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19-Year-Old Admits Smuggling Migrants Through Northern Westchester, Threatening Them 19-Year-Old Admits Smuggling Migrants Through Northern Westchester, Threatening Them
19-Year-Old Admits Smuggling Migrants Through Northern Westchester, Threatening Them A 19-year-old man faces years in prison after he was caught trafficking migrants in Northern Westchester, federal officials said. Mario Elpidio Chavez Millan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty to charges connected to his smuggling of people who illegally entered the United States as well as his participation in a kidnapping scheme, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Tuesday, May 7.  According to federal officials, on July 10, 2023, New York State Police in Cortlandt received a report from a person who said their relative had entered…
Stretch Of Busy Route Reopens After Trailer Hits Retaining Wall In Northern Westchester Stretch Of Busy Route Reopens After Trailer Hits Retaining Wall In Northern Westchester
Stretch Of Busy Route Reopens After Trailer Hits Retaining Wall In Northern Westchester This story has been updated. A stretch of a busy main route in Northern Westchester is now open after a trailer separated from a truck and hit a retaining wall, police said. Route 6/202 (Goat Trail) between Route 9D and Route 9 in the town of Cortlandt is now open following a crash on Monday afternoon, April 29, according to Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police. According to Hicks, the crash happened when a trailer loaded with sheetrock separated from a truck and slammed into a retaining wall along the roadway.  A crane was needed to remove the sheetrock from the trailer to …
Northern Westchester City Councilman Filed Fraudulent Petitions During Election: DA Northern Westchester City Councilman Filed Fraudulent Petitions During Election: DA
Northern Westchester City Councilman Filed Fraudulent Petitions During Election: DA A city councilman in Northern Westchester faces criminal charges after filing petitions containing forged signatures during a primary election for a seat on the County Board of Legislators, officials announced.  Peekskill resident and Common Council member Robert Scott, age 44, was arrested after allegedly filing fraudulent petitions during the Democratic primary election for Westchester County Board of Legislators District 1 in June 2023, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced on Wednesday, April 17.  According to the DA's Office, on April 10, 2023,…
Drunk Driver Caught In Disabled Car At Busy Northern Westchester Intersection: Police Drunk Driver Caught In Disabled Car At Busy Northern Westchester Intersection: Police
Drunk Driver Caught In Disabled Car At Busy Northern Westchester Intersection: Police A 45-year-old Fairfield County man faces drunk driving charges after authorities found him driving a disabled car at a busy Northern Westchester intersection, police announced.  Stamford resident Phillip Walsh was arrested for DWI in connection with an incident in Yorktown on Saturday, March 2, Yorktown Police announced on Tuesday, March 12. According to police, at around 6:30 a.m. on the day of Walsh's arrest, officers found a disabled vehicle in the roadway at the intersection of Underhill Avenue and Route 118 (Saw Mill River Road). Officers identified Walsh as the driver and determi…
2 Victims Rescued After Suffering Burns In Northern Westchester House Fire 2 Victims Rescued After Suffering Burns In Northern Westchester House Fire
2 Victims Rescued After Suffering Burns In Northern Westchester House Fire Two people were taken to a trauma center after becoming trapped inside a Northern Westchester residence that caught on fire.  The incident happened in Cortlandt on Monday, Jan. 16 around 8:45 a.m., when a residence caught on fire with people trapped inside.  According to the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department, arriving crews were able to extinguish the blaze and put out hot spots while also rescuing the two victims who were trapped inside. A search for more residents came up negative, fire officials said. The two victims were later hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation.&…
Northern Westchester Eatery To Close Permanently: 'This Last Week Is Gonna Be LIT!' Northern Westchester Eatery To Close Permanently: 'This Last Week Is Gonna Be LIT!'
Northern Westchester Eatery To Close Permanently: 'This Last Week Is Gonna Be LIT!' A restaurant in Northern Westchester will soon be closing for good, but not without one last week of fun.  Dog Haus Biergarten Mohegan Lake, located at 3137 East Main St., will permanently close after Sunday, Jan. 14, the restaurant announced on social media.  Although no official reason for the closing was given, in a Facebook comment, the owners wrote, "We truly tried our hardest to make it work."  Despite the bad news, the owners maintained that the eatery's last days in business would still be a blast. To make this happen, the eatery will host karaoke on Wednesday night,…
Man's Body Found In Wooded Area In Northern Westchester Man's Body Found In Wooded Area In Northern Westchester
Man's Body Found In Wooded Area In Northern Westchester Authorities are investigating the death of a man known for living off the grid after his body was discovered in a wooded area in Northern Westchester.  The body was found on Friday, Dec. 29 around 2 p.m. in a wooded region in the Crompond area near the Yorktown and Cortlandt border, Yorktown Police announced.  The department made the discovery after the elderly man's friends reported that he had missed several lunch gatherings, police said. The man, whose name was not released but is believed to be from the area, was known for living "off the grid." His body was later taken to th…
2 People Hospitalized After Tree Falls On Occupied Car In Northern Westchester 2 People Hospitalized After Tree Falls On Occupied Car In Northern Westchester
2 People Hospitalized After Tree Falls On Occupied Car In Northern Westchester Two people were hospitalized after a large tree fell on an occupied vehicle in Northern Westchester and caused severe damage.  The incident happened in Cortlandt on Friday, Dec. 29 just after 1 p.m., when members of the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department were sent to Mount Airy Road West, where a tree had fallen on a car.  According to the department, firefighters saw that a large tree had hit the back of the sedan, causing significant damage. Luckily though, those who had been inside the car were able to get out with only minor injuries.  The two occupants were later taken to…
Update: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed In Northern Westchester Crash Left 'Indelible Mark,' Family Says Update: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed In Northern Westchester Crash Left 'Indelible Mark,' Family Says
Update: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed In Northern Westchester Crash Left 'Indelible Mark,' Family Says Funeral services have been announced for a 17-year-old Hudson Valley boy killed in a Northern Westchester crash who is being remembered for the joy he often brought to others.  Putnam County resident Vladislav “Vlad” Saban was killed in a crash in Cortlandt on Friday, Dec. 15 at the age of 17 when he lost control of the 2012 Toyota Prius he had been driving south on Albany Post Road (Route 9) and hit a utility pole and a tree, according to New York State Police.  Earlier Report - Fatal Cortlandt Crash: 17-Year-Old ID'd As Victim, Girl Critically Injured The pa…
New Update: Support Swells For Girl Critically Injured In Fatal Northern Westchester Crash New Update: Support Swells For Girl Critically Injured In Fatal Northern Westchester Crash
New Update: Support Swells For Girl Critically Injured In Fatal Northern Westchester Crash In the aftermath of a Northern Westchester crash that killed a 17-year-old boy and left a 16-year-old girl critically injured, their grieving Hudson Valley community is processing the tragedy while also supporting the families of the victims.  New Update: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed In Northern Westchester Crash Left 'Indelible Mark,' Family Says The crash happened on Friday, Dec. 15 around 8 p.m. on Albany Post Road (Route 9) in Cortlandt, when a 2012 Toyota Prius driving south sideswiped a Subaru Forester while illegally passing on the right shoulder and lost control…
Fatal Northern Westchester Crash: 17-Year-Old ID'd As Victim, Girl Critically Injured Fatal Northern Westchester Crash: 17-Year-Old ID'd As Victim, Girl Critically Injured
Fatal Northern Westchester Crash: 17-Year-Old ID'd As Victim, Girl Critically Injured A 17-year-old has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash in Northern Westchester in which a 16-year-old was critically injured. It happened around 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 on Albany Post Road (Route 9) in Cortlandt. According to New York State Police spokesman AJ Hicks, an iitial investigation revealed Putnam County resident and Haldane High School student Vladislav Saban, of Cold Spring, operating a 2012 Toyota Prius southbound sideswiped a Subaru Forester while passing illegally on the right shoulder.  Saban lost control of the vehicle, struck a utility pole, and then a tree.&…
15-Year-Old Girl Found Dead In Northern Westchester: Police Investigating Over 50 Years Later 15-Year-Old Girl Found Dead In Northern Westchester: Police Investigating Over 50 Years Later
15-Year-Old Girl Found Dead In Northern Westchester: Police Investigating Over 50 Years Later Authorities are continuing to investigate the murder of a 15-year-old girl whose remains were discovered in a sleeping bag at the bottom of a Northern Westchester cliff more than five decades ago.  More than 50 years after her murder, New York State Police are asking the public for help in solving the murder of 15-year-old New Jersey resident Alice Lezan of Franklin Township, whose remains were found in Cortlandt on Nov. 14, 1970.  On this date, authorities found Lezan's body bound with rope inside a red sleeping bag that was discovered at the bottom of a 60-foot drop ne…
Man Jumps To Death From Bear Mountain Bridge Man Jumps To Death From Bear Mountain Bridge
Man Jumps To Death From Bear Mountain Bridge A 48-year-old man jumped to his death from a Hudson Valley bridge. The incident took place on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Bear Mountain Bridge near in the town of Cortlandt in Northern Westchester County. According to New York State Police Trooper AJ Hicks, New Jersey resident Aleksey P. Mikhaylov, of Northvale, was located and pronounced dead at the scene.   No signs of foul play were discovered at this time, Hicks said. The Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office was on scene for the investigation.
Northern Westchester Teacher Hired In New District After Alleged Relationship With Student Northern Westchester Teacher Hired In New District After Alleged Relationship With Student
Northern Westchester Teacher Hired In New District After Alleged Relationship With Student A Hudson Valley school district is defending its decision to hire a teacher who allegedly sexually assaulted a student in another district just days before a civil suit was filed.  The lawsuit accuses the former teacher in Northern Westchester of grooming a then 16-year-old student at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt to have sexual relations on school grounds. The tenured teacher, identified as Alex Mendoza, age and hometown unknown, resigned in June after the filing lawyer contacted the Lakeland Central School District about the claim and he was removed from the classro…
Latest Update: Suspect Caught By Mansion After Northern Westchester Burglary, Police Say Latest Update: Suspect Caught By Mansion After Northern Westchester Burglary, Police Say
Latest Update: Suspect Caught By Mansion After Northern Westchester Burglary, Police Say A burglary suspect is in custody following a chase across multiple municipalities in Westchester that ended near a mansion and caused several nearby schools to be placed in lockout, police said. The chase was prompted by an investigation into a burglary in Cortlandt on Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Sinclair gas station located at 2058 East Main St. (Route 6), according to State Police Trooper Aaron Hicks.  Earlier Report - New Update: Irvington Schools Put In Lockout After Teens Burglarize Area By Lyndhurst The next day, Monday, Oct. 16, officers from the Ossining Police Department saw …
Person Hospitalized After Car Rollover In Northern Westchester Person Hospitalized After Car Rollover In Northern Westchester
Person Hospitalized After Car Rollover In Northern Westchester A person was sent to a hospital after becoming trapped in a rolled-over car in Northern Westchester.  The incident happened on Friday, Sept. 15 around 7:40 a.m., when firefighters responded to a rolled-over vehicle in a driveway on West Mount Airy Road in Cortlandt.  According to the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department, arriving crews helped the trapped driver out of the flipped car and brought them into the care of first responders.  One of the car's occupants was then taken to an area hospital for evaluation, while another declined any medical treatment.  New York State…
22-Year-Old Nabbed For Making 'Ghost Guns' At Northern Westchester Home: Police 22-Year-Old Nabbed For Making 'Ghost Guns' At Northern Westchester Home: Police
22-Year-Old Nabbed For Making 'Ghost Guns' At Northern Westchester Home: Police A 22-year-old man faces numerous felony weapon charges after authorities discovered that he was manufacturing "ghost guns" at his Northern Westchester home, police said.  Cortlandt resident Nicholas Zito, age 22, was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at his home on Langeloth Drive, Westchester County Police announced.  According to the department, Zito's arrest was the result of a multi-agency investigation conducted with the help of the New York State Police, FBI Westchester Safe Streets Task Force, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and the…
New Update: Flood, Storm Damage Funds Available To Westchester County Homeowners New Update: Flood, Storm Damage Funds Available To Westchester County Homeowners
New Update: Flood, Storm Damage Funds Available To Westchester County Homeowners Some $3 million in emergency assistance will be made available to eligible homeowners in the Hudson Valley impacted by flooding and recent storm damage. Earlier report - $3M In Flood Relief Funds Set Aside For Hudson Valley Homeowners: Here's Who's Eligible Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday, Aug. 9, the funds will provide emergency repair grants to homeowners who suffered damage to their primary residences in Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties. This funding is in addition to the $3 million announced by Hochul last month to assist homeowners affected by historic f…
Lane Closure: Route 6 In Northern Westchester To Be Affected Lane Closure: Route 6 In Northern Westchester To Be Affected
Lane Closure: Route 6 In Northern Westchester To Be Affected Traffic on a busy main route in Northern Westchester will soon be affected by a closure that will only allow traffic to pass through a single lane controlled by a temporary signal.  Beginning on Friday, July 21 at 3 p.m., Route 6 in Cortlandt at Roa Hook Road will be reduced to a single lane, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.  Alternating traffic will be let through the single open lane by a temporary traffic signal, officials said.  Transportation officials did not say how long the lane reduction would last. The closure is to facilitate cons…
Roads Expected To Reopen In Northern Westchester Following Flooding, Hochul Says Roads Expected To Reopen In Northern Westchester Following Flooding, Hochul Says
Roads Expected To Reopen In Northern Westchester Following Flooding, Hochul Says Several busy main roads in the Hudson Valley are expected to soon reopen following a severe storm system that dropped several inches of rain and resulted in historic flooding, officials said.  The expected road reopenings were announced on Wednesday afternoon, July 12 by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who said that they will follow several days of intense repair work.  The closures were caused by a severe, slow-moving rainstorm that arrived in the region on Sunday, July 9, and dropped more than eight inches of rain in parts of the Hudson Valley.  Hudson Valley roadways expe…
Officers Awarded For Saving Lives, Surviving Standoffs, Seizing Drugs In Westchester Officers Awarded For Saving Lives, Surviving Standoffs, Seizing Drugs In Westchester
Officers Awarded For Saving Lives, Surviving Standoffs, Seizing Drugs In Westchester Several Westchester County police officers have received awards for showing extreme bravery and ingenuity, including one who saved a shooting victim's life with a potato chip bag and several who survived a standoff while being repeatedly fired at.  A total of 30 officers received their awards during the Westchester Department of Public Safety’s annual award ceremony held on Tuesday, June 20 at the Police Academy in Valhalla.  The awards were presented by County Executive George Latimer, Deputy County Executive Kenneth Jenkins, and Acting Public Safety Commissioner Terrance Ra…
Sound Of Sirens: New Indian Point Full Volume Test Scheduled Sound Of Sirens: New Indian Point Full Volume Test Scheduled
Sound Of Sirens: New Indian Point Full Volume Test Scheduled Hudson Valley residents are being told to not be alarmed when they hear an upcoming test of the Indian Point sirens that will sound throughout numerous counties.  The test is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at around 10:30 a.m., according to Westchester County government officials.  The sirens will be heard in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange Counties, officials said, adding that no action is needed from the public.  The sirens were installed to alert the public of any emergency at the former nuclear plant, and the loud, high-pitched alarm would sound continuously …
Blaze Rips Through Northern Westchester Home On Memorial Day Blaze Rips Through Northern Westchester Home On Memorial Day
Blaze Rips Through Northern Westchester Home On Memorial Day A raging house fire kept firefighters busy for nearly three hours on Memorial Day and left a Northern Westchester residence severely damaged. The blaze happened on Monday afternoon, May 29 at a residence in Cortlandt on Maple Avenue, according to the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department.  Crews took nearly three hours to put the fire out, requiring reinforcements to arrive with cold drinks for the tired firefighters.  The blaze left the structure of the residence blackened. Luckily though, no injuries were reported.
National Guard Sergeant Nabbed For Sexual Offenses In Northern Westchester, State Police Say National Guard Sergeant Nabbed For Sexual Offenses In Northern Westchester, State Police Say
National Guard Sergeant Nabbed For Sexual Offenses In Northern Westchester, State Police Say A ranking officer in the Army National Guard has been accused of committing sexual offenses, according to New York State Police. Sergeant First Class Pablo Rivera, age 49, who resides on Long Island in Franklin Square, was arrested on Monday, May 15, and charged with two counts of forcible touching.  A lengthy investigation determined that the victim was inappropriately touched by Rivera on two different occasions in Northern Westchester County, in the town of Cortlandt and the city of Peekskill, state police announced on Wednesday, May 17. Rivera was transported to Cortlandt Tow…
Person Dies After Being Struck By Train In Northern Westchester Person Dies After Being Struck By Train In Northern Westchester
Person Dies After Being Struck By Train In Northern Westchester New, updated story: ID Released For Person Struck, Killed By Train In Cortlandt A person was killed when they were struck by an Amtrak train near a station in Northern Westchester, officials said.  The incident happened on Monday night, May 8 around 8:40 p.m., when a person was struck by an Amtrak train on the Hudson Line near Cortlandt station, according to MTA officials.  The person was then taken to an area hospital, and later died from injuries sustained in the incident.  An investigation into the death is now ongoing. No criminality is currently suspected, officia…
'Institutional Misogyny': Chairwoman Resigns From Westchester BOL After Staffer Meets With Teen 'Institutional Misogyny': Chairwoman Resigns From Westchester BOL After Staffer Meets With Teen
'Institutional Misogyny': Chairwoman Resigns From Westchester BOL After Staffer Meets With Teen The chairwoman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators has stepped down from her position following a scandal involving a former county staffer trying to meet with a 14-year-old girl.  Catherine Borgia, who was elected to the position with a unanimous vote at the beginning of the 2022-2023 term, announced her resignation on Friday, April 28. Earlier Report - Staffer Fired For Meeting With Teen Girl Leads To 'Witch Hunt,' Westchester BOL Chair Says Numerous legislators had called for Borgia's resignation after a former staffer, identified as Anand Singh, was fired…
Staffer Fired For Meeting With Teen Girl Leads To 'Witch Hunt,' Westchester BOL Chair Says Staffer Fired For Meeting With Teen Girl Leads To 'Witch Hunt,' Westchester BOL Chair Says
Staffer Fired For Meeting With Teen Girl Leads To 'Witch Hunt,' Westchester BOL Chair Says The Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators is responding to calls for her resignation after a county staffer was fired for attempting to meet up with a 14-year-old girl.  The former legislative staffer, identified as Anand Singh, was fired on Thursday, April 13 after a video surfaced of him allegedly driving hours to try and meet up with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Westchester County Board of Legislators.  The incident is now under investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Board of Legislators Chair Catherine Borgia said in a statement on Tuesday, April 18.  …
Brush Fires Rage Across Westchester: Here's How To Prevent Them Brush Fires Rage Across Westchester: Here's How To Prevent Them
Brush Fires Rage Across Westchester: Here's How To Prevent Them As a number of brush fires caused by dry conditions, strong winds, and low humidity erupt in Westchester, officials are giving residents tips on how to prevent more from happening.  The current dry conditions have caused numerous brush fires throughout the county and have led New York State to issue a high fire danger warning for Westchester, according to County Executive George Latimer.  The high risk for brush fires is caused by dry conditions, strong winds, and low relative humidity, which particularly affects parks and wooded areas in the county.  Places where large…
Former Garage Owner Steals Customer's Truck In Northern Westchester, Still At Large: Police Former Garage Owner Steals Customer's Truck In Northern Westchester, Still At Large: Police
Former Garage Owner Steals Customer's Truck In Northern Westchester, Still At Large: Police Police are searching for a former garage owner who they say allegedly stole a customer's truck in Northern Westchester.  According to state police, Carlos Vera, who once owned C&K Little Garage in Cortlandt, stole a customer's 2012 Ford F150 pickup truck upon closing the business and left the area with it.  After receiving a stolen vehicle complaint, authorities set out to find Vera, who is a former resident of the Verplanck area of Cortlandt, state police announced on Wednesday, March 22. Anyone with any information regarding Vera's whereabouts is asked to cal…
Long Section Of Route 6/202 To Close For Week In Northern Westchester Long Section Of Route 6/202 To Close For Week In Northern Westchester
Long Section Of Route 6/202 To Close For Week In Northern Westchester A long section of a major US route in Northern Westchester will soon close for a little more than a week, leaving travelers with no option but to take a detour.  Beginning on Thursday, March 16, the section of US Route 6/202 (Bear Mountain Bridge Road) between State Route 9D and US Route 9 in Cortlandt will close on weekdays in both directions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the New York State Department of Transportation.  The closure is scheduled on weekdays through Friday, March 24, and is to facilitate tree work.  Affected commuters should take the post…
Indian Point Siren 'Full Volume Test' Scheduled Indian Point Siren 'Full Volume Test' Scheduled
Indian Point Siren 'Full Volume Test' Scheduled A full-volume test of the Indian Point sirens has been scheduled in the Hudson Valley and will be no cause for alarm.  The test of the Indian Point Energy Center siren system will be held on Wednesday, March 15 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., according to the Peekskill Police Department.  The drill will test sirens throughout the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding Indian Point, which is located in Buchanan in the town of Cortlandt. Sirens in both Westchester and Orange counties will be tested during the full-system activation test, which will involve the sirens sounding sim…