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PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police Arrest Man for Stealing from Church Donation Box

Yonkers Police Arrest Man for Stealing from Church Donation Box

Defendant Caught on Video at Sacred Heart Church

            On Friday, January 19th, 2018, at approximately 2:47 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department’s 4th Precinct Anti-Crime unit responded to the Sacred Heart Church at 110 Shonnard Place upon receiving information of a suspicious male removing money from the Church’s donation box. Upon arrival officers located the suspect attempting to leave the area and placed him into custody – he is identified as Kevin MADISON, a 39 year old resident of Morningside Place, Yonkers NY.

            Investigation yielded that MADISON entered the Church and allegedly utilized a metal hook to “fish” approximately $30 USD from the donation box without permission or authority, and attempted to leave the area in possession of the same. MADISON was observed on surveillance video by administrators who contacted the police; the metal hook and an amount of United States currency were recovered as evidence. As officers were placing MADISON into the rear of a police vehicle, he became belligerent and kicked the rear door and banged his head against the partition several times; officers transported MADISON to a local area hospital for evaluation prior to processing his arrest.

            MADISON was subsequently booked on criminal charges including Petit Larceny, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Obstructing Governmental Administration – all misdemeanors in the NYS Penal Law. MADISON was arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court on 1/20/2018; his next court appearance is scheduled for 02/01/2018. The prosecution of this case is being managed by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.


NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.



Photo of MADISON, Kevin (JPG)

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PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Detectives Arrest Man for Attempted Murder; Defendant Accused of Two Recent Shootings

Yonkers Detectives Arrest Man for Attempted Murder
Defendant Accused of Two Recent Shootings

             The Yonkers Police Department is announcing the arrest of defendant James MCNAIR, a 23 year old resident of 127 Webster Avenue, Yonkers NY. MCNAIR is alleged to have perpetrated two recent shooting incidents in the City of Yonkers, in both instances targeting the same victim, a 29 year old male resident of Yonkers NY:

            On Sunday, January 14th, 2018, at approximately 1:42 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 373 Warburton Avenue on a report of a shooting incident. Subsequent investigation yielded that James MCNAIR allegedly aimed a loaded firearm at the victim and attempted to cause his death by firing the weapon three times directly at him at close range with the intent to kill him. The victim was not injured during this incident.

            On Saturday, January 20th, 2018, at approximately 12:36 AM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to 296 Woodworth Avenue on a report of a shooting incident. Subsequent investigation yielded that James MCNAIR allegedly aimed a loaded firearm at the same victim and attempted to cause his death by firing the weapon one time directly at him at close range with the intent to kill him. The bullet struck the victim’s body causing him to be hospitalized for an extended period of time with a serious physical injury to his back and leg.

            Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to both scenes, interviewing subjects, canvassing for witnesses and surveillance video, and processing forensic and ballistic evidence. An intensive investigation utilizing multiple Yonkers Police resources established the identity of the shooter and reasonable cause to believe MCNAIR perpetrated the above crimes, leading to his apprehension and arrest on January 23rd, 2018. Information yielded that MCNAIR and the victim knew each other, and the shootings were the result of a dispute that escalated to violence.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “This defendant is accused of trying to shoot and kill a resident of Yonkers, not once but twice. His violent and criminal behavior posed a deadly threat to both the victim and innocent bystanders. Due to the tenacious work of our Police Officers and Detectives, he will now confront the full force of the law for his heinous acts; let this be a warning to others who dare to engage in violent conduct in our City.”

            MCNAIR was booked on two counts of Attempted Murder 2°, a Class B Violent Felony in the NYS Penal Law. MCNAIR has been arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail. The prosecution of this case is being managed by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.     


NOTE: Booking charges are merely accusations and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


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We would like to take a moment and remind our residents that traffic safety is a very important part of what we do here on a daily basis in the Third Precinct.  Members of our Traffic Unit were issuing summonses earlier this morning in the Riverdale Avenue corridor.  Most of the violations were for speed and red light violations.  We would like to remind our residents and those travelling through our city to give yourself some extra time and slow down.  It is simply not worth the risk to increase your speed over the posted limit or travel through a steady red light just to gain a few seconds on your trip.   We will continue to address these issues along with parking violations when observed.  Thank you and stay safe.

Captain Patrick McCormack, Commanding Officer Third Precinct

 YPD Traffic Unit issuing a summons today on Riverdale Avenue.

Photo of YPD Traffic Unit issuing a summons today on Riverdale Avenue.

YPD PatchThird Precinct Community Council Meeting Tomorrow Night 1-16-18 at 7:30 pm at the Chema Center

Third Precinct residents are encouraged to attend the Precinct Community Council meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.  The meeting will take place at the Chema Center, which is located next to the precinct at 435 Riverdale Avenue.  Precinct supervisors will be on hand to address the concerns of our residents.  Please stop by, say hello, and be heard !


Captain Patrick McCormack, Commanding Officer Third Precinct


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A section of Tuckahoe Road between Bronxville Road and Cross Street has been reduced to a single lane of alternating traffic due to area utility work. This traffic condition will persist 24 hours a day until at least Wednesday, January 17th or possibly longer. Commuters are advised to expect delays and avoid the area if possible.

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Due to a possible water main break, a portion of the southbound New York State Thruway between the McLean Avenue Bridge and the southerly City line may be experiencing a water condition on the highway. Commuters are advised CAUTION when traveling through the area. Additionally, work crews will be in the area late tonight between 12AM and 5AM – expect lane closures and potential delays.

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SCAM ALERT *** Chase Bank Promotion Fraud

            The Yonkers Police has become aware of a scam involving a Chase Bank promotion: Chase Bank advertises money awards for opening new checking and or savings account (example below). The scam involves a suspect, apparently dressed in unauthorized Chase Bank employee apparel, approaching susceptible victims outside a Chase Bank and pushing the promotion; the suspect will ask for the victim’s debit card and PIN in order to “open” the new account(s) with a promise of receiving the award money but instead leaves the area with the victim’s card and information – the suspect never enters the bank and instead defrauds the victim and empties their bank accounts. There have been several such reported incidents involving the Chase Bank at 47 North Broadway, with the suspect interactions taking place down the block near the intersection of South Broadway and Prospect Street. This scam may apply to other banks or institutions and similar promotions.

            Residents are advised and reminded to NEVER give your bank cards, PIN numbers, and or personal information to ANYONE unless you are engaged in a willing transaction in an established place of business or with a trusted company or agent. Please verify the employee’s identification before transacting with anyone on a public street / sidewalk, or even better enter the bank or business and speak with an employee behind the counter. Scammers are constantly coming up with new methods to defraud victims – before handing over your money / personal information, VERIFY the identity of the person you are dealing with.

            Additional crime prevention & safety tips can be found here:




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We know it's cold outside, but please do not leave your vehicle running unattended - it's an invitation to thieves and even against the law! Give yourself some extra time and stay with your vehicle as it warms up. And also remember to check your exhaust pipe for snow blockages which can cause deadly gasses to backup in the vehicle's cabin.


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While we completely understand that this cold weather can be a burden at times, we would like to pass on an important reminder.  Leaving an idling vehicle unattended is an obvious advertisement to a thief or someone wanting to take a quick ride in your vehicle.  It is also against the law (NYS Vehicle & Traffic, section 1210) .  We recommend that you give yourself some extra time and stay with your vehicle as it warms up.  Avoid "Warm Up Theft" and help protect your vehicle!


Thank you,

Captain Patrick McCormack, Commanding Officer Third Precinct


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City of Yonkers Hires Six Police Officers

             Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner were proud to swear-in six new police recruits yesterday. The new officers are scheduled to enter the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Police Academy where they will attended Basic Recruit School, a 20-week program including courses in police science, law, physical fitness training, and much more. Upon graduation, the new officers will attend secondary training and field training at the Yonkers Police Department before being assigned to their patrol commands. The addition of these new officers reinforces the City’s commitment to public safety. The names of the new hires are as follows:

·        Liam Deane

·        Adam Sousa

·        Rui Sousa

·        Daniel Piparo

·        Connor McMullen

·        Vanessa Antepara



The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the region covering the City of Yonkers. Expect HEAVY SNOW late tonight and tomorrow:



* WHAT...Heavy snow and blowing snow expected. Plan on difficult

  travel conditions, including during the morning and evening

  commutes on Thursday. Tree branches could fall as well. Total

  snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up

  to 10 inches especially across Queens and Nassau Counties, are



* WHERE...Portions of southern Connecticut and southeast New

  York, including the 5 Boroughs of New York City.

* WHEN...From 1 AM Thursday to 1 AM EST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 50 mph will

  cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe

winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep

an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an

emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are

calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.








Yonkers Police Non-emergency: 914-377-7900

Con Ed Emergency: 1-800-752-6633

Mayors Help Line: 914-377-4357


Storm Preparedness & Safety Tips

Storm Preparedness

Before a Storm Strikes:


Preparation makes life easier during power interruptions. If a severe storm

has been forecast, consider these suggestions:

• Have flashlights, a battery-operated radio or television and fresh batteries handy.

• If you must use candles, please be careful and keep them far away from

children and flammable materials.

• Store adequate supplies of non-perishable food that need not be refrigerated.

Make sure you have a manual can opener.

• Have bottled water for drinking and cooking.

• If an electric pump supplies your water, fill bathtubs and other containers to

ensure there is adequate water for washing and toilets.

• Set freezer and refrigerator controls to their coldest setting to extend the

length of time the food will keep.

• Unplug sensitive electronic equipment – televisions, microwave ovens and

computers – that could be damaged by lightning or sudden power surges.

• Have a working telephone. Note: Cordless and digital phones will probably

not work during a power interruption. Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.

• Know how to manually operate your garage door if you have an electric

garage door opener.

• If someone in your home depends on life-sustaining equipment

powered by electricity, call ConEd and let them know. It’s your responsibility to provide

an emergency power source during any unplanned power interruption.

You should also have a back-up evacuation plan.


If your power is interrupted:

• Check with your neighbors to see if their power is out. If it isn’t, double check your own circuit breakers or fuse box to ensure you haven’t simply blown a fuse or tripped a breaker.

• If power is out to your neighborhood, call ConEd.

• Listen to the radio for weather and news updates. (If you don’t have a battery-powered radio, briefly use your car radio.)

• Turn off all major appliances, such as air conditioners, electric water heaters, water pumps, refrigerators and freezers.Otherwise circuits may overload when repair crews restore

your service. Some appliances have “off” settings or need to be unplugged. You can turn

others off by removing the proper fuse or turning off the correct circuit breaker. Leave a light

turned on so that you will know when power is restored.

• Avoid “peeking” into your refrigerator or freezer. If the door is kept shut, food will stay cold or frozen longer.

• Stay far away and tell others to stay away from downed power lines. Even lines that look harmless may be extremely dangerous. Call ConEd and 911 immediately to report any downed lines.

• NEVER enter a flooded basement. Call ConEd immediately about what must be done to safely restore service to your home, don’t ever attempt to do it yourself.

• ConEd is responsible for repairs from the utility pole to the connectionat your home. You are responsible for any repairs from the connection to the meter. If you suspect damage between the

connection and the meter, call a licensed electrician so that repairs can be made before our crews attempt to restore your service.

If your power is interrupted in the winter:

• NEVER use a natural gas oven for heating and never use

charcoal indoors for cooking or heating. In either case, carbon monoxide poisoning could occur.

• During an extended power interruption, stay at another location (with a relative, friend,

or neighbor who has electricity). You may want to consider going to a hotel or an emergency


• To avoid hypothermia, wear layers of clothes and a hat. Use blankets. Hypothermia, caused by exposure to cold, lowers your body temperature and can seriously threaten your health. Infants

and the elderly are especially at risk. Warning signs of hypothermia include slurred speech, drowsiness and disorientation.

• If you use an alternate-heating source, such as a fireplace, wood stove or kerosene heater,

be sure to provide adequate ventilation. Otherwise, carbon monoxide poisoning could occur.

• NEVER burn trash or plastic. Burn only seasoned wood in a fireplace.

• Use a fireplace screen. Keep the damper open.

• Shut doors to unused rooms and close the drapes to retain heat.

• Let water trickle from faucets to avoid frozen or burst pipes.

• Clear snow and ice away from dryer and other appliance vents.

• Check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly and live alone.

If you use a generator:


• Operate your generator outdoors in a clean, dry, well-ventilated area, and never indoors or in a garage.

• Make sure all electrical connections comply with National Electric Code.

• Never connect a generator to an existing wiring system without an automatic transfer switch.

• Never overload your generator with too many appliances.

• Never let children play near a generator.


Once your service has been restored, you should:

• Turn appliances on one at a time to avoid overloading your circuits.

• Reset your refrigerator and freezer controls to normal.

• Replenish your home’s emergency supplies. If your neighbors get their power back, but you don’t, call us to report it.

As power is restored, it may take some time for our system to return to normal. Trees weakened by the storm may fall resulting in additional power interruptions.


Cold Weather Safety Tips

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Cold Weather Safety Tips

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Top 10 Cold Weather Safety Tips From the American Red Cross

1.Layer up!Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help
prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends.Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make
sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule.If you are using a space heater, place it on a level,
hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper,
clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Requires supervision –Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are
out before leaving the room or going to bed

5. Don’t catch fire!If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large
enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes.Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from
freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate
around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals
out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the

7. Better safe than sorry.Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if
your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking.Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside.Never operate a generator inside the home, including in
the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power.Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest
thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the


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Just in time for Christmas! Late last month, Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner presented donated bicycles to the YMCA and the Buena Vista Community Garden group. The presentation was held in the Library Room of the YMCA facility on Riverdale Avenue. The bicycles were given to children who are affiliated with the afterschool programs of these organizations. Mayor Mike Spano’s Holiday Bike Drive is a result of the public’s goodwill and hard work of the Yonkers Police Community Affairs Division. The bicycles are refurbished as necessary at County Cycles on McLean Avenue at no cost. A new helmet was provided for each child by the Yonkers Police Department. Over 200 bicycles have been donated to children since this program’s inception. 

            If you would like more information about this program, or would like to donate a new or gently used bicycle, please contact the Yonkers Police Department Community Affairs Division at (914) 377-7375.



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We would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  The men and women who serve here at the Third Precinct hope to continue our collaboration with our residents in 2018.  Please enjoy your celebration tonight responsibly.  If hosting a party at your residence please be mindful of noise and its impact on your neighbors.  We will be on patrol tonight during some very cold weather, so we would like to concentrate our efforts on higher priority calls.  Call 911 for all in progress crimes and emergencies, and call 377-7900 for all police related non-emergencies.  It was a great year, lets keep it going in 2018 !

Captain Patrick McCormack, Commanding Officer Third Precinct 



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