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Sleepy Hollow Neighborhood Struggles With Tragic Events

Sleepy Hollow residents are still reeling over several weekend events that took place in the Webber Park neighborhood, leaving one resident dead and another clinging to life.
Sleepy Hollow residents are still reeling over several weekend events that took place in the Webber Park neighborhood, leaving one resident dead and another clinging to life. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger
Catherine Kadnar, 37, was killed in a car accident on Saturday in Sleepy Hollow.
Catherine Kadnar, 37, was killed in a car accident on Saturday in Sleepy Hollow. Photo Credit: Rose Rothe
Christopher Howson, 49, of Sleepy Hollow is charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation.
Christopher Howson, 49, of Sleepy Hollow is charged with second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation. Photo Credit: Sleepy Hollow Police Department

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow residents are still reeling over two weekend events that took place in the Webber Park neighborhood, leaving one resident dead and another clinging to life.

“I think for those of us who live in the neighborhood, the events were particularly sharp because they were our neighbors,” said Mayor Ken Wray, a Webber Park resident.

In one incident, Sleepy Hollow police said the woman who was seriously injured in a domestic dispute Jan, 5  on New Broadway was still in critical condition at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center on Wednesday morning and is not expected to survive. Her husband, Christopher Howson, 49, is facing charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation, both felonies. Howson will appear in Village Court on Jan. 14.

In the other incident, a funeral mass for 37-year-old Catherine Kadner was held Wednesday morning at the Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown. Kadner died Jan. 5 when her SUV slammed into an embankment on Tappan Avenue and she was thrown from the car.

Counseling services have been set up for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corps building for first responders who were affected by the events, officials say.

During Tuesday's Village Board of Trustees meeting, a moment of silence was held for Kadner and several other residents who have died recently. Trustees also thanked firefighters, police and paramedics who responded to the neighborhood on Saturday.

Trustee and Webber Park resident Jennifer Lobato-Church struggled to make it through a speech thanking the first responders who worked Saturday before breaking down over the “series of unfortunate events” in her neighborhood.

“It really was our entire department,” Lobato-Church said. “People came in on their day-off. People came in just off their tour. I just really want to say thank you.”

Wray also praised the efforts of emergency personnel.

“Again the professionalism of folks who work for the village was just great from Police Department guys to the Fire Department,” he said.

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