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Police Sought Man Who Walked Out Of Four Winds

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Police conducted a search last week for a patient who walked out of Four Winds Hospital, a mental health treatment facility in Katonah. The patient was last seen jumping the fence onto Avery Road on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Hospital officials told police that the patient was in the hospital voluntarily and was not seen as a danger to himself or others. The hospital reported the incident to the police because the patient had been once arrested for assault and was being treated for a mood disorder.

The area was checked by Lewisboro police and state troopers. Bedford police were asked to check the train station.

Witnesses told police that a male fitting the description was asking how to get to the trains station, though there were no sightings of him by law enforcement agencies. Because he was not considered a danger and could not be forced to return to Four Winds, the patient is not considered a missing person.

In other police blotter news:

AUG. 1

Police responded to a complaint from a Lambert Ridge Road resident in Cross River regarding harassing phone calls. The resident said she had received calls at various times of the day in clusters of three from the phone number (923) 014-7773. She told officers that when she answers a voice tell her to “press 1 to accept charges.” Police spoke with Optimum Voice, which confirmed the numbers calling the resident. Police it appears to be some type of scam as the number is no disconnected.

Police were dispatched to Holly Street for a report of illegal dumping. The homeowner told officers that someone had dumped about three yards of old roofing material on the driveway of his home. Officers told the resident to look for anything with an address written on it when he removes the debris and report it to the police department. Police patrolled the area looking for a job site with roofing being done, but had negative results.

Police were dispatched to Elmwood Road in South Salem on a criminal mischief complaint. The homeowner reported that the fence at the bottom of his driveway was damaged, and said it was possibly done by the trailer of his neighbor’s landscaper. Officers advised the resident to get the landscaper’s vehicle insurance information and file a claim. Officers observed the metal gate, which showed signs of impact. Estimated damage was $500.

AUG. 2

Police were called to Sunny Ridge Road in Katonah on a report of a downed tree. Officers discovered a downed tree as well as electrical wires – the road was blocked. Officers laid out flares and notified NYSEG.

AUG. 4

Police responded to a call at Lambert Ridge Road in Cross River for a two-year-old child with a food allergy reaction. The child was transported to North Westchester Medical Center by the Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

While performing a radar detail on Waccabuc Road in Goldens Bridge, officer stopped a vehicle for speeding – going 52 in an area with a 35 mph speed limit. A check revealed that the driver, Victoria Malara of South Salem, had a suspended license for failing to answer and pay a summons on two different occasions. Malara was transported to the Lewisboro Police Department and released without bail. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 22.

AUG. 6

Police were called to Cross Pond Road in South Salem for a possible rabid skunk in a resident’s basement window well. Police arrived and observed the skunk and advised the homeowner he would have to contact a wildlife control company.

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