Upcoming Holidays Mean “Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest”
Poughkeepsie, NY, (December 15, 2010) – Major Michael A. Kopy, Troop K Commander, today announced that the New York State Police will be out in full force cracking down on anyone caught drunk behind the wheel. Beginning Thursday, December 16th and continuing through New Years Day, police agencies in the Troop K region and police departments across the country will join forces in the effort, which is part of the “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” National Crackdown.
“Since the holiday season is traditionally marked by increased travel and alcohol consumption, troopers will be participating in this national crackdown,” said Major Kopy. “Our goal is to ensure motorists are not needlessly injured or killed by an intoxicated or drug impaired driver.”
Major Kopy recommends the following tips for a safe holiday season:
· Designate a driver before the celebrations begin
· Take public transportation
Two drivers fighting over a parking space in front of Cormondel restaurant on Division Street in downtown New Rochelle ended up in a rather awkward position with one vehicle backed up onto the hood of the other vehicle. No injuries were reported. Ironically, parking in the City lot at Avalon 2, just a few feet away from the parking space in question, is free during the holidays.
WVOX is reporting New Rochelle Police are searching for three men after a home invasion. The house was occupied by Iona College students.Read more
A black Lincoln Town Car entering I-95 from the Cedar Street/South ramp spun out immediately upon reaching the thruway road surface colliding with another vehicle setting off a chain reaction that involved four cars and a tractor trailer. Two people in the Lincoln Town Car were injured and taken to Sound Shore Medical Center. The driver of the silver 4-door vehicle struck by the spinning town car described the incident to Talk of the Sound. Neither he nor the two passengers with him were injured.
New York State Police had control of the scene. New Rochelle Police, Firefighters and Paramedics responded. A flat-bed tow truck removed the Lincoln Town Car.
The weekend got off to a rousing start when a New Rochelle Fire Truck collided with a car in front of the Ryan Library at Iona College. About the same time, the Associated Press went national with the Iona nun embezzlement case which launched our little "Sister Susie" story from October into the stratosphere. Over 300 news organizations have run the story -- and counting.
On the overnight, a pedestrian crossing North Avenue near Anderson was hit by a car.
At the same location, New Rochelle police arrested a man for disorderly conduct after getting into an altercation with a woman on the streetRead more
New Rochelle Fire Department Engine 22 was involved in a collision with a white Nissan Altima at the intersection of Hubert Place and North Avenue at about 4 pm. No injuries were reported.
Police had Hubert closed off but traffic open on North Avenue by Conese Hall.
The driver, a white female, was informed by police that DMV records showed the registration on the vehicle was suspended and the car would impounded.
A New Rochelle crossing guard was struck by a car on November 12th and is recovering at home. According to the recent Trinity PTA newsletter, "Mr. Rizzutti, our crossing guard on North Ave. and Pelham Rd. was hit by a car on November 12th and is now recovering at home from a serious head injury. Gratefully, he should make a full recovery."
The newsletter article continues.
This should be a strong reminder to all students and parents that not all people passing by our school are part of our community and are not taking care when driving through our neighborhood.
There are so many distractions today and we must use extreme caution when coming to and leaving our school with our children.
We also ask that parents dropping off and picking up children respect the drop off zone and do not double and triple park on Church St. and Pelham roads, or cross in the middle of these streets with your children, this has become as much of a hazard as speeding through the school zone. We have been very lucky that no children have been hurt, please help us protect them.
UPDATE: Iona College has issued a statement responding to the news of Thornton's arrest, disputing the amount. (below)
UPDATE: DOJ has issued a statement correcting the amount from $1.2 million to "more than $850,000".
DOJ Press Release:
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and BRIAN HICKEY, the Special- Agent-in-Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General, announced today the arrest of MARIE E. THORNTON, the former Vice President of Finance for Iona College, on charges of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Iona College over the course of a ten-year time period.
THORNTON surrendered this morning and was presented in Manhattan federal court today.
As alleged in the Information filed in Manhattan federal court: