Police crack down on illegal signs and piles of leaves — plus a lawnmower fire
Thursday 17 November 2022 09:18
Last updated: Thursday 17 November 2022 09:26
Published: Thursday 17 November 2022 09:18
Traci Dutton Ludwig
Village Code Violations: Police spoke with homeowners and realtors to move signs located in the village right-of-way so the signs would comply with village code, at Carthage and Murray Hill roads Nov. 7, Richelieu and Hamilton roads Nov. 8, Brewster and Post roads and Hickory Lane November 9 and Cushman Road November 13. Billboards, which prompted police to issue summonses to the owners, were removed from Clarence Road on November 9. A realtor was issued a summons Nov. 10 for failing to comply with moving her sign on Brewster Road after she was given a 24-hour warning with instructions to move the sign. Other signs, without an identifiable owner, were removed and discarded from East Parkway, Bypass, Weaver Street, Griffen and Scarsdale avenues and Fenimore, Popham, Fox Meadow, Heathcote, Mamaroneck and Meadow roads this week.
Police issued summonses for improper use of gas-powered leaf blowers to landscapers on Nelson Road Nov. 7 and Carman Road Nov. 12.
Abandoned leaves on Berkeley Road blocked the roadway on November 8. Police issued a summons to the homeowner.
Leaves left on Brewster Road blocked the roadway on Nov. 9. It was eight feet deep, 30 feet long and five feet high. Police issued a summons to the homeowner. Other piles of leaves blocked the pavement on Heathcote Road today. Summonses were also issued.
On Nov. 10, police issued summonses for piles of leaves, placed in violation of village ordinances, on Tisdale Road and Greenacres Avenue.
On November 11, police issued summonses for piles of leaves, placed in violation of village rules, at White and Catherine roads and Brite Avenue. In particular, Brite Avenue poles were observed to extend into the roadway more than five, six, seven and nine feet. A pole also blocked a fire hydrant.
A delivery driver made a delivery on Scarsdale Avenue at 5.47 on November 10. The police informed the driver that deliveries were only allowed after 5 p.m. 6.30 on weekdays and after 8.00 on weekends.
Police dispersed noisy children from Roosevelt Place Nov. 12.
Police issued noisy workers a summons to begin work before 10 p.m. 10 on Cushman Road on Sunday, November 13.
A man from Church Lane complained that his neighbor was cutting down trees on November 7. The neighbor produced a valid permit for the work and the work continued.
A woman from Chase Road reported that a bag valued at approx. $1,890 was missing from her house Nov. 9.
On Nov. 11, a Church Lane resident reported that a line of credit was opened in his name without his knowledge or permission on Nov. 8. The account was closed and there was no loss.
On Nov. 12, a Rugby Lane resident reported that a line of credit was attempted to be opened in his name without his knowledge or permission.
Arrest on warrant
On November 9, police picked up a defendant from the Westchester County Jail and transported him to Scarsdale, where he was arrested on a November 9 warrant.
Highway workers helped retrieve keys that fell into a storm drain at Spencer Place and Chase Road Nov. 11.
Police mediated a dispute between two residents about the “norms” for washing machines in a Chateaux Circle laundry room Nov. 13.
Cars and roads
A car hit a White Avenue fire hydrant and left the scene Nov. 7.
Police asked the highway department to remove a large fallen branch from Post and Burgess roads Nov. 7.
The police helped a motorist whose car ran out of petrol on Postvejen around 9pm on 7 November.
Police helped the driver of a large truck safely maneuver onto Post Road from Tompkins Road on November 8.
A car parked illegally in a Popham Road lot was towed to White Plains, according to building management on Nov. 9. The police were notified in case the owner inquired about the car.
Police asked workers to move construction vehicles so a Normandy Lane resident could get in and out of his driveway safely and easily on Nov. 9.
A truck that hit a bridge on the Hutchinson River Parkway was stopped on an on-ramp, blocking traffic on Nov. 9. Police assisted Westchester County police in moving the truck to a more secure location where it could be inspected and the diver could be cited.
Police gave directions to an elderly couple in a white Honda on Crossway, due to the fact that they had made a wrong turn and gotten lost on November 9th.
On November 10, a BMW with Florida license plates, which had scofflaw status, was observed on Harwood Court. Police spoke to the owner who said she would respond to the village hall immediately to rectify the matter.
Police notified Verizon of a downed wire on Fairview Road Nov. 12.
Damage to a car parked in an area at Autenreith and Popham roads during inclement weather was most likely caused by storm debris, police told the owner of the car on November 12. They advised her on proper follow up.
A tree rested on telecommunications lines on Whig Road on November 12. Police taped off the area and notified Verizon.
Four car accidents were officially reported in the village this week.
On Nov. 9, a Brewster Road woman alleged her neighbor drove into her driveway and knocked over cones. The police informed the woman that it was a civil matter.
On Nov. 12, the trustee for an estate involving a house in Scarsdale reported that an individual changed the locks on the house and had mail sent from the home’s address to another address without proper authorization. The person who allegedly committed these acts had been named in a previous will but had been “left out” of the current will, the trustee said. The police stated that it was a civil matter and urged the administrator to document all interactions with the person.
A Hampton Road resident expressed concern about “erratic behavior” by a squirrel in the backyard on Nov. 7. Police observed the squirrel and noted that its behavior was consistent with other members of its species. According to the police, it did not appear to be sick or injured. Police then helped move the squirrel to the woods in a less populated area of the village.
Police helped reunite a dog with its owner on Hampton Road Nov. 8.
A sick raccoon was reported to be in a sewage collection basin on Varian Lane on November 9th. According to the police report, the patrol drove over the sick raccoon [a police cruiser]and it was in an obviously lifeless state.” The road service was notified for removal.
On November 10, a dead deer was found on Griffen Avenue. The police asked the road department to remove it.
Lost and found
On November 11, a driver’s license was found on Brewster Road, near Fox Meadow School, by a passerby and given to police. The police gave a receipt for storage.
On November 8, a Popham Road resident reported that building maintenance staff “inadequately repaired ceiling concrete with ‘spackle'”. The resident provided fire department members with photographs that included images of the ceiling damage prior to repair. The photographs depicted a ceiling with visible rebar. The ceiling structure is known to be concrete with steel bar reinforcements, called rebar, and finished with plaster typical of fire-resistant structures. The resident’s apartment is on the top floor of the building with a continuous apartment ceiling and roof structure, according to the firefighters. In the apartment in question, firefighters observed cracks in an approximately four-foot by 2-foot section of the ceiling where a repair had been made. These cracks were thought to be consistent with the shrinking effect that occurs when water evaporates from thick applications of a compound or filler. Firefighters assessed the roofing material above the apartment and noted a heavily weathered membrane with no obvious penetrations. Command warned the resident that the apartment could still be occupied, but to avoid areas of the apartment with the observed cracks and damage. The Scarsdale Building Department was notified of the damage to ensure proper repairs are arranged.
On Nov. 9, firefighters were called to Sycamore Road on the report of an outdoor brush fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a gas powered lawnmower involved and also on fire. Firefighters extinguished the equipment fire and the burning brush area around the machine. They went through the lawnmower to make sure the fire was completely out. The landscaping company removed the burned lawn equipment from the premises and firefighters informed the homeowner.
On Nov. 10, a Morris Lane worker reported a gas odor coming from an open excavation. Firefighters stopped by for Con Edison and checked the basement of nearby houses to confirm that no gas had migrated inside.
On November 11, firefighters were called to investigate a reported car smoking at Post Road and Lorraine Place. Upon arrival, firefighters found a car with the hood up with what appeared to be smoke coming from the engine compartment. Upon further investigation, the “smoke” was determined to be steam and engine coolant was dripping from the radiator. Firefighters identified this as an engine overheating. They isolated the battery to ensure safety.
On Nov. 12, a driver stated he saw smoke coming from his car while driving near Huntington Avenue and Post Road. He then pulled over, opened the hood and noticed flames in the engine compartment. When he dropped the hood, the flames disappeared. Charred leaves and organic matter were noted under the hood. No obvious damage to the vehicle was noted; however; however, underlying damage could not be ruled out. Firefighters are advised to have the vehicle towed to assess safe operation.
This report, covering police and fire service activity from November 7 – 13, has been compiled from official information.
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