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Westchester County Police say a Connecticut man was arrested July 13 after he allegedly drove drunk with his 15 year old son in the car -- and then pulled over to let the boy drive the vehicle.
Cops say they arrested 41 year old Felix Zaruma of Steelman Avenue, Danbury, as he was allegedly driving erratically on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway in White Plains around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday.
Police say they observed Zaruma pull over to the left shoulder and switch places with the 15 year old boy who was in the passenger seat. The boy told police that he was asked to drive because he feared his father was about to fall asleep behind the wheel.
Police spokesman, Kieran O'Leary says Zaruma failed a sobriety test and was placed under arrest, charged with a felony count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra's Law, which makes a DWI a felony when a child of 15 years or younger is in the vehicle.
White Plains officials have issued a new warning for residents urging them not to use water unless absolutely necessary. Earlier Wednesday, a drought watch was issued due to work that's being done on the Kensico Dam by the New York City DEP that's affecting Water district 1, which serves White Plains, Scarsdale, and parts of Yonkers and North Castle.
With firefighters battling the blaze at the Bengal Tiger Restaurant at 140 East Post Road, authorities are even more concerned that the city's water supply is being taxed.
Firefighters Battle Huge Restaurant Fire in White Plains. Mayor Says: It's the Worst Fire in the City in Years
White Plains firefighters have their hands full with a massive blaze that started around 3 this afternoon at the Bengal Tiger Indian Restaurant at 140 East Post Road.
Officials say the fire started in the basement of the eatery and then quickly spread, engulfing three other neighboring stores.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino today vetoed a proposal that would've spent $1.3 million to pay for restoration of the historic Miller House on Virginia Road in White Plains.
Astorino issued the veto saying "Restoration of Miller House is a project that should be undertaken with private contributions." He added, "It is a worthwhile cause, but is neither an essential service nor a priority for the County at a time when we are facing a $166 million deficit next year and large numbers of potential layoffs."
A Federal Judge in White Plains has denied bail for three of the four men accused of plotting to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx as well as military aircraft at Stewart Airport in Newburgh. Judge Colleen McMahon today ruled that Onta Williams, David Williams, James Cromitie and LaGuerre Payen will remain in custody. Lawyers for the four had petitioned for bail for their clients, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying they were entrapped by Federal officials in a sting. Payen is from Haiti and is ineligible for release.
Jury selection was cut short Monday in the trial of the four men accused of a homegrown terror plot that included the bombing two synagogues in the Bronx and the planned bombing of military planes at Stewart Airport in Newburgh.
Nearly 150 jurors on hand for the start of jury selection were sent home after U.S. District Judge Colllen McMahon ordered prosecutors to provide evidence for the defense, something Federal prosecturors said could take several months. Judge McMahon ordered them to provide the evidence by July 2.
Pubic Safety Officials in White Plains says motorists can expect road closures, random checkpoints and street closings as well as police helicopters watching from the sky around the Federal Courthouse in White Plains Monday as the trial of the so-called "Newburgh Four" is set to begin.
Onta Williams, James Cromitie, David Williams and Laguerre Payen were arrested in 2009 after allegedly trying to plant bombs outside two synagogues in the Bronx. The four also allegedly planned to shoot down military aircraft at Stewart Airport in Newburgh.
Around the Country
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