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High School Senior In Northern Westchester Killed In Crash Days Before Graduation High School Senior In Northern Westchester Killed In Crash Days Before Graduation
High School Senior In Northern Westchester Killed In Crash Days Before Graduation A high school senior from Northern Westchester has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash that happened just two days before graduation. The single-vehicle incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 in Bedford Hills on Route 117 (Bedford Road), near Edna Street, between Valerio Court and Green Lane. Joshua Martinez Arana and another Fox Lane High School senior were rushed to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where the 18-year-old Arana later died. The identity of the other student has not yet been released. "My sincere condolences to the family of Joshua Martinez Ar…
Northern Westchester Native Dies At Age 99 Northern Westchester Native Dies At Age 99
Northern Westchester Native Dies At Age 99 George R. "Dick" Clarke, a native of Northern Westchester, died at the age of 99 in hospice care after a "long and full life." Born in 1925 in Ossining to William C. and Edith R. Clarke, George Clarke attended St. Augustine Parochial School and Ossining Jr./Sr. High School. Well-known throughout the area, Clarke graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor of electrical engineering degree and worked for more than 40 years for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, with 20 years being in the International Division traveling the world, his obituary said. He was a member of the…
Fear Not: Here’s Why ‘Kill’ Is Found In So Many NY Locale, Waterway Names Fear Not: Here’s Why ‘Kill’ Is Found In So Many NY Locale, Waterway Names
Fear Not: Here’s Why ‘Kill’ Is Found In So Many NY Locale, Waterway Names What’s in a name? In the case of these New York locales and waterways, nothing nearly as sinister as their titles may imply. Pull up Google Maps and you’ll notice that the Empire State is dotted with several towns ending in the suffix -kill: Northern Westchester’s Peekskill, Dutchess County’s Fishkill, and of course the picturesque Catskill Mountains, to name a few. Zoom in a bit further and you’ll spot winding creeks and rivers that are curiously referred to as kills: Normans Kill near Albany and Poesten Kill near Troy, for example. So, what gives? It turns out there’s a perfectly logical…
Katonah's Martha Stewart Reportedly Buys $12M Condo: Here's Where Katonah's Martha Stewart Reportedly Buys $12M Condo: Here's Where
Katonah's Martha Stewart Reportedly Buys $12M Condo: Here's Where Beloved Northern Westchester resident and iconic homemaker Martha Stewart has purchased a multi-million dollar residence inside a building that plays a key role in a popular television series, according to a brand-new report. Stewart has landed on a $12.3 million Manhattan apartment inside the esteemed Belnord building on West 86th Street, Mansion Global reported.  The 82-year-old Stewart bought the six-bedroom condo with her daughter, Alexis, the report said. According to the real estate outlet, the more than 100-year-old building containing Stewart's residence is the filming lo…
Severed Remains Case: 2 Charged With Murdering Westchester Couple As Gruesome Details Revealed Severed Remains Case: 2 Charged With Murdering Westchester Couple As Gruesome Details Revealed
Severed Remains Case: 2 Charged With Murdering Westchester Couple As Gruesome Details Revealed Months after the mutilated remains of a Hudson Valley couple were found strewn across Long Island, prosecutors have charged two suspects with their murders. Jeffrey Mackey, age 36, and Alexis Nieves, age 33, both of Amityville, were arraigned on additional charges of murder and related offenses in Suffolk County Court on Friday, April 26 in the killings of Malcolm Brown and Donna Conneely. Prosecutors said the couple was stabbed to death after entering Mackey and Nieves’ Amityville residence on Railroad Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Earlier Report: Dismembering Dead Body Would Be Fel…
Drug Dealer From Northern Westchester Directed Multiple 'Vicious' Attacks: Here's His Sentence Drug Dealer From Northern Westchester Directed Multiple 'Vicious' Attacks: Here's His Sentence
Drug Dealer From Northern Westchester Directed Multiple 'Vicious' Attacks: Here's His Sentence A Hudson Valley marijuana dealer from Northern Westchester will spend nearly two decades in prison for directing multiple violent attacks, including a brutal beating that left a man naked and bloody in a pile of snow, officials announced.  Hawthorne resident Wayne Hicks, age 32, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for charges related to the attacks and drug trafficking, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Thursday, April 4.  According to federal officials, Hicks, a Rockland County marijuana dealer also known as "Weez," directed two separate …
Woman ID'd In Dismembered Remains Case Has Ties To Northern Westchester Woman ID'd In Dismembered Remains Case Has Ties To Northern Westchester
Woman ID'd In Dismembered Remains Case Has Ties To Northern Westchester One of two murder victims whose dismembered remains were found strewn across Long Island has numerous ties to the Hudson Valley. Suffolk County Police said the severed remains of Donna Conneely, age 59, were discovered Thursday, Feb. 29, at Babylon’s Southards Pond Park.  Homicide detectives located additional remains on Tuesday, March 5, at Bethpage State Park and in a wooded residential area in West Babylon. Homicide detectives have located human remains at Bethpage State Park, Southards Pond Park in Babylon, and in a wooded area along Lakeway Drive in West Babylon.  Googl…
Fugitive From Justice Caught During Welfare Check In Northern Westchester: Police Fugitive From Justice Caught During Welfare Check In Northern Westchester: Police
Fugitive From Justice Caught During Welfare Check In Northern Westchester: Police A 24-year-old woman was taken into custody as a fugitive from justice after authorities conducted a welfare check on her in Northern Westchester, police said. Queens resident Nicole Aguirre Leon was arrested by Yorktown Police on Tuesday, Feb. 20 after she was found to be a fugitive with an active warrant out of New Jersey, the department announced on Friday, Feb. 23.  According to the department, at around 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Yorktown officers conducted a welfare check on Aguirre Leon. Because there was a language barrier, once they met with her, she was taken to Yorktown Polic…
Rebranded Restaurant Celebrates 15th Anniversary In Northern Westchester Rebranded Restaurant Celebrates 15th Anniversary In Northern Westchester
Rebranded Restaurant Celebrates 15th Anniversary In Northern Westchester A restaurant in Northern Westchester celebrating its 15th anniversary is rebranding under a new name.  Augie's Prime Cut, located in Mohegan Lake at 3436 Lexington Ave., has changed its name to "Augie's Prime Italian" and will be celebrating its 15th anniversary between Sunday, March 10, and Wednesday, March 13, the owners announced.  The idea to rebrand the eatery under a new name was prompted by a desire for change as the restaurant approached the milestone anniversary.  "Augie’s has always been about delivering exceptional dining experiences—and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do …
Train Station In Northern Westchester Gets New Elevator, Accessibility Upgrades Train Station In Northern Westchester Gets New Elevator, Accessibility Upgrades
Train Station In Northern Westchester Gets New Elevator, Accessibility Upgrades A Metro-North station in Northern Westchester is the latest to receive accessibility improvements, including an all-new elevator.  The improvements, which were made to the Purdys Metro-North Station in North Salem, were announced by the MTA on Thursday, Feb. 22.  The upgrades include a new elevator that travels between the station's parking lot and the Purdys Road (Route 116) overpass, as well as a new sidewalk compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act that leads from the elevator to the existing station entrance.  The station is the third in Westchester to receive …
Drunk Man Drives Car With 13-Year-Old Expired Registration In Thornwood: Police Drunk Man Drives Car With 13-Year-Old Expired Registration In Thornwood: Police
Drunk Man Drives Car With 13-Year-Old Expired Registration In Thornwood: Police A 42-year-old drunk driver was taken into custody after authorities caught him traveling on a parkway in Northern Westchester in a car with a registration that expired over thirteen years ago, police said. The events leading to the man's arrest began on Sunday, Feb. 25 just before 3 a.m., when an officer noticed a BMW sedan traveling on the Saw Mill River Parkway near Marble Avenue in Thornwood with fake Tennessee license plates, no inspection sticker, and a registration sticker that expired in 2010, according to the Westchester County Police Department.  After police pulled the vehicl…
Trio Smashes Door Of Liquor Store, Steals $1K In Merch, Cash In Hawthorne Trio Smashes Door Of Liquor Store, Steals $1K In Merch, Cash In Hawthorne
Trio Smashes Door Of Liquor Store, Steals $1K In Merch, Cash In Hawthorne Authorities are looking for three suspects who damaged a Northern Westchester liquor store and stole $1,000 in products and cash.  The burglary happened on Sunday, Feb. 11 at around 4 a.m. at the Hawthorne Wine and Spirits store located at 383 Elwood Ave., according to Mount Pleasant Police.  At that time, three suspects smashed the business's front door with rocks and entered the store for around two minutes before fleeing in an awaiting getaway car.  A patrol officer soon spotted the suspect vehicle speeding south on the Sprain Brook Parkway shortly after the burglary and …
Support Rushes In For Northern Westchester Professional Soccer Player Diagnosed With Cancer Support Rushes In For Northern Westchester Professional Soccer Player Diagnosed With Cancer
Support Rushes In For Northern Westchester Professional Soccer Player Diagnosed With Cancer In an amazing display of support, a community has come together to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help a professional soccer player from Northern Westchester who faces a dire cancer diagnosis.  The effort began after New York City FC player John Denis, a Yorktown native, was diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma on Saturday, Feb. 3, his 26th birthday.  The diagnosis came just days before Denis was scheduled to leave home for his preseason and fourth year of playing professional soccer, according to his brother, Sebastian.  To help raise funds t…
Drunk Driver Nabbed After Months-Long Investigation Into Head-On Crash In North Castle Drunk Driver Nabbed After Months-Long Investigation Into Head-On Crash In North Castle
Drunk Driver Nabbed After Months-Long Investigation Into Head-On Crash In North Castle A woman faces felony drunk driving charges following a months-long investigation into a head-on crash in Northern Westchester that discovered her blood alcohol content had been four times over the legal limit, police announced.  The 58-year-old Chappaqua woman, whose name was not released, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in connection with a head-on crash in North Castle in October 2023, the North Castle Police Department announced on Wednesday, Feb. 14.  According to the department, on the day of the crash, Monday, October 2, at around 5:50 p.m., a head-on collision happened at t…
Update: More Details Emerge In Pharmacy Burglary In Bedford Update: More Details Emerge In Pharmacy Burglary In Bedford
Update: More Details Emerge In Pharmacy Burglary In Bedford Authorities have released more information about the early morning burglary of a Northern Westchester pharmacy.  The incident happened on Monday, Feb. 12 around 4:15 a.m., when a commercial burglar alarm was activated at the Bedford Pharmacy at 424 Old Post Rd. (Route 22).  Earlier Report - Pharmacy Burglaries Under Investigation In Bedford, Putnam Arriving officers soon found that the front glass door had been smashed and that suspects had entered the store and stolen numerous types of medicine before fleeing, according to Bedford Police Lt. Jeff Gulick.  Th…
These Byram Hills HS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists These Byram Hills HS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
These Byram Hills HS Students Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists Half a dozen high school seniors from Northern Westchester have been selected as finalists in a prestigious national program.  Six seniors from Byram Hills High School in Armonk have been named as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the Byram Hills Central School District announced on Thursday, Feb. 15.  The six students are:  Cyrus Aly; Samara Brown; Aaron Lestz; Daniel Ndocaj; Alexander Woodworth; Yicheng Yang. All six students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT as an initial screening. They were then announced as among the 16…
Man Jailed For Selling Drugs That Caused Fatal Overdose In Northern Westchester, Police Say Man Jailed For Selling Drugs That Caused Fatal Overdose In Northern Westchester, Police Say
Man Jailed For Selling Drugs That Caused Fatal Overdose In Northern Westchester, Police Say A 30-year-old man was hit with felony charges for allegedly selling drugs that caused a victim's fatal overdose in Northern Westchester, police announced. Yorktown resident Albert Tapia was arrested outside of his residence on Thursday, Feb. 15 in connection with a fatal overdose that occurred in October 2023, Yorktown Police announced.  According to the department, on Thursday, Oct. 26 around 3 p.m., Yorktown Police responded to a residence on East Main Street where the overdose happened. An investigation into the incident later determined that Tapia had allegedly sold a quantity of c…
Drunk Drivers Nabbed In Northern Westchester Crashes After Super Bowl: Police Drunk Drivers Nabbed In Northern Westchester Crashes After Super Bowl: Police
Drunk Drivers Nabbed In Northern Westchester Crashes After Super Bowl: Police A man and woman both face drunk driving charges in connection to two separate crashes in Northern Westchester that occurred after the Super Bowl, police announced. The two crashes both happened in Yorktown on Sunday night, Feb. 11, and early Monday morning, Feb. 12, Yorktown Police announced on Wednesday, Feb. 14.  The first of the incidents happened on Sunday around 11 p.m., when a vehicle left the scene of a crash in the area of Crossways Road, according to the department. Responding officers were able to get a description of the vehicle and found it on Barger Street. Police then tr…
Around 20 Gunshots Fired After Funeral At Northern Westchester Cemetery: Police Around 20 Gunshots Fired After Funeral At Northern Westchester Cemetery: Police
Around 20 Gunshots Fired After Funeral At Northern Westchester Cemetery: Police Police are searching for those involved in a shooting incident that happened at a Northern Westchester cemetery following an internment ceremony.  The incident happened on Saturday, Feb. 10 around 3 p.m., when shots were fired at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla at 273 Lakeview Ave., according to Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva. After receiving several 911 calls reporting the shooting, officers rushed to an area in the cemetery near the Tower Gate off Grasslands Road (Route 100) and determined that around 20 gunshots had been fired shortly after the conclusion of an internment c…
Purses, Laptops Stolen From Vehicles At Trail Parking Lot In Northern Westchester Purses, Laptops Stolen From Vehicles At Trail Parking Lot In Northern Westchester
Purses, Laptops Stolen From Vehicles At Trail Parking Lot In Northern Westchester Authorities in Northern Westchester are investigating several car break-ins that happened at a trailway parking lot.  The incidents happened on Wednesday, Feb. 7 between 4 and 4:30 p.m. in Yorktown at the North County Trailway parking lot on Route 118, according to Yorktown Police. According to the department, the suspects involved forced their way into three locked vehicles and stole several items, including purses and laptops.  The thefts are now under investigation, police said. The department also warned residents to remove valuables from their unoccupied vehicles to av…
Off-Brand Rechargeable Battery Starts Blaze At Northern Westchester Home Off-Brand Rechargeable Battery Starts Blaze At Northern Westchester Home
Off-Brand Rechargeable Battery Starts Blaze At Northern Westchester Home Fire officials are giving residents battery safety tips following a blaze at a Northern Westchester residence caused by an off-brand rechargeable product. The fire broke out on Wednesday, Jan. 24 around 3 p.m. at a residence in Somers on Wood Street, the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department announced on Saturday, Jan. 27.  According to the department, which provided mutual aid during the incident, a small fire broke out on the first floor of the residence but was quickly put out.  The cause of the blaze was later determined to be an off-brand rechargeable battery, fire…
Crews Repairing Pot Holes On State Roads In Northern Westchester Crews Repairing Pot Holes On State Roads In Northern Westchester
Crews Repairing Pot Holes On State Roads In Northern Westchester Crews are taking advantage of the rain-free weather to make much-needed repairs to Northern Westchester roadways.  In an announcement on Thursday, Feb. 1, the New York State Department of Transportation said that crews are "aggressively" patching state roadways while the weather allows them to.  Some of the roadways being patched include Route 118 in Somers and the Sprain Brook Parkway, officials said on social media.  Anyone who encounters a pothole on state roadways is asked to call 800-POTHOLE to report them. 
Beloved Northern Westchester Business Owner Dies At 69 Beloved Northern Westchester Business Owner Dies At 69
Beloved Northern Westchester Business Owner Dies At 69 A community is mourning the loss of a Hudson Valley woman who once owned two popular businesses in Northern Westchester and was known for her love of crafting.  Putnam County resident Diane Callahan-Caro of Brewster died on Friday, Jan. 19 in Newark, New Jersey at the age of 69, according to her obituary.  Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1954, Callahan-Caro went on to graduate from Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak in 1972 before earning her bachelor's degree from Briarcliff College.  Years later in 1978, she married John Caro in Peekskill and together, they live…
Large Tree Falls On Occupied Car Near Park In Northern Westchester Large Tree Falls On Occupied Car Near Park In Northern Westchester
Large Tree Falls On Occupied Car Near Park In Northern Westchester A busy main road in Northern Westchester was briefly closed after a tree fell on an occupied car near a park, fire officials said. The incident happened on Sunday, Jan. 28 around 1:30 p.m., when a tree fell on a vehicle in the area of Gedney Park in Chappaqua on Route 120, according to the Millwood Fire Department.  Arriving first responders found that all of the car's occupants had been able to get out of the vehicle on their own, and began clearing debris from the roadway. In total, Route 120 was closed for around 30 minutes.  The occupants were later evaluated by first re…
Truck Slams Into Overpass On Saw Mill Parkway In Pleasantville: Was Following GPS, Police Say Truck Slams Into Overpass On Saw Mill Parkway In Pleasantville: Was Following GPS, Police Say
Truck Slams Into Overpass On Saw Mill Parkway In Pleasantville: Was Following GPS, Police Say Multiple lanes of a busy parkway in Northern Westchester had to be temporarily closed after a truck crashed into an overpass, police said. The incident happened on Saturday, Jan. 27 just before 1 p.m., when a box truck crashed into the Bedford Road overpass on the northbound Saw Mill River Parkway near Exit 28 in Pleasantville, according to Westchester County Police Public Information Officer Kieran O'Leary. The collision damaged the truck's cargo area and caused debris to scatter on the parkway, forcing authorities to close the northbound lanes for a cleanup. The lanes were eventually reop…
Combative Patient At Northern Westchester Residence For Disabled People Hospitalized: Police Combative Patient At Northern Westchester Residence For Disabled People Hospitalized: Police
Combative Patient At Northern Westchester Residence For Disabled People Hospitalized: Police A resident of a Northern Westchester home for intellectually and developmentally disabled people was hospitalized after injuring staff members, police said. The incident happened on Monday evening, Jan. 22, when a resident at Opengate Inc., a residence for intellectually and developmentally disabled people in Somers at 29 Warren St., became combative, according to New York State Police Trooper AJ Hicks.  State troopers soon responded to the residence and transported the patient to Putnam Hospital without further incident.  Staff members suffered minor injuries in the incident but…
Lifelong Firefighter, Northern Westchester Native Dies: 'His Legacy Will Undoubtedly Live On' Lifelong Firefighter, Northern Westchester Native Dies: 'His Legacy Will Undoubtedly Live On'
Lifelong Firefighter, Northern Westchester Native Dies: 'His Legacy Will Undoubtedly Live On' A Hudson Valley resident who spent decades protecting his community as a firefighter is being remembered for his selflessness and outgoing nature.  Putnam County resident Dennis Rotenberg of Garrison died on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the age of 71, according to his obituary.  Born in the Northern Westchester city of Peekskill in 1952, Rotenberg attended Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak and went on to work with City Carting of Westchester for three decades.  After moving to Garrison, he joined the Garrison Volunteer Fire Company in May 1985 and served as a firefighter f…
Unique Fixer-Upper: $2.9M Abercrombie Castle Up For Sale In Northern Westchester Unique Fixer-Upper: $2.9M Abercrombie Castle Up For Sale In Northern Westchester
Unique Fixer-Upper: $2.9M Abercrombie Castle Up For Sale In Northern Westchester If you're looking for your next big project and have millions of dollars to spend, consider investing in a castle located on a nearly 50-acre property in Northern Westchester in need of some serious renovations.  The castle, located on a 49.6-acre property in Ossining at 249 Croton Dam Rd., was built in 1927 by David T. Abercrombie, who was one of the founders of the popular clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch, and is now up for sale for $2.9 million. According to the property's Zillow listing, the castle was designed by Abercrombie's architect wife, Lucy Abbot C…
Fugitive Wanted In Shooting Tracked Down, Arrested In Northern Westchester: Police Fugitive Wanted In Shooting Tracked Down, Arrested In Northern Westchester: Police
Fugitive Wanted In Shooting Tracked Down, Arrested In Northern Westchester: Police A 26-year-old fugitive wanted in connection with a shooting was tracked down and taken into custody after attempting to hide in Northern Westchester, police said. North Carolina resident Giovanni Wilson of Greenville was arrested in Peekskill on Friday, Jan. 12 after being tracked to a residence in the city, Westchester County Police announced on Wednesday, Jan. 17.  Wilson had been wanted in connection with a shooting that happened in Greenville in December. Following this incident, he fled North Carolina and attempted to hunker down in Peekskill.  However, an investigation…
New Update: Duo Lights Off Bomb On Driveway Of Bedford Hills Home, Feds Say New Update: Duo Lights Off Bomb On Driveway Of Bedford Hills Home, Feds Say
New Update: Duo Lights Off Bomb On Driveway Of Bedford Hills Home, Feds Say Two men face charges after allegedly exploding a bomb on a Northern Westchester driveway as part of an effort to threaten a victim into dropping a court case, federal officials said. New Jersey residents Damjan Stanivukovic and Vladamir Radunovic were both arrested on Saturday morning, Jan. 13 in connection with an explosion at a Bedford Hills residence on McLain Street on Thursday, Jan. 11, according to court documents filed with the US District Court of the Southern District of New York.  Earlier Report - Suspicious Fire At Bedford Hills Residence Under Investigation …
Storm May Cause More Flooding At Train Station, Parks In Northern Westchester: Officials Storm May Cause More Flooding At Train Station, Parks In Northern Westchester: Officials
Storm May Cause More Flooding At Train Station, Parks In Northern Westchester: Officials Ahead of a rainy storm system's arrival, officials in Northern Westchester are warning residents to prepare for more flooding at parks and a busy train station.  Croton-on-Hudson village officials are warning residents to prepare for more flooding impacts as predictions call for yet another heavy rainfall event on Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13.  Related Report - Here's When To Expect Heaviest Rain, Strongest Winds From New Storm, Upcoming Snow Chances As a result of the storm, which is also predicted to bring strong winds, officials warned that the Croton-Harmon Tra…