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Croton Police Blotter - Week of July 24th

August 1, 2006

croton on hudson police blotter

July 27

11:45 AM: There were several reports from patrons at the Croton Exxon Station that the fire extinguisher system was accidentally set off. Patrol, Fire Department and EMTs responded to the scene and found that there were several people who had been covered in a fire retardant made from a white powder substance. Several persons complained of respiratory distress while one individual was transferred to Phelps Memorial Hospital for treatment. The cause of the false activation has not yet been determined.

6:55 PM: There was a resident of Croton reported that after locking his bicycle to a post in the morning, when he returned it was stolen. The matter is under investigation.

7:06 PM: There was a report from a resident of Harrison Street of a strong odor of natural gas coming from her basement. Patrol, Croton Fire Department and Con Edison responded to the scene to remedy the complaint and ventilate the area.

8:08 PM: There was a resident of Piney Point Avenue that sometime during the day, someone entered his home and stole some personal property and cash. The matter is under investigation.

July 28

9:42 AM: There was a report from a resident of North Riverside Avenue that sometime overnight while his car was parked on Farrington Road, someone broke his rear window. The matter is under investigation.

4:03 PM: There was a report from a resident of Wolf Road reported that there were downed and burning power lines across the road and on a parked car. Patrol, Croton Fire Department and Con Edison responded to the scene to remedy the situation.

7:21 PM: Officer on patrol stopped a vehicle on Route 9 South near Croton Point Avenue for vehicle and traffic violations. Upon investigation officer determined that the driver, a 28-year-old male from Fayetteville, North Carolina, had a suspended license and was in possession of brass knuckles. The car was towed and impounded, while the man was brought to police HQ where he was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, a misdemeanor and was subsequently released on $250.00 bail. The man is due in Village Court on August 9, 2006 at 9:30 AM.

July 29

11:42 AM: Recreation Department called to report that a vehicle drove into the restricted area of Silver Lake Park. Patrol responded to the scene and spoke to the driver who was only dropping off items for a birthday party upon return to the parking area.

11:55 AM: Park Ranger reported that sometime during the 24 hours, someone used chalk to apply graffiti to the inside walls of the picture tunnel near Senasqua Park. The Croton Recreation Department was notified and later removed the chalk. The matter is under investigation.

12:44 PM: There was a report from a resident of Mt. Green Road that sometime overnight someone smashed two nearby mailboxes. The matter is under investigation.

4:06 PM: There was a report of disorderly youths swimming at Silver Lake Park. Park Ranger responded to the scene and had the group leave the area.

5:14 PM: There was a report from a resident of Nordica Drive that there was a person at the Croton River near Mayo’s landing with an unleashed dog. Patrol responded to the scene and issued a warning to the man in question while also reminding him of the village’s leash law.

July 30

10:09 AM: There was a report from a resident of Wells Avenue that sometime overnight someone broke the rear window of his vehicle while it was parked on the street in front of his house. The matter is under investigation.

2:27 PM: Officers on boat patrol (see: “Croton and Cortlandt Partner in Purchase of New Police Patrol Boat”) in the Croton River, located 100-feet west of Fireman’s Island observed a swimmer going across the river from the Cortlandt side to the Croton side that was in distress. The swimmer, a 21-year-old male resident of Ossining, went underwater twice and was seen coughing and gasping from breath by both Sergeant Michael Nolte, a police dive team member, and Officer Daria Murtagh. Subsequently, Sergeant Nolte first threw the man a flotation device but soon entered the water to rescue the man. Both Sergeant Nolte and Officer Murtagh hoisted the man aboard and offered the distraught man medical treatment, which he refused. A short time later, officers brought the man to shore, on the Cortlandt side of the river, where his family was picnicking, and then resumed patrol.



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