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Police: Client Assaults Employee at Rehab Facility

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – A resident at Ability Beyond Disability, a rehab facility for people with traumatic brain injuries on Smithridge Road in South Salem, assaulted an employee Oct. 11, and was sent to Norwalk Hospital for further evaluation.

Police said that they, along with the Vista Fire Department’s ambulance corps, were called to the facility at around 4:12 p.m. Officers were able to secure the patient and informed EMS personnel it was safe to come to the location. State troopers also responded and were apprised of the situation.

The staff member in charge stated that the client became agitated over the snack they were having and threw his at her, striking her in the head. Police say the client then began punching her and then turned toward the other residents in the room and started after them. The staff was able to escort them all to their bedrooms without anyone getting hurt.

The client then went after the employee again, telling her that he wanted her to die.

The employee told officers it is the facility’s policy to have the client re-evaluated after this type of incident and he was transported by the Vista Fire Department to Norwalk Hospital. Police escorted them in case the client became unruly.

The employee declined medical treatment and said she would seek it on her own.

In other police blotter news:

OCT. 11

Police were called to Route 138, near the bridge in Goldens Bridge, on the report of a suspicious black duffle bag. Police discovered a large, black garbage bag with bubble wrap inside. The bag was picked up and disposed of.

A South Salem resident came to police headquarters and requested an escort to her residence due to an order of protection that was issued on Oct. 7. A copy of the order was checked and specifically indicated that a New York State trooper perform the escort. Lewisboro police contacted the State Police who assisted the resident.

OCT. 12

Police were dispatched to a Lower Salem Road residence on the report of a stolen debit card. The resident told officers that he last had the card on Sept. 11 around 2 a.m. while at a bar in Manhattan. He reported several charges and withdrawals on the account totaling $2,611 that he had not authorized. The card owner has notified the bank.

OCT. 13

Police said a Waccabuc resident was traveling north on Mead Street when a vehicle traveling south came into her lane and she honked her horn. The vehicle turned around and began to follow her. The resident turned into Waccabuc Country Club and the operator of the other vehicle got out of his car and began to yell at her. The vehicle then left the scene. The only description of the vehicle the police were able to obtain was that it was a small blue car – no registration information. Police escorted the resident to her home.

Police responded to a hit-and-run accident where an unknown white vehicle failed to veer left at the intersection of Bouton Road and Main Street and took out a DOT yield sign and then went across Main Street and into the dirt. Police also observed several signs down at the intersection of Route 124 and Route 35 across from the Mobil gas station and suspect they were hit by the same vehicle. Officers requested a “be on the look out” be put out on the vehicle by State Police. Lewisboro police took photos and further processed the scene.

OCT. 14

Police responded to call at a Cross Pond Road residence for a female who overdosed on Prozac. The victim said she took 10 20-milligram Prozac pills by accident, thinking that they were vitamins. She was alert and conscious and was transported by the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Northern Westchester Hospital.

Police were dispatched to Todd Road on the report of a car hitting a deer. Upon arrival, police discovered both the vehicle and deer were gone. About two hours later, officers were called back to the same location on the report of an injured deer. Police dispatched the deer with a shotgun.

Police investigated the report of a two-car accident in the parking lot of the Cyrus Russell Community Building in Cross River. The first motorist initially denied any knowledge of striking the other vehicle, but eventually agreed to pay for damages to the other car out of pocket. Both parties said they did not wish to file a police report.

Police said a vehicle was traveling along Old Post Road in the vicinity of the South Salem Fire Department when it struck a deer. The vehicle’s airbag deployed. Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps was on the scene but the vehicle’s occupants refused medical attention. An officer had to dispatch the deer with one round of service ammo. The vehicle was towed.

OCT. 15

Police were dispatched to Main Street where a vehicle that had hit the guardrail was observed and one of the front wheels was almost completely ripped off. Police interviewed the driver who appeared highly intoxicated. He was slurring his speech and rocking back and forth. Both airbags had deployed. The ambulance corps was contacted. Lewisboro police contacted State Police to respond regarding the level of intoxication and State Police took over the case.

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