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Police Chief’s Child Porn Arrest Tops This Week’s News

Catch up on this week's top headlines.

Brian Fanelli and his wife leaving federal court in White Plains Thursday, Jan. 23. / Photo credit: Michael Nocella
Brian Fanelli and his wife leaving federal court in White Plains Thursday, Jan. 23. / Photo credit: Michael Nocella

Were you so busy this week that you missed some top news in and around Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Hastings-on-Hudson? Don’t worry, we’re here to make sure you don’t miss it twice.

Here are some of this week’s more notable headlines:

1. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Arraigned on Child Porn Charge: Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli posted $50,000 bail in federal court in White Plains Thursday afternoon after he was arrested in his Mahopac home at 11:30 a.m. for possession of child pornography, United States Attorney's Office officials said. It was there that Fanelli told investigating federal agents his personal collection of child porn originated from researching material for sexual abuse school classes that he was teaching, a 10-page “United States of America v. Brian Fanelli” complaint detailed. 

2. Irvington Schools to Form ‘Fields Project Committee’: Volunteers will be recruited by the Board of Education to weigh in on additions to potential project; committee to review prospects for artificial turf and lights. 

3. Marching Cobras Gear Up for Super Bowl in Dobbs Ferry: The 70-piece Marching Cobras of New York band will lead the Vince Lombardi trophy up 33rd Street to 43rd Street in the NFL Experience Parade on Jan. 29 to insure the Super Bowl gets a warm welcome from New York City despite its frigid temperatures. Fifteen students from St. Christopher’s Clark Academy in Dobbs Ferry will be part of that performance. On Thursday, Jan. 23, they received a pre-game pep talk, and a special proclamation, from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. 

4. Rec Dept Worker Falls Through Tarrytown Lake Ice: Around 11 am Thursday, a worker riding across the lakes on a small tractor broke through the ice he was beginning to plow for skating. 

5. Feiner: Help a Dobbs Ferry Family Avoid Homelessness: Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner shared this on Patch Monday in spirit of Martin Luther King day. 

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