identified it as a chime, not a camera.

A Fenimore Road resident saw a car in her driveway and was afraid to approach the driver because she did not recognize the car Nov. 7. Police spoke with the driver who said he was a friend of the resident and he was dropping off food as a courtesy. The resident confirmed she knew the friend.

A Walworth Avenue resident reported an unknown person rang is doorbell and asked for a donation to an unknown organization based in Chicago Nov. 3. Police canvassed the area for the solicitor but did not encounter him.

A 92-year old Brite Avenue man passed away in his sleep Nov. 5.

Cars and roadways
Verizon was notified about separate incidents involving fallen wires on Heathcote Road and Weaver Street Nov. 2, Police also removed fallen branches from Heathcote Road that day.

A tent got loose and was blowing around on Christie Place Nov. 2. Police went to the scene to provide public safety and noted that an employee taken control of the tent and was securing it.

Police notified Con Edison about a fallen wire on Chesterfield Road Nov. 2.

The highway department removed fallen branches from Eton Road and Windmill Lane Nov. 2.

A car sideswiped a parked vehicle on Cohawney Road and caused the side mirror to break off Nov. 2.

Cohawney Drive residents complained about a U-Haul truck parked on the street for at least one day Nov. 4. Police spoke with a homeowner who said her brother was using the truck to move furniture. At police request, she asked him to park it in her driveway to eliminate disturbance for neighbors.

Police notified Verizon about fallen wires on Elmdorf Road Nov. 4.

Police spoke with a driver accused off scofflaw, for an accumulation of unpaid parking tickets, after the driver’s car was observed on East Parkway Nov. 4. The driver said he would rectify the fines with Village Hall that day.

A caller said she thought she saw a USPS van being driven by a person who was not in uniform on Cartage Lane, and she found this odd Nov. 5. Police canvassed the area for the van but did not locate it.

Teens in two idling SUVs on White Road told police they had stopped to have a conversation Nov. 5.

Police noticed a car without illuminated headlights or taillights driving on Mamaroneck and Brookby roads at 7 p.m., Nov. 6. Police helped the driver turn on the lights to make the car roadworthy.

Police pushed a disabled car off Popham Road and onto Church Lane South to await a tow Nov. 7.

Police stood by and directed traffic around a disabled car while a tire was changed on Hutchinson Avenue Nov. 7.

A caller complained about a possible sick squirrel on Roosevelt Place Nov. 3. Police went to the scene and did not see any sick animals. Police spoke with a custodian of Edgewood School who said the squirrel in question has been observed in the area for about a month. The custodian said he squirrel appeared healthy because it was eating and growing.

Neighbors complained of loud music coming from a Fayette Road house Nov. 6. A bar mitzvah was taking place for less than 50 people, with everyone wearing masks. Police told the homeowner and party planner to lower the volume of music, but the homeowner shut off the music.

A Wildwood Road family was listening to loud outdoor music in the backyard, and neighbors complained Nov. 6. Police advised the family, and they lowered the volume.

Adults talking loudly on Jefferson Road were asked to keep their voices down after neighbors complained Nov. 6.

Noise at a Hamilton Road gathering was not deemed to be excessive, despite a neighbor’s complaint, Nov. 7. However, the host was advised to follow social distancing and mask guidelines.

After numerous reports of a loud bang in the area near Fox Meadow Road and Highland Way Nov. 7, a witness told police that he saw a group of kids light a firework and run away. Police looked for the kids but did not find them.
Police reminded an Aspen Road resident about noise ordinances following a complaint about the resident’s wood cutting project Nov. 7.

Lost and found
A passerby found a car key at Catherine and Kelwynne roads Nov. 8. Police vouchered it for safekeeping.

This report covering public safety activity in the Village from Nov. 2-8 has been compiled from official information.

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