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

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

On Sept. 16, police arrested Nikola Ruprechtova, 23, of Scarsdale, on charges of driving while intoxicated (first offense), operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of at least .08 of one percent, speeding in zone and moving from a lane unsafely. Police conducted a traffic stop after observing Ruprechtova’s car speed on Post Road and cross over the double yellow line a few times after making a right turn. Her breath smelled of alcohol, and she said she had one cider drink two hours ago in White Plains. Ruprechtova failed field sobriety tests. An alco-sensor test, which was later followed up by a Datamaster test at headquarters, indicated a blood alcohol content of .14. Following arrest processing, Ruprechtova was released on her own recognizance, with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable Sept. 19.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six car accidents were reported in the village this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BeerThis week, there was another kind of illegal drinking in the village. Cases of beer were reported stolen from the Popham Road CVS by a man and woman who brazenly removed the beer without paying for it Aug. 25. As per video surveillance, the man and woman entered the store with an empty shopping bag in the woman’s hand. They walked directly to the beer section. Two minutes later, they are seen leaving the store. The man is carrying a case of beer, and the woman is seen carrying several bags over her shoulder. They were described as a Hispanic man wearing a red shirt and a small, round, black hat, and a light-skinned Hispanic woman wearing a black shirt and pants, a black hat with lettering and sneakers. Police canvassed the area for the suspects but did not find them.

Criminal mischief
Thee post office employees reported damage to their personal vehicles parked in the rear lot of the Chase Road post office Aug. 20.

On Aug. 22, a Sage Terrace man said he sent a MoneyGram to an alleged Facebook seller of concert tickets on Aug. 13, but he did not receive the tickets. The seller was located in France. The man already contacted MoneyGram and advised he was in the process of receiving a refund; however he needed a police report.

On Aug. 22, a Brite Avenue woman advised she was the victim of a rental scam. She said she sent money to a person posing as a property owner of a property listed on a Vacation Rentals by Owner site. A total of $3,128 plus a $40 transfer fee was wired to a bank in England, for the alleged property rental, on Aug. 21. On Aug. 21, the woman received an email from the website expressing concern about the validity of the property listing. She contacted a site administrator and was informed the wire transfer was not in fact sent to the property’s real owner but to a person who had assumed the owner’s identity for fraudulent reasons. She attempted to stop the wire transfer by contacting her bank. She is waiting to see if her money will be returned.

An adult son reported someone out-of-state defrauded his mother out of a substantial amount of money Aug. 24.

Identity theft
On Aug. 23, a Clarence Road man reported his wallet, ID and credit cards had been lost on a train from Grand Central Station to Scarsdale on Aug. 21, and the following day, fraudulent transactions appeared on his credit cards.

On Aug. 23, a Greenacres Avenue woman reported changes to her address had been attempted on one of her store credit card accounts. She notified the credit card company, and the account was closed.

A man driving a Budget rental truck with a trailer carrying a Mercedes Benz pulled into the parking lot of Hitchcock Church and attempted to turn around Aug. 24. The attempt was unsuccessful, and the church’s stone wall was struck and sustained heavy damage. As per recorded video, the driver exited the truck, assessed the damage and attempted to unhitch the trailer, causing further damage. The driver then unloaded the Mercedes and maneuvered the truck and empty trailer out of the parking lot. This caused more damage to the wall. The driver then returned and drove off in the Mercedes.

A father called police to report his son and daughter were arguing and he could not control them Aug. 22. When police arrived the kids were in their separate bedrooms and no longer arguing with each other. The kids agreed to stay away from each other for the rest of the evening. No further police intervention was necessary.

Police stood by while two people argued over a broken window on Garth Road Aug. 26. While police were on scene, the people reached an agreement regarding the window repair.

Out of jurisdiction
On Aug. 23, a woman walked into the substation on East Parkway and requested help in reporting her nephew, from Philadelphia, as a missing person. Police advised her to contact Philadelphia police.

On Aug. 23, a caller from Massachusetts was asking for help in checking the welfare of her fiancé, whom she had been unable to reach all day. The fiancé’s phone “pinged” in Scarsdale but no specific location was given. The fiancé’s parents lived in White Plains, the caller said. Police advised the caller to contact White Plains police to perform a welfare check.

A driver called 911 to say he was lost on his way from Florida to Massachusetts Aug. 24. He provided patrol with the intersection of where he was -- Mamaroneck Road and Griffen Avenue – and police provided directions back to the highway.

Fire hydrant
An illegal hookup to a fire hydrant was observed on Black Birch Lane Aug. 24.Police ordered the responsible party to stop and issued the party a summons.

Cars and roadways
A village tree fell on Dickel Road and damaged a parked 2007 Audi Aug. 21. Police notified the owner, and the highway department removed the tree.

A parked black BMW was left with its engine running for several hours on Scarsdale Avenue Aug. 21. Police were able to turn off the car’s engine and secure the car.
Police stood by while the highway department replaced a partially dislodged manhole cover at Post and Kingston roads Aug. 22.

A trick driver advised he accidentally pulled down wires while driving on Dolma Road Aug. 22.

Police notified Verizon about fallen wires on Cohawney Road and Winslow Place Aug. 23.

Police issued summonses to an illegally parked car on Lee Road Aug. 23.

Patrol stood by while a flat tire was changed on Heathcote Road Aug. 23.

A moving truck knocked down wires on Kingston Road Aug. 24. Police reported it to Verizon.

Police issued a summons to a car parked too close to a stop sign on Haverford Road at Weaver Street Aug. 24.

A caller complained of a dangerous road worksite oat Post and Crane roads Aug. 24. On scene, patrol observed multiple flaggers, but some of the flaggers were standing in locations where drivers could not see them. This was causing dangerous head-on collision risks. Police spoke to the job foreman and instructed him to correct the situation immediately.

Optimum was notified about a fallen fiber optic cable on Corell Road Aug. 24.

Police helped a young driver contact a tow truck and the driver’s mother after the driver hit the curb and sustained a flat tire at Walworth and Greenacres avenues Aug. 24.

Seven car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Dogs and cat
A white car reportedly struck a dog on Harvest Drive Aug. 20. The dog’s owners took the dog to an animal hospital.

Police collected a lost dog from Fenimore Road Aug. 21. Later the owner called headquarters to report her dog had gotten lost. Police reunited the dog with its owner via pickup from hired help. Police presented the hired help with a summons written to the owner for having a dog at large.

A caller reported a lost cat on Post Road Aug. 24. Police provided the caller with the phone number for New Rochelle Human Society.

Patrol notified a Lee Road resident that his dog was baking for a long period of time, as reported by neighbors, Aug. 25. The resident said he would come home and address the situation.

Village code
Police issued summonses to workers using gas-powered blowers on Hickory Lane, Hutchinson Avenue and Montrose, Hampton and Sycamore roads Aug. 20 and on Hamilton Road Aug. 21.
Police issued a summons to an educational tutoring company that illegally posted a sign on Post Road Aug. 24.
Police dispersed kids from Potter Road after dark Aug. 26.
Police dispersed kids from Potter Road after dark after a homeowner reported seeing people on her property via her home security system Aug. 26.

Lost and found
On Aug. 20, a White Road woman reported losing her driver’s license while travelling.

On Aug. 20, a man who wished to remain anonymous reported finding a black leather wallet near the parking meters on Depot Place. Police attempted to notify the owner but could not reach him. Police vouchered the wallet for safekeeping.

On Aug. 21, an elderly East Parkway woman reported losing her purse in either an Uber driver’s car or in the Lord and Taylor store in Eastchester. Patrol called Lord and Taylor, and an employee found the purse in the shoe department. Police picked up the purse and returned it to the woman. The woman confirmed nothing was missing.

On Aug. 22, a Myrtledale Road woman reported losing her Social Security card in June. Police advised her to report the matter to the Social Security Administration.

According to Scarsdale Fire Chief James Seymour, firefighters responded to 25 incidents last week. Seymour shared the following narratives, below:

On Aug. 21, an attic fan overheated in a Meadow Road house, causing smoke and a burning odor. Firefighters disconnected the fan and advised the resident to replace the motor. Firefighters ventilated the house.

On Aug. 23, firefighters responded to a car accident, with injuries, on the Hutchinson River Parkway.

On Aug. 23, firefighters assisted Hartsdale firefighters with fire overhaul on Central Avenue.

On Aug. 24, elevated levels of carbon monoxide were detected in a Montrose Road house due to a malfunctioning boiler in the basement. Firefighters stood by for Con Edison and ventilated the house.

On Aug. 26, firefighters investigated a smoking outlet on the floor of a coffee machine area in a store on Scarsdale Avenue. The outlet had apparently gotten wet and therefore malfunctioned. Firefighters shut power to the outlet and advised the manager to contact an electrician.

This report, covering police and fire department activity from Aug. 20-26, has been compiled from official information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four car accidents were reported in the village this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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claritanShoplifting: An employee of the Popham Road CVS reported a woman took a large amount of various allergy medications from the store and left without paying Aug. 16. Medications, valued at $2,500, included Claritin, Allegra, Flonase and Xyzal. The suspect was described as a black woman with blonde hair, approximately 5’10” tall. The suspect was last seen heading in the direction of Central Park Avenue. Video footage from the store shows the woman entering the store with a bag and leaving the store without purchasing anything.

An employee of the Popham Road CVS reported a woman came into the store and left with three cases of beer that she did not pay for. The suspect was described ad a white woman with reddish-brown hair, approximately 5’6” tall and wearing blue jeans, black flip flops and a light blue tank top. She was last seen entering a red Hyundai that left in the direction of Edgemont. The manger left the store in pursuit of the woman but was unable to catch her.

Stolen iPads
On Aug. 14, an employee of Scarsdale Schools reported equipment had been stolen from the high school. Missing equipment included three iPad Air 2 devices and one iPad (128G). Each device was valued at $499. The 128G iPad was delivered to the school, with a shipment of 450 iPads, around July 15. It was discovered missing when inventory was being taken. Also found missing was an iPad charger, delivered to the school in another shipment around the same time and stored in the same room as the iPads. According to Apple, the iPad had not yet been activated.

Stolen Artwork
A reproduction of a piece of art by Roy Lichtenstein was reported stolen from a Birch Lane house Aug. 16. It was valued at $2,000. Police are following up.

On Aug. 16, policed arrested Jose Alejandro Tineo, 31, of White Plains, on charges of using a rental vehicle without ignition interlock, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (with three or more suspensions, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, moving from lane unsafely and failure to use a designated lane. The arrest occurred after police noticed Tineo’s 2004 BMW straddle two lanes on Post Road, drive unnaturally slowly, almost strike a passing car and drive in the lane of oncoming traffic. All of this was observed while police were on routine patrol. Police pulled behind Tineo’s car and activated the patrol car’s lights and sirens, thinking the driver might be having a medical emergency. At that time, Tineo’s car drifted across two lanes, drove over the curb and onto grass. Since the car was travelling so slowly, there was no visible property damage. Police went to the driver’s side window and had Tineo put the car in park and shut off the ignition. Tineo told police he felt like his heart was racing. He was transported to White Plains Hospital Center for evaluation and accompanied by police. A check of Tineo’s DMV record revealed the license was not in effect due to 19 suspensions, with 15 scoffs on seven different dates. Additionally, because Tineo had been convicted of an aggravated DWI offense in July of 2015, he had been ordered to only drive cars with an ignition interlock device – which he was not doing. Emergency room staff decided to admit Tineo to the hospital for further treatment. Police arrested Tineo while he was at the hospital and stayed with him, providing constant supervision, as he was transferred to a room. In the meantime, Tineo’s car was impounded and a small, white, rock-like substance wrapped in plastic and a single, loose, re-rolled cigarette were confiscated from the car. The items were vouchered and secured for further investigation. Tineo was issued an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable on Sept. 5, and he was released on $200 cash bail.

On Aug. 17, police arrested Andrew I. Coleman, 50, of New Rochelle, on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle with three or more suspensions. The arrest occurred after Coleman’s 2013 Jeep caused a license plate reader to sound in a patrol car conducting traffic enforcement on Weaver Street. The reader indicated Coleman’s license had been suspended on Dec. 16, 2017, for an insurance lapse. Coleman was arrested, and his car was impounded, He was released on $250 cash bail, posted by a friend, with an appearance ticket for Scarsdale Village Justice Court, returnable on Aug. 29.

Identity theft
On Aug. 13, a Saxon Woods Road man reported an unknown person had opened a fraudulent BJ’s store card in his name. The man learned about the card after receiving calls from a collection agency, attempting to collect unpaid charges of $326.26. He attempted to follow up with BJ’s staff and was advised to file a police report.

On Aug. 16, a Colvin Road resident reported someone had been on her property without her permission while she was on vacation from Aug. 6 – 16. She deduced this because she found refuse left behind on her rear yard.

Bug bite
An Ardmore Road resident called 911 because he was having an allergic reaction to a bug bite Aug. 16. While on the phone, the resident’s mother could be heard in the background, and the resident then told police his mother would drive him to the hospital. Patrol asked several times if the resident was sure of his decision, or if he wanted an ambulance dispatched to his address. The resident said he was sure he wanted his mother to drive him to the hospital.

Patrol helped an Ardmore Road woman open her front door after she reported the door was stuck Aug. 13.

At the request of AAA, police checked on an elderly couple waiting for a tow on Mamaroneck Road Aug. 13. The couple was OK, and police provided them with the number for headquarters in case they needed further assistance.

Police checked the welfare of a 93-year-ol Tisdale Road woman after her son called headquarters, stating he was unable to reach his mother on Aug. 14. The mother was OK. She was having phone problems and said she would use a neighbor’s phone to call her son.

An elderly woman fell in her house and needed help getting back into bed Aug. 18. Police notified Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps for assistance.

Health aides
Patrol helped mediate a discussion between an elderly man and a home health aide who was told to leave when she showed up to her first day of work Aug. 15. Patrol spoke with the man, and he eventually agreed to let the health aide stay. Later, the man called police again to say he wanted a different aide. The man’s wife then came home and intervened in the matter. She said the health aide was finishing her shift and would be relieved by another aide in approximately four hours. The aide was permitted to stay to the end of her shift. On Aug. 18, the same man called police again. This time, he complained about another health aide whom he did not want at his house. The man’s wife advised him to let the aide finish his shift. She also advised her husband that he is required to have an aide with him at all times.

On Aug. 18, police helped a man who walked into headquarters looking for assistance getting to a local shelter. As a courtesy, police drove the man to a shelter in White Plains.

A homeless man was reported at Depot Place Aug. 18. Patrol went to the scene and spoke with the man. The man said he was “just sitting on the park bench and writing on my book.” Patrol advised the man the park closed at sunset. The man advised he did not need any medical attention or further assistance.

Cars and roadways
Police notified an electrician about a malfunctioning traffic light at Crane Road and Woodland Place Aug. 13.

A Carthage Road man complained about construction vehicles parked on his street Aug. 13. None of the vehicles were in violation of parking rules, but police asked the workers to move their vehicles away from the man’s driveway, as a courtesy, Aug. 13.
Callers were concerned about a woman walking on Weaver Street Aug. 13. Patrol saw the woman, who was walking on the sidewalk, and confirmed she did not need any help.

Police stood by while a driver waited on Post Road for his father to drop off gasoline after the driver’s car ran out of gas Aug. 14.

Police notified the highway department about a pothole at Post and Murray Hill roads Aug. 15.

Police issued a parking summons to the owner of a car parked in front of a fire hydrant on Walworth Avenue Aug. 16.

On Aug. 16, a Crane Road church employee reported an unknown car with Pennsylvania license plates had been parked in the church lot for “some time.” Police ran the license plate number, and it came back clean. Police provided the employee with the number of a towing service in case church administration chose to take action and remove the car.

A tree fell across train tracks near Depot Place Aug. 16. Patrol notified MTA police.
Patrol assisted a truck driver maneuver his large vehicles out of Depot Place Aug. 16.

Patrol notified the highway department about a fallen tree branch on Overhill Road and a fallen tree on Park Road, for purposes of removal, Aug. 17.

A man called 911 from the parking lot of Buy Buy Baby on Central Park Avenue, stating his car caught fire while he was trying to jump it, Aug. 17. As per protocol, police transferred the call to the county’s fire dispatch system in order to get the person the quickest possible help.

Highway workers removed a fallen tree from Walworth Avenue Aug. 17.

A fallen primary wire was sparking on Brite Avenue Aug. 18.

Con Edison was notified about a fallen primary wires at Brite Avenue and Butler and Chesterfield roads Aug. 18.

On Aug. 18, police erected temporary stop signs at the intersection of Fenimore Road and Walworth Avenue due to a traffic light that was disabled due to a power outage in the area.

Patrol marked a low hanging limb over Reimer and Murray Hill roads with caution tape and notified the highway department Aug. 18.

Police called an electrician to reset a flashing traffic light at Woodland Place and Crane Road Aug. 18.

Eight car accidents were reported in the village this week.

Civil matter
A landscaping truck damaged a Brittany Close mailbox Aug. 14. The landscaper offered to pay for a full replacement of the mailbox, and the homeowner agreed.

Police reunited a lost white dog with its Fenimore Road owner Aug. 13.

A coyote was observed on Crossway Field, off Mamaroneck Road, Aug. 14. It did not appear to be injured or ill.

A caller reported a rabbit had been hit by a car but was still alive on Carstensen Road Aug. 18. Patrol went to the area and found a dead rabbit on a private driveway. Police notified a resident of the house, for purposes of disposal, since the rabbit was then on private property.

Village code
Neighbors complained of noise from a loud generator on Shawnee Road Aug. 18.

The homeowner said they were not aware they were not allowed to have a generator running constantly while they were without power. Neither the homeowner nor patrol knew how to shut off the generator, since it was programmed to automatically come on in the case of a power outage. The homeowner told patrol he would contact his electrician to address the situation.
Police issued a summons to landscapers using gas-powered leaf blowers on Fox Meadow Road Aug. 15 and Butler and Fox Meadow roads and Wayside Lane Aug. 16.

A red gas can with a plastic bag stuffed into the nozzle was found on a Carthage Road property Aug. 15. The homeowner said she would contact contractors working on her house to see if the can belonged to them.

Firefighters responded to 40 incidents this past week, including three car accidents and 21 false alarms.

On Aug. 14, firefighters shut water to a Sherbrooke Road house to stop water from leaking from a broken cold-water valve on a bathroom sink.

On Aug. 15, firefighters helped a resident retrieve a misguided drone that had fallen into a gutter.

An unknown odor, described a sulfur, on Griffen Avenue, was determined to be the scent of mulch Aug. 15.

Firefighters notified Con Edison about elevated levels of carbon monoxide in a Brewster Road boiler room Aug. 17. Firefighters had originally been called to the house for a water leak when they detected the carbon monoxide. Water department personnel were addressing the water problem.

A fallen electrical power line was burning in a Brite Avenue front yard Aug. 18.

Firefighters secured the area and notified Con Edison. They stood by for Con Edison for approximately 10 hours, until Con Edison finally arrived on the scene.

Firefighters determined an Old Orchard Lane house had a clogged sewer line Aug. 18. They advised the resident to call a plumber.

Am Olmsted Road resident was unable to get inside her house through her garage due to a power failure in the area Aug. 18. Firefighters were able to successfully find a way into the house to let the resident in.

An odor of rotten eggs in a Brite Avenue house led firefighters to an open sewer trap in the basement Aug. 18. Firefighters confirmed there was no carbon monoxide gas in the house and advised the homeowner to call a plumber.

A gas-fired generator was venting near the basement of a Brite Avenue house, causing elevated levels of carbon monoxide Aug. 18. Firefighters notified Con Edison and stood by. In the meantime, they ventilated the house and shut power to the generator.

At another Brite Avenue house, a gas-fired generator was also released carbon monoxide into the house, due to its position near a louvered air vent in the basement, Aug. 18. Due to the resident’s need for generator power related to a medical condition, firefighters helped the resident temporarily seal the louvered vent to prevent exhaust from entering the basement. The resident said she would contact the generator’s vendor and request that the generator be repositioned.

A basement sump pump overheated in a Claremont Road crawl space due to a float switch failure. This caused light smoke to be released into the house Aug. 18. Firefighters disconnected the sump pump and advised the resident to have the flat switch repaired.

Firefighters shut off a malfunctioning hot water heater that was emitting carbon monoxide into a Fox Meadow Road house Aug. 19. They ventilated the house and stood by for Con Edison.

This report covering police and fire department activity from Aug. 13-19 has been compiled from official information.

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