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Police: Nothern Westchester Man Slashes Tires After Dispute With Business

Manuel Lema.
Manuel Lema. Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff

A near decades-long dispute in the area came to a head when a man from Ossining allegedly slashed the truck tires of his rival’s business trucks in Philipstown, according to law enforcement.

Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley, Jr. announced to the arrest of Manuel Lema, 55, who is facing three felony counts of third-degree criminal mischief dating back to an alleged incident last month.

According to the Sheriff, on April 26, a Philipstown business owner contacted his office to report that three of his trucks had been damaged. Investigation into the incident determined that Lema allegedly slashed the tires, causing more than $1,200 in damage to each of the trucks as part of an ongoing feud.

Following arraignment on the felony charges, Lema was released on his own recognizance and issued a ticket to appear in the Philipstown Town Justice Court later this month to answer the charges.

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