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Police are on the hunt for two men this afternoon who they say robbed a woman at gunpoint as she left the Chase Bank Branch on Halstead Avenue.
Details are sketchy, but police said the woman was robbed as she got into her car on Purdy Avenue. It's unclear what and how much was taken. She was uninjured.
The armed robbers fled on foot, and possibly escaped in a nearby car.
The area around Purdy and Halstead Avenue has been cordoned off as police investigate.
Police have not released a description of the assailants.
Westchester State Assemblyman Robert Castelli said today that a fourth round of budget "extender" bills for the period of April 26 to May 1 has been proposed by Governor David Paterson. that will allow hundreds of State and Federal transportation projects to proceed.
Harrison Police announced today that they have wrapped up their investigation into the March 9 crash of a 2005 Toyota Prius on Purchase Street. Acting Police Captain Anthony Marraccini said his department's investigation agreed with federal regulators, that driver error caused the crash. He says detectives found that the driver, housekeeper 56 year old Gloria Rose , never hit the brakes before hitting a stone wall when coming out of her boss' driveway at 3700 Purchase Street.
Technicians from Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are now saying it appears driver error was behind last week's crash of a Toyota Prius in Harrison in which a woman's car ended up colliding with a stone wall. The housekeeper driving the car on March 9 told police the car accelerated on its own as she backed out of her boss' driveway.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) examined the vehicle on Wednesday and dowloaded information from the car's "black box" which records the state of the car at the time of impact.
The NHTSA says the data indicate that the throttle was open at the time of impact and the driver was not applying the brakes.
Shortly before the crash, Toyota recalled 8 million cars over gas pedals that got stuck due to floormats amid reports of cars affected by sudden acceleration.
Con Edison is dealing with the aftermath of a massive Nor'Easter that has left tens of thousands of people in Westchester without power. The heavy rains and winds took down hundreds of trees and power lines and the utility is estimating that cleanup and power restoration could take several days.
Con Edison has increased its estimate of customers without power in Westchester to over 16,000 as of 5:30 PM.
The bulk of the outages are in the city of New Rochelle, where over 4000 customers are in the dark. Mount Vernon, Scarsdale, and Harrison are also being hit hard.
Con Edison's estimating most customers will be restored between 9 and midnight tonight.
Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate this week's car accident in Harrison in which a Toyota Prius suddenly accelerated, causing a woman to crash the car into a stone wall. Said Lowey, "Drivers need answers about why their vehicles may suddenly and uncontrollably accelerate, and the problem needs to be fixed." Lowey added "It must must consider this recent crash, which could have resulted in serious injury or death."
On Tuesday, a 56 year old woman suffered a knee injury after the Prius she was driving accelerated down a driveway, crossed a two lane road and shoulder and crashed into a large stone wall.
There have been numerous accidents involving sudden acceleration, including another this week in California, where a man claims his car accelerated for miles at a high rate of speed on a freeway, until police were able to intervene and stop the vehicle safely.
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