PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Here are the stories that topped the news in Peekskill this week.
- The body of the man pulled from the Hudson River in Peekskill has been identified as a 53-year-old Cortlandt man who had been missing since fleeing from police Friday morning, Peekskill Police announced Monday. The body of Michael Varella, of Cortlandt Manor, was pulled from the Peekskill Bay of the Hudson River Sunday morning. The Westchester County Medical Examiner's office determined that the cause of death was accidental drowning. Varella had been identified as a suspect who had been chased by police after he was suspected of breaking into a vehicle early Friday before crashing his car into Dain's Lumber, police said.
- The City of Peekskill kept the Cooling Center open through the week with temperatures expected to "reach 104 degrees," city officials said. Temperatures reached into the mid-90s on Friday with a heat index of 104 degrees.
- With the heat wave causing sweltering temperatures in Westchester, doctors at Cortlandt Manor's Hudson Valley Hospital Center let residents know that prevention is the best medicine against the heat.
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