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February 2019

 

 

PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police announce 2018 crime stats, lowest year on record

Yonkers, NY – Mayor Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner, with members of the Yonkers City Council and Yonkers Police executives, were proud to announce the City of Yonkers crime statistics for calendar year 2018 at a press conference held in City Hall earlier today.

The Yonkers Police strategy for reducing crime focuses Department resources on five priority areas: guns, gangs, drugs, pattern crimes, and the search for wanted persons. Through extensive intelligence gathering and crime analysis, the Yonkers Police is able to identify the small number of people who commit the majority of the City’s most serious crime. Simultaneously, the Department deploys numerous community outreach programs and initiatives in an effort to build trust and cooperation with the community and residents we serve. This strategy has produced significant results:

·         2018 is the safest year on record for the City of Yonkers

·         The City of Yonkers is the #1 safest city in the United States as compared to similarly sized cities

·         The City of Yonkers is the #1 safest large city in the State of New York

 

Specifically for 2018 vs 2017:

 

·         Part 1 Crimes are down 13.1% (FBI Uniformed Crime Reporting)

o   Murders are down 89%

o   Rapes are down 14%

o   Robberies are down 22%

o   Felony Assaults are down 35%

o   Burglaries are down 25%

o   Larcenies are down 10%

o   Motor Vehicle Thefts are down 15%

 

·         All four Precincts experienced double-digit reductions in crime

·         Shooting incident are down 46%

·         2018 saw only 1 murder, a historic first time low for the City

 

Compared to the start of Mayor Spano’s administration:

 

·         Part 1 Crimes are down 42.4% (FBI Uniformed Crime Reporting)

·         Murders are down 86%

·         Robberies are down 54%

·         Burglaries are down 64%

 

Additionally, as a result of this precision policing strategy, since 2011:

 

·         Arrests have been reduced by 35%

·         Public order arrests (disorderly conduct, obstruction, etc.) have been reduced over 50%

·         Civilian complaints against Police Officers are down 46%

·         Civilian excessive-force complaints against Police Officers are down 84%

 

“These outstanding statistics are attributed to the new, innovative approach taken by our Yonkers Police Department towards public safety,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. “I applaud the good work and synergy created between our community and police officers so that Yonkers continues to be a great place to live, work and play.”

 

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “We are very fortunate here in Yonkers because we have a Mayor and City Government that steadfastly supports our Police Department and ensures we have the resources necessary to provide the highest level of service to our residents; and our success is the direct the result of the hardworking, dedicated men & women of this Department who are out there on our streets every day – putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve the people of this great City.”

Additional crime statistics for the City of Yonkers may be located at www.yonkersny.gov/ypd

FBI Uniformed Crime Reporting statistics may be located here https://www.ucrdatatool.gov

The press conference is available for online viewing here http://ec4.cc/b227f432

 

 

 


Yonkers Police seeking applicants for School Crossing Guard $16 / hr

The Yonkers Police Department is seeking applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard; current hourly rate is $16. Interested applicants should contact School Crossing Guard supervisor Stephanie Waldie at (914) 377-7394 or stephanie.waldie@ypd.yonkersny.gov. Applicants must have access to a vehicle to commute to crossing locations.


 

Yonkers Police offer $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest of burglary suspect

In relation to several burglaries in the area of 1 Bronxville Road in the confines of the 2nd Precinct, the Yonkers Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect shown in the attached images.

On 2/14/19 and 2/25/19, two apartments at 1 Bronxville Road were targeted by the suspect where unlawful entry was made via windows adjacent to a fire escape landing during evening hours. The suspect removed property in both instances and fled the area.

Yonkers Police are actively investigating both incidents. Residents are reminded to secure their doors and windows and report suspicious activity to the Yonkers Police by calling (914) 377-7900; emergencies dial 9-1-1.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is encouraged to contact the Yonkers Police Detective Division at (914) 377-7724 – all calls will remain confidential. 100% anonymous tips can be sent by texting the keyword YPD plus the tip to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be sent to us directly through the Yonkers PD Tips app which can be downloaded for free to any Apple or Android device.


Third Precinct Community Council Meeting Tomorrow Night at 7:30 pm at the Chema Center and the "9 PM Routine."

Hello Third Precinct residents !

We have had a cold winter here so far and it looks like some snow tomorrow afternoon.  Our Third Precinct Community Council Meeting will take place tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm at the Chema Center, which is located at 435 Riverdale Avenue (same building as the Third Precinct).  Come on out and stay informed on whats happening in your neighborhood.  Our meetings also give you a chance to be heard on any activity which may be taking place on your block that you may want us to know about.  Either way, stop by and say hello ! 

Just a quick safety tip, always remember to lock your car doors and secure your home.  This would include all basement doors, garage doors, windows, etc.  Our department has been participating in the "9 PM Routine," which is a social media campaign to remind everyone to secure their homes and automobiles before they retire for the night.  At the Third Precinct, we have been continually putting out these reminders on our precinct Twitter feed, which can be found at @YonkersPD3 (see below link).  Please follow us on Twitter for important crime updates and crime prevention tips.   

Take care and stay safe, Captain Patrick McCormack


Yonkers Police to host *Pizza with a Police Officer* at Dunwoodie Pizzeria -

Thursday, March 28, 5 PM to 7 PM

The Yonkers Police Department is pleased to announce our upcoming Pizza with a Police Officer event to be hosted at Dunwoodie Pizzeria! Join us to meet and greet your local police officers and neighbors, and chat over a slice of pizza!

Many of our outreach programs run during the day while people work – Pizza with a Police Officer is held in the evening to give everyone a chance to participate. Friendly conversation with your local patrol officers. Bring the kids!

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Dunwoodie Pizzeria, 683 Yonkers Avenue


 

 *** Yonkers Police make arrest in shots-fired incident; two illegal handguns recovered

Yonkers, NY – On Saturday, February 9th, 2019, at approximately 10:25 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department while on patrol in the area of Cottage Place Gardens heard several gunshots north of their position; at the same time police dispatch received reports of shots fired on Lamartine Terrace. Patrol officers immediately responded thereat and began canvassing the area. There were no reports of injuries.

Officers interviewed witnesses at scene and developed information that shots were heard and several suspects were seen running into an apartment at 28 Lamartine Terrace; officers responded thereat and made contact with the occupants. Detectives from the Major Case Squad responded and upon further investigation located an illegal firearm – a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver – in the apartment in addition to multiple handgun cartridges; three suspects were placed into custody. Detectives from the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene to process forensic and ballistic evidence including the recovery of three spent shell casings located outside the building.

Detectives continued to interview subjects and witnesses and review surveillance video; investigators developed information that lead to the recovery of a second illegal firearm – a loaded Springfield Armory 9mm semi-automatic pistol – and a high capacity magazine (twenty-one cartridges) within the same apartment.

Arrested in connection with this incident is Justice WATSON, a 17-year-old resident of Lamartine Terrace this City. WATSON is charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm, a Class E Felony in the NYS Penal Law, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3°, a Class D Felony in the NYS Penal Law. WATSON was arraigned in Yonkers Criminal Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail; his next court date is scheduled for Friday, February 15th, 2019. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Illegal guns have no place in our communities, and our police officers and detectives are committed to finding those individuals who would illegally possess firearms and commit violent acts, delivering them into the criminal justice system where they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I commend our officers for taking two more illegal handguns off our streets.”

The Yonkers Police Department is currently working with our local and Federal law enforcement partners to enhance this on-going investigation; additional arrests may be executed. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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

 

 


February 10, 2019, Yonkers NY---The Yonkers City Council is saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard N. Spano. Mr. Spano was a true public servant, serving Westchester County as a legislator and clerk in a career that spanned decades. He leaves behind his wife Josephine, 16 children including Mayor Mike Spano, 42 grandchildren and 18 grandchildren.

Below are the statements from each council member.

“While I am saddened by this news, I am comforted to hear that Mr. Spano passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family,” said City Council President Mike Khader. “Mr. Spano lived an incredibly fulfilling life, and has left behind a legacy to be proud of. In the end, that’s all any of us could ever hope for.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Spano family during this difficult time.”

“On behalf of Robert and myself our sincere condolences to the entire Spano family,” said Majority Leader Michael Sabatino. “Thank you Mr. Spano for your many years  of public service and for setting the example for  your family and others to do the same. Your legacy will be ever present here in Yonkers and Westchester County.   We will  miss your presence and your friendship.”

“Leonard Spano was a great man who always showed a tremendous kindness to all.  While a respected leader in the County of Westchester a City of Yonkers he was most proud of his family," said Minority Leader Mike Breen. "A loving husband to Josephine and the proud patriarch to his family of 16 children, 42 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, Mr. Spano's legacy will live on in them all.  My family will pray that the Spano family can find peace in knowing their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather lived a fulfilled life that few are able to achieve.  I will miss my friend.”

“Mr. Spano was respected by members of all political parties. He was fair with everyone. We lost an icon. I will miss him,” said Councilman Anthony Merante.

“To the Spano family, may hope sustain you, friends surround you, and may love give you strength,” said Councilwoman Corazon Pineda Isaac. “During this most difficult time, remember all that your father gave you and your family and know that his legacy lives on in each and every one of you. God bless you and may he Rest In Peace.”

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Spano Family,” said Councilman John Rubbo.  “Mr. Spano was a successful entrepreneur, dedicated elected official and devoted family man. May God Bless him and his entire family. He will be missed.”

‘On behalf of the entire first district I want to express my condolences to the Mayor and the entire Spano family,” said Councilwoman Shanae V. Williams. “I knew Mr. Spano and respected him and I know he will be missed dearly not only by his family but by the entire community that he served while he was in office. I will keep the entire Spano family in my prayers.”

 


 

PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police make arrest in fatal domestic stabbing incident

Yonkers, NY – On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, at approximately 10:42 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to an apartment at 40 Caryl Avenue on a report of a male with a stab wound. Upon arrival officers discovered the victim, a 41-year-old resident of Yonkers, with a life-threatening puncture wound to his neck; officers immediately rendered aid and the victim was brought to a local area hospital where he died from his injury. A criminal investigation was initiated.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, canvassing for potential surveillance video, and processing forensic evidence. Investigation has yielded that the victim, identified as Khalif KENNEDY, was engaged in a domestic dispute with the mother of his child. Investigators developed information that the dispute then escalated to violence and it is alleged that the mother brandished a kitchen knife and stabbed KENNEDY in the neck, causing a severe injury which resulted in his death. The initial 911 call originated from the occupants of the apartment.

The suspect remained at scene and was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of Manslaughter 1°, a Class B Violent Felony in the New York State Penal Law. She is identified as Chanelle Ronae FRANKLIN, a 33-year-old resident of Yonkers. FRANKLIN is scheduled to be arraigned on February 4th, 2019. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family of the victim.

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

 



PRESS RELEASE *** Yonkers Police Detectives arrest, charge 16-year-old in shooting death of 17-year-old

Yonkers, NY – On Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, at approximately 3:09 PM, members of the Yonkers Police Department responded to the area of South Broadway at Vark Street on reports of shots fired; at the same time, two victims with apparent gunshot injuries arrived at Saint Joseph’s Hospital; one of the victims, a 17-year-old male resident of Yonkers, subsequently died from his injuries. Officers cordoned off the area and initiated a criminal investigation.

Detectives from the Major Case Squad and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, interviewing subjects and witnesses, reviewing surveillance video, and processing forensic and ballistic evidence. Investigation has yielded that two groups of teenagers known to each other were engaged in a dispute that escalated into a fight and physical violence in the area of 44 Vark Street. During the fight, a male suspect allegedly displayed a handgun and fired several shots in the direction of the opposing teenagers, striking two of them. The 17-year-old victim was struck twice in the back torso and succumbed to his injuries at Saint Joseph’s Hospital; the second victim, an 18-year-old male resident of Yonkers, was struck twice in his hip and lower extremities and is currently in stable condition at a local area hospital. The deceased victim is identified as Kasean TUTHILL, a resident of Gaffney Place in this City.

Investigators working throughout the night developed information to identify the perpetrator and establish probable cause to charge him with the crime of murder; he was apprehended this morning and is currently being processed at a police facility pending arraignment. He is identified as Gavin CHISOLM, a 16-year-old resident of Sunnyside Drive in this City. During the incident, CHISOLM suffered apparent stab wounds to his thigh area.

CHISOLM is being arraigned as an Adolescent Offender in the Youth Part of the Westchester County Court; he is being charged with one count of Murder 2, a Class A-1 Felony, and one count of Attempted Murder 2, a Class B Violent Felony, in the New York State Penal Law. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “Violent acts, even those committed by young adults, will not be tolerated in our City; gun violence has no place in our communities, and let this swift arrest be a stark reminder to our young people that their actions may have life-altering consequences – in this case, two lives and two families have been left devastated.”

The investigation is on-going; due to the ages of those involved, no additional information will be released. The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department offers its condolences to the family of the victim.

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

 


  Questions regarding any media release call

Detective Sgt. Dean Politopoulos 914-377-6923 or

dean.politopoulos@ypd.yonkersny.gov

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