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The veteran Brooklyn police officer killed this morning while responding to a domestic dispute was a resident of Cortlandt Manor.
The NYPD says 42 year old Alain Schaberger of 133 Dogwood Road, Cortlandt responded to a report of a woman in distress around 4:30 a.m. Sunday at 334 Bergen Street who reported her boyfriend was threatening to kill her. Police also received a call from the security guard at the building. When Schaberger arrived, he got into a struggle with the suspect, 42 year old George Villanueva and was pushed over a stair rail and down a cement stairwell.
Cops say the suspect has a long history of domestic violence and that he had been arrested on February 4 and 9 and had a long rap sheet for robbery and burglary.
A former Lieutenant in the NYPD has been named Director of theSPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division.
Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester says Ernest Lungaro of Pleasantville comes to the job with more than 20 years of criminal investigation experience,"Ernest Lungaro's outstanding law enforcement expertise will help take our Humane Law Enforcement Divison to a new level in intervening and prosecuting individuals who are harming or killing animals."
His main responsibility according to the organization is to "protect animals from Westchester from cruelty and neglect" through "aggressive enforcement of New York State law."
The SPCA of Westchester receives calls reporting neglect and abuse that range from animals living in unsanitary conditions or being left out in the cold without no shelter, to cases of dogs and cats being intentionally starved or abused resulting in injury or death.
The Humane Law Enforcement Division responds to calls placed to the SPCA of Westchester's hotline, (914)941-7797.
Yorktown Police say an arrest had been made in last week's armed robbery of Yorktown Jewelers at 2008 Crompond Road.
Police Lieutenant Kevin Soravilla says his Department was contacted by a jewelry store owner who had surveillance cameras set up at their store in the Bronx, and noticed a man matching the description of the assailant. Yorktown Police, assisted by members of the NYPD moved in to arrest the suspect, identified as 63 year old Daniel Gastin of the Bronx. He's been charged with First Degree Robbery, Second Degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and First Degree Unlawful Imprisonment. Officials say Gastin stole $15,000 worth of cash and jewelry from the store at gunpoint and tied up the workers at the store.
Gastin has a criminal past, and was convicted of three robberies back in the 1980's.
He's been remanded to the Westchester County Jail without bail and is due back in Yorktown Town Court on June 29.
A State Appellate Panel today upheld the murder conviction of former NYPD officer Richard DiGuglielmo in the 1996 shooting death of Charles Campbell outside a Dobbs Ferry delicatessen.
DiGuglielmo had served 11 years of a 20 year-to-life sentence for Campbell's murder, when, in 2008, a judge overturned his conviction, claiming some witness statements were coerced by police.
Today, the five member Appellate Panel unanimously ruled that the evidence provided by the witnesses did not affect the original guilty verdict in the case. DiGuglielmo is due to return to court next week, at which time, he's expected to begin serving the remainder of the sentence in State Prison.
DiGuglielmo was off-duty, working at his father's deli on Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry, when his father and brother in law got into an altercation with Charles Campbell of White Plains. Campbell hit DiGuglielmo's father with a baseball bat and was then shot by DiGuglielmo, a move the defendant claimed was self-defense.
The NYPD officer from Westchester who was shot three times during a wild gunbattle in the Bronx March 22 has been released from the hospital. 25 year old Officer Robert Salerno of West Harrison left Lincoln Hospital Monday afternoon to cheers and shouts from waiting family members and colleagues.
Salerno suffered three gunshot wounds when he and others responded to a report of a mentally unstable gun-wielding man inside an apartment building at 3073 Park Avenue in the Bronx. As they arrived on the scene, the gunman began shooting and police shot back. The gunman was found dead in the crossfire.
One shot lodged in Salerno's bullet proof vest, which officials say saved his life.
Family and friends are mourning the death of an NYPD cop who was killed after crashing his car in Mount Pleasant early Saturday. 28 year old Raphy Hidalgo lost control of his vehicle around 7:30 Saturday morning as he drove on Route 9 near Sleepy Hollow Road. The vehicle spun out of control and flipped over.
An NYPD officer from Westchester has been shot and injured following a wild gunbattle in the Bronx. The incident began around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon when 21 year old Officer Robert Salerno of West Harrison and several others, responded to a 911 call of a gun-wielding man inside an apartment building at 3073 Park Avenue.
NYPD Commisioner Ray Kelly says as the officers opened the bedroom door where the man was holed up, the gunman opened fire, striking Officer Solerno.
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