Police & Fire

October 10, 2019

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Local and state police are investigating a half-dozen reports of mail being stolen from residential mailboxes in Lewisboro. In one instance, a check addressed to the town of Lewisboro tax receiver was stolen and cashed, said Investigator Joseph Becerra of the New York State ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - Normally, law enforcement officials advise citizens to lock their cars to prevent the theft of valuable items. “It didn’t help in this instance,” said Lewisboro Police Chief David Alfano. On Thursday, windows were smashed on four parked cars at Lewisboro Town Park. Items ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. - The Goldens Bridge Fire Department led joint water-rescue training drills last week with the dual purpose of sharpening their skills and raising water safety awareness. Northern Westchester’s picturesque reservoirs and lakes are popular summer spots for recreational ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The following information was provided by the Lewisboro Police Department. Car Crash A distracted driver rear-ended another motorist on Bouton Road in South Salem shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, July 15. The driver who caused the crash reportedly told police that her water ...

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The following information was provided by the Lewisboro Police Department. Traffic Confrontation A driver who did not use his turn signal did not appreciate being beeped at by a fellow motorist. Around 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, the driver got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the woman ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Lewisboro’s newest police chief is a local product with global experience. David Alfano, a 36-year-old Cross River resident, joined the Lewisboro Police Department in 2012 as a patrol officer. Three years ago, he was promoted to sergeant. The 2001 John Jay High School ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – Katonah was supposed to be the start of a new life for Diana DeVivo and the three young children she loved: her own daughter as well as a niece and nephew who had lost their mother four years ago. Instead, in an instant, everything turned tragic. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the ...

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Editor's Note: This story was updated at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, July 4. KATONAH, N.Y. - Diana Devivo was in the driveway of her Katonah home when she was dragged to her death by a rented truck, Bedford police said this week. In a freak Sunday afternoon accident, Devivo appears to have gotten out ...

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen was tased and repeatedly punched after failing to comply with Westchester County police officers during a late Easter Sunday DWI arrest, dashboard-camera video makes clear. In a statement, the county called the use of force ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. - Police departments in Bedford and Lewisboro recently teamed up to curb the sale of vaping products to minors. Frank Secret, a school resource officer at the John Jay campus, recently gave a presentation to parents on the dangers of vaping. After the presentation, said ...

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - Bedford Town Justice Erik Jacobsen has been placed on administrative leave following a late-night altercation with Westchester County police on Easter Sunday, during which an officer used a stun gun to subdue the allegedly intoxicated judge, who had been driving “erratically” in ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – What makes a town safe? According to SafeWise, one of the many independent institutions that rank these sorts of things, a low rate of both property crimes and violent crimes makes for an ideal environment. These types of crimes have been virtually non-existent in Lewisboro, ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. - Nobody was injured and no property was destroyed in an aggressive brush fire that damaged about 12 acres of wetlands in Goldens Bridge on Wednesday evening. The fire, reaching as high as 60 feet, spread along a stretch of Todd Road between Butternut Lane and Mount Holly ...

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VISTA, N.Y. – A fire that destroyed a Vista home and left the homeowner hospitalized with burn wounds is under investigation by law enforcement officials seeking to identify the cause of the blaze. Around 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, Lewisboro and New York State police responded to Smith Ridge ...

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Editor’s Note: The following information was provided by the Lewisboro Police Department. Middle School Student Struck by Basketball A John Jay Middle School student was injured Monday, Feb. 11, when he was struck in the head with a basketball. The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps took him ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Some 30 firefighters from the Goldens Bridge Fire Department battled wind-whipped flames and smoke during a devastating blaze Sunday, Feb. 24, at a two-story, single-family home on Manor Drive. Although neither the occupants nor firefighters were injured in the aggressive, ...

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The following information was provided by the Lewisboro Police Department. False Report at Train Station A social media post about somebody falling at the Goldens Bridge train station turned out to be false. After reading a post online about a fall at the train station, a third party ...

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BEDFORD, N.Y. – The Chabad of Bedford’s synagogue was destroyed two weeks ago by a fire, but its spirit remains strong. “As soon as we saw the firefighters carry out the Torahs, we knew that all would be well, and that we would find the strength to move forward,” Rabbi Arik Wolf and his wife, ...

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WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Westchester County will no longer prosecute what it deems to be “low-level” marijuana offenses. Under this new policy, announced by District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, possessing two ounces or less of marijuana will no longer result in a criminal conviction. Two laws will ...

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Editor's Note: This story was updated at 2:07 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, with additional information. GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Two New York City fishermen succumbed to the Muscoot Reservoir’s frigid waters after their boat capsized some time between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to New ...

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WESTCHESTER, N.Y. –According to the New York State Police, the following businesses denied an underage operative attempts to purchase alcohol in December: Somers • 7-Eleven, 112 Route 100 • Route 100 Market, 291 Route 100 • Somers Wine & Spirits, 325 Route 100 • Valben Heritage ...

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BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – The Bedford Police Department has returned home. After about two years of working out of a small space in town offices next door, the department’s 53 employees have moved into their newly renovated headquarters that cost the town more than $8 million to complete. Chief ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. - Kids and their families enjoyed a magic show, face-painting, cookie decorating, food and refreshments, goodie bags, raffle prizes, fire truck rides, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus at the annual Children’s Holiday Party hosted by the Goldens Bridge Fire Department on ...

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LEWISBORO, N.Y. – For the 11th straight year, the Vista and South Salem fire departments held a Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 8. Throughout the day, members of the community who donated a toy at the Vista firehouse were able to get their picture taken with Santa Claus, ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. – The 1998 disappearance of a Lewisboro man is still being investigated by New York State Police in Somers. Ralph A. Coppola, 41 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen on Sept. 9, 1998, on Stillwell Avenue in the Bronx by a longtime friend. He was wearing a tan sweater ...

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GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – The annual Community Day event organized by the Goldens Bridge Fire Department featured a lineup of demonstrations, fun crafts, and interactive activities. At the event, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the firehouse on Route 138, firefighters showcased a ...

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SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - A 30-year-old South Salem man was pulled over for speeding Tuesday on West Road, but that was only the beginning of his problems. During the traffic stop, Police Officer Andrew Llewellyn smelled a "fresh odor of marijuana" coming from the car. After being asked to exit the ...

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Editor's Note: The print version of this article contained multiple inaccuracies in regard to people's titles. We regret the errors. SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. - The South Salem Fire Department hoped to raise awareness of its operations and inspire a new generation of volunteer first responders with its ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. – A stretch of I-684 in Katonah closed for more than 15 hours Sunday after a pickup truck crashed into and severely damaged an exit sign structure near Route 35. Traffic was halted and the truck remained in place because the sign, which spans three southbound lanes, was in danger ...

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KATONAH, N.Y. - The New York Times reported Monday that an explosive device was discovered in a mailbox at the Katonah home of George Soros, a billionaire philanthropist. According to the report, an employee of the residence discovered the suspicious package around 3:45 p.m. After opening the ...

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