Popular Westchester Corrections Officer Dies At Age 40 Popular Westchester Corrections Officer Dies At Age 40
Popular Westchester Corrections Officer Dies At Age 40 Shock and sadness are spreading following the sudden death of Eleanor Birrittella, a well-known corrections officer in Westchester. Birrittella died on Saturday, April 20, according to Hector Lopez, the president of the New York Hispanic American Law Enforcement Organization. A cause of death had not yet been released. Online records show Birrittella was 40 years old and lived in Yonkers. "Officer Birrittella had a smile that lit up the place," Lopez said in announcing her death. "She loved her job. I will miss her, we will all miss her." The entire WCOBA family is mourning the t…
Support Rushes In For Family Whose Cars Burned In Fire At Westchester Shopping Center Support Rushes In For Family Whose Cars Burned In Fire At Westchester Shopping Center
Support Rushes In For Family Whose Cars Burned In Fire At Westchester Shopping Center Community members are coming together to help a family who lost three cars in a devastating fire at a shopping center parking garage in Westchester.  The blaze happened on Monday, April 15 around 4:30 a.m., when three vehicles caught on fire on the second floor of the parking structure at the Waterfront Place shopping center in Port Chester.  Earlier Report - Car Fires Ignite At Waterfront Place In Port Chester After a lengthy battle, crews from the Port Chester Fire Department were eventually able to extinguish the blaze by 8:15 a.m. However, the incident left the thre…
Rise In Thefts From Unlocked Cars Reported In This Westchester Village, Police Say Rise In Thefts From Unlocked Cars Reported In This Westchester Village, Police Say
Rise In Thefts From Unlocked Cars Reported In This Westchester Village, Police Say A police department in Northern Westchester is warning residents of an uptick in thefts from unlocked vehicles.  In an announcement on Tuesday, April 16, the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department advised residents that there has been a spike in thefts from unlocked cars within the village.  According to the department, police received over 18 reports of these incidents within a single night.  To protect against these thefts, police gave the following tips: Lock your vehicle even when parked in your driveway or other seemingly safe areas; Remove any valuables from your vehicle…
Woman Stabbed On Street In Westchester: Police Investigating Woman Stabbed On Street In Westchester: Police Investigating
Woman Stabbed On Street In Westchester: Police Investigating Authorities are investigating a stabbing that left a woman injured on a Westchester street.  The incident happened on Thursday evening, April 18, when a woman was stabbed in her leg at 35 Cliff St. in Yonkers, according to Yonkers Police Detective Sergeant Frank DiDomizio. The woman is now in stable condition, DiDomizio said. Police are now investigating the incident.  This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 
17-Year-Old Stabs Teen At White Plains Gas Station: Police 17-Year-Old Stabs Teen At White Plains Gas Station: Police
17-Year-Old Stabs Teen At White Plains Gas Station: Police A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with a stabbing that happened at a gas station in Westchester, police announced. The teenager, whose name was not released, was arrested on Thursday, April 18 in connection with a stabbing that happened at a Mobil gas station in White Plains at 1237 Mamaroneck Ave. on Friday, April 5, White Plains Police announced.  According to the department, on the day of the incident at around 10:45 p.m., officers responded to the gas station for a reported stabbing and learned a victim had been taken to White Plains Hospital for treatment.  A…
2-Car Crash Hospitalizes 1, Closes Part Of Busy Hudson Valley Road 2-Car Crash Hospitalizes 1, Closes Part Of Busy Hudson Valley Road
2-Car Crash Hospitalizes 1, Closes Part Of Busy Hudson Valley Road A two-vehicle crash in the Hudson Valley sent one person to the hospital and caused a brief closure on a busy roadway. The incident happened in Putnam County on Wednesday, April 17 just before 10 a.m., when two cars collided on Route 6N in Mahopac near Parker Drive, according to the Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department.  Arriving first responders soon closed Route 6N at the nearest intersections and tended to the drivers' injuries. One driver was taken to Hudson Valley Hospital while the other refused medical attention. 
Residence Goes Up In Flames In Hudson Valley Residence Goes Up In Flames In Hudson Valley
Residence Goes Up In Flames In Hudson Valley A Hudson Valley residence was damaged in a blaze that took crews hours to put out.  The blaze happened in Putnam County on Monday, April 16 around 2:40 a.m., when a residence in Brewster on Dingle Ridge Road went up in flames, according to the Lake Carmel Fire Department. Responding fire crews from Lake Carmel, Brewster, Carmel, Croton Falls, and the Putnam County Fire Investigation Team were able to get the blaze under control after around two hours, firefighters said. The cause of the fire was not released. 
Employee Uses Company Credit Card To Make $12K In Fraudulent Purchases In Hudson Valley: Police Employee Uses Company Credit Card To Make $12K In Fraudulent Purchases In Hudson Valley: Police
Employee Uses Company Credit Card To Make $12K In Fraudulent Purchases In Hudson Valley: Police A man faces a grand larceny charge after allegedly using his former employer's company credit card to make tens of thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized purchases in the Hudson Valley, police said. Dutchess County resident Joshua Queen of Hyde Park, age 42, was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 10 on charges connected to his alleged unauthorized use of a company credit card belonging to his former Philipstown-based employer, the Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday, April 16. According to authorities, in July 2023, a Putnam Sheriff's deputy responded t…
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Busy Road In Hudson Valley Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Busy Road In Hudson Valley
Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Busy Road In Hudson Valley A large brush fire near a busy Hudson Valley road sent plumes of smoke into the air before crews could put it out. The blaze happened in Putnam County on Tuesday afternoon, April 9 off Route 22 in Brewster, where a large brush fire ignited, Carmel fire officials said on Wednesday, April 17. The incident prompted a large response from the Brewster and Carmel Fire Departments and sent plenty of smoke into the air before it was eventually put out.  No injuries were reported. 
Vehicle Goes Up In Flames After Driver Notices Smoke On I-95 In Westchester Vehicle Goes Up In Flames After Driver Notices Smoke On I-95 In Westchester
Vehicle Goes Up In Flames After Driver Notices Smoke On I-95 In Westchester A vehicle was engulfed by flames soon after its driver noticed smoke while driving on Interstate 95 in Westchester, officials said. The incident happened on Tuesday, April 16 around 11:45 a.m., when the Rye Fire Department learned of a vehicle blaze at the intersection of Old Post Road and Playland Access Road. According to City of Rye officials, the driver had been traveling on Interstate 95 when he saw smoke coming from his engine. He then left the highway and pulled over in Rye.  Once he opened his vehicle's hood, flames soon began engulfing it, officials said.  After firefig…
Brush Fire Reaches Car In Costco Parking Lot In Westchester Brush Fire Reaches Car In Costco Parking Lot In Westchester
Brush Fire Reaches Car In Costco Parking Lot In Westchester Firefighters responded to a Costco parking lot in Westchester after a brush fire ignited next to a vehicle.  The incident happened on Tuesday, April 16 around 3:30 p.m., when a brush fire went up in the Costco Wholesale parking lot in Port Chester at 1 Westchester Ave., according to the Port Chester Fire Department.  The blaze extended to a vehicle in the parking lot before being put out, the fire department said.  The department did not detail the cause of the fire. 
19-Year-Old Attacked By Over 15 People, Hospitalized In Westchester 19-Year-Old Attacked By Over 15 People, Hospitalized In Westchester
19-Year-Old Attacked By Over 15 People, Hospitalized In Westchester Authorities are investigating an assault against a teenager carried out by around 15 suspects in Westchester.  The incident happened on Monday, April 15 just before 8 p.m. at 361 Main St. (Route 1) in New Rochelle, where officers found a 19-year-old victim on the ground with multiple contusions to his face, according to New Rochelle Police Captain J. Collins Coyne.  The victim was then taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  According to witnesses, the victim had become involved in an altercation with another man before around 15 others joined in to a…
Lanes Reopen After Dislodged Container Blocks Parkway In Westchester Lanes Reopen After Dislodged Container Blocks Parkway In Westchester
Lanes Reopen After Dislodged Container Blocks Parkway In Westchester This story has been updated. All lanes of a busy parkway in Westchester have reopened after a dislodged container temporarily blocked it off.  The incident happened on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway in Rye Brook, where the container blocked the left lane near Exit 27 (King Street), Westchester County Police announced on Tuesday, April 16, adding that the lane was open again as of 4 p.m.  No information on how the container became dislodged was released. 
Update: Person Dies After Hitting Tree On I-684 In Westchester Update: Person Dies After Hitting Tree On I-684 In Westchester
Update: Person Dies After Hitting Tree On I-684 In Westchester A person was killed in an afternoon crash on a busy highway in Northern Westchester after striking a tree, police said. The crash happened on Sunday, April 14 around 3:15 p.m. on Interstate 684 North in Bedford, when a vehicle left the roadway near mile marker 13.9 north of Exit 4 (Route 172) and collided with a tree, Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police said on Tuesday, April 16. Earlier Report - Serious Crash Causes Delays On I-684 In Bedford The driver, whose name has not yet been released pending notification of their family, was killed in the crash.  The incident c…
Man Stabbed Outside Sports Bar In Westchester: Police Investigating Man Stabbed Outside Sports Bar In Westchester: Police Investigating
Man Stabbed Outside Sports Bar In Westchester: Police Investigating Authorities are investigating a stabbing that happened outside a sports bar in Westchester and left a man seriously injured.  The investigation into the incident began on Sunday, April 14 around 5:45 a.m., when the New York City Police Department told New Rochelle officers that a 41-year-old stabbing victim at a Bronx hospital had reported being stabbed at Lit Sports Lounge and Grill at 234 North Ave. in New Rochelle, according to New Rochelle Police Captain J. Collins Coyne.  The man's injuries were serious but non-life-threatening, according to Coyne. New Rochelle detectives so…
Westchester Man Flown To Hospital After Being Ejected From Vehicle Westchester Man Flown To Hospital After Being Ejected From Vehicle
Westchester Man Flown To Hospital After Being Ejected From Vehicle A Northern Westchester man was flown to a hospital after being ejected from his vehicle in a Hudson Valley crash.  The incident happened in Putnam County on Saturday, April 13 just before 10:30 a.m., when a 67-year-old Yorktown Heights man was ejected from his motorcycle on Barger Street near Florence Road in Putnam Valley, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said on Monday, April 15.  Arriving deputies soon found the man lying on the roadway and spoke with eyewitnesses, who said he had taken a left out of Florence Road and had headed south before losing control of his motorcycle f…
Developing: 15 Protestors Charged After Closing Down Bridge In Hudson Valley Developing: 15 Protestors Charged After Closing Down Bridge In Hudson Valley
Developing: 15 Protestors Charged After Closing Down Bridge In Hudson Valley New York State Police arrested 15 people during a protest calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict after they shut down parts of a major highway and a bridge.  The incident occurred in Dutchess County on I-84 and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge around 8 a.m., Monday, April 15. According to Trooper AJ Hicks of the New York State Police, the bridge was closed for approximately 45 minutes for state police to clear the bridge and detain the protestors. During the protest, traffic was backed up on I-84 in Dutchess County from East Fishkill to the bridge. Hicks said the protesters c…
Car Fires Ignite In Parking Garage At Shopping Center In Westchester Car Fires Ignite In Parking Garage At Shopping Center In Westchester
Car Fires Ignite In Parking Garage At Shopping Center In Westchester Crews raced to the parking garage at a busy Westchester shopping center after several cars went up in flames inside the building, officials said. New, updated report - Funds Pour In For Port Chester Vehicle Fire Victims The incident happened on Monday morning, April 15, when multiple cars caught on fire inside the parking structure at the Waterfront Place shopping center in Port Chester, according to village officials.  The Port Chester Fire Department successfully extinguished all of the blazes. However, an investigation is now being conducted at the parking garage and surroundi…
Blaze Prompts Evacuation At Westchester Residence Blaze Prompts Evacuation At Westchester Residence
Blaze Prompts Evacuation At Westchester Residence A residence in Northern Westchester was evacuated after a blaze broke out inside the building. The blaze happened on Saturday, April 13 just before 7 p.m., when smoke was reported at a Chappaqua residence on Hunts Place, according to the Chappaqua Fire Department. Arriving crews from Chappaqua and the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department quickly confirmed that everyone was out of the home before working to get the blaze under control. Soon, a hose line was stretched into the residence and the fire was extinguished.  Crews remained at the residence until around 9 p.m. The scene was …
Suspects Drive Car Over Baseball Field In Westchester, Damage it Suspects Drive Car Over Baseball Field In Westchester, Damage it
Suspects Drive Car Over Baseball Field In Westchester, Damage it A parks and recreation department in Northern Westchester is asking for information regarding at least four suspects who tore up park fields by driving a car over them.  The incident happened in Mount Kisco on Saturday, April 6, when at least four people in a white mid-sized four-door vehicle drove it all over the fields at Leonard Park, creating deep ruts in big circles, the village's Parks and Recreation Department announced on Tuesday, April 9.  The Westchester County Police Department is now working to find these suspects, according to Recreation Superintendent Kyle Thorn…
'Loud Boom' Heard In Hudson Valley: Police Investigating 'Loud Boom' Heard In Hudson Valley: Police Investigating
'Loud Boom' Heard In Hudson Valley: Police Investigating Police searched an area in the Hudson Valley for evidence of an explosion after several residents reported hearing a mysterious loud booming noise, authorities said. New, updated report - Update: Police Still Investigating Booming Noise In Carmel The possible explosion was reported by residents in Putnam County on Saturday, April 14 just before 9 p.m., when both the Carmel and Kent Police Departments received calls reporting a loud noise in the Lake Carmel area. According to both departments, officers and deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office searched the area for any damag…
Intruder Caught At Animal Hospital In Hudson Valley Intruder Caught At Animal Hospital In Hudson Valley
Intruder Caught At Animal Hospital In Hudson Valley A woman faces charges after illegally entering a Hudson Valley animal hospital during its overnight hours, police said. The incident happened in Putnam County on Friday night, April 12, when a woman illegally entered the Carmel Animal Hospital at 235 Route 52, according to Carmel Police. A detective soon found the suspect near the hospital and arrested her. The suspect, a woman whose name has not yet been released by the department, was charged with: Third-degree criminal trespass; Possession of burglar's tools. She was later released with a future court date. 
Suspect Nabbed After Victim Stabbed Outside Home In Quiet Hudson Valley Neighborhood Suspect Nabbed After Victim Stabbed Outside Home In Quiet Hudson Valley Neighborhood
Suspect Nabbed After Victim Stabbed Outside Home In Quiet Hudson Valley Neighborhood A suspect has been apprehended days after a resident was stabbed multiple times outside a home in a quiet neighborhood in the Hudson Valley. The incident occurred in Rockland County shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Town of Ramapo Arriving officers discovered that the victim had been accosted in his driveway on Trailside Place by an unknown suspect and was stabbed multiple times about his body including his head and neck.  The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance in serious condition. On Saturday, April 13, after nearly 48 ho…
Scammers Posing As NYSP Troopers, Agency Warns Scammers Posing As NYSP Troopers, Agency Warns
Scammers Posing As Nysp Troopers, Agency Warns New York State Police are sounding the alarm over scammers posing as troopers in order to con victims out of their money. In an alert issued Tuesday, April 9, the agency said fraudsters employ a variety of tactics to con their victims, including demanding payment for a missed court date, jury duty, or other legal matter. The phony cops have also been known to claim there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest and threaten to apprehend them unless a fine is paid. In some cases, scammers have directed the victim to buy a prepaid money transfer card and give them the card number. “They might s…
Scammers From NY Thinking They Were Collecting $60K Land Behind Bars In Maryland: Sheriff Scammers From NY Thinking They Were Collecting $60K Land Behind Bars In Maryland: Sheriff
Scammers From NY Thinking They Were Collecting $60K Land Behind Bars In Maryland: Sheriff A couple of New Yorkers tried to pull a fast one on a woman in Maryland, but were ultimately apprehended after getting greedy and attempting to go to the well one too many times.  The Washington County Sheriff's Office was advised this week about a scam involving a pair who had been collecting large amounts of cash from a Hagerstown woman, prompting an investigation that led to the arrests of Jinghai Fang and Binbin Ge. In late March, investigators say that the woman received a notification on her tablet that one of her accounts had been hacked, so she called the supplied number and fo…
Police Warn Of Unlicensed 'Contractors' Soliciting Business In Westchester Police Warn Of Unlicensed 'Contractors' Soliciting Business In Westchester
Police Warn Of Unlicensed 'Contractors' Soliciting Business In Westchester A police department in Westchester is warning residents to be wary of unlicensed contractors going door-to-door in an attempt to solicit large upfront payments.  In an announcement on Thursday, April 11, the City of Rye Police Department issued a warning to residents concerning the unlicensed "contractors" that have been seen in the city.  According to police, the contractors will knock on residents' doors and claim they happened to be in the neighborhood. They will then offer to perform work such as sealing driveways, building new steps, or other similar jobs.  The fraudste…
Man Caught With Gun, Drugs After Possibly Flashing Weapon At Westchester Gas Station: Police Man Caught With Gun, Drugs After Possibly Flashing Weapon At Westchester Gas Station: Police
Man Caught With Gun, Drugs After Possibly Flashing Weapon At Westchester Gas Station: Police A 51-year-old man faces several charges after he was caught with a loaded handgun and illegal drugs in front of a Westchester cafe, police said. The arrest resulted from an incident on Monday, April 8 around 4:20 a.m., when a suspect was seen allegedly displaying a gun at the Pit Stop gas station in New Rochelle at 819 Main St., according to New Rochelle Police Captain J. Collins Coyne.  An anonymous caller soon reported this incident to police, adding that the suspect had been driving a blue Corvette with Connecticut license plates. Officers then began searching the area around the g…
County In Hudson Valley Advises Residents To Be On Alert For Possible Attack After FBI Warning County In Hudson Valley Advises Residents To Be On Alert For Possible Attack After FBI Warning
County In Hudson Valley Advises Residents To Be On Alert For Possible Attack After FBI Warning Authorities at a county in the Hudson Valley are asking residents to be on alert if they "See Something, To Say Something," after a Federal Bureau of Investigation warning of a possible ISIS-like attack in the US. Rockland County officials said the county, towns, and law enforcement are on alert following an FBI warning sent to the US House of Representatives on Thursday, April 11. During that panel, FBI Bureau Director Christopher Wray said he was increasingly concerned about “the potential for a coordinated attack here in the homeland, akin to the ISIS-K attack we saw at the Russia Concer…
Update: 5 Students Injured After SUV Crashes Into School Bus In Westchester Update: 5 Students Injured After SUV Crashes Into School Bus In Westchester
Update: 5 Students Injured After SUV Crashes Into School Bus In Westchester This story has been updated.  Several students were hospitalized after an SUV collided with a school bus in Northern Westchester.  The crash happened on Friday, April 12 at around 9:30 a.m., when an SUV hit a school bus on Route 132 (Old Yorktown Road) in Yorktown between Barger Street and Wildwood Street, according to Yorktown Police. Five high school-aged students and the bus driver were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries that now appear to be non-life-threatening. The SUV's driver was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the depar…
Father Jumps To Help Son Who Fell Onto Tracks At Station In Westchester Father Jumps To Help Son Who Fell Onto Tracks At Station In Westchester
Father Jumps To Help Son Who Fell Onto Tracks At Station In Westchester Thanks to quick-thinking Metro-North officials and first responders, a person who fell on electrified tracks at a Northern Westchester train station and his father, who leaped in to help him, were rescued from the perilous situation.  The incident happened on Friday, April 12 around 10:30 a.m., when a person fell from the platform at Croton-Harmon Station onto electrified tracks, according to the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department.  After the fall, the person's father immediately jumped to help his son and put himself in harm's way in the process, according to the department.  …
Man Tries Fleeing Arrest After Trying To Entice Teen Into Sex In Hudson Valley: Police Man Tries Fleeing Arrest After Trying To Entice Teen Into Sex In Hudson Valley: Police
Man Tries Fleeing Arrest After Trying To Entice Teen Into Sex In Hudson Valley: Police A 20-year-old Connecticut man was apprehended after ramming police vehicles to escape arrest for trying to entice a 13-year-old victim into engaging in sexual activity in the Hudson Valley, authorities said.  Fairfield County resident Francisco Javi Gomez of Norwalk was arrested in Putnam County on Wednesday, April 3 in connection with an investigation that began on Friday, March 15, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office announced on Friday, April 12.  According to authorities, Gomez had been enticing a 13-year-old victim to engage in sexual activity with him through social medi…