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Students, faculty and family are mourning the death of a Pace University Student who died at the University's Pleasantville campus Wednesday night.
A spokesman for the University says friends of 25 year old Luke Arneson of Walden found him in his room as he was having the seizure around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Officials say Arneson suffered from epilepsy. He was a former marine who had served in Iraq. Students at Pace say they're hoping to hold a memorial for the well-liked student on campus.
Arneson's death comes less than two months after the death of another Pace University student, 20 year old Danroy Henry, who was shot by police outside a bar in Thornwood. The circumstances of his death are still under investigation.
(Luke Arneson and unidentified female friend in Facebook photo)
A Pace University student who was in the car with Danroy Henry the night he was shot by police and who was himself spoke out for the first time today.
Brandon Cox held a news conference in Pleasantville outside Lucio's Pizza where he had had dinner with Henry just hours before he was shot and killed. Cox told reporters that his best friend Henry was more like a brother to him than a friend. Said Cox, "My world has been turned upside down ever since this incident."
His stepfather, Tom Parks,questioned the inquiry into the tragic killing, saying he has "a fair amount of skepticism," and he "does not think the Mount Pleasant Police department can be objective enough" about the investigation . Parks went on to say he is calling "on the Justice Department to get involved and "to safeguard the evidence before it's tainted or the rest of it is destroyed."
Mount Pleasant Police officials maintain that there was no impropriety on the part of the officers involved in the deadly shooting. They say the officers opened fire after Henry plowed into them with his car in front of Finnegan's Grill, tossing one of them onto the windshield, and forcing them to use deadly force.
Over the past few weeks,details were leaked out to the media that blood taken from Henry indicated he was legally drunk at the time he was shot. That disputed reports from eyewitnesses who claim they were with Henry at the bar that night and said he was not drinking and was instead the designated driver. Subsequent blood tests ordered by the attorney for the Henry family, Michael Sussman, reportedly confirmed that Henry was intoxicated.
A large rally is planned Sunday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains to call for a Federal investigation into the shooting.
Dozens of church members and community leaders were on hand at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville today as it officially dedicated its new roof-top power-generating solar panels at a special ceremony at the church on Manville Road.
Students at Pleasantville High School were evacuated today after school officials discovered a threat scrawled on a bathroom wall and on a Facebook page. The threat was described as "violent" in nature.
High School students were moved the nearby middle school and parents were given the option of picking up their children early.
In a further effort to consolidate services, Westchester County will soon begin offering a Unified In-Service Training Program for police officers from all departments in the County through ithe Westchester County Department of Public Safety. The new program is being offered at no cost as a shared service to help police departments in Westchester lower their training costs.
Currentlly, each department in Westchester must pay for a minimum of 21 hours of refresher training to all of its members. The requirement is mandated by New York State.
A real estate appraiser from Pleasantville was arrested in Yorktown and charged with Third Degree Grand Larceny, after allegedly stealing a diamond ring valued at $8,500 from the Juniper Drive residence where she was conducting a real estate appraisal.
Police say 54 year old Melanie A. Alvarez of 67 Saratoga Avenue, Pleasantville, was arrested while being questioned at Pleasantville Police headquarters on an unrelated incident. According to cops, the owner of the home reported the larceny of assorted jewelry valued at $14,500 shortly after an appraisal was conducted.
Alvarez was arraigned and remanded to the Westchester County Jail after she was unable to post $1,000 bail. She's due back in Yorktown Court tonight at 6 p.m.
It wasn't quite the washout that Governor David Paterson was predicting, but budgets in four Westchester school districts were rejected by voters on Tuesday. Budgets in Ossining, Katonah-Lewisboro, Mount Vernon and Pocantico Hills went down to defeat. The school spending plan in Pleasantville passed but by a razor-thin margin of just 11 votes.
School districts now have the option of reworking the budget and putting it up for a second vote in June, or else move directly to a contingency budget right away, which will leave the school with a bare-bones curriculum and typically no sports or extracurricular activities.If a school budget is defeated on a second vote, a contingency budget automatically takes effect.
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