Hastings Police Beat: Tuckahoe Man Busted for DWI, $1,500 in Scrap Metals Stolen

In this week's look at incidents investigated by Hastings’s police, a snapping turtle is rescued from roadway.

June 9

Snapping Turtle Crossing

8:10 p.m.—A caller reported a large turtle in the parking area of Zinsser Park, meeting the rear of 115 Southside Ave. Police and the Greenburgh Animal Warden were sent. The animal warden was unavailable, so a representative called in instructions to police on a landline.

He said that if the turtle had a prehistoric tail, to pick it up by the tail because it could be dangerous. He was told to move the turtle out of harm’s way and to keep it faced in the direction it was going. Patrol complied and reported it as a snapping turtle. They picked the turtle up off the roadway and placed into the woods just outside of Southside Avenue.

June 10

Tuckahoe Man Busted for DWI

2:36 p.m.—A caller reported an erratic driver on Main Street. Patrols were dispatched, following a 1998 Land Rover into Yonkers jurisdiction. The Connecticut-registered vehicle was stopped on Executive Boulevard at Nepperhan Avenue.

The operator, Walter Beck, Jr., appeared intoxicated at the scene. The 45-year-old Tuckahoe resident refused a chemical test, which is a violation. He was issued summonses for failure to stay in his lane while driving and not being able to produce insurance, both violations, as well as driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor and transported to headquarters. The defendant was released on $200 bail and returned to court on June 15.

June 11

Car Entered, Wallet Taken

2:31 p.m—A 30-year-old resident of Maple Avenue reported that his wallet was stolen out of his car while it was parked in his driveway between 7 p.m. on June 9 and 9 a.m. June 10. His driver’s license, two credit cards, $20, and a library card were taken.

June 13

$93 Stolen from Student’s Gym Locker

1:45 p.m.—Nancy Gagliardi, an administrator at Hastings High School, reported $93 stolen out of a student's wallet while he was attending gym class. The wallet had been in his unlocked gym locker between 8:15 and 9:35 a.m. Police are investigating.

Rocks Thrown at County Police Officer

11:01 p.m.—Westchester County Police requested assistance after an officer had rocks thrown at him. The officer was doing a vehicle and traffic car stop at the Lenoir Preserve. The officer pursued the suspects who ran into one of the cottages of the Graham School, located on 1 South Broadway. Officers believe they located the offender inside Saterlee Cottage, but a positive identification could not be made. No arrests have been made thus far. One rock dented the police vehicle. 

June 14

$1500 in Scrap Metal & Other Materials Stolen

8:25 a.m.—An employee of Hayden Building Maintenance reported scrap metal, railings, special weights, and two air conditioners stolen from his work site located at 185 Old Broadway. The total value of the materials adds up to $1,500. This occurred between 5:30 p.m. on June 10 and 6:30 a.m. on June 13. Officer John Danahy and Sergeant Anthony Gentile confirmed the larceny and checked the area, but found no suspects. Police are investigating.

Note: Police Beat doesn't include every action or response of the Hastings-on-Hudson PD during the listed dates.



Balar Gazor June 18, 2011 at 06:52 PM
a prehistoric tail ? really ? pls check your nearest dictionary. Who is editing this ?
Katie Ryan O'Connor June 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Hi Balar, Thanks for commenting. Police reports are interesting reads. It's a way, apparently, to describe a type of turtle tail.
Lizzie Hedrick June 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Here's an easy-to-read article on snapping turtles, which shows a close-up of these "prehistoric tails" http://www.naturealmanac.com/archive/snappers/snappers.html They really do look like dinosaur tails!


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