The following information was supplied by the Sleepy Hollow Police Department.
Word to The Wise: Location Technology!
A caller reported on Sept. 16 at 5:30 a.m. that he left his cell phone in a Westchester Taxi operating out of White Plains; the driver had told the caller he did not have the phone. The caller did a phone search which listed his phone as on Bedford Road in Sleepy Hollow. The caller advised police that he was getting on a plane and could come into headquarters to file any deposition. However, police were able to locate the taxi in question and stop the driver, who had the phone in his pocket. Police took the phone and turned over to the detectives for a possible criminal charge.
Lieutenant Anthony Bueti said most taxi drivers are “usually good [about returning items left behind],” since most of their clientele "are local fares." This driver had not been charged, he said.
Sleepy Hollow Water Breaks
A caller reported a water main break at North Broadway and New Broadway on 3:41 a.m. on Sept. 17. Police and DPW responded. DPW Foreman Richard Gross requested that NYS Department of Transportation be notified; DOT would have a supervisor report to location as water was streaming rapidly down state road, Route 9 at the intersection of Bedford, also a state road. Gross also wanted the school buses to be notified. The work there would continue for much of the day; read more about it and see video here.
Elderly Man Struck by His Own Car
State Police on Sept. 17 at 12:33 p.m. reported a man was struck by a car on Gordon Avenue. Officers and Sleepy Hollow Ambulance were dispatched. Units at the scene reported the man was elderly and would be taken to Phelps Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
Bueti revealed the interesting detail not mentioned in the blotter report that the man was struck by his own car. He was pushing his inoperable car. Another person who was behind the wheel steering it for him didn't stop on time and the 74-year-old man was knocked to the ground, hurting his hip, Bueti said.
Cyclist Injured on Route 9
A caller requested an ambulance on North Broadway for a bicyclist reportedly struck by a car on Sept. 17 at 7:35 p.m. Officers and ambulance responded. The cyclist was transported to Phelps ER.
Bueti said the cyclist was treated and released there, and he actually did not get hit by a car but swerved to avoid one. “The vehicle never made contact,” he said. The cyclist, 22, of Tarrytown was coming down southbound on North Broadway close to the sidewalk when a car made a left turn not seeing the cyclist. The cyclist swerved to avoid the car, losing control on the curb ridge and falling.
Storm Damage Tally
The high winds and heavy rain that ripped through the villages on Sept. 18 left numerous minor damages, along with a few major ones, in their wake.
Police received calls:
Starting after 3 p.m. on Sept. 18, for tree branches down on Route 9 and Highland Avenue, blocking a driveway on Amos Street, and a tree across the roadway on Hunter Avenue.
A utility pole was reported to be tilting at 4:49 p.m on Sept. 18 at Clinton Street near Beekman. Officers reported two poles were tilting due to tree debris on the wires. Con Ed and DPW notified. At 5:03 p.m., police reported the pole had fallen and County Control called the Fire Department.
At 5:15 p.m., a third call was placed to Con Edison by Bueti’s order to “expedite” their arrival. (Con Edison did not arrive until the next day as police parked there around the clock to guard the live high-voltage wires on the street).
At 5:58 p.m., a Hemlock Drive caller reported a tree fell on her house and car. Officers responded and reported no injuries. Owner was advised to take pictures and not stay in her home overnight.
On Hunter Avenue at 6:20 p.m., a caller reported that a tree had fallen and wires were down, starting a fire in the bushes. Fire Department called and Con Ed notified. Police reported there was no fire upon their arrival, and area was barricaded by DPW.
On Sept. 19 at 11:27 a.m., a large branch was reported about to fall onto the sidewalk in front of 419 North Broadway. The branch was resting on telephone and cable wires. DPW was advised and would take care of it.
Note: Police Beat is in no way a complete summary of all Sleepy Hollow Police activities and responses during the listed dates.