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Backhoe Almost Runs Over Tarrytown Pedestrian

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A man told police he was walking on a crosswalk on Benedict Avenue recently when he was nearly run over with a backhoe.

The pedestrian called police around 8:30 on Aug. 10 to report that a bald man was driving the backhoe so erratically, he had to run out of the way to avoid it.

The man told police he felt the backhoe driver may have intentionally aimed for him.

Tarrytown police searched the area and found a backhoe near the intersection of Wildey Street and Mechanics Avenue but they didn't see any violations occurring.

Also in the police blotter...

Sexual Harassment

A women told police around noon on Aug. 14 that she was at the Carrollwood Pool the day before when a man approached her and began to make sexual comments. The woman told police the comments made her very uncomfortable. The woman told police she believed the man lived in the complex. The Carrollwood board was notified of the incident and is handling it.

Dispute, Threats

A man living on Carrollwood Drive called police around 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 13. The man said three men were at his door, threatening to beat him up. The man told police he had words with the three men earlier about being on his property. Police checked the area and found the three men gone.

Stolen Syringes

A resident at the YMCA reported on Aug. 13 around 12:55 a.m. That another resident had taken 100 syringes from his room and given them to someone else.

Police investigated the report but could not substantiate the claims and advised the resident to follow up with YMCA management. The other accused residents told police they were upset at the allegations and would also be following up with YMCA management.

Harassing Text Messenger

A man came to police headquarters around 9:45 p.m. On August 12. reporting that he had been getting harassing text messages in Spanish from a stranger saying the man was sleeping with the stranger's wife.

The stranger said he was extremely angry and wanted to cause serious bodily harm. The messages were traced to a phone number in Chicago, but the man was concerned the sender may be in New York.

After consulting with police, the man told police he was satisfied and would decide over the weekend if he wanted to pursue criminal charges.

Jet skier Falls Off

A man was riding his Jet ski around 6 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Hudson River near the Washington Irving boat club. He fell off the jet ski and could not swim in the current. Rescue officials responded to numerous calls, but by the time they had arrived at the seen an unknown boat was helping the distressed man out of the water and back on his Jet ski.

Village Court Argument

Two people appeared at Village Court in a case against their ex-landlord on Aug. 11. The two reported to police that after they left court, the ex-landlord followed them outside, began to threaten them and raised a fist at them. The group engaged in a heated dispute, but told police that nothing else happened.

Unruly Behavior at EF

Police responded to the EF school on Aug. 11 around 4 a.m. after a student called 911 to report other students were kicking doors and breaking windows in St. John's Hall. Police contacted security officials at the school, who told police they were aware of the incident and were handling it internally.

Stolen Insulin Pens

A resident of the YMCA reported that on Aug. 10 around 11:30 p.m. He discovered someone had stolen 12 insulin pens from his locked room. Police told the man to follow up with the detective division and YMCA management.

Suspicious Solicitation

A woman living on Powder Horn Way reported that a suspicious person had been going door to door in her neighborhood on Aug. 10 around 7:30 p.m. When the man got to her door, he attempted to open it. Responding officers found that the man was permitted to solicit for the “Citizens Campaign for the Environment.” The man denied he had tried to open the door, but because of the suspicious incident, police advised the man to stop soliciting until given further notice.

Kodak Moment

Police received a report that there was a skunk on Wildey Street with a jar on its head on Aug. 9 around 9 p.m.

Men Steal Frames

Raymond Opticians reported on Aug. 9 around 6:30 p.m. that two men had stolen glass frames and fled on foot north towards the CVS pharmacy. One of the men was wearing a royal blue fleece jacket, khaki pants and work boots. The other was described as heavy set and wearing a gray or black t-shirt with black shoes and khaki pants.

$47,000 Check Stolen

A Tarrytown detective requested a case be filed for grand larceny of a $47,000 check from the Tappan Hill restaurant and police interview an employee at the restaurant on Aug. 8. Police filed a case and a deposition from the owner.

Information in this blotter was obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request sent to the police department.

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