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Police Blotter - Week of June 14th

June 20, 2005

Police Blotter

June 14

3:25 PM: There was a report by an employee of the Village Recreation Department that someone had written obscene graffiti on the newly-painted basketball court located on the corner of Benedict Boulevard and Young Avenue. The property is owned by the Church of the Good Shepard and maintained with agreement by the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. Patrol responded, confirmed damage and assisted with the removal of the graffiti. The matter is under investigation.

4:12 PM: There was a report from a concerned citizen of a fully-loaded waste hauling truck entering Metro Enviro. The caller reported to police that truck was going in to the waste transfer site after hours of operation. Patrol responded and confirmed that the posted hours of operation for Metro Enviro are (HOURS OF OPERATION UPDATED ON 06/20/05 11:46 PM) Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM & Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM then witnessed the load enter the Metro Enviro site without incident. Police will also notify Village Code Official though no violation occurred.

June 15

8:38 PM: There were several reports of construction noise from residents on Maple Street. Patrol responded and found a worker installing a roof and had him call it a night. Normal contracting hours are set for Monday to Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

10:01 PM: There was a report from a resident on Olcott Avenue of a gas odor coming from a kitchen stove. Patrol and Fire Department responded and found that the homeowner’s pilot light had been extinguished. The Fire Department restored normal and safe operation to the stove.

June 16

5:59 PM: There was a report of a carbon monoxide alert from a residence on Oneida Avenue. Fire Department responded to find device malfunctioning as a result sample air testing.

9:40 PM: There was a report from several residents on Olcott Avenue and Beekman Avenue of a transformer explosion. Patrol responded, confirmed a power outage and notified Con Edison for emergency repair. Power was later restored.

June 17

5:31 AM: There was a call from a residence on North Riverside Avenue of a domestic dispute. Patrol responded and arrested an individual for Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation. The person charged was arraigned at 11:30 AM by a Town of Cortlandt judge, later released on $1000.00 bail and is due in Village Court on June 22, 2005 at 9:30 AM.

5:41 AM: There was a report of a fallen tree partially blocking High Street. Patrol responded and directed the Department of Public Works to cleanup the fallen debris.

9:45 AM: There was a report of someone passing a counterfeit $20.00 bill at Oil City on South Riverside Avenue. The matter is currently under investigation. After a preliminary local investigation concludes, the US Secret Service will be notified.

10:05 PM: Police Officer stopped a vehicle on Municipal Place for several Vehicle and Traffic violations. Upon further investigation, the driver was arrested for DWI and the car was impounded. The driver was also brought to Police HQ where bail of $100.00 was posted. The driver was later released to a family member and in due in Village Court on June 22, 2005 at 9:30 AM.

June 18

1:14 AM: Officers responded to a report of a loud group on Farrington Road. Upon further investigation, a 17-year-old Cortlandt Manor resident was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation. The youth was brought to Police HQ and later released to a family member and is due in Village Court on June 22, 2005 at 9:30 AM.

3:40 AM: There was a report from a resident on Brook Street whose car was spray-painted with white paint. The caller also indicated that white paint had also been sprayed on Brook Street. Patrol responded and confirmed the damages. The matter is under investigation.

7:12 AM: There was a report of a vehicle having being sprayed with white paint on Hunter Street. Patrol responded and confirmed the damage. The matter is under investigation.

7:25 PM: There was a report of a vehicle having being sprayed with white paint on Brook Street. Patrol responded and confirmed the damage. The matter is under investigation.

On June 21, 2005 8:50 AM, weewill said:

It seems appropriate for this to be listed under both Metro Enviro comments and Police Blotter comments. It certainly supports the valid comments made by Binford above.

Two unfortunate entries in the Croton Police blotter exhibiting misinformation and invalid suspicion of Metro Enviro. How much time and money is spent by the Village administration, staff and police department to chase down the false leads?

4:12 PM: There was a report from a concerned citizen of a fully-loaded waste hauling truck entering Metro Enviro. The caller reported to police that truck was going in to the waste transfer site after hours of operation. Patrols responded and confirmed that the posted hours of operation for Metro Enviro are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and witnessed the load enter the Metro Enviro site without incident. Police will also Notify Code official though NO violation occurred.

10:22 AM: There was a report from a concerned citizen of a truck at Veteran’s Plaza with Maine license plates going into the Metro Enviro waste transfer station. Apparently, the caller did not believe that the truck had required permits to use the facility. Patrol responded, verified that the truck did have the proper Westchester County waste-hauling permit and allowed the load to enter the Metro Enviro site without incident.”

On June 20, 2005 8:03 PM, Binford said:

This is a perfect example of how the misinformation about MetroEnviro has turned many Croton residents into paranoids. The Countess has already sent an e-mail to her “supporters” telling them the correct hours of operation. Too late to stop the waste of village resources. One wonders why the police didn’t just tell the caller what the hours of operation are. Why was it necessary for the police to respond? Were they just following the orders of the new “never negotiate” administration? ? Why is it necessary for the Code Enforcement officer to spend time on a non-violation? This is far from the first time that village resources have been wasted dealing with false charges against MetroEnviro. I remember when MetroEnviro first opened. A letter to the Gazette (from Mr. Rooney I believe) accused MetroEnviro of taking in garbage because he saw a garbage truck parked in front of a deli on Riverside Avenue. Another individual complained about asphalt from the White Plains airport reconstruction being accepted—it turned out it was being used to pave the roadways at MetroEnviro as REQUIRED by the village.

If one reads the appeal briefs submitted by Croton and MetroEnviro to the Court of Appeals it becomes clear that if Croton wins it will be because the former village board’s strategy of building a record of violations was the right one. That record formed the basis of Croton’s win in the lower court. The premise that “generalized community opposition” is NOT a valid basis for denying permit renewal is NOT being challenged by either side.

MetroEnviro is far from a Village asset. Let’s hope that Croton wins in the court of appeals. But be warned—win or loose the issue is far from settled. Croton will either loose much of the hard fought for control we now have over MetroEnviro, or we will be facing new lawsuits.

Note: It will be interesting to see if this week’s Gazette police blotter notes that a non-violation occurred.



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