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Metro-North Found Liable In 2015 Westchester Crash That Killed 6 Metro-North Found Liable In 2015 Westchester Crash That Killed 6
Metro-North Found Liable In 2015 Westchester Crash That Killed 6 A jury has decided to hold Metro-North Railroad liable for a 2015 crash in Northern Westchester that killed six people and injured more than a dozen others.  The decision in the liability trial regarding the crash, which happened in Valhalla in February 2015, was reached on Tuesday, July 17.  Earlier Report - Deadliest Metro-North Crash Claimed, Changed Lives, But Crossing Unchanged On the day of the crash, Feb. 3, 2015, 49-year-old Ellen Brody of Edgemont had left her job in Chappaqua before encountering a traffic jam along the Taconic State Parkway in Mount Pleasant that f…
School Bus Crashes In Northern Westchester, Causes Delays School Bus Crashes In Northern Westchester, Causes Delays
School Bus Crashes In Northern Westchester, Causes Delays A school bus carrying students was involved in a crash in Northern Westchester just a short time after beginning its route, officials said. The crash, which happened on Friday afternoon, May 3 in Mount Pleasant, occurred shortly after Bus 4 left the Westlake High School campus in Thornwood. The incident was a minor crash and caused no injuries, Mount Pleasant Central School District Superintendent Peter Giarrizzo said. Members of the Mount Pleasant Police Department and Mount Pleasant Central School District staff were at the scene, Giarrizzo added. A replacement bus was brought…
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…
Duo In Stolen Car Nabbed After Pursuit Across Northern Westchester: Police Duo In Stolen Car Nabbed After Pursuit Across Northern Westchester: Police
Duo In Stolen Car Nabbed After Pursuit Across Northern Westchester: Police A Western Massachusetts duo caught in a vehicle stolen from Connecticut were both apprehended following an extensive pursuit in New York, police announced. The events leading up to the arrests began on Tuesday, Feb. 6 around 1:40 a.m., when a patrol officer on the Saw Mill River Parkway in the Westchester County village of Dobbs Ferry saw a stolen Nissan Rogue pass him in the area of Ashford Avenue, according to the department's Public Information Officer Kieran O'Leary.  When the officer pulled out behind the Nissan, which had been stolen from the Hartford County town of Enfield, the …
Nanny Gets Jail Time For Shaking Baby, Causing Seizure, Head Trauma In Northern Westchester Nanny Gets Jail Time For Shaking Baby, Causing Seizure, Head Trauma In Northern Westchester
Nanny Gets Jail Time For Shaking Baby, Causing Seizure, Head Trauma In Northern Westchester A Westchester woman will spend time in prison for shaking and bouncing a 3-month-old baby while employed as a nanny, causing him to suffer a seizure. White Plains resident Nija Woodbury, age 23, was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday, Feb. 5 for assaulting a baby in her care while employed as a nanny, the Westchester County District Attorney's Office announced.  According to the DA's Office, at around 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2023, Woodbury had been employed as a nanny for a family from Mount Pleasant.  While working, she aggressively shook and bounced the 3-month-ol…
'His Loving Nature Shined': Northern Westchester Native Dies At Age 26 'His Loving Nature Shined': Northern Westchester Native Dies At Age 26
'His Loving Nature Shined': Northern Westchester Native Dies At Age 26 A lifelong Hudson Valley resident who demonstrated raw talent for playing guitar and could always be found out in nature is being remembered for his kindness and warmth.  Jake Collins of the town of Wallkill in Orange County died on Friday, Jan. 19 at the age of 26, according to his obituary.  Born in Westchester County in 1997 in the town of Mount Pleasant, Collins had started a career as a truck driver for Schneider Trucking in New Jersey.  Collins was known for "being like an angel" and could always be found hiking or reading. He was also talented at guitar and was …
Duo Nabbed For Several Gas Station Burglaries In Northern Westchester: Police Duo Nabbed For Several Gas Station Burglaries In Northern Westchester: Police
Duo Nabbed For Several Gas Station Burglaries In Northern Westchester: Police Following a months-long investigation, two men have been charged in connection with a string of gas station burglaries in Northern Westchester, police announced.  Bronx residents Berto Dominguez, age 21, and Michael Cruz, age 19, were both arrested on Saturday, Dec. 23 as part of the culmination of a months-long investigation into at least five gas station burglaries that happened in Bedford between September and November 2023, Bedford Police announced on Tuesday, Dec. 26.  This investigation was conducted by a working task force comprised of the Bedford, Mount Pleasant, and …
Stolen Ambulette Found In Ossining Drives Wrong Way, Crashes Into Cop Cruisers: Police Stolen Ambulette Found In Ossining Drives Wrong Way, Crashes Into Cop Cruisers: Police
Stolen Ambulette Found In Ossining Drives Wrong Way, Crashes Into Cop Cruisers: Police Two people face charges after driving a stolen ambulette the wrong way on several parkways in Northern Westchester before eventually crashing into police cars, authorities said. The incident began on Wednesday morning, Nov. 22 when a stolen ambulette was found in Ossining on Route 9 near Snowden Avenue, according to Ossining Police.  Authorities then tried to pull the vehicle over, but it kept driving and eventually entered the Taconic State Parkway where it began traveling in the wrong direction, police said.  Because an Ossining Police sergeant decided that too many people woul…
Migrant Children To Be Housed At Northern Westchester Treatment Center, Officials Say Migrant Children To Be Housed At Northern Westchester Treatment Center, Officials Say
Migrant Children To Be Housed At Northern Westchester Treatment Center, Officials Say A Northern Westchester residential treatment center is sparking more controversy after allegedly disclosing to town officials that it plans to accept migrant children suffering from emotional or behavioral issues. The JCAA Westchester Campus located in Pleasantville at 1075 Broadway, which serves as a treatment center for emotionally troubled young people, has allegedly told Mount Pleasant officials that it plans to accept up to 25 migrant children, Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi announced on Saturday, Oct. 28.  According to Fulgenzi, the children are being dire…
Rise In Car Break-Ins: Town In Northern Westchester To Increase Police Patrols In Response Rise In Car Break-Ins: Town In Northern Westchester To Increase Police Patrols In Response
Rise In Car Break-Ins: Town In Northern Westchester To Increase Police Patrols In Response A town in Northern Westchester will be stepping up police patrols in an effort to curb an increase in vehicle theft incidents, officials announced. The town of Mount Pleasant will soon have an increased police presence in residential neighborhoods and commercial areas, Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi announced on Friday, Oct. 13.  The patrols will cover areas across the town's approximately 30 square miles, including Hawthorne, Thornwood, Valhalla, Pocantico Hills, and surrounding areas.  "We are being proactive in terms of assuring our police patrols are visible and actively …
15 'Psychologically Disturbed Children' Removed From Northern Westchester Treatment Center 15 'Psychologically Disturbed Children' Removed From Northern Westchester Treatment Center
15 'Psychologically Disturbed Children' Removed From Northern Westchester Treatment Center Fifteen children with severe psychological and behavioral issues have been removed from a Northern Westchester residential treatment center which has sparked controversy among town leaders for unsafe conditions.  The children were removed from the JCAA Westchester Campus located in Pleasantville at 1075 Broadway, which serves as a treatment center for emotionally troubled young people, Mount Pleasant officials announced on Wednesday, Oct. 11.  According to officials, the children will instead be reassigned to facilities better equipped to handle them. …
Storm Aftermath: Clean-Up Begins After Heavy Rain Causes Evacuations, Flooding In Westchester Storm Aftermath: Clean-Up Begins After Heavy Rain Causes Evacuations, Flooding In Westchester
Storm Aftermath: Clean-Up Begins After Heavy Rain Causes Evacuations, Flooding In Westchester Following a freak weather event that drenched Westchester with several inches of rain, residents are cleaning up the damage and returning to their homes after being forced to evacuate. The inundation was the result of a slow-moving coastal storm system that dropped several inches of rain on the Hudson Valley and caused countless roads, basements, parks, and other buildings to flood.  Earlier Report - State Of Emergency: Flooding Closes Roads, Prompts Evacuations In Westchester The effects of the storm were felt throughout coastal Westchester, including Rye and Mamaroneck, where r…
Ramp Closure: Route 9A, Taconic State Parkway To Be Affected In Northern Westchester Ramp Closure: Route 9A, Taconic State Parkway To Be Affected In Northern Westchester
Ramp Closure: Route 9A, Taconic State Parkway To Be Affected In Northern Westchester A ramp in Northern Westchester will soon be impacted by a planned closure.  The ramp between Route 9A/100 to the southbound Taconic State Parkway in Mount Pleasant is planned to close on Saturday, Aug. 12, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.  The closure will last between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. and is planned to allow for guide rail repairs.  Commuters should use the posted detours as an alternate route, officials said. 
Shirtless, Shoeless Man Leads Officers On Lengthy Chase In Northern Westchester, Police Say Shirtless, Shoeless Man Leads Officers On Lengthy Chase In Northern Westchester, Police Say
Shirtless, Shoeless Man Leads Officers On Lengthy Chase In Northern Westchester, Police Say A 19-year-old man faces charges after leading officers on an extensive chase through woods, streams, and neighborhoods in Northern Westchester following his theft of a car, police said.  The incident began on Friday, July 28 just before 11:30 a.m., when authorities identified a stolen Ford traveling in Lewisboro, according to Westchester County Police.  Just after this, a Patrol sergeant found the car on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Bedford and tried pulling it over. However, the driver would not stop and kept driving south before officers were able to catch up with it just …
Unsafe Child Treatment Center: NY Officials Hear Concerns About Northern Westchester Facility Unsafe Child Treatment Center: NY Officials Hear Concerns About Northern Westchester Facility
Unsafe Child Treatment Center: NY Officials Hear Concerns About Northern Westchester Facility As part of their effort to call for the closure of a Northern Westchester residential treatment center for emotionally troubled children because of unsafe conditions, town leaders met with New York state officials to plead their case.  Both Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi and Police Chief Paul Oliva met with state officials during a meeting on Thursday, July 27 to demand the closure of the JCAA Westchester Campus located in Pleasantville at 1075 Broadway, which serves as a treatment center for emotionally troubled children.  Earlier Report - Officials Demand Closure Of Unsafe Chil…
New Update: Father, Kids Rescued From Flooded Parkway In Northern Westchester New Update: Father, Kids Rescued From Flooded Parkway In Northern Westchester
New Update: Father, Kids Rescued From Flooded Parkway In Northern Westchester This story has been updated.  Busy parkways in Northern Westchester are being affected by road closures caused by severe storm activity, which also caused a father and his two children to become swept up in floodwaters.  Portions of both the Taconic State Parkway and the Sprain Brook Parkway in the town of Mount Pleasant are now closed as a storm system sweeps through, state police announced on Tuesday, July 18 around 1 p.m.  The portions of roadway affected are:  The northbound and southbound lanes of the Sprain Brook Parkway at Hospital Road. All traffic is now being diverted on Hospi…
New Eatery Combines Coffee, Art In Northern Westchester New Eatery Combines Coffee, Art In Northern Westchester
New Eatery Combines Coffee, Art In Northern Westchester A new cafe in Northern Westchester is combining Filipino-inspired pastries, coffee, and art into a fresh experience for those who stop by.  Likha Art Cafe, located in Hawthorne at 363 Elwood Ave., celebrated its soft opening on Friday, July 14, the owners announced on social media.  The new eatery offers a focus on art while serving coffee and a selection of Filipino-inspired sweets. Some of these pastries include mini ube flan cakes, pan de coco, ube pandesal with cheese, and mini sans rival dessert cakes.  It’s our SOFT OPENING 💕Swing by! Posted by Likha Art Cafe on Friday, July 14,…
Officials Demand Closure Of Unsafe Child Treatment Center In Northern Westchester Officials Demand Closure Of Unsafe Child Treatment Center In Northern Westchester
Officials Demand Closure Of Unsafe Child Treatment Center In Northern Westchester Authorities and elected officials are calling for the closure of a Northern Westchester residential treatment center for emotionally troubled children because of unsafe conditions, including nearly 250 missing person incidents in six months.  In a press conference held at Town Hall on Wednesday, July 12, Mount Pleasant Police and town officials called for the closure of the JCAA Westchester Campus located in Pleasantville at 1075 Broadway, which serves as a treatment center for emotionally troubled children.  Founded in 1912 as the Pleasantville Cottage School, the center is …
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…
Lane Closure: Busy Roadway To Be Affected For Months In Northern Westchester Lane Closure: Busy Roadway To Be Affected For Months In Northern Westchester
Lane Closure: Busy Roadway To Be Affected For Months In Northern Westchester An upcoming lane closure is set to affect traffic on a stretch of a busy state route in Northern Westchester for several months.  A single lane of State Route 9A in both directions in Mount Pleasant between Beverly Road and Old Saw Mill River Road will close beginning on Wednesday, July 5 at 11:59 p.m., according to the New York State Department of Transportation.  The closure will last through Thursday, Nov. 30. The reason for the extended lane closures is to allow for a widening of the roadway, officials said.
Lane Closure: Taconic State Parkway In Mount Pleasant To Be Affected For Months Lane Closure: Taconic State Parkway In Mount Pleasant To Be Affected For Months
Lane Closure: Taconic State Parkway In Mount Pleasant To Be Affected For Months Commuters in Northern Westchester are being warned of a scheduled lane closure that will soon impact both directions of a busy parkway for several months.  The northbound Taconic State Parkway between the Bronx River Parkway (Kensico Dam) and Exit 4 (State Route 117), and the southbound lanes between Exit 6 (Pleasantville Road) and the Bronx River Parkway (Kensico Dam) in Mount Pleasant will be affected by the closures, the New York State Department of Transportation announced.  The closures will be in effect on Sunday through Thursday nights between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. through…
Migrants Arrive In New Location In Westchester: 'This Is Something We Can Handle,' Mayor Says Migrants Arrive In New Location In Westchester: 'This Is Something We Can Handle,' Mayor Says
Migrants Arrive In New Location In Westchester: 'This Is Something We Can Handle,' Mayor Says In response to New York City sending a group of migrants to a second city in Westchester, local officials are coordinating with nonprofits to make sure the new arrivals are met with help and support.  A group of 46 asylum seekers and migrants sent by NYC officials has arrived at the Central Motel Courtyard in White Plains located at 441 Central Ave., White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, a Democrat, said on Tuesday, June 6.  The group consists of several families with children that are below school age who hail from South and Central American countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru,…
8-Year-Old In Cardiac Arrest Saved By First Responders In Hudson Valley 8-Year-Old In Cardiac Arrest Saved By First Responders In Hudson Valley
8-Year-Old In Cardiac Arrest Saved By First Responders In Hudson Valley An 8-year-old girl who went into cardiac arrest at a gymnastics facility in the Hudson Valley was saved thanks to quick action from police and first responders who knew exactly what to do.  The rescue started in Putnam County on Saturday, May 20 just after 4:30 p.m., when Carmel Police, members of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department, and Ambulunz medic units were sent to a local gymnastics facility on a report of an 8-year-old girl not breathing, according to Lt. Michael Bodo.  Once arriving at the scene, officers and first responders found that the girl was in cardiac arrest an…
Lane Closures: Traffic On Parkway In Northern Westchester To Be Affected Lane Closures: Traffic On Parkway In Northern Westchester To Be Affected
Lane Closures: Traffic On Parkway In Northern Westchester To Be Affected A series of lane closures over several days will interrupt traffic on a busy parkway in Northern Westchester.  The Sprain Brook Parkway in Mount Pleasant between State Route 100 (Bradhurst Avenue) and Hospital Road will be affected by both single and double lane closures along both directions, the New York State Department of Transportation announced.  The closures will begin on Tuesday, May 30, and last until Friday, June 2 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.  They will facilitate construction work on the parkway. 
Ossining-Bound: New Recruits Graduate From Westchester Police Academy Ossining-Bound: New Recruits Graduate From Westchester Police Academy
Ossining-Bound: New Recruits Graduate From Westchester Police Academy After months of training, more than 60 new graduates of the Westchester Police Academy will soon begin serving communities throughout the Hudson Valley.  The 61 new officers graduated from the Westchester County Police Academy during a ceremony held on Friday, May 26 at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center.  There, they received their diplomas before a packed audience, marking the end of a rigorous 21 weeks of training that required them to master the physical and academic demands of the academy.  County Executive George Latimer, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins,…
State Of Emergency: Town In Northern Westchester Works To Keep Migrants From Arriving State Of Emergency: Town In Northern Westchester Works To Keep Migrants From Arriving
State Of Emergency: Town In Northern Westchester Works To Keep Migrants From Arriving A town in Northern Westchester has declared a State of Emergency in an effort to prevent New York City from sending migrants and asylum seekers to a school within the municipality's borders.  Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi issued the State of Emergency declaration on Friday, May 26 in response to New York City's alleged plan to send migrants to the Pleasantville Cottage School at 1075 Broadway (Route 141),  According to Fulgenzi, the plan, which he said would be coming from New York City and state officials, would be illegal as it would violate the town's zoning…
Lane Closure: Taconic State Parkway In Northern Westchester To Be Affected Lane Closure: Taconic State Parkway In Northern Westchester To Be Affected
Lane Closure: Taconic State Parkway In Northern Westchester To Be Affected An upcoming lane closure will soon slow down traffic on a busy parkway in Westchester, officials said.  One lane on the southbound Taconic State Parkway in Mount Pleasant between Lakeview Avenue and Cleveland Street is scheduled to close on Monday, May 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to the New York State Department of Transportation.  The closure is to allow for bridge work, weather permitting. 
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…
Work Resumes At Amazon Construction Site Where Crane Collapsed In Northern Westchester Work Resumes At Amazon Construction Site Where Crane Collapsed In Northern Westchester
Work Resumes At Amazon Construction Site Where Crane Collapsed In Northern Westchester Work has once again resumed at an Amazon construction site in Northern Westchester after a crane collapse that sent two people to the hospital.  Earlier Report - Crane Accident Injures 2 At Amazon Construction Site, Closes Route 9A In Hawthorne The collapse happened on Friday afternoon, March 17 in Hawthorne at an Amazon construction site located at 211 Saw Mill River Rd. (Route 9A), according to Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva.  As a result of the incident, two people were injured and taken to Westchester Medical Center. Details regarding their current condition…
Vote Planned On $15.2M Firehouse Project In Northern Westchester: How Much Taxes Will Rise Vote Planned On $15.2M Firehouse Project In Northern Westchester: How Much Taxes Will Rise
Vote Planned On $15.2M Firehouse Project In Northern Westchester: How Much Taxes Will Rise A fire district in Northern Westchester is considering a $15.2 million firehouse addition construction project that may increase annual taxes for residents if approved by voters.  A bond referendum vote that would allow the New Castle Fire District No. 1 to borrow funds to build a 13,000-square-foot addition to their current fire station in Chappaqua at 491 King St. will be held on Tuesday, April 25 between noon and 9 p.m. The addition is necessary to accommodate modern emergency equipment, more vehicles, and decontamination facilities, as well as to "ensure the safety and health"…
Man Steals Clothes From BJ's Club In Northern Westchester, Caught In Traffic Stop: Police Man Steals Clothes From BJ's Club In Northern Westchester, Caught In Traffic Stop: Police
Man Steals Clothes From BJ's Club In Northern Westchester, Caught In Traffic Stop: Police A man faces charges after making away with numerous pieces of clothing from a BJ's Wholesale Club in Northern Westchester, police said.  The theft happened on Monday, Dec. 12 around 8:30 p.m., when police were notified of a larceny at the BJ's Club located in Yorktown at 3303 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Police announced on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  After investigating the incident, police determined that the suspect had stolen five items of clothing worth $98 from display shelves and had left the store without trying to pay for them. An arrest warrant was then issued for the suspect, who was …