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Electric Car Loses Power, Blocks Traffic In North Salem

The North Salem Police responded to a number of incidents during the past week.
The North Salem Police responded to a number of incidents during the past week. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Early evening commuter traffic was partially blocked along Route 22 in Purdys on Nov. 21 when an electric-powered 2011 Chevrolet Volt ran out of juice in the middle of the road, police said.

The driver’s phone call to the Chevy dealership provided some suggestions about restarting the vehicle, but nothing worked. Officer Ralph Argiento directed traffic with the assistance of the New York State Police until a tow truck arrived about an hour later.

The North Salem Police also reported the following incidents:

• A disgruntled parent caused a disturbance at the Purdys Methodist Church Day Care Center on Nov. 21. He had been informed previously that the family was no longer welcome at the center, yet he returned and demanded his child’s lunchbox. The staff became alarmed and telephoned police. When Officer Michael Castellano arrived, the man had already departed.

• The Croton Falls Fire Department and the North Salem Police responded to a report of a kitchen fire at a home on Westview Avenue this past Thursday afternoon. The residents waited outside while firefighters investigated. The fire had erupted in the oven as food was being prepared. No one was injured and no damage occurred.

• A medium-sized, unattended, collarless black cocker spaniel was reported trotting east near the intersection of Hardscrabble and Delancey roads on Nov. 20. Officer Michael Castellano found the animal and canvassed the area in search of an owner. Failing in his search, Castellano delivered the dog to the South Salem Animal Hospital in the hope of finding an identifying microchip. Meanwhile, the dog’s owner arrived at the North Salem Town House to report the dog missing. Animal and master were reunited, and the owner applied for a new dog license since the old one had been lost.

• An injured buck was discovered lying on the verge of June Road, apparently in pain from a spinal injury, though struggling to get to its feet. Officer Ralph Argiento fired one shot to dispatch the animal and contacted South Salem’s Wolf Conservancy Center, which welcomes carcasses to feed its wolves.

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