NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Twice last week North Salem Police had to deal with people celebrating where they should not be.
On June 17, North Salem’s highway superintendent called for assistance when he encountered a large and disorderly group of youngsters picnicking at Volunteers Park. The 24 students from a Brooklyn private school had arrived, along with their teacher, on a yellow school bus and were rollicking on the fields and in the playground and swimming in the pond near the salt shed.
Police Officer Michael Castellano explained to the adult in charge that the area was restricted to special uses and asked them to leave the grounds. The youths packed up their coolers and their food, climbed back on the yellow bus and left.
Later the same day, police received a report of several non-resident youths establishing a picnic site for themselves in Vail’s Grove. Castellano informed them that the property belonged to the Vail’s Grove Cooperative and was not open to the public. The group, five boys and a girl, said they had been invited by a resident and had taken the train and a taxi from Danbury. It soon developed that the hostess had had second thoughts and no longer wished to entertain the group. The youngsters were cooperative and left to return to Danbury.
The North Salem Police also reported the following incidents:
- A car approaching the intersection of Grant and Titicus Roads was hit on Friday by a gray Toyota with three passengers, which then sped off. As Sgt. Andrew Brown discussed the incident with the driver of the damaged car in front of Union Hall, the Toyota drove past. Police were able to stop the vehicle a short distance away and conducted sobriety tests. The driver of the Toyota was charged with DWI.
- The owner of a 2011 Audi heard a loud crash while she was at the Salem Hills Nursing Home on Sunday. Running outside, she discovered that her windshield had been smashed. Unfortunately, there were no witnesses nor any video surveillance covering the area. Police filed a report to be kept on record.
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