Town of Yorktown Police Department and AAA Urge Safety for "School's Open - Drive Carefully" Campaign
There is no doubt that school openings this year will look different from every other year. While we are looking to give our children a sense of normalcy in returning to school, there will be some changes to the daily routine. There are many twists and turns that complicate the roadmap for the reopening of schools but figuring out how to get students to school safely may be the most complex.
AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes—the leading cause of death for children from five to fourteen years old. More parents will be walking and driving their children to school, due to the uncertainty of school bus services and new COVID-19 protocols. Motorists should continue to be extremely cautious of children darting out between parked cars.
The Town of Yorktown Police Department also emphasizes the need to show extra caution when driving as schools reopen, particularly between typical arrival and dismissal times.
Yorktown Police report the arrest of a 28-year-old Yorktown, NY resident who is charged with Assault 3rd Degree, a Class “A” Misdemeanor.
According to police, on July 27, 2020 at approximately 2:35 am, Yorktown Police were dispatched to investigate an assault complaint. Following an investigation by Officer Pagliuca and Detective Shanahan, it is alleged that the defendant did cause physical injury to the victim by punching and kicking the victim. On September 8, 2020 at 6:15 pm the defendant voluntarily surrendered and was placed under arrest on the Assault 3rd Degree charge.
After processing the defendant was arraigned on the above charge by the Honorable Judge Lagonia. A Temporary Order of Protection was issued on behalf of the victim and the defendant was released on her own recognizance to appear in the Yorktown Justice Court on October 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm.
Yorktown Police are requesting information regarding a fatal accident involving a bicyclist that occurred in the area if the North County Trailway and Birdsall Drive.
On Sunday, August 23, 2020 at about 10:49 am, Yorktown Police responded to Birdsall Drive at the Westchester County Trailway (bicycle path) for a report of a bicyclist struck by a vehicle. Police arrived on scene and located the victim lying in the roadway with CPR being performed by a bystander. The victim was taken to the hospital and later died as a result of the injuries. An investigation determined that the victim was struck by a vehicle that had fled the scene southbound on Birdsall Drive towards Saw Mill River Rd. (Route 118).
The Yorktown Police are looking for a possible Gray/Silver SUV or minivan that has passenger side damage and a broken rear tinted window. Someone has seen this vehicle or spoken with the operator of the vehicle and we are asking that anyone with any information regarding the accident contact the Yorktown Police Department at (914) 962-4141.
The family of the victim is offering up to a $5,000 cash reward for information that directly leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this fatal hit-and-run. Any information, however insignificant it may seem, could help. Please call the New York State Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 313-TIPS (8477). ALL CALLERS REMAIN ANONYMOUS. No Caller ID or tracking.
Putnam Valley Man Charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Narcotic Possession and Other Charges Following Motor Vehicle Accident
Yorktown Police report the arrest of a 36 year old Putnam Valley man, who is charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, an Unclassified Misdemeanor, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, a Class "A" Misdemeanor, and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd Degree, an Unclassified Misdemeanor. The defendant was additionally charged with Failure to Maintain Lane, Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Uninsured Motor Vehicle, all traffic infractions.
According to police, on August 17, 2020 at approximately 1:59 pm, officers responded to the area of Old Yorktown Road (Route 132) and Strang Boulevard for a report of a motor vehicle accident. An investigation at the scene revealed that the defendant was allegedly driving while ability impaired by drugs and in possession of a quantity of Alprazolam, a controlled substance. It is further alleged that the defendant failed to maintain the proper lane of travel, had an unregistered motor vehicle, had an uninsured motor vehicle and his driving privilege in New York was suspended for failure to pay child support. The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to the Yorktown Police Department for arrest processing.
The defendant was processed on the above charges and released on his own recognizance to a responsible third party. He is due back in the Yorktown Justice Court on August 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm.
Yorktown Police report the arrest of a 35 year old Montrose man, who is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th Degree, a Class “C” Felony, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, a Violation, and Tinted Windows, a Traffic Infraction.
According to police, on August 16, 2020 at approximately 5:00 pm, Officer Hannigan was on patrol on Crompond Road when he observed a vehicle travelling westbound that allegedly had illegally tinted windows. Officer Hannigan conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and identified the operator as the defendant. While speaking with the defendant, it is alleged that Officer Hannigan detected the strong odor of Marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Following further investigation, it is alleged that the defendant was in possession of a quantity of Marijuana and a quantity of Oxycodone pills. The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to the Yorktown Police Department for processing.
The defendant was arraigned on the above charges by the Honorable Judge Raniolo and was remanded to the Westchester County Jail. The defendant is due to appear in the Yorktown Justice Court on August 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
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