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A bright shiny new machete, a suspicious white powdery substance and unwanted visitors 

Writing by Eve Marx

Artwork by Cara McPartland 


I’d rather be with my dad 

A teenage girl who lives in Bedford Hills contacted police on April 23 to say she feels unsafe with her mom. Police went to the residence and spoke to the girl’s mother; she said she took away her daughter’s phone during an argument. While police were there, the girl’s father arrived on scene. He lives elsewhere and invited his daughter to stay with him for the night. Mom agreed but said she still wanted to keep the girl’s phone. It was unclear how this situation was resolved, but the daughter left the residence for the night to be with her father. 

Unexplained charges on the credit card 

On April 24, a Mount Holly Road, Katonah, resident reported they received unexplained charges on their credit card for T Mobile, which is not her carrier. While in the presence of police, they notified their bank of the issue; the bank arranged to have the charges flagged as fraud and her money to be refunded. 

Husband and wife argue 

Police spoke with a Katonah woman on April 24 who said she was in the car with her husband on Edgemont Road when he began driving erratically and yelling at her. Police say the couple seem to have some fidelity issues they haven’t worked out. The husband was gone when the wife spoke to the police. She said the altercation was verbal only, and the police provided her with resources on how to proceed if she wants an order of protection against her spouse. 

You take him 

On April 25, a caller on Guard Hill Road reported her stepson was at the residence, and she wanted him to leave because he was intoxicated. She said he’d been dropped off at her house by the young man’s mother, her husband’s ex-wife. The mother was contacted by police, and she said she’d come and get her son and drive him to the hospital herself to be treated for intoxication. 

Disoriented woman drives all the way to MA 

Bedford police assisted Attleboro, MA police on April 25 after receiving a report of an elderly woman from Bedford Hills who drove to MA and was now in police custody because she appeared disoriented. Bedford police were able to contact a relative who said they would go to MA to collect their family member. 

Dog attack

On April 26, a Harris Road, Bedford Hills resident reported a neighbor’s dog ran out while she was walking her dog, and her dog was bitten severely enough in its stomach area to warrant a trip to the veterinarian. The dog control officer followed up and spoke to the owner of the attacking dog who apologized and said he and the neighbor are friends and he’d already paid her veterinary bill. He also told the dog control officer he was going to get professional help with his dog and was hiring a trainer. A dangerous dog complaint form was filled out but no further action was taken. 

A white, powdery substance 

On April 26, a caller on Bedford Road in Bedford Hills reported they were about to step into their vehicle when they noticed a clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance on the ground. Police collected the bag and secured it into a found property locker. While the substance is suspected to be drugs, as of deadline, it had not yet been tested. 

Speeding and drunk driving 

A Mount Kisco man, 22, was arrested on April 27 on S. Bedford Road in Bedford Hills and charged with DWI. He was caught speeding and confirmed by radar; a traffic stop was initiated and the officer observed glassy eyes, a smell of alcohol on the operator’s breath and other indications of intoxication. An empty bottle of an alcoholic beverage was also found inside the vehicle. The man was arrested and brought to headquarters for processing at which time he was issued three summonses and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 22. His car was towed from the scene by Flatbed Towing. 

But what happened to those earrings?

The owner of a boutique on Katonah Avenue in Katonah reported an incident on April 27 that involved a man who came into her store appearing to be a customer. She saw he had a pair of earrings in his hand that were displayed in a locked case, which, she acknowledged to the police, wasn’t locked at that moment. She said he became annoyed with her when she tried to talk to him, and he stormed out. Since then, she’s seen him twice on the street; the second time he said some distressing things to her. A report was made for documentation. 

It’s not nice to throw things at horses

On April 27 a caller reported a lady was throwing leaves at horses paddocked on Guard Hill Road. Police located the described woman who identified herself; she was apologetic and said she would stop. Police told her to leave the horses alone. Contact was made with the horses’ owners, and they were advised of the exchange. 

Brand new shiny machete alarms neighbor 

On April 27 a caller  on Mustato Road, Katonah, reported a man on an adjacent property wielding a machete. Police went to the location and spoke to the property owner who said he had a new machete and was trying it out on a tree. He was advised of his neighbor’s concern and no further action was taken. 

No sign of foul play 

Police went to a residence on Adams Street, Bedford Hills, on April 28 after receiving a 911 call about a dead man. They found a male, 45, from Bedford Hills, deceased on the floor of a bedroom. No weapons were found nearby or any evidence of drug paraphernalia. The caller said the man was possibly diabetic. Police detectives turned the body over to EMT’s and the county medical examiner. 

North Castle

Not breaking into cars 

Three men were reported on April 21 attempting to break into cars parked on Washington Avenue. Police responded and said the men were only collecting recyclables on the street and there was no problem. 

Be on the lookout 

A possibly homeless woman was reported on April 22 walking on Rt. 22. She was described by the caller as elderly and walking in the road. Police looked for her without result. The New York Department of Environmental Protection were notified to be on the lookout for her. 

Unwanted relative 

A School Street resident on April 22 called the police to report her stepbrother was trying to break into the house. She said he was unwelcome at the residence. The brother left before police arrived, and a report was made for documentation only. 

Don’t park here 

A caller on Smith Farm Road on April 22 complained of two vehicles parked on his property that he wanted removed. Police contacted the operators of those vehicles and learned a party was happening next door and the vehicles belonged to the caterer; she said she would immediately move them. 

Bad driving 

A two-car collision reported on April 23 at Whippoorwill Crossing resulted in one driver being issued paperwork for aggravated unlicensed operation. The operator was not arrested and was processed on scene. It appeared no one was injured and neither car was towed. 

Two suspicious teens

On April 24, a Cox Road caller said two male teens  were sitting in a blue Toyota SUV in front of his office. By the time police arrived, the teens were gone. The caller appeared agitated about their presence and told police he didn’t recognize the kids. A report was made for documentation. 

Call your dad 

A citizen walked into headquarters on April 24 to report her car shaking whenever she goes over 10 mph; she said she is afraid to drive on the road. An officer accompanied her outside to look at the car and immediately saw she had a flat rear driver side tire. When informed of the condition, she said she would call her dad to come and assist her. 

This report was made from official reports provided by the Bedford Police Department and the North Castle Police Department. 

Eve Marx
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Eve Marx is a national journalist, book author and writing coach. She has worked with the police and writing police reports for a very long time. She has a master's degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is the author of numerous books, including "101 Things You Didn't Know About Sex" and "Flirtspeak." Her essay collection, "View From the Porch: Tales from the Anti-Hamptons" won a Washington Irving book award. A longtime resident of Westchester, she now makes her home on the west coast, where she lives with her husband, R.J. Marx, a journalist and jazz musician. She is currently working on a crime novel.

Cara McPartland
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Cara McPartland is a sophomore at John Jay High School. In her free time, you can find her listening to music, playing the cello or drawing. "I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, and it’s something I do whenever I have time," she says. "I'm inspired by TV shows, YouTube as well as people in real life (actors, musicians and others). One of my characters is actually based on Taylor Swift; he kind of has the same personality, and is a famous singer as well." Cara is a member of her school’s orchestra, and she spends her weekends working as part of the stage crew for the school productions.